Art can be uplifting, inspiring or controversial. It can evoke a memory, be a conversation piece or be a daily reminder of the wonderful artist who created it. Here are five varied and amazing artists who I'm fortunate enough to call my friends. I have pieces from each of them in my home and wanted to share their talent with you.Shown above the jump, from left to right
1 Martin Hsu "Nostalgia for Peony" ($80) - "A tribute to fashionable hard working ladies in a fantasy world of auspicious peony flowers." Martin introduced this print at Comic Con in July and, if his previous prints are any indication, you should buy yours before it sells out!
2 Albert Reyes "Pussycat" - Albert is a prolific illustrator and painter who often uses old book covers on which to render his art. His subjects range from pop culture icons and animals to painfully introspective self portraits.
3 Kayt Hester "Pixie Profile" ($150) - Kayt's creates amazing portraits in, would you believe, black masking tape! Painstakingly torn and placed to create strikingly familiar scenes. This one is of her kitty, Pixie Doodle.
4 Kiyoshi Nakazawa "F.U. You Are Why I Drink" ($40) - Hand screenprinted in Los Angeles, this piece evokes the feeling of a punk rock Russ Meyer vixen. Kiyoshi is also the man behind the long-running 'zine, Drunken Master.
5 Kozyndan "Nakano Print" ($30) - This 38"x6" print was originally a 10 foot wide painting exhibited at the Giant Robot Biennale at the Japanese American National Museum. Favorite subjects of theirs include bunnies, cats and sea life. They just returned from a trip where they swam with humpback whales!
(Images: As linked above)