Born in Nagano, Japan in1984, Hikari Shimoda has been painting professionally since graduating with an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Kyoto Saga University of Art. Her primary motif is children, because in her own words: “They are nobody, and yet, they could be somebody…Children, as ambiguous of an existence as they are, reflect my personal world and the universal problems that society has today. My intension is to encourage people to take a moment to contemplate themselves. I believe intimate personal feelings can be universal, and therefore I hope that everyone in this world can think about what is happening now. My inner world is very closely related with the physical world and this feeling is what drives me to continue painting.” Shimoda has been a member of deviantART for 2 years, was recently part of the SCOPE art show in March and has an upcoming solo show at Foley Gallery in New York City, April 7 - May 7, 2011.
Purchase tickets for The B Foundation, Pour Habit, Peelander Z, Anamanaguchi, and Katastro on April 8 from The Roxy box office and get a download code to get songs from each band including unreleased tracks! Call 310-278-9457 and you’ll get a download code that you can redeem here.
We love @HuffPostComedy, but we are majorly bummed to see @Urlesque go.
AOL just notified staffers of a major consolidation of its portfolio of content sites, undertaken as part of its merger with the Huffington Post. All told, some 30 brands will be “integrated” into other properties seen as stronger by editor in chief Arianna Huffington. Among those to be absorbed are Politics Daily (folded into HuffPost Politics), Walletpop (folded into Daily Finance), Urlesque (folded into HuffPost Comedy), Luxist (folded into Stylelist) and TV Squad (folded into AOL TV).
This week’s deviantART pick of the week, Lois van Baarle, boasts over 5 million page views on dA, and has been a deviant for over 7 years. Loish, a digital artist & animator, hails from the Netherlands, and has made an indelible impression on our community with her signature fine art prints and featured products. She has been drawing since she could hold a pencil, but only in the last few years has developed a preference for digital art and animation. At 25 years old, she has traveled the world, including the USA, Indonesia, France and Belgium, is a freelance animator/illustrator since graduating University in August 2009, and is working on producing two animated shorts which she is financing herself. Oh, to be so talented!
We’re at SXSW! Check out our AUSTINROX Tumblr for all the updates on the festival. Tune into our LIVE Ustream tonight at 8pm (CST) to see Andy Grammer, Neon Trees, Saint Motel, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Ferocious Few & so many more!
Our artist pick of the week is Dirk Dzimirsky, a deviantART member for two years and an inspiring member of the community. He’s a German artist, illustrator and author who works primarily with charcoal pencils on canvas and paper to create artwork that is eerily life like and moving. In the artists’s words: I choose drawing over painting as this allows me to create many layers over layers of lines and dots which react to each other in order to create a vibrant texture with directions and movement. This approach enables the finished work to be viewed more by the “senses” as opposed to the standard visual observation of a photo.
Dirk recently exhibited his work at the Scope New York, an international contemporary art show in New York City and will also be part of the group show “Hueless” at the Mallick Williams & Co Gallery, New York, from March 4th through April 13th 2011.