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Gottfried Helnwein

 photo 2014-12-23-27.GOTTFRIEDHELNWEIN_zpsegzrlqhf.jpg  photo Gottfried Helnwein Loacutegi Cult 0_zpskyieshl7.jpg Gottfried Helnwein (born 8 October 1948) is an Austrian-Irish visual artist. He has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, installation and performance artist, using a wide variety of techniques and media. Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien). His early work consists mainly of hyper-realistic watercolors, depicting wounded and mistreated children, as well as performances – often with children – in public spaces.[1] Helnwein is concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. As a result of this, his work is often considered provocative and controversial. Helnwein lives and works in Ireland and Los Angeles.  photo Gottfried Helnwein Loacutegi Cult x13_zpsx3vmqtol.jpg  photo 1_zpsws3avhga.jpg

Crystal Morey

 photo 08_cmorey_WalkThisEarthTogether-_zpseuimuldd.jpg  photo cmorey_antlerpdx_04_zpsfuc0pfy2.jpg  photo cmorey_antlerpdx_01_zpsg28kbfpk.jpg " In my most recent work I am using clay to build figurative sculptures of humans encased in animals. I use delicate and emotive gesture, rich texture, and subdued, sepia tones to create telling, intimate objects that capture current psychological, environmental, and cultural feelings. The figures are contemplative and inward thinking, seeing a future outcome that is uncertain. The animals I use are either extinct or have become endangered due to human impact in this era of “great acceleration” since the Industrial Revolution. The concepts behind the work are about our contemporary environmental issues while the visual structure pursues a totemic feel. I am looking at visual material including Native American ceremonial masks and regalia, Byzantine and Renaissance devotional painting, secular portraits and altarpieces, and Egyptian antiquities. I am interested in how human advancements in technology, agriculture, and urbanization have imposed stress on natural ecosystems and the species that live within them. Through my sculptures I try to humanize these ideas and present them in a way that is accessible, interesting, and conversation provoking. I hope that the viewer comes away from my work thinking and asking questions about our role as humans on the earth and our relationship to other living beings. I hope to raise awareness of these urgent issues while also showing our humanity, ingenuity, and ability to be flexible and innovate as species." - Crystal Morey  photo crystal-morey-ceramic-sculpture-1605938935_zpso5375qky.jpg  photo 03_cmorey_ZealotsElixir_zpsuwdnvzo0.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zpsqxsj3u4f.jpg

Lisa Ericson

 photo bliss-sm-653x900_zps5k9l2y55.jpg  photo Gatherer-II-sm-653x900_zpstzpnceqb.jpg  photo Artista-sm-653x700_zpstd53lzxa.jpg Lisa Ericson is an artist based in Portland, Oregon who tends to focus on hybrids in nature as a key element of her gallery work. Having studied painting at Yale she embarked upon a career in illustration and graphic design. The fusion of incredible technical skill, a sound understanding of design theory and a vibrant imagination is evident in her pieces. (via Antler Gallery)  photo Hover-sm-653x900_zpsknnuq8ax.jpg  photo Gatherer-I-sm-653x900_zpsjmhx2cxy.jpg

Erika Sanada

 photo 464068_orig_zpsm2f6m3s0.jpg  photo 841119_orig_zpsatjhfd3g.jpg  photo 4813849_orig_zpst3fmazxd.jpg Erika Sanada was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Her early inspirations stemmed from creatures and characters of Horror films. In 2005, she received her BA in Communications and Design at Nihm University College of Art in Tokyo. After working as a commercial illustrator and a movie studio makeup artist, Erika returned to art school in San Francisco.  photo 8666197_orig_zpsqnsobmlg.jpg  photo 3859663_orig_zpsuj01tpsm.jpg

Corrado Vanelli

 photo queen_of_pain_by_narciusart-d60jo72_zpswzoyptol.jpg  photo 17_i_puppies_share_one_planet_by_narciusart-d62r52n_zpsvulp0xyp.jpg " I paint since I was a child and one of my favourite tools are still pencil and paper. I discovered computer graphics several years ago (around the mid 90's). After some experiments with 3D modeling I decided to work only with 2D painting because I consider it the best way to expand and concretize my ideas. To create my pieces I use mainly Corel Painter (Photoshop for some my old pieces)." - Corrado Vanelli  photo 12_i_by_narciusart-d60nfi0_zpspgbekvma.jpg  photo 397434_1357502917_large_zpslmaguoi4.jpg

Afarin Sajedi

 photo 11705326_889565637787633_8261637705662179988_n_zpsj36nwgog.jpg  photo 10255718_747897458621119_9041392176910140333_n_zpsygvctntr.jpg Afarin Sajedi was born in 1979 in Shiraz. She came to Tehran to study at the Azad University of Tehran where she got her degree in Graphic Design. Sajedi’s creativity, technique and powerful presentation are sure to ensure her an elevated position in the world of Iranian art. In all her works her women’s faces are highly made up be it in pain or joy to show how she visualizes women when they leave the security of their homes to enter the world outside. (via Cross Connect Magazine)  photo 10644737_723802221030643_5782907690108537103_o_zpsgsa2pzq8.jpg  photo 11813476_889565824454281_9029414398081486071_n_zpsyoodk1ru.jpg

