Su Blackwell is a UK based artist who loves working with paper. She hunts around second-hand bookshops for her raw materials. Su actually reads the book first once or twice before proceeding with the cutting, folding, and shaping. Her work tends to lean towards the realm of fairy tale and folk lore featuring young girls in haunting, fragile settings. Su feels that this expresses the vulnerability of childhood while conveying a sense of childish wonder.
Designing three soccer fields worth of sow is no easy feat but Simon Beck does it and loves doing it. He fashions geometric shapes in the snow simply but walking around with a pair of snowshoes strapped to his feet. This means anywhere around 10-20 hours of walking. Using snow as a medium when its existence is fleeting may be a waste of time for some people but for Simon, that’s where the beauty of his art lies.
Emma Uber’s pastel portraits give an impression of contained passion. The nearly expressionless faces of her subjects clash wonderfully with the bold smears and drips of bright colors. Her portraits draw the viewer’s eye and makes it linger. Emma comes from a graphic design and photographic background but she has always found the time to indulge in painting on canvas.
Pablo Guzmanis a Columbia-based painter whose work is well known for pushing the boundary between subject and viewer. His series “Homenaje al cuadro”, is basically a succession of paintings of people with their backs to the viewer. It seems that each of his subjects are looking at something infinitely interesting in front of them. It kinda makes you want to shove them away to find out what they’re looking at.
Eugene J. Paprocki is a Chcago born artist who has been featured in 14 one-man exhibitions in two continents. He has always dabbled in painting, even in his childhood. He formally studied Fine Art at Loyola University in Chicago. To augment his already considerable skill, he traveled the world extensively, visiting the work of the great masters.
Christina Empedocles uses wax pencils to create these captivating drawings. Not that you’d take them to be drawings at first glance. Christina renders her subjects so flawlessly most people will take one look, declare it a photograph and scream “Faaake!” when told they’re actually drawings. Aside from being incredibly detailed, the play of light and shadow are perfectly reproduced in every wrinkle of the paper.
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After being barraged by a slew of digitally manipulated images, it’s rather refreshing to have a look at art made entirely by hand. Ken Lee is a budding portrait artist from the UK. His pencil portraits perfectly captures the essence of his subjects, be it sensuality, passion, or innocence. This is one new artist we definitely need to watch out for.
Rose Sanderson has always been interested with insects far back as she can remember. As an artist, her interest in all things small and delicate shows in her work. She has incorporated dragonflies, beetles, and even baby mice on old book covers. Her latest series features various colorful representatives from the order Lepidoptera.
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Michael Trimpol was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1958 and raised in Montreal, Quebec. While attending prep school in Stowe, Vermont, Michael was introduced to the art of stained glass and continued to practice this craft while attending Concordia University in Montreal. He taught stained glass and was commissioned to create installations for both residential and commercial buildings. A few years later, he was introduced to the craft of glassblowing and attended the Sheridan College School of Craft and Design in Oakville, Ontario to pursue his new interest.
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Alex Konahin is a Latvian artist who uses nothing more than ink, pen, and paper to make great art. His drawings are meticulously detailed. The images may not have color but they do possess depth and symmetry. One of his works, a beautifully rendered skull, is commissioned by a clothing company called Heretics.