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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SPIRITUAL AWARENESS BY XIAOYI CHEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Xiaoyi Chen currently lives and works in UK and China. She received her MA in photography from the London College of Communications in 2014 and was awarded the LCC/Photofusion Prize. Chen’s work has been exhibited and published internationally.

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Chen’s practice is tied to a natural, oriental aesthetic, influenced by Western abstract art and oriental philosophy. Photography is a personal tool for Chen, used to question broad concepts that migrate from the personal to the philosophical realm. Her recent work focuses on the combination of photography and printmaking, a combination of techniques used to explore beneath the surface of things by simplifying and abstracting; an approach aimed at reviving spiritual awareness and intuition before entering the symbolic nature of what we view.

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A BEASTLY WORLD BY SEAN MCCARTHY

by Ariadna Zierold

sean mccarthy, dark, enigmatic, paiting, drawing, beasts, creatures, upper playground

Sean McCarthy received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University.

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McCarthy’s work is enigmatic, unsettling, and darkly comic. He renders the sagging crevasses and withered underbellies of a beastly world in a state of fantastic violence. His primal dramas recall the 19th Century decadent tradition, which conjured a darkness far more vibrant than the banality of our everyday evil.

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SOMBER PAINTINGS BY MICHAEL BORREMANS

by Ariadna Zierold

michael borremans, painting, paintings, oil, portrait, portraiture, figurative, somber, dark, ghent, belgium, upper playground

Ghent, Belgium based Michaël Borremans juxtaposes -in his figurative drawings and paintings-  somber figures, jarring close-ups, and unsettling still lifes that are at once nostalgic, darkly comic, disturbing, and grotesque.

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His seductive works contain timeless images of inner drive and external force, of the latent pressure involved in being human. Behind a veil of stylistic perfection, the artist simulates common rituals of interpretation and meaning. His intensely atmospheric images are puzzles involving political and psychological patterns of perceiving the world, which oscillate in a camouflaging, fragile way between inexorable realism and nebulous distance.

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SURREALISM DAYDREAM BY AYKUT AYDOGDU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Istambul, Turkey based Aykut Aydogdu’s work is purely digital, drawn or painted with a tablet in Adobe Photoshop. His work walks the fine line between surrealism daydream and surrealism nightmare.

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Aydogdu’s work is stunning in both quality and subject matter. Portraying scenes like a woman’s head impaled by a rose, another woman engaging in a sensual kiss with a decapitated head, and a third atop a toilet seemingly “shitting roses,” the result is both comical, dark, and deeply alluring.

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BLUE SERIES BY JULES JULIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

jules julien, painting, blue, blue series, dark, faces, animals, painting, amsterdam, france, surreal, realistic, clean, minimalistic, simple, upper playground

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

monochrome, helena vizcaino, illustration, drawing, monochromatic, black, dark, faces, women, spain, helsinki, animation, tattoo, upper playground

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

andrea fiorino, painting, dark, narrative, scenes, milan, upper playground

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

jonathan dalton, painting, dark, bizarre, odd, charaters, portraiture, dark, barcelona, upperplayground

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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