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Patrick Tosani

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Born in 1954, Patrick Tosani lives and works in Mayet and Paris. He studied architecture in Paris from 1973 to 1979. He has been making photographs since 1975 and he regularly exhibits his work in France and abroad. Many public and private collections acquired his work. He has taught at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris since 2004. He is represented by the Galerie In situ / Fabienne Leclerc in Paris.

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Vasilis Avramidis

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Vasilis Avramidis uses oil on canvas to work with the idea of false perceptions in painting language. Gestural brushwork, painted objects and people are translated as pieces of land, which then become an ideal terrain for smaller scale landscapes, scenes and narratives. Avramidis explores the ability of painting language to speak about itself, while at the same time it incorporates worlds, which refer to external situations. Avramidis draws inspiration from video game mechanics, where game play can dominate over narrative and vice versa, resulting in barely manageable challenges which maintain the pleasure factor. (via Kounter Kulture)

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Maia Fjord

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” Hello! I’m a 21 year old illustrator currently based in Bournemouth but originally from Denmark, where (with the help of my Grandmother, a fellow illustrator) I began discovering my love of drawing from a young age. I like to think my illustrations have improved considerably since then, and nowadays my inspiration can come from almost anywhere, but I find myself continually fascinated by the concept of imagination. Its ambiguousness is intriguing, and I like narratives where you can’t quite be sure whether something is really happening, or whether it is imagined. Recently I’ve found myself rediscovering my love of the pencil. Texture is very important to the imagery I create, and I like how versatile such a simple, widespread tool can really be. Alongside this I feel that experimentation with limited colour palettes helps to make my illustrations stand out and keeps them playful. I like to apply these techniques in creating strange creatures and interesting characters, and exploring them through one-off illustrations and different narratives.” – Maia Fjord

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Urs Fischer

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” I always have a lot of things going on because some things take years to make and others take five minutes. I like that there’s always something going on. Working doesn’t have such a momentous feel – like it’s all or nothing.” – Urs Fischer

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Stephen Ibbott

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Stephen Ibbott graduated in 2001 with an MFA from the University of Guelph (Canada). Since then he has exhibited his work widely in gallery exhibitions and Art Fairs. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Toronto Star, Canadian Art among others. He has also won many awards including the “Arts 2000″ National Prize for the Visual Arts and a 2012 Ontario Arts Council Grant.

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Joseph Parra

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” There is an innate desire to replicate an individual through artistic production. Traditionally, as an artist works to render the human figure in any medium, they come to face specific requirements that can often be constraining. For the figure to become more than a combination of forms, one must dive deeper and reveal something that is otherwise unseen. In challenging conventional portraiture, I expel the physical features of an appropriated individual and expose layers to reflect the varied constructs of what it is to be human. These layers can be abstracted, acting as reminders that we are merely a union of ideas. Exposure and concealment are my tools, carried out via printmaking, digital printing, drawing, and painting. Sanding techniques also come into play, to reveal an image beneath multiple opaque and transparent layers or to rid the figure of its physical information altogether, obscuring identity. There are no signifiers to time or place, yielding greater emphasis on the figure. In my charcoal drawings more anatomically correct layering of bodily interior is included as well as moments of landscape, textures, mark making, and cellular structures. This generates a push and pull as the abstract marks create the figure while also diffusing it into abstraction.” – There is an innate desire to replicate an individual through artistic production. Traditionally, as an artist works to render the human figure in any medium, they come to face specific requirements that can often be constraining. For the figure to become more than a combination of forms, one must dive deeper and reveal something that is otherwise unseen. In challenging conventional portraiture, I expel the physical features of an appropriated individual and expose layers to reflect the varied constructs of what it is to be human. These layers can be abstracted, acting as reminders that we are merely a union of ideas. Exposure and concealment are my tools, carried out via printmaking, digital printing, drawing, and painting. Sanding techniques also come into play, to reveal an image beneath multiple opaque and transparent layers or to rid the figure of its physical information altogether, obscuring identity. There are no signifiers to time or place, yielding greater emphasis on the figure. In my charcoal drawings more anatomically correct layering of bodily interior is included as well as moments of landscape, textures, mark making, and cellular structures. This generates a push and pull as the abstract marks create the figure while also diffusing it into abstraction.” – Joseph Parra

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Anita Kunz

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” I’ve been illustrating for international clients for over 30 years. I’ve done numerous magazine covers (The New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, The NY Times) and book jackets, as well as many artworks for advertising agencies. I’ve received many awards including the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civilian honor), and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and my works are in permanent collections of Museums and galleries world wide.” – Anita Kunz

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Titti Garelli

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Titti Garelli was born in Turin, where she lives and works. For over twenty years her pictures have been requested by the publishing world and by major international advertising agencies.

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Anders Krisár

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Works by Swedish artist/photographer Anders Krisár (1973). Anders is born and raised in Stockholm. He went to the School of Communication Arts in London and studied Music in NYU.

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Jon Shireman

Jon Shireman (previously blogged) is a New York City photographer specializing in still life, travel, architecture, and portrait photography.