BLURRY PORTRAITS BY LACEY MCKINNEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Baldwinsville, NY based artist Lacey McKinney‘s haunting portraits depict women and distorted figures, rendered in energetic strokes and accented with bold patches of color.

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McKinney demonstrates she is not afraid to continually reexamine her approach to the figure and investigate new ways in which it can be used to communicate ideas and manipulate aesthetic elements. The ideas she explores play with issues of identity and the complexities and ambiguities of “self. ” Her compositions give a nod to the multiple perspectives inherent to cubism.
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HAUNTING WORKS BY SAMANTHA WALL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based artist Samantha Wall works with divergent emotions in her haunting art. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Samantha immigrated to the United States as a child. She received her BFA from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Her work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally.

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ERASED FACES BY JESUS LEGUIZAMO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jesús Leguizamo is an artist from Bogotá, Colombia, who in his depictions of people erases and blurs that which defines the human being – the face. Through expressive brushstrokes, he creates compelling and memorable paintings which explore human fragility and how this can be expressed in the medium of paint.

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His haunting paintings come across as intimate peeks into someone’s emotional state of mind or a memory which has begun to fade, leaving incomplete snippets in your mind.

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SURREAL CHILDHOOD MEMORIES BY ALICE WELLINGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Austria-based artist Alice Wellinger creates surreal imagery that deals with the troubles of daily life and of childhood memories. Her realistic approach to these figures and accompanying subjects has a eerie effect—it’s as if they actually exist, but in a way that’s similar to a vivid dream. While her editorial illustrations are colorful, with conceptual ideas, her personal work, dealing with everything from gender to the relationship between humanity and nature, is ironic and dark.

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EERIE AND HAUNTING SCULPTURES BY PHILIP JACKSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Scotish artist Philip Jackson is a renowned sculptor with an outstanding ability to convey the human condition through skillful use of body language. He produces figures both imposing and operatic in their narrative and presence, which are recognizable worldwide.

Powerful and beautifully sculpted, Jackson’s meticulously precise posturing of each piece creates an overwhelming sense of drama. Whether with the prestigious, figuratively detailed public monuments and statues for which he is often commissioned, or his hauntingly elegant and theatrically enigmatic gallery sculptures, Philip Jackson’s work is truly awe inspiring – it never fails to move people.

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HAUNTING PAINTINGS BY ANDREW HEM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrew Hem has been painting all his life, first as a graffiti artist in his teenage years and now as a full-time exhibiting artist on a worldwide scale.

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Raised as the child of Cambodian immigrants in Los Angeles, Hem’s illustrative paintings bridge disparate aesthetic influences as well as cultural touchstones and sensibilities. Hem’s paintings typically highlight an individual within a group of figures, homing in on the one person who is often somberly staring out from the canvas. Using a cool palette in which the colors do not quite match up with the real world, the artist creates somber moods in illusionistic spaces set at a remove from reality.

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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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GORGEOUS PAINTINGS BY PAUL FENNIAK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paul Fenniak was born in 1965 in Toronto, Canada. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a Master of Fine Art degree from Concordia University, Montreal.

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He is a master of the psychological realism. There is a genuinely haunting, cinematic monumentality. It reminds one that the narrative as well as painterly possibilities of traditional, figurative representation are still far from exhausted.

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THE DARK PORTRAITS OF ANTOINE CORDET

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out these haunting, sort of sad, portraits by Paris based artist Antoine Cordet. Using mixed media (acrylic and marker on canvas) in his art, he touches on melancholy and nostalgia but his general outlook is positive because art gives him liberty to be who he has always wanted to be.

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Antoine Cordet created his personal style through intense trial and error and a work ethic that makes him one to really keep an eye on.  His images are haunting and calming at the same time.  It is almost like Antoine knows something we do not and is constantly hinting at what we should be aware of even when it is not overly conspicuous.

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