Shannon Finley

 photo Finley_Rhombus-Amplified-e1378577065434-500x611_zpsb75273a2.jpeg  photo Finley_Orb-Technicolor-Haze-e1378577142213-500x612_zps14b5d2b6.jpeg  photo Finley_Rhombus-Bleed-e1378577051773-500x601_zpsdcefb8fb.jpeg Shannon Finley (b. 1974) received his BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax. His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Boston and San Francisco. He recently had a solo exhibition in Munich at Walter Storms Galerie and he has one upcoming at Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery in Brussels.  photo Finley_Orb-Horizon-Line-e1378577173946-500x617_zpsfe2f421c.jpeg  photo Finley_Rhombus-Origami-e1378576989734-500x610_zps2196de72.jpeg  photo 130919-1698-500x333_zps53b92e58.jpg


 photo 6267956906_3165e1bd71_b_zps8c3878ed.jpg  photo 4366353462_752b96b856_o_zpsacb0eecd.jpg Loving these illustrations from an artist called Saraswathi. This was a random find on Flickr. Click here for the link.  photo 6267432291_1e9d3282bb_o_zpscbc6c359.jpg

Color Field by Liza Lou

 photo 03_zps2e6a74d0.jpg  photo 01_zps4614cf0b.jpg  photo 07_zps2731ceb7.jpg 'For twenty years, the glass bead has been Liza Lou’s primary art-making material. Lou transforms the possibilities of this tiny unit of color and embellishment just as she expands the meaning of the objects she recreates. Color Field (2010-2013), her newest floor-bound sculpture, features an expansive prism of color. The gridded rainbow is composed of uniform lengths of wire, each threaded with a single shade of beads. The sheer expanse of the piece conveys exuberance, underscored by the work’s bounty: its multitude of colors, beads, and touch. Pulsing and pixelated, Color Field’s complex mosaic foregrounds its construction and the network of hands which helped shape it.' Link.  photo 05_zpsbc3de5bb.jpg  photo 11_zpsceff2e99.jpg  photo 12_zps6133bc46.jpg

Kyle Barnes

 photo tumblr_ndvrqi1J0t1qccpz7o9_1280_zps3bd73277.jpg  photo tumblr_ndvrqi1J0t1qccpz7o1_1280_zpse3c91d7b.jpg From Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Kyle Barnes graduated from The University of Ulster, Belfast, in 2010 with a BA Hons degree in Fine and Applied Arts. Since then he has won the Towry prize at the National Open Art Competition, exhibited at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery in Chicester and most recently been awarded the KPMG Young Artist Award at the RUA Belfast. He is interested in the process of painting, manipulating the material and working to its distinct qualities, while paying heed to differing textures in skin and how this is conveyed through tonal value and the temperature of colour. He is inspired by our perception of, and our interaction with each other through visual identity. The combination of expression, eye contact, concealment, colour and texture makes for a varied involvement with each of his works.  photo Hyperrealistic_Portrait_Paintings_by_Kyle_Barnes_2014_04-650x502_zps5b8dbe9f.jpg

The New North by David Altmejd

 photo 20091123050139_david_altmejd_north1_zps1f7a0dad.jpg  photo 2-AD2007-015TheNewNorthDetail3p_zpsed2515ca.jpg  photo 4-AD2007-015TheNewNorthDetail2p_zpsc3a48bf8.jpg The New North (2007) is approximately four metres tall; its colossal dimension allows the artist to create microcosmic worlds within it. It is covered in patches of fuzzy horse hair, wires, mirrored rhomboid shapes and quartz crystals; it also has a mysterious staircase with stalagmites that hang from its steps. Winding its way through the hollow body shape, the stairs are suggestive of mutual ascent and descent, as if inviting an exploration through an ancient cave or ruined architecture. The quasi-taxidermied structure has its own complex logic and systems, like a conceptual city or a building, living and breathing, and self-sufficient.  photo 3-AD2007-015TheNewNorthDetail1p_zps3051ce11.jpg  photo 1-AD2007-015TheNewNorthview2p-brighter_zpsd59c9067.jpg

Zaria Forman

 photo Untitled-1_zpse161d2cf.jpg  photo Untitled-4_zps22a9cbe1.jpg  photo Untitled-3_zps1eb03a7f.jpg " In August 2012, I led an Arctic expedition up the NW coast of Greenland. Called "Chasing the Light", it was the second expedition the mission of which was to create art inspired by this dramatic geography. The first, in 1869, was led by the American painter William Bradford. My mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. These drawings were inspired by this trip. Documenting climate change, the work addresses the concept of saying goodbye on scales both global and personal. In Greenland, I scattered my mother’s ashes amidst the melting ice." - Zaria Forman  photo Untitled-2_zpsdea88382.jpg  photo Untitled-5_zpscebe0c0d.jpg  photo tumblr_ndmasgeLR31qzghgbo1_500_zpsc6d99ddd.jpg

Arianna Vairo

 photo experiment3web_zps4b649dd6.jpg  photo experiment1_zpse6aa09d1.jpg  photo ari_zps5cae7cc9.jpg Arianna Vairo is a talented illustrator and printmaker based from Milan, Italy.  photo new1_zpse96c1fd5.jpg  photo LaLetturaweb_zps5c9876bc.jpg


 photo 4_zpsdbb4cc56.jpg  photo 3_zps47325281.jpg Check out these gems by illustrator known as MsCatface from Denver, Colorado.  photo 2_zps2526111d.jpg  photo 1_zps26fb4dc3.jpg

Brooks Salzwedel

 photo 6736715_orig_zpsbdecfc5b.jpg  photo 7715975_orig_zps130d9e30.jpg  photo 6706492_orig_zpsa6e784b8.jpg 'Salzwedel's recent works focus on North American landscapes that reflect the subtle friction between urban development and nature. His work evokes the fragility of our environments often giving hints of mankind’s encroachment on massive landforms such as mountains and forests. His medium of choice is a statement of this clash, graphite, a natural mineral, resin, a byproduct of plant materials, and mylar, a manufactured film. With this process by use of graphite and tape on semi-transparencies, resin on panel, Salzwedel is able to accomplish ethereal artworks with a sense of depth. Salzwedel casts some of these pieces in vintage medicine tins and corroded pipe-ends, lending an intimate quality to the works. As a whole he brings these together creating a beauty and calm out of the detritus we have laid upon the earth.' Link.  photo 5228480_orig_zps998c36b0.jpg  photo 6983534_orig_zpsf70144e2.jpg  photo 2829287_zps6850fcb5.jpg

Akinobu Kurokawa

 photo image_1_l_zps15bdd6ee.jpg  photo 26Akinobu_Kurokawa_zps60cfbcb1.jpg Akinobu Kurokawa is a Japanese artist who was born in 1974. Akinobu Kurokawa has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Mori Yu Gallery - Kyoto and at the Mori Yu Gallery - Tokyo.  photo 25Akinobu_Kurokawa_zps70658594.jpg  photo 24Akinobu_Kurokawa_zpsc76830c5.jpg