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Fábio Magalhães

 photo bK8ctBP4deqAs37nMORcmGDSahGnSyQa9XEWNTYDkGO7M24rcAqnLy7HY5DwfhFRn_zpshwc8vfwd.jpg  photo ZBmTQ9bWs6Hg3pergr5MQqcews6bzyHCLazFTyHP2dWQDp1E2O5d7et7rFGHO6trf_zpsz0i74yl7.jpg Fábio Magalhães (Tanque Novo – Ba, 1982) lives and works in Salvador, where he went to undergraduate school in Fine Arts at the Federal University of Bahia. He works with self-reference painting. Metaphorically connecting images of his own body, feelings and banal situations, he aims at pointing out conditions inconceivable to be portrayed but through artifices and distortions of reality. As for this, his art pieces are the result of a modus operandi that makes part of the photographic universe and results in a kind of parallel reality, materialized in the universe of painting. In which, he creates contours of a disturbing reality.  photo GZqfXp7HFeSWCnCwFS84hkkHg6yYxFgt2MYf43LmcpngQXCZNt5cw419E5KBTnPN4_zpsebe3gvbg.jpg  photo NYHKzrAjxeL8Ks2HDGyt48TTqWetf1cGCN1K6yTwRKAjqcXczbtS31SWMHMswEsh7_zpsdjuwmkdp.jpg

Mike Dargas

 photo tumblr_nlffud0kPT1qjg75jo4_540_zps4z1wmfpx.jpg  photo mike_dargas_04_zpsrktiijww.jpg Mike Dargas was born 1983 in Cologne, Germany. Inspiried by Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giga Mike begins to focus on surrealism and realism. His works show the picture of people, painted realistically in oil on canvas. The precise technique gives, like a photography, a snapshot of the moment. The artist studies his motifs with such intensity, that each portrait pictures a profile of increasing intimate closeness. The perfection of his technique seems to search for the perfect image, like he was searching for the soul within each single one. With his works Mike Dargas challenges us to take a deeper look, to understand the nature of human being and to question our own emotional perception. The artist lives and works in Cologne, Germany.  photo tumblr_nlffud0kPT1qjg75jo3_540_zps2tls3aim.jpg  photo tumblr_nlffud0kPT1qjg75jo2_540_zpsqpsdvobi.jpg  photo tumblr_nkda42KBPb1qa4iv8o2_1280_zpse07avcgp.jpg

Black Hole by Fabian Oefner

 photo 0cdae6bdf101bd5eadd967866a9ae56d_zps7qouhksn.jpg  photo 9ad578fd7a66c4f1a4be40acd18ac3e3_zpssylclwzx.jpg  photo c3557ec6739438b24dea90d2b08111ca_zpsbybe1gcv.jpg "Black Hole" is a series of images, which shows paint modeled by centripetal force. The setup is very simple: Various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metallic rod, which is connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint starts to move away from the rod, creating these amazing looking structures. The motion of the paint happens in a blink of an eye, the images you see are taken only millisecond after the drill was turned on.  photo eb6a3db3b8754880c73f7c928068bc40_zpsbq4eicew.jpg  photo 499cec15a58a852630d6074b0c8f4be8_zps1kbtdaaq.jpg  photo a36e3801bd1b076d9714628e515c6b87_zpshanbe4sm.jpg

Alex Gross

 photo selfie_zpspjvuxca5.jpg  photo narcissism_zpsn2xkpoyi.jpg  photo twins_zpsut4ghzz6.jpg Hey guys, check out the website of Alex Gross for even more treasures. That's all.  photo distractions_zps3vk6gmke.jpg  photo drones_zpsysudfl0k.jpg  photo spores_zps1gjwp9ec.jpg

Shih Yung-Chun

 photo Untitled-3_zpsd0fox90w.jpg  photo Untitled-8_zpsnwgbebbn.jpg  photo Untitled-7_zpspiog6nxf.jpg Today’s discovery is the wonderful world of artist Shih Yung-Chun. Just wow.  photo Untitled-5_zps6q7o81ce.jpg  photo Untitled-9_zpszsujnzbo.jpg  photo Untitled-4_zpseufb33xd.jpg

