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Fiercely Colorful Artworks by Helen Vokatý


An acrylic artwork with a bright honeycomb patternUntitled, acrylic on canvas

Helen Vokatý works in mixed media and collage, creating artworks that combine a precise, architectural framework with spontaneous abstraction and novel materials. The artist’s works are fiercely colorful, and often feature a combination of geometric planes and painterly mark-making.


An abstract artwork made with sketched lines and subdued colorWP 12, mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the collaged aesthetic that Helen works with in many of her artworks. Whether…

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Headlines: Lawsuits, Missing Painting, Street Artists

1) Gagosian Moves to Throw Out Tanabaum Lawsuit


An image of a Jeff Koons Balloon Dog sculpture

 

A follow-up to the lawsuit between art collector Steven Tananbaum and the studio of Jeff Koons: on Wednesday night, Gagosian Gallery (Koons’ representative) filed a motion to have Tananbaum’s claim dismissed. Filed with the New York Supreme Court, Gagosian’s motion claims that Tananbaum’s complaint was “overwrought,” and that the collector was essentially, being overly…

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Fluid, Painterly Images: Art by Paul Sershon


A painting of a pair of shoes on the groundDon't just stand there, Paulie, oil on canvas

Paul Sershon is a painter who works in media ranging from oil to watercolor, creating fluid, painterly images of landscapes, still-life subjects, and even automobiles. The artist’s approach to painting captures natural lighting and form with a wonderfully delicate touch.


A painting of a row of trees overlooking a coveMosquito Cove, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy browsing through Paul’s online art portfolio and seeing the way he…

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Eye-Catching Lines: Art by Jonathan McCree


An installation of brightly colored abstract formsDo Be Do Be Do, installation view

Jonathan McCree creates paintings, sculptures, and installation works in a contemporary style, drawing aesthetic inspiration from a wide range of sources. McCree’s artworks are frenetic and bombastic, never shying away from bright color and bold, eye-catching lines.


An abstract artwork with oil stick and acrylic paintsUntitled, oil stick, acrylic, and spray paint on collaged paper

 

I find that some of McCree’s works are reminiscent of paintings by

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Cubism and African Tribal: Art by Michael Kilgore


An artwork featuring an abstracted female figureSOUL DANCE #3

Artist Michael Kilgore takes a spiritual and deeply personal approach to artwork. Influenced by contemporary art history as well as his own life and cultural experiences, the artist’s portfolio combines fashion, cubism and African tribal aesthetics.


A cubist interpretation of an African faceKUNTA KINTE, mixed media on textured bristol

 

Influenced by artists ranging from Rene Magritte to Pablo Picasso to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michael’s artworks are an…

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Kaleidoscopic Colour: Art by Peter Barron


An abstract painting with numerous coloured forms overlappingHead

Painter and printmaker Peter Barron creates artworks that are equally impactful in black and white, and in kaleidoscopic colour. The artist uses a similarly gestural, painterly approach in his abstractions and in his figure drawings and prints.


A painting of an orange rock emerging from waterOrange Rock, oil

 

Where in our previous feature of Peter’s artworks we looked at his textural, celebratory abstracts, I’m also quite impressed by the artist’s approach to figures. The…

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Everyday Moments: Art by Tony Ziegler


A portrait of a woman in a straw hatLynn Stein

Tony Ziegler works in a variety of traditional media, creating artworks that capture everyday moments, including portraits of friends, still-life imagery, and shopfronts. The artist’s style has a carefree, naïve-style edge to it, and seem imbued with a sense of joy in the act of art-making.


A portrait of an older woman in sunglassesMaria W.

 

In our previous feature of Tony’s slice-of-life paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of New York shopfronts.…

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Worlds Collide: Art by Ken Herren


A painting made in pumice-infused textural paintFlagon, acrylic infused pumice on canvas

Mixed media artist Ken Herren creates dense, layered works that utilize contrasting color and texture to create a very specific visual narrative. Growing up in a rural environment and later moving to a city, Ken uses his art practice to explore the spaces where those two worlds collide.


A painting in black and white made with pumiceResonance, acrylic infused pumice on canvas

 

I’m really drawn in by Ken’s use of color in his artworks.…

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Studio Sunday: Izumi Kato


A photo of Izumi Kato at work in his studio

 

Izumi Kato currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. The artist was trained in oil painting, but has since developed a novel approach to painting, often applying pigment directly with his hands. Izumi is known for his artworks depicting humanoid yet bizarrely distorted and alien figures, using an interesting array of sometimes-incongruous colors to create the works.

 

Izumi’s studio looks very clean in this photo. Astonishingly…

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Headlines: Net Neutrality, Basel, Queer Biennale

1) What Does The End of Net Neutrality Mean for Artists?


A meme featuring FCC chair Ajit Pai

 

Earlier this week, net neutrality was repealed in the United States, and in the wake of the FCC’s decision many are wondering how the new internet will affect independent creators. The repeal of net neutrality means that internet service providers will now be legally allowed to slow down service to certain websites, or block certain websites from being access unless users pay…

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Practice of Meditation: Art by Carolyn Trotter


An abstract mixed media work with floral forms on a beige backgroundUntitled, acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas

Carolyn Trotter creates her artwork both as a form of meditation, and as a way of encouraging others to explore the practice of meditation. The artist’s works tend to feature floral forms, laid out as patterns or mandalas that draw the viewer’s eye around an entire space rather than focusing on a central figure.


A hazy blue painting with the text "let life happen"Let Life Happen, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

I rather like…

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Floral, Female, and Animal: Art by Allison Vince


A watercolor painting of a woman on a dark backgroundMarienbad, watercolor and gauche on bristol

 

Painter, illustrator, and mixed media artist Allison Vince creates delicate figurative images that emphasize simple forms and negative space. The artist’s style occasionally takes on a vintage look, with a subdued color palette and floral, female, and animal subject matter.


A painting of two abstracted handsRing Fingers, cosmetics on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Allison’s sketchy, ethereal style, we looked at the…

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The Human Figure: Art by Michael Lightsey


A portrait of a man wearing a sly smileAidan, pencil on paper

Michael Lightsey is originally from Ohio and now lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist works in a range of media from photography to painting and drawing. Michael’s current body of work focuses on the human figure, rendering it in many iterations and in varying styles.


An abstract image of markings on urban pavementSoul Vestige 233, digital giclee print

 

I’m really impressed by Michael’s most recent pencil portraits. Drawn in black and white, these…

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Anatomical and Floral: Art by Nunzio Paci


A painting of an anatomical human neck with florals where the head would beWhen the darkness is no longer frightening, pencil and acrylic on canvas mounted on board

Nunzio Paci lives and works in Italy, where he creates paintings, drawings, and combinations of the two that reference anatomical and scientific illustration while exploring abstracted compositions. In recent drawings and paintings, the artist combines anatomical and floral.


A mixed media artwork with a deer skeleton and floral elementsThe instability of flesh, oil and pencil on canvas

 

The slightly soft…

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Urban and Social Landscape: Art by Cui Jie


A painting made with overlapping architectural visualsOverpass at Shuang Jing Qiao, oil on canvas

Cui Jie is a Chinese artist who combines painting techniques with the aesthetics of collage and photo-manipulation. In her studio practice, Cui creates artworks that explore changes in China’s urban and social landscape through visual markers that call to mind a double-exposed photograph.


A painting of several changing, overlapping buildingsZhao Wei Building, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that Cui combines realistic architectural…

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