" Through my illustrations I've been able to combine two of my major passions in life: yoga and art. I've applied the style that I have been developing over the past five or so years to create yogic inspired artwork. My particular style, which is organic in nature, speaks to the anatomy of the human figure and also the prana that surrounds us. I believe that we are interconnected with our surroundings and we co-manifest each other. So, you will see in my illustrations that these same organic shapes make up the figure as well as the surrounding space. This emphasis on figure and environment cohesion speaks to how our movements/actions have an effect on our environment and vice versa. With this unity, I hope to invoke a sense of empowerment and awareness to how our bodies can move and how our actions reverberate to affect our surroundings. I also intend to exemplify the beauty of the yogic practice through the portrayal of advanced asanas." - Ryan Blume
Colby Bird (born 1978; Austin, Texas) received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. He has had a solo exhibition at University Galleries at Texas State University, and also recently exhibited at Aspen Art Museum, Arthouse, Austin, and Hagedorn Foundation, Atlanta. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Bird currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.
Seunghwui Koo creates her works drawing inspiration from the daily happenings and intricate moments of her life in NYC. Her work is a commentary on the lives of New Yorkers as she has witnessed. She was born in South Korea, where she first had the idea of combining the pig’s head and human body. The significance of the pig’s head lies in the different symbolic meanings from the Eastern and Western cultures. Good fortune (Eastern) and greed (Western), two very different connotations of the pig, are themes that are a part of her works. She has drawn upon her experiences from living in New York City for eight years as the source of her subject matters. She uses resin, acrylic, plaster, clay, and mixed media to create her works.
Self-taught artist. Mercado has taken part in more than a dozen group and solo exhibitions in Puerto Rico and the United States since 1989. Considered a conceptual artist more than a painter and designer, he is influenced by Pop and Experimental art. His early works included impressions of his own body on cloth, which he achieved by drenching himself entirely in paint. He later worked with mixed media and collages and subsequently with abstraction. Within the Pop style, he has worked on portraits that capture the essence and feelings of the model. Mercado is highly committed with his work. The fundamental aspects of this artist production are grounded in his dedication to the medium as well as his compromise with his point of view. The search for new ways of expression has lead him to gradual changes in his point of view and stylistic modifications. Link.
The Queen's Guard are charged with protecting the residences of the royal family in Britain, and are better known as those folks in the red uniforms with furry hats that stare off into space, frozen stiff, whatever you do to them. Despite this, they are full public duty soldiers in the British Army and other British Empire and Commonwealth militaries, and are charged with protecting the royal family and their residences against attack. Who better to protect your data and your computer than one of these steadfast Queen's Guard soldiers? The Queen's Guard palmtop-sized silicon things are USB thumbdrives. Fold their faces down to expose the USB plug and they appear to your PC as a USB2.0 external USB storage. Additionally, the arms and legs move to pose any way you want them to!
Zhang Botao, born in 1970 in Gedaqi City, Great Khingan, Helongjiang Province, China. Zhang Botao one of the most prominent emerging representative of the Chinese contemporary ‘Cartoon’ art movement. His style is refreshing and elegant at the same time as he combines modern Manga-inspired subjects with renaissance style old European portrait painting. Zhang Botao has had several successful exhibitions worldwide and his works are collected by various Art foundations, luxury organizations, invesment banks to private collectors internationally.
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