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I received an email from a young woman in Burkino Faso who needed assistance in accessing $11.7 million. She requested my bank account details and promised to transfer the funds there. I hand copied her message in cursive and then had part of this transcription laser etched onto the jawbone of a horse. ” – John Delk

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Nicole Gordon

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Nicole Gordon (born May 19, 1976) is a Chicago-based artist whose paintings draw on images from highly stylized scenic art, such as 19th century French wallpaper, and Medieval and Renaissance landscapes, to create anachronistic and often whimsical paintings with bright and vibrant colors. Her work is often mixed media, combining oil painting and encaustic techniques with more traditionally craft-associated materials such as glitter, and often incorporates installed sculptures that extend the paintings into the viewer’s space.

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Jarod Charzewski

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” My art examines landscapes and people, man-made structures among nature, the sometimes static, often fluid designs that rise from dual environments. I harness childhood sensibilities: sights and smells, sounds, memories, feelings of rural surroundings and urban streets. I fuel my art with visuals of seasons, Prairie landscapes and recreate aesthetics that investigate mankind’s evolving influence. Artistically I try to capture the essence of mist in the Carmanah Valley rainforest, the dust of Alberta’s Badlands, and in turn release an ephemeral sensation of site-specific experiences. ” – Jarod Charzewski

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Liu Xiaodong

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Liu Xiaodong <-- Born in Liaoning Province, China, 1963. Studied at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, B.A., 1988; M.F.A., 1995. Academy of Fine Arts, University of Complutense, Madrid, Spain, 1998-1999. Teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. Lives in Beijing, China.

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Monkeys and Apes

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Portraits of monkeys and apes by one of my favorite photographers Jill Greenberg (previously-blogged)

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Grzegorz Domaradzki

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Grzegorz Domaradzki aka Gabz is an illustrator and graphic designer from Poland. Have a look.

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Mr.

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Mr. first made his impression in the contemporary art scene with a collection of drawings of anime-style girl characters using the backs of shopping receipts he had gathered from his day-to-day purchases. The blending of a Lolita complex and otaku culture in his works was praised by UCLA’s Paul McCarthy as having “an unbearable irresistibility in its tiny, innocent world.” Mr.’s reputation has grown recently not only as a painter but also as a performer, and he is known to give spontaneous performances at events related to Kaikai Kiki. His video work Ours London captures one of his signature performance pieces, the sword performance.

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Sok Kuan

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Lovely illustrations for Listerine by Singapore-based artist Sok Kuan.

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Nina Chakrabarti

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Nina Chakrabarti was born and spent her early life in Calcutta, India. She moved to the UK in her teens carrying her stamp collection under her arm and little else. She studied illustration at Central St. Martins, and many years later, at The Royal College of Art. Her work is often concerned with collections and the composition of objects. She works using Rotring pens, felt tips, biros, pencils, inks and the Apple Macintosh. She enjoys using different technologies and mediums and collaborating with others when the opportunity arises. She lives and works in London, England.

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Upside Down Boardwalk

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Upside Down Boardwalk installation by contemporary artist David Brooks ( Born Brazil, Indiana; Lives and works in New York)

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