GRAPHITE DRAWINGS BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based Mike Lee’s (previously featured here) graphite drawings contemplate the duality between artificiality and realism by taking everyday normalcies (figures, objects and settings) and working them into their most simplistic forms. Small subjects surrounded by vast white spaces, Lee’s drawings represent fleeting moments in a large world.

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MAGIC REALISM ILLUSIONS BY ROBERT GONSALVES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Robert “Rob” Gonsalves is a Canadian painter of magic realism. He produces original works, limited edition prints and illustrations for his own books. Gonsalves’ paintings have a fun way of twisting your perception and causing you to question what in his paintings, if anything, is real.

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Most of his stunning paintings have an unclear boundary between the multiple stories they tell, which forces the viewer to jump back and forth between them – like an optical illusion that changes every time you look at it.

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FLESH VANITAS BY MIGUEL SCHEROFF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Madrid based Miguel Scheroff is a painter whose works range between reality and fiction. Using the technique of oil painting as his favorite, he presents large-scale works made with an incredible hyperrealism. He puts in contact painting with photography, although that it is not his intention, but he aims to critique the society within we live.

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AMERICAN REALISM BY BO BARTLETT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision. His paintings are well within the tradition of American realism. Bartlett looks at America’s heart—its land and its people—and describes the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary.

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SYNTHETIC REALISM BY GREG PARMA SMITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Greg Parma Smith‘s painted realism is perversely synthetic and immaculately crafted. His works, composed of oil, acrylic and metallic leaf, are baroque in their construction and subject matter. Smith’s use of cartoons seems at the service of a more hermetic endeavor, one that further mystifies the relationship between a popular image and a rarified artwork.

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IMPERMANENCE BY JUAN TRAVIESO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Juan Travieso is an artist based in Miami and New York.  His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.

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IMPERMANENCE AND DECAY BY JUAN TRAVIESO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Miami and New York based artist Juan Travieso‘s work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.

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His paintings involve images ranging from Soviet propaganda and cartoons, to the iconic figures of the Cuban revolution. Woven inside is the personal and how these personal and cultural icons are in constant conflict and transformation. Ambitious and daring are qualities in the very flesh of his work. Travieso is a dynamic maker he approaches painting with great appetite and produces a feast for the eyes and mind.

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MASHED-UP PHOTO-REALISM BY SEAN NORVET

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sean Norvet is an artist and illustrator born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. His paintings are usually precisely executed in oils on panels, but his style and subjects reflect the media-saturated, commercialized environment we inhabit today. His work is often deconstructive and simultaneously jarring, intense, hilarious and disturbing.

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Norvet’s art is sometimes explosive, sometimes still, and often mashes up elegant photo-realism with two-dimensional cartoon buffoonery. His three-dimensional sculptural installations, usually involving food, offer a satiric, ephemeral cheapness in which the medium is the message. As urgent and commanding as his images are, he playfully invites viewers in to share the laugh.

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Sculpting in the Dark | RUSSELL CAMERON

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron’s grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. “Russell’s main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer.”

The realism and surrealism of Cameron’s beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us.

Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project “Flesh and Bone” to a gallery near you.

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (6)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (7)

Darkness is said to be the absence of light, but what if darkness is the evidence of life? One look at Russell Cameron's grotesque sculptures may have you gagging, but then suddenly a realization can hit the viewer: this IS life; this is what I avoid bringing into awareness, and just because I avoid it, it doesn't mean it's not there. "Russell's main objective when creating a sculpture is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer." The realism and surrealism of Cameron's beautifully crafted sculptures made of metal, clay, paint and wood, brings to life the stories that live among us and in us. Russel Cameron is a self-taught sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, hopefully bringing his ongoing project "Flesh and Bone" to a gallery near you. Via news.upperplayground.com (8)