‘ Monica Cook paints beautiful and disturbing portraits of women. Her figures are brilliantly painted, with breathtaking skill; Cook excels in rendering the subtleties of the flesh and details of light, tone and surface. Painted with an eerie intensity, Cook’s figures compel the viewer to study them, often surreptitiously, as there is a strong sense of invading an extremely private moment. We look, albeit sideways, with fascination at the beauty, humanity and complexity of these portraits. The recent work includes drawings in ink on mylar as well as the canvas oil paintings. Additional figures, male and female, have been introduced into the imagery of previously single female figures in a neutral field, resulting in intensely mysterious, rich and tantalizing tableaux. ‘ (via Marcia Wood Gallery)
Contemporary Dutch artist Karen Sargsyan creates awesome sculptures from cut paper. Fun stuff. Check it out.
‘ Omar ChacÃ³n’s vibrant abstract paintings refer to rich colors and patterns of indigenous Latin American textiles, but fuse these formal and cultural traditions into a process that is very much his own recipe. The effect of this sancocho (“stew”), as ChacÃ³n calls it, is an experiential mixture of European and South American histories that infuse cultural signifiers into Abstraction. ChacÃ³n’s work is guided by the memory and respect for his grandfather, a self-taught artist who made only seven abstract paintings during his lifetime. Also consisting of small dots, one of his grandfather’s paintings is included in the show as a literal and metaphorical reference point. ‘ (via Greene Contemporary)
Dana Major Kanovitz was born in 1968 and grew up in Louisville, KY. After acquiring her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago in 1991, she moved to St. Petersburg, Russia where she completed an 18-month apprenticeship in figurative sculpture under Alexander Zadorin of the Muhkina Art Institute. Dana has maintained her professional studio, exhibiting continuously, since 1994. She is presently an M.F.A. candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The commercial work of Bryan Haynes has graced the pages of national magazines, international advertising campaigns, CD covers, posters, and book covers from Agatha Christie to the cover of “Scarlett” the sequel to ” Gone With The Wind”. Since graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1983 his artwork has been represented by Bernstein & Andriulli in New York, Ron Sweet in San Francisco, and Foster Represents in St. Louis. Some of his many patrons have included Disney, Estee Lauder, Warner Bro.s, Toblerone – Switzerland, Universal Studios, IBM, Nike, Sony Music Corp., and Anheuser Busch.
Check out the portfolio of Ibai Acevedo, a very talented photographer from Barcelona, Spain. Lots to see.
Ego is a Seattle artist with a flair for slightly dark, whimsical creepiness, influenced by the macabre sides of tattoo culture, street art, and underground fine art. His work has been featured in galleries across North America, and published in many various media… and worn on the skin of his tattoo clients.
Paul Pope (born September 25, 1970) is an American alternative comic book artist. Influenced by Ray Bradbury and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Pope’s stories evoke poignant, under-explored aspects of youth culture. Pope describes his own influences (listed in his book P-City Parade) as Daniel Torres, Bruno Premiani, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Tony Salmons, Hugo Pratt, Silvio Cadelo, Vittorio Giardino, and HergÃ©.