Kozyndan is the joint pseudonym of Los Angeles-based husband-and-wife illustrator team Kozue and Dan Kitchens, known in particular for their whimsical and occasionally absurd illustrations of modern cityscapes.
Kozyndan create a wide range of art from photography to painting and illustration. They have a number of projects and side projects including a new move into ceramic art. I first came across their work in Australia where I saw the image Takanobaba on Acid (first image in the series above) and fell in love with it; due to shipping costs and a hundred different reasons I had to leave it in Melbourne but never forgot about it. A few years later I stumbled across a print in Brighton and bought it on the spot.
I really like the Panoramics Series of works, Kozyndan have a very individual aesthetic. I love how they layer illustrations over each other creating a sense of movement and energy. The couple have a number of motifs including the incorporation of bunnies in many of their works. There are also lots of aquatic themes where many characters appear to be flying or swimming. This could relate to the couple's campaigning on many oceanic issues such as their campaign to end shark finning and the dumping of plastics into the ocean.
Kozyndan's work has so many layers to it, you can look into their panoramic images and see something new every time. The artists also add drama and fun to the images by mixing up iconography and placing animals and objects into unfamiliar surroundings.