Artist: Mike Giant Link:www.mikegiant.com Mike Giant’s career is the result of genuine curiosity and decades of drawing for five hours a day. He’s been, and remains, a world-class graffiti writer, tattooist and illustrator with his REBEL8 line. He’s made zines, skateboard designs, animations, prints, collages and stacks of interesting artist and company collaborations. He travels all over the world, rides his bikes, practices mindfulness, smokes a gang of weed, and is a fully tattooed goofball that one can bring to dinner parties. Whether a page drawn in a friend’s black book amid collected signatures of other graffiti writers, or the large-scale works he hangs in galleries, Mike Giant’s drawings will fool you, even up close. The cleanliness, razor edges and solid blacks of the images all come from a Sharpie and Mike’s surgeon-steady hand, but look like they were printed. That ability to make flawless solids and lines is a special one, and it separates Mike from the pack, but in art as in life, we can get stuck in the forms that liberate us. Artist:Meggs Link:http://houseofmeggs.com Growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Meggs’ early artistic development was influenced by the cartoons, comics & sci-Fi films of the 1980’s. Fuelling his vivid imagination and creating a passion for superheroes, fantasy characters and bold colourful graphics, such as those found on toy packaging and video covers. This soon developed into a passion for skateboarding culture and interest in graffiti art and graphic design. Meggs’ work continually references the nostalgia of childhood heroes and villains, exploring the notion of ‘duality’ and an on-going question of morals, rights and authorities. Reflecting on personal experience Meggs produces energetic depictions of heroes, villains, and subverted collages of pop culture symbology. Artist:Sylvia Ji Link:www.sylviaji.com Born in 1982, a native of san Francisco, Sylvia Ji's artistic ability is akin to another time and place. Her work encapsulates an alluring beauty that is both cutting edge and a nod to time honored technique. Hauntingly beautiful images brimming sexual provocation mix with a sense of consternation, hinting that all is not as well as it may appear. Some of her paintings are symbolic reflections of herself, portraits of people she knows or just nameless faces set in a landscape of fleeting and decaying beauty. Artist: Michael Wandelmaier Link:www.wandelmaier.com Michael Wandelmaier is an illustrator and graphic designer who currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Though formally trained as a civil engineer and geologist, Michael has chosen to pursue a career in the arts. He uses both traditional and digital media in his work. Artist:Hannah Stouffer Link:www.hannahstouffer.com Los Angeles based artist, illustrator, and designer Hannah Stouffer is really something else. Her intensely intricate drawings of coiled snakes, fierce tigers, sexy women, and bejeweled foliage has graced everything from canvas to paper, snowboard decks to tote bags. This passionate artist creates work for pleasure but her colorful and detailed designs have landed her more commercial jobs than we can count. Hannah’s densely packed compositions consciously recall classical elements from our past and combine them with our modern attractions, creating cohesive yet opposing array's of imagery and embellishment. She focuses on the contrasts between periods in time, subcultures and social trends- and merges them together with a high regard for traditional decoration. No wonder she has been shaking the world of contemporary art. If you would like your art work to be featured in the next Roundup, then send a message to us at - The405arthouse@googlemail.com