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Light as Circular Figures: Painting by Randall Stoltzfus


A painting by Randall StoltzfusCorona, acrylic dispersion with gold leaf on recycled polymer canvas

Randall Stoltzfus grew up in rural Virginia and later studied painting in Washington, D.C. His current practice is focused on detailed landscape paintings that view light as circular figures, creating paintings that sit somewhere between abstraction and figuration.

 

A painting with many overlapping circles of a blue gradientStorybook, acrylic dispersion with gold leaf on recycled polymer

 

Stoltzfus’ method of dividing the…

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Stylized Standing Figures: Sculpture by Gosia


A sculpture of a standing figure with painted-on featuresBeneath the Waves, polymer gypsum

Gosia is a sculptor who was born in Poland and now lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. The artist’s works often take the form of highly stylized standing figures, created with simple, pale human forms embellished with moments of color and added materials to elevate them to a new conceptual level.

 

A sculpture of two standing figures with blue paintInto the Ocean, polymer gypsum

 

I really love how much Gosia is able to convey using fairly clean and…

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Shifts in Identity: Art by Hayv Kahraman


A painting of disjointed figures on raw linenAsk one prisoner to come close to translate for another, oil on linen

Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and is now based in Los Angeles. Her artworks often express her early experiences as an Iraqi refugee and the shifts in identity associated with coming to the United States. Kahraman’s works take the form of figurative paintings and abstract sculptures, with occasional overlap between the two styles.

 

A painting by Hayv KahramanHouse in Gaylani, oil…

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Light, Shadow, and Texture: Art by Arantzazu Martinez


A painting of a woman in a white dress by Arantzazu MartinezVedma, oil on wood

Arantzazu Martinez is a painter originally from Vitoria, Spain and currently residing in New York. The artist is known for her photo-realistic figurative paintings that play with light, shadow, and texture to create sumptuously deep images.

 

A painting of a tree growing out of a rocky outcroppingHideout, oil on linen

 

I’m quite amazed by not only the artist’s skill in painting the fine details of an image, but also with her range in subject matter. Martinez’s…

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Retro-Futuristic Digital Illustrations by Rik Oostenbroek


A digital image by Rik OostenbroekKarma (design for Depthcore.com)

Dutch artist and designer Rik Oostenbroek specializes in retro-futuristic digital illustrations as part of a personal practice and client-based work. Using a deep, almost psychedelic color palette and intricate, flowing lines, Ooostenbroek creates dynamic images that reference both modern aesthetics and past trends.

 

A set of typography designs by Rik OostenbroekTypography

 

I like the effect that Oostenbroek gets by using bright colors that work…

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Heavy, Earthy Installations by Dineo Seshee Bopape


A photograph of a sculptural installation by Dineo Seshee Bopapesa____ke lerole, (sa lerole ke____ ), mixed media installation (Art in General, New York)

Dineo Seshee Bopape is a South African multimedia artist based in Johannesburg. Bopape’s art often comes in the form of heavy, earthy installations utilizing wood, soil and building materials, often in combination with electronic equipment and found objects.

 

A photo of an installation in a Paris galleryUntitled [of occult instability] (feelings), installation (Palais de Tokyo, Paris,…

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Modernist Aesthetics: Sculpture by Rand Hardy


A colorful abstract sculpture by Rand HardyFuturama/Kachina Kar, aqua resin, paint

Sculptor Rand Hardy draws on both contemporary and modernist aesthetics to create sculptures that have an almost anachronistic feeling to them. Working as an artist since the 1960’s, Hardy’s style has evolved yet has retained a very distinct sense of self.

 

An abstract bronze sculpture from the 1980'sForms of the Mouth, bronze

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, Hardy’s works tended to use raw, industrial materials like wood,…

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Multiple Exposures: Experimental Photography by Jessica Eaton


A photographic image by Jessica Eatoncfaal 260, pigment print

Jessica Eaton is an experimental photographer who creates abstract images using traditional photographic materials in a decidedly non-traditional manner. Many of Eaton’s photographs are based on multiple exposures of simple objects that are then heavily processed using analog development techniques.

 

A photographic image by Jessica Eaton after Sonia DelaunaySonia 03 (Sonia Delaunay, Diagonale, 1970), pigment print

I love how different Eaton’s works look from any…

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Sugar-Coated Grotesquerie: Art by Christian Rex Van Minnen


A 2016 painting by Christian Rex Van MinnenUnititled

Christian Rex Van Minnen’s paintings offer viewers a delightfully confusing blend of bright, friendly forms and biological terror. The artist’s paintings reference classical portraiture and still-life painting styles, adding bits of candy, vaguely occult imagery and tattoos to create bizarre, sugar-coated grotesquerie.

 

A 2015 painting by Christian Rex Van MinnenUntitled

I’m really impressed by the consistent, incredibly detailed realism in Van Minnen’s works.…

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Futuristic Schematics: Art and Design by Ash Thorp


An illustration for Ash Thorp's project Lost BoyIllustration for Lost Boy

Ash Thorp is a graphic designer, illustrator and digital artist who has worked on a number of video games and films. Ash’s work tends to have a gritty tone favoring futuristic schematics and computer graphics.

 

A digital reel of Thorp's work thus far

 

Because of the collaborative nature of Thorp’s work, he often takes on different roles in each project, leading to a finished product that may look…

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Solitary Figures: Art by Malcolm T. Liepke


A painting of a young woman lying on a blue floorBlue Angel 1, oil on canvas

Malcolm T. Liepke is a painter originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Liepke’s works are primarily figurative, usually focusing on solitary figures, though occasionally depicting a scene with more than one person.

 

A painting of a woman holding a cigaretteEnd of Day, oil on canvas

I find Liepke’s style of painting quite inviting. The artist paints in a gestural, flowing style that celebrates his hand and presence in each work. Many of…

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Borrowing Formal Aspects: Art by John Dante Bianchi


A sculptural painting by John Dante BianchiTorqued Panel, acrylic and aluminum on panel

John Dante Bianchi is a mixed-media artist whose paintings, sculptures and installations occasionally blur together, borrowing formal aspects from one another. Recently, Bianchi has been working in a subdued yet warm color palette, while playing with the structure of traditional painting.

 

A sculptural painting with a pinkish wash on its surfaceTorqued Panel, acrylic and aluminum on panel

In Bianchi’s recent works, the idea of the canvas as a…

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Environmental Hopes and Fears: Art by Kate Shaw


A painting by Kate ShawFjallkonen (mountain woman), acrylic and resin on board

Kate Shaw is an Australian artist who uses innovative techniques to create intensely colorful abstract landscapes that explore our environmental hopes and fears. Using acrylic paint along with various mixed media, Shaw’s works have a unique, otherworldly texture.

 

A painting made by cutting sections of dried acrylicAphrodite (Mururoa: France), acrylic and resin on board

Shaw’s process reminds me a little of the way Helen…

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Collaged and Sewn Compositions by Erika Hickle


A photograph of an artwork by Erika Hickle

 

Erika Hickle lives and works in New York. Her large, collaged and sewn compositions often feature hand-painted text and female figures, fragmented and abstracted until they are difficult to recognize.

 

A photo of an artwork by Erika Hickle

 

Hickle’s recent works are mostly in black and white, and are quite large – though instead of being imposing, each wall-hanging work is draped lazily in place apparently on the verge of collapsing under its own weight. I like…

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