AMERICAN REALISM BY BO BARTLETT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision. His paintings are well within the tradition of American realism. Bartlett looks at America’s heart—its land and its people—and describes the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary.

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COLOSSAL HUMANOIDS BY JEAN PIERRE ROY

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist Jean-Pierre Roy (previously featured here) paints surreal scenes that deconstruct the known world. His work is often associated with science fiction, depicting alien wastelands inhabited by colossal humanoid beings, their bodies laden with geometric shapes, holographic projections, and mirrored panes. Rather than ascribing to science fiction specifically, however, Roy is more interested in fostering a critical, creative space that allows us to examine the systems of knowledge that construct reality.

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BLUE SERIES BY JULES JULIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amsterdam based artist Jules Julien‘s universe crosses many opposite sides; colorful and dark, graphic and sensitive, realistic and surreal. His clean and simple aesthetic makes his work immediately recognizable. He puts in scene a world where the symbol blends with the anecdote and where the strange is concealed behind the images in his meticulous paintings.

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AN AUTOMATED ERA BY NICO SARA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nico Sara is based in the city of Rafaela, in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. His work blends the handmade past and machine-made future. These glazed and enhanced objects morph into a fully automated era when fantastic objects can be instantly manufactured. Nico believes the manual process of meticulously painting them by hand brings a human dimension that transforms these artworks into the props of life.

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“My work plays in the limit between craftsmanship and technology. The images I use are composed appealing to photography and computers, which are later rendered on the canvas painting them by hand with brushes, in an effort to rescue the craft work and at the same time showing that is possible to get close to the quality of something produced serially by technologic processes.” Nico Sara

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CONSTANT CHANGES IN LIFE BY PO HSU HUANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Po Hsu Huang was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. After a series of trials and mistakes, Po Hsu Huang started his journey as an independent artist. His paintings focus on the relation between the surroundings and one self, with a significant, colorful and bright manner. The constant changes in life and the warm climate in Southern Taiwan may have had a great impact on the artist.

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PRESENT DICHOTOMIES BY DANNY FERRELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Danny Ferrell‘s paintings are structured and informed by ever-present dichotomies: public/private, nature/culture, taste/kitsch, transparency/opacity. He is a painter whose work represents fantasies and fears about the other through depictions of the everyday queer male experience.  Loosely based on his own relationships, experiences, and imagination, Ferrell’s work functions like a daydream, where memory, longing, and external influences shape a personal fiction.

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IDENTITIES BY AMY SHERALD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Baltimore based Amy Sherald was born in Columbus, Ga. in 1973. She attended Clark- Atlanta University where she earned a Bachelor’s of the Arts in painting in 1997. Sherald was chosen as Jurors Pick of the New American Paintings Edition 88. Her work was mostly recently acquired by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art in Washington, D.C. Through her portraits, Amy Sherald explores the ways people construct and perform their identities in response to political, social, and cultural expectations.

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STRANGE GRAVITY BY PRISCILLA YU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Priscilla Yu is a multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator, and designer based in Vancouver, Canada. She paints worlds that appear to dwell in a strange gravity. Her work employs geometric forms and skewed perspective, as a stylistic constraint, which is sprinkled with the intuitive balancing of color, form, and texture that she internalized as a child.

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