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Folding Forms: The Ceramic Art of Tomomi Tanaka

A piece of ceramic art in pale whiteUntitled

Tomomi Tanaka is a Japanes ceramic artist who uses papery, folding forms to express undulating movement. The artist’s pieces are a beautiful blend of quiet, subtle aesthetics and swift, complicated movements. 


A charcoal-coloured abstract ceramic artwork漲る

It’s fascinating to look at Tomomi’s ceramic pieces -- in many cases, it’s surprising to discover that the work is in fact ceramic. These look like they could be paper, or perhaps pieces of fabric, bundled…

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Tension and Symbiosis: Art by Stephanie Kilgast

A sculpture of coral growing on a discarded canCoral Royal, mixed media sculpture on drinking can

Stephanie Kilgast is a French artist, originally from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and now based in Vannes, France. The artist’s current body of work centres on sculptures that combine organic forms with discarded man-made materials and detritus, expressing the tension and symbiosis between the natural world and human production. 


A tin can with colourful coral sculptures on itLast Glow, mixed media sculpture on tin can

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Techniques from Science and Medicine: Art by Angela Palmer

A sculpture of a racing helmet made in glassSusie Wolff: Portrait of a Racing Driver, crystal glass

 

Palmer is an English artist who produces sculptural and installation artworks in glass and other materials. In recent works, the artist has utilized techniques from science and medicine, such as MRI scans to build a layered self portrait. 


A work made from a series of layers of drawing etched into glassHeart of Glass

 

I like the aesthetic that Palmer’s recent glass works take on -- these pieces seem to combine aesthetics from fine glass…

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The Baroque and Romantic Painting of Roberto Ferri

A painting of a woman holding a skullCUPO FUOCO II, oil on canvas

Roberto Ferri is an Italian painter whose work is heavily inspired by Baroque and romantic painting styles. The artist renders realistic human figures in dramatic postures and lush, symbolic scenes and settings. 


A painting of an angel will black wingsANGELO CADUTO, oil on canvas

 

I really appreciate the dramatic lighting, that Ferri uses in his paintings -- deep, almost black backgrounds and warm skin tones and highlights suggest the irregular…

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Cartoonish Exuberance: The Art of Shaun Keenan

A digital painting of a giant bird

 

Shaun Keenan is an illustrator and concept artist from the United States. In his portfolio of work, Keenan shows off his talent for taking realistic features and figures, and using exaggerated poses and viewpoints to lend them a sense of cartoonish exuberance


A digital painting of a whale

 

Many of the artist’s works feature dinosaurs or other prehistoric animals in some manner. In fact, Keenan is perhaps best known for his viral book Dinosaurs of the Wild…

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Virtual Visual Languages: Art by Jennifer Mehigan

A wall-hanging tapestry produced with digital art

Jennifer Mehigan is a mixed media artist based in Belfast, Ireland. In her current practice, Mehigan draws on digital rendering and imaging techniques to create complex, layered artworks that draw on aesthetics from mainstream advertising and social media, as well as more avant-garde virtual visual languages


An installation view of a three-channel video

The smooth, obviously digital forms that populate many of Mehigan’s works are interesting in the way that they seem balanced…

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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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