Liu Xue

 photo b3f5fc9f2c44cdce1370a448a26fc4f1_zps9dd7e5d0.jpg  photo 370391_1275326649dKK0_zps0d393617.jpg  photo 04_zps3a4e9111.jpg Chinese artist Liu Xue creates realistic sculptures of human-animal hybrids that he calls "We Are The World." More to see here.  photo 370391_1275326646rE22_zpsdec51d78.jpg  photo 400c4551fccdfb95e3769ff7b7f16b82_zps26c12adb.jpg

Bram Vanhaeren

 photo ESPN_5_zps37c7c55d.jpg  photo ESPN_7_zpsad7ee400.jpg " I’m a digital artist and Art Director at WS design studio in Antwerp, a sport enthusiast and motivated to keep learning from the best! It all started eight years ago, when I locked myself in my room to teach myself Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator on my first computer. Ever since I’ve been working on my style and new techniques on a daily basis. Today I’m looking for a team where I can collaborate with, with the same intensity of passion for design to realize breathtaking projects and amaze our clients." - Bram Vanhaeren  photo ESPN_6_zps2ec42dc5.jpg  photo ESPN_1_zpsbd45d142.jpg

Noel Badges Pugh

 photo tumblr_n0ur3jqV7M1qj6juso1_1280_zps58bb229c.jpg  photo tumblr_n0ur3jqV7M1qj6juso2_1280_zpsb76b6296.jpg Noel Badges Pugh dabbles in scientific illustration as well as artwork with a more psychedelic perspective. Inspired by nature and dreams, all's created with an utmost appreciation for the details and structure of each subject.  photo tumblr_n0ur3jqV7M1qj6juso4_1280_zps500fb30a.jpg  photo Untitled-2_zps57074501.jpg

Francesco Albano

 photo _MG_9945_zpsfa0af550.jpg  photo _MG_9981-Edit_zps3c32ac66.jpg Francesco Albano graduated from Fine Art University of Carrara in 2000 and won the National Prize of Arts – MIUR for sculpture in 2005. He had his first solo show titled ‘Everyday Bestiary’ in Milan in 2008 and second solo show titled ‘Five Easy Piece’ at Ex Marmi Gallery in Pietrasanta in 2009. In 2011, his works were exhibited in group shows titled ‘The State of Art, Tese di San Cristoforo, Arsenale’ in Venice concurrent with Venice Biennial and ‘P.I.E.T.A.S.’ at Studio 9 in Istanbul.  photo _MG_9637-Edit_zpsa2e0b6ee.jpg  photo _MG_9635-Edit-2_zps58ac5a5c.jpg  photo _MG_9625-Edit_zpsa20cf3fc.jpg

Claire Ashley

 photo Untitled-6_zpse5b53573.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zps4a5ee25a.jpg  photo Untitled-7_zps9571f264.jpg " My work inhabits the liminal space between painting, sculpture, and performance. I mine the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor, and pop art to transform mundane industrial materials into inflatable painted sculptures and performative props. I am interested in the assumptions and history of both painting and sculpture. I create objects that engage in intellectual play, testing the boundaries and expectations of each medium, while exploring the possibilities of low-brow, mundane, unconventional materials. I am interested in how objects "look" as opposed to "how" they are created i.e. the appearance of abstract painting visualized through industrial materials and sculptural form. I combine expressive painting in opposition to the linearity and the rigidity of adhesive tape and vinyl stencils." - Claire Ashley  photo Untitled-5_zpsa191b6a1.jpg  photo Untitled-4_zpsfa35da4a.jpg

