Artists Interviews

Kim Solve

Kim Solve

"I grew up in a home of artists here in Oslo. Creativity has been part of me as far as I can remember. I have been into Metal since '87 or so and founded the band Manimalism (originally named Taarenes Vaar) in 1992, as well as studying art, design, and writing throughout the nineties. Friends of ours like Virus, Fleurety, Audiopain, and others asked us to do their artwork. I use whatever technique or combination of techniques it takes to complete the task in a good way. From hand drawing with pen, pencil, charcoal, or painting to photography to the normal software tools with image editing and…

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Ville Lopponen

Ville Lopponen

Graphic novels and popular imagery meet the classical painting tradition in Ville Löppönen’s skilful, photorealistic, figurative painting. In recent years, his art has also been strongly influenced by Western Church art, and also by the Eastern tradition of icon painting. Löppönen is also a notable contemporary portrait painter. His imagery deals with the healing nature of Love and the human struggle with the self and its contradictions. He is also concerned with the conflict between religious service and ego-based artistic creation. Löppönen sees his art as being theological contemporary…

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Nathalia Suellen

Nathalia Suellen

Nathália Suellen (born 20 February 1989) is a contemporary fine artist and commercial illustrator based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Entirely self-taught, Suellen’s developed a distinctive visual language from a combination of dark art and pop-surrealism. Her current artworks are born from a high-detailed mixture of photography, 3D and digital painting showing a signature style that blends symbolism, retro-futurism, classical art and dystopia with extremely colourful surrealistic worlds. Her main characters are often captured in scenes where something sad is about to happen as if they were…

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Catrin Welz-Stein

Catrin Welz-Stein

In her own words "As a child, I loved to draw and liked to be creative. I almost was born with a pencil in my hand.I knew I wanted to do something related to arts. I have graduated from Graphic Design in Darmstadt, Germany and then worked for different advertising agencies in Germany, USA and Switzerland. I stopped working in agencies after becoming a mother, and after a short time of being self-employed, I decided to quit work until my children grew older. Because of my children (4 and 6 years old) I can go through childhood again and I can enjoy the world of fantasy and fairy tails. I like…

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Dusty Peterson

Dusty Peterson

Dusty Peterson is one of those illustrators who really enjoy talking about their work. His level of enthusiasm is evident, especially when giving detailed explanations of his creative process, his technique, and the pieces of which he's most proud. Even though to date this Seattle-based designer has produced artworks for Metal giants the likes of Six Feet Under, Bloodbath, and Cattle Decapitation, he still keeps exploring new creative paths that help him to become a more refined artist. PureGrainAudio recently had the opportunity to delve into Peterson’s mind and learn about his influences,…

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Heidi Taillefer

Heidi Taillefer

Heidi Taillefer has always been drawn to the bizarre and unusual, while maintaining a wide variety of interests, from the ridiculous and the absurd to the sacred and sublime, and all throughout these interests have encompassed ideological concerns about the environment and the impact of technology on society. In the late-80’s she began depicting mechanized subjects placed in natural settings, which acted as a nostalgic embrace of the past as seen through the lens of a culture racing forward at high speed, fitted with massive technological advancement.

Her paintings are meant to denounce or…

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Alexandra V. Bach

Alexandra V. Bach

Alexandra V. Bach is a digital artist healing from France. Her medium of choice is advanced photomanipulation combined to digital painting. She has been working as a freelance artist for the past fourteen years and had the pleasure to collaborate with many metal bands. For instance, she has designed cd artworks for Kamelot, Stream of Passion and more recently Anneke Van Giersbergen and Arjen Lucassen’s the Gentle Storm. When depicting surrealism as well as beauty in darkness, her aim is also to convey feelings and emotions. Bach's illustrations are of gothic and baroque inspiration. Since…

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Sam Shearon

Sam Shearon

Sam Shearon Aka ‘Mister-Sam’ is a British Artist born in Liverpool in the United Kingdom. Specialising in horror and science-fiction, his work often includes elements inspired by ancient cultures, the occult, industrial/art/revolution-eras as well as classic literature and the often controversial side to the study of the supernatural, the paranormal and the realm of cryptozoology. Best known for creating 'Dark-Artwork', his previous clients are varied though all sway towards the darker side of the entertainment industry both in print, music and film. Previous clients in the music industry…

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