Carolein Smit- In her ceramic sculptures Carolein Smit satirically plays with that unknown turning point when beauty turns over in exuberance, hate in love, alienation in elucidation, and unresolved emotions in over-active sentiment. Smit borrows themes from classic mythology and biblical tales, such as greed, power and impotence, vanity, perishableness and death. Often her sculptures enclose elements like those we find in vanitas, such as skulls, skeletons, small bones of animals; all these elements symbolize our temporary presence, but, as always with Smit, she shows them with a touch of irony. (via Flatland Gallery)
Jennifer Madden is a talented artist and illustrator currently living and working in Manchester, United Kingdom. Jennifer is a mixed media artist with experience in various fields of illustration and design. Using a combination of pen, ink, watercolor and digital techniques, Jennifer Madden creates illustrations injected with playfulness, fashion, and femininity with a distinct talent for illustration.
‘ From the familiar to the unexpected, moto undone ignores what makes motorcycles interesting. At jruiter I.D. we want to re-set the definition of a motorbike by stripping away historical attributes that make them so great. It’s hard to image a motorcycle without fancy paint, overpowered motors, exposed mechanical genius, and sweet exhaust tones. Moto Undone is pure generic transportation and by motorbike category definition it isn’t very cool. Moto Undone is pure generic transportation and by motorbike category definition it isn’t very cool. There motorbike references are small and when someone is riding they are all you see. The bike almost disappears. The rider just floats along the streets silently. Powered by a 1000w 48v electric hub motor, moto undone has a range of 90 miles or about 3 hours. All gauges and riding information, like speed and gps, is displayed through smart phones by downloadable apps.’
Damian May is a self taught pencil artist, he attended Art and Design College and acquired skills in C.A.D, Textiles, History of Art, ceramics and many more Art related subjects. Pencil is his main drawing medium but he would also do pieces in pen & ink and pastel. Damian focuses on portraiture of people and animals and tries to capture the true likeness and fine details of his subjects.
Rachel Niffenegger <-- (B. 1985, Evanston, IL) Lives and works in Chicago, IL and Amsterdam, NL; Education: 2012-2013 de ateliers, Amsterdam, NL; 2012 MFA, Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; 2008 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
So much nice work from Los Angeles based artist Alex Paradise. You should definitely check him out.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Anne Schreivogl received her formal education at Western Washington University and the Seattle Academy of Fine Art (now known as Gage Academy) where she attended as an arts grant recipient of the Anacortes Arts Foundation.She studied with noted Northwest artist Alfred Currier from 1998 – 2002. As a spontaneous, creative and intuitive artist, Schreivogl seeks to transmit the joy she sees and feels in everyday activities onto canvas.In her studio, her whimsical work is primarily in acrylic, though she also paints plein air oil landscapes. She always carries a pen and sketchpad whether she has studied in France, taught English in Japan, or during her travels by bicycle across the U.S. She has been the subject of numerous media articles in the Northwest, most recently in American Art Collector, October 2009, and named Best of the West for the Northwest by Southwest Art Magazine, August 2006. She was also the featured poster artist for the Anacortes Jazz Festival (2004, 2005), the Anacortes Arts Festival (2006), among others.Her work can be found in public and private collections nationwide.
Tom Friedman (b. 1965, Saint Louis, MO) makes extraordinary work that explores ideas of perception, logic, and possibility. His often painstakingly rendered sculptures and works on paper inhabit the grey areas between the ordinary and the monstrous, the infinitesimal and the infinite, the rational and the uncanny. His work is often deceptive, its handmade intricacy masked by a seemingly mass-produced or prefabricated appearance. Friedman’s deadpan presentation implies content and form are seamless; expectations are overturned as the viewer slowly perceives that chasm between illusion and reality. Friedman’s work has been internationally exhibited in galleries and museums, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Fondazione Prada, Milan; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall; the South London Gallery, and numerous other institutions.
” I’m a self-taught fine art photographer from Kerava, Finland. I was born in November 1982 in a small town in Finland. My photography journey started in December 2008 and I fell in love with it straight away. I have always been interested in drawings and paintings, finally when photography found me, I knew it was my vision. My goal is to capture the feeling I had when I took the photograph – it’s the most important thing in my photographs. I love to view the world from different perspectives. In our lives, things can go so fast that we forgot to enjoy these short moments – if I can make people stop and see the beauty of life and feelings, I have succeeded.” – Mikko Lagerstedt