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Francesca Pasquali

 photo 11_51_are_f1_927_a_zps5zv5owxn.jpg  photo BzaAOVJCcAEPj5z_zpszgafac9e.jpg Francesca Pasquali graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. She lives and works between Bologna and Brescia in Italy. Francesca Pasquali explores the relationship between natural forms and polymeric materials through sculpture, video and photography .  photo 2011_31858_86762_zpspomvxm1a.jpg  photo 318609-850x638_zpssp4aytmy.jpg

Laura Hart

 photo unnamed 1_zpst4zzgn2r.jpg  photo unnamed 3_zps1ug3lhpl.jpg  photo unnamed 4_zpstqttxlvj.jpg 'Adding to her highly successful collection of flowers, Laura Hart has looked to the animal kingdom for inspiration. What could be better to accompany her blooms than butterflies. Each one is a painstakingly crafted recreation of its living counter part. No stranger to working with fused glass, Hart has added cast bodies and sterling silver legs, antenna and proboscis to capture the unique characteristics of each insect. We all know that the beauty is in the wings of these ethereal jewelled creatures, which Hart has composed with sensational attention to detail.' (via Vessel Gallery)  photo unnamed 2_zpscvijdvf2.jpg  photo unnamed_zpspdyf70up.jpg

Doug Bloodworth

 photo unnamed 2_zps4ux1x6rr.jpg  photo unnamed 4_zps7uyuigzn.jpg  photo unnamed 3_zpsfgga0jxl.jpg " My idol was Duane Hanson. He was a Florida sculptor who produced sculptures of people so life-like that they fooled the eye. When his security guard sculpture was on display at Van de Weghe Gallery in New York, thousands, myself included, went up to him and asked him where the rest rooms were. It was truly uncanny. Traditional photorealists who have impacted me include Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Audrey Flack, Ron Kleeman, Richard McLean, John Salt and Ben Schonzeit. More recent photorealist influences include Pedro Campos, Roberto Bernardi, Simon Hennessey, Tom Martin, Steve Mills and Cynthia Poole. I love when people see my paintings at Foxx Galerie in Zurich and say to one another, “Nice photo”. Then Claudine Bandi, the owner, corrects them and tells them it is an oil painting. Their look of incredulity is such a pleasure to watch. Many people stare at the paintings for a long time. I also enjoy evoking the feelings of nostalgia amongst the viewers. Recently at Zimmermann + Heitmann Gallery in Dusseldorf, I overheard a family looking at my Monopoly painting. One said, “I was always the dog”; another said, “I was the iron”. At Atlas Galleries in Chicago, I heard a patron exclaim, “Wow! Look at the Kid Cowboy. I had exactly that book when I was a little boy. And the edges of the book were frayed just like it is in the painting”. I call my work photorealism, as opposed to pop art, hyperrealism, art deco, modern art, contemporary art, wall art, décor art. Galleries in the genre include Louis Meisel Gallery, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery and Jonathan Novak Gallery. Other artists who have influenced me include Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, Wayne Thiebaud, Pablo Picasso, Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Rene Magritte, Claes Oldenberg, Richard Serra, Robert Motherwell and Piet Mondrian." - Doug Bloodworth ( via Photorealism)  photo unnamed_zps6givyl6j.jpg  photo unnamed 1_zpsonbvdm85.jpg

Marie Lund

 photo ml_art_basel.press_.05-1200x799_zpsnnnokic8.jpg  photo ML_Art_basel.press_.15-799x1200_zpsox4sclvw.jpg  photo ML_Art_basel.press_.11-799x1200_zpsccpw8z92.jpg  photo ARTBASEL2014_MEG_10_217_zpskffuzhmb.jpg Marie Lund <-- 1976 Born, Copenhagen; Lives and works in London; Education: 1999-2002 BA – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Copenhagen; 2002-2004 MA – Royal College of Art, London  photo tumblr_nokfirxvqb1qeubbbo6_540_zpsn0wwdd8o.jpg  photo tumblr_nokfirxvqb1qeubbbo5_540_zps5zh9eqjd.jpg

