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Benoit Paillé

 photo 2ec3d9f0fae1f0745e9d594ba0bc9bc2_zps232a1526.jpg  photo 7cc03e7865e1596c8e3de5ed689f6e68_zps00b8e56a.jpg  photo 3024911ab2d0e0de3a7a3afadc95428b_zps936d3b3c.jpg Benoit Paillé is a talented self-taught Canadian photographer and Art Director currently based in Montreal, Canada. More to see here.  photo e3dff9017a77cef48780d4aaa6911609_zpsdb4541f8.jpg  photo c10bbf4837908e5c084348599e0e1ab1_zps17c54eeb.jpg  photo ad9f8dcb26b317f613fbbd5af4714139_zps9a740718.jpg

Vasilis Avramidis

 photo RE02_zpse4af60cc.jpg  photo RE06_zpse786c36b.jpg  photo RE04_zpsc2ffd5e7.jpg Vasilis Avramidis uses oil on canvas to work with the idea of false perceptions in painting language. Gestural brushwork, painted objects and people are translated as pieces of land, which then become an ideal terrain for smaller scale landscapes, scenes and narratives. Avramidis explores the ability of painting language to speak about itself, while at the same time it incorporates worlds, which refer to external situations. Avramidis draws inspiration from video game mechanics, where game play can dominate over narrative and vice versa, resulting in barely manageable challenges which maintain the pleasure factor. (via Kounter Kulture)  photo RE01_zps0f1686d7.jpg  photo ex12_zps329a483b.jpg

Maia Fjord

 photo 4608749270_zps62990d42.jpg  photo 4609873844_zpsc40f36d7.jpg  photo 4609614382_zps2f92add5.jpg " Hello! I’m a 21 year old illustrator currently based in Bournemouth but originally from Denmark, where (with the help of my Grandmother, a fellow illustrator) I began discovering my love of drawing from a young age. I like to think my illustrations have improved considerably since then, and nowadays my inspiration can come from almost anywhere, but I find myself continually fascinated by the concept of imagination. Its ambiguousness is intriguing, and I like narratives where you can’t quite be sure whether something is really happening, or whether it is imagined. Recently I’ve found myself rediscovering my love of the pencil. Texture is very important to the imagery I create, and I like how versatile such a simple, widespread tool can really be. Alongside this I feel that experimentation with limited colour palettes helps to make my illustrations stand out and keeps them playful. I like to apply these techniques in creating strange creatures and interesting characters, and exploring them through one-off illustrations and different narratives." - Maia Fjord  photo 4608925818_zps29288e63.jpg  photo 4609614350_zpsc1f3d55e.jpg

Mike Mellia: Another Day in Paradise

 photo 2another-day-in-paradise-mike-mellia_zps0400cbed.jpg  photo 4another-day-in-paradise-mike-mellia_zps9304617c.jpg  photo 6another-day-in-paradise-mike-mellia_zps5b3d47f2.jpg " After the unexpected passing of my father at age 62, I began creating cinematic scenes around New York that were reminiscent of his life. The American theme and unsettling locations that emerged seemed to create a tension with the time and place they inhabited. These landscapes and surroundings unveil a cold and strangely moving beauty, a series of movie stills that tells a story through its mood. " - Mike Mellia  photo 3another-day-in-paradise-mike-mellia_zps75972ff4.jpg  photo 1another-day-in-paradise-mike-mellia_zps9b9fc1e5.jpg  photo 5another-day-in-paradise-mike-mellia_zpsb39a015e.jpg

PLAY MORE Notepad

 photo Play-more-notepad_zps0e1ff6bd.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zps1d255ec1.jpg Before you send that page to the recycling bin, why not have a little fun with it? Crumple your notes into a ball and score a goal, serve an ace, or shoot a hole in one. With Fred's Play More pad the back of each page is printed like a sports ball. There are 48 pages with eight different styles, so no matter what your game you can turn your goofs into glory. Waste less, work less, Play More! Each pad is shrink-wrapped. Buy here.  photo 718s6xCSpXL_SL1500__zps7966a0b9.jpg

