Us Londoners were greeted this morning with a bitterly cold, spiteful wet snow that didn’t even have the good grace to settle and give us a day off work. But thankfully John Tierney’s paintings whisked me away from the grizzly February morning to the sun-kissed streets of Los Angeles. Until recently John was a criminology professor but since retiring he has dedicated his time to his paintings, going from the darkest recesses of human behaviour to the searingly bright boulevards of LA and the surreal moonscapes of the Joshua Tree National Park.
There are obvious nods to Edward Hopper and David Hockney in his work, but also a kind of wide-eyed wonder British artists often bring to quintessentially American scenes, an idealised aesthetic forged in the movies, books and films through which we first engage with our cousins across the pond.
John’s first UK solo show takes place in March, organised by The Horsebox Gallery and The Osborne Studio Gallery.
- Ed Carvalho-Monaghan’s line work is translated into knitwear for It’s Nice That’s Unmade collection
- A fierce portrait of the battles, snaps and outrageous outfits of voguing culture from Ewen Spencer
- Artist Andrey Remnev’s hypnotic Russian Medieval-style paintings
- Illustrator Lili des Bellons' chipper images are full of geometric whimsy
- Matt and Dan’s stark graphic posters for Daniel Avery’s Divided Love
- A hotel’s Wes Anderson-esque dated decor and plant life photographed by Ina Niehoff
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- New Adult Swim project from the bonkers people behind some sexy Craigslist animations