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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THE PRECISE STYLE OF CHRIS BUZELLI

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Chris Buzelli is a powerful and imaginative painter and illustrator with a classically precise style and a surreal, cutting-edge creative sensibility. He was influenced by painting side by side with his grandfather, Armondo Buzelli. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Chris moved to New York City. His oil paintings have appeared in many publications, books, and projects for design and ad agencies, and he shows in various galleries throughout the US.

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FRINGE VICTORIAN ERA BY ZOE BYLAND

by Ariadna Zierold

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Zoé Byland’s monochromatic paintings (previously featured here) resemble family photographs from the Victorian era. Dressed in period garb, the sitter’s impassive expressions strike an alluring contrast to their oftentimes jocular and surrealistic accompaniments. Byland’s figures can be found adorned with space helmets reflecting the artist’s studio à la M.C. Escher or posing placidly in a snowy interior with an owl overhead. Each painting is executed in Byland’s stunningly realistic technique creating a highly believable world one would typically find in dreams.

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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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MELANCHOLIC PAINTINGS BY PAUL NEBERRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paul Neberra is an artist from Lisbon, Portugal. His pop surrealist paintings give hint to his influences with inspiration ranging from surrealist painters such as Dali and Magritte to writers like Kafka and Dostoevsky – not to mention contemporary pop culture icons like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. The world he weaves can be deemed as charming with a touch of melancholy.

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METALLIC OIL PAINTINGS BY MOLLY GRUNINGER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Molly Gruninger is a graphic designer and artist with a B.F.A. in Visual Communication from Ball State University. She has a passion for working with her hands. Whether she is painting, sculpting, or gluing sticks together, she will find a way to make something out of nothing.

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Gruninger’s ideas are driven by the challenge to combine concept with function, and she enjoys being able to speak to a large population through the filter of her own experience. She believes beauty can be found everywhere, from a rusty nail to a pile of rocks, and both art and design allow her to take the mundane and make it meaningful.

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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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VIVID PORTRAITS BY DELFIN FINLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Delfin Finley has always been immersed in a creative environment. His mom and dad were both fashion designers and ran their business in their home. Delfin grew up watching his parents designing clothing, catering to their custom clients and attending Fashion Shows where they presented their lines.

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His favorite genre is portraiture. In his works, constructed with precise brushstrokes of vivid colors, he manages to represent the essence of the person in his most honest and vulnerable state. Accuracy and care in forms are broken in the limits of the figures where the contours are blurred and merge with the background, in a metaphor of the fragility of the human being and its contingency.

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HYPERREALISTIC PORTRAITURE BY RITCHELLY OLIVEIRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ritchelly Oliveira draws from emotions to create his different pieces. Building on his talent for sketching which he discovered at a young age, Oliveira developed a distinctive style: hyperrealistic portraiture often interspersed with surrealistic elements that surprise and captivate. While the artist admits that there can be a cliché behind the emotion, he sees the bumps and anxieties hidden beneath the surface. This has inspired him to display these scars in his own work as he has witnessed them on his own path.

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