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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PRESENT DICHOTOMIES BY DANNY FERRELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Danny Ferrell‘s paintings are structured and informed by ever-present dichotomies: public/private, nature/culture, taste/kitsch, transparency/opacity. He is a painter whose work represents fantasies and fears about the other through depictions of the everyday queer male experience.  Loosely based on his own relationships, experiences, and imagination, Ferrell’s work functions like a daydream, where memory, longing, and external influences shape a personal fiction.

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SPECTRAL FIGURES BY GENIEVE FIGGIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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The paintings of Irish artist Genieve Figgis are possessed of a wicked, unmistakably Irish sense of humor. They ironize our attitudes to conspicuous wealth, land ownership, and social hierarchies by reimagining canonical paintings—commissioned to preserve the glory of their subjects—as nightmarish scenes, suggestive almost of depravity.

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Her scenes depicting bourgeois homes, traditional portraits, or landscapes are often haunted by spectral figures and leering creatures with canes and top hats. A sense of the charmingly macabre emerges from Figgis’ combination of an apparent pictorial banality with dreamlike qualities.

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ODD CHARACTERS BY JONATHAN DALTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona-based artist Jonathan Dalton creates amazing oil paintings of odd characters or bizarre stories and sceneries. Most of his paintings convey a mysterious dark mood.

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Dark tinted characters and scenes vanish in even darker surroundings, telling bizarre stories while none of the visuals provide hints for the viewer to resolve the mystery.

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COMPLEX CHAOS BY BRECHT VANDENBROUCKE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Inspired by peers such as David Shrigley, Charlotte Solomon and Mark Beyer, Brecht Vandenbroucke’s view of the world is a deliciously ill-natured one, where every attempt to live your life peaceful, ambitious and individual are doomed to fail due to the complex chaos that’s surrounding us everyday.

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“The idea was based on how everyone has an opinion on everything these days and needs to share it, so I decided to do something funny with that. I tried to put the importance of the art world into perspective and I also tried to create a book that is very visual. It’s completely hand-painted and there is no dialogue, just a few words here and there.” Brecht Vandenbroucke

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