We have the pleasure of introducing you to RC Raynor, a self-taught American artist. Personal experiences meet metaphorical imagery and symbols, while anger, joy, terror, and bliss are themes that flow through RC’s paintings.
We're pleased to introduce you to Laima Namajunaite, an emerging artist based out of Lithuania.
In her artworks, Laima shares sensitive, at times slightly erotic moments. Her subjects, covered in deep bright colours. Despite having a look of strong yet fabulous personalities, sometimes their poses and eyes tell different story – revealing vulnerability, shyness, confusion. We had a chat with Laima to learn more about her work
We have the great pleasure of introducing you to the magically colourful works of Rada! Saturated in symbolism, Rada’s works are based on strict classical composition and rhythm, yet her color palette is full of energy, her heroines are mysterious, and her style is boldly expressive.
Rada’s art explores the female archetypes that doze in the depths of ancient memory of all women. Her paintings depict the silhouettes of goddesses, the force of motherhood and the power of female loneliness. Rada invites the audience to journey through the evolution of a women’s soul: from young maiden to wise old woman through seemingly unconnected symbols.
Spring is in the air and there is no better way to welcome the season than with a vibrant painting by French artist Isabelle Pelletane. Her lively works, with their superimposed colours, give the impression of spring in a painting. Her assured, dynamic, spontaneous movements with paint are a continuation of herself, becoming a cheerfully coloured fertile compost of celestial gardens!
Svitlana Levchenko is a fine art photographer from Kiev, Ukraine. Her style can be described as an aesthetic of brutality mixed with delicate emotional femininity, diluted with subtle perversion... and we are loving it! Svitlana specializes in portraying people and the world that surrounds them. By using different techniques to "complete" a photo, she fills it with meaning and life. This particular series invites viewers to explore the characters that live in Svitlana's mind. Her work had been exhibited both at home and abroad, and has been featured in several publications. Read on to learn more about this very talented photographer!
As you recover from the hedonism of the holidays, we have the great pleasure of bringing you the work of the talented Samuel Eyles. His large, stunningly grotesque paintings delve into the raw emotional states of his often caricaturesque subjects, and have titles such as "You'll always find me in the bathroom at parties" and "The gallery was boring so we took our clothes off"
Samuel's work address sociopolitical constructs and explores ideas around sexual repression as well as confronting our anxieties and desires, all while creating humour, through tension. Samuel graduated with a BA in Fine Art (Hons) from The Cass school of Art in London. His work has recently been featured in The Guardian and he's had several exhibitions throughout London. We had a chat with him to learn more about his work.
What made you decide to become an artist?
I’m not sure really. I suppose I don’t necessarily think that you decide to become an artist; it’s just something you are. But perhaps as you get older, you realise that being an artist is more than just being good at drawing (in my case). You begin to realise what things interest you and what you’d like your work to comment on and then ultimately decide to make art your profession.
Tell us more about your work. What inspires you?
A lot of the time it’s me and my life, or distorted version thereof. I like to create cheeky scenes, which are both humorous and quite disturbed. I like to teeter on both emotions; I think that’s always my main challenge, to get the balance just right.
I’m inspired by a lot of found imagery as well, these and photographs of my friends and family are usually the foundations for a piece.
What is your artistic process?
Usually an image will pop into my head, based on a funny situation or odd scenario. I’ll use this mental image for the structure of the piece, and then as the painting unfolds you begin to see the real story that you’re telling. The fun of the journey comes with the interesting qualities of the work you were never expecting.
What do you want to accomplish with your work? How are you doing this?
I’d like to entertain people and I’d like making people think. I also want to create work that people can relate to (in some bizarre way!) and I’ll do this by continuing to evolve my practise.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Hmmm, good question. I think I’d like the ability to stop time. Or to know where things are!
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We have the great pleasure of featuring the wildly talented Vanessa Brunicardi. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Vanessa’s practice combines subtle techniques with mixed media that create emotionally powerful, delicate artworks. The final composition is so visually cohesive it draws the viewer in and invites them to empathize with the vulnerability of her subjects.
Dive into the vivid colour palettes of Marta Zawadzka with a selection of new works! Based out of Warsaw, Marta's work can only be described as wildly intense expressionist abstractions inspired by distant travelled lands. She draws inspiration from her urban surroundings in the production of all of her work, focusing on the importance of pleasure in harmony for the viewer. Did we mention Slash from the Guns N' Roses is among her collectors? Yes, we can see her soul singing!
