Syaiful Rachman

 photo unnamed_zpsyqn3izpp.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsr47f6u22.jpg Trained at the Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta, Syaiful is one of the most talented artists to emerge from the contemporary Indonesian art scene. His incredible precision and ability to use mass culture to bring together human objects has not only won him numerous awards but also substantial critical acclaim. Syaiful’s particular fascination with celebrities and prominent figures is derived from the conviction that they are the 'nodes' of various things - persona, popularity and even power, all of which are manifested in every human subject. It is only upon a more conscientious scrutiny of Syaiful's paintings that one might truly catch a glimpse of his artistic inventiveness. It becomes clear that his portraits are composed of hundreds - even thousands - of minuscule, faceless human figures. A peremptory glance at any of Syaiful's paintings is enough to trick the viewer into thinking that these diminutive people are nothing more than an exceptionally pronounced attempt at pointillism. The scrupulous inclusion of this anonymous crowd is not merely a clever contrivance, as it also serves as an analogy to the roots of popular culture. Amidst our glorification and idolatry of the sought-after crowd, it is easy to forget that it is the power of our favor that holds them aloft. Through his precise brushstrokes that emphasize just the right amount of colors and shadows in the appropriate places, Syaiful leads us to the realization of the diverse distribution of power between and amongst people from all factions of society. Syaiful currently lives and works in Indonesia.  photo unnamed-3_zpspid6tx3p.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zps00pbnxns.jpg

Rajan Krishnan

 photo unnamed-2_zpsjj0utwnl.jpg  photo unnamed_zpszngvdxks.jpg Rajan Krishnan was born in 1967, in the Thrissur district of Kerala. Having completed a Bachelor`s degree in Economics, Krishnan decided to pursue his true love and signed up for a B.F.A (Painting) at the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram. He then went on to pursue a Master`s degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. Rajan Krishnan`s art is very sensitive to his immediate natural environment. The fields and villages of the Kerala of his youth play the role of `principal protagonist` in most of his works, expressing his deepest aesthetic proclivities. His early works are slightly sentimental in their depiction of childhood memories of home, but this phase seems to have given way to a more assertive cynicism that unflinchingly records the sudden and sweeping changes wrought on the landscapes he has known and loved. Rajan Krishnan passed away in 2016.  photo unnamed-1_zpsgt6jzpez.jpg

Roy Debanjan

 photo unnamed_zpsydqi1rph.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsmtniv46g.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpswyl16pnx.jpg Born in 1975, Roy Debanjan was awarded a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 1998 and a Master of Visual Arts from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 2000. Since then, he received the "Nirman Award' in 2004 and the Lalit Kala Academy Scholarship from 2002 to 2003. He also received a Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for 2002 to 2004 and Best Sculpture Award by West Bengal State Academy and Rabindra Bharati University. His works have been exhibited widely, such as 'New Wave in Bengal Art' curated by Pranabranjan Ray, 2005, 'Tale of Two Cities' Birla Academy in 2004, "Migration City, Home' Lalit Kala Academy, Kolkata in 2003 and Triennale, Japan 2001. His first solo show was held at Birla Academy, in 2002. He currently stays and works in Kolkata. Roy Debanjan has created a series of works featuring Gandhi (1869 - 1948), who was revered in India as the"Father of the Nation" and internationally as an icon of a free India. Debanjan's sculptures depict Gandhi in his humble loincloth and shawl normally only worn by the lowliest Indian caste. In sharp contrast, he interacts with symbols of materialism and technological advancement - mobile phones and laptops.  photo unnamed-1_zpsmb3fx4es.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpspoe56ee1.jpg

Dirk Staschke

 photo 1b_zps1afxa7lm.jpg  photo 2b_zpsyeemb7ve.jpg Dirk Staschke is a renowned ceramicist and sculptor based in Porland, Oregon.  photo 25b_zpsvnl33tnh.jpg  photo 24b_zpsqpc8lkbd.jpg

