Mar 5, 2015
" I grew up in the West, so am inclined towards mighty spaces. Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt’s grand landscapes make perfect sense to me. Our family’s version of a cheap vacation was camping in gorgeous National Parks such as Yosemite and Lassen. Like Cole, the places we visited got us as close to god as we could possibly imagine being. At the same time, they represented what we had lost...My recent work is focused on making sense of the world around me after calamities such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. We are slowly making our world unlivable, and I want to bring to the surface the destructive action, waste, and contamination that is generally invisible to us. I need to imagine another way, to outfit myself with signs and banners that speak louder than I can, to envision how we might remake the world as it is slowly falling apart...I have always been up for a good journey and that is what painting offers me. Like the game Chutes and Ladders, the basic thrust of which – flying down slides and plodding up pathways – I always loved as a kid, my work allows the eye to meander through spaces, across rivers, get lost in thickets, singed by forest fires, pass by warning signs and under control towers that speak, in smoke signals, to our great distress." - Julie Heffernan
Mar 4, 2015
was born in 1972 in Beijing and Peng Yu
was born in 1974 in Heilongjian, China. They both studied oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. As a collaborative duo, they have had solo exhibition at the Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Philippines; Arario Gallery, Seoul; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing; Osage, Hong Kong; and F2 Gallery, Beijing. They have shown in numerous group exhibitions including the Aichi Trieannale 2010, Nagoya, Japan; the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; the 2nd and 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow; the Liverpool Biennial 2006, Liverpool, United Kingdom; the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice; the Yokohama Triennial (2001), Yokohama, Japan; and the 5th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France. They currently live in Beijing. (via PinchukArtCentre
Feb 25, 2015
Born Baku, 1982 Lives and works Baku. Faig Ahmed
graduated from the Sculpture faculty at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation. Currently, he is study¬ing the artistic qualities of Azerbaijani traditional rugs – he disassembles their conventional structure and randomly rearranges the resulting components of the traditional composition then combines these fragments with contemporary sculptural forms.
Feb 24, 2015
" I’m an illustrator based in South Wales, UK. I work in pen and ink, creating original illustrations for record cover artwork, shirt design and poster art. Clients include: Metallica, Mastodon, Converge, Kvelertak, Trash Talk, New Found Glory, Sick Of It All, Mondo (Game Of Thrones/Lord Of The Rings/Army Of Darkness)." - Richey Beckett
Feb 19, 2015
: " I was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973 and moved to the U.S. with my family in 1977. I spent most of my years growing up in Miami FL and I am now living in Oakland, CA . My Father was passionate about woodworking and very driven in his practice. He was my first artistic inspiration. He also loved collecting art. My childhood home was filled with paintings, sculptures, and artifacts of many different cultures from around the world. These works ,along with my love of sci-fi and Fantasy art inspired a lot of my early creativity. My art over the years has also been influenced by indigenous folklore,tribal cultures, world religion,and ancient societies. I am currently working on a series of surreal folk art paintings inspired by Afro-Caribbean folklore entitled "Roots of the Cotton Tree". The work reflects on the journey of my ancestors through the diaspora and of ourselves today as our stories continue to unfold. In the Caribbean much of the folklore has been passed down from generation to generation,dating back to ancient Africa,and kept alive through the traditional art of storytelling. The work for this series formed somewhere in the cross-section of Sci-fi, fantasy, and folklore. I like to mix traditional Caribbean and African motifs with surreal visions of nature and the ancestry that surrounds us daily."