This week we're venturing into the wild with Lucie Duban, a self-taught artist from Royan, France who has had several solo-shows at home and abroad. There is a playful and dreamlike quality to her work. Nature is at the core of her practice; her main inspiration. Her art deals with the invisible interconnections between each living being.
We are pleased to present the stunning works of Trendafila Trendafilova. She is a young artist that is able, with a few brushstrokes, to evoke a Picassian, childish style of rare power. Trendafila's work is a depiction of her artistic transformation, an experimental self-expression through color, line and form, inspired by the presence of surrounding objects and humans. Colours and shapes are muscular and seem to explode from the canvas’ natural borders, all in a bi-dimensional representation that flattens reality down into a postcard of emotions. Their emotional reflection, in combination with the space of the here and now, the minimalism of time, explores a longing for experimentation and deformation of consciousness, colour and vibration.
Daniel Peace has quickly received acclaim as a new London-based photographer for his striking work and individual style. His photography exhibits a strong fashion sense and takes conceptual influences from the likes of Andres Serrano, David LaChapelle amongst others. He has recently relocated to Berlin where he is shooting portraits of the city's nightlife and the people that make it what it is.
We are pleased to introduce you to the captivating work of Héloïse Delègue. Héloïse creates dream-like scenes using pastel colours. Forms are transformed into surreal shapes that captivate and invite the viewer into a lingering gaze. The dominant fleshy colours and glimpses of nudity build up to an intelligently placed sexual overtone.
Introducing "Les Sauvages", an artistic project by Andy Storchenegger, photographed by Raphaelle Mueller. Andy invites us to go into the depths of the wilderness, on a journey into a surreal world of masked, nude men with perfectly sculpted torsos, among *ahem* other things. We had a chat with Andy about this project...
Venture into another dimension with New York-based Rachael Senchoway. Her work takes on a questioning aspect, combining painting with mixed media to create thought-provoking pieces that explore her inner fears. She completed her BFA in 2011 and has participated in several shows throughout the city since then.
Photographer Ines Kotarac was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, grew up in Croatia, lived in Berlin and is currently based in Istanbul. Her work has been published in Defeated Magazine, Quórum, Frrresh Magazine and on several websites. She received a European Cultural Foundation (Step Beyond Program) grant to finish her series Drops against Oblivion (or looking for the lost homeland). Her work has been shown throughout Eastern Europe and she is active in her community, hosting workshops about using photography in activism and expressing queer identity through photography.
Anton Shebetko is an artist and photographer from Kiev, Ukraine. In his art he tries to focus on questions of gender equality, transformation of a bodily and sexual attraction. The featured series, "Snuff", examines the instability of memory and the ghosts of one-night stands. It explores how difficult it can be to remember the person or the person's name. All that remains in the memory after a while is some parts of the body, place or mood.
Sadie Weis is a multi-media artist with influences of the spiritual, the occult, magic, and science fiction. These elements are combined with the re-appropriation of found relics and memories in accordance with organic processes such as crystal growth and natural decay.
She attempts to convey magic and beauty in the implication of isolation of these discarded elements and broken human memories of their former 'worlds' and their ultimate transition and re-representation into dream-like and fantastical universes via transcendental mediums. These creations become ritualized moments of presence and awareness in a societal landscape of common unconscious.
Santa came and went and so did the feast you spent hours cooking. To help you recover from the festivities, we have the pleasure of bringing you the beautiful artwork of Mexico-based artist Paulette Jo. Her dreamy, yet somewhat macabre work invites us to gaze into the subconscious. We'd love to tell you more about her, but that's actually all we know. She's pretty much anonymous and plans to keep it that way, making our interview with her even more interesting! Read on...
With works entitled "I feel my belongings were substituted by identical copies" and "Our sandglass is running and we don’t know how many grains are still left" Brazilian artist Gabriel Centurion immediately caught our attention! He is a self-proclaimed fan of everything Kitsch. By using vivid colours and portraying trite characters in destabilized environments, Gabriel forces us to review our definition of 'normal’ while transforming his and our reality. Although there is a lot of humour in his paintings overall, melancholy seems to dominate the characters. His work is the outcome of the conflict between the information that he collects and assimilates along with his personal memory. The resulting painting flirts with the surreal and far-fetched.
Perhaps influenced by his upbringing in rural Alberta, Scott has a deeply misanthropic nature and a harshly critical view of society. His work communicates his interest in how information of the world is mediated, biased, and disseminated through major news networks and the internet. As an appropriation artist, Scott creates with images taken from these sources, recontextualizes them through altered compositions and direct juxtaposition, and presents the results as graphic art in printed form. His social and political commentary has recently been exhibited across Canada and the United States, as well as abroad in Europe.