VIBRANT PORTRAITS BY LOS BRAVU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rome based Los Bravú are an artistic tandem formed by Dea Gómez and Diego Omil. Gómez is originally from Salamanca and Omil from Pontevedra and they met at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Salamanca and specialized in painting. In 2012, they became Los Bravú and in their work they merge comics with painting, but also they work in sculpture and illustration. 

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VIBRANT IMAGES BY PAT PERRY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Pat Perry is an artist from Michigan who writes and makes pictures through careful and cautious observation. He often works itinerantly, and lives in Detroit. Pat’s calculated and surreal illustrations bend back the paradigm by once again elevating the work elaborated by a traveler’s hands. His illustrations feels perfectly proportioned, almost as if in motion. Less reliance on symmetry and more focus on flow. There’s an energy about the continuity and vibrance of his images, whether the color scheme is brilliant or tempered, and his ability to satisfy a breadth of clients while still solidifying his fine art itch is admirable.

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THE COMPLEXITIES OF DISPLACEMENT BY MARK WHALEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Mark Whalen (previously featured here) has been showing some new work. Using a tightly controlled painting technique, Whalen expresses satirical social narratives in seemingly universal situations. The most recent series of sculptural works continues his study into the complexities of displacement and positioning that we, as both individuals and a species, experience through our evolutionary trajectory. Construction netting captures, cordons and compartmentalizes our distinctive characteristics as they shift under the weight of societal pressure through this ever-changing global economy.

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VISUAL POETRY BY HUSMANN TSCHAENI

by Ariadna Zierold

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A Husmann/Tschaeni artwork stares you in the face. Under the layers of pinks, greens and blues, you sense movement. As if it is watching your back. Suddenly, you feel yourself being drawn into the art, losing focus. “A hell of positive energy with a small hint of hidden otherworldly darkness mixed with visual poetry and deep sensitive natural beauty. A daily biological presence combined with absurd undefined monstrous fantasy.”

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SATURATED LANDSCAPES BY CAROLINE LARSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Caroline Larsen has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. Larsen’s work has been in numerous group shows throughout Canada, America and Germany.

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Her work explores the sensation of being in the tropical landscape at night, when the heat exaggerates the saturation of the night hues. The paintings also play with the idea of abstraction. The paintings coexist between a recognizable form and a non representational image, but at the same time they are pictorial.

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“Using the memory of landscapes and imagery that I experienced during my upbringing in Sarasota, Florida as a springboard I create images that evoke a celebratory tropical frenzy. My interest in tropical landscapes stems from my lived experience, growing up in Florida and spending time in Panama as an adult has greatly influenced my aesthetic.

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A constant focus of all of my work, is the attentiveness to color and its role of imparting feeling. My paint application, with its texture acting as line and pattern, is an organizing form in and of itself; the ridges cast shadows and create optical rhythms. The paintings use a full color palette, keeping with my intention to be as ornamental and vibrant as possible.” Caroline Larsen

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DIZZYING PAINTINGS BY ERIK PARKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based German artist Erik Parker turned to eye-popping color and dizzying details in his recent paintings. Seemingly in constant motion, his paintings are composed of a myriad of tiny dots, paisleys, teardrops, squiggles, and drips, in a rainbow of bright colors. Parker creates bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture—psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip hop and heavy metal— as well as Picasso,  Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein.

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METICULOUS COMPLEXITY BY FUMIHIRO KATO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist, Fumihiro Kato, creates his art with a style that has a very complex and meticulous technique, filled with intricate lines that are almost creating designs within designs.

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He has been active since the early 2000’s, displaying his numerous works ranging from abstract to landscapes with his own special touch, which is described as on his website as his “own original painting technique, which has never been used by anyone before.”

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ATMOSPHERIC PAINTINGS BY JULES DE BALINCOURT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Jules de Balincourt (previously featured here) is a French-American contemporary artist. He is best known for his abstract, atmospheric paintings with saturated colors, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Force-fed on TV and an all-American mind-junk diet, his paintings are crafted with democratic gusto. Evoking notions of utopia and dystopia, de Balincourt’s paintings investigate public and private spaces and suggest an ever-changing landscape – both physical and psychological.

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VIBRANT PHOTOGRAPHY BY AIDA MULUNEH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Aïda Muluneh is an Ethiopian artist based in Addis Ababa. In 2000 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in film, radio and television from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Muluneh is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africanines de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, as well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy.

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Muluneh’s work on body painting is inspired by traditional body art from across the African continent. “Each work is a reflection of conscious and sub-conscious manifestations of time and space,” she writes.

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TROPICAL ATMOSPHERES BY NIKKI MALOOF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nikki Maloof lives and works in Brooklyn. Jungle animals and exotic vegetation appear frequently in Maloof’s drawings, paintings and collages. Often surrounded by luminous tropical hues, tigers, monkeys and bats can seem either benign or sinister, reticent or theatrical, and adopt an anthropomorphic quality that discloses a sense of the artist’s compassion for her subject matter.

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The same lightness of hand with paint, color and line, hints at the somber and dejected aspects of the domestic and quotidian – drooping flowers, in a vase or overcome by rain, and the view, from a distance, of the warmly lit interiors of people’s homes through window panes. Maloof’s works tend toward the familiar yet maintain a level of un-specifiable strangeness that produces their emotive quality.

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