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An Kun

 photo AnKun_paintings_China10_zpse5bd5cf9.jpeg  photo AnKun_paintings_China9_zps3ff8cf4f.jpeg Born in 1968 in Jiangsu Province, China, An Kun (安堃) began painting for no particular reason other than that of the enjoyment he received standing in front of a canvas, pouring out his inspirations. After graduating from the Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute and studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, An Kun worked as an art designer and decoration designer for a corporation, but felt his creativity stifled. Thus he removed himself from the ‘mess’ and tucked himself away in a studio, preferring the solitude and quiet, working and meditating with great composure and demonstrating his natural otherworldly instincts. To An Kun, the contemporary environment too often blunders about with thick color and shallow meanings that block people from thinking, thus leaving them at a loss. In his Zen series, the characters of his paintings often seem gaunt and woeful, quite in opposition to the common conception of the word ‘zen’. But An Kun’s explanation is as simple as it is meaningful: Because of this uneasy world, one’s soul is unable to cease all suffering. But by using simple and thin colors, and playing with light and shadow, An Kun creates austere faces that appear as if they are finally, silently able to enjoy the solitude in life and a measure of peace.  photo AnKun_paintings_China4_zps750991d1.jpg

Fang Lijun

 photo bild_2055_zps1794b5c2.jpg  photo Singapore-20120308-02104_zps36468dd4.jpg  photo bild_2052_zps1854f169.jpg Fang Lijun (1963) is an influential figure in the post-1989 movement Cynical Realism and among Chinese contemporary artists. He quickly gained renown for his portrayals of simple peasants with shaved heads against alienated backgrounds. Although the figures could be seen as autobiographical for Fang Lijun himself, they are more a description of a generation which lives between traditional forces and a new and sometimes rootless Chinese society. Fang Lijun, who lives and works in Beijing has a very high reputation among Chinese artists and produces large and impressive canvases. Today, after a decade of artistic leadership, his repertoire of work includes a variety of oeuvres beyond his iconic motif and he can be considered one of the most interesting and attractive Chinese artists. (via 88Mocca)  photo fang_lijun_2008_08_08_1024x768_zps16651c48.jpg  photo Minsheng_zps527ab9e0.jpg  photo fang_g_zps19c88da4.jpg

Tom Holmes

 photo Untitled-1_zpsfba92666.jpg  photo Untitled-3_zps9747d4ae.jpg Tom Holmes is an artist, sculptor and musician living and working in the NEPA valley. "I am drawn to working in the six elements of stone, metal, wood, light, ice and water. It gives me the ability to work intuitively. All possibilities can exist briefly before I impose parameters with regard to my emotional and intellectual contexts." The undercurrents of natural decay,unity, duality,symmetry, space, time and dimension are at the heart of Tom's creative energy. "I work seasonally, tracking the weather. Different temperatures demand independent responses to materials and approaches. "Ice follows the freezing mark of winter, stone and steel the exterior work space of summer. Spring begins the search for materials and fall settles all debts, emotional, physical and intellectual. " My work is my life and I thrive on long days. There is only the transcendence of the everyday. Cooking, friends, love becomes the sublime witness of doing. Process for me is the essence of my day."  photo Untitled-2_zpsc20bf5e0.jpg

Rosa Maria Unda Souki

 photo 338392-1535138-7_zps67641abe.jpg  photo 338392-1532589-7_zps9e635658.jpg " I am 34 years old Venezuelan artist and painter, who lives in Belo Horizonte, Brasil since november 2011. I lived in France between 2004-2011, where I show my work in solo or in collectif exhibitions. I won in 2011 the Special Prize of 56° Salon d'Art Contemporaine de Montrouge in 2011, and i had the opportunity to show my work in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. " - Rosa Maria Unda Souki  photo 338392-1535147-7_zpsd8232c4a.jpg  photo 338392-1496412-7_zpsfa24db42.jpg

San Poggio

 photo untitledclara_120x90cm_zpsf45ee95c.jpg  photo DSC00263_zpsd074793e.jpg  photo DSC00260_zps99505496.jpg  photo DSC00262_zps1b8b09f9.jpg These are just sampling of what you can expect to find in Argentinian artist San Poggio's website. Really worth a check.  photo sintitulo_120x240cm_700_zpsf46f822c.jpg  photo DSC04527_700_zps848f9be9.jpg  photo DSC04519_700_zps7e095613.jpg  photo DSC04526_700_zps6d41a705.jpg

