Artist of the month – Minoru Nomata

Impossible structures leftover from an imagined civilisation - Minoru Nomata invites us to step into a forgotten world. Grand beyond belief, Minoru Nomata's monolithic structures are something to marvel at. They push the boundaries of what architecture could and should be. Form follows function, as it's never clear what their purpose is. You have stairs…

Artist deadlines – December

It's almost Christmas, and as a treat I've listed the few remaining opportunities of 2019. Goodluck! The highlight this month is the Visual Art Open Prize, due 10 December: The Visual Art Open competition is a not-for-profit event open to both amateur and professional artists based in the UK and internationally. The aim is to give artists the…

Artist deadlines – October

The leaves might be falling and the weather unpredicatble, but the art word is alive and buzzing with activity. The Other Art Fair, Frieze and the Affordable Art Fair all take place this month, as well as countless opportunities. Highlight opportunity this month is The Guardian Illustration Prize. They're on the hunt for emerging artists…

Illustrator of the month – Eizin Suzuki

Bask in the illustrated sunlight of Eizin Suzuki. A pop of colour and a splash of light shimmer through Japanese illustrator Eizin Suzuki's holiday-style snaps. Suzuki made his name designing magazine covers and advertising campaigns for leading Japanese companies, including Nikon, Suntory, Nissan, and Nippon Oil, as well as a number of Tatsuro Yamashita’s album covers.…

Illustrator of the month – Hiro Isonoo

Like stepping back in time to the video games of old, or some psychedelic trip to no-place, Hiro Isonoo's illustrations are wonderfully enchanting. Dripping with colour, the late video game designer Hiro Isonoo's illustrations are eye-poppingly hypnotising. You're absorbed into an augmented, pixel-like world, bursting with a fusion of different kinds of fauna, flora and…

Artist deadlines – July

Well, hello July! The months have rolled by, and here we are in the middle of a sweltering Summer, and the competitions are heating up. There's a HUGE mix of competitions, open calls and residencies to go for in July. Highlights this month include the RAW Labs residency at Bow Arts, where you get to…

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Illustrator of the month: Zoe Keller

Explore the natural world through highly detailed illustrative, charcoal drawings intended to educate and inspire audiences of at-risk species. Zoe Keller creates stunningly detailed drawings of animals and fauna, done completely in graphite. They are annoyingly amazing! These drawings act as visual research into the various kinds of species of the native land in which…