PROVOKING PAINTINGS BY TILL RABUS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Till Rabus was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He now lives and works in Neuchâtel. Rabus has a keen eye for arranging inanimate objects in provoking ways. The artist combines these skills in his strange still lifes, where ordinary, discarded objects are found in mysterious compositions that play with symmetry and saturated colors. Rabus eradicates any signs of human presence in his paintings, as if these objects ended up in these orderly arrangements out of their own free will.

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METAPHYSICAL UNIVERSES BY WILEY WALLACE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Wiley Wallace is a rare Arizona-native breed. After receiving his bachelor’s in inter-media arts at ASU, he left for California masters in fine arts from University of California, Santa Barbara. Wallace encapsulates the metaphysical world for us in his elaborate artwork. He gets most of his inspiration from his three kids who make appearances in most of his pieces. Connected by wires, signals, and satellites, his creative works are metaphysical representations of his children connected to another universe.

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STORYTELLING PORTRAITURE BY JOHN WALKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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John Walker’s work centers around a core of imagined narratives, as with his recent series of faux antiquities from an invented culture. Born in Aurora IL, he attended the College of DuPage and the American Academy of Art in Chicago before beginning a long career as an airbrush artist and illustrator. Much of his work is executed in a realistic manner that often includes elements of graphic design and stylization.

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“At heart I’m a storyteller, and the work I create usually has a tale to tell, enigmatic tho it may be. I paint narratives, large or small, actual or nearly so, that I perceive taking place all around us. My approach is representational but often springs from an imagined core.” John Walker 

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MYSTERIOUS LANDS BY PAOLO PIBI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paolo Pibi (previously featured here) lures the mind into wonderfully enchanting and mysterious lands. His poetic imagery is a mix of the familiar and the enigmatic: a fusion of classically-inspired structures and the indefinitely wild. Although the landscapes are unpopulated, there’s a human echo, an air of intrigue in the horizon. These are the landscapes that excite us in our sleep, the golden places we remember dreaming. When we awake, they give our goals a new direction and inspire us to give chase to our curiosities.

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VIVID PORTRAITS BY DELFIN FINLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Delfin Finley has always been immersed in a creative environment. His mom and dad were both fashion designers and ran their business in their home. Delfin grew up watching his parents designing clothing, catering to their custom clients and attending Fashion Shows where they presented their lines.

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His favorite genre is portraiture. In his works, constructed with precise brushstrokes of vivid colors, he manages to represent the essence of the person in his most honest and vulnerable state. Accuracy and care in forms are broken in the limits of the figures where the contours are blurred and merge with the background, in a metaphor of the fragility of the human being and its contingency.

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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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SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES BY LAURA BERGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Laura Berger (previously featured here) is a visual artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2002. Berger has shown her artwork both nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, and New Zealand.

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Her existential explorations take place within minimalistic environments, populated by a cast of culturally diverse naked human bodies. These entities are often engaging in spiritually enriching activities, both together and alone, highlight the importance of our basic human connections and the time required to reflect and grow.

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TWISTING ECOSYSTEMS BY YELLENA JAMES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yellena James grew up and attended art school in Sarajevo, BiH. At the age of 18 she moved to the U.S. After gaining her BA in painting and graphic design at UCF, she eventually made her way to Portland, OR. Preferring pens, inks, markers and acrylics, she combines complex abstract forms into dazzling images which take on lives of their own. Her colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi. Each intimate world she creates seems to posses its own ethos and its own special ability to radiate emotion.

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“My latest works further explore the intricate and delicate forms of an imaginary ecosystem, twisting and floating together in an alluring environment. I attempt to create an ethereal place which is hypnotically familiar and yet hauntingly exotic, adding tiny little details in a sort of compulsive meditation, until a perfect balance is created. The intricacy and high detail, along with hints of existing organic shapes lend to the intimacy and believability of each new world.” Yellena James

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BORDER CREATURES BY ADRIAN COX

by Ariadna Zierold

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Adrian Cox is a painter living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. Cox attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate studies, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors in 2010. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2012.

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It is through his particular passion for figurative painting that the thematic seeds for his current work were sown. Adrian has placed his focus on disrupting the ways we interpret the man-made catagories which we all resort to using when comtemplating the natural world and our place in it. During the analytic process, he started breaking down and blurring the boundaries between humankind and our surrounding environment. By way of this, Cox was inspired to create his Border Creatures and their home, the Borderlands.

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“My work forms an ongoing narrative that mythologizes the lives of the Border Creatures, a fictional race of beings that are defined by their shifting and indeterminate edges. These recurring characters exist in a state of perpetual metamorphosis. Through their mutations, they hybridize with mineral deposits, flora, and fauna, allowing an intense physical connection to their environment. These transformations cause them to take on the characteristics of their surroundings; the distinct categories of man and nature are disrupted as the boundaries between these creatures and their wilderness home, the Borderlands, become obscured. This symbiotic relationship blurs the Natural and the Unnatural, concepts that have been central to a traditional understanding of human identity. My paintings are mythic fictions that speak to a contemporary human experience, and suggest that there is no “pure” way to exist in the world. In the Borderlands, qualities that might be seen as grotesque or monstrous are synonymous with beauty. Ultimately, these paintings create an Arcadia for the Other, for creatures with fluid identities, a space where the language of difference breaks down.” Adrian Cox

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A SUBURBAN EXPERIENCE BY ANDREA JOYCE HEIMER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrea Joyce Heimer (previously featured here) is a self taught painter known for her exploration of the suburban experience, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood mythos of her childhood home in 1980’s Great Falls, Montana. Heimer struggled early-on with feelings of disconnect from her family and community. Her sense of isolation continued into her teens, but by then she’d found comfort in a peculiar activity: observation. Through quietly observing the lives around her Heimer was able to piece together neighborhood tales of madness.

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Part allegory part autobiography, her tremendously detailed paintings depict scenes of heartbreak, madness, and the emotional claustrophobia that stems from living as an outsider in one’s own backyard.

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