Andres Serrano

"Even though I consider myself a conceptual artist, I am a traditionalist when it comes to photography. I like to use film and shoot straight. No technical gimmicks or special effects. What you see is what I saw when I looked though the camera. If I've dazzled you with lights and colors, it's because I've dazzled you with lights and colors. Ideas are more important than effects. And effects are always better when they're real. In Lori And Dori, for instance, the conjoined sisters are dressed like fairy tale princesses evoking a dreamy and surreal landscape of the mind. But they're real. Other times I have to make things look real, even if they're not. In White Nigger, a man is made Black through make-up, while a child is "hung" with a harness. Ezra Pound once said, "Make it new." I do. And make it real, too." via link

Jeremy DePrez

 photo JD_6674_UntitledMMMMMMMMM14_110x80_s1_zpshix4tvoy.jpg  photo JD_6490_UntitledMMMM14_63_5x43_5_s_zpst0n11brq.jpg  photo JD_7179_Untitled-MMMMMMMMM14_57x33_s2_zpsmketsxxt.jpg Jeremy DePrez <-- Born 1983, Portland, ME; Lives and works in Houston, TX; Education: MFA, University of Houston, TX 2011 - BFA, University of Houston, TX 2007  photo JD_6671_UntitledMMMMMMMM14_91x59_s1_zpsuzwqchnj.jpg  photo JD_Tenant_InstallationView_83_zpsobxvmbb9.jpg  photo jd-690x517_zpsqpxnr6vv.jpg

Kim Leutwyler

 photo 13d16928b39cf064c98dfb1e1cc1bef7_zpsqeyf1kh3.jpg  photo kimleutwyler_23423423_large_zpswxzq63ts.jpg Artist Kim Leutwyler is a real gem. Definitely worthy of your attention. Here's a little bit about her: "Kim Leutwyler is an American artist currently living in Sydney, Australia. She works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmedia, and drawing. Kim's current work takes its form in large scale paintings primarily dealing with images of beauty, Queer-identity and sexuality. Kim holds concurrent degrees in Studio Art and Art History from Arizona State University, and a Painting and Drawing degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago."  photo kimleutwyler_23434234_large_zpsvznlb20q.jpg

Blake Little

Blake Little is an award winning, Los Angeles-based photographer best known for his ability to intimately capture the energy and personality of his subjects. His skills as a portrait photographer have garnered him a reputation as a favorite amongst celebrities, international publications, and corporate clients.

Carla Barth

 photo 4_78_zpsqoevvr9r.jpg  photo 4_irmas_zpsgl76zazb.jpg  photo 4_releitura_zps2tewutm8.jpg Artist Carla Barth creates some wonderfully charming illustrations. I couldn’t possibly not post it. Click here to view more.  photo 4_ana-voodoo_zpsp1zd9ru0.jpg  photo 4_juju_zpsulrrqcsq.jpg  photo 4_david_zps8mmwo4j1.jpg

Francesca Pasquali

 photo 11_51_are_f1_927_a_zps5zv5owxn.jpg  photo BzaAOVJCcAEPj5z_zpszgafac9e.jpg Francesca Pasquali graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. She lives and works between Bologna and Brescia in Italy. Francesca Pasquali explores the relationship between natural forms and polymeric materials through sculpture, video and photography .  photo 2011_31858_86762_zpspomvxm1a.jpg  photo 318609-850x638_zpssp4aytmy.jpg

Laura Hart

 photo unnamed 1_zpst4zzgn2r.jpg  photo unnamed 3_zps1ug3lhpl.jpg  photo unnamed 4_zpstqttxlvj.jpg 'Adding to her highly successful collection of flowers, Laura Hart has looked to the animal kingdom for inspiration. What could be better to accompany her blooms than butterflies. Each one is a painstakingly crafted recreation of its living counter part. No stranger to working with fused glass, Hart has added cast bodies and sterling silver legs, antenna and proboscis to capture the unique characteristics of each insect. We all know that the beauty is in the wings of these ethereal jewelled creatures, which Hart has composed with sensational attention to detail.' (via Vessel Gallery)  photo unnamed 2_zpscvijdvf2.jpg  photo unnamed_zpspdyf70up.jpg

