ONE YEAR RETROSPECTIVE

 

Last September, we launched the T-SQUAT art and photography sections by flicking around a few requests to our mates asking them to submit their work. One year, hundreds of emails and a thousand cups of tea later, we now have one of the most comprehensive and striking collections of contemporary art and photography anywhere on the internet. We have featured many of the biggest names in the art world, and have provided a platform for lesser known artists to gain exposure and rub digital shoulders with their artistic heroes. Here, we present our one year retrospective: a hand picked selection of our favourites, a visual smorgasbord of styles, techniques and influences, an aesthetic buffet of inspiration, a treasure trove of ideas and a showcase of sublime expression – from some of the most talented and skilful creative practitioners in the world.

We’re proud to be able to share this collection with our readers. A huge and genuine thanks must go out to everyone who has supported and shared our content over the last year, and of course to all the artists we’ve featured in the last twelve months. Without their gifts, openness and time, we’d have nothing to show anyone except an empty white screen of pixels or a selection of shit Mac-Photo-booth images we took when we were drunk and thought we were awesome…

We now have more motivated members in our Melbourne based team than ever, working hard every day to bring the best the world has to offer. We’re really excited about where we have got to and what we have achieved in one short year, but are more excited about where we are going and are still looking to improve, refine and grow our website to reach every corner of the globe. There’s strength in numbers and we’re a welcoming bunch here, so if you’d like to write for us, swap content, submit artwork or get involved in any capacity, don’t be shy….please drop us an email.

An epic collection of imagery of this magnitude requires no words of validation. The images silently speak for themselves and deconstructing art too much dilutes what it essentially stands for. That said, I think they are deserving of some poignant words of truth and none ring truer than those of leading art critic of the Victorian era, John Ruskin, who said “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece”.

At the risk of becoming overly philosophical, this phrase provokes a certain amount of self reflection, whilst reinforcing the ideals on what at times can seem like a long and lonely creative road. We can’t all be master artists producing master pieces, but we do all have the choice to display courage and direct our energies into what we love whilst spending time furthering ourselves through expression.  Below, we have over a hundred examples of the marriage between love and skill, and over a hundred interpretations of life, by those who see both the light in the darkness, and the darkness in the light.

 

Words: James Watkins.

 

 

 

 

JUAN FRANCISCO CASAS

 

 

FACEHUNTER

 

 

GABRIEL MORENO

 

 

MARK RUSSELL – ADVENTURE ARTISTS

 

 

ANTHONY LISTER

 

 

PIETER HUGO

 

 

RYOHEI HASE

 

 

STU GIBSON

 

 


JEFF SOTO

 

 

DAISY ROSENGRAVE

 

 

FRANCIOSE NEILLY

 

 

BLAISE BELL

 

 

SIPHO MABONA

 

 

 

BUFF DISS

 

 

 

ALEXANDRENA PARKER

 

 

RIVAL REVOLUTION / INVURT

 

 

 

ANDY CONLAN

 

 

 

KESH

 

 

 

MATEI APOSTOLESCU

 

 

KANE ALEXANDER

 

 

JORDIE HALSHALL

 

 

 

KRIS CORVINO

 

 

DANIEL SANNWALD

 

 

LUKE THOMPSON

 

 

TED VASIN

 

 

JAMES WATKINS

 

 

MAX MOHR

 

 

DAVID MAURICE SMITH

 

 

RICHARD LIPP

 

 

DANIEL FOOTHEAD

 

 

SAM STRICKLAND

 

 

JAK RAPMUND

 

 

VISIBLE HUMAN PROJECT

 


ERIN FORSYTH

 

 

 

ABANDONED

 

 

 

CHRIS – SIMPSONS ARTIST

 

 

 

ALEKSANDRA KABAKOVA

 

 

RON MUECK

 

 

MEGGS

 

 

ZOE WEIR

 

 

MARCO PALMIERI

 

 

ANDREW KOLB

 

 

SPRINGER PARKER

 

 

JELLYFISHING

 

 

ZACH JOHNSEN

 

 

MICA  STILL

 

 

SOUTH OF THE RIVER

 

 

 

YANG YONGLIANG

 

 

ELISA MAZZONE

 

 

HAFSTEINN JULIUSSON

 

 

KENNETH MERRICK

 

 

 

PHILIP LEVINE

 

 

THE VOID

 

 

ROADSWORTH

 

 

JUERGEN BUERGIN

 

 

ADNATE

 

 

THE MERCURY ISLANDS

 

 

CONRAD BIZJAK

 

 

MAURO PALMIERI

 

 

ERIK SANDBERG

 

 

HORROR SLEAZE TRASH

 

 

NICK SIMPSON-DEEKS

 

 

POLLY BORLAND

 

 

MIMI YOON

 

 

NANDA ORMOND

 

 

NOMA BAR

 

 

LEIF PODHAJSKY

 

 

 

RENA LITTLESON

 

 

 

RUSS MILLS

 

 

AARON NAGEL

 

 

STEFANO de LUIGI

 

 

BRIAN DETTMER

 


CHIA LAKETA

 

 

NICK KNIGHT

 

 

COLE RISE

 

 

BRIAN VIVEROS

 

 

NAT MA

 

 

DALE GRIMSHAW

 

 

DAMIEN BLOTTIERE

 

 

JEREMY BLINCOE

 

 

KLAUS KAMPERT

 

 

JIM KAZANJIAN

 

 

DAN MOUNTFORD

 

 

JAMES SQUIRES

 

 

LUKE DIXON

 

 

PAT PERRY

 

 

SANDRINE BOULET

 

 

SIT

 

 

 

KONSTANTIN SERGEYEV

 

 

 

 

TAKAHIRO KUMIRA

 

 

TIAGO VAZ

 


YANNI FLOROS

 

 

JR

 

 

LEON WILLIAMS

 

 

BEN ASHTON-BELL

 

 

COUS COUS KID

 

 

 

RAQUEL APARICIO

 

 

 

RALPHI ILLUSTRATION

 

 

JASON DECAIRES

 

 

SARAH MACFARLANE

 

 

ANNELI OLANDER

 

 

ANTONIO GONCALVES

 

 

I KNOW CRAZY

 

 

SYLVIA JI

 

 

AUSTRALIAN STREET ART

 

 

DAVE KINSEY

 

 

NATHAN TRAPNELL

 

 

NICK GENTRY

 

 

FRACTIONS OF A CITY

 

 

PALE HORSE DESIGN

 

 

ROBERT MONTGOMERY

 

 

 

BECK ROCCHI – SPELL DESIGNS

 

 

DAN WITZ

 

 

SARA BLAKE

 

 

ALEX MARKS

 

 

SLINKACHU

 

 

ADAM PATTERSON

 

 

BARON WOLMAN

 

 

DAVID NIKOLAISEN

 

 


ESOTERIC PIXELS

 

 

GARY PARKER

 

 

KAREN ROSETZKY

 

 

HENARE

 

 

RING GIRLS

 

 

EIGHTY SHADES OF GREY

 

 

ANDREW WHITE

 

 

VAGABONG

 

 

JESSICA SIM

 

 

ZENA HOLLOWAY

 

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