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Multiple Disciplines: Art by Mizu

A painting of aspens in front of an abstract backgroundSeven Aspens

Colorado-based artist Isaac Carpenter works under the moniker Mizu, creating colorful paintings and works of mixed media that combine multiple disciplines. Mizu’s paintings have appeared on traditional canvas and board, as well as vinyl records, t-shirts, and building walls.

A painting of pale tress on a vinyl recordUntitled


I love the artist’s use of color throughout his portfolio. Mizu’s pigments are highly saturated, and often in primary reds, blues, and yellows, but it’s the artist’s skillful blending that really makes his paintings stand out. Many of his paintings are backed with a beautiful gradient sky that almost seamlessly fades from blue into red, showcasing technical skill even in works that are surreal, exaggerated, and even humorous.

The front page of Mizu's art websiteMizu's portfolio website,


The artist also utilizes background and foreground layering to great effect. In many cases, the foreground and background of a painting seem to contain drastically different subject matter – trees crop up against abstract geometric fields, and simplified, commercial forms sit on backdrops of blended desert landscapes -- yet the artist’s consistent style and use of color provides enough common ground for an image that feels cohesive.

A painting of three serpents on a strange psychedelic backgroundDrastic Magic Tactic

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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