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Ghostly Portraits: Watercolors by Graham Dean


A watercolor painting of a figure holding up a digital screenScreen

Watercolor painter Graham Dean utilizes the blotches and washed-out fields created by his medium to produce ghostly portraits and figurative paintings. Combining watercolor techniques with collage, Dean makes images that are imbued with a sense of mystery and wonder.

 

A watercolor collage of a marathon runner590

The artist produces traditional watercolors with an interesting technique, painting separate sheets of paper with different colors and thicknesses of…

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Astronauts and Dinosaurs: Painting by Scott Listfield


A painting of an astronaut in front of a terrestrial structureSutro, oil on canvas

Scott Listfield is a painter from Boston, Massachusetts, who specializes in the seemingly anachronistic subjects of astronauts and dinosaurs. Listfield’s realistic painting style takes on a surreal edge where the artist includes sly nods to classic science fiction, comic books, and his own imagination.

 

A painting of an astronaut in front of a strange geometric formationWinter Moon, oil on canvas

 

I really love the amount of detail and care that Listfield seems to put into each…

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Delectable Treats: Illustration by Kendall Hillegas


A drawing of two colorful ice cream coneTwo Ice Cream Cones, mixed media on Rives BFK

Kendyll Hillegas is an artist and illustrator based in Boston. Hillegas’ current practice focuses on photorealistic images of delectable treats like candy and ice cream, with the artist seeking to explore the narrative properties of food.


A drawing of three lollipopsNeon Lollipops, mixed media on Rives BFK

 

I’m really impressed by the level of detail even in the texture of these foods – things like hard candy…

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Delicate Star Fields by Lemat Works


A gif image by Lemat WorksSuper Meteor

Lemat Works is a .GIF artist who produces delicate star fields and abstract images that move and glitter through animation. Based in Japan, the artist also produces designs for accessories and works of sound art.

 

A gif image of golden stars fallingGolden Stars

 

Lemat often creates their .GIF works within a grid-like structure, often on a black background covered in a web of colored or white points, stars, and other small shapes. The resulting images have…

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Spheres of Color: Art by Anai Greog


An artwork by Anai GreogTrue Thoughts

Anai Greog is an artist and illustrator who creates colorful geometric worlds. Greog’s artworks function as self-contained spheres of color and shape, with bright, unshaded hues overlapping and interacting to create a sense of evolution and movement within the image.

 

A digital artwork within a rounded picture planeBeyond the Shape

 

I like the cohesiveness of the artist’s portfolio overall – while the shapes and colors in Greog’s works may vary, the artist…

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Dreamlike Self-Portraiture by Joanne Nam


An oil painting by Joanne NamBruise, oil on wood panel

Korean-born, Los Angeles-based artist Joanne Nam creates figurative paintings that draw on surrealist and illustrative techniques. Primarily working with feminine figures, Nam’s works take on a sense of dreamlike self-portraiture.

 

A painting of a figure in a black coat  standing among treesHiatus, oil on canvas

 

I love the softness and detail with which each of Nam’s artworks is rendered. The smoothly realistic style that Nam employs reminds me a little of the…

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Aesthetic Tension: Art by Angelika Merkul


A photo of an art installation by Angelika MarkulUntitled (from Excavations of the Future)

Angelika Markul is a multi-media and installation artist who currently lives and works between France and Poland. Markul’s recent works have focused on a sense of aesthetic tension between bright, clean neon lights and dark, heavy sculptural materials.


An installation photo of Angelika Markul's Excavations of the FutureUntitled (from Excavations of the Future)

 

Markul’s recent show exhibition, Excavations of The Future features a number of sculptural…

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Surreal Masks: Ceramic Sculpture by Johnson Tsang


A wall-hanging sculpture of a face by Johnson TsangOpen Mind II

Sculptor Johnson Tsang deals with distorted versions of the human form, creating incredibly detailed yet surreal masks and bodily figures in ceramic. Tsang frequently employs childlike figures with cartoonishly large heads that tend to produce a sense of unease in the viewer.