Crystal Wagner

 photo immersionrightweb_zpsncuqofhg.jpg  photo immersion10web_zpssm5d6z9x.jpg  photo immersion12web_zpsudckfkyu.jpg Crystal Wagner received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002. She is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA. After teaching as a college art professor for five years, Crystal left academia to focus exclusively on her studio practice. Wagner’s interest in combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms, alternative use of materials, and hybrid approaches to printmaking, and massive site-specific installations, have led to her artwork being exhibited extensively in the U.S and abroad. Her most recent commissions include a large-scale installation for the internationally recognized band The Flaming Lips. a large shadow box for GNU a snowboard company out of Portland, OR, and most recently a large-scale installation piece for NIKE.  photo immersionfrontwb_zps7wpk7lr0.jpg  photo immersion6web_zpsdiixmbex.jpg  photo immersionweb_zps8b4ay4qj.jpg

Kim MyeongBeom

 photo E-768x1024_zpsyhkvrzau.jpg  photo 007-Myeongbeom-Kim-Untitled-2011-Deer-taxidermy-branch-130x130x130cm_zps8d0awguv.jpg  photo MyeongbeomKim-01_zpsrdmw8vut.jpg ' Kim MyeongBeom (Korea, 1976) received his diploma from the Academy of Fine Art in Seoul, where he specialized in sculpture. In 2002, he earned a Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and in Korea, and also in Europe where he has received recognition in international contemporary art fairs.' (via Galerie Paris-Beijing)  photo tumblr_nndq0dwvvP1r0i205o1_540_zps66yrv0ni.jpg  photo Insights_1C21_IHN_002_zpslgbaut8x.jpg

Superhero Mom Mug

 photo htro_superhero_mom_mug_zpshn4a2c96.jpg ' Each Superhero Mom Mug features all the molded on details you'd expect from a super mug: cape, belt (to keep the superpants up), arms akimbo, and emblem on the chest (featuring a big M for Mom). And the arms akimbo aren't just a posture choice - they actually form two handles! The Superhero Mom Mug will hold 15 oz. of your favorite beverage and is dishwasher and microwave safe. The only thing the Superhero Mom Mug can't do is fly. We'll leave that up to you!' Buy here.  photo htro_superhero_mom_mug_back_zpsggfllfhe.jpg

Sydney Cash

 photo 2_zpscm9csczn.jpg  photo 4_zpswcwfwhes.jpg  photo 3_zpsx3yuyci4.jpg " My latest body of work fuses a lifelong love of portraiture with my interest in pattern and the ways it can transform and enliven the picture plane. Executing these patterns in oil paint atop prints of historical portraits radically alters the images and changes our perception of them, even as they retain a certain familiarity. It transmutes their formality and tradition into something wholly contemporary, ushering these “re-mastered” portraits into a modern idiom." - Sydney Cash  photo 1_zpswtvf449s.jpg  photo 5_zpswaqcmmzk.jpg

Brent Estabrook

 photo LincolnbyBrent_zps9irqotq5.jpg  photo WashingtonbyBrent_zpsenej9jxq.jpg Brent Estabrook's playful work, ripe with sociopolitical commentary and fraught with the unbridled passion of a determined young artist, challenges the viewer to reconsider familiar images, products and ideas as he himself explores the liminal space between discovery and curiosity. He is inspired by artist such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and the portraiture work of Rembrandt, and over the years he has transformed his study into a style which is uniquely his own. To date his collection is mainly held by private collectors throughout California. His work is currently on display in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and he is evaluating opportunities for representation in New York.  photo AlibyBrent_zpszbarxatb.jpg

Pasha Bumazhniy

 photo 39be65f0f3c48d637b5f7a9b32a5e83e_zpsao9clxvq.jpg  photo 22de1ce275d440f17a96be23b2cc2477_zpskyhrfkdg.jpg  photo fb6f580b6839bc9b0d3981023596c9a4_zpsnaxehfe1.jpg  photo 88ea9763761d377844f684b6d35b696a_zpsid3jenpv.jpg Artist Pasha Bumazhniy got talent coming out of his ears. Go check him out!  photo befb42f8ae1497c6ada5dd142ced69c8_zpsjbn8ur0a.jpg  photo 8158ab7cff8ee1e3058b40e9a0241604_zpsdqx6maod.jpg  photo 4735e60b9f1b88fb8a874e7347ce1804_zps9ec1nkza.jpg