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Angels and Mythology: An Art Portfolio by Peter Mohrbacher


A digital painting of an angel with an obscured faceThe Lament of Sathariel

Peter Mohrbacher is a Chicago-based artist and designer who creates beautiful digital paintings and prints based on the idea of angels and mythology.


A digital painting of a plantlike figureSuchlaph, Angel of Verdency

Mohrbacher’s series of angels offer a fascinating update on classical subject matter. The artist infuses each digital painting with elements that seem straight from classical paintings, along with the cybernetic, the futuristic, and the…

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Folk-Art Tradition: The Art Portfolio of John Caple


A painting of houses by John CapleShady Woods and White Cottages, acrylic on canvas

John Caple is a self-taught artist who creates paintings in a folk-art tradition. The artist tends to work in mixed media, producing scenes of rural and country life that are often infused with memories and figures from his own past.


A painting of a man in a squat white buildingThe Hermitage, acrylic on canvas

 

John Caple’s paintings are the perfect blend of eerie stillness and warm, children’s-book-style illustrations. They…

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Dollhouse-Sized Dioramas by Ronan-Jim Sevellec


A sculptural diorama of a building interiorUntitled

French artist Ronan-Jim Sevellec specializes in creating tiny dollhouse-sized dioramas of various interior scenes. Most of the artist’s works depict buildings in and around Paris.


A small diorama placed on a staircaseUntitled

 

It’s fascinating to see the amount of detail that goes into each one of Sevellec’s art pieces. Photographs of the dioramas taken close-up leave some ambiguity as to whether this is a full-sized room, or a small-scale sculpture. The…

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Paint and Colour: The Art Portfolio of Jack Vanzet


A painting made with a single brush markSingularity

Australian artist Jack Vanzet explores paint and colour through flowing abstractions that treat individual brush marks as figures in their own right. The artist’s works often look like close-ups or details of a larger artwork.


A painting of an orange brush mark on a dark backgroundNorthSouth

 

Vanzet’s dreamy abstracts celebrate the materiality of paint and the act of painting itself – each work seems to represent a moment in time where the artist’s hand blended with the…

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Comic and Narrative Illustration by Woshibai


An art print by WoshibaiUntitled

Woshibai is a comic and narrative illustration artist based in Shanghai, China. The artist tends to work in a simple, grayscale style, presenting wordless narratives that are often fantastical but grounded in the uncertainties and anxieties of real life.


A close-up of a printed comic by Woshibai(detail)

 

I love the way that the narratives that the artist comes up with fit so nicely with their style. The artist’s relatively pared-down, quiet drawing style fits…

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Leaving Childhood: Sculpture by Clementine de Chabaneix


A ceramic polar bear holding a neon light rainbowMETEOR, ceramic

French artist Clementine de Chabaneix works in sculpture, drawing, and installation. Her artworks often deal with the pain of metamorphosis and of leaving childhood behind. De Chabaneix expresses these themes with a subdued color palette and quiet symbolism.


A sculpture of a strange creatureDOGŪ CÉLESTE, ceramic

On her own website, de Chabaneix describes her work as “romantic, [and] a bit gothic…” This idea does seem to perfectly encapsulate the…

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Shoplifter: The Art of Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir


A photo of an art installation made of hairNervescape VII (installation view at National Gallery of Iceland)

Icelandic artist Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir works under the moniker Shoplifter, creating works in the fascinating medium of hair, borrowing materials, techniques, and aesthetics from the worlds of fashion, fine art, and textile craft.


An artwork made from dyed orange and black hairGloria - Study for An Opera

 

Shoplifter’s bright, colorful installations and sculptures have a wonderfully playful edge to them -- some of…

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Land-Based Sculptures by Nls Udo


An artwork made up of grass in a diamond pattern among treesAu Dessus de la Rivière, grass planting (L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France)

Nils Udo is a German artist who has been creating land-based sculptures since the 1960’s. The artist’s style is well-defined and almost stark, if not for Udo’s use of the materials of the surrounding land, creating a fascinating tension between what could exist in nature, and what is necessarily man-made.


An artwork consisting of a moss-covered den in a forestLa Mousse I, (Forêt des Vosges)

 

I really love the…

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Ghostly Images: The Art Portfolio of Felix Dolah


A charcoal drawing of some odd, simplified figures

Unerträglicher Lärm in absoluter Stille

Felix Dolah is an artist based in Mainz, Germany who works in diluted charcoal, creating ghostly images that play with simple figures and negative space. The artist’s works embrace sharp contrast and are devoid of color.


A drawing of several elongated figures clustered togetherAccattone

 

My first impression of Dolah’s works is that they’re slightly creepy – the elongated limbs and slightly off-kilter silhouettes of these maybe-human figures…

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Frank, Human Images: The Portfolio of Thomas Donaldson


A painted study of a crouching male figure5-28-18 Figure Study

Thomas Donaldson is a figurative painter from England, currently based in Asia. The artist works figuratively, creating frank, human images that address both the form and spirit of his models.


A nude female figure study5-21-18 figure with orange

 

I enjoy the way that Donaldson employs large, clearly delineated planes of color build up volumes. He tends toward nude figures and portraits, using a wide, occasionally unexpected range of color…

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Striking Floral Close-Ups: Art by John Grant


A scanned image of a red and black tulipDripping Tulip

John Grant works in photography, paint, and printmaking, sometimes combining different techniques or exploring innovative uses of technology to create his images. Recent works by the artist take the form of striking floral close-ups.


An image with scanned flowers over a blue skySpring Flowers

 

I really enjoy the artist’s recent floral works. While they look like photographs, in at least some of these, the artist uses a high-resolution scanner to capture the form…

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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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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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Intimate and Opaque: Art by Charles Ray


A steel sculpture of a truck pressed into a baleBaled Truck, stainless steel

Sculptor Charles Ray works with familiar forms and objects, playing with scale, texture, and process to address a variety of ideas through interactions with the art. Ray is known for rendering human forms in realistic detail to create sculptures that are both intimate and opaque.


A statue of a giant woman in a 90's style power suitFall '91, mixed media
 

Browsing through images of Ray’s sculptures, I’m reminded of works by Christina A. West. The level of…

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