Ali Banisadr

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Ali Banisadr is originally from Tehran, but moved to America when he was a child; his works are influenced by his experiences as a refugee from the Iran-Iraq war and his approach to abstraction evokes connotations to displacement, memory, nostalgia and violence. In The Name Of possesses all the qualities of a fantastical landscape, its rich aromatic colours disseminating a fairytale orientalism that’s both majestic and medieval. Amidst his lush surface, splendour gives way to embellished anarchy and carnage as onslaughts of painterly gestures replicate the chaos of an attack. The fractured background, reminiscent of stained glass, is inspired by his recollection of the sound of shattering windows during bombings. This synaesthetic connection between auditory memory and visualisation is consistent throughout his work.

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Sharon Shapiro

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” I am fascinated by the conflict between the inner and outer lives of human experience, between the self’s placid exterior and its churning, riotous core. Painting, I believe, is a good medium to both capture and illuminate this tension. There are lyrical and ornate aspects to my work, influenced in part by childhood recollections of color and patterns, but underneath and complementing this colorful surface lurks anxiety, fragility, violence, and insatiable desire.” – Sharon Shapiro

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Rudy Gutierrez

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Rudy Gutierrez calls his work “Rhythmic Gumbo” apparently because of the musical feeling mix of elements or languages that make up his visuals. As the word GUMBO is broken down it can be seen in in many ways but after many queries he has defined it as Great, Universal, Magic, Beyond, Order. The art itself is very much about sound and movement so Giving, Unique, Melodic, Oneness would also seem to apply. This stew is brought to us in layers. Layers of reality combined with layers of spirit which are formed by flat, tonal, real, abstract, raw, and refined figurative scenes. Sometimes it is the deconstruction of the real and at other times its finding the reality in the amorphic. At all times he stresses, it is about connecting. Gutierrez’s work has been described as “Wall Medicine, ancient yet contemporary, urban in a sense and musical in feel.” The reality is that the intention of the work is always about touching people and the ever shifting sofrito or mixing of these spices is at many times a combination of sophistication and so-called primitism, that is to say it is where a meeting takes place between refinement and rawness. It is indeed the place where Magic meets the University of the Streets and all kinds of noises occur to induce this dance between ancestors and acquaintances alike. Spirits Known and Unknown if you will.

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Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago (b. 1972 in Leeds, Great Britain) is a contemporary visual artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a figurative sculptor who uses lo-fi materials such as plaster and plywood. His work references genres such as Cubism and Futurism and plays on the history and tradition of statues. Thomas Houseago studied at Central Saint Martins in London and the Ateliers in Amsterdam. After completing his studies, he lived and worked for several years in Brussels before moving to Los Angeles. During the past year, the work of Thomas Houseago has been shown in Glasgow, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Arnhem (Sonsbeek 2008) and Brussels.

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Chase Stone

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By all means, please check out New York based illustrator Chase Stone. He’s got some really wonderful digital illustrations on his DeviantArt website.

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Francesco Federighi

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” I am a realist painter, working on top of a mountain, where I dipped in my solitude, inspiration, the worlds today’s environment, it is absurd that my mind gives birth to the modern world, from the top of a mountain … my painting has the deepest meaning of communication, such as’ s huge Van Gogh, takes me for a therapeutic sense, not my painting, I’d be screwed! ” – Francesco Federighi

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Tattooed Bananas: 3 Wise Monkeys

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The 3 Wise Monkeys are my newest banana peel art drawn with a safety pin. Click here for more.

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Anj Smith

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Anj Smith was born in Kent, England in 1978 and studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art and Goldsmith College, both in London. Since 2003 she has had multiple international shows, in Europe, India, Thailand, and the US. Smith currently lives and works in London.

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Patrice Murciano

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Patrice Murciano was born May 27, 1969 in Belfort, but it is in the south of France he grew up. Like Obelix, he fell into the pot when he was little: he began drawing at the age of 6 years by reproducing cartoon characters in ink. At age 8, he steals his mother’s makeup to draw portraits and female nudes. Teenager, fascinated by the great masters, it reproduces the masterpieces of Velasquez and Rembrandt on oil canvas boards. Quickly, his parents want to see enter the Fine Arts, but close friends of the family, art connoisseurs, as well as his art teacher worried that the talent of Patrice is “affected” by a normal course of studies art. His parents, whose activities are far removed from that environment, hear this argument and leave Patrice express on the canvas as he sees fit. Thus it will form over the years by himself, away from the codes and assumptions artistic … Patrice is 43 years old now and still lives in the south of France, even if it is regular exhibitions abroad (New York, Osaka, Los Angeles, etc.).

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Miguel Sousa

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Very nice work from Miguel Sousa – a talented illustrator and graphic designer, based on OPorto, Portugal.

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