Nov 7, 2014
From Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Kyle Barnes graduated from The University of Ulster, Belfast, in 2010 with a BA Hons degree in Fine and Applied Arts. Since then he has won the Towry prize at the National Open Art Competition, exhibited at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery in Chicester and most recently been awarded the KPMG Young Artist Award at the RUA Belfast. He is interested in the process of painting, manipulating the material and working to its distinct qualities, while paying heed to differing textures in skin and how this is conveyed through tonal value and the temperature of colour. He is inspired by our perception of, and our interaction with each other through visual identity. The combination of expression, eye contact, concealment, colour and texture makes for a varied involvement with each of his works.
Nov 7, 2014
The New North (2007) is approximately four metres tall; its colossal dimension allows the artist to create microcosmic worlds within it. It is covered in patches of fuzzy horse hair, wires, mirrored rhomboid shapes and quartz crystals; it also has a mysterious staircase with stalagmites that hang from its steps. Winding its way through the hollow body shape, the stairs are suggestive of mutual ascent and descent, as if inviting an exploration through an ancient cave or ruined architecture. The quasi-taxidermied structure has its own complex logic and systems, like a conceptual city or a building, living and breathing, and self-sufficient.
Nov 6, 2014
” In August 2012, I led an Arctic expedition up the NW coast of Greenland. Called “Chasing the Light”, it was the second expedition the mission of which was to create art inspired by this dramatic geography. The first, in 1869, was led by the American painter William Bradford. My mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. These drawings were inspired by this trip. Documenting climate change, the work addresses the concept of saying goodbye on scales both global and personal. In Greenland, I scattered my mother’s ashes amidst the melting ice.” – Zaria Forman
Nov 5, 2014
Arianna Vairo is a talented illustrator and printmaker based from Milan, Italy.
Nov 5, 2014
Check out these gems by illustrator known as MsCatface from Denver, Colorado.
Nov 4, 2014
” Every picture has a different story to tell. It is through these stories that people get inspired. Art means everything to me, it is my source of happiness and sadness at the same time. In my work I am not fond of rules but I am searching for the unique, different and for a clear understanding of myself and my world, this allows me to explore fragments of life as an abstract form, while changing things and also to interact with people I would otherwise not be able to engage with. I’m especially drawn to the combination of digital photography and computer generated images. My philosophy on art is about taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. I’m inspired by the contrast of light and dark, while I use the changing light to arouse the mood of my dreams and experiences. I feel that an honest picture of someone or something can tell a short history of the world. It has the power to reach back and remind us who we are and how we behave in the face of loneliness as we relate to it in our everyday lives.” – Paul Pond
Nov 4, 2014
‘Salzwedel‘s recent works focus on North American landscapes that reflect the subtle friction between urban development and nature. His work evokes the fragility of our environments often giving hints of mankind’s encroachment on massive landforms such as mountains and forests. His medium of choice is a statement of this clash, graphite, a natural mineral, resin, a byproduct of plant materials, and mylar, a manufactured film. With this process by use of graphite and tape on semi-transparencies, resin on panel, Salzwedel is able to accomplish ethereal artworks with a sense of depth. Salzwedel casts some of these pieces in vintage medicine tins and corroded pipe-ends, lending an intimate quality to the works. As a whole he brings these together creating a beauty and calm out of the detritus we have laid upon the earth.’ Link.
Nov 3, 2014
Akinobu Kurokawa is a Japanese artist who was born in 1974. Akinobu Kurokawa has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Mori Yu Gallery – Kyoto and at the Mori Yu Gallery – Tokyo.
Nov 3, 2014
Gerald Collings is a romantic. He paints in a warm body-colored fascination. The colors are of slow dying. Depicting the underside of desire, of internal, of meat. The paint is boiling, drooling with layers dripping into each other. Meeting and holding against a slippery form. They are curious, erotic, and bleak. (Continue…)
Oct 31, 2014
Born in Tokio in 1973, studies art in USA before to come back in Japan. Began to show art work in Tokio, in 2007. Amano’s photographs are drawn from his own private fantasies. Fantasies that are animistic, animalistic and atavistic in nature, but all-too-human in execution, evoking primal fears and desires. In Amano’s world, the human body is worshipped and admired for its awesome beauty but also deformed and fused with nature – with wood, blood, bones, scales and feathers – transforming it into an erotic grotesque. But these frightful dioramas are also cut through with the blackest humour. Link here.