Olga Tereshenko is a young, up-and-coming artist who does little to hide the fact that she’s a fan of Sherlock, Dr. House, and Tolkien. Her portraits are utterly recognizable and beautifully rendered. At only 25 years old, she has loads of potential to become the next big thing in the art world. Aside from awesome portraits of Dr. House, Sherlock, and Gandalf, Olga has also made digital portraits of contemporary Hollywood characters and actors like Maleficent, Adrian Brody, and Loki.
He is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto-based artist Charles Bierk uses oil on canvas to create paintings that look like realistic pencil drawings on paper.
B. 1987. Lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
OCAD U, 2011, Drawing and Painting, Toronto, Canada.
Charles Bierk begins with a photograph of a face which then becomes source material for a monolithic, monochromatic portrait. A second identical portrait is also presented. But his one details Bierk’s technical process – his grid, the worn spots his hands and materials made on the source image. Finally, the source image is photographed for exhibition. Zac, the subject of the paintings and photograph, is beautiful and ultimately elusive but Bierk’s process is transparent.
Cbloxx grew up in the grim industrial town of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. She is a self-taught artist who, by dint of sheer will and talent, shed the trappings of small town syndrome by going against the flow of convention. Her day job involves working with disaffected youths, at night however, she’s a freelance street artist who spray paints a number of interesting art on walls. Cbloxx’s gritty style is a mishmash of the psychedelic, surrealism, and tribal references. Her art is created in layers with freehand drawing, spraypaint, markers, and her veery own handmade stencils.
Jeremy Mann is a very talented painter who specializes in gritty cityscapes done in oil and canvas. According to one website: “Each of his works seems so wholly genuine, a mix of mystery and grit that brings a sublime light to iconic cities like New York and San Francisco.” Well said, except that the subjects of his paintings could very well be any highly urbanized city – crowded and teeming with life and ceaselessly busy. His style is light-years away from realism, as a matter of fact, he seems to strive for blurriness, yet each scene he captures on canvas is perfectly recognizable. When not making awesome paintings of cities, he also paints still lifes, landscapes, and the human figure. Jeremy can usually be found in his studio in San Francisco. If you’d like to gawk at his work some more, there’s some currently on display at the John Pence Gallery.
At first glance, Eloy Morales’s self-portraits are nothing to be excited about. It’s when you take a closer look at his paintings that you realize that this guy has oodles of talent. Talented Spanish artist Eloy Morales has created an eye-catching series of self portraits with an interesting catch – they’re not photographs, they’re paintings. He’s one of the next-generation of artists who’s taking realism to the next level: photorealism. As a matter of fact, Eloy’s paintings are even better than shots captured by some low-end digital cameras. According to him, his work is a conceptual self-portrait, the paint on his face is a reflection of his complex relationship with paint. It takes Eloy more than a month to paint each extremely detailed self-portrait. He said: “I’m very disciplined, but I need to be alone to develop my work. I’ve got my studio separate from my home so I can concentrate, I need to be alone while painting.”
Taisuke Mohri was born in Sapporo, Japan on 1938. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts from the prestigious Tokyo Art University in 2009. His work has been featured in several group exhibitions in Tokyo including “FRANTIC UNDERLINES” by Frantic Gallery in 2010, “Extra Real” Exhibition by ULTRA002 in Spiral Garden, and “Graduated Works Exhibition of Tokyo Art University” by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recently, he has had a couple of solo exhibition of his work at the Frantic Gallery in Tokyo, “”The Resurrections” and “The Cracked Portraits”.
William Fisk is a Canadian painter who specializes in creating photo-realistic paintings. As is the aim of every painter who subscribes to realism, William’s paintings are so realistic it will make you want to reach into the painting to use the objects themselves.When asked about his Portrait series, he said: “The objects depicted in the Portrait Series were purchased second hand, without any tangible reference to the previous owner. They are specific utilitarian objects — 35mm cameras, light bulbs, shoes, pay phones, trophies, furniture, and clothing — that have experienced undeterminable yet indisputable human contact…My intent is to provide viewers with the means to make a distinction between the private and public meaning of the specific objects depicted….This intention is confirmed by the fact that each portrait represents a coherent conceptual format that invites viewers to examine the substance of its form and content.”
As a child, Zaria Forman traveled with her mother, a renowned professional photographer, to some of the world’s most remote landscapes. The beauty and majesty of these places hasn’t left her and on 2012, she led an epic expedition which aimed to trace the 1869 journey made by painter William Bradford up the NW coast of Greenland. The expedition, aptly called “Chasing the Light” was actually her mother’s idea. Sadly, Rena Bass Forman wasn’t able to make the journey as she was diagnosed with brain cancer and died before the expedition could get under way. Zaria created this amazing iceberg series as a tribute to her mom. She also donated all of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings to 350.org, an organization that aims to raise awareness on climate change. She said: “During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. In Greenland, I scattered her ashes amongst crackling ice diamonds, on the towering peak of one of earth’s oldest stones and under the green glow of northern lights. She is now a part of the landscape she loved so much. My hope is that these drawings bring awareness, and invite viewers to share the urgency in a hopeful and meaningful way. Art can facilitate a deeper understanding of any crisis, helping us find meaning and optimism in shifting landscapes.“
Denis Peterson is one of the pioneers of photorealism in New York. He’s also acknowledged as the founder of Hyperrealism – an artistic segment quite similar to photorealism. Think of it as photorealism on steroids. The difference between the two lies in the work’s color, depth of field, and composition. While photorealism focuses more on still-lifes, portraits, and lots of reflective surfaces (in the form of glass and water), Denis’s hyperrealistic art focuses more on ‘socially conscious messages about contemporary culture and politics’. His work has been showcased extensively in places like Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Paris, Milan, and London. He also has upcoming shows in Hong Kong and Corsica.
Georgy Kurasov was born in 1958 in the USSR, in what was then Leningrad. He still lives and works in the same place, but now the country is Russia and the city is called St Petersburg. Without any effort on his part whatsoever, Georgy seems to have emigrated from one surreal country to another. His native city was irrational from the very moment of its foundation. Situated on the same latitude as the southern shores of Alaska, on the swampy delta of the River Neva where no one had ever settled before, this new capital city grew up on the very edge of a monstrous empire. Here on the totally flat surface carved across by rivers, streams and canals, European architects laid out, like images on a canvas, straight avenues, streets and squares, they built Greco-Roman porticoes and Baroque palazzi, erected sculptures and fountains, amidst something akin to permafrost where half the year is dominated by ice and frost and the other half by damp and rain. It is hard to find a more artificial – more artistic – city.
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