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Magnus Gjoen

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April 26, 2016

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Magnus Gjoen examines how to change peoples relationship and preconceived notions of objects. Something which is potentially extremely destructive can be made into beautiful yet fragile objects of art. It’s this misconception of beauty which Magnus Gjoen wants us to see in a different light, being it weapons, animals or the human race itself.
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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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EK Interview: Amber Chavez

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April 22, 2016

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In her photography, Amber Chavez speaks to the solitary subject within the confined space of their interiority. The destruction, the suffocation, the rawness, and the vices are carefully provoked. Chavez invigorates recognizable subject matter and through it, she coaxes her viewers into her work. This, in turn, suggests a certain (auto)biographical narrative. Check out Chavez's work in her EK feature from 2011!
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EK Interview: Stephanie Buer

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April 18, 2016

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The imagery of Stephanie Buer's paintings and drawings recalls her time spent in Detroit, Michigan. While dilapidated and human-free edifices dominate her works, Buer speaks to Detroit's artistic initiatives and to the changing cityscape. Check out Stephanie's other Empty Kingdom interview and post !
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Bharti Kher

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April 14, 2016

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Bharti Kher is a fine artist who lives and works in New Delhi, India. Majority of her sculptures and installations explores and challenges cultural misunderstandings and social taboos of modern society.
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Henrietta Harris

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April 10, 2016

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New Zealand based artist Henrietta Harris' paintings often involve portraits with a departure into the surreal, with faces skillfully obscured and misplaced by the clean sweep of a brushstroke. She primarily works with watercolor paint on paper.
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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 Interview: Susannah Martin

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April 4, 2016

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Susannah Martin exposes the human form in naturalistic and photo realistic scenes. On canvas, her vividly painted subjects interact with land and animal and express a contemplative curiosity. Through them, Martin speaks to themes such as the German political landscape and she makes clear her rich understanding of the history of art. Empty Kingdom first featured her works in March 2013.
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Close Your Eyes and Think of England

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April 3, 2016

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“Close Your Eyes and Think of England” is a photography/installation series from Hannah Farrell who is based out of Manchester, UK.
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EK Sketchbook: Christy Lee Rogers

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March 23, 2016

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Christy Lee Rogers has both been featured and interviewed on Empty Kingdom. Her work is amazing, deep, and beautiful. For the EK Sketchbook series she has given us a peek behind the scenes, at her notebook, some work in progress, and the photographs that inform and shape her pieces.
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Conrad Jon Godly

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March 9, 2016

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You can just feel and sense all the little details and eccentricities of Conrad Jon Godly's brushstrokes. The Swiss artist recreates the Swiss Alps by using intimidating amount of paint. From a distance, his paintings look heavily rendered meanwhile up-close you get a real taste of what's really going on.
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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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Mark Thompson

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February 27, 2016

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Mark Thompson is a painter based out of the U.K. who develops and ultimately ‘makes‘ a version of the world seen through the isolation of his personal memories. The filter of his memory appears to retain only what is personally important, and the inevitable mix of his own history and experience fills in the gaps.
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Johnson Tsang: Artist Update

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February 21, 2016

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Johnson Tsang is a highly imaginative, witty, and dark porcelain sculptor based out of Hong Kong. He was previously featured in October and April 2013. Tsang continues to innovate and create otherworldly juxtapositions.
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Shaun Downey

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February 18, 2016

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Shaun Downey’s portraits draw on influences as varied as Dutch masters and comic books, grounding a centuries-long tradition of figure painting firmly in the present. Employing a realist style, Downey creates emotionally evocative portraits, mostly of women, in fully realized settings where the figure’s face and mood are equally informed by their environment.
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Michael Carson

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February 16, 2016

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Michael Carson’s glamorous scenes, set in bars, clubs, cafés, and dance studios, are marked by a hazy realism reminiscent of French impressionist and post-impressionist works by artists such as Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Carson, who was formally trained in design, brings elements of fashion and architecture into his work, but his foremost commitment is to the art of painting.
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Fusion Frames by Darryl Cox

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February 12, 2016

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Darryl Cox spends his days in Central Oregon forest searching for the ideal tree branch to blend with frames. Each distinct project involves woodworking, painting, and a bit of sculpting. He creates a limited 20-30 pieces per year.
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EK Podcast: Christine Wu

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February 9, 2016

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A truly delightful and insightful interview with the one and only Christine Wu (www.misschristinewu.com) who has a fantastic solo show currently showing at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles until Feb. 20th! Check it out! The podcast is a bit long but worth every second
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EK Shop: Christine Wu

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February 8, 2016

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Christine Wu is a fine art oil painter and overall image maker. Stylistically, her work is multi-layered with haunting and sensual undertones. She often depicts people in flux, capturing the vulnerability of self discovery while exploring the tangibility of memories and the way we remember. She is also an information collector, obsessive organizer and springtime murderer.
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Tatsuya Tanaka

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February 7, 2016

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Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka recreates everyday scenarios by assembling everyday objects. He's been featuring a new piece daily on his website called miniature-calendar.com for the past 4 years.
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