Patrick Earl Hammie

 photo phoca_thumb_l_Case_2.5_MB_zpss0gcbr6i.jpg  photo hammie_4_contact_zps35zflioh.jpg Patrick Earl Hammie, born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1981, is an artist best known for his monumental portraits related primarily to themes of identity, history, and narrative. Considering the potential paintings of the human figure have to reflect the values of the period in which they are produced, Hammie’s work investigates the expectations built into this canonical genre, probing and dismantling the idealizing impulses that have historically shaped it. Drawing on the emotive qualities of Romanticist painting and its use of heroic proportions to engage with political and humanistic expression, he focuses specifically on constructions of gender and race, putting pressure on these categories as a means of expanding understandings of identity, and reconfiguring inherited conceptions of ideal beauty and heroic nudity. (via Yeelen Gallery)  photo tumblr_m1e4wrGUMf1r1bfd7o1_1280_zpsikumpnba.jpg

Madiha Siraj

 photo unnamed_zpscm5lsej6.jpg  photo 0e0e858a956e004228c262ae28ab3958_zps5y9sxnfd.jpg Madiha Siraj <--- Muslim American artist living and working in New Jersey.  photo Madiha-Siraj-Paint-Swatch-Installation-4-600x900_zpslrayffqs.jpg  photo Madiha-Siraj-Paint-Swatch-Installation-5-600x306_zpsbix2ads3.jpg

Jim D’Amato

Jim D’Amato (born 1978) is an American artist. His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, alternative spaces, and museum stores. Jim attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, and studied with Jack Whitten, Marilyn Minter, and Mary Heilmann, among others. He has been included in group exhibitions with Richard Serra, KAWS, H.R. Giger, and more. His work is available in the Pierogi Gallery Flat Files in New York. It is also available at museum stores and art institutions through Art-o-Mat, a unique organization helping make art accessible to the public. In the fall of 2011, he curated “Afterlife”, a pop up exhibition in NYC.

Martin Soto Climent

 photo unnamed 1_zpsqeck4ams.jpg  photo CC_Martin_Soto_Climent_Modelo-2_zpslevmj6cp.jpg  photo unnamed 2_zpslkfrceeq.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsgugqdg7s.jpg 'In his work, conceptual sculptor Martin Soto Climent reshapes everyday items through minimal gestures of recontextualization and balance. The artist gives new life to the detritus of human life by bringing household items and vintage clothing into the gallery in simple-yet-fragile arrangements, such as propped up and splintered car windshields. His clothing pieces, as in rolled-up bras made to resemble eggs or room-filling installations of pantyhose spider webs, are imbued with the erotic tension of such intimate objects. Climent's works call to mind the cheeky readymades of Marcel Duchamp and the Dadaists, André Breton and the Surrealists—not only by virtue of the often-vintage objects he works with.' (via Artsy, Cooper Cole Gallery)  photo CB9893_MSC_John-Brown-Egg-2015_eggshell-plasticine-glass-eye_2-x-2-1-2-x-3-in_zps4ak4bq3p.jpg  photo CB9893_MSC_John-Brown-Egg-2015_eggshell-pasticine-glass-eye_-2-x-2-1-2-x-3-in-2_zpsileavsgo.jpg

Masakazu Shirane + Saya Miyazaki

 photo Garden-Masakazu-Shirane-and-Saya-Miyazaki-2_zpsiy60vjbv.jpg  photo netloid_a-kaleidoscopic-mirror-tunnel-built-inside-a-shipping-container-called-wink-space-by-masakazu-shirane-and-saya-miyaz_zpsf80cavlc.jpg  photo tumblr_inline_nftf5a7Rtf1t4va7w_zps0pafxyos.jpg Masakazu Shirane + Saya Miyazaki is space design firm in Japan, recognized for its work in architecture, interior design, and spatial art.  photo tumblr_inline_nftf4lbdMF1t4va7w_zpsyxavrjms.jpg  photo tumblr_inline_nftf5nlGH81t4va7w_zpsbarqamak.jpg

Akiko Ijichi

 photo akiko-ijichi-japon_zpsaqhuv0my.jpg  photo ijichi-60324-727805_zpsgofu4d0k.jpg  photo Akiko Ijichi-www.kaifineart.com-4_zps69gjxlxl.jpg Please check out Akiko Ijichi's portfolio. Nothing but goodness there. Yea-huh.  photo Akiko-Ijichi-ct_zpsjtm6ctq0.jpg  photo tumblr_nock0x0PWm1t6w45po1_1280_zpsseqcwb7q.jpg

Amandine Urruty

 photo amandine-urruty-disco-ball_zpsv2s1ek8l.jpg  photo amandine-urruty-egg2-TT_zps0fmfmlg0.jpg  photo amandine-urruty-the-lesson-sm_zps0qbqil3e.jpg  photo amandine-urruty-chenille-sm_zpsk3m7vphb.jpg Amandine Urruty lives and works on her bed, with a suit case full of pens always nearby. After studying at University for long years and a brief career in underground music, Amandine Urruty spreads her repertoire of beasts and her gallery of weird characters on all kind of mediums, on paper as on walls. As she masters techniques of traditional drawing, Amandine Urruty offers us a cheerful gallery of deviant portraits, associating grotesque outfits with baroque decorum which miraculously reconcile lovers of alchemistic symbolism to young ladies with too much make up. Indeed, Amandine Urruty builds her images like we would wander in the alleys of a Sunday fee market, borrowing to the mass of objects and to second hand toys their fundamental ambivalence, being wicked and peaceful, decorative and saturated at the same time.  photo amandine-urruty-egg3-TT_zpsezb8rzsj.jpg  photo amandine-urruty-family-portrait-3sm_zpsicjvp780.jpg  photo amandine-urruty-egg1-TT_zpsrldaenrr.jpg

Redd Walitzki

 photo Redd_Walitzki_CandyGears_07_zpsqwqkqmlf.jpg  photo Of-Cabbages-And_zpsaeeyewc8.jpg Redd Walitzki is an internationally-exhibiting emerging artist focused on figurative Pop-Surrealism. Recent solo exhibitions include Modern Eden in San Francisco and Roq La Rue in Seattle. Her work has been showcased in many galleries including Last Rites in NYC, Auguste Clown in Melbourne, Australia, Ayden Gallery in British Columbia. Redd’s art has also been featured on a variety of media outlets including HiFructose, Juxtapoz and Miroir Magazine.  photo Walitzki_13th-Hour-Queen-Bee-shadows_zpscrtxqe2s.jpg

Kevin Peterson

 photo indie-small1_zpsxh9htwqj.jpg  photo Bidding_zps5cekugdf.jpg  photo protector-sm2_zpsgcxsfyhf.jpg Kevin Peterson studied art at Austin College in Sherman, TX where he received his BFA in 2001. Kevin now makes his home in Houston, TX where he works out of Winter Street Studios.  photo eva-web_zps3a3gv99k.jpg  photo coalition1_zpsxcrwe8yh.jpg

Afruz Amighi

 photo afruzamighi-101114-8923_zpsplrxjrb9.jpg  photo afruzamighi-101114-8937-1_zpsq38voeq4.jpg  photo nameless_zps675eu6il.jpg "Nameless" by Afruz Amighi – 2014 (146″ x 11′ x 62″ dimensions variable) – Steel, Mosquito Netting, Wenge, Invisible Thread, Ultra-suede.  photo afruzamighi-101114-8943-1_zpsykqwdjlx.jpg  photo afruzamighi-101114-8945-2_zps3pqhy5ip.jpg  photo afruzamighi-101114-8932-1_zps0qycq5px.jpg