INTRICATE INK DRAWINGS BY BETH BROWN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Beth Brown is a visual artist and experimental musician practicing in Baltimore, MD. Her body of work includes intricate ink drawings on paper. These delicate marks are a systematic response from one additive accumulation to another. Each drawing is essentially an illustration narrated through a personal visual language.

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AN UNKNOWN WORLD BY KEVIN LUCBERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kevin Lucbert is a French artist born in 1985 in Paris. Awarded a diploma in 2008 of the National School of Decorative Arts of Paris, he lives and works today between Berlin and Paris.

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Lucbert draws a mysterious display of inviting doorways, falling bricks and floating houses. Using simply biro, he demonstrates an artfully doodled introduction of an unknown world outside our familiarities. Pairing intricate twirls adjacent to negative space, scribbled etchings and precise lines convey a feeling of the unexpected in amongst a world of system and order.

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FANTASTICAL CREATURES BY GUO FENGYI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Guo Fengyi’s ink drawings of fantastical creatures are completely alive, as might be expected from an artist whose work began with studies of qi, or life-energy. Fengyi was born in Xi’an, central China, in 1942. She obtained her high school diploma in 1962 and found work in a rubber factory. However, severe bouts of arthritis forced her to give up her career at the age of thirty-nine. She turned to alternative medicine in the hope of alleviating her symptoms, and found a new spiritual path in Qi Gong.

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She started experiencing visions in 1989, as a result of which she produced large numbers of drawings, first on the backs of pages from calendars, then later on rice paper. She worked with Indian ink and brushes, producing works up to five metres long, drawn with no initial plan in mind, discovering her own creation as she worked. The multitude of delicate lines form ghostly figures, dragons, phoenixes, and faces, sometimes interwoven, smiling and serene or terrifying and monstrous.

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MONOCHROMATIC WATERCOLOR BY FABIEN MERELLE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tours and Paris based Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolor. Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences.

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These renderings, simultaneously absurd, humorous, ironic and cruel, weave their own tapestry of tales and legends, blurring the line between what has been written and what our memory has forged.

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FANTASTIC PIECES BY CHYRUM LAMBERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Chyrum Lambert uses ink, dye, stain, acrylic, wax, epoxy, and oil to create the pieces of his artwork, which he cuts up and layers into these fantastic pieces. Some of the artwork is more abstract while others have a semblance of figures or plant-life, familiar shapes slowly appearing.

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THE HUMAN BODY BY VESNA JOVANOVIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vesna Jovanovic is a Chicago-based visual artist who specializes in conceptualizations of the human body. Using spilled ink as groundwork, she creates drawings that often formally resemble medical illustration while concentrating on what is usually left out: how it feels and what it means to have a body.

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With drawing as a bodily act and medical illustration as a visual trope, Jovanovic brings embodiment, biopolitics, phenomenology, and various other ideas and theories of the human body into her work.

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LUSH PAINTINGS BY GIOVANNI FORLINO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based artist Giovanni Forlino obtained a BFA in drawing from Pratt Institute. As Max Gimblett’s studio manager for the past ten years, Giovanni has immersed himself in traditional and modern Zen painting. In his own practice Giovanni has moved from ink drawings to fully realized paintings depicting lush colorful scenes of birds, plants and other natural forms. Forlino’s work has made its way into numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Getty Museum and the Guggenheim.

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DREAMLIKE SURREALISM BY ANDREA WAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin-based Andrea Wan is a Hong Kong-born illustrator and visual artist, known for the dream-like illustrations created in her unique surrealist style. Andrea’s work is often inspired by the subconscious mind as well as her daily life and travels. Her surrealist ink drawings often combine emotional states with dreamscapes and characters that represents people that plays various roles in her life.

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Through an emotional landscape, people, animals and ghosts, Andrea communicates her most private emotions and thoughts, conveying them on watercolor paper. A distinctive visual language emerges from her illustrations, made from acrylic ink.

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CITYSCAPES AND ARTIFACTS BY UGO GATTONI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ugo Gattoni is a Parisian born and bred artist and art director, whose surreal and exquisitely detailed portraits, depictions of cityscapes, and strange, otherworldly objects and artefacts are renowned worldwide for their unparalleled level of skill. Working predominantly with graphite or ink, Ugo’s work is a whirlwind of minute details, dreamlike characters and typography.

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