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Shannon Bonatakis

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Shannon Bonatakis engages her viewers using highly stylized and emotionally charged portraiture. Inspired by human experiences both personal and interpersonal, she lovingly interprets these universal emotions through her subjects. Often autobiographical in some capacity, her paintings give us a candid window into the deep dark caverns of the artist’s psyche. These narratives are often left open to interpretation, but emanate a deep personal significance to the creator which is not always clear, but always compelling.

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Jon Knox

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” Hey, I’m Jon Knox. I grew up in North Carolina, went to design school, and now I work as an artist in Portland, OR. People I’ve worked with include Disney, Paul Smith and Urban Outfitters. I used to draw and sculpt only boys, but now I make girls too. My characters are inspired by both people and animals – some real, some not. My work has been exhibited around the world, including solo gallery shows in Chicago and Seattle. I’ve spent time living in San Francisco and Australia. I cast and paint most of my sculptures by hand, but recently some have been factory reproduced as vinyl toys in larger editions. I don’t write background stories for my characters because I find incomplete stories evoke a relatable blend of nostalgia and obscurity.” – Jon Knox

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Iain Faulkner

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Iain Faulkner was born in Glasgow. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1996 with a BA in Fine Art, he has established himself as a skilled draughtsman with the integrity to embrace the difficult path of contemporary figurative painting, in which competence and painterly expertise can be measured and judged. Still only in his 30s, he has already had numerous successful solo shows in the UK, USA, Spain and Italy.

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Pac Seat

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‘This chair, made from polypropylene by Bruno Marques, was designed for children taking as inspiration the immortalization of an icon of the arcade games of the 90s.’ (via Likecool)

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Jesse Draxler

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Lovely collages created for CREEM magazine by mixed media artist Jesse Draxler.

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Sensualscaping Stairs

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” These stairs for a residential project (Sensualscaping) took us in an important new direction, harnessing digital production and fabrication to form a seamless and deeply sculptural experience. This page documents a component that we felt was rich enough in detail to merit further exploration and explanation. The stair is a continuation and intensification of the simple graphic skirting board lines that trace their way through the house. As they turn the corner into the stair void, they expand like a genie released from a lamp, curling and separating and bifurcating from the wall to form the delicate edge of the stair treads, lifting into the air to rise as the veil of the balustrade. This veil hangs gently from above as a series of thin paired threads, softly pulled back at the entry to allow movement past, gently splaying around the corner to meet and carry the arriving visitor onwards & upwards.” – Atmos Studio

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Morgan Davidson

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” I’m a 21 year old Illustration major at Ringling College of Art and Design from south Florida. My passion lies in saturated colored pencil portraits that focus on expressions and nature.” – Morgan Davidson

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A Step On the Sun by Janet Biggs

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‘In “A Step On the Sun,” the artist focuses on hardships overcome by a sulfur miner in the Ijen volcano, in the East Java province of Indonesia. Biggs’s video centers around a crater situated almost two miles above sea level, which houses the world’s largest sulfuric lake. We watch as the miner collects hardened sulfur crystals and packs them into a basket. Amid clouds of toxic sulfur dioxide gas, he carries heavy loads up a steep, rocky path from the crater floor to the rim, then to a distant weigh-station. The footage confronts us with a provocative mixture of natural beauty and human exploitation.’ Link here.

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Mikel Mardones

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Talented artist Mikel Mardones has some truly lovely work in his portfolio.

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Hannah Yata

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Hannah Yata is a Brooklyn based artist who is originally from Carrollton, Georgia. She earned a BFA in painting at the University of Georgia. Hannah explains her work by saying, “I love working with the feminine form. The female embodies so much in terms of imagery and symbolism. For things such as nature, oppression, beauty, love, emotion, sexuality there are so many layers and facets one can glean from representing the woman. As I approach the idea of femininity I bring with it my own experiences growing up as a woman and the difficulties and struggles that I have fought. The psychology of how women are portrayed in art and the media are amplified and exposed in my work. In turn, I’ve reinterpreted my experiences and how women are portrayed in today’s society to also extend to how it seems that we as individuals and as a race have objectified, commodified and exploited women, animals, and nature. (via Artistaday)

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