Daria Hlazatova

 photo my granny_zpsciheil6g.jpg  photo img364_zps7uj8fqwa.jpg  photo 251839_466884993329610_1323339040_n_zpssaros5uf.jpg The portfolio of Ukraine based artist Daria Hlazatova is definitely worth a look.  photo lRekfMnNnro_zps1hpnh6ur.jpg  photo img392_zpsco90vsb6.jpg

Isabella Kelly-Ramirez

 photo Concubine-200dpi-copy_zpsbjeyamho.jpg  photo Looky-Lou-2014-web-2_zpscunckkzk.jpg  photo Trixie-200dpi_zpssmlhclnh.jpg Isabella Kelly-Ramirez grew up in Santa Barbara California. She studied fine art at UCLA and received her BA in 2008. Isabella’s work pervades many mediums. It is a critique of pop culture and society through a lens of humor, irony and sarcasm. Cosmetic color palettes, sparkly things, liberal use of pattern texture and a healthy smattering of fashion and design are implemented to render her imagery. She works in Los Angeles.  photo Sibyl-200dpi_zpsirvs3060.jpg  photo poupee-200dpi-2014_zps6ccvi43u.jpg  photo Debutante-Debbie_zpsqi8hkd3t.jpg

American Beauty by Stewart Craig

 photo Untitled-1_zpsd1d5y0ej.jpg  photo Untitled-3_zpsjhdmcane.jpg  photo Untitled-4_zpsdgpdlxju.jpg " When I immigrated to America over a decade ago, the consumer culture that blankets this landscape took hold of me. While prevalent across the globe, it is heightened here, in the birthplace of contemporary capitalism. I adore the absurdity, both subtle and outrageous, found at every turn. As an outsider looking in, I seek to capture the ironies in the consumer landscape that Americans may otherwise be blind to. Bold colors, wide angles and jarring compositions add to the satirical tone of the work." - Stewart Craig  photo Untitled-2_zpswtexw572.jpg  photo Untitled-5_zpsiipbdbcr.jpg

Ruth Munro

 photo RuthMunroIllustration12_zps7kmy5lzy.jpg  photo Ruth-Munro-Bicycling_zpsfanttbgc.jpg " I am a British illustrator living in Vancouver who has worked across a wide variety of media including editorial, printed textile design, promotion, advertising, cd covers and branding. I exhibit work in the UK and internationally and like all things quirky, scary and surreal; drawing inspiration from dusty attic treasures, behavioural ponderings, a desolate art film or two, unnerving animals, nature and adventures." - Ruth Munro  photo RuthMunroIllustration211_zpsifvpplok.jpg

Daliah Ammar

 photo tumblr_nbz4g252Tg1qdy3qwo1_1280_zpsv69mc4ma.jpg  photo tumblr_n6if4yT5MX1qdy3qwo1_r1_1280_zpsmdnal8il.jpg  photo tumblr_n28k3vyxZd1qdy3qwo1_1280_zpstesacxhh.jpg Daliah Ammar is a nineteen-year-old Palestinian-American artist based in Chicago, IL. Daliah is currently earning her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The purpose of Daliah’s work is to transcend the notion of the self and the physicality of paint, resonating from her own vulnerable and personal experiences – as a means of conveying life as it blooms and decays from within. Expressing that awareness of the self and reflecting to the viewer establishes a relationship between themselves and herself. Daliah’s works are confrontational, yet, intimate and personal – using the painted surface as a trope for the physical and psychological presence between the inner self and external viewer.  photo tumblr_ndmbrxBMkl1qdy3qwo1_1280_zpspijysse3.jpg  photo tumblr_n9gbsh2a0T1qdy3qwo1_1280_zpssqdpllgc.jpg  photo tumblr_n69jh6pGT51qdy3qwo1_1280_zps8jveppof.jpg

