Aaron Nagel

 photo Nagel_the_calming_14x20_01_zps65bfc50f.jpg  photo aaron-nagel_zps0ca39532.jpg Aaron Nagel was born in 1980 in San Francisco, CA. He is a figurative oil painter who resides in Oakland, CA. Having received no formal training, he is entirely self-taught; a fact at odds with his classical approach to surrealism. In his current work, he explores specific themes of guilt and power, always associated with his views on the perils of organized religion and theism.  photo AaronNagel-Lush_zps870d3329.jpg  photo 41_zps0a76b4a6.jpg

Shredded Money

 photo 2803a342a0fb55720f296e0c35c8d19b_zpsf071889c.jpg  photo ecf858f4992b310d5c6da5076affa36c_zpsd4cfa53a.jpg One million dollars of shredded currency was used as the medium for a series of 10 sculptures by Sebastian Errazuriz and Thomas McDonell. Each of the 10 sculptures was offered for sale after the New York exhibition, at the price of 100,000 dollars per sculpture. Errazuriz and McDonell purchased the shredded bills from the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving, and created the work after forming a partnership and entering into a contract that guaranteed appropriate distribution of all income derived from the Million Dollar Project. The sales from the sculptures were intended to allow the artists to recover the hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in their art education and to palliate future unemployment. The United States Treasury Department, by way of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, stipulates that currency residue cannot be sold as “commercial art.” Errazuriz and McDonell insist, however, on their right of expression with artistic purpose and further on their right to make a living from their art. Link.  photo 5112e69e622a04e3c40360649d11d224_zps3480caaa.jpeg

Stephen Appleby-Barr

 photo 3054_DarkMessenger_lg_zpsb4d2601d.jpg  photo 3127_Punchclaw_on_the_Mountain_lg_zps8f33035e.jpg 'In the last four years, Appleby-Barr has quickly become internationally renowned for his Old Master-style paintings with a contemporary twist. Curious and well-read, Appleby-Barr plays with classical literature and portraiture by infusing them into his own, partly fictional and partly autobiographical, narrative paintings. The delightfully dark world he creates has its own set of rules and conventions, where cat or doll-headed figures are not out of the ordinary. His remarkable facility to render materials such as fabric, fur and armor in extraordinarily realistic detail draws a comparison with painters including Rembrandt and Lucien Freud.' (via Nicholas Metivier Gallery)  photo 3116_Appleby-Barr_6580101_LR_lg_zpsf53c9965.jpg  photo 3117_Appleby-Barr_6580104_LR_lg_zps34e61517.jpg

Beverly Semmes

 photo beverly-semmes-2-600x446_zps67bca192.png  photo robinson6-13-9_zps79813655.jpg Beverly Semmes is an internationally recognized artist who has been showing her work since 1990. Her first exhibitions were two concurrent project rooms at PS1 and Artist's Space in New York City. Other early exhibitions included a large installation at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. and a room-scaled work made for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. By the mid-1990s, she was exhibiting work across the United States and in Europe. European projects at this time included solo shows at such major venues as the Camden Arts Centre in London; the Pecci Museum in Prato, Italy; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. She was also included in several important group shows early in her career, such as Plastic Fantastic Lover at the Blum Helman Warehouse in New York City, Bad Girls at New York City's New Museum, and Bad Girls West at the UCLA Art Museum in Los Angeles.  photo 5786_1_zpsafed818e.jpg

Louise Hindsgavl

 photo 6_zps7732dba0.jpg  photo 5_zpsb3c75c40.jpg  photo 3_zps648cbea3.jpg Louise Hindsgavl mainly works in porcelain. Her works have a distinctly narrative expression, both when she works with one-off pieces and with more utilitarian items. She wants us to experience the multiplicity of ceramics through her work, while at the same time stimulating our imaginations. Louise Hindsgavl feels that we often let the pre- determined images of others dictate our taste. She wants to change that tradition and to this end her works often have surrealist undertones, where she produces a form of alternative reality for the viewer to enter. (via Volta 10)  photo 8_zps7a1b74d7.jpg  photo 7_zps2305b5a1.jpg  photo 9_zpsffaae242.jpg

João Ruas

 photo Dawn_III_zpsb56f6165.jpg  photo Dawn_I_zpsa3d8c2d0.jpg João Ruas (b. 1981) is a visual artist from São Paulo. A Bachelor in Graphic Design, he has worked inside studios in the United Kingdom and Brazil before dedicating himself exclusively to personal artwork and illustration.  photo Dawn_II_zps0555f880.jpg

Christina Papagianni

 photo 020-realistic-portraits-christina-papagianni_zpse518cd55.jpg  photo 014-realistic-portraits-christina-papagianni_zps111a3e1e.jpg " I was born in Athens, where I live and work up to now. The time I spend on my art is precious and beloved and my work at it has become a big part of me. I always try through my art to ascribe emotions up to a unique approach, mine. I use mostly pencils, but I have also used oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors." - Christina Papagianni  photo 013-realistic-portraits-christina-papagianni_zps12ad1aac.jpg  photo 016-realistic-portraits-christina-papagianni_zps21b0c561.jpg

Ron Gilad

 photo dilmos-rongilad29_zpsc21899fe.jpg  photo dilmos-rongilad30_zps4e840843.jpg Contrary to his design philosophy, it would seem that Ron Gilad’s form does follow his function. Gilad has committed his body and mind to materializing of ideas, creating design pieces of astringent thoughtfulness, wit and elegance. Currently a New Yorker, Gilad is a well-established and esteemed Israeli-by-origin designer who quickly drew the attention of curators, galleries, designers and press even while still a student at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. A graduate of the Industrial Design Department, Gilad’s fascination with “deconstructing” the function of an object has resulted in a broad body of work, ranging from furniture to jewelry to whole interiors.  photo dilmos-rongilad31_zpsf05a0174.jpg  photo dilmos-rongilad32_zps91e1b46a.jpg

Clemens Hollerer

 photo Untitled-3_zpsf9abe4bd.jpg  photo Untitled-7_zps57431dda.jpg  photo Untitled-5_zps6121e584.jpg Clemens Hollerer, born 1975 in Bruck an der Mur, Austria, works in a variety of media, including site-specific installations, sculpture, and photography. His works deal with construction and de-construction, with architecture in transition, and with transformative processes of space. (via ACFNY)  photo Untitled-4_zps56faa17e.jpg  photo Untitled-6_zpsa754f68e.jpg

Troy Galluzzi

 photo tumblr_mokefw2GaP1r9iryfo1_1280_zpse2bd399d.jpg  photo tumblr_mp0sehlpLk1r9iryfo1_1280_zps5b0ba355.jpg  photo tumblr_mod02kzI2O1r9iryfo1_1280_zps2b4bb51c.jpg Amazing works by Troy Galluzzi, talented freelance illustrator/concept artist based in San Francisco, California.  photo tumblr_moz1y2LUFA1r9iryfo1_1280_zps986de008.jpg  photo tumblr_mopzhg4Xos1r9iryfo1_1280_zpscfdd4464.jpg