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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DARK UNIVERSES BY MONOCHROME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Monochrome is Helena Vizcaíno, a visual artist and illustrator from Spain. She is currently living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She illustrates dark universes that don’t exist, elements from her imagination, natural and outer space elements. Her interests go from animation to the tattoo culture, to fashion design and advertising, where she also finds her inspiration.

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DARK BRUSH STROKES BY ANDREA FIORINO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrea Fiorino is a Sicilian artist now based in Milan. Fiorino’s artistic language is powerfully expressive and relies on the communicative possibilities of narrative.

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Everything is coherent with the theme of the artist’s research: the lost paradise where men and mother Nature once co-lived in harmony and respect, not yet deteriorated by civilization and progress.

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A DISPLAY OF AN INNER MONOLOGUE BY SAMUEL BASSETT

by Ariadna Zierold

samuel bassett, painting, dark, abstract, abstraction, bodies, upper playground

Samuel Bassett studied at Falmouth University and The Arts Institute Bournemouth. He currently works from studio space in the recently renovated prestigious Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. Bassett is an artist with boundless energy enthusiasm and has an integral and honest art language where he displays a scattered image of his inner monologue, mapping a truly active mind searching for the meaning of life.

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ODD CHARACTERS BY JONATHAN DALTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona-based artist Jonathan Dalton creates amazing oil paintings of odd characters or bizarre stories and sceneries. Most of his paintings convey a mysterious dark mood.

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Dark tinted characters and scenes vanish in even darker surroundings, telling bizarre stories while none of the visuals provide hints for the viewer to resolve the mystery.

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NIHILIST BEAUTY BY HENRIK ULDALEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen is a self-taught artist whose creative production revolves around classic figurative painting, presented in a contemporary manner. Henrik explores the dark sides of life, nihilism, existentialism, longing and loneliness, juxtaposed with fragile beauty.

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The atmosphere in his subject matter is often presented in a dream or limbo-like state, with elements of surrealism. His focus on atmospheres rather than narratives and realism leaves his painting open for many interpretations.

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ROBOTIC CREATURES BY NATHAN OTA

by Ariadna Zierold

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For years, Nathan Ota has been pursuing new worlds, both dark and fantastic, to explore in his paintings. Ota has used his stand-ins – a blind bird, a drunk monkey, a one-eyed robot lost in the woods – to travel through dreamlands that hold fantasies and tragedies.

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His early influences came from television cartoons, comic books, photographs and punk rock flyers. Classical art never really interested him so he turned to work by artists he could really relate to: Robert Williams, Olivia, Puss Head, Raymond Pettibon. In high school, Nathan always found himself gravitating toward popular culture—then he discovered graffiti. He still dabbled a little in graffiti once he entered Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, but a whole new world of art was unfolding before his eyes with illustration. Ota didn’t know what he wanted to do when he entered college and left it to the hands of the instructors to lead him in some direction. That’s when he became an illustrator.

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POETIC IMAGES BY JOHAN BARRIOS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Colombian, Houston-based artist Johan Barrios‘ work is a universe of images in movement, whose language goes in search of different features of sonorous expressions, synchronic or asynchronous visuals, elements of action, gestures and silhouettes that pierce his paintings as an ascending vanishing line that sequentially runs through every painting so as to make us understand the meaning of interval between one image and the next, which shows us the power that is communicated by the images and the perceptive impact that stems from viewing a painting and the communicational impression it leaves on us.

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This vibe creates a balance with the levity and the lightness of their bodies and with the body of the artist himself, who announces his presence in the painting, not in an explicit way, but rather from the stealthy perspective of someone who is observing in order to put together, quietly and precisely, the outlines of his characters.

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THE DARK HUMOR OF LAURINA PAPERINA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Laurina Paperina is an Italian artist who lives between Italy and Duckland, a small town in the Universe. She studied at the Institute of Art in Rovereto and the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona, Italy.

She paints, draws, creates installations and video animations.
Working predominantly with the imaginary of contemporary heroes, her works reference contemporary pop culture and the 1980s and ‘90s eras of her childhood. Paperina has over the past years created artworks especially about on the Art World that present a ironic commentary in response to current events.

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