A WORLD OF ALIENATION BY ALEX GROSS

by Ariadna Zierold

alex gross, painting, paintings, los angeles, oil, globalization, commerce, dark, technology, alienation, distance, upper playground

Alex Gross (previously featured here) is a visual artist currently working in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in oil paintings on canvas whose themes include globalization, commerce, great beauty, dark mayhem, and the remorseless passage of time.

alex gross, painting, paintings, los angeles, oil, globalization, commerce, dark, technology, alienation, distance, upper playground

Gross is a master at cutting straight through the lines of code and the technology they’ve created, to reveal the concerning repercussions of our immersion in a world which fosters alienation, dislocation and distance. The apparent pessimism emanating from Gross’ paintbrush is undoubtedly justified and through his art he provides a meeting point where we can all unplug, reconnect with one another and greet tomorrow with fresh perspectives.

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SATIRICAL CANVASES BY THIERRY BRUET

by Ariadna Zierold

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Thierry Bruet has painted and sculpted for over 35 years. His grand canvases shaped by a consciously classical slant and executed with traditional oil techniques, are witty, satirical and replete with carefully observed details. One side of him tends towards caricature and the grotesque, the other towards elegance and refinement.

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HIGH VANTAGE POINT PAINTINGS BY KIRSTEN BEETS

by Ariadna Zierold

Kirsten beets, South Africa, Cape Town, oil, paint, nature, recreational, high vantage point, people, places, objects, upper playground

Kirsten Beets was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1983. She works predominantly with oil paint on paper. Her main subjects and themes are how people interact with nature in a recreational way, usually observing things from a high vantage point and neatly rendering them in minute detail. Observations of people, places and objects (and sometimes the imaginative thoughts that were produced by them) thus recorded, transfer a fleeting moment into a physical object; elevating their significance and making them touchstones of memory.

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VISCERAL ALLEGORIES BY ERIK THOR SANDBERG

by Ariadna Zierold

Erik Thor sandberg, oil, paintings, painting, surreal, upper playground

Erik Thor Sandberg produces oil-on-canvas paintings centered on the expressive, allegorical power of the nude, harkening back to the origins of naturalism in painting and attuned to the history 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. Through it, he unflinchingly conveys the complexity of human nature.

Erik Thor sandberg, oil, paintings, painting, surreal, upper playground

Both beautiful and grotesque, the nude men and women populating Sandberg’s compositions are shown in dreamlike states, often suspended in the midst of impending actions: a woman wrestles with a bow-and-arrow; in an allegory for the sin of anger, a man readies a meat cleaver to rid himself of a fly at the risk of chopping off his own foot. These visceral allegories psychologically represent us we are: full of flaws and folly, hope and determination.

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SOMBER PAINTINGS BY MICHAEL BORREMANS

by Ariadna Zierold

michael borremans, painting, paintings, oil, portrait, portraiture, figurative, somber, dark, ghent, belgium, upper playground

Ghent, Belgium based Michaël Borremans juxtaposes -in his figurative drawings and paintings-  somber figures, jarring close-ups, and unsettling still lifes that are at once nostalgic, darkly comic, disturbing, and grotesque.

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His seductive works contain timeless images of inner drive and external force, of the latent pressure involved in being human. Behind a veil of stylistic perfection, the artist simulates common rituals of interpretation and meaning. His intensely atmospheric images are puzzles involving political and psychological patterns of perceiving the world, which oscillate in a camouflaging, fragile way between inexorable realism and nebulous distance.

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HAUNTING INNOCENCE BY JANA BRIKE

by Ariadna Zierold

jana brike, oil, painting, latvia, innocence, adolescente, teen, sexual, narrative, upper playground

Jana Brike was born in Riga, Latvia, a small country in the North-East of Europe, which was at that time under Soviet occupation. She studied academical painting in the Art Academy of Latvia and received M.A. degree in year 2005. Brike has exhibited her work internationally in professional venues since 1996 while beeing still a young teenager, and has had 11 solo exhibitions and nearly 100 other projects and group exhibitions all over the world.

jana brike, oil, painting, latvia, innocence, adolescente, teen, sexual, narrative, upper playground

Her main interest is visual art with a strong narrative and depiction of a figure, mostly using the traditional medium of oil painting on canvas, but also drawing, animation, mixed media sculpture, installation and digital art.

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ART HISTORY IN CONTEMPORARY LIFE BY ALEXEY KONDAKOV

by Ariadna Zierold

alexey kondakov, classical, juxtaposed, oil, modern, naples, upper playground

Ukranian artist and designer Alexey Kondakov merges figures from classical oil paintings with photographic scenes of modern Naples. The figures effortless merge with their present day surroundings, two women looking perfectly bored flipping through comic books in the back of a dusty book store, while a different woman takes a nap beside a latte and half-eaten sandwich. See more amusing juxtapositions from “Art History in Contemporary Life” here.

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