Tehran-based artist Salman Khoshroo creates large-scale figures and portraits that practically drip from the canvas. Most of these pieces are several feet tall, composed of enormously precise strokes that veer toward abstraction while eventually leading to a cohesive figure.
Working in his studio in Tehran with a large palette knife to spread oil colors directly on the canvas, Khoshroo’s paintings harness figurative abstraction to evince very concise figures of emotional tension. Beginning with portraits of people he knew, his style evolved from one based on realism to one that draws from abstract art, expressionism and fauvism.
His interest in painting the human face is twofold, both as a conduit of human emotions, made all the more pertinent in his home country where women have to cover up the rest of their bodies; as well as an expression of identity and self-presentation in the age of Facebook.
Palma de Mallorca, Spain based artist Andrea Castro paints delicate oil work portraits overlaid by thick, expressive strokes of color. Castro, who originally studied fashion design, works in the overlap between abstract and figurative art, often adding details such as beading or embroidery to her works.
She considers art as another language, another way to express yourself. She’s fascinated by the idea of reaching everybody around the world, whichever the language they may speak, and connect with them through her character’s emotions or stories. She wants the observer to identify with her own artistic idiom and to vent of all those feelings we all have felt overtaking ourselves at some point. To do that she creates internal conversations with the subjects of her paintings, they tell her what they want to transmit as she’s giving them shape.
Erin Loree is a Toronto-based artist from Gananoque, Ontario. Her vibrant pictures feature incredible blues, magentas, yellows, and many more spread over a canvas. Loree varies her approach to texture, with some areas of smoothly-applied paint and others with short, thick brush strokes, creating an incredible sense of light.
We don’t care who you are, but if you didn’t at some point listen to The Strokes’ 2001 debut and at some point had to acknowledge there was something special going on. So 10 years later, as we set ourselves for the newest Strokes album this week, Angles, a hit and miss 4th LP, we look back at the simple intro to the Strokes that was “Is This It?”.
We are going to be honest here, we are a little excited about the new Strokes release. We were into the band, not like SUPER into the band, but we liked the first 2 Strokes LPs, found the 3rd one to be laboring, but we think #4 is going to be good. “Under Cover of Darkness” is the new single, and NY Magazine says its good. Which is great, but we haven’t heard it yet. And we can’t find it on the web, But people are saying this is good.
So the point of this post is hopefully someone will send us a link of where to download the song.