 

A distorted face ceramic sculptureOpen Mind IV

 

Tsang exhibits an amazing level of control over his medium. His ceramic faces are generally pale, and sculpted with a sense of…

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Painting on Water: Art by Kim Keever


An artwork made by dropping paint into waterAbstract 29039

Kim Keever is a former NASA intern who turned to art in a wildly innovative fashion by painting on water. Using a 200-gallon fish tank as the starting point for each work, Keever submerges paint pigments and other materials into the tank, captures the unique interactions between water and art materials with a camera.


An artwork by Kim Keever depicting eroding mountainsEroding Mountains 8286

 

Looking at these works, it’s clear that Keever has a good working knowledge of…

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Interactive Netting Projects by Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam


A photo of a netting project by Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdamTakino Rainbow Nest (Installation view at Takino Suzuran National Park, Hokkaido, Japan)

 

Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam is a textile artist who has been producing interactive netting projects since the 1970s. In the 1990’s, Horiuchi-MacAdam founded Interplay Design and Manufacturing in Newfoundland, Canada with her husband, and continues to produces these huge interactive sculptures through the company.


A photo of a net project installed in Hakone, JapanHakone Forest Net (Installation…

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Monolithic Abstractions: Sculpture by Robert Schad


A steel sculpture by Robert SchadDureik, solid square steel

Robert Schad is a steel sculptor who divides his time between France and Portugal. Creating large, monolithic abstractions for both outdoor and indoor settings, Schad projects a view of steel as unexpectedly malleable and flowing.


An installation view of two Robert Schad sculptures in a galleryMevel/Pokinak (installation view), solid square steel

 

I love Schad’s gallery-based artworks, in which the artist seems to “draw”, with steel. Schad often utilizes what looks…

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Representations of Women: Art by Becky Kolsrud


A painting by Becky KolsrudDouble Portrait (Moon), oil on canvas

Becky Kolsrud was born in Los Angeles, California, and is currently based there where she creates works of painting and mixed media with a focus on representations of women. Kolsrud often draws from stock or catalogue images as visual inspiration for her figures, creating artworks with a sense of tension between advertising constructs and organic forms.

 

A series of three paintings by Becky KolsrudHeads and Gates (installation view at Tif…

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Interactive, Tactile Experiences: Art by Liz Nurenberg


A soft sculpture by Liz NurenbergUntitled (from Body, Object, Body, Mark)

 

California-based artist Liz Nurenberg is known for her textile works that create interactive, tactile experiences for the viewer. Intent on challenging the notion that art must be kept pristine and untouched in a gallery space, Nurenberg creates works that are designed to be handled and played with.

 

A photo of a sculpture by Liz NurenbergUntitled (from Conversation Pieces) photo by Jeff McLane

Nurenberg’s sculptures sometimes…

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Vivid, Psychedelic Dreamscapes: Art by Android Jones


A digital artwork depicting a male figure hidden in thick layers of colorGabrieal

 

Android Jones is a digital artist who translates vivid, psychedelic dreamscapes into highly detailed artworks. Jones combines skillful realism with a mathematical eye for color and pattern, creating images that explore the boundaries of imagination.


A digital artwork of a tiger running through a fractal landscapeSwallow Tail

 

I really love the way Jones combines intricate fractals with representational imagery and figures. More of than not, the artist’s works deal with spiritual and…

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Aesthetics of Architecture: Art by Margaret Griffith


A photograph of an installation by Margaret GriffithCommonwealth, handcut paper (installation view at Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA)

Margaret Griffith is originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina. Griffith draws on the aesthetics of architecture, using elements like wrought-iron and chain-link fencing to build up new and different sculptural forms.

 

A sculpture made from twisted copper cut into curling shapesDerby, copper

 

Griffith creates sculptures, as well as drawings and public works. I’m quite taken by her sculptural…

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