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01

Mar

Integrating East and West

Colorful, playful, abstract and historical are some of the words that describe the work of Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama. The Japanese artists’s work is a mixture of post-war contemporary art and pop culture. The subject matter in his paintings demonstrate the differences between the western and eastern cultures. According to Joshua Liner Gallery, Matsuyama said that he hopes to “render traditional icons and imagery within a broader ether of an international intermix that has become the evolution of what seems to be the urban-ideal of the global contemporary." As you can see from his works above, Matsuyama’s work is abstract and leads the audience to enter a fantasy world. Despite the complex and abstract images, the artist’s work clearly shows how his work is about integrating into a new world order of urban cosmopolitanism. 

For more information regarding Matsuyama’s work, please visit matzu.net

29

Feb

Working with Colors

Rico Blanco’s work is unique in terms of texture and composition. The abstract paintings shown above are mysterious, but the mixture of cool colors makes them interesting and fun to look at. Blanco started drawing at a young age using crayons to create pirate ships on the walls of his family home. After studying illustration at Brighton, Blanco became more serious with art and decided to work on major painting projects using brushes and paints together. The young artist finds his inspiration from photographs in old books and magazines. He is also inspired by the natural world and the human form. 

For more information regarding Blanco’s work, please visit twelvty.com

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07

Feb

Incredible Paintings

If you are a skateboarder, chances are that you’ve skated or are skating on one of Tony Larson's decks. Larson has been involved in the skate and surf industries since he was a kid. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as a painter. Due to his passion for skateboarding, he decided to work as a designer and art director at Girl Skateboards in 1999. He left Girl in 2007 to be a Director of Advertising at DC shoes, where he directed all of the print media for surf, skate, snow, moto, etc. In 2010, he has signed with the upcoming surf wear company, SUPERbrand as Creative Director. Recently, he has worked on several abstract paintings as a side project shown above. At first glance, the works don’t look like paintings. However, the illusion of texture created is incredible. These are nice pieces that would look good as decorations in a living room.

For more information on Larson’s work, please visit tonylarsonstudio.com

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29

Jan

Feature Artist: A French Artist from the Future

Matthieu Stahl is a talented French artist from the future. Influenced by Punk Rock and Street culture, Stahl uses a critical mind to examine the evolving world in which he lives in. When he creates his drawings, he thinks of how his work fits in with the urban landscape surrounding him. As you can see from his works above, Stahl’s work does not disappoint the eye. His work is abstract in a sense that it compels the audience to question how they are a part of the urban space they live in. Stahl likes to use thick lines and concrete colors to create a futuristic feeling to his work that is essential to his style. He constructs his images with simple elements such as broken lines, marks and fragmented sentences.

For more information on Stahl’s work, please visit mattalabass.tumblr.com

18

Dec

Bringing It Back with Picasso

In 1949, the world renowned artist Pablo Picasso attempted to create light paintings. The photos above were taken by Gjon Mill of LIFE magazine in the South of France in 1949. The series of photographs above known as Picasso’s ‘Light Drawings’, were created using a small flashlight in a dark room. The images disappeared almost as soon as they were taken. However, they left a wonderful sketch and figure of Picasso’s strokes through Mill’s incredible photography skills.

For more information, please visit life.com

16

Dec

Graffiti Meets Fine Art

The Tune - 100 x 100 cm - Acrylics on canvas

Untitled - 100 x 100 cm - Acrylics on canvas

Forgotten name - 100 x 100 cm - Acrylics on canvas

Tweens - 100 x 100 cm - Acrylics on canvas

Untitled - 100 x 100 cm - Acrylics on canvas

Robert Proch is a painter, illustrator and animator from Poland. His works are inspired by graffiti and fine art. According to an interview he had with jointhestudio.com, every painting is an individual case for Proch. He says “if I’m working with some specified set, there’s a major idea, series of sketches and then painting related to the concept.” Proch claims that a lot of his work is done through improvising, which is related to his conscious experience and gives him a lot of enjoyment. Through the atmosphere, weather, mood, music and environment that he works in, it helps him create the final result on the canvas. His work is abstract, but he truly brings his own distinct and unique style.

For more information, please visit robertproch.com

04

Dec

Abstract Photos by Blind Photographer

Above: “Reflection Abstract 80” - Winner of Best of Show Award, 11th Annual Members’ Show, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. 2011.

Craig Royal is an award winning visually impaired photographer from the Tampa Bay area. Royal was born with vision loss due to a congenital form of optic atropy. He was previously a sculptor and has only been practicing photography for four years. Royal’s works feature subject matter of all kinds. Using different techniques, he is able to bring out his intention for having abstract images and illustrating a philosophical perspective on the human condition.

For more information on Royal’s work, please visit facebook.com

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24

Nov

Try and Find China’s Invisible Man In the Photographs Below

Above: “Hiding in New York No. 1 - Wall Street Bull” - 2011

Above: “Hiding in the City No. 92 - Temple of Heaven” - 2010

Above: “Hiding in New York No. 3 - Magazine Rack” - 2011

Above: “Teatro alla Scala” - 2010

Above: “Hiding in the City No. 93 - Supermarket No. 2” - 2010

Above: “Hiding in the City No. 71 - Bulldozer” - 2008

Above: “Hiding in the City No. 16 & No. 17 - People’s Policeman” - 2006

Born in 1973 in Shandong, China, Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist known for taking photographs of himself being painted all over to blend in with the environment. Liu is also called “China’s Invisible Man”, where it will take up to four hours for his assistants to paint him. During the process, he must be completely still. According to Liu, his work is an attempt to represent the diminishing human emotions in today’s society. He wants to use his art to be a reflection on culture, the environment and the fast economic development in China. After hours of tedious work, Liu is able to successfully appear invisible in the photograph. Liu has painted himself into various parts of Beijing. And over the past few years, he has exhibited work in the UK, France and Italy. He graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

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13

Nov

The video above shows painter and sculptor Mario Martinez, aka MARS-1, working in his studio in San Francisco for his solo show at Fecal Face Dot Gallery space. MARS-1 paints from a critical, yet abstract perspective. As shown from the video above, MARS-1 skillfully creates three-dimensional forms and is able to distort the audience’s perception. His latest show titled “Everything Under The Sun" will captivate audiences and compel them to think of a different dimension of time and space in an alien world.  

For more information on MARS-1’s work, please visit mars-1.com

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11

Nov

Mind-Boggling Paintings

Praefectus Astana (The Dream Team), 2009 - acrylic on canvas - 6’ x 6’

Third Eye Mind (Vitruvian Brush Series), 2009 - acrylic & latex on canvas - 60” x 96”

Praefectus T.A.R. (Tibetan Autonomous Region), 2010 - acrylic on canvas - 33” x 66”

Brooklyn based artist, painter, calligrapher and filmmaker Romon Kimin Yang, aka Rostarr is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts. Rostarr is known for producing work that is colorful, abstract and mind-boggling. As you can see in the prints above, he experiments with different shapes to produce the desired effect. Rostarr has held numerous exhibitions in famous venues and has been featured publications such as Artforum, Modern Painters and The New York Times.

For more information on Rostarr’s work, please visit rostarr.com