homepage

Ali Banisadr

 photo ali_banisadr_name_of_zpsf8a1ca00.jpg

 photo ali_banisadr_name_of_detail_2_zps0e3e425e.jpg

 photo ali_banisadr_name_of_detail_1_zpsfae01729.jpg

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.

 photo ali_banisadr_land_of_zpse66a15ed.jpg

 photo ali_banisadr_land_of_detail_2_zps3016ff60.jpg

 photo ali_banisadr_land_of_detail_1_zps425c03fc.jpg

Sharon Shapiro

 photo Pulling-The-Wool-detail1LDT__zps3c5f7d03.jpeg

 photo Pulling-The-WoolLDT__zpsc548dba5.jpeg

 photo Pulling-The-Wool-detail4LDT__zps78d470e5.jpeg

” 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

 photo Tar_and_Feathers-11_zps76606876.jpg

 photo Tarandfeathers-detail1_zps52b77a3a.jpg

 photo DSC_0191_zps4ad73374.jpg

Rudy Gutierrez

 photo 591dd2881af8a753552de58eee2f194c_zps8db76550.jpg

 photo 4e721633b2b120710627af334b02ac83_zps8d19e350.jpg

 photo 3d9403019a4cb19dc1d580f45f01d142_zps96c06e78.jpg

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.

 photo 3064306d7e8754ca229ab83ad99f0c02_zps0a18b0fa.jpg

 photo b47dff0f915d0b1d8b469a16a3ff8b73_zpse2343180.jpg

Thomas Houseago

 photo work017-5XQEUB_zpsff7e294e.jpg

 photo work016-wF1L6w_zpsf3231cc4.jpg

 photo work023-z22w50_zps9ba4a746.jpg

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.

 photo work065-U78J4q_zpsfdd1e20c.jpg

 photo work066-YWDCr9_zps4fa6b0c4.jpg

 photo work094-893jH5_zpsaefb3125.jpg

Chase Stone

 photo xathrid_gorgon_mtg_by_chase_sc2-d5ap7hl_zps45f9a0aa.jpg

 photo Dragon_by_Chase_SC2_zps5949b072.jpg

 photo experiment_one_mtg_by_chase_sc2-d5trp7x_zps0794b650.jpg

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

 photo steelform_sliver_by_chasestone-d6glve0_zpsa599cdac.jpg

 photo seismic_stomp_by_chasestone-d6gg96j_zpsdb7aee2b.jpg

 photo voidwielder_mtg_by_chase_sc2-d5iuw9j_zps0ff74639.jpg

Francesco Federighi

 photo 36497f6b3a2ce3b6820199e05bcb1939_zps786b827b.jpg

 photo 81f345074c1f1f255ea385b6b37c55d0_zpse0171d7b.jpg

 photo 115abac33828b387e0f63db1387822e3_zpsfc7f1dac.jpg

” 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

 photo 9b77968a3a0d373ab3b397562aec59e5_zpscf222718.jpg

 photo 417126b4d0a262af1d18bcbf4ced875e_zpsfe4dc0e3.jpg

 photo dd1ddc118de661e6cca34f07038fae7d_zps6550d251.jpg

Tattooed Bananas: 3 Wise Monkeys

 photo Untitled-1_zpseb7ea245.jpg

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

 photo 1_zps661d2293.jpg

 photo 2_zpsffc98403.jpg

Anj Smith

 photo the-combatant-smita44995-TNAlTa_zpscd678156.jpg

 photo post-pastoral-secrets-smita44994-mlSJq4_zps27a44b17.jpg

 photo anj_smith_the_postilion_daeseonsa_zps6201457d.jpg

 photo nachtr-glichkeit-smita45040-RMY8NV_zps794a4424.jpg

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.

 photo r-smita44871-t23rr9_zpsac7facec.jpg

 photo after-the-escape-smita44997-DUL5tb_zps402deb0f.jpg

 photo nocturnal-navigation-smita45039-77d8dr_zps36e1907d.jpg

Patrice Murciano

 photo Patrice_Murciano_45_zpsadc18944.jpg

 photo Patrice-Murciano_13600_548_zps8f1264c3.jpg

 photo Patrice_Murciano_05_zps413beada.jpg

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.).

 photo 17-colorful-paintings-by-patrice-murciano_zpsef3ce265.jpg

 photo Woody-Allen_zps179ceeb0.jpg

Miguel Sousa

 photo viking_zps205506f9.jpg

 photo tirosebombas_zps407465d3.jpg

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

 photo mindfuck_zps8beec908.jpg