STRONG PORTRAITS BY LOU ROS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Self-taught French artist Lou Ros launched his career on the streets of Paris at the tender age of 17 when he would go around tagging walls and creating bespoke graffiti art. Today, he’s exhibiting his paintings all across the world and has made a solid reputation for himself amongst the global art community. His art represents the visible and not so visible worlds. With paint brush in his hands colors fly, dance and rejoice with pleasure and passion.

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“Through the colors, brush strokes, composition, background and rhythm of the painting, I attempt to create works which truly represent bodies in a space without distortion. Without having a clear idea of the final result, I stop my work before it seems finished. The moment where little is enough to suggest the structure interests me, leaving the spectator’s imagination open at the moment the scene is starting to appear. Knowing when to stop before saying too much is what I tried to do.” Lou Ros

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MARBLED PORTRAITS BY MIKAEL TAKACS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Enköping, Sweden based Mikael Takacs uses pipettes to distribute acrylic paint across the canvas to create his subjects, which he then distorts by dragging the paint around using various tools, like sticks and combs.

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Takacs combines the classic abstract expression of marbling with concrete figures. He prefers to blur the lines and to present an abstract artwork. According to him, abstract art makes the dialogue between the viewer and the piece of art more interesting. This results in intricate patterns that forms his subjects.

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PRIMAL PORTRAITS BY IAN BERTRAM

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based Ian Bertram is an artist interested in uncovering the hedonistic and fatalistic nature of man vs. self. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, Bertram was chosen as the Best New Talent of 2011 by Comicbookjesus.com, and selected to the Society of Illustrators 2012 Student Scholarship Competition.

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By combining precise, meditative mark making, with visceral and sudden actions, he creates mystical, grotesque, and primal portraits of ennui and the strange by way of drawing and painterly techniques.

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CREATURE PORTRAITS BY TRAVIS LOUIE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Travis Louie was born in Queens, New York in 1964 and is currently living and working in the Hudson Valley area. He paints fascinating portraits which appear to have been unearthed from dusty vaults originating from the bygone days of some 19th century alternative reality. Louie’s portfolio is a truly magnificent archive of monochrome and sepia tinted imagery, all populated with curious characters and charismatic creatures, adorned in their finest Sunday bests; which, one can only assume, were lovingly pulled off the hangers from within their Victorian era closets and worn with pride.

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Although Louie’s aesthetic may affectionately borrow from the past, much of the inspiration for his thematic content is very much rooted within his experiences in the present. Being an Asian American and having been exposed to the torment of racism and xenophobia while growing up, Louie imbues his wonderful ensemble of characters with his powerful empathetic emotions, through which they essentially personify a triumphant celebration of our contemporary cultures’ multiracial diversity.

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POST-APOCALYPTIC ART BY YURI SHWEDOFF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the post-apocalyptic art by Moscow-based artist, photographer, and movie maker, Yuri Shwedoff. His dystopian themes, often illustrating science-fiction like fantasies, merge technology and biology. The illustrations are defined by outdoor environments, portraits, and urban and suburban settings that are familiar yet strangely surreal.

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THE HYPERREALISTIC WORKS OF KAMALKY LAUREANO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kamalky Laureano is an artist from Dominican Republic who currently resides in Mexico City.

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His work is inspired by the feelings he experiences through out his life; he narrates the human condition, and portrays thoughts as well as ideas on large canvases. He creates stunningly realistic images using acrylics as his preferred medium.

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Striking Portraits on Technology vs Man by Justin Bower

Los Angeles based artist, Justin Bower, paints striking portraits with destabilizing colors and fragmentation of facial structures that surprise the viewer.  The neon glow and contradicting color combinations  and textures refer to a digital aesthetic that collide into a computer like logic all gone wrong.  The large-scale paintings are created entirely by hand, without any computer assistance. Bower uses expressive brushstrokes on the giant faces that often include multiple eyes, spliced noses, and melting mouths, and florescent sparks that reflect on the destabilizing and traumatic impact of technology on the human psyche and body.
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To see more of Justin’s work check out justinbower.com