ATMOSPHERIC PAINTINGS BY JULES DE BALINCOURT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Jules de Balincourt (previously featured here) is a French-American contemporary artist. He is best known for his abstract, atmospheric paintings with saturated colors, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Force-fed on TV and an all-American mind-junk diet, his paintings are crafted with democratic gusto. Evoking notions of utopia and dystopia, de Balincourt’s paintings investigate public and private spaces and suggest an ever-changing landscape – both physical and psychological.

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FLYING SAUCERS BY ESTHER WATSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Esther Pearl Watson grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her family moved often, since her father’s hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn’t always sit well with the neighbors.

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Her work is autobiographical and full of fun with her signature naive style but true painting talent. She has a wide range of styles, but it’s all rich in detail and symbolism, and powerful in its impact. Watson’s pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious scenes of houses or figures ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer’s own imagination engaged, wanting to know more.

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RETRO FUTURISTIC LANDSCAPES BY VICTOR MOATTI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based artist Victor Moattis work focuses on simple shapes, complex assembly and dreamy colors. Through his many pieces, a certain palette of color emerges and characterizes his work. The bluish and violet hues are a constant along with playful shadows and cosmic landscapes.

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A very 80s and retro futuristic aesthetic is visually a result from his work and the techniques used and the elements present place it out of time and out of any terrestrial place known to man for that matter.

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FUNKY PERSONAS BY KELLY BJORK

by Ariadna Zierold

kelly bjork, seattle, illustrator, illustration, friends, scenes, narratives, portraiture, intimacy, funky, upper playground

Seattle-based Kelly Bjork is an artist/freelance illustrator whose work focuses on portraiture and intimacy between friends and belongings. Bjork’s illustrations capture the funky and punky personas that thrive in her home city of Seattle. She grew up in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a BFA in drawing and printmaking.

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SHOE-SHI BY SUSHI CHEF YUJIA HU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Milan-based sushi chef Yujia Hu has taken his love of sneaker culture to a new level, creating bite-sized arrangements of fresh fish in the form of his favorite must-have models of the moment. From the Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo to the Air Jordan 1, he’s created an eclectic range of sneakers as art with Swoosh branding made from black strands of seaweed.

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ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPED BY JUSTIN MARGITICH

by Ariadna Zierold

justin margitich, santa rosa, california, watercolor, pencil, acrylic, anthropology, taxonomy, geology, alchemy, abstract, painting, paintings, texture, textures, bright, colorful, flowing, upper playground

Santa Rosa, CA based Justin Margitich works with watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper. Margitich draws from anthropology, taxonomy, geology, and alchemy creating abstract paintings that offer special depth and opposing textures that force the viewer to be engaged.

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In each work, brightly hued, organically flowing gradients are arranged in seemingly impossible configurations. Upon close observation, the inorganic plastic qualities of the artists’ materials become apparent to the viewer. Throughout the exhibition, these fluctuations between organic and inorganic are subtle reminders of where we find meaning in the order of our contemporary culture.

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VARIATIONS IN MOTION BY JAN KALAB

by Ariadna Zierold
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Jan Kaláb was born 1978 in Czechoslovakia, at a time when the Iron Curtain still existed and graffiti was a rare sight in the Eastern World. Luckily for us, with the fall of the Iron Curtain, Jan Kaláb was able to fall into the world of graffiti and street art, developing his unique style within the iconic street art crew DSK.
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Starting off as a founder of the DSK crew he made a name for himself throughout Europe as “Cakes”. Later on, he decided to broaden his horizon and move to New York where he changed his name to “Point” and started creating huge sculpted abstract letters which he chose to put up in the streets and on walls. He thereby created another form of graffiti without a spray can, but truthful to the spirit of competition and innovation of the urban scene. He uses colorful squares and circles as his vocabulary for infinite variations around depth, time, and motion.
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