OLD WORLD AESTHETICS BY OMAR RAYYAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Martha’s Vineyard based artist Omar Rayyan‘s bucolic surroundings compliment and help inspire his “old world” aesthetic toward painting. Although looking to the past for inspiration and guidance from the great oil painters of the Northern Renaissance and the Romantic and Symbolist painters of the 19th century, he has picked watercolor as his medium of choice.

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Omar’s primary market is geared towards children’s and young adult’s magazine and books, doing cover and interior illustrations. He has also illustrated several children’s picture books.

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MAGICAL REALISM BY JULIE HEFFERNAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Julie Heffernan‘s dark, Grimm fairy tale-like undercurrent transforms her aristocratic, operatic portraits into a contemporary vanitas or memento mori, acting as both a stylized fantasy and a Bosch-like warning. Her lush self-portraiture utilizes a myriad of art historical references to present a sensual interior narrative, a self-allegory whose half- hidden political agenda is the literal background of the paintings.

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Her imaginative landscapes feature such elements as exploding cities, castoff gods and garbage, and falling torrents of animals, meteors and gemstones. These elements reflect her view of the world after “calamities” such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill threaten to make it unlivable.

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DEMENTED ENCHANTMENT BY MATT DANGLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New Jersey-based artist Matt Dangler’s imaginative explorations continue to evolve as the artist uncovers new facets of his consciousness and broadens the horizon of his spiritual journey with each new painting. Via the induction of a meditative state, which is at the core of his creative practice, Dangler looks inward, in pursuit of glimpses into the true essence of the self; not just in relation to his own being, but of a universal nature, much akin to that found within the Jungian archetypes and what can be derived from our private dream worlds.

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By opening himself up to the mysterious cues and metaphors his psyche provides him, Dangler constructs fantastically inspired and engaging imagery, which contains the power to reveal new and undiscovered aspects of the personalities of each and every one of us, by speaking directly to our subconscious and therefore our inherent inner beings.

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FABLE WORKS BY ALEX KUNO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alex Kuno created a series of interwoven, darkly satirical fairy tale vignettes in his work The Miscreants of Tiny Town. This series presents the trials and tribulations of wayward children in various forms through mixed media paintings on hand-carved pieces of wood, drawings on paper, sculpture and installation. These pieces are playful investigations of longings, fears and dark stories from childhood that have shaped our adult anxieties and understanding of the real-world, large-scale cultural, economic and environmental change.

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JAPANESE FOLKLORE BY ELLIE OKAMOTO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ellie Okamoto’s paintings are a maelstrom of imagery teeming with rainbow-colored human figures, animals, and grotesque creatures. Her art is replete with Japanese folklore, tradition, and symbolism. Her paintings reveal clouds swirling through lush forests, carrying the spirit of animals and mythological creatures; the extinct Japanese wolf is a recurring character, once believed to be like a mountain god and the guardian of peasants since they were great hunters in mountain forests.

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COLOR-EXPLOSIVE PAINTINGS BY EWA PRONCZUK-KUZIAK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Living and working in Warsaw, Poland, Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak expresses a fascination with life in her paintings of figures in magical rearrangements. Appearing to be woven out of thread and decorative fabrics, Ewa’s animals are a combination of still life, nature, and fantasy.

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“My source of inspirations are fairy tales, dreams, my own experiences and stories from childhood,” she says. Working primarily in oil paint, her ongoing “The Still Life Series” depicts rainbow-colored visions of animals that appear to be made out of materials.

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FURRY CREATURES BY PECA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona artist Peca has been an artist since childhood. Peca feels that a new world opened up to her recently when she began meditating. The artist feels that her works are self-portraits, and are ways for her to communicate the encrypted experiences that she experiences in life. Peca’s paintings feature strange spiritual entities- multi-eyed furry creatures made of ‘star stuff’ that bleed strawberry juice, and exhale galaxies.

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AQUATIC METAMORPHOSIS BY ELISA ANCORI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona-based artist Elisa Ancori‘s illustrations are somewhat arcane in nature, like drawings of dryads or nymphs. A common characteristic in Ancori’s artwork seems to be that of metamorphosis, blending animal and human forms.

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Even though the subject is fantastical, she isn’t heavyhanded or tongue-in-cheek with her flavor of surrealism. There’s a subtlety to her illustrations. She treats both the grotesque and the sensual with a light hand; the crook of an inviting finger is shaded just as delicately as the soft petal pink of a mermaid’s innards.

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THE FAIRY TALE-ESQUE PAINTINGS OF RUSTAM QBIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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With a wildly surreal imagination, artist Rustam QBic from Kazan, Russia creates fish adorned with houses and windows, elephants sprouting giant buildings, and a goose whose feathers are made from a ocean of angry waves. Almost every one of his creations, be it on paper or on a wall is brimming with wonderful ideas and often have to be viewed up close to appreciate their full detail.

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