Stroke by Anya Gallaccio

 photo 05_17_zpsd6jxz2tu.jpg  photo AG172_0_zpsbimqylxv.jpg "...Gallaccio's installation "Stroke" is a curious combination of emotions - scatologically hilarious one moment, melancholy the next. Working well within a minimalist tradition, Gallaccio's entropic urges go a step further than Richard Serra's wall pieces or Richard Long's mudworks. Feminist in material, natural in its decay, subversively Freudian, "Stroke" is an enigmatic and challenging work." (via BLUM & POE)  photo chocolateroom1_zpsrkv6odwc.jpg  photo 6b6d3b5c-dd4f-11e3-_701481c_zpsomkcr1sc.jpg

Mimi Scholz

 photo f83ac818cd5146619e16ad374d3111e5_zpsl4srsyrb.jpg  photo 2f9a765b3f308386ee9370b2fc9e35db_zpsiut1ov28.jpg Mimi Scholz has her roots in traditional art and animation and started to use the computer as an artistic tool in 2000 while she was working for film and design-agencies as an illustrator and animator.The endless opportunities of the digital world fascinated her from the start and she began to improve her technical skills in painting her pencil- illustrations digitally. Without having the serious intention to get into any art-businesss she created her first digital works for herself until she met Yasha Young from Strychnin Gallery in 2006 who encouraged her to work as a full time artist and to show her work in public. Since being represented by Young and Strychnin Gallery as her “home and family“ she took part in numerous international exhibitions and art fairs. All her digital artwork is based on pencil sketches as pre-work which she describes as the most creative part of the time-consuming process of evolving a digital painting. She is using the wacom tablet and pen as a paintbrush colouring her work layer by layer in high precision which usually takes several months to get finished. Her large works often span about 2 meters in length when printed out on museum-quality paper and are being hand-grafted and varnished with an acrylic coat by the artist herself. These big pieces are always one of a kind and became the key to her artistic identity as the artist´s personal masterpieces. Mimi S. filled paintings are revealing dynamic stories which are told in many little details sarcastically poking the cliches of the female psyche sexuality and beauty by showing her "unpredictable women with an attitude“ bluring the lines between good and evil ambivalent in sane and insane while pushing to the edge of total hysteria. Strange fluffy creatures and animals usually appear as supporting protagonists in these maniac scenarios too.  photo Mimi-Scholz_The-proof-is-in-the-pudding_zps9aibamyv.jpg

Cadavre Exquis by Jules Julien

 photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.3_zpstothziw1.jpg  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.7_zpsjhsgbnxe.jpg  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.2_zpstngn8i4p.jpg An illustration series by Jules Julien created for a special exhibition at the Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan.  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.4_zpsgtawugnp.jpg  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full.1_zpsra6oslzv.jpg  photo hm_jules-julien_cadavre-exquis_full_zpsk5ctkgpn.jpg

Guillaume Dutreix

 photo night002_zpssgnw8tqp.jpg  photo night001_zpsl5cjciug.jpg Gorgeous photography by Paris-based photographer Guillaume Dutreix. Love.  photo night003_zpsuippurpe.jpg  photo night004_zpsa2hargpq.jpg

Christian Stearry

 photo tumblr_n4p859KzQh1qctyz5o3_1280_zpsiwd2nkzn.jpg  photo tumblr_n7vustEV7A1qctyz5o1_500_zps99maulzv.jpg  photo tumblr_n7w3xfVORK1qctyz5o1_500_zpshjzr7ohf.jpg Toronto based artist Christian Stearry is SO talented. Head on over to his website to get a good look at his portfolio.  photo tumblr_n4cmpaWGqP1qctyz5o1_500_zpsyeuexpvf.jpg  photo tumblr_mgwvzpe3K01qctyz5o1_500_zps1xmwbrlf.jpg

Hikari Shimoda

 photo tumblr_mr61ib0QUn1r1ljcro1_1280_zpsia0qqq3r.jpg  photo tumblr_mib2ow4qbq1r1ljcro1_1280_zpsznz1c0ux.jpg The paintings by Hikari Shimoda expose the isolation and loneliness often felt by children as they try to make sense of the world around them. Her distortions of reality convey deeper feelings than more literal representations could. (via AkaTako.net)  photo tumblr_mib2s17Hdx1r1ljcro1_1280_zpswcnu6ntw.jpg  photo 2014-10-12_14.02.12-1_8bc8df71-84f4-4fc2-92c0-358b1ff0dc57_zps63lmop9n.jpg

