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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GEOMETRIC FRAGMENTS BY LUI FERREYRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lui Ferreyra has been working with a signature fragmented style. The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself. The second move is fulfilled by the cumulative effect of all the shapes functioning together as a color-field in which each shape contextualizes every other shape, thereby providing all the necessary visual cueing to manifest a kind of window one can look through. These geometric fragments are blended by the viewer’s eye rather than the artist’s hand, producing color fields that Ferreyra intends to call attention to the connection between seeing and language.

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WOMEN BY AFARIN SAJEDI

by Ariadna Zierold

AFARIN SAJEDI, painting, women, portrait, portraiture, faces, surreal, texture, vivid, woman, iran, upper playground

Afarin Sajedi is an Iranian artist that creates soul baring close-ups that make you feel like your spirit has just been scolded.  Afarin is not trying to be a feminist hero or a champion for the Third World.  She is just trying to scope, capture and give a glimpse of the hidden and very often unseen turmoil buried within all of us.

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The use of  small brushstrokes make her paintings that much more lively – the texture encourages the idea of naturalism and un-edited beauty and the color is so vibrant and detailed, like you can see every pore, shadow, freckle, and blemish that exists. Her paintings are huge, so you can see every detail up close too, even better.

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BLEEDING PIXELS BY GIACOMO CARMAGNOLA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Italian graphic designer Giacomo Carmagnola disagrees with the current state of Glitch Art. He shakes up the field by exchanging digital computation with human intuition. Mixing the occult with the emotional with a dedicated eye he is able to abstract and curate sinister images that give you raw phychological thrills when you look at them. Often with an face replaced by bleeding pixels, the entities tell their story miraculously without an mouth or expression.

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SYMBOLIC PORTRAITS BY VALENTIN FISCHER

by Ariadna Zierold

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German painter Valentin Fischer creates digital artworks featuring portraits of various people with hints of geometry and symbolism. He is pretty much self-taught, learning from the web and the influences of other artists such as James Jean and Sam Weber. He has worked in a number of capacities as a freelance illustrator but gave that up a while ago to become an Interface Designer.

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THE WORK OF AKIRA BEARD

by Ariadna Zierold

akira beard, san francisco, painting, faces, abstraction, upper playground

Akira Beard is an artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. When not creating in the studio, his professional time is spent between exhibiting artwork and teaching painting/drawing. He is a faculty member at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he has taught Fine Art Anatomy and Fashion Illustration. Akira has shown at a variety of venues, mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area, including pop-up shows at the Academy of Science, live painting at the West Inn’s New Year Gala and other similar forms of contemporary exhibition.

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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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IDENTITIES BY AMY SHERALD

by Ariadna Zierold

amy sherald, painting, paintings, portrait, portraiture, people, faces, baltimore, upper playground

Baltimore based Amy Sherald was born in Columbus, Ga. in 1973. She attended Clark- Atlanta University where she earned a Bachelor’s of the Arts in painting in 1997. Sherald was chosen as Jurors Pick of the New American Paintings Edition 88. Her work was mostly recently acquired by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art in Washington, D.C. Through her portraits, Amy Sherald explores the ways people construct and perform their identities in response to political, social, and cultural expectations.

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