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Acceptance of the Inevitable: Art by Nicola Samorì

A painting made by corroding copper with sulphurInterno assoluto, oil and sulphur on copper (photo by Rolando Paolo Guerzoni)

Italian artist Nicola Samorì creates rich mixed media artworks that deal with themes of death, decay, and loss. Though macabre in appearance, Samorì’s works take an attitude of fascination and exploration, eschewing depression in favour of a meditative acceptance of the inevitable.


A distressed fresco depicting a kneeling womanBabette, fresco

 

I like the way that Samorì combines classical aesthetics…

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A Portfolio of Painting by Howard Fonda

A painting made from coloured pencil and paintUntitled, acrylic and coloured pencil on raw canvas

Howard Fonda is a painter who works in a wide colour palette, building canvases that often seem more like drawings in the way that the pigment is applied and the way negative space is emphasized. The artist’s style is sketched and almost childlike in places, but Fonda’s expert eye for balanced composition lends the works an undeniable sense of intention. 


A painting that resolves into a cat's face made from many coloured marksUntitled, acrylic and…

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Installation Artworks by Koenraad Dedobbeleer

An abstract sculpture installed in a gallery spaceSurreptitious Plotting, concrete resin, copper, electrical cord, water pump

Koenraad Dedobbeleer is an artist who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. In his practice, Dedobbeleer produces installation artworks and sculptures using a wide range of media and materials. 


A sculpture consisting of several small artefacts on a plinthThose Unabused by an Awareness, spray painted wood, spray painted metal, wood, concrete, candies, textile

 

I really enjoy the way Dedobbeleer titles his…

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Photos with Embroidery: Art by Natalie Ciccoricco

A photo of a house in San Franciso with embroidery threadPine, embroidery on found image

Natalie Ciccoricco is a Dutch artist who works in innovative collage techniques, blending found photos with embroidery techniques. The artist also creates graphic illustrations inspired by dreams, nature, literature, and other personal interests. 


A found photograph with a circle of embroideryCome on In, Embroidery on found image

 

Ciccoricco’s recent project Down the Colour Hole puts an interesting spin on traditional collage techniques. In these…

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Quasi-Monochrome: The Paintings of Ettore Spalleti

An installation view of several sculptural objects and monochrome paintingsUntitled (installation veiw)

Ettore Spalleti is an Italian painter who works in a quasi-monochrome style. The artist’s paintings often focus on a single hue, but use gradients and shading to create depth and volume. 


A blue circular painting positioned on a ceilingA casa di...

 

It’s quite interesting to learn about the process that Spalleti uses to create his paintings. The artist starts by mixing oil, pigment, and gesso, then applying a single thin coat of the mixture to a…

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Skulls and Skeletons: The Art of Vlad Gradobyk

A drawing of a skeleton with wingsUntitled

Artist and illustrator Vlad Gradobyk uses bones as a motif, creating beautifully detailed illustrations of skulls and skeletons. The artist uses a dense, layered cross-hatching technique to produce images with an aesthetic similar to antique lithograph prints.


A drawing of two drunk skeletonsUntitled

There’s a wonderful -- and perhaps paradoxical -- sense of life in Gradobyk’s artworks. His skeletal figures are pictured eating, drinking, riding horseback,…

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Femininity and Perception: The Art of Nicola Kloosterman

A collage artwork depicting a femnine leg emerging from a crush of black velvetBlack swan (created for LULA Japan to the theme YELLOW)

Dutch Nicola Kloosterman works in analog collage media, building striking, layered images with found photographs, textiles, and magazine advertisements. Much of the artist’s work concerns concepts of femininity and perception


A collage of pink walls with a narrow sliver of a plant in the middleUntitled (from series Shadow Play)

 

I really enjoy the “less is more” approach that the artist takes toward collage art, like in Kloosterman’s…

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The Art Portfolio of Chelsea Gustafsson

A painting of a chair on fireGeelong

Chelsea Gustafsson is an artist from Barwon Heads, Australia. In her artistic practice, Gustafsson works primarily in paint, addressing themes of manufacturing and consumption and the environment. 


