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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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Januz Miralles Revisit

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January 20, 2016

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Janus Miralles aka Nuestra is a filipino photo-manipulator who approaches his body of work with a painter’s state of mind by digitally smearing, blending, and forming elements with his virtual palette knife. He was previously featured back in October 2013 and April 2012.
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Matthew Saba

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January 9, 2016

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Matthew Saba is a painter based out of Denver, Colorado who is obsessed with the frailty of light and the texture of paint. The rendering between his strokes tend to disperse or fade, which really brings out a peculiar incomplete finish to his work. "Sometimes things fall apart for the better." -Matthew Saba.
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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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Anouk Griffioen Revisit

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December 1, 2015

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When we enter a room of artworks by Anouk Griffioen we find ourselves surrounded by colossal people, hybrid beings and shadows. The auras of these works can be frightening, strange and confusing, but they also arouse the viewer's curiosity about the inner beings inside her creations. Griffioen amalgamates reality and imagination; flora and fauna merge seamlessly into one another, thus forming surrealistic dream worlds.
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Visceral

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November 28, 2015

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Both Colombian photographer Paola Rojas H. and illustrator David Pérez's latest series entitled Visceral portrays models displaying the human anatomy from 'inside out'. They chose blue and red as their primary colors to represent the frozen body and the fiery heart.
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Charles Wilkin

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November 24, 2015

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"My work is a loose collection of thoughts and observations in many ways and less about one specific theme. I see it as being a reflection of the world we live in, with all its ugliness and cruelty. But from that, I strive to extract the beauty and empathy hidden underneath and within us all, revealing the unknown, the unspoken and intangible things that make us truly human." -Charles Wilkin, Brooklyn, NY
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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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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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Homebodies by Calvin Ma

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November 5, 2015

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"I utilize the action figure form in my sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety. As an adult, I face difficulties in the social environment. Meeting new people, being in the company of strangers, crowds, peers and intermittently among friends and family brings about a heightened nervousness that takes over and impedes my ability to function socially..." -Calvin Ma, San Francisco
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Jason Shawn Alexander Part II

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October 12, 2015

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Jason Shawn Alexander is a painter based out of Los Angeles, CA. His intimate works penetrate to the core of human integrity, often depicting images of figures wrenched in that critical space where the strained coordination of mind, body, and spirit, hangs in the balance of existential woe. He was previously featured back in July 2010.
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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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Adam Tan R.I.P.

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September 16, 2015

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Adam Tan was an illustrator based out of Auckland, New Zealand who had an incredible amount of work. His dreamy and metaphysical paintings left behind beautiful tones of melancholia. He was originally featured with Empty Kingdom on July 2014. In October 2014, he was reportedly missing, and shortly after his body was found in a stream. Adam was distressed and voluntarily admitted himself to the mental health ward. R.I.P. 1991 - 2014
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Janusz Jurek

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September 13, 2015

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Janusz Jurek is a 3D digital artist based out of Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland who renders and constructs mind-altering portaits.
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Nicola Samorì Revisit

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August 24, 2015

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Nicola Samorì is an Italian artist who paints at a completely different level and dimension. His baroque style and gothic themed portraits leave behind dismal everlasting emotions. He was first featured in back in September 2011 and January 2012 with an exclusive EK interview. Nicola Samorì is hands down one of Empty Kingdom’s greatest featured artists.
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Daniel Aristizábal

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August 7, 2015

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Daniel Aristizábal is a digital artist & graphic designer based out of Medellín, Colombia. Many of his surreal 3D renditions are illustrated for fashion companies & magazines that's amusing, mouth-watering, and intensely colorful.
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Joe Hengst

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July 30, 2015

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"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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May von Krogh

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July 26, 2015

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May von Krogh is an artist based out of Larvik, Norway who works with ceramic sculptures and installations.
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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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