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Daliah Ammar

 photo tumblr_nbz4g252Tg1qdy3qwo1_1280_zpsv69mc4ma.jpg  photo tumblr_n6if4yT5MX1qdy3qwo1_r1_1280_zpsmdnal8il.jpg  photo tumblr_n28k3vyxZd1qdy3qwo1_1280_zpstesacxhh.jpg Daliah Ammar is a nineteen-year-old Palestinian-American artist based in Chicago, IL. Daliah is currently earning her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The purpose of Daliah’s work is to transcend the notion of the self and the physicality of paint, resonating from her own vulnerable and personal experiences – as a means of conveying life as it blooms and decays from within. Expressing that awareness of the self and reflecting to the viewer establishes a relationship between themselves and herself. Daliah’s works are confrontational, yet, intimate and personal – using the painted surface as a trope for the physical and psychological presence between the inner self and external viewer.  photo tumblr_ndmbrxBMkl1qdy3qwo1_1280_zpspijysse3.jpg  photo tumblr_n9gbsh2a0T1qdy3qwo1_1280_zpssqdpllgc.jpg  photo tumblr_n69jh6pGT51qdy3qwo1_1280_zps8jveppof.jpg

Mike Nelson

 photo MIKE NELSON ARTIST_zpsqtl8uu0u.jpg  photo 2600503938_571246562c_b_zpstcp1axc0.jpg  photo 19_080507_b6_zpsunzvsnwo.jpg "Contemporary artist Mike Nelson transforms the white cube space which we are all familiar, into a place which can seem uncanny and eerie. When entering a contemporary gallery you expect, crisp white walls and modest architecture but Nelson transforms the white cube space into a scene which wouldn’t look out of place in an apocalyptic film. Nelson’s exhibitions preserve a minimal quality considering the intensity of the pieces. Talking about the piece, To the Memory of H.P Lovecraft (1999,2008) Nelson says, “I’ve always had a slight fear of piles of junk that function purely as decorative ephemera but only act as a signifier of a certain type of installation…I think it’s a constant worry that you’ll make this amount of effort to have something that just becomes spectacle, as opposed to something which moves somebody or encourages somebody to empathize with what you’re trying to lure them into, or coax them towards.” (FlashArtonline) Nelson genuinely seems concerned about how the spectator will receive his work. It’s apparent that he is interested in how the space operates the work and how the work operates the space and how both these issues have an effect on the spectator. The space in which art is exhibited in has been a concern for artists for years, but it’s not until recently that artists have begun abandoning objects within the space and just considered the context of the space."  photo hp-2_zpseobeokg9.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zpsqgljthue.jpg

Atladóttir & d’Ors

 photo 9104627411_4e4d4c6a0f_b_zpsiwjvsjj0.jpg  photo The-Enormous-Speed-of-Change-Atladottir-en-dOrs_zps4zko5dx6.jpg 'Atladóttir & d’Ors provides the cabinet with an imagined republic created in the realm of creative imagination. Their works evokes questions of beauty to uncertainty, that what we know is sometimes less important than what we don’t know, the island of Bellona offers a metaphor that the difference between what is real and not real is just a matter of imagination and perception.'  photo 1_zps2bedfqh3.jpg

Rachel Whiteread

 photo CS37_0104_Whiteread_OH_GCR_zpsjjygq6xt.jpg  photo RW_7-copy_zps4mfhfmw5.jpg Rachel Whiteread, CBE (born 20 April 1963) is an English artist who primarily produces sculptures, which typically take the form of casts. She was the first woman to win the annual Turner Prize in 1993. 'Over the last decade she has developed a significant international reputation, creating major public works in both Europe and the United States.  photo whiteread_1990_ether_short91_zpsh85gr1ru.jpg

Alejandra Atarés Abad

 photo carlota-clavell-debajo-del-agua-tecnica-mixta-114x145cm-46x60inches-2013_zpsxnez8vft.jpg  photo lindsay-lohan-en-miami-brillantes-de-cristal-purpurina-oleo-y-acriacutelico-sobre-tela-114x145cm-46x60inches-2014_zpsly0750nv.jpg  photo la-primavera-acuarela-acriacutelico-y-oacuteleo-sobre-tela-114x145cm-46x60inches-2014_zps80sil0qt.jpg Alejandra Atarés Abad <-- Born in 1987, Zaragoza, Spain; Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain; Education: (2006-2010) B.A, Fine Arts, University of Bacelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain; (2010) University of The West of England, module Fine Arts,Bristol, England; (2011) Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MASSART, Boston, EEUU.  photo m-en-perito-moreno-crystal-and-oil-on-canvas-114x145cm-45x60inches-2013_zps9436rkmq.jpg  photo paris-hilton-en-miami-brillantes-de-cristal-purpurina-oleo-y-acriacutelico-sobre-tela-114x145cm-46x60inches-2014_zps44gtwczy.jpg  photo maxresdefault_zps6avyyxcx.jpg