Doug Bloodworth

 photo unnamed 2_zps4ux1x6rr.jpg  photo unnamed 4_zps7uyuigzn.jpg  photo unnamed 3_zpsfgga0jxl.jpg " My idol was Duane Hanson. He was a Florida sculptor who produced sculptures of people so life-like that they fooled the eye. When his security guard sculpture was on display at Van de Weghe Gallery in New York, thousands, myself included, went up to him and asked him where the rest rooms were. It was truly uncanny. Traditional photorealists who have impacted me include Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Audrey Flack, Ron Kleeman, Richard McLean, John Salt and Ben Schonzeit. More recent photorealist influences include Pedro Campos, Roberto Bernardi, Simon Hennessey, Tom Martin, Steve Mills and Cynthia Poole. I love when people see my paintings at Foxx Galerie in Zurich and say to one another, “Nice photo”. Then Claudine Bandi, the owner, corrects them and tells them it is an oil painting. Their look of incredulity is such a pleasure to watch. Many people stare at the paintings for a long time. I also enjoy evoking the feelings of nostalgia amongst the viewers. Recently at Zimmermann + Heitmann Gallery in Dusseldorf, I overheard a family looking at my Monopoly painting. One said, “I was always the dog”; another said, “I was the iron”. At Atlas Galleries in Chicago, I heard a patron exclaim, “Wow! Look at the Kid Cowboy. I had exactly that book when I was a little boy. And the edges of the book were frayed just like it is in the painting”. I call my work photorealism, as opposed to pop art, hyperrealism, art deco, modern art, contemporary art, wall art, décor art. Galleries in the genre include Louis Meisel Gallery, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery and Jonathan Novak Gallery. Other artists who have influenced me include Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, Wayne Thiebaud, Pablo Picasso, Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Rene Magritte, Claes Oldenberg, Richard Serra, Robert Motherwell and Piet Mondrian." - Doug Bloodworth ( via Photorealism)  photo unnamed_zps6givyl6j.jpg  photo unnamed 1_zpsonbvdm85.jpg

Marie Lund

 photo ml_art_basel.press_.05-1200x799_zpsnnnokic8.jpg  photo ML_Art_basel.press_.15-799x1200_zpsox4sclvw.jpg  photo ML_Art_basel.press_.11-799x1200_zpsccpw8z92.jpg  photo ARTBASEL2014_MEG_10_217_zpskffuzhmb.jpg Marie Lund <-- 1976 Born, Copenhagen; Lives and works in London; Education: 1999-2002 BA – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Copenhagen; 2002-2004 MA – Royal College of Art, London  photo tumblr_nokfirxvqb1qeubbbo6_540_zpsn0wwdd8o.jpg  photo tumblr_nokfirxvqb1qeubbbo5_540_zps5zh9eqjd.jpg

Crystal Wagner

 photo immersionrightweb_zpsncuqofhg.jpg  photo immersion10web_zpssm5d6z9x.jpg  photo immersion12web_zpsudckfkyu.jpg Crystal Wagner received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002. She is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA. After teaching as a college art professor for five years, Crystal left academia to focus exclusively on her studio practice. Wagner’s interest in combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms, alternative use of materials, and hybrid approaches to printmaking, and massive site-specific installations, have led to her artwork being exhibited extensively in the U.S and abroad. Her most recent commissions include a large-scale installation for the internationally recognized band The Flaming Lips. a large shadow box for GNU a snowboard company out of Portland, OR, and most recently a large-scale installation piece for NIKE.  photo immersionfrontwb_zps7wpk7lr0.jpg  photo immersion6web_zpsdiixmbex.jpg  photo immersionweb_zps8b4ay4qj.jpg