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“Fruits” by Aurel Schmidt

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July 23, 2014

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Aurel Schmidt is an artist from Kamloops, BC, Canada currently working out of New York City who embodies luscious fruits and organic vegetables with leafy vaginas and other various private body parts. Aurel Schmidt is truly one of a kind and you can see her previous Empty Kingdom feature from September 2010.
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Jo In Hyuk

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July 21, 2014

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Jo In Hyuk is an illustrator/graphic designer from Seoul, South Korea who draws fashion influenced designs. Mr. Hyuk's craftsmanship is so clean, precise, and diverse from cross hatching to minimal line drawings.
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Jordan Kasey

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July 14, 2014

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Jordan Kasey is a surreal/fine art painter from Baltimore, Maryland who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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Casey Cripe

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July 8, 2014

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Art is a personal composition of the reality that surrounds us and artist/scientist Casey Cripe's work takes that concept to a crazy intricate level. Each piece is a map of the exploration of life, self and the universe. His ability to capture the beauty of anatomical figures and scientific complexities result in an imaginative juxtaposition of the surreal and hyper-real.
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Adam Tan

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July 3, 2014

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If somber and slightly morose illustrations ever give me a warm and fuzzy feeling, they are likely done by Adam Tan. He uses a spectrum of ambient colors and shades to give a stillness that either complements or offset his varied pieces. This fellow Adventure Time enthusiast and talented mixed media illustrator resides in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Lena Klyukina

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July 1, 2014

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Lena Klyukina is an artist based out of Vilnius, Lithuania who draws up highly rendered themes of radical cyber punk illustrations which reminisce the psychedelic age of the 60s and 70s.
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N8 Van Dyke

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July 1, 2014

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N8 Van Dyke is a full time art making machine who manipulates any medium to his will, with sheer raw illustrative skill. He has provided his talents for the likes of Burton Snowboards, XBox, PlayStation, various rock bands etc. His work has also graced the covers of magazines all over the world including Taiwan, Australia and France.
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Christina Pettersson

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June 25, 2014

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Swedish artist Christina Pettersson explores resurrection and savage demise on a grand scale once reserved for history painting. Her large graphite works on paper reference classic mythology and literature, and include herself as the recurring female figure surrounded by animals, most particularly birds.
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One Piece of Art: Joel Daniel Phillips

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June 24, 2014

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Joel Daniel Phillips, whom we interviewed this month, recently set off to Taos, New Mexico to spend some time working on new pieces for his new show with the Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery.  The show begins in September of 2014.  We have seized this fantastic opportunity and will be shadowing Joel through the life of a single piece.  For the next few days we will be posting photos, thoughts and commentary from Joel for the piece he is working on so that you can see it turn from a blank sheet of paper to one of the beautiful illustrations he is becoming known for.  Take a look!
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Tomoko Kashiki

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June 20, 2014

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The portraits Tomoko Kashiki creates are fragmented, and at times placed in a limiting space that traps the women within an intimate world of beauty, desire and dreams. Her aesthetic is reminiscent of Heian Buddhist paintings and Bijinga, pictures of beautiful women in pinewood gardens, a style derived from Kyoto, the city in which Kashiki was born and raised.
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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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Mojo Wang

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June 19, 2014

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Mojo Wang is an illustrator/digital artist based out of Shanghai, China who draws eccentric oddities and themes of queer intimacy.
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EK Interview: Joel Daniel Phillips

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June 16, 2014

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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 his pieces currently at 111 Minna as part of the Empty Kingdom Art Show that goes through July.  Check it out if you have a moment!
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Gaetan Henrioux

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June 12, 2014

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Gaetan Henrioux is a French painter who works and lives in Paris and Brooklyn. The artist explores sexuality and eccentric oddities through an expressionistic approach. He is also the co-founder of Awiiily.
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Kristian Evju

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June 9, 2014

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London based artist Kristian Evju creates beautiful drawings and paintings that are slightly surreal; mixing portraiture with symbols of another time. Educated at The Edinburgh College of Art and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, Evju has had a number of solo exhibitions in Europe and recently made his work available in prints. ENJOY!
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Armando Veve

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June 6, 2014

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Mad artist Armando Veve has been producing intriguing art since the day he first put pen to paper. Armando is BFA graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and his illustrations have been published in the New York Times.
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Violaine & Jeremy

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May 22, 2014

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Violaine Orsoni & Jérémy Schneider are both illustrators, graphic designers, and art directors from Paris, France.
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EK Interview: Michael Reedy

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May 19, 2014

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Michael Reedy will be bringing his psychedelic exploration of anatomy and geometry to the Empty Kingdom Summer Show!  His art is at once expansive, exploring life, death and all experience in between, and finite, teasing at confidence and addressing body image.  Check out his interview:
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Lauren Marx

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May 18, 2014

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"Animals always have been, and always will be, my passion. They have been the subjects of my drawings ever since I was a child. I blame it on weekends spent at the Saint Louis Zoo and endless hours watching, National Geographic’s: Mutual of Omaha”. They influenced my desire to learn about biology while attending high school. While in high school, I began collecting bones, feathers, and books. Over these past few years, my passion grew to zoology, cosmology, and mythology." -Lauren Marx, Saint Louis, Missouri
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Charles Wish

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May 16, 2014

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Charles Wish is a Los Angeles artist best known for visually fusing American Regionalist imagery with that of 16th - 19th century South-Asia. Citing various artists of the far-east along with American painters, including Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, Wish thoughtfully combines the esoteric symbolism of an age-old civilization with some of rural-America’s most selfsame symbols and scenes.
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