I am consumed by all things artistic and I've had the privilege of coming across so many different types of art in my short time on this Earth. Art is ever-changing, but I'd like to show you who I think are some of the best modern artists today.
I picked out 17 different artists that have their own styles and medium and put them in alphabetical order, so that you don't think I'm playing favorites. But let's get right into the art and stimulate your mind.
He writes, he draws and he designs clothing (I actually own a shirt designed by him); he's Alex Pardee from California.
He has such a wonderfully odd style that sometimes comes off as shocking until you stare at it a little longer and realize that it's actually quite beautiful.
Art is Alex's therapy, to help him overcome anxiety and depression.
And, after browsing some of his art, it may come of no surprise to you that a couple of his childhood inspirations were the Garbage Pail Kids and Tales from the Crypt comics.
You can now see his bizarre characters all over whether it's in books, CD art, skateboards, clothing or even stuffed animals. And you can pick up a lot of this at his store: Zerofriends.
So, head on over to his site, Eye Suck Ink, to keep up on what crazy creations this man comes up with.
Andre Kutscherauer is a 3D artist from Munich, Germany.
He uses a variety of different software programs to create some really thought-provoking art, for which he's won a number of awards for.
Outside of that, he seems to do a lot of concept work for consumer products.
If you go visit HIS SITE you'll soon realize, as you wait for it to load, that he's very gifted with what he can do with a computer and the right software.
Andrew Bell, from Brooklyn, New York, has a wacky cartoon style that's hard not to like.
He likes taking everyday things and adding his own special twist to it to please, or shock, the eyes of his fans.
He comes out with new creature creations often, so you know he's busy with his pen and pencil.
And Andrew has his own shop, called Dead Zebra, Inc., where you can get his artwork on a variety things like clothing, toys, books or just buy the art straight up.
So, head on over to Andrew's site, the Creatures in my Head, and see what odd creation he's come up with today.
Yes, I included Banksy; even though his art has gotten a bit trendy, he's still a good artist.
Banksy's an anonymous street artist from the UK, whose mostly stenciled "graffiti" actually has a lot of meaning behind it.
He's not just tagging his name all over town; he's making you think, when you stop and look at his art.
And I think that should be the purpose of all art; to stop and make you think about the meaning behind it.
Now, there's a "shop" where you can pick up some of Banky's bold art, but it's not for sale; you can just download it for free.
So, head on over to Banky's Site and check out some of his artwork, to see what thoughts it provokes.
Brian Dettmer is a very creative book artist from Atlanta, Georgia.
When he was in college in Chicago, he was mostly into painting, but eventually moved onto creating very artistic versions of books.
He bends, folds, cuts, rolls, sands and stacks books in a way that makes you look at a book like you've never seen one before. And I really wouldn't be surprised if you've never seen a book look the way Brian modifies them.
But, head on over to Brian's Site to see more awe-inspiring book (and other) creations.
Cliff Maynard is a tattoo artist from Pittsburgh, PA, but his art isn't the obvious.
You see, as Cliff was studying mosaics in school, he came up with a very creative, some would say green, way of creating his mosaics.
And you can take my green comment any way you'd like, but what Cliff does is he recycles what stoners throw away: roach paper. Yes, he creates mosaics out of used rolling papers that people smoked out of! Crazy, isn't it?
The art's amazing and so is the idea, and method he came up with.
So, head over to Cliff's site, Chronic Art (his site's been down for a while, so I took the broken link out - sorry!), and see some of his literally funky art.
I hope this art has stimulated some kind of emotion from you.
I don't think any life is complete without some kind of art, whether you created it yourself or not.
Now, maybe you've never heard of any of these artists before; if that's the case, I'm glad you checked this out!
But don't stop here though; keep exploring!
If you've heard of all these artists, check out Part 2 of this series for even more art.
I've Picked MY Top 17... Who are some of YOUR favorite artists?
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 22, 2011:
Thanks, laurathegentleman! I love sharing all the artists I hear about... there's sooo much art out there!
laurathegentleman from Chapel Hill, NC on November 22, 2011:
This in incredible. I am a huge fan of Banksy, but it was cool to learn about some other modern artists making a name for themselves.
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 10, 2011:
Yeah, he's pretty common these days rosettaartist1.
Rosetta Ceesay from United Kingdom on September 10, 2011:
Banksy - I know.
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 29, 2011:
Yeah FloraBreenRobison, it does suck to "destroy" a book but at least it's recycled into art and maybe he uses books that are still in print but in horrible condition. I love when artists are as creative as Cliff and come up with some off the wall way to create art, even if it probably smells a bit haha.
FloraBreenRobison on August 29, 2011:
It breaks my heart to see books no longer in book form. I don't throw away books and I use books for what you expect-to read. I choose Maynard of the group. I've always loved mosaics.
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 26, 2011:
Bleeboobopbopchichi if you're still watching this post, I have begun listing 15 more artists... go to the 3rd part of this series and there's a link to the new series at the bottom of that post.
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 04, 2011:
I would probably say my other two favorites are Alex Pardee and Dave Kinsey.
I'm glad you liked the list though! I may do another list at some point since I'm always finding more and more new artists. Keep your eyes peeled for it!
Bleeboobopbopchichi on July 04, 2011:
i know stinkfish was your fav from Part 3, but what's your fav from Part 1? and Part 2?
by the way, i really liked this artist list, it introduced me to some really creative artists that i had no idea even existed. Have you ever made another list of artists? and if not, are you planning to (maybe soon)?
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 06, 2011:
I'd still count him as modern but some might say he's "retro".
Those are three great choices though! I hadn't really heard about H.R. Giger before but I looked at the art and it's pretty creative.
QA on May 06, 2011:
Three that come straight to mind are:
Alex Grey, H.R. Giger, and M.C. Escher.
What are you counting as modern though? Escher is no longer alive, but still relatively modern. Anyway they're all brilliant.
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 12, 2011:
I hadn't heard of him before, tony... but I looked up his stuff and it's really good! Really unique style; I like it!
tony on April 12, 2011:
do you like David Choe's stuff?
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 06, 2011:
Thanks Manna in the wild, I enjoy the art myself... I guess I just have unusual taste ;)
Manna in the wild from Australia on February 06, 2011:
I think you did really well with this by picking some unusual art.
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 26, 2010:
Thanks for reading, Angela... glad I could introduce you to new artists and techniques!
Yeah I love the style of Cliff too.. you wouldn't think that that's what it was made out of unless you were told... or smelled it! haha
angela d davis on June 26, 2010:
awesome article! you really put me up on some great artist. cliff maynard is my favorite because of his insane technique manipulation of something as traditional as mosaics! i love it! thanks for giving me this list. now i am inspired to try something new.
Ben Guinter (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 22, 2009:
I'd love to see some of his art in person, Ben... It looks so detailed!
Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on December 22, 2009:
Great article man, I saw Dettmer's stuff at Aron Packer's gallery in Chicago, great gallery, awesome art. The picture above is nice, but doesn't do it justice. To see all the tiny illustrations carved around then revealed in just the particular way was really something to see. Thanks for all the heads up over the other artists.