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Personal Mythologies Explore the Banal & Bizarre

Thursday 07.03.2014 , Posted by
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Ben Smith’s paintings take the ordinary, even the banal, and transforms it into something curious and unique. Many of his works are portraits, but far from recording reality, they touch on the surreal by adding multiples of the subject, other strangely placed characters, or even conjoined creatures that are obliquely interacted with. In short, his subjects are experiencing something pretty far out. [Read more...]

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The Bizarre, Surreal Worlds of Painter Jung-Yeon Min

Tuesday 05.07.2013 , Posted by

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Her work rides a fine line between the grotesque and the beautiful, at once begging us to explore deeper and at the same time frightening us with what we find. Korean born, Paris based Jung-Yeon Min creates elaborate landscapes filled with organic, globular forms that resemble things as lovely as clouds and as revolting as innards. Like multiple worlds layered on top of each other, geometric forms and elements of reality weave their way into the scene – from polar bears and humans, to distant mountain ranges and lost luggage. It’s a world of the strange and the familiar. [Read more...]

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Horse Paintings Leap into Color

Wednesday 04.24.2013 , Posted by

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Horses have been a part of Yaheya Pasha’s family background for generations. Not only did her parents grow up with horses, but her grandfather was an avid horseman and polo player in India. Now, with her own love for art, she has translated her families passion into fine equestrian paintings which capture the movement of the horse through clean lines, and brilliant colors. [Read more...]

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Robots and Donuts Join Forces

Saturday 04.20.2013 , Posted by

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Eric Joyner has made a name for himself over the past few years with his signature Robot and Donuts series of paintings. In his works, he depicts retro robots exploring and participating in a variety of activities… but somewhere in the painting donuts are incorporated. So, why Robots and Donuts? In his interview with Electix, Eric says: [Read more...]

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Four-Eyed Cats are Creepy… Like Real Cats

Monday 03.11.2013 , Posted by

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Without even trying, cats can be really creepy at times. Well actually, maybe they are trying. They run maniacally around the house for seemingly no reason; they hide in boxes for us to find them; and most disconcertingly, they stare at us with those big, glowing, curious eyes. Artist Casey Weldon knows this so he’s lately been creating cat paintings with double the creepiness – cats with four eyes. [Read more...]

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Bizarre Portraits from a Patterned Dream

Monday 12.17.2012 , Posted by

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If you combined the work of Salvador Dali with those Magic Eye books, you might have something close to the paintings of Canadian artist Sascha Braunig. Her works embody the unique duality of at once being highly beautiful and highly disturbing. They aren’t the type of things you want to see in your next dream or drug trip. [Read more...]

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Galactic Time Travel With Alec Huxley

Friday 04.27.2012 , Posted by

Have your dreams ever been influenced by a movie you were watching, or a book you were reading before you went to bed? Maybe you were watching Mad Men or Leave It To Beaver and flipped to the Sci-fi channel until your eyes became so heavy you never realized you dozed off… until you awoke with the most vivid dreams still intact in your memory. Perhaps you unintentionally combined the two stories creating something like a wild west alien invasion or a trip to the moon with June and Ward Cleaver. This example might be a little off the wall to some but that isn’t the case with San Franciscan artist Alec Huxley. [Read more...]

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Gorgeous Geeky Art with An Electronic Beat

Monday 03.12.2012 , Posted by

If there is one theme that pervades the fantastic artwork of painter Aaron Jasinski, it’s music. It’s not too surprising when you consider that he not only grew up surrounded by his family of musicians, but he now mixes some very excellent electronic beats himself — from ambient to dubstep. His works hit as many high notes as his music, with loads of pop culture references mingling with nostalgia, social commentary and even whimsical creatures… all rendered with what he calls a “Technicolor” palette. Each work seems to tell a complete story, easily standing on its own and drawing us in to his beautiful, if not geeky world. [Read more...]

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Dinner Time Inside A Brachiosaurus

Sunday 08.21.2011 , Posted by

We like that designer and artist Shyama Golden points out that her first name rhymes with Llama and that the y is silent. Even more, we enjoy her excellent paintings of human life happening inside prehistoric animals… yes it has a distinct Pee-Wee Herman meets dinosaur feel to it, and that doesn’t hurt. Residing in Austin, TX, Golden works independently and has clients that include such varied examples as Mattel, Gibson Guitars, Southwest Airline’s Spirit Magazine and NASA. [Read more...]

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Pop Culture Distortion: Paintings From Santi Miko

Wednesday 05.25.2011 , Posted by

Looking like a mix between street art and the distorted work of Salvador Dali, graphic designer Santi Miko paints bold acrylic figures. Exploding out of his paintings are pop culture icons, classic and modern art references and plenty of fantastically flexible women. See more of this Yogyakarta, Indonesia based artists work on flickr. [Read more...]

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