SURREAL CREATURES BY KAYLA BUIUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kayla Buium is a young emerging artist from Toronto, Canada. She grew up in North York where her grandparents introduced her to the world of fine arts. Art was always her passion but being raised in a creative family inspired her to take it more seriously. In her teenage years she attended Earl Haig S.S. and majored in visual arts where she was inspired by the world of modern art.

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Her art style is heavily influenced by the works of Alex Pardee and Doctor Seuss. She explores a variety of media from sculpture, acrylic and even street signs.

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INFINITE FLESH BY WANJIN GIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Wanjin Gim aka Willeys was born in the Republic of Korea and is currently living in Seoul. Wanjin usually paints nudes. Fascinated by Lucian Freud’s paintings, he is mainly devoted to expressing the abstract curves of the human body and the infinite color of the surface of the flesh. In recent years, the idea has expanded to conceptual and meta-physical work.

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THE WORK OF MARK MULRONEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mark Mulroney considers sex and gore as primary means of defiance, and accordingly, guts, exaggerated genitalia, bloody wounds, and well-endowed pin-up girls take center stage in his surrealistic, comic-style paintings and sculptures. By way of explaining the series, Mulroney, who is not known for his discretion, says, “I just relied on my usual methods: put a boner on something or make it bleed.”

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FLUID FEMININE NUDES BY MIRA DANCY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Mira Dancy’s bold paintings collate Classicism with advertising culture in order to explore contemporary female issues. Throughout her paintings, Dancy seeks to appropriate the Classic female nude as a contemporary symbol of strength and self-possession.

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Taking a feminist approach, Dancy makes powerful, expressive works centered on the female nude. She works primarily on canvas, but has also branched out into wall painting, neon light pieces, projected images, and even shower curtains.

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POST POP FEMALE NUDE BY PARRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Parra (Pieter Janssen) was born in 1976 in The Netherlands and is currently based in Amsterdam. The largely self-taught artist began his career drawing flyers and posters for music venues in Amsterdam in the 1990s. In 2012, he was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) to create Weirded Out, a 60-foot indoor mural, currently part of their permanent collection.

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His signature hand-drawn approach to illustration and design led to collaborations with brands such as Nike, Pendleton and Case Studyo. Parra’s paintings, drawings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries across Europe, Japan and North America. He also co-founded the apparel label Rockwell by Parra and is a member of electronic music group Le Le.

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PLAYFUL NUDE MALE FIGURES BY JEFFREY CHEUNG

by Ariadna Zierold

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The playfulness and low-brow style of Oakland-based Jeffrey Cheung’s contorted and often nude male figures has quickly gained traction within the Bay Area. Cheung’s humor translates well across his many paintings, prints, collages, drawings and even murals. His latest series is focused on the physical interaction between males on large scale paintings.

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Cheung graduated form the University of California Santa Cruz, and has since shown in a variety of shows throughout the Bay Area as well as City Bird Gallery in Paris, France.

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DIPPED SCULPTURES BY CHRISTINA A. WEST

by Ariadna Zierold

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Atlanta-based artist Christina A. West (featured before) is an avid people watcher with a dry sense of humor, active imagination, and an innate impulse to create with her hands. She says that if you meet her and she stares at you a bit too long, she’s probably just picturing you naked.

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West’s sculptures do not provide answers or assertions, but embrace uncertainty through the provocation of more questions. The figures are permanently frozen mid-gesture in a moment that encourages the generation of ambiguous narratives. Stripped from the context of previous actions, the figures’ personalities, motives, intentions are malleable and unfixed in the viewers’ minds.

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ALLEGORICAL INTIMACY BY ERIK THOR SANDBERG

by Ariadna Zierold

erik thor sandberg, painting, oil, nude, intimate, expressive, upper playground

Erik Thor Sandberg produces oil-on-canvas paintings centered on the expressive, allegorical power of the nude. Like earlier masters of his medium, Sandberg explores the intimate, uncanny connection between oil paint and human flesh and considers the figure to be painting’s most natural subject matter.

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Using symbolism both established and personal, Sandberg creates narratives without definitive beginnings or ends; he captures pivotal moments and isolates them from time. Upon these suspended moments, the artist abstains from casting judgment and rather, empathizes with the figures that are often transfixed by self-wrought disaster.

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