Ellen Altfest

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Ellen Altfest (b. New York City) is a realist painter based in New York. She paints still lifes and male figures from life in painstaking detail. Her work is noted for its precision and trompe-l’œil accuracy. Influences include Albrecht Dürer’s The Large Turf, Jackson Pollock, and Lucian Freud.

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The Descent by Rachel Kneebone

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Rachel Kneebone’s finely sculpted porcelain works erupt with a bacchanal of contorted bodies, limbs and slumped phallic tendrils that emerge from amorphous properties of the material. Sharing the characteristics of Hellenistic sculpture, Kneebone retains the purity of the glazed white surface while the tonal chiaroscuro enhances the intricately modeled ruptures and crevices that inject this conventional material with a sensual physicality and unique energy.

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Neil Douglas

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Neil Douglas was born in Bristol in 1978. He graduated from Wolverhampton University in 2000 with a BA (Honours) in Painting. Since leaving University, he has exhibited his work in both the U.K and the U.S.A. Throughout his childhood, Douglas experienced the landscapes of America only through indirect mediums such as photography, television and film. He was fascinated by the iconic and absorbing images of Hollywood films and brand advertising. The paintings in this exhibition portray this idolised vision of Americana he grew up with, an America void of political or social connotations. They are escapist yet realistic representations of everyday life, expertly captured in the photorealist style. When viewing Douglas’ work, one can clearly recognise the influence of certain pioneers of Photorealism, such as Richard Estes, Ralph Goings and John Salt. Douglas shares their ability to painstakingly recreate the complex visual details of American life, be it in the reflection of a cafeteria window, the sheen on a car bonnet or the neon billboard sign, which hangs over a music hall. His meticulous renderings of the Manhattan skyline are perfect demonstrations of this skill and craftsmanship he possesses as a painter. (via Albemarle Gallery)

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Not Vital

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Not Vital <-- (b. 1948, Sent, Engadin, Switzerland) studied in Paris and Rome before moving to New York in 1974. At present, he lives and works in Sent; Beijing; Agadez, Niger; and NotOna, Chile. Vital's major recent solo exhibitions include Plateau of Humanity at the 49th Venice Biennale, Italy (2001); Not Vital: Agadez at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2005); Not Vital at The Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois, (2006); Not Vital: Schlafendes Haus at KÖR Kunsthalle Wien public space Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria (2009 – 2010); and Not Vital: Full On at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2011).

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Lucian Freud

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” I want paint to work as flesh, I know my idea of portraiture came from dissatisfaction with portraits that resembled people. I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like them. Not having to look at the sitter, being them. As far as I am concerned, the paint is the person. I want it to work for me just as the flesh does.” – Lucian Freud

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Ryan Gonzales

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Illustrator Ryan Gonzales has a great style, full of color and whimsy. His caricatures of his friends are particularly great. Check it out guys!

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Capitol Designer Studio presents PuLSaTe: a unique retail pop-up installation designed by Lily Jencks and Nathanael Dorent using Marazzi’s SistemN tiles.

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Karen Nicol

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Karen Nicol is an embroidery and mixed media textile artist working in gallery, fashion and interiors with a London based design and production studio established for over twenty-five years. She specialises in Irish, Cornelly, Multihead, beading and hand embroidery.

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Frank Hyder

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Frank Hyder has participated in more than 150 group shows and has had over 80 solo exhibitions throughout North, South and Central America, including 8 individual exhibitions in New York City. He has been one of the few North Americans to have solo museum exhibitions in Venezuela at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas Sofia Imber (MACCSI), Museo Jacobo Borges, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Zulia (MACZUL), Museo Universidad de Los Andes and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Coro. Other solo museum exhibitions include the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art’s Museum of American Art, the Carnegie Museum in California, the La Salle Museum of Art in Philadelphia, and the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York. Recent solo museum exhibitions include the Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, the Anita Shapolsky Foundation in Jim Thorpe, PA and The Noyes Museum in Atlantic County, NJ. “The Sea” installation was featured at the Miami International and Naples Art Fairs in 2011. Since 2008 he has participated yearly in the “Giants in the City” public art project during Miami’s Art Basel. In 2012 he was an invited guest artist in the Caribbean Contemporary Biennial “Giants in the City in Aruba.”

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Stefan Gross

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Born in Bendorf, Germany, from 1981 – 1990, Stefan Gross worked from apprentice to practitioner to master in the manufacture of stained glass. Following this he studied at the Saarbruecken Art Academy before moving to Rotterdam where he has been the recipient of several residencies and awards, maintaining a studio at Kunst & Complex. His work involves three dimensional oil painting, kinetic sculpture and narrative through figurative and abstract, formal and experimental languages. (via Harlan Levey Projects)

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