Toru Kamei

 photo tumblr_n934v0IpD01trj6noo3_1280_zpsoqlcudnm.jpg  photo tumblr_nfgyz3Exa81s4e1cqo1_1280_zps6t7rwnqr.jpg ' Toru Kamei was born in Tokyo in 1976. He graduated from the Nihon University College of Art with a degree in fine arts and has exhibited his works at the Fukushima Biennale (2008) and the 5th Busan Biennale (2010) as well as at several distinguished galleries in Japan including Gallery Naruyama and Gallery Gyokuei. Kamei’s works are based on the traditional model of still life painting established in medieval Europe referred to in art history terms as vanitas that represent “allegories of the emptiness of earthly life”. Vanitas paintings feature skulls that serve as a metaphor for the certainty of death, clocks that signify a limited amount of time, and rotting fruits placed within a variety of still lifes that represent affluence and luxury. They are commonly interpreted as having the intended effect of evoking within the viewer the transience of vanity; by implanting a unique world of fantasy into this style of painting, Kamei realizes a new modality of painting that surpasses historical constraints.'  photo tumblr_mpjcya0FGm1rv5690o1_1280_zps2zdjab8s.jpg  photo tumblr_nc201eSrvv1s6ylqco4_500_zpszehibio6.jpg

Luis Quiles

 photo marysa_by_gunsmithcat-d4y9te4_zpsdzbrcwto.jpg  photo fast_food_initiation_by_gunsmithcat-d4td2q0_zpsjevjslmz.jpg  photo lana_del_rey_by_gunsmithcat-d55xi1s_zpspzo508it.jpg Shown here, the work of Luis Quiles aka Gunsmithcat. His portfolio is definitely worth a view for his intriguing pieces and strong illustrations.  photo retro_gamer_girl_by_gunsmithcat-d4hx6tr_zpsrotj0c6h.jpg  photo mar_by_gunsmithcat-d4zu6ab_zpsgwmfzl35.jpg

Matthew Grabelsky

 photo Grabelsky8_zpss9pcsl90.jpg  photo Grabelsky7_zpsoje18zuz.jpg  photo Grabelsky4_zpslxv32ffp.jpg " My work is not intended to be viewed as fantasy or as allegory, but rather as a blend of every-day experiences and the subconscious. My paintings are enigmatic, and they create dream-like worlds that invite viewers to form their own interpretations of the imagery presented. I paint in a highly realistic manner, derived from my studies of 19th-century French Academic painters, and I use this visual language to craft modern narratives. I place my subjects in urban settings: trains, gritty alleyways, and cosmopolitan cityscapes; then introduce a twist to create a mix of rational and irrational elements. My work is often humorous, and it straddles the divide between the serious and the bizarre." - Matthew Grabelsky  photo Grabelsky0_zpser8fu78g.jpg  photo Grabelsky13_zpsd092r3c2.jpg  photo Grabelsky2_zpso74vyvq9.jpg

Sophie Smallhorn

 photo Cube-64-5_left_web.png.826x550_q85_scale_zpsj9erqkjh.jpg  photo Cube-27-1_-left_web.png.826x550_q85_scale_zpsrpt33vvb.jpg  photo Cube-64-3_left_web.png.826x550_q85_scale_zps6lvpsrxw.jpg Sophie Smallhorn was born in 1971 and is an artist and consultant. She exhibits internationally and is commissioned by both private and corporate clients. Her work explores the relationships between colour, volume and proportion. Sophie currently lives and works in London.  photo Cube-64-5_web.png.826x550_q85_scale_zpse6qxjq6q.jpg  photo 6web.png.826x550_q85_scale_zpsnbwzu7xg.jpg

Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew

 photo Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew_paintings_Thailand_artodyssey 3_zpspfqic3mq.jpg  photo Under the shade 2013_zps3djlvib6.jpg  photo Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew_paintings_Thailand_artodyssey 18_zpsat9p75an.jpg Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew is one of Thailand’s most exciting and widely admired new-generation artists. Nimmalaikaew has developed a mixing of media that produces magical results. Each Nimmalaikaew works starts from a canvas backdrop that is set inside a deep casement, and that is then lightly veiled by multiple layers of thread and netting. The artist paints not only on the canvas but also on the thread and netting in order to create shimmering portraits and figurative scenes. He creates a depth of field that goes beyond three-dimensional space; rather, his work captures a time-space dimension in a way that has few parallels in the history of art. Yet, to put it that way is still an understatement, for Nimmalaikaew’s genius lies in the way he imagines, and is able to execute with astonishing virtuosity, what might be called a ‘meta-dimension’ that fuses time, space and spirit.  photo 7 Fairy_zps1vjv9pgb.jpg  photo 1545069_300432113415462_1901177016_n_zpswgxnnvdr.jpg