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Complex Figurative Works by Magdalena Korzeniewska

A mixed media illustration of a mermaidBride of the Sea, mixed media

Magdalena Korzeniewska is a Polish artist and illustrator who creates complex figurative works using mixed media, including gel pens. The artist’s works often feature themes from fairy tales and mythology, as well as characters from current pop-culture, surrounded by dense, layered forest imagery. 


A densely detailed drawing of a woman riding an elk through a forestI, Ursula, mixed media

 

I really enjoy the colour scheme present in the majority of Korzeniewska’s…

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Textural Landscapes: The Painting Portfolio of Leigh Wen

An oil painting of a mountainous landscapeYu Shang #4, oil on canvas

Leigh Wen was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and now lives and works in New York City. The artist uses oil paint to create expansive landscape paintings that use a fascinating combination of planes of colour and tiny, thread-line lines, building dreamlike, textural landscapes


An oil painting of a raging fireFire XI, oil on canvas

 

I really love how Wen’s works feel different depending on the distance from which they are observed. At a…

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Digital and Print Media Artworks by Katia Iosca

An artwork constructed from black and white stripes in varying lengths and widthsOverview 1.0

Katia Iosca is an artist based in France who uses a combination of digital and print media to build complex, geometric works of op-art. The artist has produced series in striking black and white, as well as layered colour. 


An art print with a colourful geometric patternBorealis

 

I really enjoy the way that Iosca achieves a perfect, digital edge to her works. One can easily draw parallels between these works and those of op artists Bridget Riley or Carlos Cruz-Diez.…

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Abstract Paintings and Drawings by Arjan Janssen

A painting with tones of grey, black, and whiteNimmt, oil on canvas

Arjan Janssen creates abstract paintings and drawings that celebrate colour and large, confident brush marks. The artist was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States.  


An abstract mixed media drawingAprutino uno, mixed media on paper

 

Some of the artist’s paintings remind me of works by Gerhard Richter -- Janssen’s works appear similarly layered with massive brush marks and a kind of…

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Large-Scale Sculptural Installations by Baptiste Debombourg

A photo of a sculptural installation featuring rocks and glass fragmentsRheology

Baptiste Debombourg is a French artist who works in a variety of media, specializing in large-scale sculptural installations that alter the gallery space, or outdoor venues. In his work, Debombourg seeks to understand human actions, successful and unsuccessful, as well as exploring the place and purpose of art in today’s world. 


An installation view of a room-filling glass sculpturemaitère noir

 

I really enjoy the monumental, epic quality to the artist’s installations, many…

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A Portfolio of Photography and Collage by Bill Armstrong

A layered photocollage with a hazy image of a person's face#904

Bill Armstrong is a New York-based photographer who experiments with photography and collage techniques, building composite images that blur the line between photography, painting, and collage. The artist has been working on his Infinity series since the mid 1990’s, producing a wide body of work that continues to push the envelope of traditional photography. 


A photocollage of a circle with hazy colours#4008

 

Armstrong’s Infinity photographs are a fascinating…

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Sugar Alkymi: The Art of Sahar Masarati

A realistic poppy made from sugarPersian Poppy

Sahar Masarati is an artist based out of Santa Monica, California. Sahar’s medium of choice is sugar -- the artist works at a confectionery shop called Sugar Alkymi, producing cakes and other sweets adorned with delicate, stunningly realistic flowers and abstract artistic forms. 


An artisan cake topped with realistic sugar flowersTulipina inspired Sugar flowers

 

Looking at Masarati’s works, I can’t help but be reminded of Scott Hove, another artist who uses cake…

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The Art Portfolio of Vanderlei Lopes

A bronze sculpture of a pink textile hangingImagem, titatium oxide and iron oxide on bronze

Vanderlei Lopes is a sculptor who uses novel combinations of media and unexpected colour palettes to create sculptural artworks in which everything is not as it seems. The artist uses a wide range of media, often combining wildly different materials in a way that emphasizes and subverts common expectations for certain types of media and art. 


A sculpture of a pair of shoes with golden interiorsPosse (sapatos), shoe polish over bronze and…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Artworks by Crystal Liu

A mixed media artwork depicting fog rolling into a valleythe fog, "rolling in", gouache, watercolour, ink, and collage on paper

Crystal Liu is an artist who works in gouache, watercolour, ink, and other traditional media, producing detailed mixed media artworks that draw on both traditional Chinese and contemporary art styles. The artist also works in photography, using a similar aesthetic language applied to a very different medium.


A collaged, abstract painting of a sunI always meant to love you, "lean in", gouache, watercolour,…

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The Art Portfolio of Kai Althoff

A photo of a painting with two abstracted figuresUntitled, synthetic polymer paint, oil, enamel and poster tempera on fabric on enamel painted wood stretcher frame

Kai Althoff is a German artist working in painting, sculpture, and mixed media. The artist’s works embrace a wildly colourful and sometimes almost childlike aesthetic, blending gestural mark-making with subtly detailed features and figures. 


A painting of several figures around a hospital bedUntitled, oil, lacquer, tempera and poster on cloth

 

I really like Althoff’s…

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The Installation and Painting Art Portfolio of Heimo Zobernig

An installation with a shiny black wall and a female statueHere and Now, (Installation view at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany) (Photograph by Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Marion Mennicken)

Heimo Zobernig is an Austrian installation artist whose works use a variety of materials and sculptural forms to address self-referential modernist themes in carefully composed and curated spaces. The artist’s full-room installations are packed with detail and yet seem planned and positioned to a minute…

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New Relevance: Art by Julie Cockburn

An artwork consisting of embroidered thread on a found photoThe Conundrum, hand embroidery on found photograph

Julie Cockburn is a London-based artist whose current body of work explores antique photographs and abstract interventions. The artist often layers colourful geometric compositions over black and white portraits and other found art pieces to bring new relevance to obsolete artefacts. 


An artwork consisting of coloured circled embroidered over an old couple photographHoneymoon Period 7, hand embroidery on found photograph

 

The aesthetics of Cockburn’s recent works…

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The Art of Graphic Designer and Sculptor Nancy Fouts

A sculptural artwork with a bird serving as the needle on a record playerBird on record player, taxidermy kingfisher, record player, vinyl record

Nancy Fouts was a graphic designer and sculptor known for her surreal and subversive images and sculptures. Based in London for the majority of her career, Fouts was a key figure in the London art scene as co-founder of Fouts and Fowler gallery. 


A baby doll coated in black tar-like resinTarred Baby, resin-dipped fabric baby doll, black acrylic paint

 

The artist’s works draw on Fouts' background as a…

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A Portfolio of Deep Blue-Hued Images by Casey Roberts

A cyanotype print of a treelarge bush, cyanotype on paper

Casey Roberts is an artist and printmaker currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The artist uses a combination of cyanotype printing and gouache to build deep blue-hued images that rely on sharp, simplified forms in stark compositions to build up a sense of narrative intrigue. 


A painting of a table with a drawing of a bird on itdrawing birds at breakfast (dining room table), cyanotype on paper with gouache

 

I really love the consistency of the cyan…

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Matchstick Men: The Art of Wolfgang Stiller

An installation consisting of man-sized matchsticksMatchstickmen, wood, rigid foam, acrylic paint

Wolfgang Stiller is a German sculptor who creates artworks that combine human figures with natural and man-made materials. The artist is known for his matchstick men -- larger-than-life sculptures of burnt out matches with realistic human faces. 


A sculptural installation of hanging shrimp trapsDeceive, plastic shrimp traps, lights

 

Stiller’s sculptural process incorporates found materials -- the artist began creating his matchstick…

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