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Julie Heffernan

" I grew up in the West, so am inclined towards mighty spaces. Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt’s grand landscapes make perfect sense to me. Our family’s version of a cheap vacation was camping in gorgeous National Parks such as Yosemite and Lassen. Like Cole, the places we visited got us as close to god as we could possibly imagine being. At the same time, they represented what we had lost...My recent work is focused on making sense of the world around me after calamities such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. We are slowly making our world unlivable, and I want to bring to the surface the destructive action, waste, and contamination that is generally invisible to us. I need to imagine another way, to outfit myself with signs and banners that speak louder than I can, to envision how we might remake the world as it is slowly falling apart...I have always been up for a good journey and that is what painting offers me. Like the game Chutes and Ladders, the basic thrust of which – flying down slides and plodding up pathways – I always loved as a kid, my work allows the eye to meander through spaces, across rivers, get lost in thickets, singed by forest fires, pass by warning signs and under control towers that speak, in smoke signals, to our great distress." - Julie Heffernan

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu

 photo 3031254231_37bab75a95_zpsuefu3wqj.jpg  photo yu_yuan_angel_c_zpsihhau2b9.jpg  photo 5162716131_0f4898ceef_zpsfmd7b88l.jpg Sun Yuan was born in 1972 in Beijing and Peng Yu was born in 1974 in Heilongjian, China. They both studied oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. As a collaborative duo, they have had solo exhibition at the Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Philippines; Arario Gallery, Seoul; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing; Osage, Hong Kong; and F2 Gallery, Beijing. They have shown in numerous group exhibitions including the Aichi Trieannale 2010, Nagoya, Japan; the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; the 2nd and 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow; the Liverpool Biennial 2006, Liverpool, United Kingdom; the 51st Venice Biennale, Venice; the Yokohama Triennial (2001), Yokohama, Japan; and the 5th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France. They currently live in Beijing. (via PinchukArtCentre)  photo yu_yuan_angel_a_zps123xqi8l.jpg  photo yu_yuan_angel_b_zpszaucw7iz.jpg  photo 3163688968_e11436b3cb_zpsymq2xsva.jpg

Fiona Maclean

 photo DAISY_grande_zpssj0oobf7.jpg  photo Heddys_secret_grande_zpsogfr8xc4.jpg  photo Jacks_secret_grande_zpsidywty5q.jpg " As an artist I'm fascinated by the fleetingness of youth, beauty and sexuality and the elusiveness of these particular elements, trying to capture those elements within my portraits and figurative work. Always curious to discover whom the subject is behind the façade, trying to get to the essence of the person, breathing and bringing to life the portrait or figure. Trying to capture their sexuality, their beauty, and who they are. Evoking an element of ‘drama’ to the subject where the viewer can ‘draw their own conclusions to what this person’s ‘story’ maybe. Working from life but mostly from photographs as reference. Often using acrylics like a watercolour and sometimes combining acrylics and oils." - Fiona Maclean  photo joshua_grande_zpsewjvafcl.jpg  photo DSC_1134_grande_zpsfjm81kwz.jpg

Theo Mercier

 photo Theo-Mercier-Le-Solitaire-1_zpsgsaknfik.jpg  photo solitaire 01_zpsoupxxyat.png  photo 6a00d8341c76e453ef013483cdcb5f970c-500wi_zps5a4dfc4c.jpg Theo Mercier (born 1984) is a French sculptor, painter and photographer. He is trained as a designer and self-taught as an artist, and interned with Matthew Barney in 2008. He also worked with Bernard Wilhelm. He uses collage and found objects in his work. Vogue described his work as drawing "on a surreal and dreamlike imaginarium populated by singular, mysterious and often monstrous creatures. His work has been exhibited at the Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie and the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard in Paris, France and Lille 3000.  photo TheoMercier1_zpscuviuohc.jpg  photo 00013e51_medium_zpsgwkgdijw.jpeg

Faig Ahmed

 photo gdgdg_zpskxrntyrt.jpg  photo BxlaOWPCcAAZwgI_zpsd31gxjaz.jpg Born Baku, 1982 Lives and works Baku. Faig Ahmed graduated from the Sculpture faculty at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation. Currently, he is study¬ing the artistic qualities of Azerbaijani traditional rugs – he disassembles their conventional structure and randomly rearranges the resulting components of the traditional composition then combines these fragments with contemporary sculptural forms.  photo hkjkl_zpse7vjmhr5.jpg

