Francesca Pasquali graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. She lives and works between Bologna and Brescia in Italy. Francesca Pasquali explores the relationship between natural forms and polymeric materials through sculpture, video and photography .
‘Adding to her highly successful collection of flowers, Laura Hart has looked to the animal kingdom for inspiration. What could be better to accompany her blooms than butterflies. Each one is a painstakingly crafted recreation of its living counter part. No stranger to working with fused glass, Hart has added cast bodies and sterling silver legs, antenna and proboscis to capture the unique characteristics of each insect. We all know that the beauty is in the wings of these ethereal jewelled creatures, which Hart has composed with sensational attention to detail.’ (via Vessel Gallery)
” My idol was Duane Hanson. He was a Florida sculptor who produced sculptures of people so life-like that they fooled the eye. When his security guard sculpture was on display at Van de Weghe Gallery in New York, thousands, myself included, went up to him and asked him where the rest rooms were. It was truly uncanny. Traditional photorealists who have impacted me include Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Audrey Flack, Ron Kleeman, Richard McLean, John Salt and Ben Schonzeit. More recent photorealist influences include Pedro Campos, Roberto Bernardi, Simon Hennessey, Tom Martin, Steve Mills and Cynthia Poole. I love when people see my paintings at Foxx Galerie in Zurich and say to one another, “Nice photo”. Then Claudine Bandi, the owner, corrects them and tells them it is an oil painting. Their look of incredulity is such a pleasure to watch. Many people stare at the paintings for a long time. I also enjoy evoking the feelings of nostalgia amongst the viewers. Recently at Zimmermann + Heitmann Gallery in Dusseldorf, I overheard a family looking at my Monopoly painting. One said, “I was always the dog”; another said, “I was the iron”. At Atlas Galleries in Chicago, I heard a patron exclaim, “Wow! Look at the Kid Cowboy. I had exactly that book when I was a little boy. And the edges of the book were frayed just like it is in the painting”. I call my work photorealism, as opposed to pop art, hyperrealism, art deco, modern art, contemporary art, wall art, décor art. Galleries in the genre include Louis Meisel Gallery, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery and Jonathan Novak Gallery. Other artists who have influenced me include Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, Wayne Thiebaud, Pablo Picasso, Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Rene Magritte, Claes Oldenberg, Richard Serra, Robert Motherwell and Piet Mondrian.” – Doug Bloodworth ( via Photorealism)
Marie Lund <-- 1976 Born, Copenhagen; Lives and works in London; Education: 1999-2002 BA – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Copenhagen; 2002-2004 MA – Royal College of Art, London
Crystal Wagner received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002. She is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA. After teaching as a college art professor for five years, Crystal left academia to focus exclusively on her studio practice. Wagner’s interest in combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms, alternative use of materials, and hybrid approaches to printmaking, and massive site-specific installations, have led to her artwork being exhibited extensively in the U.S and abroad. Her most recent commissions include a large-scale installation for the internationally recognized band The Flaming Lips. a large shadow box for GNU a snowboard company out of Portland, OR, and most recently a large-scale installation piece for NIKE.
‘ Kim MyeongBeom (Korea, 1976) received his diploma from the Academy of Fine Art in Seoul, where he specialized in sculpture. In 2002, he earned a Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and in Korea, and also in Europe where he has received recognition in international contemporary art fairs.’ (via Galerie Paris-Beijing)
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” My latest body of work fuses a lifelong love of portraiture with my interest in pattern and the ways it can transform and enliven the picture plane. Executing these patterns in oil paint atop prints of historical portraits radically alters the images and changes our perception of them, even as they retain a certain familiarity. It transmutes their formality and tradition into something wholly contemporary, ushering these “re-mastered” portraits into a modern idiom.” – Sydney Cash
Brent Estabrook‘s playful work, ripe with sociopolitical commentary and fraught with the unbridled passion of a determined young artist, challenges the viewer to reconsider familiar images, products and ideas as he himself explores the liminal space between discovery and curiosity. He is inspired by artist such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and the portraiture work of Rembrandt, and over the years he has transformed his study into a style which is uniquely his own. To date his collection is mainly held by private collectors throughout California. His work is currently on display in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and he is evaluating opportunities for representation in New York.