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Save Last Gasp Publishing!

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October 11, 2014

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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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Gilmetric

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August 9, 2014

Art Blog - Andy Gilmore - Empty Kingdom
Since being featured back in November 2011, Andy Gilmore has continued to deliver a steady supply of hypnotic geometric graphic designs whilst injecting more and more intricate detail and mathematical precision into his work with every piece.
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Serge Gay Jr. Part II

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June 20, 2014

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It's only been 2 months since we shared Serge Gay Jr.'s work (previously featured in March 2014), but he's been busy pumping out more of his grizzly graphic art which brings him back to our humble little site so soon. Based out of San Francisco, California, Serge draws his inspiration from his surroundings, his Haitian background, and the coastal cities he grew up in.
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Karborn

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May 26, 2014

Art Blog - Karborn - Empty Kingdom
London based artist John Leigh aka Karborn creates strange and complex collages that are both terrestrial and celestial. Working with various mediums, his pieces are surreal yet maintain a delicate balance between order and chaos. Cut figures and forms float in spaces that are akin to an exploding supernova. The composition is at once dizzying and completely harmonious.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

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[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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Tobias Hall

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December 5, 2013

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Freelance illustrator Tobias Hall creates beautifully composed pieces using the written word, specializing not only in digital art but  lettering, and mural painting. Gotta love a man who keeps such a classic form of art like hand made typography alive and well.
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Vania Zouravliov revisit

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September 24, 2013

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Russian artist Vania Zouravliov makes his way back to EK for the fourth time! Having been featured in January 2010 and in February 2010 as well as joining the ranks of the great artists featured on our Top 100 Artist of  2010, he was due for a comeback. He continues to show remarkable intricacy and creativity in his unique juxtaposition of eastern and western styles.
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Apollonia Saintclair’s Ink [NSFW]

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March 28, 2013

The one thing that I love about working for EK is that once in a while, I'll come across an artist who just creates art for the sake of art without taking themselves or their work too seriously (not to diminish their passion or body of work at all). Apollonia Saintclair creates unadulterated illustrations of adult nature without being shy about anything. You have to love that kind of free fun an artist is willing to run with.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012

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January 31, 2013

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[Photo by: Lauren Treece] The beginning is, in fact, finally here. After shifting through exactly 1470 posts for the entire 2012 calendar year, a dozen pots of coffee made, several holes punched in the drywall during heated deliberations, and several concussions suffered from office supplies hurled at each others' heads, we proudly present the third annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012!
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The Dark Arts (Kubicki Part Deux)

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January 11, 2013

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Don't you just love it when artists stay the exact same... but also get better simultaneously?
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2013: THE BEGINNING IS NEAR

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January 3, 2013

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2012 was an unpredictable, fast, scary, wild, and beautiful year in many ways. While the media want to talk about the Mayans and debate the end of the world, to tell you the truth none of that matters. Because every day is somebody's last day on earth. Every day people lose loved ones who mean the world to them. While we would love nothing more to speak only of the beautiful wonderful possibilities of the new year, 2012 was sobering in many respects and it would not be honest to ignore some of the incredible human tragedies of the year.

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Chiara Biancheri

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December 31, 2012

art blog - Chiara Biancheri - empty kingdom
Italian artist Chiara Biancheri uses the help of Microsoft's Apophysis software, a fractal flame editor to create organic whimsical figures. She utilizes the effects of fractal flames, which are basically iterated images manipulated in tremendously sophisticated ways, and gives a whole new light to this geometric wonder. Pretty mathematical stuff!
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Maria Surkova

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December 28, 2012

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Maria Surkova is an Illustrator based out of Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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Viktor Miller-Gausa

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December 24, 2012

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Viktor Miller-Gausa is an illustrator based out of Syktyvkar, Russia. His series 'Three Sleeping King' is drawn out with the traditional pencil and outlined with ink.
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EK Interview: Kevin Margo

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December 21, 2012

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Kevin Margo is a VFX / CG extraordinaire currently working at Blur Studios in Los Angeles, California, who recently made his directorial debut with the sci-fi influenced short entitled GROUNDED. I had the opportunity to do a bit of Q&A with Mr. Margo about his latest endeavors, current career choices, and personal creative insights. Check out the full spread after the jump.
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EK Interview: Ori Toor

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December 16, 2012

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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 push to find the brains behind the brushstrokes. Fortunately, Mr. Toor obliged my curiosity.
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Randy Ortiz

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November 29, 2012

art blog - Randy Ortiz - empty kingdom
I first stumbled upon Randy Ortiz through his work with the previously featured Spoke Art Gallery where he paid tribute to the work of director Wes Anderson. His surrealism consist of a creative balance between simplicity, symmetry and painstaking attention to detail.
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Paintings of Taner Ceylan

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November 23, 2012

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I don't usually look for hyper-realistic painters, but in the case of Taner Ceylan, I really couldn't resist. I'm a fan of everything this artist is about. On the surface, He has a range of mildly tame, but still scarily accurate portraits... until you journey deeper into the heart of his work, and you see where his true interests and fascinations lie. Be warned – it will shock you.
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Rob Sheridan

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November 17, 2012

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Los Angeles based artist Rob Sheridan was originally featured back in December 2010 by Konahrtist. Sheridan's new ongoing series of analog glitch art are offshoot visuals created for the How to destroy angels EP "An omen" and their forthcoming LP. These images were created by disrupting signals through analog tape and display equipment, not with Photoshop effects.
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Rory Kurtz

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November 8, 2012

art blog - Rory Kurtz - empty kingdom
Illustrator Rory Kutz's recipe for awesome is a  masterful blend of realism and whimsical surrealism. He has lent his mad skills with the likes of Rolling Stone, ESPN Magazine and Bicycle Times.
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