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Andrew Tift

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” I am a figurative realist painter and predominantly specialise in portraiture. I work in a highly detailed, intensely realistic manner and aim for an absolutely pure and objective likeness. Specific environments and narrative objects are often extremely important ingredients to my portraits as they can help to reflect and reinforce the sitters identity. I seek to convey people in the most understanding, intimate and sympathetic way that I can .” – Andrew Tift

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Stamp Yo Face

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Turn your face or a loved one’s into a marvelous custom stamp creation. Link.

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Michael Taylor

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Michael works quietly and carefully on one painting at a time, spending about three months over each composition. On graduating from Goldsmiths School of Art in 1973, he determined to devote his time to working at a single canvas, while funding himself by working evenings at a pub in Greenwich. When the picture was completed, and after a period of reflection, he created another. These were subsequently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Encouraged by the response, and selling both pictures, he decided to give up the pub job. He has continued to produce his extraordinary paintings, more or less without a break, until the present. With his wife Caroline, he moved in 1975 to a stone cottage on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, near Haworth. After the birth of their daughter, Ellen (1976), the family moved to a disused chapel in Dorset. In 1980, their son, Richard, was born. Caroline and Michael now live in an old pub in the Dorset village of Childe Okeford. Website here.

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James Austin Murray

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” For the past 20 years, James Austin Murray has worked through many different approaches in his art – from tightly rendered graphite cityscapes to pure white abstraction, works on paper, metal, canvas and board, flat and multi-dimensional. It is through these various incarnations that he has settled upon a pure black palette driven by an automatic and deftly intuitive hand. Murray’s commitment to his painting process, his adoration of pigment and its possibilities is extraordinary. I believe Murray is at the apex his formative, and dare I say narrative, synthesis.” (via Lyons Weir Gallery)

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Marta Marzal

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I’m mysteriously drawn to these lovely paintings by Marta Marzal. More here.

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Shi Xinning

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Trained in China, Shi Xinning’s paintings are influenced by both social realism and European styles. Using the authoritative qualities of both, Shi embarks on history painting with a twist. Taking his imagery from iconic press photos, Shi’s canvases faithfully represent the world as we know it: the Yalta Conference in familiar 40s sepia tone, the Queen Mum in carriage emblazoned in newspaper black and white. It’s only on second glance that Shi’s alterations become evident. Nestled between Churchill and FDR and conversing happily with royalty, Mao takes his place amongst the great leaders of the 20th century. In China-fying history, Shi investigates dynamics of both the west’s Eurocentric, and China’s isolationist past world views. Humorously illustrating the Chairman’s import and omnipresence in 20th c Chinese society Shi’s insertion of Mao into the fabric of western collective conscience seems entirely plausible. Infusing the totems of propaganda currency with a sense of normality and humility, Shi re-authors the most cherished moments of collective memory with a ‘Forrest Gump’ effect, creating a specious mythology based in Hollywood schmaltz and unabashed optimism.

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Steam Ship Silicone Steamer Lid

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It’s an ideal microwave and stove top lid that seals in goodness as you cook, while letting out just enough steam to prevent boiling over. Your vegetables and rice will be ship-shape! Measures 10 inches in diameter. Made from 100% pure virgin silicone. Click here to buy.

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Yung Wun Yoo

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Yung Wun Yoo <-- Born in Seoul 1972; Lives and works in Seoul; Graduated from Hongik University of Graduate School with a Master's degree in Sculpture Art in Agust, Seoul, Korea.

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Limbo by Dillon Marsh

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Limbo is a series of photographs showing trees that have died, but not yet fallen. All these trees were photographed in various suburbs of the Cape Flats area of Cape Town, including Bridgetown, Bonteheuwel, Ruyterwacht, Windermere, and The Hague.

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Cheat Feet: Multiplication

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” Look, we’re not for cheating. We are, however, for the convenient disposal of information. Unfortunately, Convenient Disposal of Information Feet doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. So, Cheat Feet™ it is. Because sometimes a reminder is best kept a secret.” Buy here.

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