Kelvin Okafor

 photo unnamed_zpsl1bkclgp.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsaq7hcifw.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zps88jtfoqm.jpg Born in Tottenham 1985, multi-award winning artist Kelvin Okafor’s meteoric rise to acclaim has been well noted in the UK’s media. His stunningly executed portraits are sought after by collectors and celebrities worldwide. This debut solo exhibition of 28 portraits will be on show throughout May at Albemarle Gallery. The pursuit of perfection is the main driving force behind Kelvin Okafor’s works, not only in the sheer quality of draftsmanship but the ability to evoke an immediate emotional connection between subject and viewer. Okafor is preoccupied in painstakingly capturing and conveying the expressions and gestures of his subjects and is therefore not surprisingly a strong believer in patience being a virtue. The length of time required to create the finished drawing is of far less concern than Okafor’s need to take the work to the highest possible level of execution.  photo unnamed-1_zpsfco46zb2.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpsv6holwjx.jpg

Catalin Badarau

 photo unnamed_zps6nfu28lh.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsf6ahnzni.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpsjhpxabuj.jpg Catalin Badarau is an artist living and working in Bucharest, Romania. He holds a PhD in Sculpture and lectures at National Arts University Bucharest. His artworks were exhibited in solo and group shows in Romania, Italy, France and Germany.  photo unnamed-4_zpsbeym417c.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpswwzvhsqo.jpg  photo unnamed-5_zpslvuig2ty.jpg

Roos van der Vliet

 photo unnamed-3_zpsh8ndxznd.jpg  photo unnamed_zpssbwjtrhr.jpg Roos van der Vliet is an emerging artist living in Arhem, Netherlands. She earned a BFA from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arhem. Roos is concerned with the human condition, particularly with how living in such a large and historied world affects our identities. She paints stunning photorealist portraits of young women she identifies with in an effort to resolve these feelings of anonymity and alienation. By focusing on small details and expressions, she finds a common understanding between two unique individuals. (via Canvas)  photo unnamed-1_zpsczdcjxbe.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zps0lkpqpfp.jpg

Graziano Locatelli

 photo unnamed-1_zpsj2vpomva.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsetunhkb1.jpg Graziano Locatelli was born in Bergamo in 1977 and began his artistic career a decade ago. In 2007, he won the second prize in the category Mixed Techniques, in the Eustachi competition, from which the works that participated in the exhibition collective held at the Art Gallery Eustachi in Milan were selected. Locatelli began his artistic production, assembling materials old and new, (re) bringing them to life to compose works that recall, without making unrealistic comparisons, the lesson of Duchamp and Man Ray. The works are pervaded by a subtle irony caused by the brilliant use of ready-made materials as trivial as bathroom or kitchen tiles. The three-dimensional and poverty of the materials used in the creation of these works begins to become a trademark as it was for the exponents of the “poor art”, of which, perhaps unconsciously, Graziano absorbed the expressiveness. In October 2012 he opened his first solo exhibition entitled " Frankie, places the unconscious " at the Gallery Interactions Art Gallery of Rome, while in 2013, as well as having presented a new solo exhibition, he participated in numerous group exhibitions .  photo unnamed_zps5scnhio9.png

Thomas Cian

 photo unnamed_zpsqtsawgme.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsrlmlv92h.jpg I just discovered the work of Thomas Cian through Behance. Visit the link to see a lot more of these illustrations.  photo unnamed-3_zpsataw6feq.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpswyrd2it5.jpg

Dino Lamps

 photo unnamed-2_zpsvx953oxp.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpsas9fd9ik.jpg These Dino Lamps are available in three of the finest breeds (T-Rex, Triceratops and Diplodocus), each of them contains an energy efficient LED bulb that'll probably last until the next mass extinction. Buy here.  photo unnamed-3_zpsqwdp8bpq.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsez2ptunv.jpg

Paul Kaptein

 photo unnamed-1_zpsh6lp9ia6.jpg  photo unnamed_zpszhkc7aby.jpg ' Paul’s work, seemingly bent through time and space, taps into this medium of emptiness, responding to the gap between immateriality and materiality – through the energy we call potential. His work is full of the boundless energy of potentiality loops or loops of potentiality or the realisation that potential is the energy that constantly moves and transforms. Potential is the force that grabs ideas and translates them into being – it is a poetic energy of necessity and a necessary energy for poetics. The humour in Paul’s work belies a deeper investigation into and engagement with streamsof newness, such as sub-cultural currents, locational politics, popular physics, transient spiritualism and the accumulation and residue of overheard broadcasts. Fundamentally – it is concerned with the relationship between the immaterial and the material, the gap in between and how potential shifts energy through this space – into being, or as Heidegger calls it ‘the material space of radiance’, as it becomes something and forms identity. His work is abreast of issues as they relate to life now, but also very aware of how quickly potential moves things along, producing constant slippage.' Link here.  photo unnamed-2_zpsadpcrujf.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpsmzyzocoy.jpg

Blake Little

 photo unnamed-4_zpsetjp7k1m.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpssteblq4v.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpshcmn0pyu.jpg 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. He has worked with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Cruise, Aaron Eckhart, Marcia Cross, Colin Powell, Kevin Spacey. k.d. lang, 50 Cent, Iggy Pop, Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, and Jane Lynch among many others. He has photographed for publications such as London Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People, Time, Los Angeles Magazine and ESPN the Magazine.  photo unnamed_zpsarwyiirb.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zps3zmhoafq.jpg

Alfonso Elola

 photo unnamed-1_zpsgjjd6z0v.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpsdqo391d4.jpg Check out the work of the talented Alfonso Elola, concept artist and illustrator based in Madrid, Spain. Click here for the link.  photo unnamed-2_zpsparpgpzs.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsflvzxikh.jpg

I Nyoman Darya

 photo unnamed_zpsb0zchj5j.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsszfwh9rn.jpg Born in Bali, Darya’s artistic education started at a very young age. He attended the Senior High School of Fine Arts in Bali where he received a structured and rigorous training in theoretical and practical artistic creation. His education continued at the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta, from which he graduated in 1994. Darya has quickly become a recognized name amongst Indonesia’s young, contemporary and collectable artists. His work has been shown at galleries and exhibitions since 1995, just one year after his graduation. In 1999, he was named as a finalist for the Philip Morris Indonesian Art Award. Again in 2001, he was named a finalist, this time for the IndoFood Art Award. Darya’s work is figurative in style; bold and playful in composition. His paintings engage the viewer, encouraging introspection. Putting acrylic to canvas in his most recent series, Darya sends a complex message to humanity about the development of one’s soul. His work begs us to consider how an individual’s place and time of birth, one’s lineage, gives them freedom or affixes limitations for their future. His recent works focus on a theme of inheritance: our ancestor’s spirits and culture, and parody mankind’s vain attempt at self-denial. Link here.  photo unnamed-1_zpsqtm49zrv.jpg