First Matter Press collaborates with a single artist for each of their annual releases. Learn more about our featured artists below. If you are an artist and would like to submit your work for consideration, please email us at firstmatterpress(at)gmail(dot)com
2020 FEATURED ARTIST
Sara Swoboda @continuousdrawingproject
2019 FEATURED ARTIST
Hellsea works in a wide range of artistic media to examine and illustrate what cosmic embodiment means. Her colorful cosmos paintings are spacial compositions (pun intended ;) in exploration of the mysticism of feminine expression. Hellsea’s visions never shy from the shadows or depths of existence, but offer a romantic affirmation of our greater belonging, of our universal connection.
She was raised in Bay Area, California and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts. She works in a variety of mediums and subjects to express her perspective in this cosmic connection of existing. Her work focuses heavily on color and spacial composition. She is inspired by astrology, mid-century design, and the stillness of existence through emotion, moments, and thought.
You can find her spending time with her dog Billie, staying up late drawing while drinking bubble tea, and a lot of times taking a moment to look up at the sky through the trees.
2018 FEATURED ARTIST
Holger Lippmann www.e-art.co
German artist Holger Lippmann has been featured in numerous exhibitions. Born in 1960, he studied painting and sculpting in Dresden and Stuttgart, before moving on to develop his own computer drawing software. Lippmann’s images range from representational subjects like flowers to geometric figures to superimposed matrix structures. Although essentially abstract, Lippmann’s work is always connected to the concrete.
Lippmann developed the computer drawing programs for his own work. With them, he composes delicate structures and abstract geometrical patterns he can layer and vary. The LUMAS pieces are based on a special program, in which the artist set a range of parameters to regulate the scattering of the geometrical elements. Lippmann then unites different compositions made in this way into cohesive pieces. “My internal process is the same as it was when I was working with paint and canvas,” Lippmann explains. “That’s why I call my current work digital or computer-aided painting.”
"Like music, my work is born of improvisation."
Biography sourced from LUMAS
Cover artwork for you are an ambiguous pronoun
The Engraving Series #1, generative digital art by Holger Lippmann
Copyright © 2010
Cover artwork for sounds in my möbius mind
Noise Scape 4 Series, generative digital art by Holger Lippmann
Copyright © 2016