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Joe Hengst

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July 30, 2015

Joe Hengst
"Humans rely on nature to survive but within our physical existence we have started to rely on our fabricated society, and in our gradual incline of artificiality we have forgotten nature. Even though we are a part of nature we try to control it, synthesize it, and in turn we are starving our beings. Most of us hold nature as an ideal place we can visit, or come and go as we please but the mind, the body, and nature are all part of the singularity that is the universe. These paintings depict our present attempt to leave nature and the beginning of something else entirely." -Joe Hengst, San Francisco
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Drømsjel

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July 23, 2015

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Berlin based artist Pierre Schmidt aka Drømsjel’s mind or better yet, face altering work is almost like walking through a garden in the 1960s but instead you are the garden possibly going through a little psychedelic experience.
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Zak Smith // NSFW

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July 19, 2015

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Zak Smith is an artist based out of Brooklyn, NY and an Alumni of Cooper Union & Yale. He is best known for erotic portraits of female subjects which are characterized by intricate patterns and vivid coloration. Zak is also an adult film performer who is in a long-term relationship with Mandy Morbid.
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Lauren Brevner

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July 10, 2015

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Lauren Brevner's interpretation of female portraiture are combined with a collage of Japanese chiyogami, yuzen, and washi paper on wooden panels. Her portrayal of women serves to empower rather than objectify: a reflection of the vitality of sensuality over sexuality. She plays with polychromatic layers; the figures within it existing in surreal and isometric spheres.
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Hikari Shimoda Revisit

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July 8, 2015

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Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within.
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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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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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Crystal Barbre (NSFW)

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October 31, 2014

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Seattle-based painter Crystal Barbre recent series called ‘Magnetisme Animal’ feature powerful, female figures with various animal heads in sexual poses and activities. Some of the paintings portrays lovely bodies and beautifully rendered animal aspects. Some of her other works have the feminine characters engaged in and clearly enjoying explicate sex acts.
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Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy

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October 24, 2014

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Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy is a graphic artist and illustrator based in London. Her magnificent obscure and surreal oddities is hand drawn with pen and ink, occasionally adding digital color.
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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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Christer Karlstad

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October 9, 2014

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Norwegian painter Christer Karlstad’s constructed and ambiguous scenario freely engages in myths, symbols and archetypes, as this is how he sees and understands the world. When confronted by one of his paintings, wondering if somebody is dead or only sleeping, whether it’s good or evil, comforting or disturbing, the answers are actually to be found in the questions.
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Manabu Ikeda

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October 6, 2014

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Manabu Ikeda is an illustrator born in Taku City, Saga, Japan who currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. With his acrylic pen, he creates enormous and extremely intricate detailed work by portraying themes of civilization within nature but with an epic & chaotic outline. Many of his artwork can take up to a year to complete.
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Gan Chin Lee

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September 30, 2014

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Gan Chin Lee is a Malaysian painter who renders his subjects in a photo-journalistic style around the public marketplace.
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Contraomnes: Artist Update

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September 29, 2014

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Sachin Teng a.k.a. Contraomnes is an illustrator originally from New York currently working in Los Angeles, CA. He was featured back in March 2010. "Art is less a craft than it is a language. Sometimes things get lost in translation, so I spend most of my time finding the artifacts people have left behind."
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Akino Kondoh

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September 22, 2014

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Japanese artist Akino Kondoh beautifully captures nostalgic childhood imaginations that once roamed and wandered our childhood minds. She illustrates lush landscapes, dark to colorful characters, as well as surreal themes that venture off to the deep end. Kondoh was born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan and now currently lives and works in New York since 2008.
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Tangshi

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September 17, 2014

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Tangshi is a painter based out of Changsha City, Hunan Province, China. Many of his beautifully rendered paintings have a photo-journalistic feel with a unique twist of surrealism. Possibly a modern Chinese Norman Rockwell?
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Isabelle Cochereau

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September 16, 2014

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Isabelle Cochereau is a French collage artist who creates portraits by painting, compositing, and layering many forms of various elements. The artist has an immaculate sense of a color palette, which blends so consistently within each of her mysteriously themed pieces.
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Tapestry in the Digital Era

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September 14, 2014

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Catherine Tipping is based in Melbourne at Magic Johnston Studios, Collingwood. She creates pixelated & morphed tapestry by using a wool needlepoint to create a tension between the labor intensive character of stitching wool and the kind of subjects selected.
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One Piece of Art 2: Joel Daniel Phillips

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September 4, 2014

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Joel Daniel Phillips, whom we interviewed in June, was in to Taos, New Mexico for the month of June for an artist residence to prepare for his upcoming solo show, "I Am Another Yourself" with the Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery.  The show begins in September 6th and runs to the 27th. The opening reception is 6-9pm September 6th so if you're in The City check it out!
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The Return of Ethan Murrow

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September 4, 2014

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Ethan Murrow is a New York City based artist who creates highly rendered graphite drawings. August 2010 was when we first featured him and we also have an exclusive interview from February 2011.
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