Margarita Sampson

 photo zsa zsa 1_zps1xogwnza.jpg  photo zsa zsa detail side_zps07q5ea5i.jpg  photo zsa zsa detail front_zpsv706shsr.jpg Margarita Sampson works predominantly in soft sculpture & contemporary jewellery. Her work is strongly influenced by her Norfolk Island background, referencing natural forms, patterns & textures, in particular underwater lifeforms.  photo Anemone Incursion II Klaus_zpsbtgeyeyz.jpg  photo Anemone Incursion II Klaus detail_zpsrcgu4e8v.jpg  photo Klaus back_zpsctpc98dy.jpg

Julie Heffernan

" I grew up in the West, so am inclined towards mighty spaces. Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt’s grand landscapes make perfect sense to me. Our family’s version of a cheap vacation was camping in gorgeous National Parks such as Yosemite and Lassen. Like Cole, the places we visited got us as close to god as we could possibly imagine being. At the same time, they represented what we had lost...My recent work is focused on making sense of the world around me after calamities such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. We are slowly making our world unlivable, and I want to bring to the surface the destructive action, waste, and contamination that is generally invisible to us. I need to imagine another way, to outfit myself with signs and banners that speak louder than I can, to envision how we might remake the world as it is slowly falling apart...I have always been up for a good journey and that is what painting offers me. Like the game Chutes and Ladders, the basic thrust of which – flying down slides and plodding up pathways – I always loved as a kid, my work allows the eye to meander through spaces, across rivers, get lost in thickets, singed by forest fires, pass by warning signs and under control towers that speak, in smoke signals, to our great distress." - Julie Heffernan

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu

 photo 3031254231_37bab75a95_zpsuefu3wqj.jpg  photo yu_yuan_angel_c_zpsihhau2b9.jpg  photo 5162716131_0f4898ceef_zpsfmd7b88l.jpg Sun Yuan was born in 1972 in Beijing and Peng Yu was born in 1974 in Heilongjian, China. They both studied oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. As a collaborative duo, they have had solo exhibition at the Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Philippines; Arario Gallery, Seoul; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing; Osage, Hong Kong; and F2 Gallery, Beijing. They have shown in numerous group exhibitions including the Aichi Trieannale 2010, Nagoya, Japan; the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; the 2nd and 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow; the Liverpool Biennial 2006, Liverpool, United Kingdom; the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice; the Yokohama Triennial (2001), Yokohama, Japan; and the 5th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France. They currently live in Beijing. (via PinchukArtCentre)  photo yu_yuan_angel_a_zps123xqi8l.jpg  photo yu_yuan_angel_b_zpszaucw7iz.jpg  photo 3163688968_e11436b3cb_zpsymq2xsva.jpg

Fiona Maclean

 photo DAISY_grande_zpssj0oobf7.jpg  photo Heddys_secret_grande_zpsogfr8xc4.jpg  photo Jacks_secret_grande_zpsidywty5q.jpg " As an artist I'm fascinated by the fleetingness of youth, beauty and sexuality and the elusiveness of these particular elements, trying to capture those elements within my portraits and figurative work. Always curious to discover whom the subject is behind the façade, trying to get to the essence of the person, breathing and bringing to life the portrait or figure. Trying to capture their sexuality, their beauty, and who they are. Evoking an element of ‘drama’ to the subject where the viewer can ‘draw their own conclusions to what this person’s ‘story’ maybe. Working from life but mostly from photographs as reference. Often using acrylics like a watercolour and sometimes combining acrylics and oils." - Fiona Maclean  photo joshua_grande_zpsewjvafcl.jpg  photo DSC_1134_grande_zpsfjm81kwz.jpg

Theo Mercier

 photo Theo-Mercier-Le-Solitaire-1_zpsgsaknfik.jpg  photo solitaire 01_zpsoupxxyat.png  photo 6a00d8341c76e453ef013483cdcb5f970c-500wi_zps5a4dfc4c.jpg Theo Mercier (born 1984) is a French sculptor, painter and photographer. He is trained as a designer and self-taught as an artist, and interned with Matthew Barney in 2008. He also worked with Bernard Wilhelm. He uses collage and found objects in his work. Vogue described his work as drawing "on a surreal and dreamlike imaginarium populated by singular, mysterious and often monstrous creatures. His work has been exhibited at the Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie and the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard in Paris, France and Lille 3000.  photo TheoMercier1_zpscuviuohc.jpg  photo 00013e51_medium_zpsgwkgdijw.jpeg