Taylor White

 photo unnamed-4_zpsby5ynnr9.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpsnfj2jgzo.jpg Taylor White is an active producer of fine pictorial convention. With a background in illustration, her work can be found in print, in urban gallery spaces, on city streets, and in public and private collections. Taylor is currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina.  photo unnamed-3_zpsc5kyqrwe.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsytlr0zn4.jpg

Rachel Caldwell

 photo unnamed_zpsnosqj4ib.jpg Rachel Caldwell <-- Philadelphia-based illustrator with background in graphic design; BFA in drawing, printmaking, and design from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; explores surrealist themes in vivid oil colors or illustrates intricate contemporary models in a pen-and-ink drawing technique.  photo unnamed-1_zpszicuyqnr.jpg

Jesse Berlin

 photo unnamed-5_zpsctij1pdw.png  photo unnamed-4_zpsuhdukpgk.png  photo unnamed-2_zpsm74opyw8.png Jesse Berlin has been an avid sculptor from early childhood. He received a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he specialized in highly detailed figurative sculpture. While at SAIC he worked at the International Museum of Surgical Science as the curator of the Anatomy in the Gallery exhibition, constantly changing showcase of medically themed, contemporary artwork. Upon graduating from SAIC, Jesse was recruited into the Maxillofacial Prosthetic Technician training program at the Bronx Veterans Administration Medical Center in conjunction with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York where he advanced his skills learning to make complex and highly realistic facial prosthetics. Jesse has exhibited in numerous prestigious galleries across the country and has received several awards for his work. Most recently he was featured in Conjoined IV, the annual sculpture review at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, as well as the 2013 Arizona Biennial at the Tucson Museum of art. He has also shown at such venues as the DeVos Place Convention Center, Limner Gallery, and Daniel Martin Diaz’ Sacred Machine. He now resides in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona where he continues to produce provocative and visually arresting works of art addressing the raw physical truth of the human condition.  photo 8203a9_1294338d347819cc07cc792d7e61b251_zpsueioairw.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpsceydew8w.png

Silvana Bossa

 photo unnamed-1_zps4sh5oyfi.png  photo unnamed-2_zps4huvkxmp.png Silvana Bossa is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Cartagena, Colombia. Please click here to see the rest of her works.  photo unnamed_zpslmgser5p.png

Diana Kingsley

 photo unnamed-3_zpsb4v5uhxj.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpskycmurda.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsr9ygswsa.jpg " I set up photographic still lifes or closely cropped nature shots that are carefully arranged, but somehow fraught—both over-specific and elusive. I’m drawn to situations where control is confounded by dysfunction and studied elegance is poised precariously on the verge of the absurd. The well-placed non sequitur, self-consciousness, and slyly humorous formal affectations are ongoing preoccupations. My subject matter could be almost anything—a cat staring at bowls of milk, a badly placed brooch on a sweater, a cheese morsel fallen on a couch. I tend to use whatever’s close at hand, so autobiographical allusions inevitably sneak in. I’m not interested in forcing any particular narrative; I’m more interested in a sensibility that runs through the work: low-level despair, boredom, resignation, thwarted desire, overwrought sensuality, utter futility. I tend to push that with the titles. I’m going for the rigor of minimalist design, the angst of an existential one-act, and the humor of a Chaplinesque slip on a banana peel. Think Charlie Brown meets Robert Mapplethorpe." - Diana Kingsley  photo unnamed-2_zpsjx1uu38d.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsaxwuwk5u.jpg

Matt Hayton

 photo unnamed_zpstuyl0f9t.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsfgpdm01v.jpg " I’m a student printmaker/illustrator/bookbinder from a small town nestled in a valley on the outskirt of the (beautiful) Lake District in England. I draw inspiration stylistically from scientific illustration and golden-age fairytale illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. I love folklore and the idea of a narrative or tale been retold, altered and treasured over many generations and that is something inherent in my work. I also love Pokemon as much as the next 90’s kid. I kind of think the whole series is built on folklore too, or at least thats how I like to look at it." - Matt Hayton  photo unnamed_zpsiifogdlo.png  photo unnamed-1_zpseahevf3t.png