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Thomas Darnell

 photo 220x160peonies_zps910a01a9.jpg  photo 2PeoniesII120x120_zps58722314.jpg  photo 13Peonies195x114cm_zps2ac3a757.jpg " Ever since childhood I have been inspired to create art. Over 18 years ago I made the decision to quit my ‘day job’ and pursue my ‘passion’ which was to become a full time painter. At 34, leaving behind a secure life in Texas, I jumped into the unknown: the south of France. Feeling somewhat panic-stricken and some would say ‘delusional,’ I also felt that if I didn’t do it then, I would regret it for the rest of my life. Luckily I have had great support, understanding and encouragement from my wife and children, and so far, we’ve pulled it off. My work is inspired by a need to find order and meaning in this beautiful disorder we call life. I choose imagery that makes me feel centered and calm, changing from very technique-oriented, representational work to more meditative abstract painting because the variety keeps both fresh. What remains consistent in all my work though is the light. It represents energy, spirit and forces we do not see but feel are there all the same: emotions, sounds, thoughts, gravity, vibrations. The illusion of spatial dimension and light is achieved through a technique involving multiple layers of transparent oil paint and alkyd resin. Starting with blurry images I refine detail and contrast with each pass and often ‘erase’ some of the image with a thin wash of paint and go back to refining the details until the right balance is achieved." - Thomas Darnell  photo 1PeoniesI120x120_zpse89b178b.jpg  photo op1_zps22487939.jpg

Philippe Pétremant

 photo Odd-banknote-origami_zps2bca26b1.jpg  photo Odd-banknote-origami-3_zps52da5467.jpg  photo Odd-banknote-origami-2_zpsebcb6dbd.jpg In his series The Magnificent Seven, French photographer Philippe Pétremant 'diverts banknotes of different countries that folds and attaches using a paperclip in order to make portraits'.  photo Odd-banknote-origami_1_zps2b487f5b.jpg  photo Odd-banknote-origami-1_zpsaf86b2c0.jpg

Smuggler’s Belt

 photo phpThumb_generated_thumbnail_zps4508ce65.jpeg  photo phpThumb_generated_thumbnail1_zps95871506.jpeg The professional smuggler's solution to carrying microfiche, concealed banknotes, or other contraband. The hidden inner pocket of the Smuggler's Belt stays closed while you wear it and becomes accessible only when you take the belt off.  photo phpThumb_generated_thumbnail2_zps1e29a59c.jpeg

Vincent Desiderio

 photo vincent-desiderio-at-marlborough-chelsea-2011-5_zps4f254fbe.jpg  photo VincentDesiderio12_zpsd1adb6b3.jpg  photo vincent-desiderio-at-marlborough-chelsea-2011-3_zps60d7af86.jpg Vincent Desiderio (born 1955) is an American realist painter. He is currently a senior critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the New York Academy of Art. He lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and works in Sleepy Hollow.  photo Vincent_Desiderio_01_zps74ba4ae6.jpg  photo NewYorkArmoryShowDrawsArtCollectors003iNRsxi-wl_zps676fa9c4.jpg

Honey

 photo tumblr_mvjxcouI1k1rssstao1_1280_zps5ec20d3b.jpg  photo tumblr_mry8xlfUZU1rssstao1_1280_zpsa0d3239f.jpg  photo tumblr_mq1h7rWPHI1rssstao1_1280_zpsb957d6b6.jpg A series of portraits of famous DJs and producers of electronic dance music, all for you. Link here guys!  photo tumblr_mtdor51hor1rssstao1_1280_zps6b6443d5.jpg  photo tumblr_mockywPSwV1rssstao1_1280_zpsd42d860c.jpg

Shannon Bonatakis

 photo shannonbonatakis_shiver_1_905_zps756984dd.png  photo shannonbonatakis_astheworldfallsdown_1_905_zps6a2d7225.png 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.  photo shannonbonatakis_thedeathoforenishii_1_905_zpseb140d21.png  photo shannonbonatakis_youonlyseehimwhenyoureveryyoung_1_905_zps03967230.png

Jon Knox

 photo tumblr_m96438ldrw1qzh3yko1_r1_500_zps5c813f7d.jpg  photo l17_zps0e35b49f.jpg  photo tumblr_mnztimtCbZ1qzh3yko1_500_zpsb0ad790d.jpg " 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  photo l18_zps488c6ccf.jpg  photo bio1090_zps5fc2fd89.jpg

Iain Faulkner

 photo faulkner201107_zpsc597dcd0.jpg  photo faulkner201146_zps117bdf49.jpg 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.  photo faulkner201112_zpscae7141e.jpg  photo faulkner201104_zpsd7e3ecde.jpg

Pac Seat

 photo ebb805802a1693220ce06b07815d2f50_zpsdd1ecf12.jpg  photo 44d767f5728c53ef37e82fa0459e4f93_zps413f1654.jpg '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)  photo f655abdace525b60e5069a47165c5437_zps5c95d629.jpg

Jesse Draxler

 photo 01_02_zpsa3438411.jpg  photo 03_02_zps4e21c20c.jpg  photo 04_02_zps6b91009b.jpg Lovely collages created for CREEM magazine by mixed media artist Jesse Draxler.  photo 02_02_zpsfcd49119.jpg  photo 06_02_zps34a228f6.jpg  photo 07_02_zpsdaf085b7.jpg