PRIMORDIAL MAGIC BY MARISA ARAGON WARE

by Ariadna Zierold
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Marisa Aragón Ware is a professional illustrator living in Sedona, AZ. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Marisa garnered her deep appreciation of nature from a childhood spent enveloped in the forests and glades of the Rocky Mountains. Those formative experiences heavily influence both her art and outlook, and she strives to depict the beauty of the natural world to help others connect with its abundant primordial magic. Her body of work is inspired by the Art Nouveau, Visionary Art and Pop Surrealism movements.
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COLOSSAL FIGURES BY JEAN-PIERRE ROY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn-based artist Jean-Pierre Roy treceived his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2002 and was awarded a one-year fellowship from the school. Since 2003, Jean-Pierre has had five solo exhibitions in New York and abroad. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the US and Europe and has had solo museum exhibitions at the Torrence Museum of Art in Los Angeles and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.

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Jean-Pierre’s work is imaginative, powerful and at times apocalyptic. His powerful images explore the vastness of nature and leave you feeling insignificant to the world he depicts. In his paintings, colossal figures battle out Roy’s own, personal demons and existensial questions.

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NATURE INSPIRED ILLUSTRATIONS BY ZOE KELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based Zoe Keller is a freelance illustrator known for her realistic, intricate, and nature-inspired illustrations. Zoe is originally from Upstate, New York, attended school at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.

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Her graphite drawings take inspiration from natural forms and creatures, recreating them in highly stylized compositions. Keller’s work renders nature with intricate detail in an elaborate narrative featuring flora and fauna.

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THE VIBRANT WORK OF AARON GLASSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Diego based artist and Creative Director Aaron Glasson‘s diverse portfolio consists of vibrant murals, paintings, illustration, films and interactive installations.

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His work is autobiographical, inspired by his life, life encountered and the sometimes inexplicable nature of being. Exploring the coexistence of the unseen and the observed. Aaron is also the creative director of PangeaSeed, an international organization collaborating with members of the art, science, and environmental activist communities to raise awareness and education surrounding the conservation and preservation threatened marine species and ecosystems.

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ANTHROPOMORPHIC SYMBOLISM BY HANNAH YATA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hannah Faith Yata was born and raised in a small town in Georgia. She is half Japanese and Caucasian. She grew up with a deep love of nature and animals passed down by the beautiful surroundings in the country and her mother. As a young adult, she studied feminism, psychology, and art in college.

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In her own work, Yata seeks to interweave political ideas, (using nature, women, and feminism almost synonymously), environmental degradation, and themes of moral injustice into increasingly chaotic paintings. She uses masks from a mix of other cultures to speak to the different relationships that native tribes and cultures have with the earth, while giving anthropomorphic qualities and symbolism to the animals to speak their consciousness.

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MULTI-COLORED FOLK BY ADRIAN LANDON BROOKS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Blanco, Texas based Adrian Landon Brooks‘ latest body of work presents universal themes of love, loss, and redemption placed within unique surreal worlds that transcend race or creed. Influenced by the purity of Folk Art, Brooks strips illustrations to their minimalist core and uses found materials such as wood, metal, and old photographs as repurposed canvases to instill an underlying sense of history for each piece.

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In his paintings, huge statuesque heads hover over multi-color blocks while hands of worship float into the void. Sorrow and yearning are conveyed through the hunched postures of his figures and captured through ceremonial acts of giving and receiving. Each scene offers a fragmented tale and forces viewers to immerse themselves into the framework of the narrative.

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SHAMANIC FOLKLORE BY BLAINE FONTANA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Blaine Fontana currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Imbuing his vision with the divine symbolism of religious myths, worldly folklore and current social dynamics, his works contain a kind of shamanic exploration of meaning that recognizes the totemic quality and power of the image.

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With extensive experience within the design world, Fontana’s work displays an understanding of signs and their roles within our contemporary visual culture. Straddling the physical and metaphysical, organic and architectural, painterly and graphic sensibilities, Fontana fuses multiple visual strategies to forge an aesthetic language entirely of his own making.

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THE SATIRICAL VIEW OF HUMANITY OF DAN LYDERSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dan Lydersen‘s paintings are a reconciliation between past and present, particularly in regard to Western culture’s notions of spirituality and the relationship between society and nature.

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Drawing from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, from the Renaissance to modern cinema, literature and popular culture, the paintings are an attempt to come to terms with the present through the immediate marriage of today’s visual culture with that of the past. Both theatrical and satirical, comical and somber, the paintings pose a view of humanity that is steeped in the existential turmoil that lies between materiality and spirituality, where society trudges persistently forward into the future while the human search for meaning and purpose as mortal animals remains unresolved.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPES BY JOSH REYES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based artist Josh Keyes received his BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University School of Art.  He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections.

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Though often steeped in satire, Josh’s drawings and paintings are also suffused with a sincere admiration of our planet. His altered landscapes reveal both the intricacy of the earth as a system and the complexity of our response to the natural world, while retaining a sense of specificity and intimacy.

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AMAZING CLAY SCULPTURES BY MEREDITH DITTMAR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland based artist Meredith Dittmar‘s human-animal-plant-energy clay amalgams contain threads of common elements and colors to express deep levels of union across themes of biology, technology, and consciousness. Her characters are frequently involved in quiet expressive moments, or lounge facing their audience so they can share their inner space. Dittmar believes it is this space we recognize in ourselves, and through convening in that space, the interconnectedness of all things is revealed. She sees the act of spontaneous artistic creation as part of a larger practice of being present, and a way to better understand herself and reality.

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