EK Interview: Tim Barnard

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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EK Interview: Mr. Mead

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 Interview: Lauren Marx

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…

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EK Interview: Christina Pettersson

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…

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EK Interview: Casey Cripe

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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Tall Trees of Portland

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…

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EK Interview: Joel Daniel Phillips

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…

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EK Interview: Steve Johnson

The work of Steve Johnson is as insightful as it is beautiful and detailed.  Each piece tells a story and his stories are universal, addressing the very differences and challenges humans encounter in their daily life.  To hear Steve tell it, the juxtaposition of rats and chickadee, though opposing, shouldn’t be boiled down to simple binary forces,…

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EK Interview: AJ Frena

 AJ Frena‘s work is violent and beautiful, there’s as much humanity in his animals as there is animalism in us humans.  His work is well thought and concise, even if the execution is chaotic at times the emotion is clear but developed.  His interview follows, I suggest you read it:

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EK Interview: Iain Macarthur

Iain Macarthur ‘s illustrations have found their way onto Empty Kingdom two times, in March 2011 and 2010.  They are awesome.  His lines are precise and poignant, his sketching and patterns call the eye to look and don’t let it turn away.  Intricate, surreal and intense, I want to stare at a piece in real life.  Check out what…

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EK Interview: Ori Toor

Ori Toor is an animator and illustrator based out of Tel Aviv, Israel. Whether it be a still or moving image, everything starts with a simple pencil stroke. The painstakingly meticulous nature of his works can be exemplified in his latest music video Evoking Spirits. A simple yet inspiring piece that gave me the initial…

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