DISTORTED PORTRAITS BY EMLLY SMALLWOOD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto based Elly Smallwood is a contemporary artist who focuses on expressive portraits. In her portraits, Smallwood explores the distortion of the face through movement and expression by abstracting the form through messy brush strokes and sometimes even layering multiple images/sketches over the top.

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ABSTRACTLY SHAPED PEOPLE BY ALICE WIETZEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Parisian artist Alice Wietzel’s illustrations display the perfect combination of unforgiving geometry and soft, organic forms. Her images combine dreamy colors with abstractly shaped people and objects whilst avoiding harsh, dark outlines. Wietzel allows various colors to sit next to one another in perfect harmony, leading to dreamlike images that we never want to stop looking at.

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MUSICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY OLIVIER BONHOMME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Olivier Bonhomme is a talented art director and illustrator based in Montpellier, France. He graduated from the Ecole Emile Cohl in 2010 and has been working with different clients, newspapers, and studios as an illustrator and art director.He co-founded in parallel the BK studio in 2012 in which he produces digital art research facilities and devices for applying the image to the scene. Bonhomme is a fan of jazz and a saxophonist for the past twenty years. He tints his universe with the sound of bebop and swing.

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MESSY SITUATIONS BY SHAI AZOULAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Born in Israel in 1971, Shai Azoulay lives and works in Jerusalem. He received both his BFA and MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem.

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Azoulay works has been exhibited around the world, including shows in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Rome. In 2011 Azoulay had his first major museum show at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art. His work was featured at Frieze art fair, London and is in major privet and public collections.

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BLURRED SCULPTURES BY HIROFUMI FUJIWARA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Karlsruhe, Germany based artist Hirofumi Fujiwara was born in Hiroshima, Japan. His sculptures in clay and plastic are looking aimlessly, yet awake and openly towards the viewer. In inconspicuous clothing, which Fujiwara has carefully painted, they appear contemporary. The transparent plastic tubes lull the figures partially or completely into pensive sleep and let their contours disappear, blurred behind virtual foam.

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Hirofumi Fujiwara graduated in 2009 from the Okayama Prefectural University, Soja-shi, Okayama in Japan with a Bachelor of Arts. Since 2010 he has been studying at the Karlsruhe Academy of Fine Arts. In Japan his work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and cultural institutions.

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DISENCHANTED CHARACTERS BY KRIS KNIGHT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kris Knight is a Canadian painter whose work examines performance in relation to the construction, portrayal and boundaries of sexual and asexual identities. Drawing from personal histories of rural escapism through imagination, Knight paints disenchanted characters that are lost between youth and adulthood; they hide their secrets, but desperately long to let them go.

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His mythical and ambiguous portraits are a synthesis of fantasy and real-world memory; they tiptoe between the dichotomies of pretty and menace, hunter and hunted, innocence and the erotic.

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MUTED PALETTE ILLUSTRATIONS BY HSIAO RON CHENG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Taipei-based artist Hsiao-Ron Cheng is a 1986-born Taiwanese digital artist/illustrator that uses a muted palette to create imagery that you’d probably find in your dreams on a night when you’ve eaten too much cheese.

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She started to work as a freelance illustrator in 2012 and soon get international attention. In the same year, her work has been shortlisted for Young Illustrator Award. Hsiao-Ron’s clients range from fashion brand to design agencies worldwide. Other experiences include a digital painting of 8ft mural for coffee shop interior design.

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MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE BY MAGDALENA PAGOWSKA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Magdalena Pagowska, also know under as len-yan, is an illustrator and digital artist living and working in Warsaw, Poland. Her bleak style of coloring and intriguing way of portraying mysterious people and creatures is truly captivating. There’s a lot of natural influences in Magdalena’s work, especially from the skies, stars and planets. These influences and the stunning, cold looks in the eyes of the people she portrays give the illustrations an otherworldly vibe, like staring at portraits from people from another galaxy or dimension.

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CLOUD HEADS BY YANG CAO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto-based artist Yang Cao paints faceless figures to portray a spectrum of emotions and sensations. A graduate in fine art from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Cao typically creates fantastical paintings of nude bodies with cloud-like heads in dull colors.

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Yang commenced his artistic education in fine art, oils, acrylic and sketching. From the beginning of his creative career, Yang has expressed an intense and insightful fascination with the expansive array of human emotions and sensations, which he perceives as connecting all persons notwithstanding their differences. The artistic exploration of these residues of emotion permit Yang to draw his audience into his creative expression.

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