QUIRKY CERAMIC SCULPTURES BY CHAO HARN KAE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chao Harn Kae was born in Malaysia. He graduated in Malaysia Institute of Art (Major in Fine Art) in 1997. He has resided and worked in Hong Kong since 2004. He has been participating in art exhibitions in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Chao uses clay to create the most unusual sculptures of quirky creatures, many of which combine human elements such as hands protruding from their heads. The fragility of his ceramic pieces hints at our own fragile existence on earth, and how we’re closer to nature than we might think.

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NATURE DARK ART BY DUSTY RAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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A painting contractor by day and a self-proclaimed artist by night, Dusty Ray’s (previously featured here) life is paint. Having earned his degree in English Literature from Colorado State University, he says his days as a writer bleed into the small narrative he creates with paint. Dusty’s subject matter mainly consists of the animal wildlife found in his beautiful home of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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ODDBALL CHARACTERS BY NICK SHEEHY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nick Sheehy (previously featured here) is an Australian-born artist and illustrator living in London. After studying bronze sculpture in the wilds of Tasmania, Nick gave up on art only to re-discover his love of drawing whilst living in London, sparked by an interest in the city’s low brow art, illustration, street art, and graffiti.

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In his work, Nick explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination. Employing a laborious technique, building up layers of texture and thin color, his work infuses precision and attention to detail with random abstraction and clumsiness. He enjoys drawing various weird things for himself, exhibitions, publications, and occasionally the odd client.

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GRAPHITE SLICES BY MILES JOHNSTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Miles Johnston is an freelance illustrator and concept artist currently located in London, United Kingdom. Using predominantly graphite on paper Johnston slices away and deforms his figures. Drawn with subtle gradients and shading the works have a light but mesmerizing effect on first view. Johnston seems to morph his figures with their surroundings creating surreal scenes and dream like imagery.

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COLORFUL CHAOS BY ZHOU FAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Zhou Fan was born in 1983 in Shanxi Province in northern China. In 2006, Zhou graduated from the art department of Shanxi University. He participated in a solo exhibition and several group exhibition in his home province that year. Zhou has been very inspired by his childhood. While the artist has always had a strong fascination for Jellyfish, Zhou’s “Love of Jellyfish” series of paintings is based on dreams that he had as a young boy of many jellyfish floating in the sky, some of which fell to the ground on parachutes and became mushrooms. These dreams had a strong impact on the artist, and he remembers them vividly.

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While Fan’s paintings may at first look happy and cheerful because they are colorful, many of the artist’s works have a sad undertone to them. Zhou seems to be quite sensitive to the fact that people can be cruel and destructive, and he can see the effect China’s societal changes are having on individuals and the society as a whole. Fan likes to combine the impossible, and while it looks beautiful within the paintings, the results can be confusing and chaotic-seeming.

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INTERNET THEMES BY ALEXIS PRICE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alexis Price is a self-taught painter from Raleigh, North Carolina currently residing and working in Brooklyn New York.  In her most recent work, she has been playing with themes that mimic internet culture such as bright colors, memes, emoji’s, etc and partners them with darker imagery.  This darkness speaks to parts of the human reality that our internet culture is masking.  Alexis has also been exploring the idea of perspective and reality and how each person’s reality is so vastly different from the next- and has been experimenting with the idea of what’s “real” and what is not.  She works primarily with oil, is inspired by animals, and has a strange fascination with the color pink.

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CHROMATIC PORTRAITURE BY CHRISTIAN ORRILLO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Christian Orrillo is a self-taught, visual artist from Peru, currently living in Chile. Most of the art pieces Christian showcases online have a glowy and fantastic feel and can be categorized as a contemporary art. Just imagine all of his fantasy characters living in the color space setting with all the imaginary details he puts into his creations.

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GEOMETRIC STRUGGLES BY JON FOX

by Ariadna Zierold

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Born in Hereford, UK, Jon Fox graduated in Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton in 2004. A child of the 80s, he was initially attracted to Japanese and American cartoons, comics and computer games, along with hip hop and the graffiti styles that came with it.

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Dynamic geometric structures, angular shapes and striking color characterize Fox’s tightly packed scenes of mystical figures and their existential struggles. Drawing on personal introspection, Fox juggles narrative and pictorial composition to produce vivid mindscapes, layered journeys in search of an underlying energy and balance.

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THE HUMAN PSYCHE BY LUNA MONOGATARI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Visual artist Luna Monogatari‘s work explores many fields such as illustration, painting, sculpture and film making. Through her work, Luna defies reality and questions preconceived concepts made by humans before us, exploring the human psyche. We are living in a crucial era, where the climate change may affect life as we know it, so her passion for astronomy, science fiction and geometric shapes lead her to explore new reinterpretations of our world.

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MONUMENTAL NOBODIES BY MATTHEW QUICK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Matthew Quick (previously featured here) is an Australian artist. His paintings & sculpture use narrative realism to provoke & tell stories. He’s painted since his teens but was distracted by other careers – working variously as a university lecturer, photographer, salesman, art director, copywriter & interior designer. Until returning full time to painting, he was the founder and Creative Director of his own advertising agency, Q&A.

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Quick is an artist who masterfully layers meaning—not only are the works a unique amalgamation of the tradition of landscape painting and surrealism, they are imbued with metaphors and stories. He tells stories and makes quirky observations of the world around us. With the combination of title and image, deeper meanings emerge, triggering the unfolding of chapters in an endless array of stories the viewer is invited to create.

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