NEW AGE IDOLS BY RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols that are at once enticing and disquieting. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion. Self-portraits make frequent appearances and the dual presence of male and female organs suggest gender fluid realms of new possibilities.

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WILD PORTRAITS BY JOHN PAUL FAUVES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Costa Rican contemporrary artist John Paul Fauves‘ work is full of meaning and critique; covered in color and intensity. Both his alias and his style are influenced by Fauvism, but his game of faces, tones and brushstrokes add a vibrant touch of singularity.

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“I have painted since I can remember, I now understand that this passion for art is the soul trying to express through colors and strokes. My inspiration comes from the Fauvist movement. This being an individualistic style that lacks a classical order , and which in turn uses color to communicate feelings . Expressionism is clearly my interpretation of Art.” John Paul Fauves

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MULTILAYERED PAINTINGS BY MADSTEEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mark Paul Deren, more commonly known as MADSTEEZ, is an artist and designer based in California. He is known for his vibrant, large-scale and multi-layered paintings, often mixing odd and familiar characters into abstract landscapes.

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Mark’s eclectic personality breaths through each colorful piece he masters. From Dennis Hopper to Carlton Banks, MADSTEEZ’s inspiration ranges from personal heroes to pop-culture legends.

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STUART SNODDY PAINTS FANTASIES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Midwest based painter Stuart Snoddy works on paper and on canvas. He moves between the wistful and the contemplative.

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“I paint fantasy. I paint the fantasy of me. This is my story complete with the screw-ups, the pleasures, and the pleasant fictions. Who am I? I wasn’t born here. I have never known a “blood” relative. I’ve never looked upon the face of someone with the same genes as I have. Never seen my eyes in someone else. I paint people that surface from a yearning imagination. Some are illuminated by the refulgence of past encounters like a glowing filament in a freshly turned off light bulb. And some come from…who knows, or wherever. I guess I just miss my friends. Nostalgia is real sticky stuff. But this fantasy nurtures the narratives of our lives as cohesive intellectual and emotional beings. I indulge it.” Stuart Snoddy

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DRAWING AND SPACE BY HAROLD ANCART

by Ariadna Zierold

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Harold Ancart is a Belgian artist living and working in New York, transformed the trunk of his jeep into a studio and set out on a road trip across the United States. He wanted to experience the vastness of the country he now called home. Along the way he would pull his car over whenever he saw something that moved him to draw.

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Ancart’s creative process involves drawing and space. Allowing for chance and repetition, he often works in situ creating sculptural installations with found objects, minimal traces, and graphic underlining to reveal the surfaces, the specificities and the situation of the place.

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HETEROGENEOUS COMPOSITIONS BY DAVID HUMPHREY

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based painter David Humphrey works on paper and sculptures defy categorization. He emerged as an artist in the late 1970s along with Postmodernism, an approach that continues to inform his heterogeneous compositions, visual pastiches that, in his words, “erase the breaks” between divergent styles.

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In his paintings, this grammar includes gestural abstraction, cartoonish figuration, Pop Art, Surrealism, and Expressionism. His vibrant compositions feature human figures, narrative vignettes, animals, and objects interwoven into abstract passages.

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CHILDLIKE VIBRANCY BY MINA HAMADA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Artist Mina Hamada is an expert in creating imagination fuelled masterpieces, full of vibrancy and color. Born in Louisiana USA, grew up in Tokyo, and currently works out of Barcelona. This had a great influence on her interest in street art and she began experimenting with large scale artworks and murals.

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Her work has a great childlike element to it, an escape from the ordinary and an invitation into the mind of a truly creative spirit.

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VISCOSITY PRINTING BY MAURICE SAPIRO

by Ariadna Zierold

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North Haven, Connecticut based Maurice Sapiro is an artist that grew up in America from Highlands, New Jersey. You get a great sense of fluidity to the dreamy presentation of Maurice’s work, evident in his technique ranging from his oil paintings, to sculptures, to his basic hand drawn sketches.

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Some of his most dream-like works comes from his “Pour Paintings”, where he uses a technique of “Viscosity Printing”, a technique developed by the late Stanley William Hayter, which uses oil paints of different viscosities which repel each other, rather than blending together.

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DIMENSIONAL LANDSCAPES BY JONATHAN ZAWADA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Jonathan Zawada is an Australian visual artist, graphic designer, and creative designer. His work ranges from album covers for bands, to t-shirt designs and his own gallery of art.

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His color use is soft on the eyes and his work can be aesthetically pleasing. There is depth and a certain dimension he creates that takes landscapes and portraits to different levels of perspective.

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