WILD PORTRAITS BY JOHN PAUL FAUVES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Costa Rican contemporrary artist John Paul Fauves‘ work is full of meaning and critique; covered in color and intensity. Both his alias and his style are influenced by Fauvism, but his game of faces, tones and brushstrokes add a vibrant touch of singularity.

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“I have painted since I can remember, I now understand that this passion for art is the soul trying to express through colors and strokes. My inspiration comes from the Fauvist movement. This being an individualistic style that lacks a classical order , and which in turn uses color to communicate feelings . Expressionism is clearly my interpretation of Art.” John Paul Fauves

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MULTILAYERED PAINTINGS BY MADSTEEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mark Paul Deren, more commonly known as MADSTEEZ, is an artist and designer based in California. He is known for his vibrant, large-scale and multi-layered paintings, often mixing odd and familiar characters into abstract landscapes.

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Mark’s eclectic personality breaths through each colorful piece he masters. From Dennis Hopper to Carlton Banks, MADSTEEZ’s inspiration ranges from personal heroes to pop-culture legends.

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STUART SNODDY PAINTS FANTASIES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Midwest based painter Stuart Snoddy works on paper and on canvas. He moves between the wistful and the contemplative.

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“I paint fantasy. I paint the fantasy of me. This is my story complete with the screw-ups, the pleasures, and the pleasant fictions. Who am I? I wasn’t born here. I have never known a “blood” relative. I’ve never looked upon the face of someone with the same genes as I have. Never seen my eyes in someone else. I paint people that surface from a yearning imagination. Some are illuminated by the refulgence of past encounters like a glowing filament in a freshly turned off light bulb. And some come from…who knows, or wherever. I guess I just miss my friends. Nostalgia is real sticky stuff. But this fantasy nurtures the narratives of our lives as cohesive intellectual and emotional beings. I indulge it.” Stuart Snoddy

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FRAGILE PORTRAITS BY SALLY BOURKE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Surface often provides the dominant metaphor in the work of Sally Bourke and more recently this has turned towards thinking about the nature of fabric and its relationship to skin with its capacity to project an image of self and to protect at one and the same time.

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The faces and scenes she portrays in her work are attempts to make reconciliations with her past, live in the present and imagine the future. She paints people from the inside out. At any given moment she is working on around ten to twenty paintings at a time in the studio. That way she can sit with them and see which demands her attention the most. She works across multiple mediums and is constantly experimenting with them to create new ways of telling her stories.

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DISTORTED PORTRAITS BY CARL BEAZLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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UK artist Carl Beazley’s portraits are twisted and multiplied, clearly surreal, yet based on real faces with their pores and blemishes. Completely self-taught, the 26-year old artist credits his unique point of view to being able to find his own voice absent the outside influence of teachers or mentors.

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“By not going to University and not studying the all different painting techniques from history, I feel it has given me the freedom of learning from trial and error. I am always trying to look for something new and original that’s never been done before, and although I love the paintings of the old masters, it is important to me to look to the future so that in a hundred years from now we have our own history, not just a regurgitated version of the generation that came before us. If we don’t try to take art to the next level by looking forward, we will just end up going in circles.” Carl Beazley

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ODD CHARACTERS BY JONATHAN DALTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona-based artist Jonathan Dalton creates amazing oil paintings of odd characters or bizarre stories and sceneries. Most of his paintings convey a mysterious dark mood.

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Dark tinted characters and scenes vanish in even darker surroundings, telling bizarre stories while none of the visuals provide hints for the viewer to resolve the mystery.

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NATURALISTIC RENDERING BY KENNE GREGOIRE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kenne Grégoire is a Dutch painter with several thematic areas in which he explores different approaches. The most prominent seems to be still life in which he uses a combination of isometric perspective and naturalistic rendering. This is contrasted with other still life subjects in which he takes a more straightforward approach.

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There are other repeated themes, such as patterned backgrounds and figurative work that varies from naturalistic to stylized. In all of his work he demonstrates a refined control of texture and color, usually casting his subjects in muted light and emphasizing their textural characteristics.

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MELANCHOLIC PAINTINGS BY SYD BEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Seattle based artist Syd Bee creates dreamy and melancholic paintings. There’s a touch of softness in Syd’s work that really appeals to the viewer: the way she blends the colors and lines give her pieces a delicate, velvety appearance. Although sometimes quite bright and high in contrast, the mood of the colors appear melancholic and enhance the dash of sadness Bee’s paintings have in them.

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SURREAL PORTRAITURE BY JOHNIE THORNTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Johnie Thornton was born and raised in Southern California and is currently living & working as an artist in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Thornton’s body of work ranges from medium format analog photography to photo realistic, pop, and abstract painting. His work is largely influenced by sociology, geometry, architecture, and their relationship to nature.

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As a self-taught artist, Thornton draws inspiration from experience and environment. Thornton has developed a unique painting style while experimenting with many different mediums both traditional and unconventional.

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