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Christto & Andrew

 photo unnamed_zpsgqpgvlnz.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpszgeb7ece.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsu7yjbcpi.jpg As jigsaw puzzles piece together to a form a visual image, the sedimentation of symbols within Christto & Andrew’s photographs reveal the affects of history, politics, the economy and popular culture into the construction of contemporary society specifically found in the Gulf region. Using Qatar as an example, exaggerated colours, staged compositions and uncanny humour hightlight this constant development, and the malleable state of transformations into which its multitude of lifestyles are nurtured and interact. In the same way, scavenged objects are transformed into cement moulds and regular people into models through photography to subvert and further notions of value, commodification and occupation. As a result, each object and character within their photographs become symbolic refelections of these stratifications found in Qatari society.Christto and Andrew’s images, therefore, do not to critcise but rather hightlight two parallel dialogues-a local one and an expatriate one, which equally weave together this complex network of cultures and subcultures evident in most Gulf and MENA contexts.  photo unnamed-3_zps2skjdce0.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsfwsjnsko.jpg

Shen Yuan

 photo unnamed_zpslraeqbfa.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpskoaaock6.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpstzrt848m.jpg Shen Yuan <-- Born in 1959 in Xianyou, China. Lives & works in Paris since 1990  photo unnamed-4_zpsouktwkei.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpso743jl6e.jpg

Anna Palmer

 photo unnamed_zpshq9hkbzy.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpscsiycwla.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsiei10ism.jpg " My scratchboard work has grown and evolved over the last 40 years as I have worked in a variety of mediums and on different surfaces for many clients primarily in the West and Southwest. Most of my work in the past has been commissioned, but today I have the luxury of enjoying creating art for art’s sake and the resulting pieces are what you see here today. I feel very blessed to be in this position and I hope as you view my art, you will feel the joy I do. Over time, I will add more to the mix." - Anna Palmer  photo unnamed-2_zpsv0ikjqn1.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zps5wx4tzjk.jpg

Kirsty Templenton Davidge

 photo unnamed-3_zpsfno917dz.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsxnvxcgwf.jpg " I have produced a group of paintings that reflect on memory and its after-image. Some are inspired­­­ by childhood memories of travelling back and forth along Toronto area highways during the 1970’s. Always moving forward, but never arriving at a comfortable place. Concurrently, I’m thinking about the passage of time; of my childhood, and my own children’s childhood, up to the present day. Continuously sliding along these timelines, seemingly back and forth, I represent the quieter aspects of life that are often forgotten." - Kirsty Templenton Davidge  photo unnamed-1_zpsdxzszqdr.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsxm619dsm.jpg

Debbie Quick

tumblr_lf0youPJIs1qftioao1_1280 tumblr_lf0uddpPsu1qftioao1_1280 tumblr_lf2znz1hzn1qftioao1_1280 " I am a storyteller. Or at least I’ve wanted to be one for as long as I can remember; yet, the verbal telling of situations is not how my mind works. Instead, I physically construct my stories which speak of emotional interactions and reactions experienced during intense social exchanges. Just as social interactions are layered, having a number of interpretations, visual information leads to a multitude of possible understandings as well. This is why the idiom “A picture is worth a thousand words” describes how I choose to create narratives. Having more than one interpretation of an experience is why I desire to pack multilayered thoughts into every thing I make. Through exploring these concerns I attempt to communicate the numerous nuances of emotion weathered during awkward social exchanges." - Debbie Quick tumblr_lf2zck5RNA1qftioao1_1280 tumblr_lf0uh5qFb51qftioao1_1280

Ruth Murray

 photo unnamed-1_zpsaodwrzd9.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zps8o2vcrbs.jpg Check out the work of Ruth Murray, a contemporary painter based in London, UK. Please click here to get to her website.  photo unnamed_zpshbm4htjd.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zps8o3c0g4c.jpg

Joseba Eskubi

 photo unnamed-4_zpsfm2wjmd9.png  photo unnamed-3_zpstgt8pm8i.png  photo unnamed-1_zpsbohprbnz.png Joseba Eskubi (born 1967) is a Spanish artist who lives and works in Bilbao, Spain. Joseba Eskubi works with soft, amorphic and organic forms in a universe of decay and his paintings appear in a surrealistic world. His work is often a single organic figure filled with dark secrets, movements and metamorphoses, overflowing with tensions from the abyss. His works are created with mixed media (oil painting, acrylic, plasticine, photography).  photo unnamed-2_zpswan97tih.png  photo unnamed_zpskeu2hr4l.png

Paul Paetzel

 photo unnamed-5_zps3gynlu8c.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpszwu5uhoy.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpsfstoritx.jpg Some fantastic work from the talented Paul Paetzel. Check out his page on Flickr when you get a chance.  photo unnamed-4_zpsumoo5a4w.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsmvexw3da.jpg  photo unnamed_zps5oiayxlq.jpg

Jae Ko

 photo unnamed-1_zpsz1jnwue2.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpspx9hihqb.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsxyba1hop.jpg " Jae Ko was born in Korea and has worked in fiber for nearly two decades, transforming ordinary materials like paper into extraordinary sculptural objects. Her work ranges from discrete wall reliefs and small sculptures to monumental installations that evoke topography and movement." (via Strictly Paper)  photo unnamed-2_zpsqtqfgrwj.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsuoplnnrx.jpg

Lisa Kellner

 photo unnamed-1_zpspktw0cic.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsnhe9pmcw.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsiyzataks.jpg " I am a painter of landscapes. In my work, painting and landscape are conceptual in nature and experimental in process. I am fascinated with the landscape. Show me a craggy, decaying space wrought with history and meaning, and I will explore it, both on foot and in my work. I feel an urgency to immerse myself in these places before they are totally gone. The landscape can also be an intangible space. Ethereal in nature, this type of landscape fills the mind with memories and thoughts acquired from living. My paintings focus on activating a landscape of memory and how it portrays a certain person or place. As a painter, there is nothing more satisfying than the smell and feel of paint, and dealing with the elusive white canvas. Yet, I enjoy challenging the notion of what a painting can be and how we participate as viewers. I paint in both two and three dimensions, and use a variety of methods and mediums, in order to capture that moment when opposing elements converge. By merging these disparate components, my challenge is to distill experiential space to its very essence, and discover the silent place." - Lisa Kellner  photo unnamed_zpsrdbwfodn.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpsoad9sbiz.jpg