Mike Nelson

 photo MIKE NELSON ARTIST_zpsqtl8uu0u.jpg  photo 2600503938_571246562c_b_zpstcp1axc0.jpg  photo 19_080507_b6_zpsunzvsnwo.jpg "Contemporary artist Mike Nelson transforms the white cube space which we are all familiar, into a place which can seem uncanny and eerie. When entering a contemporary gallery you expect, crisp white walls and modest architecture but Nelson transforms the white cube space into a scene which wouldn’t look out of place in an apocalyptic film. Nelson’s exhibitions preserve a minimal quality considering the intensity of the pieces. Talking about the piece, To the Memory of H.P Lovecraft (1999,2008) Nelson says, “I’ve always had a slight fear of piles of junk that function purely as decorative ephemera but only act as a signifier of a certain type of installation…I think it’s a constant worry that you’ll make this amount of effort to have something that just becomes spectacle, as opposed to something which moves somebody or encourages somebody to empathize with what you’re trying to lure them into, or coax them towards.” (FlashArtonline) Nelson genuinely seems concerned about how the spectator will receive his work. It’s apparent that he is interested in how the space operates the work and how the work operates the space and how both these issues have an effect on the spectator. The space in which art is exhibited in has been a concern for artists for years, but it’s not until recently that artists have begun abandoning objects within the space and just considered the context of the space."  photo hp-2_zpseobeokg9.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zpsqgljthue.jpg

Atladóttir & d’Ors

 photo 9104627411_4e4d4c6a0f_b_zpsiwjvsjj0.jpg  photo The-Enormous-Speed-of-Change-Atladottir-en-dOrs_zps4zko5dx6.jpg 'Atladóttir & d’Ors provides the cabinet with an imagined republic created in the realm of creative imagination. Their works evokes questions of beauty to uncertainty, that what we know is sometimes less important than what we don’t know, the island of Bellona offers a metaphor that the difference between what is real and not real is just a matter of imagination and perception.'  photo 1_zps2bedfqh3.jpg

Rachel Whiteread

 photo CS37_0104_Whiteread_OH_GCR_zpsjjygq6xt.jpg  photo RW_7-copy_zps4mfhfmw5.jpg Rachel Whiteread, CBE (born 20 April 1963) is an English artist who primarily produces sculptures, which typically take the form of casts. She was the first woman to win the annual Turner Prize in 1993. 'Over the last decade she has developed a significant international reputation, creating major public works in both Europe and the United States.  photo whiteread_1990_ether_short91_zpsh85gr1ru.jpg

Alejandra Atarés Abad

 photo carlota-clavell-debajo-del-agua-tecnica-mixta-114x145cm-46x60inches-2013_zpsxnez8vft.jpg  photo lindsay-lohan-en-miami-brillantes-de-cristal-purpurina-oleo-y-acriacutelico-sobre-tela-114x145cm-46x60inches-2014_zpsly0750nv.jpg  photo la-primavera-acuarela-acriacutelico-y-oacuteleo-sobre-tela-114x145cm-46x60inches-2014_zps80sil0qt.jpg Alejandra Atarés Abad <-- Born in 1987, Zaragoza, Spain; Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain; Education: (2006-2010) B.A, Fine Arts, University of Bacelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain; (2010) University of The West of England, module Fine Arts,Bristol, England; (2011) Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MASSART, Boston, EEUU.  photo m-en-perito-moreno-crystal-and-oil-on-canvas-114x145cm-45x60inches-2013_zps9436rkmq.jpg  photo paris-hilton-en-miami-brillantes-de-cristal-purpurina-oleo-y-acriacutelico-sobre-tela-114x145cm-46x60inches-2014_zps44gtwczy.jpg  photo maxresdefault_zps6avyyxcx.jpg

Toru Kamei

 photo tumblr_n934v0IpD01trj6noo3_1280_zpsoqlcudnm.jpg  photo tumblr_nfgyz3Exa81s4e1cqo1_1280_zps6t7rwnqr.jpg ' Toru Kamei was born in Tokyo in 1976. He graduated from the Nihon University College of Art with a degree in fine arts and has exhibited his works at the Fukushima Biennale (2008) and the 5th Busan Biennale (2010) as well as at several distinguished galleries in Japan including Gallery Naruyama and Gallery Gyokuei. Kamei’s works are based on the traditional model of still life painting established in medieval Europe referred to in art history terms as vanitas that represent “allegories of the emptiness of earthly life”. Vanitas paintings feature skulls that serve as a metaphor for the certainty of death, clocks that signify a limited amount of time, and rotting fruits placed within a variety of still lifes that represent affluence and luxury. They are commonly interpreted as having the intended effect of evoking within the viewer the transience of vanity; by implanting a unique world of fantasy into this style of painting, Kamei realizes a new modality of painting that surpasses historical constraints.'  photo tumblr_mpjcya0FGm1rv5690o1_1280_zps2zdjab8s.jpg  photo tumblr_nc201eSrvv1s6ylqco4_500_zpszehibio6.jpg