FUNKY PERSONAS BY KELLY BJORK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Seattle-based Kelly Bjork is an artist/freelance illustrator whose work focuses on portraiture and intimacy between friends and belongings. Bjork’s illustrations capture the funky and punky personas that thrive in her home city of Seattle. She grew up in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a BFA in drawing and printmaking.

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FILMIC PAINTINGS BY SETH ARMSTRONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Seth Armstrong was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  After studying painting in Northern Holland, he received a BFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Many years later, he left his home in Oakland and moved back to Los Angeles, where he now lives and works.

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There’s a distinctively filmic feel to everything in his work. The depth in Seth’s work is not just in the rich tones and shading he uses but in the narrative, where we wonder how these different characters came to be in the same place together.

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CINEMATIC PAINTINGS BY ERIC WHITE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric White presents photorealistic scenes with a surreal visual twist in his cinematic paintings. For source materials, White turns to 1940s-era Hollywood films and film noir; he also claims inspiration from David Lynch’s darkly humorous TV series Twin Peaks. Compressing a sequence of events into a single moment, White creates claustrophobic scenes populated by glamorous figures locked in ambiguous psychological drama.

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BIZARRE SCENES BY DIEGO GRAVINESE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Buenos Aires based Diego Gravinese is a talented Argentinian artist who creates hyperreal oil on canvas and acrylic paintings that at first come as photographs. The works are highly detailed, capturing both mundane and bizarre scenes in photo realistic style.

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Bright, vibrant, with deeply saturated colors and subjects full of action and movement, these paintings are emblematic of the good life. Sunny poolsides, scenes from a party, or simply non-sequitur images that amuse with a little surrealness.

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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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COLOSSAL HUMANOIDS BY JEAN PIERRE ROY

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist Jean-Pierre Roy (previously featured here) paints surreal scenes that deconstruct the known world. His work is often associated with science fiction, depicting alien wastelands inhabited by colossal humanoid beings, their bodies laden with geometric shapes, holographic projections, and mirrored panes. Rather than ascribing to science fiction specifically, however, Roy is more interested in fostering a critical, creative space that allows us to examine the systems of knowledge that construct reality.

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GODS BY YUNMEE KYONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Yunmee Kyong draws and makes human, birds, gods and many other things around her. she eats lot of things around her too. She was raised in Korea and ventured out to study art to London drinking many cups of tea and to New York eating lots of big hamburgers. Yunmee would love to live in igloo someday with a polar bear, a parrot, cows and sheeps. She does illustrations for magazines and children’s books and makes small books.

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DARK BRUSH STROKES BY ANDREA FIORINO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrea Fiorino is a Sicilian artist now based in Milan. Fiorino’s artistic language is powerfully expressive and relies on the communicative possibilities of narrative.

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Everything is coherent with the theme of the artist’s research: the lost paradise where men and mother Nature once co-lived in harmony and respect, not yet deteriorated by civilization and progress.

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PENCIL WORLDS BY JOSEPHIN RITSCHEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josephin Ritschel is an illustrator living and working in Berlin. In Josephin’s illustrations, fine lines, dark lines, little lines, lines on lines, and a few blocks shading all build up to make these incredible images full of life. Whether its spooky or sombre, funny or lonely, the scenes she creates have a real sense of energy and all tell their own, often bizarre, story. The illustrations are colored in with the kind of precision that children can only dream of when they try to stay within the lines of their coloring books.

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