Gel Jamlang

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” I am a Filipino visual artist/illustrator. I studied at the University of the Philippines college of fine arts (y.1996-2000). I worked for 12 years in the industry of home design and painted large scale oil and acrylic paintings. Shortly after exhibiting in New York at the Philippine Consulate, I moved to Maryland and focused on my art career. I like painting playful portraits, often digressing into odd places. ” – Gel Jamlang

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Shannon Finley

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Shannon Finley (b. 1974) received his BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax. His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Boston and San Francisco. He recently had a solo exhibition in Munich at Walter Storms Galerie and he has one upcoming at Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery in Brussels.

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Loving these illustrations from an artist called Saraswathi. This was a random find on Flickr. Click here for the link.

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Color Field by Liza Lou

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‘For twenty years, the glass bead has been Liza Lou’s primary art-making material. Lou transforms the possibilities of this tiny unit of color and embellishment just as she expands the meaning of the objects she recreates. Color Field (2010-2013), her newest floor-bound sculpture, features an expansive prism of color. The gridded rainbow is composed of uniform lengths of wire, each threaded with a single shade of beads. The sheer expanse of the piece conveys exuberance, underscored by the work’s bounty: its multitude of colors, beads, and touch. Pulsing and pixelated, Color Field’s complex mosaic foregrounds its construction and the network of hands which helped shape it.’ Link.

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Kyle Barnes

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From Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Kyle Barnes graduated from The University of Ulster, Belfast, in 2010 with a BA Hons degree in Fine and Applied Arts. Since then he has won the Towry prize at the National Open Art Competition, exhibited at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery in Chicester and most recently been awarded the KPMG Young Artist Award at the RUA Belfast. He is interested in the process of painting, manipulating the material and working to its distinct qualities, while paying heed to differing textures in skin and how this is conveyed through tonal value and the temperature of colour. He is inspired by our perception of, and our interaction with each other through visual identity. The combination of expression, eye contact, concealment, colour and texture makes for a varied involvement with each of his works.

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The New North by David Altmejd

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The New North (2007) is approximately four metres tall; its colossal dimension allows the artist to create microcosmic worlds within it. It is covered in patches of fuzzy horse hair, wires, mirrored rhomboid shapes and quartz crystals; it also has a mysterious staircase with stalagmites that hang from its steps. Winding its way through the hollow body shape, the stairs are suggestive of mutual ascent and descent, as if inviting an exploration through an ancient cave or ruined architecture. The quasi-taxidermied structure has its own complex logic and systems, like a conceptual city or a building, living and breathing, and self-sufficient.

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Zaria Forman

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” In August 2012, I led an Arctic expedition up the NW coast of Greenland. Called “Chasing the Light”, it was the second expedition the mission of which was to create art inspired by this dramatic geography. The first, in 1869, was led by the American painter William Bradford. My mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. These drawings were inspired by this trip. Documenting climate change, the work addresses the concept of saying goodbye on scales both global and personal. In Greenland, I scattered my mother’s ashes amidst the melting ice.” – Zaria Forman

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Arianna Vairo

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Arianna Vairo is a talented illustrator and printmaker based from Milan, Italy.

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Check out these gems by illustrator known as MsCatface from Denver, Colorado.

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Brooks Salzwedel

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Salzwedel‘s recent works focus on North American landscapes that reflect the subtle friction between urban development and nature. His work evokes the fragility of our environments often giving hints of mankind’s encroachment on massive landforms such as mountains and forests. His medium of choice is a statement of this clash, graphite, a natural mineral, resin, a byproduct of plant materials, and mylar, a manufactured film. With this process by use of graphite and tape on semi-transparencies, resin on panel, Salzwedel is able to accomplish ethereal artworks with a sense of depth. Salzwedel casts some of these pieces in vintage medicine tins and corroded pipe-ends, lending an intimate quality to the works. As a whole he brings these together creating a beauty and calm out of the detritus we have laid upon the earth.’ Link.

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