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Floral + Anatomy

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April 16, 2014

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These beautiful floral, anatomical themed collages are designed by Moscow-based artist known as ‘FFO’. FFO composes classic, vintage illustrations that organically blend and mold together. The artist has also created all the alphabets in a herbaceous fashion. FFO is bottom line amazing and at the moment is my favorite collage artist.
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Jan Fabre

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April 15, 2014

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All the works by Jan Fabre, the visual artist make reference to a belief in the vulnerable body and its defense, plus an observation of man and asking the question of how he can survive in the future. This fascination with the body and science originated in his youth, when, influenced by the research carried out by the entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre.
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Kim Simonsson

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April 14, 2014

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Finnish artist Kim Simonsson is a ceramic sculptor based out of Helsinki who creates adolescent characters carrying out mischievous acts. “Authority in it's many forms fascinates me and in my works I want to reverse the common beliefs by making the weak powerful.” -Kim Simonsson
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Kilian Eng Part III

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April 8, 2014

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Swedish illustrator Kilian Eng creates beautiful atmospheric alternative worlds with a color palette that reminds us the wistful 80s. Much of his inspiration comes from the interest in both classic and futuristic themes of science fiction and nature. Kilian was on Empty Kingdom’s Top 100 Artists list of 2011 and featured on September 2012 and January 2011.
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Roberto Ferri Part II

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April 2, 2014

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Roberto Ferri is an Italian fine art painter whose work is heavily inspired by Baroque painters such as Caravaggio and other old masters of Romanticism. His paintings display such tranquilizing tones that alleviate the viewers eyes, while accepting the realization of such convoluted and surreal actions each character uncovers. Ferri was also featured back in January 2012.
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MANGLO IS BACK *NSFW

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March 31, 2014

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MANGLO aka Yukaman is a Japanese digital illustrator who draws with cute, child-like vibrant colors and seemingly playful tones, but the direction behind these Japanese manga drawings are absolutely sadistic and menacing. We're happy share them with you and be sure to check out her previous feature back in February 2011.
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Serge Gay Jr.

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March 29, 2014

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Serge Gay Jr. is a Grammy nominated illustrator / fine artist / graphic designer currently based out of San Francisco, California. Early on he embarked on a journey of self-discovery aimed at unlocking the potential of his deep seeded creativity through education. New World School of the Arts in Miami exposed him to relationships, concepts and experiences to nurture, develop and channel his artistic instinct. The College for Creative Studies in Detroit would then help him to further refine his skills and build the foundation for his art career.
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Christopher Conte

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March 25, 2014

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Norwegian artist Christopher Conte began working in the prosthetics field making artificial limbs for amputees for 16 years. Throughout his time, he worked in obscurity creating biomechanical sculptures which reflected his love for biomechanics, anatomy and robotics. In June 2008, he left the field to begin his career as a full-time artist. Christopher uses a wide range of experience along with diverse materials and construction techniques to create one-of-a-kind arthropods and anatomies.
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Sue Kneebone

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March 24, 2014

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"My art practice explores ways in which the social and environmental chain of effects from the past follow us into the present. Central to my studio practice is the transformative process of mixed media assemblage and photomontage that allow for new associations to be made from fragmented clues found in museums, photographs and archival material. I am particularly interested in the ramifications and legacy of the Australian colonial settler culture. My works explore the intersections between nature and culture, history and memory to imagine other ways of knowing the past and how it shadows us in the present." -Sue Kneebone, Australia
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David Stoupakis

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March 16, 2014

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David Stoupakis is an artist from New England living in NYC who illustrates dark and mystifying fantasies with oil paint.
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Penny Byrne

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March 14, 2014

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Melbourne, Australia based visual artist Penny Byrne creates powerful political messages using vintage porcelain figurines and found objects. These darkly humorous figurines span a range of issue such as global politics, pop culture, and the environment. A well respected ceramics conservator, Byrnes meticulously forges her wonderfully twisted figurines with great precision. http://www.saatchionline.com/PennB
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Seth Alverson

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March 9, 2014

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Seth Alverson is a painter based out of Houston, Texas who is known for creating unusually bizarre illustrations. We hope you enjoy them.
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Jason Borders

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March 7, 2014

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“My work is a form of self-hypnosis. Its a way of turning off cognitive thought and simply reacting. Its very meditative. It is escapism, though in a certain sense, its a form of hyper-existence- of living purely in the moment. In this way the work becomes a method of overcoming fears. That said, a large part of what I do involves a familiarization with death. My belief is that, as painful as it can be, looking directly at death helps you to live your life with intent and purpose. In this light, the work I do delves into a place where the lines between life, death, fantasy and reality are blurred." -Jason Borders, Portland, Oregon.
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Raqib Shaw

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March 6, 2014

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Indian-born Raqib Shaw is a London based artist who is known for painting royalty, raw, beautiful chaos that could make kings from all corners of the map stand in line and RSVP for. His paintings scream themes of mythology, religion, and decorative arts from both eastern and western traditions. Jesus and Satan would both weep tears of horror and bliss.
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Jessica Stoller

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March 5, 2014

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Jessica Stoller is a sculptor based out of New York who specializes in ceramics and porcelain. She has received her MFA at the Cranbrook Art Academy and a BFA from College for Creative Studies. Stoller has exhibited her work in numerous shows throughout the US and in Berlin, Germany.
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Tony Matelli

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March 4, 2014

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Tony Matelli is an unusual and outlandish sculptor based out of New York who builds characters around deviant scenarios. When Howie Chen (Co-Founder of Dispatch) asked about describing his own work, Tony replied "I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about that. It’s one of those things that seems best unidentified, or like a stone that maybe is best left unturned. If those interests are revealed too explicitly, my attraction to them is diminished."
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“Shadow Circus” by Kirsten Stingle

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March 3, 2014

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"Storytelling connects us to one another and explains who we are. In an age in which the individual is often alienated, my work attempts to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience. Early in my career, a fine arts degree in theater refined my understanding of imagery and taught me to use gestures as powerful expressive tools. However, it is through figurative ceramics that I am able to fully realize my narrative impulse." -Kirsten Stingle
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Gino Rubert

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February 25, 2014

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Barcelona based mixed-media artist Gino Rubert’s work revolves around “the new man and woman, the contemporary couple in a time after the pill, after the strikes in May 1968, after the rise of Feminism, after all the politics and laws were developed to equalize men and women's rights and opportunities,” says Rubert. “My characters are set in some kind of utopia. They are individuals who express their gender and nature without arrogance, complexity, or fear.”
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Simon Schubert

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February 24, 2014

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Simon Schubert is an installation artist based out of Cologne, Germany who engages on the idea of psychological reflection, isolation, and the concept of existence. The surrealist is heavily influenced by the writings of Samuel Beckett.
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Paco Pomet Part II

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February 8, 2014

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Paco Pomet is a painter based out of Granada, Spain who paints an era of past generations that remind the viewer of historical still black and white photo sets in a surreal juxtaposition. Check out his past feature back in January 2010.
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