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Ester Curini

 photo xCurini_Fosco_zps539a89f4.jpg  photo Ester-Curini_Guardando-ad-est_zpsbbd1d624.jpg  photo curini_trixie_zps605f7ada.jpg Known for creating highly detailed animal portraits set against stark white backgrounds, Italian painter Ester Curini has explained that isolating her subjects on a blank canvas allows her to concentrate on a subject’s essential characteristics, and, at the same time, on what is essential to her as an artist. Whether representing bunnies, as in Eye to Eye (2011), cows, as in La Teresina (2009), or any of a host of other animals, Curini’s subjects appear anthropomorphic with their human poses and matter-of-fact gazes, often turned directly back at the viewer. (via Artsy)  photo curini_AgostinaDaTicineto_1_zps4e2772fa.jpg  photo Ester-Curini_Peek_A_Boo_zps0ced0a67.jpg

Diem Chau

 photo image-8_zps32b3dcfd.png  photo 8602397904_ac05a5bfc2_c_zps88ac11b7.jpg " I started my carving in 2005 when I was doing research into folk art and Hobo Art. Hoboes were regarded as traveling laborers with a variety of skills; they often made whimsical carvings with whatever they had at hand. The artwork was simple and heartfelt. I fell in love with its genuine nature; the work is unassuming and approachable, but too often underappreciated. Much like the hoboes of the past, I come from a humble background, our resources were few but our stories are great. I really embrace the idea that art is for all and to reflect this philosophy the mediums I've chosen to use are objects from everyday life." - Diem Chau  photo 8601297865_d9f91fd736_c_zps1935f83b.jpg  photo 8602399812_050d13baa9_c_zpsc9a72f9b.jpg

Ivan Alifan

 photo 4236977f82cc0c1dc238ebd4ecfd1519-d5lt7dl_zpsa131ceb0.jpg  photo obedient_wife_by_alifann-d5r1ldy_zpsa0cf97b1.jpg Ivan Alifan was born in 1989 and raised in Russia, now currently completing his final year at OCAD University majoring in Drawing and Painting. He participated in the Hermitage Museum residency in St. Petersburg, Russia and was part of OCADU's Off-Campus Studies Program, studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Ivan has participated annually in Art Expo New York since 2008.  photo ceramic_skin_by_alifann-d5z419r_zps83ad3978.jpg

Jonathan Whitfill

 photo image2_zpsff54f297.png  photo image1_zpsaae4bfb3.png Jonathan Whitfill received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University in sculpture and three-dimensional art. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout West Texas. His performance art has been shown in the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center . Mr Whitfill recently exhibited work at Art Vitam Galerie Europ'Art in Aigues Mortes, France, and was selected to participate in SANOFI's Library Conference and Exhibition in Montpellier, France. (via Earthbound Moon)  photo image_zps1e1ec7d1.png

Blow Wall Shelf

 photo 520-1_zps9d9e6aee.jpg  photo 520-3_zpse99682f8.jpg Effortlessly dancing between installation art and functional object, YOY Idea's Blow Shelf takes inspiration from a pile of sheet paper being blown in the wind. Made of powder-coated steel, the thin, white shelves are each unique with slight variations in the curves and angles that give the object a sense of movement. Designed to be grouped together, the easy to install shelves are equally stunning left empty or used to display special items and keepsakes. Each includes mounting hardware consisting of a wall clamp with screws that grip a slot in each shelf to anchor the display to the wall. Buy here.  photo 520-2_zps4bdebd80.jpg  photo 520-4_zpse805e6ac.jpg

Francis Upritchard

 photo 2111_zps14a63e46.jpg  photo 2120_zps563b5c49.jpg  photo tumblr_lnyjzfDl8O1qjd8byo1_500_zps5d705019.jpg Francis Upritchard (born 1976) is a New Zealand born artist living in London. Upritchard represented New Zealand at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Francis Upritchard was born in 1976 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She graduated from Canterbury University of Fine Arts in 1998. That same year she moved to the UK where she lives and works.  photo 2116_zpsc788c1a5.jpg  photo Francis-Upritchard-1_zps317c71b7.jpg

Sandra Chevrier

 photo IBuddhaPleasedontstopthemusic48X362012_zps59db494c.jpg  photo Territoiredeguerre31X4652012_zpsc9704264.jpg  photo OctopusChrysalide36X48Avril2012_zps61d01848.jpg Lovely paintings by Montreal-based artist Sandra Chevrier. She says, "I often give human and animals the main roles in my paintings The aesthetic of the pieces seduces and plays a prevailing part. But, there’s always a social message hiding behind it."  photo Drameencouleur30X40acrylique2012_zpsf7d3b949.jpg  photo NarasimbasattitudExplosivegarden36X36acrylique2012_zps9cb34575.jpg  photo SilentBuddhARockNRollVIBE36X482012_zpsaef15e97.jpg

Laurent Le Deunff

 photo 42_2_zps694ff498.jpg  photo 45_1_zpsf84a1070.jpg Laurent Le Deunff works with materials drawn from the world of nature. He often uses wood, in which he has produced sculptures so perfectly finished that in certain cases they fall somewhere between art objects, manufactured goods and hand crafted works. The artist has no hesitation in confusing the issue still further, playing on his craftsmanship and the “hand made” aspect of his work, which he pushes to the limit by producing oeuvres made from nail clippings (Crâne, 2002-2003) or sculpted animal teeth (Autoportrait, 2003) that could easily be categorised as being related to art brut. For Laurent Le Deunff, his choice of material leads naturally to the object created (a bone in alabaster, a club made from stripped down wood..). (via Ceci n’est pas)  photo 42_1_zpsa7abdd00.jpg  photo 53_1_zps6cee04df.jpg

Leandro Erlich

 photo tumblr_lqdvpi6T111qz4s3wo1_500_zps119f9d52.png  photo chocolate-couch2_zps247a32e2.jpg Chocolate couch by Leandro Erlich for an art-exhibit appropriately named "Let Them Eat Art".  photo chocolate-couch3_zpsf0bd6683.jpg

Pocket Cup

 photo Leaf-Shaped-Silicone-Pocket-Cup-1_zpsc947f144.jpg  photo Untitled-1-2_zpscf1e0fa2.jpg This portable silicone cup crafted in the shape of a leaf can be folded and kept in the pocket. Click here to buy.  photo pocket_cup_02_zps3a5f986b.jpg  photo pocketcup_zpsef857ab5.jpg