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Frans Franciscus

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The works of F. Franciscus present an exhibition highlighting modern art mostly inspired by classic European paintings often with a biblical background. The artist’s sources of inspiration include pieces by painters like Hendrick ter Brugghen, Caravaggio and Bronzino. He combines or re-arranges compositions of old masters depicting biblical stories in an up-to-date and idiosyncratic fashion. His themes are put in a modern context in an intelligent way, resulting in humorous and appealing art that can sometimes shock the viewer as well. Franciscus´paintwork is in no case meant to insult but allways tries to create space for a broader view on human kind. F. Franciscus (27 April 1959, Utrecht) studied at the Utrecht School of Art. He lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In addition to paintings his work includes sculptures and films. Since 2012 Franciscus created under the name Franciscus & Franciscus together with spous Rienus Gündel Franciscus a growing series digital portraits named “Digital studies after Memling”. There have been exhibitions by Franciscus and by Franciscus & Franciscus in galleries, artfairs and museums in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Jordan, Spain, Swiss, South Africa, U. K. and U.S.A.

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Bill FitzGibbons

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Bill FitzGibbons received his BFA in Sculpture and Art History from the University of Tennessee, and his MFA in Sculpture and Multi-Media from Washington University in St. Louis. Bill has received over thirty public art commissions in five countries. In 1979 he became the first curator at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1985 until 1988 he was appointed as the Director of Sculpture at the Visual Art Center in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1988 he became the Department Head of Sculpture at the San Antonio Art Institute. In 1991 he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the Hungarian Art Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Bill has served on the adjunct faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio and has been the Executive Director of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center since the summer of 2002. Currently Bill serves on the board of directors of the International Sculpture Center.

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Marco Chin

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Marco Chin (previously blogged): “My work explores issues related to gender and sexuality through the re-presentation of the male figure and the subversion of traditional male archetypes. The most recent piece, “Machoman” is a wearable soft sculpture plate that alludes to armour and creates a dialogue between forms traditionally thought of as masculine and effeminate.”

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Lori Nix

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” I am often asked questions about the inspiration for my work as well as my working process. As a ‘non-traditional’ photographer (I construct my subject matter rather than go find it) people find it hard to grasp what exactly it is that I do. And the fact that it is all done in front of the camera, with no digital manipulation, adds its own set of challenges. Building materials, lighting, issues of scale and space all become significant when you are recreating the world on a table top.” – Lori Nix

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Denim Art by Ian Berry

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‘We all love denim, don’t we? It’s the great democratic fabric, worn by everyone from the farmer to the aristocrat, the manual worker to the oligarch. But for the British artist Ian Berry, it is so much more. It’s probably fair to say, Ian is obsessed. This is the guy who changed his stage name to Denimu and made a career out of turning jeans into works of art. Ian conjures remarkably detailed portraits and urban landscapes using nothing more than discarded jeans. Over many weeks he cuts, stitches and glues using only the varying shades of the fabric to provide contrast and shadow. The effect is amazingly detailed images, with a depth and texture that is hard to reproduce in print and online.’

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Francois Chatier

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A collection of brightly colored still life paintings by Canadian photorealist painter Francois Chatier. Have a look guys.

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Fernando Mastrangelo

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Fernando Mastrangelo (b. 1978) lives and works in Brooklyn. Currently he is at work on Al One (2010-) to date, the most ambitious and comprehensive sculptural installation to address the increasing complexities of social networking in our present time. Mastrangelo is also completing his largest private commission to date, and recently moved into his new studio space in Bushwick Brooklyn.

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Matt James Stone

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Fruit is an amazing series of banana sculptures by artist Matt James Stone. Born in 1979 in West Virginia, he is a sculptor who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.’

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Michal Dziekan

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Illustrator and character designer Michal Dziekan was born and raised in small town in south-western Poland. He moved to city Wroclaw where he attended Architecture on University of Technology. After three years he left school and moved to Warsaw to work in post production studio Platige Image as a concept artist and matte painter. He stayed in Platige Image from 2007 to 2011, where working on animated commercials and films he got opportunity to gain experience in such fields as vfx compositing, motion graphics animation, animation direction and directing. During that time he was developing as an illustrator and character designer. At the beginning of 2011 he moved to the creative studio Ars Thanea but half year later he decided to star working as a freelancer.

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Ricardo Martinez Ortega

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Ricardo Martinez Ortega (Born 1956 Santiago, Chile) began his professional career towards the end of the seventies. Soon he was creating illustrations for publications, advertising agencies, and comic books. In 1981 he moved to Miami, where he worked at an ad agency, conceptualizing ads for Seven Up , Dr.Pepper, and American Express, and movie posters. Shortly thereafter, he was hired for a staff position at the “The Miami News” as a designer/illustrator/graphic artist. After six years, the paper was sold to Knight Ridder, and Ricardo went on to be the Op/Ed illustrator for the Miami Herald. Ricardo has won many awards, 8 gold and a “Judge’s Special Recognition” from the Society of Newspaper Design, for his illustrations on the Sunday Op/Ed pages that he did for The Miami Herald and El Mundo. He also received the International Press Award given to him by Kofi Annan, the prestigious Madrid Premio Tono awarded to him by the Mayor of Madrid, The Haxtur Award in Gijón, Spain Comic Festival, the “Gat Perich” given by the editors of newspapers in Barcelona. His works have appeared in the Annual collections of The Society of Illustrators in New York, and in several collected works. (“Goomer” and political cartoons) His comic strip “Goomer” was syndicated in the U.S. by Creator’s Syndicate in 1991 and enjoyed a stint in papers worldwide. Goomer was made into a film in Spain in 1998 and was awarded the prestigious “Goya” for Best Animated Feature Length film that year. There are eight published collected works of “Goomer”.

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