Drawing on the influence of anime, comic books, Otaku culture, and animal compendiums, the work of Nicholas Di Genova (1981, Toronto/Canada) features an encyclopedic range of constructed creatures ranging from soft and nurturing to calculating and military. A vast and intense fabricated history acts as a backdrop to the hundreds of interconnected species, families and rival clans that find themselves projecting their habits, relations and environments to their viewers. Working with ink and animation paints, Di Genova's paintings on mylar highlight his skill with line and his ability to manipulate colour. Always intense and intricately executed, Di Genova's work rivals the quality of any fine art painter while firmly establishing itself on the fringes of contemporary art. The work brings together knowledge of art and design and samples from both fields, resulting in incredible visual and technical impact and an astonishing strong conceptual core which receives respect from both camps, a dichotomy often severely split.