I’m not always fond of when an artist takes a central theme and uses that as the basis for their entire body of work with no deviation. I used to be a big fan of Luke Chueh, but have grown bored of his work because I don’t see any development or growth. It feels to me like he’s just painting what he knows will make him money instead of pushing the idea of art in the same way that made him famous.
Michael of artPause does a lot of work on a central theme, but doesn’t confine himself to just one ideal, so he’s making the theme work. I love the Maps of the World series, some variations more than others. Even more so, I appreciate the time and energy that he’s put into all of these. It’s obvious he’s working off some sort of template, but as you can see, nothing looks mass produced.