Jan Kaláb

 photo London-red-circle_zpspxzbs65b.jpg  photo London-DET-WEB_zpsqcpwuh8k.jpg When Jan Kaláb was born in 1978 in Czechoslovakia, graffiti was not to be seen in the Eastern World. In the nineties, as the country was opening itself to western influences, he became one of the pioneer of the local scene, and founded an iconic crew, the DSK. Sleepless nights around train yards, light tubes at police stations and above all hard work on his style: he went through all the classical steps of a writer’s career. Through Europe, he made a name for himself as Cakes. Next step to the Hall of fame: New York, where he made a big impression by painting whole cars in 2000, alongside with Key and Rome. Around the same time, he found a new way to push his own limits and challenge himself: 3-D Graffiti. Under the name of Point, he sculpted huge abstracts letters he chose to put in the streets and on the walls. The highest the better. This was another form of graffiti, in daylight, and without a spray, but truthful to the spirit of competition and innovation of the urban scene. Those sculptures lead him to abstraction, a path he’s been exploring through canvas from 2007, using acrylic painting and brushes. In the meantime, this admirer of Kupka graduated from the Academy of fine Arts of Prague – becoming the first Czech writer to do so. Jan Kaláb had his first solo exhibition in 2008 in Prague. Others solos took place in Romania, Argentina, Germania or in the United States. With time, his forms became more and more geometric. He used colourful squares and circles as an obsessive vocabulary for infinite variations around depth, time, and motion. Playing with circles conveyed organic imperfection and swing into his work. Dynamic is also crucial in his recent experiments, when he took pictures of some of his paintings in the streets of New York or other cities. The project became a social one when he realised he needed help from strangers to carry the canvas. This is no surprise, since collective energy is crucial in his creative process. The artist is very invested in collective events. He’s the co-creator of a highly dynamic cultural space in Prague, called Trafačka. More than 160 exhibitions took place there from the opening in 2006 till the closure in 2015. On his own or collectively, the motto is the same: always getting higher, always inventing new forms – a tribute to the soul of graffiti.  photo London-WEB-750x750_zpswnjxa3zv.jpg  photo London5_zpstnn0f05i.jpg

Haiyang Wang

 photo 3_zpszkuyahpl.jpg  photo 4_zps4ymoh50d.jpg  photo 1_zpsqfpblozu.jpg Haiyang Wang was born in 1984 in Shandong Province. In 2008, he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he specialized in painting and engraving. His talent as a painter was discovered early and earned him several awards. More recently, Wang Haiyang has been internationally noted for his animation work: the films Freud, Fish and Butterfly and Double Fikret were awarded at the 55th DOK Leipzig Film Festival (Germany), at the 11th Summit of the Montreal Animation Film ( Canada), the 25th Holland Animation Festival and were selected from more than twenty other international festivals. In 2012, Wang Haiyang was awarded the "Young Talent" of the Today Art Museum in Beijing. Currently, he lives and works in Beijing.  photo 7_zpsbumkxzkh.jpg  photo 2_zpsnhm3hzgh.jpg

Natural Disasters by Erin O’Keefe

 photo ND_Walk-the-line_548_zpsgwzaywkg.jpg  photo ND_Much-Ado_533_zpslrgzum84.jpg " This series of photographs are still life images made in my studio. I am keenly interested in making straightforward studio photography that appears to have been manipulated - using analog means to reference digital effects, and playing with the awareness that our trust in photographic images has been so thoroughly undermined. The title of the series “Natural Disasters” refers to both the external brand of disaster that seems to arrive daily in the news or at our doorstep, and the internal variety – the failure of our eyes to find legibility and coherence in the images we make of the world." - Erin O'Keefe  photo ND_Mirror-Mirror_548_zpsuukvv4pn.jpg

Brandice Guerra

 photo guerra-diprosopus_7.75x7.75_zpshwyzgls2.jpg  photo guerra-the_prince of vilas_county_8.75x11.75_zpsjm12fy4v.jpg  photo guerra-chicagoist_review_5-27-15_zpsg3ownrzk.jpg " Oddities, disease, and death have long fascinated artists. My attraction to morbid imagery is the product of a profound love of nature coupled with a fear and subsequent fascination with disease. My attraction to natural, life-sustaining, beautiful things is at uncomfortable odds with my attraction to natural things that can also cause suffering and death. It is borne of an overarching interest in subjects that exist in between or just outside of established categories. My paintings of these images are records of my attempt to try to understand and classify things for which there might not be a tidy classification. My work often contains images of animals. I am interested in historical interactions between science and art and the use of animals as symbols in art and visual culture. Studying animal symbolism can allow us to better understand our own nature and the nature of our relationship with the creatures with which we share our world. Drawing and painting and the study of natural history have been married since before the Enlightenment. Illustrations of animals provided access to knowledge and wonder that could best be communicated visually. Wonderment is a kind of intellectual passion. I think it can lead to better appreciation and stewardship of animals and by extension the entire natural world." - Brandice Guerra  photo guerra-california_condor_head _study_ 4x4_zpswqjykbce.jpg  photo guerra-el_almiqui_con_sus_hijos_guantanamo_9.75x7.75_zpse8af9jhd.jpg