Alkesh Parmar

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Cool chandelier made from recycled champagne corks created by Alkesh Parmar. Click here to go to the website.

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Deborah Martin

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Deborah Martin (b. Boston 1961) is a contemporary American realist painter. A site-specific artist, her poignant images offer a hauntingly intimate elegy for the abandoned habitats and domestic landscapes of small town America. Much of her practice emerges in collaborative conversation with writers and poets, taking form through exhibitions and publications. She is recognized for several pivotal bodies of work: Home on the Strange: In Search of the Salton Sea (Salton Sea, CA), Narrow Lands (Provincetown, MA) and America (US.)

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Harold Muñoz

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” I come from a family of painters. My father taught me my first lessons. Then, later on, I went to an art school in my hometown, Paris. I can’t do anything else but paint, and it’s the human body that interests me the most. During my training, I learned to work the majority of medias, but I have a special relationship with oil. I also draw a lot with graphite.” – Harold Muñoz

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Hiné Mizushima

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Hiné Mizushima, who was born and raised in Japan, majored in Japanese traditional painting before working as a designer and Illustrator in Tokyo. She later moved to Rome, then Paris, and then NYC. Seven years ago she left New York for Vancouver, Canada where she lives with her family. She is currently also a slow crafter, needlefelter, and stop-motion puppet animation video artist. She has recently been commissioned for a number of commercial music videos, including several for They Might Be Giants, were released on DVDs. Her Illustrations are mainly paper cutout and digital. Her felt sculptures have been exhibited in galleries in NYC, LA, SF, Tokyo, Osaka and other cities, and are published as books and magazines as well. She sells her felt creations and prints on her Etsy handmade shop.

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Alex Roulette

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” Through painting, I depict fictional and occasionally fantastic scenes that explore the blurred sense of time and place within memories. The dreamlike landscapes incorporate familiar elements of suburban life that both stylistically and symbolically represent a quasi-nostalgic ordinariness. The isolation and dislocation of cars, houses, and figures, and the exploration of subtle spatial relationships, recall the hazy state of dreams in which certain details fall into place while others fade away into the unconscious. I begin each new work by gathering a large collection of source material. I meticulously photograph environments and collect found images such as vintage postcards. In constructing the painting, I use combinations of these reference images, to fabricate an open-ended narrative with the emotion of a memory. Drawing collages of image fragments onto panels before painting them in oil. The resulting paintings are both realistic and subtly uncanny, recalling some idealized vacation and a deeply personal longing for past experiences.” – Alex Roulette

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Juan Carlos Manjarrez

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This could get terribly inspiring. Check out the work of Juan Carlos Manjarrez, artist based out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Website here.

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Karen Woods

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” For some time now I have chronicled my journey by painting what I experience while driving around the city. I paint—in the realist tradition—from photographs taken at intersections and on the road, when I’ve been struck by the beauty in the ordinariness of my commute. These images are the “lyrical suggestions” that compel me to paint, to communicate these transcendent experiences so clearly that others might in turn recognize this beauty in the course of their day. For myself, the reward lies in capturing and expanding the space, time, and movement of a moment in everyday life, and to reveal its accompanying emotional weight: its anticipation, reflection, isolation, longing, and transcendence.” – Karen Woods

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Russ Havard

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Born in Lufkin, Texas in 1971, the landscape and culture of deep East Texas influenced Russ in an important way. Working in traditional and experimental methods Russ uses landscape as both a center and as a point of departure. Major personal and artistic changes occurred however, when Russ fell ill with an auto-immune disease in 1994. He worked and completed graduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas until a major relapse in 1997. This forced him to change his working methods and materials from large mixed media works to small-scale watercolors. The circumstance gave a new meaning of growth through volatility, resulting in more content-driven work, concerning spiritual issues. Russ Havard‘s paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions both regionally and nationally, including George Billis Gallery in New York and Los Angeles; the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas; the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; and the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin, among other venues. In addition, his work has been published in New American Paintings: Western Competition, Vols. 30, 48, and 102.

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Fabiano Millani

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Fabiano Millani was born in São Paulo on June 27, 1981, but he was raised in Rio Grande do Sul. Millani began his early career in 1997, when he took a course in artistic drawings with Edegar Cavalheiro. Such experience drove him forward his persistent search for realism.

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Eric Marette

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Here’s some more hyper realistic acrylic paintings by Eric Marette. Link.

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