Isidro Blasco

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” I made this installation using hundred of images that I took right in front of my apartment building, in Jackson Heights, New York. The different parts of the installation grew organically as it was been set up at the gallery Savannah College of Art and Design – ACA Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia.” – Isidro Blasco

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Alec Huxley

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Alec Huxley (B. 1980) is a painter, photographer and graphic designer living in San Francisco, California. Filled with contrast, his work is primarily figurative. Bleak and colorful, it focuses on urban and desert landscapes of the American West Coast. Cinematic-like scenes serve as stylized historical records of place, time and architecture as well as settings for surreal narratives. A self taught painter, his background includes studies in business, graphic design, photography and a career in printing before committing to fine art full-time in 2009. Alec was raised in California, Alaska, Texas, Scotland and spent his 20′s in Seattle, Washington. He is also the founder and principal of Adult Flavored Pudding, an art and design entity of a more contemporary nature.

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Peta Clancy

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Peta Clancy has predominantly worked with the medium of photography. Recently her practice has expanded into new mediums: performance, sculpture, video and installation. Her photographic practice points to the ‘expanded’ field of photography. She has explored the porous membrane of the body interrogating the smooth surface of the photograph: piercing, crumpling, creasing and embedding it in wax.

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The Bookmarker

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Here’s a wonderful gift idea for the book lovers! These bookmarks are placed between the pages of a book to mark the reader’s place. The creative design featuring words that appear on the fore-edge gives the marking an extra special meaning. Buy here.

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Kagan McLeod

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Kagan McLeod has been illustrating for magazines, newspapers and design firms since 1999, after graduating from Sheridan College’s illustration program. He began work as a staff artist for Canada’s National Post newspaper, and has since had work published in magazines around the world. He lives in Toronto with his wife, two daughters and hound dog, Buddy.

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Kim Dingle

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” I’ve been an artist since I was a baby. My art is about my inner life, and the pain of it. It’s about the very painful process of being alive. By nature I am not an overtly political artist. I know that everything is political, that everything is politicized. But…I don’t work at that level. The fact that we walk around…and eat and breathe and have ideas and don’t need any batteries or cords is just amazing to me. I mean, what keeps us moving? I’m in awe of it. “Priss” is like Shirley Temple as a psycho pit bull. Being a girl is my background. Of course I have a feminist consciousness but I don’t think of myself as an artist who has a feminist agenda. No more so than any other artist, male or female. ” – Kim Dingle

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Douglas Smith

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Born in New York City, Douglas Smith began drawing early. To Douglas, the most appealing aspect of making art was storytelling, and with this in mind, he chose to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, earning his BFA in Illustration in 1974, also studying sculpture, painting, and printmaking. Smith moved to Boston shortly after graduation, and started to build a freelance career, working for local magazines and newspapers such as the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Inc. Magazine, New England Monthly, and others. His work was frequently selected for inclusion in the Society of Illustrators exhibition, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, American Illustration, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Graphis Annual, and ‘Outstanding American Illustrators Today’ from Japan. His national reputation building, Smith received many advertising, book, and corporate assignments, and was profiled in 1986 by Communication Arts. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Richard Solomon group and is now its senior member. Additional honors awarded Smith over the years include a Silver Award from the Society of Newspaper Design, an Award of Merit from the Society of Publication Design, Gold and Merit Awards from the Art Directors Club, and an Achievement Award from the Society of Technical Communication. He is also a frequent exhibitor at the Society of Illustrators in New York. In 1992, Douglas was invited to participate in the United Nations/Society of Illustrators show – ‘The Illustrator and the Environment,’ a subject of deep interest to him. During his Boston years he designed and drew numerous projects for Greenpeace, including an anti-whaling children’s book, and an internationally famous t-shirt design opposing the annual ‘harvest’ of harp seal pups. Smith has lectured at Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, Art Institute of Boston, Parsons, New England School of Art, and Maine College of Art. Smith realized a long-held dream when he moved from the Boston area to Peaks Island, off the coast of Maine, in 2004. Now, aside from his illustration work, he also participates in the vibrant island arts community, becoming a member of the cooperative art gallery, displaying ‘found object’ sculpture, as well as drawings and paintings in various media. He lives a short walk from the ocean, in a house full of art, odd stuff, and three cats.

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Nabil Nahas

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Born in Egypt, Nabil Nahas grew up in Cairo and Beirut, then moved to the United States for university studies. He is the younger brother of the Lebanese/Brazilian businessman Naji Nahas. He earned a BFA from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 1971 and an MFA from Yale University in 1973. Encounters with contemporary painters at Yale influenced Nahas to move to New York, which he did after graduation. Nahas has been based in New York ever since.

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Ali Banisadr

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Ali Banisadr is originally from Tehran, but moved to America when he was a child; his works are influenced by his experiences as a refugee from the Iran-Iraq war and his approach to abstraction evokes connotations to displacement, memory, nostalgia and violence. In The Name Of possesses all the qualities of a fantastical landscape, its rich aromatic colours disseminating a fairytale orientalism that’s both majestic and medieval. Amidst his lush surface, splendour gives way to embellished anarchy and carnage as onslaughts of painterly gestures replicate the chaos of an attack. The fractured background, reminiscent of stained glass, is inspired by his recollection of the sound of shattering windows during bombings. This synaesthetic connection between auditory memory and visualisation is consistent throughout his work.

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Sharon Shapiro

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” I am fascinated by the conflict between the inner and outer lives of human experience, between the self’s placid exterior and its churning, riotous core. Painting, I believe, is a good medium to both capture and illuminate this tension. There are lyrical and ornate aspects to my work, influenced in part by childhood recollections of color and patterns, but underneath and complementing this colorful surface lurks anxiety, fragility, violence, and insatiable desire.” – Sharon Shapiro

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