Penny Byrne

 photo -5-for-screen-viewing--srgb-web-graded-900-pixels-high-for-website-_zpswupdldfg.jpg  photo 5207-715-623-r_zpsps2h6won.jpg The works of Penny Byrne are at once highly political and beautiful. Consistently working with ceramics, she combines vintage porcelain figures with other materials and objects that disrupt and unsettle the original figure. Sometimes Byrne paints text and motifs directly onto the porcelain surface or uses objects such as vintage Action Man accessories and decorative glass ornaments to bring radically alternate stories to these familiar domestic figurines. Her recent pieces reference conflicts and protests connected to global political affairs such as the Occupy Movement and events in Syria, giving these characters voices and new lives which are far removed from their original purposes as meek sheperdesses or farm girls feeding ducks. Byrne’s meticulously manipulated ceramics are saturated, too, with wry humour. Byrne is based in Melbourne, Australia and holds a BA in Fine Art Ceramics. In 2015 she will be showing in the Venice Biennale, a project in collaboration with the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The artist has won several awards and prizes, and has shown her work extensively in the UK, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. Notable exhibitions include those at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, The Gallery of Western Australia and Saatchi Gallery in London. (via Coates and Scarry)  photo 5210-715-623-r_zps3l3qvmzp.jpg  photo 5211-715-623-r_zps2ef6l8ux.jpg

Thomas Mailaender

 photo chicken_museum_mailaender_1_zpsnd8v0cmz.jpg  photo chicken_museum_mailaender_4_zpsg4gh5eih.jpg  photo chicken_museum_mailaender_11_zpslbinuhhg.jpg  photo chicken_museum_mailaender_2_zpscg47ob0k.jpg Thomas Mailaender was born in 1979. He lives and works between Paris and Marseille. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in major art institutions and festivals internationally, such as at the Centre Pompidou in France and at Festival Images in Vevey, Switzerland. One of Mailaender's great virtues is his ingenuity and ability to orchestrate found objects through his work with unexpected monumentality and wit. He is a voracious collector of amateur and/or vernacular photographs and subjects and has developed and explored innovative ways of bringing his souvenirs into the line of art. Known for his witty and often impudent works, Mailaender's oeuvre entertains with its curious and conspicuous displays. (via Roman Road)  photo chicken_museum_mailaender_6_zpswtlbev5f.jpg  photo chicken_museum_mailaender_5_zpsxfo8rdwj.jpg  photo chicken_museum_mailaender_8_zpsg6tiivtc.jpg

Sam Friedman

 photo samfriedman-lscgallery-016_zpsklnq3zwe.jpg  photo samfriedman-lscgallery-018_zpsqjk50pb8.jpg  photo samfriedman-lscgallery-015_zpszrv67o0d.jpg 'American artist Sam Friedman has been producing art in Brooklyn, New York, for the last decade. Tending to reflect the natural world, his work is simultaneously loose and precise. Friedman moves between representational and abstract depictions with seeming ease and spontaneity. His earliest “beach paintings”, completed in 2007, originated from his experience of walking towards the sunset during an oncoming storm. This personal encounter of induced visual clarity prompted in the artist’s mind the precise image for a fully formed painting that incorporated the language he had been developing in his earlier abstract work. This focus has occupied the most of his explorations then, resulting in a body of work that continuously breakdown and rebuild a natural landscape.' (via Library Street Collective)  photo samfriedman-lscgallery-017_zpsiigldfad.jpg  photo samfriedman-lscgallery-011_zpslck9wrjp.jpg  photo sam-friedman.jpg-3_zpsqmlkdcy2.jpg

Naoto Hattori

 photo cosmic_consciousness_zpsowwxblhj.jpg  photo recollection_032_zps6opu3eof.jpg  photo cosmic_thoughts_zpsptfa8jdt.jpg Naoto Hattori was born in 1975 in Yokohama Japan, studied Graphic Design in Tokyo before moving to New York to study in the School of Visual Arts. In the year 2000 he received a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He has received Awards from the Society of Illustrators, the New York Directors Club, Communication Arts and also he has won numerous award from many art competitions and has been published in many art magazines. Of his work, He says: "My vision is like a dream, whether it's a sweet dream, a nightmare, or just a trippy dream. I try to see what's really going on in my mind, and that's a practice to increase my awareness in stream-of-consciousness creativity. I try not to label or think about what is supposed to be, just take it in as it is and paint whatever I see in my mind with no compromise. That way, I create my own vision."  photo cosmic_breath_zpsy3bvdukw.jpg  photo recollection_031_zpstgsw2rnk.jpg