ODDBALL CHARACTERS BY NICK SHEEHY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nick Sheehy (previously featured here) is an Australian-born artist and illustrator living in London. After studying bronze sculpture in the wilds of Tasmania, Nick gave up on art only to re-discover his love of drawing whilst living in London, sparked by an interest in the city’s low brow art, illustration, street art, and graffiti.

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In his work, Nick explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination. Employing a laborious technique, building up layers of texture and thin color, his work infuses precision and attention to detail with random abstraction and clumsiness. He enjoys drawing various weird things for himself, exhibitions, publications, and occasionally the odd client.

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HYPERREALISTIC HUMAN CONDITIONS BY KELLIE ORR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kellie Orr is based in Perth, Western Australia, and mainly works in portraiture. Using realistic and hyperrealistic oil painting methods, Kellie’s work presents honest observations of social behavior, personal identity development and western cultural themes. Her work explores the subtle nuances of our daily lives, our shared experiences and the human condition.

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MONUMENTAL NOBODIES BY MATTHEW QUICK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Matthew Quick (previously featured here) is an Australian artist. His paintings & sculpture use narrative realism to provoke & tell stories. He’s painted since his teens but was distracted by other careers – working variously as a university lecturer, photographer, salesman, art director, copywriter & interior designer. Until returning full time to painting, he was the founder and Creative Director of his own advertising agency, Q&A.

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Quick is an artist who masterfully layers meaning—not only are the works a unique amalgamation of the tradition of landscape painting and surrealism, they are imbued with metaphors and stories. He tells stories and makes quirky observations of the world around us. With the combination of title and image, deeper meanings emerge, triggering the unfolding of chapters in an endless array of stories the viewer is invited to create.

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“NEW YEAR ROT!” BY LOUISE ZHANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Louise Zhang is a Chinese-Australian artist based in Sydney, Australia. Spanning painting, sculpture and installation, her work negates the space between the attractive and repulsive. With an interest in horror cinema, particularly body horror, Zhang investigates the idea of the visceral as medium, method and symbol in negotiating horror as art form.

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Nianhua (年画) is a popular kind of print in China adorning people’s doors to celebrate the new year and to act as a sign of good will that says goodbye to the past and hello to the future. A great portion of these print depict pudgy babies in states of low-key glee as they recline on giant flowers, rid fish or cuddle peaches; it’s a concoction of sweetness that just makes you want to spew up all over the place.

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‘New Year Rot!’ brings together this Nianhua imagery with the visual language of the realm of purgatory known in Chinese mythology as Diyu (地獄). This project is a continuation of the artist’s recent research into how situating her desire to attract and repulse her audience is a consequence of the kinds of feelings the horror film genre, and particularly body-horror, generates.

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URBAN MINIATURES BY JOSHUA SMITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Joshua Smith is a miniaturist and former stencil artist based in Norwood, South Australia. With a career spanning 17 years he has showcased his work in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Japan and all over Australia in over 100 exhibitions. Formerly a self taught stencil artist Josh refocused his career to establishing Espionage Gallery, an Art Gallery based in Adelaide, South Australia showcasing both emerging and well established local, interstate and international artists. For 4 years he showcased over 600 artists from over 20 countries.

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In 2015 after the closure of Espionage Gallery Josh refocused back onto his own career this time as a self taught miniaturist. His miniature works primarily focus on the often overlooked aspects of the urban environment such as grime, rust, decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti perfectly recreated in 1:20 scale miniatures.

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GEOMETRIC GROWTH PATTERNS BY BEASTMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bradley Eastman aka Beastman is an multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. Influenced by the biodiversity, symbolism and design aesthetics behind nature’s repetitive geometric growth patterns and organic landscapes, Beastman’s paintings, digital illustration, commercial projects and public murals explore a unique visual language, depicting future environments of abstracted landscapes, potential new life forms and human intervention.

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BURNOUTS BY SIMON DAVIDSON

by Ariadna Zierold

simon davidson, australia, sydney, photographer, photography, burnout, competition, competitions, car, cars, smoke, upper playground

New Zealand-born photographer based in Sydney, Australia Simon Davidson has been photographing the sub-culture of burnout competitions in Australia. Davidson has become recognized as one of Australia’s leading photographers. Self-taught, he has created a successful career photographing a wide variety of subjects, creating content in both the advertising and editorial environments internationally.

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With his Burnout series he recognizes beauty where it’s not immediately obvious. He finds expression in a car spinning its rear wheels with the single purpose of destruction. His images are superbly composed contemplations of the moment. Slices in time that hold the gaze with car, driver and movement balanced in an ideal expression of a sublime modernity.

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“The guys and girls who compete in the various competitions across Australia are a passionate bunch. As a photographer I enjoy the visual feast of a superb and powerful car on the black of the burnout pad juxtaposed against the softness of the tire smoke. In reality a burnout is extremely loud and aggressive but in the photos there is a sense of calm… poetic in a way.” Simon Davidson

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THE DIGITAL COLLAGE WORK OF MADBUTT

by Ariadna Zierold

madbutt, australia, brisbane, collage, surreal, women, woman, digital, handmade, upper playground

Madbutt is a Brisbane, Australia based artist who experiments with hand cut and digital collage using mixed media. She uses her laptop when she is travelling and in between hand cut works. She keeps it simple using an application called Pixelmator.

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When she is doing hand cut collage she uses an xacto scalpel, archival glue, a ruler, pencil and cutting board. She has used different paints in the past but she feels as though she could have more fun using this medium with larger works. She tries to hold off on using vintage materials until she is 100% sure that she has a great concept to work with.

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