ICONIC HYPERREALNESS BY HYUNG KOO KANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hyung Koo Kang is a Korean contemporary painter best known for his hyper realistic portraits of iconic personalities from history. He graduated from the Painting department of Chungang University in Seoul, Korea.

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Kang’s portraits of famous people such as Pablo Picasso, Audrey Hepburn are actually works of composite-realism rather than photo-realism. These works are created through the artist’s direct and indirect understanding of the character. Kang’s works exhibited several means of mixed medium with illusionary photo-realism, allowing the audience to interact with the artwork.

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INTIMATE PORTRAITS BY BELINDA WILTSHIRE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Belinda Wiltshire was born in Geelong. She is a visual artist working mainly as a figurative oil painter. After studying Costume Design and Clothing Industry, and with no formal art training Wiltshire has been exhibiting in solo and group shows since 2002. She was a finalist in the 2004 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, the 2012, 2016 and 2017 Black Swan Prize For Portraiture, the 2014 Benalla Nude Prize, the 2017 Kennedy Prize, and a semi-finalist in the 2015 and 2017 Doug Moran Prize For Portraiture.

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NEW WORK BY KOHSHIN FINLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kohshin Finley’s latest works depict people of color as they attempt to answer the question, “how do I survive in America?” This series is the visual manifestation of a poem Finley wrote called Camouflage for the Modern Man. Camouflage tells the story of a young man who, in the wake of numerous police shootings, casts away his Air Jordans, hoodies, and other markers of vilified black masculinity, in hopes of putting his mind at ease. When his search for peace of mind proves futile, he begins to paint his body titanium white as his last recourse.

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Born and raised in the racial and social climate of South Central Los Angeles, Finley taps into his own Black-Mexican heritage and experiences to create each painting. Finley’s friends and family are the subjects of these paintings, captured in vulnerable moments, at their most honest and revealing while having conversations with Finley about navigating the world as people of color.

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PORTRAIT PAINTINGS BY AMY SHERALD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Baltimore based Amy Sherald received her MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, BA in Painting from Clark-Atlanta University, and was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama.

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Her work started out autobiographical in nature, but has taken on a social context ever since she moved to Baltimore. She is best known for her portrait paintings that address social justice, as well as her choice of subjects, which are drawn from outside of the art historical narrative. Through her work, she takes a closer look at the way people construct and perform their identities in response to political, social, and cultural expectations.

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HYPERREALISTIC HUMAN CONDITIONS BY KELLIE ORR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kellie Orr is based in Perth, Western Australia, and mainly works in portraiture. Using realistic and hyperrealistic oil painting methods, Kellie’s work presents honest observations of social behavior, personal identity development and western cultural themes. Her work explores the subtle nuances of our daily lives, our shared experiences and the human condition.

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UNDERLYING DUALITIES BY BENNETT SLATER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bennett Slater (previously featured here) is a Canadian illustrator, designer and graduate from the illustration program at the Sheridan Institute. Bennett’s work is drawn from the relationships the future shares with the past; the new from the old, life from death. Utilizing traditional oil methods on wood, his work plays with techniques borrowed from Flemish and Dutch master disciplines combined with bold, geometric forms linked to more contemporary futurism and deco sensibilities. This dichotomy of contrasting artistic disciplines and influences lends itself to the underlying dualities observed in his work.

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FLAT GRAPHIC SPACES BY MICHAEL REEDER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the new work by Michael Reeder (previously featured here). Centered on portraiture, Reeder’s current body of work seeks to make a direct connection with the audience. This connection encourages viewers to bring their own perceptions, imagination, and vision to light alongside his.

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Throughout his work, realism is mixed with flat graphic space, and themes or motifs of identity, ambiguity, and ego are loosely implied. The convergence of infinite space and the figure highlights the realm of contemplation located between the conscious and the subconscious mind.

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NEON SURREALISM BY JOHANNAH ODONNELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Orlando, Florida based pop surrealist painter Johannah O’Donnell‘s paintings use natural and figurative symbolism to comment on our connection with the universe and our shifting cultural perceptions in the digital age. She tends to turn up the contrast on the wild cast of creatures and figures found in her acrylic works. These characters, who often times are found among cosmic landscapes, shine boldly with brilliant shades of purple, blue, and pink.

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Johannah paints with open body, also known as slow drying, acrylics on wood panels that are hand crafted by her husband, carpenter and sculptor Adriaan Mol. Her work is influenced by 70’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy art and the American Pop Art movement and uses figurative symbolism as a narrative surrounding ideas of the human condition.

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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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OBSCURE THOUGHTS BY BORIS PELCER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Boris Pelcer was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He is an independent artist & illustrator based out of Milwaukee, WI. He divides his time between working on his personal projects & various commissions. His work has been recognized by both Society of Illustrators &American Illustration.

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“I can sense the presence of enclosed spaces within my psyche. A hidden collection of obscure moods & thoughts that I can’t quite comprehend. In attempt to better comprehend some of it, I’ve developed this series. It is a stroll of curiosity in search of something insightful, somewhere within the hidden valleys of my psyche.” —Boris Pelcer

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