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Nigel Van Wieck

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August 28, 2015

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Nigel Van Wieck is an American painter who lives and works in New York.
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Nicola Samorì Revisit

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August 24, 2015

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Nicola Samorì is an Italian artist who paints at a completely different level and dimension. His baroque style and gothic themed portraits leave behind dismal everlasting emotions. He was first featured in back in September 2011 and January 2012 with an exclusive EK interview. Nicola Samorì is hands down one of Empty Kingdom’s greatest featured artists.
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NOT ART

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August 22, 2015

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"This is Not Art. It’s not deeply meaningful or vaguely philosophical. It’s not calculated or exact. It is only a series of posters designed from classic paintings. A simple reinterpretation of how we saw them. Our tribute to art and design." -Warsheh, Amman, Jordan
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Randy Mora

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August 11, 2015

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Randy Mora is a collage artist residing in Bogota, Colombia who’s work has featured in Wired, GQ, The Guardian, among many others.
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Seonna Hong

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August 9, 2015

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Seonna Hong is a painter based out of Los Angeles, CA, who portrays themes of exploration with a psychedelic touch. Each slab of layer and element are abstractly different ranging from simplistic, loose, and surreal.
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Hannah Faith Yata

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July 31, 2015

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Hannah Yata was previously featured back in November 2013, and just like it happened the first time when I came across her work, I almost swallowed my own tongue...again.
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Jeff Huntington

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July 27, 2015

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Originally hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Jeff Huntington is an artist currently based out of Annapolis, Maryland where he continues hones his craft. Hone on Mr. Huntington, hone on (what?).
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Benjamin Garcia Revisit

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July 24, 2015

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Benjamin Garcia is a Venezuelan painter who was previously featured back in October 2012, and we bring him back on this glorious Friday to check out his body of work since his last visit.
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Paul Kaptein

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July 20, 2015

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Paul Kaptein is an artist based out of Perth, Australia who creates wooden sculptures of the trippy kind...the one kind that I love.
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Claire Harvey

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July 17, 2015

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Claire Harvey is a British artist who paints intimate works on canvas and everyday materials such as post its, slides, acetates, and scotch tape. This is a selection from both ongoing series and completed works intended to give an over view rather than a complete catalogue.
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Takeshi Haguri

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July 16, 2015

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Originally hailing from Nagoya, Japan, Takeshi Haguri creates detailed wooden sculptures of traditional figures from Japanese art and culture covered in intricate tattoos. I'm tickled pink (I actually have no idea what that phrase means to be honest) to be back, but as Ricky Ricardo said, all of us in the EK fam-bams "have a lot of 'splaining to do" for being MIA for so long.
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Collages by Rocío Montoya

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July 5, 2015

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Rocío Montoya is a photographer/new media artist based out of Madrid, Spain. Her experimental collage portraits are approached with personal explorations by transforming reality and manipulating images to convey their perception of the environment through aesthetic experiences.
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Dirty Bandits

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June 26, 2015

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San Francisco based firm Dirty Bandit's series entitled 'I'm a Piece of Garbage' involves dragging in discarded items from the street and painting self deprecating phrases on them. Gui Machado photographed them on pristine, bright happy backgrounds, producing both a number of physical objects as well as a set of prints for this series.
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Nao Ikuma

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June 22, 2015

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Nao Ikuma is a Japanese artist who engraves beautifully dark toned etchings by combining humans with nature in otherworldly ways.
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Rebecca Szeto

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June 19, 2015

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"These works are an homage to an often lost sensibility and quality, not simply the look, of Old Masters' works. They (con)fuse realities between politics and consumerism, pointing to an endless loop of transformative regeneration and redemption. Paint and Brush are ripe for visual wordplay: Women's work and their brush off from much of art history, whitewashing of culture, and bristling at patriarchy, bourgeois ideals and waste." -Rebecca Szeto, San Francisco, CA
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Ernesto Artillo

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June 10, 2015

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Working primarily in Fashion, Ernesto Artillo is an editorial collagist, as I would like to call him. He transforms high fashion into fractured, distorted portraits, using photography and collage. His work varies from obscure, minimalist collage to more dizzying and surreal landscapes (at times echoing Cubism) with the human body being cut by bold stripes of color and abstract imagery. He has worked with the biggest names in fashion from Louis Vuitton to Burberry to Maison Martin Margiela.
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Bystander by June Lee

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June 8, 2015

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“Human beings cannot live alone; thus they form groups and societies. Ironically, however, this characteristic of human beings does not guarantee that individuals always form intimate ties with others.” -June Lee, South Korea
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EK Interview: Justin Hopkins

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June 1, 2015

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Justin Hopkins's paintings are big and loud. There's a lot going on in and behind them. Check out Justin's interview to take a peek at what's going on behind the oil.
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Mark Khaisman’s Tape Noir

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May 22, 2015

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Mark Khaisman is an artist based out of Philadelphia who creates portraits with translucent packing tape. “Tape reflects everything in human nature from practicality and banality to democratic techniques, used one way or another, in everyone’s tactile experience.”
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Charles Avery

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November 3, 2014

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Charles Avery has devoted his practice to the description of a fictional Island which he continues to elaborate with its own population, customs and cosmology, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts and moving images.
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