Urs Fischer

 photo Untitled-1_zps46c0bcf1.jpg  photo Untitled-2_zpsdf8edbd5.jpg " I always have a lot of things going on because some things take years to make and others take five minutes. I like that there's always something going on. Working doesn't have such a momentous feel - like it's all or nothing." - Urs Fischer  photo Untitled-3_zps2fbaff1f.jpg

Stephen Ibbott

 photo Superman_zps7281b8a6.jpg  photo Liberty_zpscd55b8c0.jpg  photo EvilQueenrgb_zpsac809dc4.jpg Stephen Ibbott graduated in 2001 with an MFA from the University of Guelph (Canada). Since then he has exhibited his work widely in gallery exhibitions and Art Fairs. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Toronto Star, Canadian Art among others. He has also won many awards including the "Arts 2000" National Prize for the Visual Arts and a 2012 Ontario Arts Council Grant.  photo VenusandMarsrgb_zps717936a0.jpg  photo Napoleonrgb_zpsf937565d.jpg  photo Artemis2rgb_zps33ca795f.jpg

Joseph Parra

 photo 16_parrasubjects4_zps3c1d50e8.jpg  photo 16_parrasubjects5_zps027c115c.jpg  photo 16_parrasubjects2_zps49cf4799.jpg " There is an innate desire to replicate an individual through artistic production. Traditionally, as an artist works to render the human figure in any medium, they come to face specific requirements that can often be constraining. For the figure to become more than a combination of forms, one must dive deeper and reveal something that is otherwise unseen. In challenging conventional portraiture, I expel the physical features of an appropriated individual and expose layers to reflect the varied constructs of what it is to be human. These layers can be abstracted, acting as reminders that we are merely a union of ideas. Exposure and concealment are my tools, carried out via printmaking, digital printing, drawing, and painting. Sanding techniques also come into play, to reveal an image beneath multiple opaque and transparent layers or to rid the figure of its physical information altogether, obscuring identity. There are no signifiers to time or place, yielding greater emphasis on the figure. In my charcoal drawings more anatomically correct layering of bodily interior is included as well as moments of landscape, textures, mark making, and cellular structures. This generates a push and pull as the abstract marks create the figure while also diffusing it into abstraction." - There is an innate desire to replicate an individual through artistic production. Traditionally, as an artist works to render the human figure in any medium, they come to face specific requirements that can often be constraining. For the figure to become more than a combination of forms, one must dive deeper and reveal something that is otherwise unseen. In challenging conventional portraiture, I expel the physical features of an appropriated individual and expose layers to reflect the varied constructs of what it is to be human. These layers can be abstracted, acting as reminders that we are merely a union of ideas. Exposure and concealment are my tools, carried out via printmaking, digital printing, drawing, and painting. Sanding techniques also come into play, to reveal an image beneath multiple opaque and transparent layers or to rid the figure of its physical information altogether, obscuring identity. There are no signifiers to time or place, yielding greater emphasis on the figure. In my charcoal drawings more anatomically correct layering of bodily interior is included as well as moments of landscape, textures, mark making, and cellular structures. This generates a push and pull as the abstract marks create the figure while also diffusing it into abstraction." - Joseph Parra  photo 16_parrasubjects3_zps0fcf4f42.jpg  photo 16_parrasubjects1_zpsf8b2723f.jpg

Anita Kunz

 photo 1-Pieta-2_zps0ec70bd9.jpg  photo 1-Pieta-1_zps247b9c19.jpg " I've been illustrating for international clients for over 30 years. I've done numerous magazine covers (The New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, The NY Times) and book jackets, as well as many artworks for advertising agencies. I've received many awards including the Order of Canada (Canada's highest civilian honor), and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and my works are in permanent collections of Museums and galleries world wide." - Anita Kunz  photo 4-Simianus-evolutio_zps73e850d9.jpg

Titti Garelli

 photo 1198356-7_zps3a46261d.jpg  photo 532734-7_zpsd2673f1b.jpg Titti Garelli was born in Turin, where she lives and works. For over twenty years her pictures have been requested by the publishing world and by major international advertising agencies.  photo 532004-7_zpsb2126f96.jpg