Thomas Lerooy

 photo tumblr_n0lgij2S2d1r0i205o1_1280_zps4ec3f864.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zps480be2c9.jpg Thomas Lerooy was born in Roeselare, Belgium in 1981 and now lives and works in Brussels. In his sculptures and drawings Lerooy conjures up a fantastical world that takes beholders to the intimate frontiers of humanity, probing the dark areas and the flaws that define man’s mental and physical limits. Each work evokes metaphysical questions as the artist offers his richly ironic explorations of such themes as creation, desire and death. Lerooy’s work teems with strange creatures and symbols of death. His drawings celebrate an aesthetic tradition reaching back to Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, but also recall the vanitas paintings of the 17th century, mixed in with the grotesque and macabre humour of more recent artists like James Ensor, Félicien Rops and Antoine Wiertz. Just as Ensor painted self-portraits with a skull, and Rops showed prostitutes copulating with skeletons, so Lerooy transforms the head of the Mona Lisa into a skull, and his impassive faces are furrowed by erotic fault lines or holes in the frontal cortex threatening to swallow up the little bit of brain that remains. (via Galerie Rodolphe Janssen)  photo 2456_zps195ca339.jpg

Jason Martin

 photo 2011-08-15-JasonMartin_Rajah_zps4fb091e0.jpg  photo MART110015_zpsbd0c7c12.jpg  photo MART130005_zps7ee5f9f5.jpg Jason Martin effects oscillations between sculpture and painting, with the vigour of action painting but a controlled hand. He is perhaps best known for his monochromatic paintings, where layers of oil or acrylic gel are dragged across hard surfaces such as aluminium, stainless steel or Plexiglas with a fine, comb-like piece of metal or board in one movement, often repeated many times. Striations catch the light, their rhythmic textures suggestive of the ridges in a vinyl record, strands of wet hair, the grain of a feather – and whose titles flirt with association (Comrade, Amphibian, Corinthian). Martin does away with paint altogether in his wall-mounted casts of copper, bronze and nickel, whose surfaces are unctuous but frozen. In pure pigment works, vivid colour is applied to moulded panels, whose baroque contortions appear like an extreme close-up of a painter’s palette. These raw, worked surfaces find their equal and opposite in the recent sculpture Behemoth (2012), where the object (a huge cubic pile of cork on the floor) is impregnated with black pigment, rendering it a mass of surface.  photo As_yet_untitled_11_mixed_media_on_ali_65x56_L-HK_zpsdb53bcb9.jpg  photo whiteplane_zps80f3ee15.jpg

Samantha Keely Smith

 photo samantha-keely-smith-mutiny_z_zpsa2c963af.jpg  photo SamanthaKeelySmith-DesignHeard8_zpsba44e683.jpg  photo progeny_z_zps0de19ad3.jpg Born in Harlow, Essex, England, New York-based artist Samantha Keely Smith moved to the United States as a child with her family. Smith started her College Education at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She also attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, earning her BFA in Painting, with Honors.  photo vessel_z_zps0b6450e4.jpg  photo tumblr_mhpuyfmtxt1r1bfd7o1_1280_zps206eefcf.jpg

Alice Federico

 photo 3568383_orig_zps69d1c55f.jpg  photo 7587914_orig_zps1d0f0e16.jpg  photo 9689300_orig_zps2965bce7.jpg Alice Federico was born in Selma, Alabama in 1945. She received a BA degree in history from Hollins University (1967), an MFA in ceramics from East Carolina University (1977), as well as a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute (1983). Trained first as an historian, historical pots have always had an influence on her work. That influence includes Chinese Sung ware, Greek vases, and Italian folk work. But it was researching the crisp forms and simple glazes of English potter Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1990) which gave her hours of pleasure. (via George Billis Gallery)  photo 9026623_orig_zpse726f5fe.jpg  photo 6854714_orig_zps07c130c8.jpg  photo 1710880_orig_zpsec22e3e8.jpg

Michelle Ellis

 photo tumblr_mxxu9yuvDf1rhyfwto1_500_zpsb3272560.jpg  photo tumblr_mvvbqqDtN61rhyfwto1_500_zpsea866336.jpg Say hello to Michelle Ellis, a 19 year old painter and photographer from BC, Canada. Check out her work guys.  photo tumblr_mtwqtdIcnn1rhyfwto1_500_zps7eff2d26.jpg