COLORFUL CHAOS BY ZHOU FAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Zhou Fan was born in 1983 in Shanxi Province in northern China. In 2006, Zhou graduated from the art department of Shanxi University. He participated in a solo exhibition and several group exhibition in his home province that year. Zhou has been very inspired by his childhood. While the artist has always had a strong fascination for Jellyfish, Zhou’s “Love of Jellyfish” series of paintings is based on dreams that he had as a young boy of many jellyfish floating in the sky, some of which fell to the ground on parachutes and became mushrooms. These dreams had a strong impact on the artist, and he remembers them vividly.

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While Fan’s paintings may at first look happy and cheerful because they are colorful, many of the artist’s works have a sad undertone to them. Zhou seems to be quite sensitive to the fact that people can be cruel and destructive, and he can see the effect China’s societal changes are having on individuals and the society as a whole. Fan likes to combine the impossible, and while it looks beautiful within the paintings, the results can be confusing and chaotic-seeming.

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‘ROMCOM’ BY ALEX GARDNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist (previously featured here) Alex Gardner’s faceless, matte black bodies are draped with cotton and positioned in scenes of wordless action displaying every day – if slightly surreal – occurrences, allowing us to place ourselves into the work.  With this in mind Gardner’s paintings take on our very own storylines, reflecting our innermost issues and creating a mental connection rarely experienced in painting.

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Opening this Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at The Hole Gallery in New York City, New York is Gardner’s solo exhibition of new paintings entitled “RomCom.” It will be on display until October 15th, 2017.

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SPACE GEOMETRY BY ALEXY PREFONTAINE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alexy Prèfontaine is a digital artist and graphic designer from Montreal, Canada.
His work is inspired by nature, space, geometry and distorted perspectives that surround him. By focusing on different perceptions of the world that we live in, he hopes that the viewer can be pulled in the surreal sceneries he creates.

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‘NEON FAUVES’ BY MEAGAN BOYD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Meagan Boyd aka Yin Shadowz lives and works in Los Angeles. Through her art, she explores the transcendental realm between dreams and waking life in the context of myth and magic. The work often depicts Utopian environments filled with modern day nymphs, spiritual deities, holy beings, and party monsters, relishing the interconnectivity between all animals, humans, and nature. Incorporating an explosive color palate and intricate line-work, her “freakishly folkish” aesthetic fuses nostalgia with an enigmatic urban glow. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Boyd is the art director and co-founder of the Applied Mythology Project, an organization that seeks to understand the relationship between creativity and esoteric practices in modern society.

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She is launching her ‘Neon Fauves’ solo exhibition at LA’s burgeoning Chinatown-based gallery Leiminspace on Saturday, August 12th. Comprised of acrylic and watercolor paintings on canvas and paper, the exhibition serves as the latest iteration of the artist’s bold investigations into spirituality, religious symbolism, and the Occult. Boyd’s floating deities, known as “fauves” serve as mystical centerpieces within each work, elegantly draped in flora and fauna against a flat vacuous backdrop. While grounded in present day, she re-imagines our universe as a vivid supernatural playground, seamlessly incorporating primitive art traditions with postmodern sensibilities.

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PSYCHEDELIC PLANET BY SANGHO BANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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South Korean illustrator Bang Sangho takes us on a psychedelic journey to a new planet—submerging our eyes and mind into the imaginary depths of the neon sea and black holes. Crater-headed humans are ticking time bombs in this world, as their brains erupt like volcanoes and revealing their insides as star-filled galaxies.

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THE SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE OF EDITH WADDELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Edith Waddell is an illustrator, dancer and nature lover who was born in Peru. Her artwork is the result of an experimental process that combines acrylic painting, linocut printing, cyanotype printing, and Photoshop digital art printed on paper or canvas. By exploring different art media and embracing chance in her process, Edith has been able to give herself more creative freedom, and the end result is a dark, whimsical, and surreal style.

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“My artwork is a reflection of my recurrent apocalyptic dreams and my personal relationship with the natural world. The dream world offers me a symbolic language that allows me to understand my own human nature in relationship with the world outside. As an artist, I am very inclined to investigate subjects such as metaphysics, the human psyche and dream symbolization to inspire the concept of my work. Starting from this conceptual material allows me to visualize fantastic, whimsical and occasionally macabre imagery. The main prototype I use is the hybrid animal/human creature, to represent such human dilemmas as overpopulation, genetic experimentation, narcissism, hedonism, or pollution. My goal in this is to force viewers to confront the dark and mysterious aspects of human psyche, our internal emotional conflicts and our relationship with the natural environment. My work is an invitation to an introspective examination and reflection upon our existence beyond the physical world.” Edith Waddell

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METAPHYSICAL LANDSCAPES BY JIM BUCKELS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jim Buckels is a delightful anomaly: An artist more driven by his inner visions than by fashions and trends. Yet, his work possesses an innate sophistication that places it prominently within the post-modern mainstream. In fact, Buckels is a Neo-Surrealist of a peculiarly American Breed: a creator of dream-like images, rendered in a meticulous, modern airbrush technique with the crystalline clarity of a Colonial limner. In his lithographs and serigraphs, as well as in his acrylic paintings, Buckels limns a seamless realm of fantasy that has won him a major reputation in a remarkably short span of time.

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COLLAGED PAINTINGS BY LOVE LUNDELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Love Lundell’s paintings unfold in their own world. Dreamlike, mystical, surrealist, but also harboring references to the everyday, his paintings alternate between engaging the viewers directly and holding back in passive contemplation. Executed in a range of muted palettes, Lundell’s paintings includes collage technique and often reveals a fragmentary crackling effect due to layer upon layer of applied lacquer.

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EXPRESSIVE WATERCOLORS BY TINE ISACHSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Oslo, Norway based Tine Isachsen is an artist that works with line drawing, watercolor, photography and video-art. She studied at Central Saint Martins – London and The National Academy of The Arts in Oslo.

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Isachsen’s work has always been focused on faces and the human body with an emphasis on expression and emotion. Her work has a distinctive and expressive style, seducing the viewer into a dreamlike world where unsettling beauty emerges.

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