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Floral + Anatomy

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April 16, 2014

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These beautiful floral, anatomical themed collages are designed by Moscow-based artist known as ‘FFO’. FFO composes classic, vintage illustrations that organically blend and mold together. The artist has also created all the alphabets in a herbaceous fashion. FFO is bottom line amazing and at the moment is my favorite collage artist.
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Serge Gay Jr.

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March 29, 2014

Serge Gay Jr - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Serge Gay Jr. is a Grammy nominated illustrator / fine artist / graphic designer currently based out of San Francisco, California. Early on he embarked on a journey of self-discovery aimed at unlocking the potential of his deep seeded creativity through education. New World School of the Arts in Miami exposed him to relationships, concepts and experiences to nurture, develop and channel his artistic instinct. The College for Creative Studies in Detroit would then help him to further refine his skills and build the foundation for his art career.
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Raqib Shaw

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March 6, 2014

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Indian-born Raqib Shaw is a London based artist who is known for painting royalty, raw, beautiful chaos that could make kings from all corners of the map stand in line and RSVP for. His paintings scream themes of mythology, religion, and decorative arts from both eastern and western traditions. Jesus and Satan would both weep tears of horror and bliss.
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Sebastien Ospina

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February 12, 2014

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Sebastien Ospina aka Underball is a collage artist based out of Mexico City who creates juxtapositions from minimal to eccentric styles with elements of fashion and vintage clippings.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

TOP 100 2013
[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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Miss KK

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January 23, 2014

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Just when I thought street art couldn't throw me another curveball, Miss KK comes out killin' it with originality. This Hungarian street artist's arrangements of imagery and cheeky commentary on pop culture, formulate a fresh take on the most iconic images of today's culture.
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Luis Gomez

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January 8, 2014

Luis Gomez - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Luis Gomez aka Obscure Design is a new media collage artist based out of Los Angeles, CA. The man has a fresh, colorful, and controversial approach to our media driven society. Enjoy!
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“The Future White Women of Azania Saga”

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December 15, 2013

Athi-Patra Ruga - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Athi-Patra Ruga is one of a handful of artists, working in South Africa today, who has adopted the tropes of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era. Ruga has always worked with creating alternative identities that sublimate marginalized experience into something strangely identifiable. He is currently being showcased at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery till February 8th 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. More images and info after the break.
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Joe Castro

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December 6, 2013

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Based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joe Castro is a collage artist who arms himself with an X-Acto knife and matte medium gel to create his art pieces. "I enjoy the challenge of limitation–fixed sizes, shapes and colors–of having to figure out how to take a specific collection of images and bring them together into a form that then takes on a life of it’s own. Mentally, moving the pieces of paper around is like playing a never ending game of chess with yourself that only ends when your opponent stops breathing.
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Archan Nair Part II

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November 30, 2013

Archan Nair - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Archan Nair (b.1982, New Delhi) is a self developed visual artist, illustrator and Art Director, specializing in mixed media, illustration, and digital art. Archan is inspired by various phases and forms of life to create highly intricate works that connect the various dimensions of our existence.
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HANDIEDAN

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November 2, 2013

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HANDIEDAN is an artist currently based out of Amsterdam, Netherlands who creates complex handmade collage pieces that are intricately and meticulously layered to build the surface that stands out in relief. HANDIEDAN's work is influenced by Baroque and Victorian Neo-Classicis designs, and she creates her pieces out of international currencies and stamps, antique sheet music ornaments, playing cards, cigar bands, classic pin-up girls, and other personal and found items.
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Joe Webb

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August 24, 2013

art blog - Joe Webb - empty kingdom
"My collages work to a basic rule of sourcing just two or three images....Then I present them as a reinvented single image with the objective of communicating a new message or idea. I like the limitations of collage...using found imagery and a pair of scissors, there are no Photoshop options to resize, adjust colours or undo...I wish I had been born 100 years ago." - Joe Webb
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Mike Alcantara

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August 18, 2013

art blog - Mike Alcantara - empty kingdom
Awesome mind-blowing work, but one question does pop into my head...how do comic book collectors feel about Mike Alcantara's work? Alcantara is a collage artist that uses actual comics to create one-off collage pieces, and they're definitely well executed. Alcantara doesn't use anything else in his works. No markers, no paints, no nothing...just comic books!
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Carl Warner

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August 16, 2013

Carl Warner - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Carl Werner is a British photographer based out of London, UK who shoots the human body in reminiscences of desert landscapes and mountains. He positions his models by manipulating the elements of the terrain resulting in a very peculiar juxtaposition.
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MiraRuido (Joseba Elorza)

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July 17, 2013

art blog - MiraRuido - Joseba Elorza - empty kingdom
MiraRuido (Joseba Elorza) is an artist originally hailing from Vitoria, Spain who creates beautiful digital collage/illustrations, all of which can be viewed on his site in super-duper-hyper high-res! MiraRuido's artist alias is based off of two Spanish words: "Mira" = Look & "Ruido" = Noise.
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David Kracov

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July 15, 2013

David Kracov - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Los Angeles based artist David Kracov's paintbrush is guided by the ever-changing muse of pop culture, whose clay is shaped by the witty puns of the English language, and whose designs are brought to life by his literary prowess, has left his unmistakable fingerprint on the world of modern art. Sculptor, painter, and animator, his hands have also helped shape landmark movies including The Lion King and The Swan Princess; David truly understands how to capture the hearts of young and old alike.
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Lynn Skordal

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June 19, 2013

art blog - Lynn Skordal - empty kingdom
Based out of Mercer Island, Washington, Lynn Skordal is a retired lawyer turned collage artist who creates works on paper from an island in the middle of the lake. Skordal's original passion and love for art was her motivation to make the transition from being a lawyer to becoming an artist...awesomesauce.
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Hugo Barros

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June 16, 2013

art blog - Hugo Barros - empty kingdom
Hugo Barros is an artist from beautiful Lisbon, Portugal who creates handmade collages without any use of any digital manipulation. Looking through Barros' body of work, you can easily spot different collage pieces with recycled images that he reuses to create different visual variants of the work.
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Sammy Slabbinck Round Deux

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May 28, 2013

art blog - Sammy Slabbinck - empty kingdom
The collage artist Sammy Slabbinck makes another return to EK since his last feature in April 2012. Slabbinck is currently based out of Belgium where he continues to create his collage pieces. Come on this journey brought to you by Slabbinck, himself.
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Pilar Zeta

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May 27, 2013

art blog - Pilar Zeta - empty kingdom
Pilar Zeta is an artist currently based out of Berlin, Germany who operates a multidisciplinary boutique agency, RAD, that produces everything from graphic design, cover art, product design, poster art, motion graphics, and illustration among other art and design services. Zeta has worked for many clients, such as Ultramajic, Universal Records, Pulse Radio, Fuse Brussels, and Foundry Clothing to list just a few.
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