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Russ Mills has spent almost 20 years crafting his skills as an painter, illustrator and designer whilst absorbing influences from every facet of visual culture and archiving found objects and ephemera to substantiate his work. He has worked as a freelance illustrator with numerous clients in publishing and entertainment - more recently pursuing the more traditional gallery and exhibitive path with solo shows in London and Bristol and group exhibits in the U.S as well as numerous sell out print releases with extensive coverage worldwide.

Whilst choosing which images from Russ' prolific portfolio to include, we felt much like loving parents would feel having to choose a favourite child and have only been able to include 16 of our favourites in this issue of T-Squat. Luckily he has a website for you to feast your eyes on: byroglyphics.com and there is a hundreds of examples of his imagery scattered around the net which Google does a nice job of collating.

Of his work Russ says "Most of the time the concept is to produce images that move whilst being static. I studied animation at University and produced short films, that had quite an effect on how I approach image making. My inspirations haven't altered too much in 20 years, I've always been interested and scared by the continual mass media barrage that most humans are faced with each day; I try and tackle this in a light hearted way. Most of the individuals in my work are looking away or escaping from what they're confronted with. In the last couple of years I've slowly begun to wake up and see the absolute horror and injustice in the world and the clandestine operations that have reduced the human race to a herd. My visual work is only just beginning to reflect this as the subject is so immense."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Raquel is a Spanish born artist who works in a variety of mediums exploring a variety of styles - producing illustrations, animations and comics. Her work has been enjoyed on an international scale - winning accolades in esteemed art competitions and has published in numerous books and magazines including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone (Spain).

After spending a few years living Edinburgh and attending one year of the Illustration Academy in Florida, she came back to Spain to refine her craft and further her studies in illustration.

Raquels work juxtaposes an interesting blend of feminity, surrealism and glimpses into the macabre. We're delighted to be able to share some of her fine work on T-Squat, to see more of her stuff visit her site: www.raquelissima.com .

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Antonio Gorge Goncalves lives and works in Lisbon and works primarily as a comic strip artist and illustrator. He has published 5 books in Portugal and several short story books in Spain, France and Italy. His work also involves public art projects, improvisation performances and stage design.

One of his projects has involved him making candid drawings of people sitting in subway trains in 10 cities around the world. He stays an average of 3 weeks in each city, making around 300 drawings which seek to cover different times of the day and different lines in the subway system. He doesn't really choose his subject matter inasmuch as "they choose me, I draw whoever sits in front of me or is in my immediate field of vision". He says doesn't have long to draw his portaits with only "the time between two stops, 10 minutes if the person falls asleep or misses their station or until someone comes between me and the subject".

Here we are showcasing some of the images from the cultural hubs of New York, Tokyo and Berlin. It's almost as if you can feel the sway of the subway carriages, hear the clickety clack on the tracks and smell the drunk homeless person's breath sitting next to you.

His awesome website subway-life.com is definitely worth a look too, as well as his other site which houses his political cartoons, live drawing performances and graphic novel work: www.antoniojorgegoncalves.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regular contributor and T-Squatter Conrad Bizjak returns this issue showcasing his skills with a collection of illustrative portraiture.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sarah MacFarlane comes into the shared creative space that is T-Squat headquarters to lend the creative agency her graphics design skills. She casually mentioned she had a few drawings we be might be able to share on T-Squat. Our eyes lit up when our inbox received these exquiste demonstrations of her artistic prowess. We've been harassing her to create some more imagery for us - so hopefully in following issues we can share more of her fantastic art work with your eyes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We now have Nanda Ormond onboard as a regular contributor at T-Squat - to celebrate he's given us some colourful pen work and a few pieces that explore the lighter side of his imagination and sense of humour. We know it must be good because 'The Void' just leaned over my shoulder and described his scribbly smudged pen skull as "cool as shit" and his word is the law around here. Check out more of Nanda's work on kidswithtalons.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
by Lauren King
 
Vexta has been creating street art since the mid 2000's and is most famously known for her stencils and paste-ups which draw from cultural visual debris. Her neon-drenched images are influenced by a personal symbolism and a greater urban mythology which connect the dots between street rallies and galleries, between acute social commentary and aching beauty. Her work has been shown in exhibitions across Australia and she recently returned from South America and Europe where she painted murals in Paris, Berlin, London and Bogota.

"I don't want to live in a city that's really bland and covered in grey and brown and advertising. I never said it was OK to put a billboard on the top of Brunswick Street, so who's to say that I can't put up a small A4 size image in a back laneway?" - Vexta


Vexta's prints are available exclusively through Signed & Numbered www.signedandnumbered.com.au
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Void returns this week from the lonely crowd to share some of his imagery with T-Squat. He's been busy lately establishing his own website - separating the lights from the darks by collecting imagery from artists living on the proverbial wrong side of the tracks. Check it out at iamthevoid.com.