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Small Craters: The Art of David Allen Peters

An abstract painting made by scraping away layers of acrylic paintUntitled #4, acrylic paint on panel

David Allen Peters is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. In his practice, Peters is a painter, though his technique is one that often seems more akin to sculpture. The artist produces his paintings by layering paint onto a surface and then gouging out small craters to reveal the coloured layers below.


A painting with numerous small marks in layers of dried acrylic paintUntitled #9, acrylic paint on panel

I’m fascinated by the way that Peters’ process can be…

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Modern Aesthetics: The Art of Nicholas Party

A pastel artwork of three birds on a tea potPot with three birds, pastel on paper

Swiss-born artist Nicholas Party works in painting, sculpture, drawing, and other media, creating compositions that exude modern aesthetics while existing in a contemporary art historical framework.


A pastel drawing of an alien landscapeLandscape, pastel on canvas

The artist’s graphic, colourful paintings are very attractive, and seem welcoming to the viewer. The artist seems to favour cool colours -- deep, electric blues and purples…

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The Portrait Art Portfolio of Alim Smith

A painting of the black man on cellphone memeUntitled

Alim Smith is an artist from Wilmington, Delaware. In his practice, Smith uses a uniquely surreal style of portraiture to explore black identity, past, present, and future. Smith has achieved recent notoriety for his portrait paintings of black subjects in popular internet memes.


A painting of a woman's face obscured by planetary ringsUntitled

 

The artist uses lighting and colour masterfully in his works. In the series Planet Her, for example, Smith’s figures exist on black…

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Sweeping Sci-Fi Scenes: The Art Portfolio of John Berkey

A painting of a large space stationBoiling Globe

The late John Berkey was a science fiction artist, noted for his sweeping sci-fi scenes and detailed imaginings of future space travel and exploration. Berkey’s artwork has appeared in many formats, from movie posters to books to postage stamps.


A painting of futuristic underwater shipsUnderwater Ships on Blue

 

I really enjoy the style that Berkey used to produce his paintings. There’s an incredible balance in these works between gestural, painterly pigment…

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The Art and Graphic Design Portfolio of John Zabawa


An album cover design with bright colours and abstract shapesLucille Furs -- Another Land LP, CD jacket design

John Zabawa is an artist and graphic designer who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In his practice, the artist uses warm, bright colours and pared-down shapes and planes to create designs that balance fun and focus.


Art for a food magazine spreadBackground artwork for Bon Appetit magazine spread

 

Zabawa works with various clients to produce designs for CD jackets, posters, book covers, and more. There’s…

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The Art Portfolio of Yuri Hill

A digital painting of an eerie villageThe Hands Resist Him

Yuri Hill is an artist based in Kiev, Ukriane. The artist primarily works in digital painting, producing artworks that evoke an unsettling, dreamlike mood through layers of dark pigment and key details.

 

Hill’s creepy, illustrative images often seem to reference reference pagan mythology in addition to contemporary horror aesthetics. I’m quite impressed by the artist’s skill with building visual atmosphere --…

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The Painting Portfolio of Dmitry Kochanovich

A painting of a planet as a transparent orbIdeal Planet, oil on canvas

Dmitry Kochanovich is an artist based in Krasnodar, Russia. In his practice, Kochanovich creates painting that borrow from both traditional and contemporary styles, often juxtaposing distinct aesthetics and narratives to create images imbued with an uneasy sense of anachronism.


A painting of a small round object falling from the skyFree Fall, oil on canvas

 

Technically, Kochanovich’s paintings seem to borrow heavily from classical, romantic painting styles --…

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Geometric Form and Pattern: The Art of Giorgio Viva

A geometric painting with stripes that become squares of patternUntitled, acrylic on canvas

Giorgio Viva is an Italian artist currently based in the United States. Viva’s practice is varied, with the artist producing both visual art and music. Viva’s visual art portfolio showcases a fascination with geometric form and pattern.


An abstract geometric painting with purple and yellow tonesUntitled, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy Viva’s abstract paintings. The works are wildly colourful, and often utilize repeated forms like lines or other, more…

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Impossible Objects: The Art of Zhestkov Studio

Maxim Zhestkov produces work with partners and collaborators under the umbrella of Zhestkov Studio. The studio’s artworks often utilize digital techniques to create futuristic impossible objects that defy the physical limitations of a gallery space.


A still from an animated film of a digital bubbleOptics (still)

 

Much of Zhestkov’s recent work involves 4k animation, with animated objects often laid over images of gallery and museum spaces to help foster a more realistic, tangible…

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The Collage Art Portfolio of Ugur Gallenkus

A photo of a tulip field next to a photo of machine guns laid out on the groundUntitled

Ugur Gallenkus is a turkish artist who uses collage art to juxtapose images of privileged Western cultures with images of war-torn nations in the middle east. The artist’s works are unflinching, often jarring, and dissect reality while still allowing the viewer space to form their own opinions.


A collage of two images of children playing in very different landscapesUntitled

 

The artist’s technical skill with these collages lends to closer examination of the images -- the photographs that he…

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Alien Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Al Mefer

A photo of some monolithic buildings over a gradient skyUntitled

Al Mefer is a photographer who uses his talent at capturing images to distort and remix familiar settings and structures, producing images of alien landscapes and architecture, giving the viewer a never-before-seen view of both man-made and natural features.


A photo of a building against an orange skyUntitled

 

I really enjoy the science fiction aesthetic that runs through Mefer’s entire portfolio. With series titles like Alien Architecture and Deserts of the Future

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Surreal Iterations: Art by Emil Alzamora


A metal sculpture of a human formGullfoss, bronze

Emil Alzamora was born in Lima, Peru; lived in the United States and Spain growing up; and is now based in New York. The artist’s current practice is largely focused on the human figure, with Alzamora creating abstracted, surreal iterations of recognizable forms in two and three-dimensional media.


A sculpted bust with abstracted elementsOn the Royal Road 15, ceramic, gold overglaze

 

The artist’s approach to sculpture is fascinating. Some of the works…

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The Art Portfolio of Dominique Cheng


An abstract ink drawing with intersecting black linesIsland II, sumi ink on paper

Dominique Cheng is an illustrator and installation artist with a background in architecture. The artist’s current portfolio features quiet, dense artworks made with minimal colour and small, fine marks that intersect and interact to create a larger whole.


An ink drawing featuring numerous fine details of an abstracted landscapeArk, ink on trace

 

I really enjoy the overall monochromatic, black-and-white aesthetic of Cheng’s portfolio. The focus on line art and white space…

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The Photography Portfolio of Alex Stoddard

A photograph of a figure in front of striking lightningYou Only Live Twice

Alex Stoddard is a photographer based in Los Angeles, California. The artist’s works often utilize elements of fantasy and the supernatural, combining human figures with natural landscapes and creating a sense of dreamlike immediacy.


A photograph of a female figure underwaterFar From Air

 

Stoddard’s recent works are highly imaginative -- many of them seem almost like realized versions of illustrations for comics or story books. There’s a great sense…

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Humanity, Technology, Nature, and Scienc: Art by Studio Drift

An installation consisting of a large concrete box suspended in a galleryDrifter (installed in New York, 2017)

Studio Drift is an arts collective founded by Lonneke Gordjin and Ralph Nauta, two artists from the Netherlands. The duo’s works comment on the intersection between humanity, technology, nature, and science, and are often made in collaboration with professionals in scientific fields.


An artwork made from hundreds of illuminated drones in flightFranchise Freedom (pictured December 2017, Miami, Florida)

 

I enjoy the monolithic quality of the duo’s works.…

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