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A Greater Narrative: Art by Mark Thomas Gibson


A painting of a foot being ensnared by a vineSo Slips the Knot, acrylic on canvas

Mark Thomas Gibson is an American painter who works with visual tropes of contemporary pop culture, creating figurative images that act as pieces of a greater narrative.


A painting done in a comic book styleBeholder, acrylic on canvas

 

The way he colors his works is very reminiscent of graphic novels and comic books – hard, precise outlines, and flat colors with heavy black shading create a dramatic look. The images themselves are…

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Psychedelic Skeletons: Art by Charlie Immer


A painting of a purple skull leering from green barsPeepers Redux

Charlie Immer is a Maryland-based artist who paints figurative scenes of psychedelic skeletons and other playfully grotesque subjects. The artist favors a bright color palette and a smooth, tight painting style.


A painting of a skeleton adorned with fruitFruity

 

I really like the aesthetic that Immer has developed in his overall painting practice. While the subject matter of his work tends to be macabre, the images themselves are fun, and even cute. The tension…

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Word Paintings: Art by Wayne White


A painting of block text in a forested landscapeAre You a Boy or a Girl

Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Wayne White is a painter and multi-disciplinary artist with a background in commercial illustration and production painting. In the fine art world, White is best known for his word paintings: images featuring often sardonic words or phrases in crisp, colorful block letters.


A word painting with distorted letterformsHere Comes Mr. Know-It-All

 

White’s most recent word paintings are quite something – combining…

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Exaggerated Human Figures: Art by Stylianos Schicho


A painting of two partially obscured faces in a circleUndisclosed-Recipients, charcoal and acrylic on canvas

Stylianos Schicho is a painter from Vienna, Austria. Working in charcoal and acrylic paint, the artist creates layered images that combine exaggerated human figures with overlapping geometric constructs.


A painting of a human figure and an owlThe Garden is Closing in 10 Minutes, charcoal and acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the illustrative aesthetic that comes from Schicho’s use of charcoal in addition to paint. While the…

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Sense of Precision: Art by Alicja Kwade


A photo of a sculpture made with mirrors and raw woodLight Transfer of Nature, mirrors, copper, wood

Alicja Kwade is an installation artist whose works often combine heavily processed and raw natural materials. Kwade’s works in installation and sculpture tend to produced with a mathematical, geometric sense of precision.


A work made from chunks of petrified woodGegenwartsdauer, petrified palm trunks varying in size from 250cm to the size of a grain of sand

I really like the tension between this level of straight-edged precision…

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Fragile Appearance: Art by Kris Knight


A painting of a young man in a floral shirtSecrets Are Things We Grow

Painter Kris Knight creates symbolic portraits of young men, often surrounding his subjects in feminine visual rhetoric like soft, pastel colored textiles and floral imagery. Knight’s subjects often have a fragile appearance, and even look fearful.


A painting of a man dressed in white, holding a bouquetThrowing Shadows

 

I really like the delicate, painterly style in which Kris renders his subjects. Smooth, half-blended brush strokes and lingering color…

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Wearable Objects: Art by Sophie King


An embroidered feminist messageStop Blaming Women for Men's Inadequacies, hand-embroidery on a hoop

Textile artist Sophie King works with hand embroidery techniques. King produces artworks – often wearable objects -- that acknowledge views of textile art as a traditionally feminine practice and explore the potential strength and utility behind it.


A rose with the word BYE embroidered on itBye, hand embroidery on roses

 

Many of King’s recent works use embroidered text to directly call out problematic or…

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Free Flow: Art by Robert Malte Engelsmann


An abstract drawing on neutral paper

 

Robert Malte Engelsmann works under the pseudonym Kaeghoro, creating abstracted illustrations that draw inspiration from a range of sources both recognizable and hidden. The artist often creates his works using a free flow state of mind, allowing his pen or pencil to move freely, without too much planning.


An abstract drawing with a plane of black pigment

 

I really enjoy the overall aesthetic of Kaeghoro’s portfolio. The works are diverse, but cohesive, with elements of line…

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Uncanny Valley: Art by Jun Seo Hahm


An artwork composed of bulbous, organic-looking formsThe eyes, nose and mouth without a face, not a face without the eyes, nose and mouth.

Artist Jun Seo Hahm creates digital compositions that express fragmented biological components, and organic forms oddly removed from their usual context. The resulting images have a sense of the uncanny valley about them, and seem both alien and highly familiar.

Hahm does some work in commercial illustration, and often incorporates typographic elements…

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Pooling, Melting Color: Art by Holton Rower


A monolithic artwork by Holton RowerVenus

Holton Rower creates works that hover halfway between painting and sculpture. Using layers upon layers of thin poured paint, Rower creates psychedelic patterns out of pooling, melting color.

 

Rower creates both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms with this paint-pouring method. I appreciate the artist’s two-dimensional works both in the way they evidence the artist’s hand and process, and in the way that Rower edits…

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Beauty and Loneliness: Photography by Mark Broyer


A photograph of a shopfront in HamburgUntitled

German designer and photographer Mark Broyer expertly captures the beauty and loneliness of urban environments. Broyer has photographed both city and landscape in a range of locations, but all his works seem to draw on the nature of human intervention without human presence.


A photo of a darkened parking area in Hamburg, GermanyUntitled

 

Broyer, a multi-disciplinary artist, takes photographs under the name “Into the Life.” I find this title interesting, given that most of the…

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Multimedia Assemblages by Tal Barel


A photo of a sculptural artwork by Tal BarelUntitled

New York and Tel Aviv-based artist Tal Barel works with room-installations and dreamlike multimedia assemblages. The artist’s work combines this wide range of disciplines into single pieces or gallery-filling series that seem to function as one object, conceptually.


A detail view of an artwork by Tal BarelUntitled (detail)

 

The artist’s recent series Recto Verso comprises a number of wood frame constructions that look like free-standing windows placed in the…

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Fascination of the Unknown: Art by Lu Chao


An oil painting of a greyscale tree with human facesRiver Black Forest, oil on canvas

Lu Chao is an artist based in London and Beijing. Using oil paint and other traditional media, the artist explores the beauty and fascination of the unknown, taking as inspiration the Socratic Paradox – the notion of knowing that we know nothing.


A painting of a clear glass containerContainer No. 2, oil on wood panel

Lu’s recent works are mostly created in greyscale, and each image seems to follow a narrative, though the exact nature of…

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Evocative Figurative Paintings by Jordan Casteel


A painting of two young black men sitting outside of a shopJoe and Mozel (Pompette Wines), oil on canvas

Jordan Casteel lives and works in New York, where she creates evocative figurative paintings of urban life and residents. Casteel’s painted subjects tend to be pictured in candid poses and situations, with a sense of deliberateness in expression and details.


A painting of a figure sitting on a subway with face obscuredSubway Hands, oil on canvas

 

I like the blend of realism and style in Casteel’s paintings. Her subjects gaze intently out of the…

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Stark and Eerie: Images by Jesse Draxler


A photo collage of an obscured faceUntitled

Mixed media artist Jessie Draxler works with photography, collage, and traditional drawing materials. The artist’s images are stark and eerie, often presenting off-kilter human figures and scrambled, partially obscured faces.


A black and white drawing of a simple faceUntitled

 

Jesse works almost exclusively in black and white, a choice that makes the works themselves seem mature and somehow mysterious, particularly when seen in series. I enjoy the way the artist…

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