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October 11, 2014

THE LAST GASP - EMPTY KINGDOM - KICKSTARTER
Our good friends over at Last Gasp publishing who are in their 45th year of creating and distributing some of the finest books in art and alternative literature are running a Kickstarter campaign for their fall line. This campaign is near and dear to our hearts because as many of you probably know, the world of print has been going through many changes and difficulties in a digital age and for those that appreciate art you know having a finely printed book is a completely different experience than viewing online. We are doing our part to support them because there's nobody else like Last Gasp out there and we want them to keep on keepin' on. They have supported many of the artists we love and we hope you join us in supporting their campaign, they have lots of cool prizes so please check it out!
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Manabu Ikeda

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October 6, 2014

Manabu Ikeda - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Manabu Ikeda is an illustrator born in Taku City, Saga, Japan who currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. With his acrylic pen, he creates enormous and extremely intricate detailed work by portraying themes of civilization within nature but with an epic & chaotic outline. Many of his artwork can take up to a year to complete.
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Contraomnes: Artist Update

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September 29, 2014

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Sachin Teng a.k.a. Contraomnes is an illustrator originally from New York currently working in Los Angeles, CA. He was featured back in March 2010. "Art is less a craft than it is a language. Sometimes things get lost in translation, so I spend most of my time finding the artifacts people have left behind."
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Akino Kondoh

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September 22, 2014

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Japanese artist Akino Kondoh beautifully captures nostalgic childhood imaginations that once roamed and wandered our childhood minds. She illustrates lush landscapes, dark to colorful characters, as well as surreal themes that venture off to the deep end. Kondoh was born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan and now currently lives and works in New York since 2008.
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The Return of Ethan Murrow

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September 4, 2014

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Ethan Murrow is a New York City based artist who creates highly rendered graphite drawings. August 2010 was when we first featured him and we also have an exclusive interview from February 2011.
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Tall Trees of Portland

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August 17, 2014

At the Northwest Music fest in Portland this weekend Hellion Gallery will have a tent featuring a show called Tall Trees of Portland. The show features an installation from AJ Fosik as well as pieces by Morgaine Faye, Blaine Fontana, Zach Johnsen, Maryanna Hoggatt, Jon Macnair, Lauren Gonsalves, Susannah Kelly, Amy Ruppel, Brett Superstar, Cole Gerst, Jen Lobo, Jennifer Parks, Martin Ontiveros, Brin Levinson, Joe Shea, Stella Im Hultberg, Bradley Delay and Keith Carter. The assorted artists have rendered their depictions of 12 Inch Album covers which will all be on display. So if you're in Rose City come check out the music and the art!
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Kaethe Butcher

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August 7, 2014

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Kaethe Butcher is a 23 year old German artist who illustrates women in very erotic and provocative ways. She’s heavily influenced by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, as well as Art Nouveau, which gives her seductive drawings a touch of romance.
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Andrew Archer Revisit

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July 29, 2014

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The marvelous artist from New Zealand is back with his timeless style and chromatic brilliance. Illustrator and crayon enthusiast, Andrew Archer first appeared on EK on January 2010. The latest in his surrealistic repertoire explodes with aberrant wonder, inspired by cartoons and Edo period art among other mediums that portray sublime narratives.
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“Fruits” by Aurel Schmidt

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July 23, 2014

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Aurel Schmidt is an artist from Kamloops, BC, Canada currently working out of New York City who embodies luscious fruits and organic vegetables with various private 'body parts'. Aurel Schmidt is truly one of a kind and you can see her previous Empty Kingdom feature from September 2010.
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Pablo Jurado Ruiz

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July 22, 2014

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"With a creative concept based primarily on human representation, I try to tell stories through a minimalist and subtle vision. My current work is focuses on a simple but realistic drawing and worked in an impressionist technique, complex and very accurate as pointillism or stippling art. I like to talk about love, disappointment, nature, childhood… and I show it in a glance, a gesture or a detail as if it were a metaphor of life." -Pablo Jurado Ruiz, Madrid, Spain
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Jo In Hyuk

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July 21, 2014

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Jo In Hyuk is an illustrator/graphic designer from Seoul, South Korea who draws fashion influenced designs. Mr. Hyuk's craftsmanship is so clean, precise, and diverse from cross hatching to minimal line drawings.
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Casey Cripe

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July 8, 2014

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Art is a personal composition of the reality that surrounds us and artist/scientist Casey Cripe's work takes that concept to a crazy intricate level. Each piece is a map of the exploration of life, self and the universe. His ability to capture the beauty of anatomical figures and scientific complexities result in an imaginative juxtaposition of the surreal and hyper-real.
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Adam Tan

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July 3, 2014

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If somber and slightly morose illustrations ever give me a warm and fuzzy feeling, they are likely done by Adam Tan. He uses a spectrum of ambient colors and shades to give a stillness that either complements or offset his varied pieces. This fellow Adventure Time enthusiast and talented mixed media illustrator resides in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Lena Klyukina

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July 1, 2014

Lena Klyukina - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Lena Klyukina is an artist based out of Vilnius, Lithuania who draws up highly rendered themes of radical cyber punk illustrations which reminisce the psychedelic age of the 60s and 70s.
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N8 Van Dyke

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July 1, 2014

N8 Van Dyke - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
N8 Van Dyke is a full time art making machine who manipulates any medium to his will, with sheer raw illustrative skill. He has provided his talents for the likes of Burton Snowboards, XBox, PlayStation, various rock bands etc. His work has also graced the covers of magazines all over the world including Taiwan, Australia and France.
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Christina Pettersson

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June 25, 2014

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Swedish artist Christina Pettersson explores resurrection and savage demise on a grand scale once reserved for history painting. Her large graphite works on paper reference classic mythology and literature, and include herself as the recurring female figure surrounded by animals, most particularly birds.
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Mojo Wang

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June 19, 2014

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Mojo Wang is an illustrator/digital artist based out of Shanghai, China who draws eccentric oddities and themes of queer intimacy.
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EK Interview: Joel Daniel Phillips

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June 16, 2014

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The work of Joel Daniel Phillips is as beautiful and detailed as it is meaningful.  His illustrations depicting homeless and indigent individuals humanize a normally ignored class of the population, as visible as they are forgotten, Joel forces us to face what is around us every day but we do not see.  You can see two of his pieces currently at 111 Minna as part of the Empty Kingdom Art Show that goes through July.  Check it out if you have a moment!
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Kristian Evju

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June 9, 2014

Art Blog - Kristian Evju - Empty Kingdom
London based artist Kristian Evju creates beautiful drawings and paintings that are slightly surreal; mixing portraiture with symbols of another time. Educated at The Edinburgh College of Art and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, Evju has had a number of solo exhibitions in Europe and recently made his work available in prints. ENJOY!
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Armando Veve

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June 6, 2014

Armando Veve - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Mad artist Armando Veve has been producing intriguing art since the day he first put pen to paper. Armando is BFA graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and his illustrations have been published in the New York Times.
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