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Sticker High: Grace

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Mark Greenwold

 photo SW_WORKSimage3338w625_zps2c6b3def.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage3452w625_zps5c301775.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage3337w625_zpsbab432ed.jpg " Artists ought to have the right to offend...I've always been interested in strong, difficult content-- capable of arousing real misunderstandings." - Mark Greenwold  photo SW_WORKSimage3335w500_zpsa3bace03.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage3339w625_zpsf0afbd4c.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage3453w625_zpsf952fd2d.jpg

Dimitri Tsykalov

 photo dimitri-tsykalov-art3-_zps9aa8b2f7.jpg  photo dimitri-tsykalov-scuptures_zps999b8c67.jpg  photo dimitri-tsykalov-art-scuptures_zps0de18f8f.jpg Check out the macabre art of Paris-based Russian artist Dimitri Tsykalov.  photo 15_zpsc34c41a9.jpg  photo dimitritsykalov07_zps10e4ecc9.jpg  photo dimitri-tsykalov-art-_zpscc3aafb8.jpg

Playing With Matches by Honey

 photo tumblr_mjrzk2gDc51rssstao1_1280_zpsada87162.jpg  photo Untitled-2-1_zps3d3f2ba6.jpg  photo tumblr_mjrzhjrDjK1rssstao1_1280_zpsf56c0963.jpg  photo fire5_zps030332ac.jpg Each piece took half an hour to make and I use approximately 1,200 matchsticks for both pieces. More samples of my work can be seen here.  photo lips1copy_zps5a714a2c.jpg  photo lips2copy_zps851b655d.jpg

Ellen Altfest

 photo tumblr_m7g05baChB1rr4vpuo1_1280_zps96940519.jpg  photo 6784605_orig_zps0722dd3a.png Ellen Altfest (b. New York City) is a realist painter based in New York. She paints still lifes and male figures from life in painstaking detail. Her work is noted for its precision and trompe-l'œil accuracy. Influences include Albrecht Dürer's The Large Turf, Jackson Pollock, and Lucian Freud.  photo large_zpse2b017c3.jpg  photo ellen_altfest_penis_zpsadf1721c.jpg

The Descent by Rachel Kneebone

 photo Untitled-1-2_zps679567d7.jpg  photo c96a4baa9a1ddf862023729484617ede_2_zps7fc6c3bb.jpg  photo kneebone-descent-copy_zps1247d971.jpg Rachel Kneebone’s finely sculpted porcelain works erupt with a bacchanal of contorted bodies, limbs and slumped phallic tendrils that emerge from amorphous properties of the material. Sharing the characteristics of Hellenistic sculpture, Kneebone retains the purity of the glazed white surface while the tonal chiaroscuro enhances the intricately modeled ruptures and crevices that inject this conventional material with a sensual physicality and unique energy.  photo tumblr_m7iqo9zjOZ1rsmleno1_1280_zpsb8d96258.jpg  photo tumblr_m538omV7TC1qeju05o1_1280_zpsa38f7bb4.jpg

Sticker High: Aicha Siddika

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Neil Douglas

 photo douglas201109_zps24a9e041.jpg  photo winterinnewyork2_zpsb9c6a7a8.jpg  photo douglas201113_zps2b2e3ea0.jpg Neil Douglas was born in Bristol in 1978. He graduated from Wolverhampton University in 2000 with a BA (Honours) in Painting. Since leaving University, he has exhibited his work in both the U.K and the U.S.A. Throughout his childhood, Douglas experienced the landscapes of America only through indirect mediums such as photography, television and film. He was fascinated by the iconic and absorbing images of Hollywood films and brand advertising. The paintings in this exhibition portray this idolised vision of Americana he grew up with, an America void of political or social connotations. They are escapist yet realistic representations of everyday life, expertly captured in the photorealist style. When viewing Douglas’ work, one can clearly recognise the influence of certain pioneers of Photorealism, such as Richard Estes, Ralph Goings and John Salt. Douglas shares their ability to painstakingly recreate the complex visual details of American life, be it in the reflection of a cafeteria window, the sheen on a car bonnet or the neon billboard sign, which hangs over a music hall. His meticulous renderings of the Manhattan skyline are perfect demonstrations of this skill and craftsmanship he possesses as a painter. (via Albemarle Gallery)  photo coney_island_zps574d010c.jpg  photo douglas201116_zpsf47a1358.jpg  photo neildouglas_zps612d6be8.jpg

Not Vital

 photo SW_WORKSimage991w625_zps4d1d73e4.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage993w625_zps794d140c.jpg Not Vital <-- (b. 1948, Sent, Engadin, Switzerland) studied in Paris and Rome before moving to New York in 1974. At present, he lives and works in Sent; Beijing; Agadez, Niger; and NotOna, Chile. Vital's major recent solo exhibitions include Plateau of Humanity at the 49th Venice Biennale, Italy (2001); Not Vital: Agadez at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2005); Not Vital at The Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois, (2006); Not Vital: Schlafendes Haus at KÖR Kunsthalle Wien public space Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria (2009 – 2010); and Not Vital: Full On at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2011).  photo SW_WORKSimage992w625_zps5991d82c.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage994w625_zps00b38188.jpg

Lucian Freud

 photo High-brow---Lucian-Freuds-001_zps34d1e408.jpg  photo queenqueen_zpsb036f15c.jpg " I want paint to work as flesh, I know my idea of portraiture came from dissatisfaction with portraits that resembled people. I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like them. Not having to look at the sitter, being them. As far as I am concerned, the paint is the person. I want it to work for me just as the flesh does." - Lucian Freud  photo kunsthalrotterdam9a_zps0ff9c97f.jpg  photo LucianFreud006_zps02638611.jpg