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Marcela Cardenas

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April 18, 2014

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Marcela Cardenas is a fine artist based out of Medellín, Colombia who incorporates many mediums such as painting, drawing, and taxidermy installations revolving around the relationship of nature and animals.
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Daehyun Kim Returns

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April 15, 2014

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Daehyun Kim AKA Moonassi has been featured on December 2010 and on July 2012. His surreal figures and minimalist lines portray a unique interpretation of relationships and interactions between two subjects and the universe at large.
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Yaroslav Gerzhedovich

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April 13, 2014

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Russian artist Yaroslav Gerzhedovich is an illustrator based out of St. Petersburg who creates dark and gothic themed illustrations with photography, painting, and digital post-production.
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Mizuno Junko

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April 4, 2014

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Mizuno Junko is a Japanese manga artist based out of Tokyo. Her drawing style blends with colorful, childish sweetness with blood and terror that's termed Gothic kawaii or a kawaii noir style. Junko's art has a pop-art and psychedelic flair, and a sizable proportion of her published work is colored, rather than the black and white format typical of most Japanese comics.
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Serge Gay Jr.

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March 29, 2014

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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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Alessia Iannetti

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March 20, 2014

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Alessia Iannetti is an artist from Carrara, Italy who's nostalgic illustrations revolve around nature portraying beautiful variations of graphite.
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Dorian Vallejo

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March 20, 2014

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Artist Dorian Vallejo creates a visual representation of the struggles of humanity through a beautiful ethereal dance within a subconscious world. The colors and floating figures in his works create a metaphor for our pursuit of balance between the different aspects of our persona.
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Ryan Heshka

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March 18, 2014

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Canadian artist Ryan Heshka creates crazy surreal work straight out of science fiction horror flicks with a vintage flare. His marvelous illustrations are inspired by antiquated comics and pulp magazines.
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Kikyz1313

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March 13, 2014

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Kikyz1313 is an incredibly talented illustrator from Queretaro, Mexico. She arranges a combination of textures using macabre images of carcasses and cadavers with the innocence of children and nature.
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Jason Borders

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March 7, 2014

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“My work is a form of self-hypnosis. Its a way of turning off cognitive thought and simply reacting. Its very meditative. It is escapism, though in a certain sense, its a form of hyper-existence- of living purely in the moment. In this way the work becomes a method of overcoming fears. That said, a large part of what I do involves a familiarization with death. My belief is that, as painful as it can be, looking directly at death helps you to live your life with intent and purpose. In this light, the work I do delves into a place where the lines between life, death, fantasy and reality are blurred." -Jason Borders, Portland, Oregon.
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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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Robert Sammelin

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February 27, 2014

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Comic book artist, graphic designer and illustrator Robert Sammelin has a knack for drawing some bad ass ladies. His concept art has realized the likes of the Battlefield series as well as numerous other video games, comic books, covers for books and magazines.
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Jaume Montserrat

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February 20, 2014

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  Barcelona based artist Jaume Montserrat creates a series of hollow unraveling animals entitled "Emptyland." This collection is based on a dream he once had, of harmonious creatures  that lived without necessities and therefor fear. He illustrates the peaceful coexistence among what would seem like perfect beings and what that emptiness and lack of desire could look like.
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Boris Pelcer

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February 3, 2014

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Boris Pelcer is a Bosnian-born artist and designer based out of Milwaukee, WI, USA. He is driven by a desire to constantly experiment, which keeps him engaged in both his personal projects & commercial work.
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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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Connie Lim

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January 28, 2014

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LA based designer and illustrator Connie Lim merges fashion and fine art to create a beautiful and multitudinous series of playing cards. Each unique piece incorporates confidant, strong women with Lim's delicate yet bold artistic style and high end designs.
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Taisuke Mohri

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January 24, 2014

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Japanese artist Taisuke Mohri's pencil work renders 'cracked' glass portraits in a hyperreal way. His craftsmanship is bar none and the details of his color portraits are beautifully chromatic.
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Eric Richardson

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January 14, 2014

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Skilled set designer and accomplished artist Eric Rickardson shares with us his fantastic combinations of color and surrealism. "As an artist, Eric wants to encourage the viewer to follow the movement of paint and feel the radiating power that lies underneath vibrant color"
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EK Interview: Steve Johnson

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January 13, 2014

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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, they represent dynamic and deep personalities in us all.  Read his interview to hear more.
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Zaria Forman

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January 11, 2014

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“My inspiration for drawing began early in my life. Throughout my childhood my family traveled all over the world to remote landscapes which were the subject of my mother’s fine art photography. I developed an appreciation for the beauty and vastness of the ever-changing sky and sea. I loved watching a far off storm on the western desert plains, the monsoon rains of southern India, and the cold arctic light illuminating Greenland’s waters.” —Zaria Forman, Brooklyn, NY.
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