PSYCHEDELIC LANDSCAPES BY WILLIAM MONK

by Ariadna Zierold

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William Monk is a British artist best known for his riddled imagery, kinked with shifts in perspective and pitted with bizarre objects. Monk’s unique relationship to his artworks took him to enigmatic subject matter such as forests, galaxies, and the open road.

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His paintings are creating an initiative for a more direct physical connection, drawing in the space between our inner and outer realms of experience – it is almost a psychedelic relationship that invites the viewer in as an active participant.

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NATURE AND INDUSTRY BY MARTIN WITTFOOTH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Martin Wittfooth was born in Toronto in 1981, and spent most of his childhood in Finland, moving back to Toronto in 1993 where he earned his BAA in Illustration from Sheridan College in 2003. He currently lives and works as an illustrator and fine artist in New York City, where he earned his MFA at the School of Visual Arts.

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Wittfooth’s oil paintings explore disquieting themes of industry and nature, unhinged evolution, the clash of old ideologies with modern fears, and the growing shadow of the human footprint on the earth. Set in atmospheric landscapes rendered over many paint layers on canvas, linen, or wood panels, these themes are realized through a combination of symbolism, the juxtaposition of visual narratives, and the displacement of expected realities. The worlds created in Wittfooth’s paintings implore the viewer to question the status quo, to challenge that which is taken for granted, and to proceed with caution on our present course.

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INTRICATELY DETAILED BOTANICAL-SCAPES BY NICOMI NIX TURNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based illustrator Nicomi Nix Turner is recognized for her intricately detailed botanical-scapes, esoteric symbolism, provocative renderings. She conjures up intricate images which explore biological phenomena and subjects revolving around the arcane.

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Combining her love of nature with a deep fascination for ancient practices belonging to belief systems such as alchemy and religion, Turner constructs narratives within her work which allude to themes of regrowth, biological deconstructionism and the power of belief.

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Her works are created using graphite on paper in a way that has been described as a rare talent for manipulating and “painting” with the basic medium.

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THE NATURAL WORLD OF SU-JEONG NAM

by Ariadna Zierold

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South Korean artist Su-Jeong Nam’s work mirrors the biological processes of her subjects. She begins with the base of color, applied with dry pigments. And then, line by line, vivid portraits of the natural world are grown.

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From a young age, Nam’s weak eyesight forced her to train herself to view objects in a different way. Now, instead of looking at a flower and seeing a flower, she sees the lines that make up the flower — not just the outline or the lines that might be visible on the surface, but lines down to the cellular level.

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She says her detailed images are grounded in the familiar, yet highlight “an aspect invisible to most people, through the language of my own artistic process.” The result is metaphysical, a study of the harmony between the natural world and a broader understanding of the universe.

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HUMAN NATURE COLLAGES BY BEDELGEUSE

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco-based collage artist Travis Bedel aka Bedelgeuse creates astounding anatomical collages that splice together bones, tendons, and organs with flora and fauna. His collage work, mostly a hybrid of analog and digital techniques, takes on a surrealist quality as human anatomy seamlessly intertwines with crystals, flowers, and feathers. Deeply moved by the mysteries and potentialities of the human body, Bedelgeuse’s work revels in the relationship between humanity and nature.

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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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CHEMICALLY-ALTERED PHOTOGRAPHS BY DOUG FOGELSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Doug Fogelson‘s colorful and mesmerizing photogram works are pictures produced with photographic materials, such as light-sensitive paper but without a camera. Each image is a mere shadow of the original form, which can appear either opaque or having a ghostly translucence depending on the transparency of the subject. Fogelson turned his attention back to photography to produce vivid new images of nature, titled “Creative Destruction”.

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SURREALIST LANDSCAPES BY PABLO PIBI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Milan, Italy based artist Paolo Pibi paints from the natural world. He describes his surrealist landscapes as images of the inside of his mind. Like Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, and other Surrealists before him, Pibi’s acrylic paintings break free from the straight representational landscapes that are familiar and take us into other worldly territory.

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NATURE ILLUSTRATIONS BY VANESSA FOLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vanessa Foley is a self employed artist based in Newcastle, England. She has always lived in the city, and loves it, but her heart lies in the wild Northumberland countryside that surrounds her bustling town.

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Her love for nature and art are inseparable, and she could never imagine one without the other. Vanessa regularly shows her work in notable galleries in the UK, America and New Zealand. Her work is in private collections worldwide.

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