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EK Sketchbook: Russ Mills

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April 27, 2016

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Russ Mills has been interviewed and featured twice. We've loved his work since the first day we saw it and our Sketchbook Series has given us an opportunity to look into the work that goes on behind the scenes. Take a look for yourself:
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EK Interview: Tim Barnard

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April 25, 2016

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Tim Barnard's illustrations are a mash-up of so many enmeshed and overlapping subjects, and some of his works find their way into public/alternative spaces. Within his confines of a gray scale, he plays with dimension, perspective, and text.
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Frédéric Clavére

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April 22, 2016

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Frédéric Clavére's body of work revolves around politics, religion, and warfare. The agitator outlines and paints within multiple mediums by implementing cutouts from magazines, books, and ads. Clavére currently works out of Marseille and teaches out of Nice, France.
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Andrew Hem Revisit

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April 17, 2016

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Andrew Hem was born during his parents' flight from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide. His paintings now illustrate a search for inner peace, mindfulness, seeking balance between east and west. He was originally featured on September 2010.
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EK Sketchbook: Nicholas Di Genova

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April 13, 2016

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Nicholas Di Genova has been featured, interviewed, and has participated in one of our roundtables. Through his work he's proven himself to be incredibly talented, portraying colorful and exotic creatures of his some horror fantasy dreamworld. Hiw words portray him as clever, insightful, and intelligent. As part of our ongoing Sketchbook series he has shown us a peak into the mind behind all that work and all those words. Humor, intrigue, art! He's got it all, folks.
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Robert Fawcett

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April 7, 2016

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Robert Fawcett (1903–1967) was an illustrator who was originally trained as a fine artist but with poor pay and political infighting of the fine arts world, he decided to commit himself to commercial art, where he was successful. He was slightly color blind with a strong eye for detail.
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EK Sketchbook: Raphaël Vicenzi

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April 6, 2016

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We featured Raphaël Vicenze back in 2010 and interviewed him in 2012 so it's been a while since we saw anything from him. We thought it would be a great time to get in touch with him and see what he had going on. His work pops off the page, more a parade of images than a series of paintings. He's agreed to participate in our Sketchbook series so without further ado we present a look behind the scenes at his work!
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EK Sketchbook: Heidi Taillefer

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March 30, 2016

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We've featured Heidi Taillefer twice, and interviewed her to boot! Her work is packed with nuance and meaning and is extremely diverse in it's content. Where does it all come from? As part of the EK Sketchbook series she's honored us with a peek behind the scenes, at the work that goes on before she begins a piece. Take a look inside her mind!
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Redd Walitzki Revisit

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March 24, 2016

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Redd Walitzki’s vivid muses are influenced by the glamour of high-fashion, while often exploring the darker side of human impact on ecology. Walitzki was originally featured back in May 2013.
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EK Interview: Mr. Mead

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March 24, 2016

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Mr. Mead's surreal illustrations examine his personal fears, materializing as looming and haunting forms. These dandified and often masked animal-people provoke viewers with their bizarre gesticulations. Mr. Mead animates the inhabitants of the darkness, often providing these characters with finely trimmed suits.
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EK SHOP: MICHAEL REEDY

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March 7, 2016

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Michael Reedy Michael Reedy is one of our favorite artists here at EK. His level of detail and seamless blending of mediums within each piece is really amazing to behold in person. We were fortunate to have Michael as part of one of our past shows, and he definitely commanded his space with the quality of his art. His work, just as many artists, deserve a really close look in person, you won't be disappointed. We have some amazing prints and originals and really affordable so please, enjoy. I just literally bought myself a print for "Ms. Robinson," because I can't afford an original yet. YET!!!
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EK Interview: Lauren Marx

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February 26, 2016

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My oh my do I love the work of Lauren Marx. Violent, brutal, unrestrained, her art makes me feel primal and stirs something ancient and normally restrained within me. Colorful, beautiful, and elegant, her content is a contradiction, carnal yet refined. And as a person she is deep, insightful, and honest. Her interview is touching and a damn good read:
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Hellion Gallery: EMA Show

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February 16, 2016

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Hellion Gallery in Portland, OR is currently having a show with a number of phenomenal artists. They were tasked with each making an Ema, a small wooden plaque on which prayers or wishes are written. These are then left hanging for spirits or gods to see. The pieces are diverse and beautiful as their creators. Additionally a number of the artists in the show took a few minutes to answer a prompt, so check out the show if you're in the Hood! And check out their work and thoughts:
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EK Interview: Christina Pettersson

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February 1, 2016

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Christina Pettersson's black and white drawings portray a world where mystery still rules. Where the old gods and goddesses are alive and strong, without color she draws living, visceral pieces that draw you in, call to you, make you think of the world that might be, not see the world as it is. Her imagination runs deep and cannot be denied, nor resisted as it calls the viewer to dream with her. Check out her interview:
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EK Interview: Casey Cripe

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January 4, 2016

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Casey Cripe makes art that describes and challenges the boundaries of the world around us. From the atomic level to the galactic, he methodically describes the world and how it is ordered and functions. His work illustrates the universe, ornate and beautiful, in both finite and infinite dimensions. Check out his interview:
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EK Interview: Kristian Evju

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December 18, 2015

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Kristian Evju's paintings explore the world of fashion and nature simultaneously. They are existential explorations using pattern and design. Check out his interview to go deeper into his world:
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Anouk Griffioen Revisit

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December 1, 2015

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When we enter a room of artworks by Anouk Griffioen we find ourselves surrounded by colossal people, hybrid beings and shadows. The auras of these works can be frightening, strange and confusing, but they also arouse the viewer's curiosity about the inner beings inside her creations. Griffioen amalgamates reality and imagination; flora and fauna merge seamlessly into one another, thus forming surrealistic dream worlds.
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Visceral

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November 28, 2015

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Both Colombian photographer Paola Rojas H. and illustrator David Pérez's latest series entitled Visceral portrays models displaying the human anatomy from 'inside out'. They chose blue and red as their primary colors to represent the frozen body and the fiery heart.
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EK Podcast #2: N8 Van Dyke Interview

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November 19, 2015

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For the Empty Kingdom podcast's second episode, we spent a pleasant hour with an old favorite of ours -the great Nate Van Dyke, legendary artist/illustrator, and the tallest, most pleasant beer drinking man we've ever met. We first interviewed him for the never released art documentary that was our first project before even the website existed.
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Cinematastica by Tomer Hanuka

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November 11, 2015

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Tomer Hanuka was previously featured here. He is an Illustrator and a comics artist. He also apparently has a brother who is also a talented illustrator. I don't know who the older and it seems they get along but I wonder if they ever got in art wars growing up. "No you're better!" "No YOU'RE BETTER!!!!" "RRAAAHHHH!!!!" (start painting on each other's faces and giggling with brotherly love.) -His movie posters are pretty cool. You had me at Badlands and sealed the deal with Kubrick.
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