Thomas Darnell

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” 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

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Philippe Pétremant

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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’.

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Smuggler’s Belt

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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.

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Vincent Desiderio

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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.

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A series of portraits of famous DJs and producers of electronic dance music, all for you. Link here guys!

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Shannon Bonatakis

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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.

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Jon Knox

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” 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

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Iain Faulkner

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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.

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Pac Seat

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‘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)

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Jesse Draxler

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Lovely collages created for CREEM magazine by mixed media artist Jesse Draxler.

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