Wes Christensen

 photo WesChristensen21_zps893a1036.jpg  photo WesChristensen16_zpsf79f3bf2.jpg " We spend so much of our lives navigating a sea of complex and conflicting signals, distracted and frustrated by random obstacles to understanding; doing our best along the way to avoid the conflict and sadness that combine to defeat our best intentions. Our task is a harvest of confusion, winnowing kernels of value from the cascade of screaming chaff – finding in the residue a hook to hold memory, an anchor to slow loss." - Wes Christensen  photo pic5_zps9681550b.jpg

Scott Campbell

 photo 122_1347641887_zpsa484951d.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zps44529b6a.jpg Louisiana-born Scott Campbell is known throughout the world as being one of the most talented hands in the world of tattooing. After abandoning a career as a biochemist at the University of Texas, he fled to San Francisco, and began tattooing. He learned the craft at Picture Machine, one of the oldest shops in California, rich with stories and nicotine stained flash on the walls from it's heyday in the 60's and 70's. He now owns and operates the legendary Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, whose client list includes New York's art and design elite, fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs, and a long roster of celebrities including Heath Ledger, Josh Hartnett, Orlando Bloom, Helena Christensen, and Penelope Cruz. In recent years, he has gained much acclaim from fine art communities worldwide for his work in mediums other than skin, including intricately carved sculptures made out of US currency, a series of watercolor paintings based on his experiences during a 6 week stay in a maximum security prison in Mexico City, and graphite drawings done on the insides of eggshells. Campbell has only shown in galleries for a few years, but his work is already seen in some of the most revered collections and museums worldwide. He is celebrated as one of the brightest new voices in the New York art scene.  photo 113_1347640793_zps93bd7e72.jpg  photo 143_1347655215_zpsfae27651.jpg

Benze

 photo 0d21650c69506b3c63bf188cb6f126f1_zpsec3663b2.jpg  photo a6f1636ee77cc07bb3268ce0cdc7b1c8_zpsa9454603.jpg  photo b79f525555642c42730e0607ebf3ca0e_zps80dff691.jpg Really digging the work of Benze - artist based in Budapest, Hungary. Hope to see more. Click on over to his website to view more.  photo f582c50d2deac9d475af5b647c9b280d_zpsec07f394.jpg  photo 9be9e3d923c2c5fe3369ce9b987d3eb8_zps3e5fa8b2.jpg

Olga Roehl

 photo red_love_600_v_po_zps47755a0a.jpg  photo Red_Love001_zpsec8ac30e.jpg Olga Roehl was born in Daugavpils (Latvia) in 1967. The artist now lives in Switzerland. She finished the Rezekne School of Applied Arts, received a Certficate of Artist-Doll-maker at the Moscow School of Design (Tatiana Baeva) and completed the Arts Departement of the Daugavpils University with final examination. The artists headed training courses in doll making in Latvia and Lithuania, cooperated with the Riga Puppet Theatre, made perfomances. Olga Röhl is a director, actress, designer, choreographer and modeller. Since 1998 she has been taking in exhibitions in Latvia and abroad. Her works are in private collections and galleries in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lativa, Nederlands, Russia, USA, Canada, Austria, Italy, etc. The works of Olga Röhl are expressive, bursting with life and colour. Dolls a ladylike, erotic, amusing and mysterious. They are an expression of part of the artist's spiritual world, part of her ideas, emotions and world outlook.  photo night_600_v_po_zpsd64ecd35.jpg  photo night_600_v1_zps1d1b7d86.jpg

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

 photo LYB12-24-300_0_zps56fea71d.jpg  photo greenfinch_zpse79b3000.jpg  photo k_zps77f12977.jpg  photo f79298293fbd7c98570d7577895ea7cc_f2832_zps76fdef20.jpg 'Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s oil paintings focus on fictional figures that exist outside of specific times and places. In an interview with Nadine Rubin Nathan, Yiadom-Boakye describes her compositions as “suggestions of people...They don’t share our concerns or anxieties. They are somewhere else altogether.” This lack of fixed narrative leaves her work open to the projected imagination of the viewer. Her paintings are rooted in traditional formal considerations such as line, color, and scale, and can be self-reflexive about the medium itself, but the subjects and the way in which the paint is handled is decidedly contemporary. Yiadom- Boakye’s paintings are typically completed in a day to best capture a single moment or stream of consciousness.' (Continue reading here..)  photo 01_px_zps94853263.jpg  photo b57ea29917dc6fbaa717459dce3cbef1_f2828_zps94ebcb92.jpg  photo Turner-prize---Lynette-Yi-009_zps9ceba382.jpg