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Mark Heine

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December 8, 2016

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"I am a storyteller. My art is the expression of a carefully chosen moment, captured from a larger narrative. This story is constantly playing, moving forward and changing, as each painting alters the course of the narrative. As it ignites my imagination for the next. So the road is never a straight line." -Mark Heine, Victoria, BC
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Picasso’s ‘Light Drawings’ 1949

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December 5, 2016

In 1949 Pablo Picasso was visited by Gjon Mili, a photographer and lighting innovator, who introduced Picasso to his photographs of ice skaters with lights attached to their skates. Immediately Picasso started making images in the air with a small flashlight in a dark room. This series of photos became known as Picasso's "light drawings."
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Zhou Fan

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November 30, 2016

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Feast your eyes on mind melting landscapes from Zhou Fan aka Chou Fan. The artist is based out of Shanghai, China, who typically paints with acrylics. We previously featured another one his bizarre yet beautiful illustrated series back in May 2010.
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EK Podcast: Jenny Suen Interview

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November 14, 2016

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Hello lovely listeners! today we have the pleasure of sitting down with Jenny Suen! She is a talented young director, producer, and artist hailing from Hong Kong! We talk about the nature of art, criticism, life, and the her collaborations with the famed cinematographer and artist Christopher Doyle! She is currently in pre-production for her first feature film and we talk about the lovely documentary film called Hong Kong Trilogy! It was a beautiful, philosophical, and honest interview and we are looking forward to her future work so stay tuned!
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Beata Chrzanowska

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November 12, 2016

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Beata Chrzanowska's works encompass what a tender dance between color and form would look like. Highly realistic yet minimal, her painted figures naturally coexist among sharp spontaneous geometry.
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Joel Sossa

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November 7, 2016

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Joel Sossa is a photographer from Guadalajara, México who beautifully captures light during magic hour.
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ICON

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November 3, 2016

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ICON is a portrait series photographed by Evelyn Bencicova and Marek Wurfl who are both based out of Bratislava, Slovakia.
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ANIMALCOHOLICS

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October 27, 2016

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As people drink, they lose their self control and self consciousness, their primal instincts appear, and they become more like animals. For her latest mind bending work ANIMALCOHOLICS, Frieke Janssens, as in her famous Smoking Kids series, tackles addiction and social changes.
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Nikita Kaun

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October 23, 2016

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Nikita Kaun is a self taught artist based out of Saint-Petersburg, Russia. His body of work is beautifully terrifying while breathing color and life through grunge and gothic illustrations.
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Simon Stålenhag Revisit

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October 20, 2016

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Simon Stålenhag is a painter based out of Stockholm, Sweden who portrays a not to distant dystopian future. A society coinciding with free-roaming robots is as common as a raccoon digging through our dumpsters. He was previously featured on Empty Kingdom back in November 2015.
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Crystal Morey: Modern Eden Gallery

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October 17, 2016

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Crystal Morey is a sculptress from the Bay Area who's solo debut show entitled 'Delicate Dependencies' is currently being showcased at the Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco. More info after the break.
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Andi Soto

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October 13, 2016

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Andi Soto is a self-taught illustrator based out of Panama, who is inspired by human anatomy and emotions, combined with complex line arts and soft yet brutal botanical and zoology studies.
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James Gortner

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October 9, 2016

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James Gortner's mixed-media works feature assemblages of found paintings, which he collects from art schools, studio buildings, thrift stores, and independent artist contribution. He then paints the assemblage with layers of painterly language ranging from abstract to hyper-realistic.
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Hong Wai

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October 6, 2016

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Shanghai-born artist Hong Wai Hong Wai uses her brush with uncommon skill, mastering the nuances of ink a well as the wash effect. Her works, using live with live models, exude an intimacy rare in Chinese painting. They are both highly feminine and feminist, examples of not just the beauty of the female form but also, somehow, their bold claim to independence in love and in spirit.
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Lumi Tuomi

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October 1, 2016

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Finnish self-portrait photographer Lumi Tuomi's body of work truly captures atmospheric tones and ethereal moods by bringing out the scent of early morning dew and beautiful flora.
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Josan Gonzalez

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September 29, 2016

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Josan Gonzalez is an illustrator based out of Sabadell, Spain who produces cyberpunk themes with a nostalgic & retro-futuristic approach. He just had his second successful kickstarter campaign entitled 'The Future is Now', which is about to release in October 2016.
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Andrea Wan

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September 24, 2016

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Andrea Wan is an illustrator born in Hong Kong, and based out of Berlin, Germany. She has a background in filmmaking and animation, which later led her to studying illustration in Denmark. She also used to teach piano.
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Gerald Brockhurst

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September 22, 2016

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Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (October 31, 1890 – May 4, 1978) was an English painter who was celebrated as a portraitist, painting society figures such as Marlene Dietrich and the Duchess of Windsor. Today he is best known for his small etched prints of beautiful, idealized women - many of them modelled by his first and second wives.
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Ellen Rodgers

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September 18, 2016

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Ellen Rodgers is no stranger to Empty Kingdom. The London-based photographer always continues to blow us away every year. Her series ’Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword’ was originally published back in December 2015. Ellen portrays work revolving around of myth, folklore, religion, and literature.
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Michal Lisowski Revisit

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September 14, 2016

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Michal Lisowski is an illustrator based out of Warsaw, Poland who has worked for clients and musicians such as Blizzard, WSJ, Platige Image, and SBTRKT. He was originally featured back in November 2011.
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