DYSTOPIAN LANDSCAPES BY JAKE GREWAL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jake Grewal is originally from London where he was lucky enough to be granted an art scholarship for the duration of his time at Emanuel School. He moved onto attend Kingston University to complete his Foundation Year.  He is currently in his third and final year at Brighton University studying ‘Fine art: Painting’.

Check out his amazing dystopian landscapes.

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OPTIMISM AS CULTURAL REBELLION BY MATTHEW STONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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London-based artist Matthew Stone began his career as a leading influencer in a number of counter-cultural movements in London. In terms of composition, color and treatment of the body, Stone works in explicit relation to the history of painting, seeking to understand and define broader abstract ideologies that relate to the body itself.

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The artist examines perceptions of interconnection, collaboration and hierarchy through the canon of art as propaganda, seeking to promote notions of social unity and optimism.

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STRECHED-BRONZE SCULPTURES BY ROMAIN LANGLOIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Romain Langlois studied medical books and anatomical charts to understand the human body, building his first sculptures using only plaster and clay. Seeking a more permanent material, Langlois turned to bronze, a metal he now incorporates into works that are inspired by nature rather than man. His pieces visually pull apart the natural objects that surround us—building works that appear as bisected rocks, boulders, and tree trunks. These sculptures showcase glistening bronze protruding from their insides, unleashing the perceived inner energy of each object.

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Fashion Forward: Drawings You Can Wear | EDDA GIMNES

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes’ Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs of Edda’s newest collection is truly a work of art.

Edda is the hottest Norwegian fashion designer out of London College of Fashion, with several awards and positive critiques already under her belt. In an interview with Norwegian Arts, Edda states, “I enjoy using old objects and things that have gone to waste, so for my collection I have been ‘The Ragpicker’ of my own project.  I have been making my own archive and collecting things from society in London and outside, that has been refused, forgotten and lost”, when she tries to explain how her creative process develops, from idea to collection.”

Look out on the runway for more fashion forward collections from Edda Gimnes.

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)
Refreshing, new, creative and jaw-dropping sensational fashion from Edda Gimnes' Spring and Summer collection of 2016. Upon first glance, my inner child befriended my adult and spiritual self in holy unity. The whimsical, black and white drawing designs on Edda's newest collection is truly a work of art. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Photos: Yoo Sun

White Balloon Masterpieces | CHARLES PÈTILLON

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called “Invasions” in France and “Heartbeat” in London’s Covent Garden.

The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and within.

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and within. Via news.upperplayground.com

French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com French artist, Charles Pètillon, changed landscapes in the last couple years with insanely beautiful installations of white balloons called "Invasions" in France and "Heartbeat" in London's Covent Garden. The artist stated that he wanted to encourage viewers to examine spaces they frequent or take for granted more closely. Structures like abandoned houses, playgrounds, basketball courts, and what is considered the heart of London, Covent Garden, were transformed into magical, awe-inspiring creations that, even with his photographs, bring the viewer into the presence of his or her own life, the absolute here and now, noticing life around us and also within. Via news.upperplayground.com Photos: Charles Pètillon

SCULPTURAL PAINTINGS BY JONNY GREEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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UK-based artist Jonny Green’s oil paintings of haphazardly-made sculptures are part portrait, part still life. He describes his work as a combination of the “carefree and painstaking”, images of crudely built subjects made of a strange selection of items- modelling clay, office tape, flowers, Christmas lights, and whatever else is immediately available to him. In contrast to the gleeful, almost slapdash making of the sculptures, their subsequent rendering in paint is meticulous.

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ZOOMORPHIC SCULPTURES BY ALESSANDRO GALLO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alessandro Gallo is a young Italian ceramic sculptor living and working in Genoa and London. Gallo is renowned for his anthropomorphic, hybrid sculptures, consisting of human bodies and animal heads. The figures have become widely popular in Europe. Apart from the clay sculptures, Gallo still paints, draws and does digital collages, which are later screen-printed on paper in a studio in Genoa, Italy.

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COLLAGE-LIKE PAINTINGS BY VIVIEN ZHANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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London-based artist Vivien Zhang is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art (London). Having lived in China, Kenya, Thailand and now the UK, Zhang manifests through her work intersections between abstraction and geographical displacement. Her work challenges recognition and mis-recognition, presence and absence, and the authority of the artist in visual appropriation. In her paintings, repetitive, excessive, self-referential grounds are built and subsequently interrupted by context-specific motifs. The motifs are often objects of personal significance and traces from contemporary culture.

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