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EK Interview: Charles Wish

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February 5, 2016

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How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go today? Charles Wish will take you deep, deep down. Americana meets South Asian Art to create art soaked in nuance, overflowing with color, and brimming with microcosmic universes. It's overwhelming in the very, very best of ways. And his thoughts are just as interesting:
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Kip Omolade

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January 31, 2016

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Kip Omolade is a painter based out of Harlem, New York who paints diovadiova chrome portraits. Initially he starts off by molding and casting each model’s face by reworking the cast plaster sculpture, producing a version in resin and adding a chrome layer. The final sculpture serves as a model for his hyper-realistic oil paintings.
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Joanne Nam

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January 29, 2016

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Joanne Nam is a South Korean painter based out of Los Angeles, CA, who is currently showcasing her work with Supersonic Invitational at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco.
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Paintings by Mike Dargas

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January 13, 2016

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Mike Dargas is a hyper-realistic portrait painter who lives and works out of Cologne, Germany.
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EK Interview: Casey Cripe

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January 4, 2016

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Casey Cripe makes art that describes and challenges the boundaries of the world around us. From the atomic level to the galactic, he methodically describes the world and how it is ordered and functions. His work illustrates the universe, ornate and beautiful, in both finite and infinite dimensions. Check out his interview:
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Jess Simpson Revisit

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December 30, 2015

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Jeff Simpson is a digital concept artist/illustrator based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was previously featured back in August 2011.
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EK Interview: Timothy Hyun-Soo Lee

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December 28, 2015

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Timothy Hyun-Soo Lee's work is honest, revealing, and raw, and his interview is nothing less. His willingness to admit to having an anxiety disorder deserves merit alone, but the method through which he explores and discusses every spectrum of his mind, whether dark or light, is art that makes one pause and think. Check it out:
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Njideka Akunyili Crosby

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December 27, 2015

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby is a Nigerian fine artist who illustrates transcultural identities with a multilayered process. She's a MFA Graduate at Yale's University School of Art with numerous solo exhibitions, residencies, lectures, and publications just within the past few years.
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EK Interview: Kristian Evju

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December 18, 2015

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Kristian Evju's paintings explore the world of fashion and nature simultaneously. They are existential explorations using pattern and design. Check out his interview to go deeper into his world:
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EK Interview: UNA Studios

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December 14, 2015

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Andrew Archer and Kelly Thompson are the creative minds behind UNA Studios. Their work is dripping with triptastic, eye popping color and just makes you want to pop a handful of whatever is closest to see the world through their eyes. Check out their interview:
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EK Interview: Tom Gallant

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November 23, 2015

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Tom Gallant is well versed in pushing the limit. His previous discussions of sexuality and human form are deep, meaningful, and challenging. His newest series is no exception, addressing cultural mores and how they are passed down through time. Check out his thoughts:
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EK Podcast #2: N8 Van Dyke Interview

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November 19, 2015

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For the Empty Kingdom podcast's second episode, we spent a pleasant hour with an old favorite of ours -the great Nate Van Dyke, legendary artist/illustrator, and the tallest, most pleasant beer drinking man we've ever met. We first interviewed him for the never released art documentary that was our first project before even the website existed.
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Joseph Lee

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November 17, 2015

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Joseph Lee is a self-taught artist based out of Los Angeles. His portraits channel various observations ranging from pop culture references to the daily people he encounters on the street. His "faces" capture an external likeness while evoking the complexities of the human emotion beneath.
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EK Podcast #1: Brett Amory

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November 11, 2015

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Surprise! EK has a motherf*cking podcast! Yes that's right we are going to be doing in-depth interviews with the world’s greatest artists! First up: Brett Amory, an old friend of Empty Kingdom. We talk about the evolution of his career, his process, and the meaning behind his work. He currently has a solo show up at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, so check it out before it comes down! If you don't see the soundcloud embedded, click the link here: EK Podcast Brett Amory Interview
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Cinematastica by Tomer Hanuka

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November 11, 2015

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Tomer Hanuka was previously featured here. He is an Illustrator and a comics artist. He also apparently has a brother who is also a talented illustrator. I don't know who the older and it seems they get along but I wonder if they ever got in art wars growing up. "No you're better!" "No YOU'RE BETTER!!!!" "RRAAAHHHH!!!!" (start painting on each other's faces and giggling with brotherly love.) -His movie posters are pretty cool. You had me at Badlands and sealed the deal with Kubrick.
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Shan Jiang Revisit

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November 8, 2015

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Shan Jiang is a digital illustrator and creative director originally from Shanghai and now currently based out of London. Jiang was previously featured back in June 2011.
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Ayu Nakata

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October 25, 2015

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Ayu Nakata aka "Mieze" is an illustrator based out of Osaka, Japan. She combines watercolors, acrylics, and pastels which gives off that dreamy serene effect.
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Jiwoon Pak

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October 15, 2015

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South Korean artist Jiwoon Pak illustrates and captures intimate moments based around the beautiful outdoors. Her paintings recall a nostalgic and reminiscent atmosphere where daydream fantasies feel frozen in time.
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EK Interview: Adam Niklewicz

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October 6, 2015

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Adam Niklewicz is an amazing sculptor, and dedicated enough an artist to eat a piece of toast buttered with orange paint. His work discusses his experience as an emigrant in America, having come with no knowledge of the language, and made his way as an artist. Check out his interview:
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Moonassi Part IV

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October 3, 2015

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Dae-Hyun Kim is a South Korean artist who formally studied traditional East Asian painting. His series ‘Moonassi’ originally started while attending university, and is a life-long project. His drawings necessarily don't have a specific background or story but are based on his daily thoughts and feelings. He plans to see his series out till the end.
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