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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TWISTED VISIONS BY JOE VAUX

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Joe Vaux was born in Islip, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1994 with BFA Illustration, after which time he started his career in the animation industry. Joe’s fine art has been exhibited internationally and has also participated in numerous group and solo shows, as well as a couple of museum exhibits, including the Suggestivism show at Grand Central Art Center in 2011.

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His work as a director on the the hugely popular animated TV series ‘Family Guy’ has made his name known to most. However, Vaux also engages his boundless imagination and creative skills as a prodigious fine artist, leading viewers into a bizarre, yet strangely familiar world, populated with ghoulish creatures who collectively engender twisted visions with generous spoonfuls of humor. Vaux injects a remarkably playful and distinctly human flavor to his narratives, often shining a light -although a creepy one- on our dreams and fears.

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DARK INK DRAWINGS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based artist Jon MacNair’s work is greatly inspired by popular children’s literature, fairytales, and Renaissance art. He is well known for his fantastical, quirky ink drawings, often labeled as “dark”.

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Jon’s drawings of horned monsters and other mythological creatures share an aesthetic with their medieval predecessors but underneath their scary exteriors, are not so different from us: they go sailing, take naps in trees, send each other letters, and have lots of misadventures together.

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THE HAUNTING WORK OF ALLISON SOMMERS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Allison Sommers currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She primarily uses gouache and pencil to create most of her art pieces.

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Her work ranges from colorful paintings alongside black-and-white drawings to luminous settings that alternate with dark compositions. While certain subjects seem inoffensive enough  other are brutally disturbing. Most of them deal with deformed bodies, humanoid monsters, imaginary insects or more often impossible animals. Things are turned inside out, opened up and fragmented into a chromatic crowd of small biological details.

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DARK FAIRYTALES BY CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Camille Rose Garcia‘s art is like looking through the looking glass into a warped, dark fairytale. It’s a place full of dripping scenery, bejeweled forests with elegant swans, deer, serpents, and skulls, and her signature women with bold eyelashes and running mascara, empowered versions of the folkloric and cartoon princesses that inspired them.

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DRAMATIC PAINTINGS BY MARKUS AKESSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Markus Akesson is interested in small but distinct shifts from one phase to the next, such as from childhood to adulthood or from life to death. Åkesson’s paintings function as rough drafts, synopses for a narrative. They are throwing us into a visual borderland between blinding light and deep darkness, as well as between rationality and overwhelming emotion, between wakefulness and unrestricted dreaming. His works contain a thoughtful dramaturgy, leaving the viewer with a disturbing feeling between peacefulness and depression.

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DARK PORTRAITS BY VICTOR GRASSO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Victor Grasso is a Jersey Shore artist, born and raised. But he doesn’t paint sunset portraits or pretty pictures of empty beach chairs.

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You can see his work around the Jersey Shore — in the Chalfonte Hotel, the Ocean Club in Cape May, the Princeton in Avalon, and on those summer issues of Exit Zero. There, he paints scenes of Cape May life, always using residents for models: the harried Lobster House waitress, the lifeguard, the surfer butting heads with the beach tag checker, the fisherman. They’ve been compared to the work of Norman Rockwell.

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THE INTRIGUING ILLUSTRATIONS OF ROVINA CAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rovina Cai is an illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who loves making illustrations that evoke a sense of intrigue; images that make you linger, hungry to know the stories behind them. She is often inspired by the past, from myths and fairy tales to gothic novels. These stories bring a little bit of magic and wonder to the the present day.

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