Richey Beckett

" I’m an illustrator based in South Wales, UK. I work in pen and ink, creating original illustrations for record cover artwork, shirt design and poster art. Clients include: Metallica, Mastodon, Converge, Kvelertak, Trash Talk, New Found Glory, Sick Of It All, Mondo (Game Of Thrones/Lord Of The Rings/Army Of Darkness)." - Richey Beckett  photo tumblr_m2zijnUhic1qb8g4xo1_500_zpsicvijvcd.jpg  photo tumblr_mpb1sgxprb1qb8g4xo1_500_zpsnrlcdat8.jpg

Jorge Méndez Blake

 photo Das-Kapital-2-Mendez-Blakew_zpsnq1ss0gi.jpg  photo Untitled-2_zpsjirhbont.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zps3azfi43n.jpg Jorge Méndez Blake (born 1974) is a Mexican mixed-media artist. He has taken part in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Madrid, Montreal, Paris, New York City, Osaka and Oxfordshire. Méndez Blake's work stands out by its commitment to explore the complexity of modern times. He lives and works in Guadalajara.  photo 6A_large2_zpstqpqaiwb.jpg  photo jorge-mendez-blake_zps2s0rbcxc.png

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

 photo ea07d8fafc71f74021ad182d3bc5b0dd_zps7egzzvnu.jpg  photo yoshitoshi-kanemaki-wood-sculptures-21_zpsonzk213e.jpg  photo b3634c31ec451d54b8dc3f4174956e21_zpsw6z4cvdp.jpg Yoshitoshi Kanemaki <-- (1972) Born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan; Education: (1999) Graduated from The Department of Sculpture, Tama Art University, Tokyo.  photo 3a3f65bf8bde3c20d1438b5de4b3cbdd_zpszuxu7dbf.jpg  photo 9bb88444c49224ba0e5be0ca123be427_zpswgdbhimg.jpg

Paul Lewin

 photo Untitled-3_zps3s1zljzv.jpg Paul Lewin: " I was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973 and moved to the U.S. with my family in 1977. I spent most of my years growing up in Miami FL and I am now living in Oakland, CA . My Father was passionate about woodworking and very driven in his practice. He was my first artistic inspiration. He also loved collecting art. My childhood home was filled with paintings, sculptures, and artifacts of many different cultures from around the world. These works ,along with my love of sci-fi and Fantasy art inspired a lot of my early creativity. My art over the years has also been influenced by indigenous folklore,tribal cultures, world religion,and ancient societies. I am currently working on a series of surreal folk art paintings inspired by Afro-Caribbean folklore entitled "Roots of the Cotton Tree". The work reflects on the journey of my ancestors through the diaspora and of ourselves today as our stories continue to unfold. In the Caribbean much of the folklore has been passed down from generation to generation,dating back to ancient Africa,and kept alive through the traditional art of storytelling. The work for this series formed somewhere in the cross-section of Sci-fi, fantasy, and folklore. I like to mix traditional Caribbean and African motifs with surreal visions of nature and the ancestry that surrounds us daily."  photo Untitled-2_zpsrfrgtaqs.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zpsclp2f7vt.jpg

Kerby Rosanes

 photo 4b76d1b03afef76de2cd09a65f8c30c2_zps52sbjq7k.jpg  photo b066345d62babc60607963bd7669a6f2_zpsoiltimln.jpg  photo 98e2d6c6a3f2dc5e2e7c2c14b0153dff_zpsjrexhhuq.jpg Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes works mainly with ordinary black pens to magically illustrate his “doodle” world. The 23-year old artist considers his art as a personal hobby which turned out to be his part-time freelance work after being recognized by various design blogs, international magazines and online communities. Most of his works are characterized by whimsical lines, patterns, characters and little elements that are spontaneously combined to create massive compositions depicting his everyday experiences or anything that inspires him.  photo 655ca01edca06780921a20f00cf5b62e_zps839l98lk.jpg  photo f809a8a0d7771961dcc973af50591f8b_zpsvy7dcjaf.jpg  photo 6c086dedec7cc8bbc1451caf20c88531_zpsxibf3q7r.jpg