SURREAL CREATURES BY KAYLA BUIUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kayla Buium is a young emerging artist from Toronto, Canada. She grew up in North York where her grandparents introduced her to the world of fine arts. Art was always her passion but being raised in a creative family inspired her to take it more seriously. In her teenage years she attended Earl Haig S.S. and majored in visual arts where she was inspired by the world of modern art.

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Her art style is heavily influenced by the works of Alex Pardee and Doctor Seuss. She explores a variety of media from sculpture, acrylic and even street signs.

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BALL POINT PEN ILLUSTRATIONS BY CARINE BRANCOWITZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based illustrator Carine Brancowitz is devoted to music and painting, she studied illustration, screen printing and lithography.  Her work, drawn with ball point pen, is a labyrinth of detailed patterns, inked with vibrant hues.

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She often draws adolescents as they mill about during all too ordinary situations. Sometimes they’re eating or laughing or sitting or sad. Carine’s precision helps bring her subjects to life. Her work is full of depth as she contrasts detailed subjects against flat backgrounds,  perfectly capturing the moods of her teens. Her skill is all in the subtle nuances, the way a thousand tiny lines of hair can be strewn against a girl’s bright eyes.

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QUIRKY MOMENTS BY ALEJANDRINA HERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexican artist Alejandrina Herrera’s illustrations capture quirky moments in the life of people and animals. The minimal approach to different life situations using a mix of watercolor, drawings, and mixed media, is quite fun. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.

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EXPERIMENTAL JUXTAPOSITIONS BY JORAM ROUKES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Groningen, Netherlands based artist Joram Roukes‘ energetic canvases have an incredible liveliness that draws us into each surreal world that he constructs. He works in predominantly large scale oil paintings that are reflections of everyday life situations, observed, filtered and reassembled in a collage like way. The resulted paintings pose a fragmented yet cohesive view on today’s society and human behaviour.

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POLARIZED ENVIRONMENTS BY SALLY DENG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sally Deng grew up in a dual existence between living for months in China and traveling back to Los Angeles where her family owned a diner in downtown Los Angeles. This presence of opposites coming together is a recurring theme in Deng’s work, through which she creates thoughtful environments in which she is able to harmonize between polarized elements.

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Photos and interview with Matt Hilvers

-I live in Chicago Illinois, born n’ raised!

– I take pictures of what I know, the life around me. If documentary and fine-art made out, married, and adopted a kid that resembled themselves? I don’t think I could have answered that any worse or more vague. However, right now I have been doing studio portraits with an 8