A painting of various household items arranged against a beige wallYou Snooze You Lose

 

I really love the artist’s recent paintings of furniture -- the works are composed in the manner of still life or vanitas paintings, depicting familiar furniture and other household objects in arrangements…

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The Egg Tempera Portfolio of Arnout Van Albada

A painting of a raspberry cakeFrambozentaartje, egg tempera and oil on panel

Arnout Van Albada is a Dutch artist who works primarily in egg tempera, creating subdued but detailed paintings of food. The artist’s works present their subjects with a sense of quiet reverence, focusing on the unique textures and colours of various edible and household objects. 


A painting of a pudding on a tableRegout puddingvorm, egg tempera and oil on panel

 

Van Albada’s delicate paintings of pastries, such as…

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The Art Portfolio of Cynthia Consentino

A figure made from a combination or original ceramic and found figurineBirdie IV, altered commercial figurine, sculpted stoneware head and bird, glaze

Cynthia Consentino is a ceramic artist and sculptor currently based in Bucklan, Massachusetts. In her practice, Cynthia uses the sculptural medium to explore and break down expectations and dichotomies related to gender and reality. 


A ceramic figure of a Madonna with the head of a wolfWolf Madonna, porcelain, glaze

 

Much of Cynthia’s work is also inspired by fairy tales -- works in which human figures are…

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Saturated Abstract Artworks by Imi Knoebel

A bright geometric painting with coloured rectangles on a yellow backgroundGelbe Fahne, serigraph

Imi Knoebel is a German artist who produces bright, saturated abstract artworks that reference minimalism and geometric abstraction while devising a new and unique visual language.


A layered geometric artwork with bright yellow huesFace 85, acrylic on plastic foil

 

Knoebel points to Kazimir Malevich as a major influence, and it’s clear to see where the latter’s Suprematist painting style -- consisting largely of simple shapes and flat planes of colour --…

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Thought-Provoking Art Installations by Forensic Architecture

A coloured map showing loss of vegetation due to herbicidal warfare in GazaAn NDVI analysis showing losses of vegetation between 5 days and 15 days after herbicidal spraying in Gaza

Forensic Architecture, a group based out of the University of London, is a multidisciplinary art collective and research organization that gathers data about issues concerning human rights and governmental abuses of power, spinning that data into thought-provoking art installations


A video still of a documentary film about the murder of a human rights lawyerThe Killing of Tahir Elçi (video still)

The…

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Fanciful Cities: The Art of Bodys Isek Kingelez

A whimsical sculpture of the UN buildingU.N., paper, paperboard, mixed media

Bodys Isek Kingelez was a Congolese artist who built colourful models of fanciful cities. The artist’s maquettes were often made with the intent of imagining harmonious, almost utopian alternative futures for the cities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including Kingelez’ hometown of Kinshasa.


A diorama of a complex city made with discarded paper and materialskimbembele ihunga

 

In his practice, Kingelez employed a wide variety of materials including…

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Paintings of Faces: The Art of Joa Korhonen

A painting of a grey face on a purple backgroundMONSIEUR, acrylic on canvas

Joa Korhonen is a musician and artist whose dual practices inform one another. The artist’s current visual practice revolves around paintings of faces, often abstracted to some degree and with expressions that seem to shift and reflect the viewer’s mindset as much as the artist’s. 


A painting of a bluish face on a natural backgroundIDENTITY 2.0, acrylic on cardboard

 

Korhonen works via an intuitive process, starting each with work with a…

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Malavida: The Art of Alycia Rainaud

A painting made with bright, warm hues and dark shadowsSeptember Switchblade

Alycia Rainaud -- aka Malavida -- is an artist based in Paris, France. In her practice, the artist is a graphic designer and illustrator, and works to create abstract images built out of undulating waves of flowing colour. 


An artwork mimicking the look of holographic fabricTears On Screen

 

Rainaud’s work reminds me of that of J.D. Doria or Luis Pagan, especially in the way that she embraces and emphasizes the unique interactions of coloured media on a surface,…

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