A FORGOTTEN JUNGLE BY DAWID PLANETA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dawid Planeta is a Polish artist who battles his depression by painting. He created an imaginary world where a small man is traveling through long forgotten jungle meeting his weaknesses and fears presented as giant animals with glowing eyes. The vision created by the artist is dark, mysterious, and very beautiful.

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ANICUBE BY ADITYA ARYANTO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jakarta, Indonesia based graphic retoucher Aditya Aryanto tried visualizing some animals in different forms, which he then called Anicube or Animal Cube. He is interested in the cubical shape and trying to change some animal forms into cubes.

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Aryanto’s latest series is a collection of real life animals reconfigured looked more like cubic creations from Minecraft. The liquified curves and inorganic lines are somehow strangely realistic. The series, called Minecraft in Real Life or Anicube, covers everything from highland cows to rabbits.

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TROPICAL ATMOSPHERES BY NIKKI MALOOF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nikki Maloof lives and works in Brooklyn. Jungle animals and exotic vegetation appear frequently in Maloof’s drawings, paintings and collages. Often surrounded by luminous tropical hues, tigers, monkeys and bats can seem either benign or sinister, reticent or theatrical, and adopt an anthropomorphic quality that discloses a sense of the artist’s compassion for her subject matter.

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The same lightness of hand with paint, color and line, hints at the somber and dejected aspects of the domestic and quotidian – drooping flowers, in a vase or overcome by rain, and the view, from a distance, of the warmly lit interiors of people’s homes through window panes. Maloof’s works tend toward the familiar yet maintain a level of un-specifiable strangeness that produces their emotive quality.

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LUSH NATURE BY ALLISON GREEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Allison Green was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a nearby rural suburb. Throughout her childhood Green lived on the periphery of a lush forest, an experience which has greatly impacted the art she is best known for today. Currently Green resides and works in downtown Jersey City, where she creates large-scale oil paintings intertwining themes from nature.

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The works carry a feminist sentiment; Green names each tree after a woman who has influenced her identity, expressing the powerful relationships between women through the “venerable symbol of the family tree,” as she describes.

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MYTHOLOGICAL SCULPTURES BY EVA FUNDERBURGH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eva Funderburgh is a sculptor living in Seattle, Washington. While her work ranges from clay to bronze to installation work, the movement and emotional content of her work stand out, regardless of the medium.

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Her work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. She uses her simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Storytelling and the idea of myth plays a very large role in her work, but equally so the notion of biology.

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DUSTY CAR ART BY NIKITA GOLUBEV

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nikita Golubev aka ProBoyNick targets dusty cars and vans in Moscow as part of an ongoing project called #dirtpainting. From a pair of hands clasped in prayer to an owl’s beady eyes glaring over a pair of van doors, Golubev’s creative expression knows no bounds. Sometimes he will ask drivers for permission before he gets to work – and other times he simply bestows the parked vehicles with his creations.

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When he’s not drawing sharks into dusty truck doors using his fingers and paintbrushes, he’s a multimedia artist whose other works have centred around fine art, digital art, character and film design.

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SURREAL ANATOMICAL DRAWINGS BY TROELS CARLSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Copenhagen, Denmark based Troels Carlsen warps classic anatomical illustrations of natural organisms to produce mixed media works on paper. On a purely visual level, the contrast between the illustrative anatomical drawings and Carlsen’s slightly humorous injections works really nicely holding conceptual tones as well. Carlsen gets his inspiration from the human condition, specifically how art has captured human life over the last few centuries.

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BLUE SERIES BY JULES JULIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amsterdam based artist Jules Julien‘s universe crosses many opposite sides; colorful and dark, graphic and sensitive, realistic and surreal. His clean and simple aesthetic makes his work immediately recognizable. He puts in scene a world where the symbol blends with the anecdote and where the strange is concealed behind the images in his meticulous paintings.

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