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Magnus Gjoen

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April 26, 2016

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Magnus Gjoen examines how to change peoples relationship and preconceived notions of objects. Something which is potentially extremely destructive can be made into beautiful yet fragile objects of art. It’s this misconception of beauty which Magnus Gjoen wants us to see in a different light, being it weapons, animals or the human race itself.
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Frédéric Clavére

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April 22, 2016

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Frédéric Clavére's body of work revolves around politics, religion, and warfare. The agitator outlines and paints within multiple mediums by implementing cutouts from magazines, books, and ads. Clavére currently works out of Marseille and teaches out of Nice, France.
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Bharti Kher

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April 14, 2016

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Bharti Kher is a fine artist who lives and works in New Delhi, India. Majority of her sculptures and installations explores and challenges cultural misunderstandings and social taboos of modern society.
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Henrietta Harris

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April 10, 2016

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New Zealand based artist Henrietta Harris' paintings often involve portraits with a departure into the surreal, with faces skillfully obscured and misplaced by the clean sweep of a brushstroke. She primarily works with watercolor paint on paper.
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Kamerian

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April 1, 2016

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Kamerian is an illustrator/graphic designer based out of Japan. These images are NSFW.
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Redd Walitzki Revisit

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March 24, 2016

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Redd Walitzki’s vivid muses are influenced by the glamour of high-fashion, while often exploring the darker side of human impact on ecology. Walitzki was originally featured back in May 2013.
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Artist Update: Ray Caesar

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March 1, 2016

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Ray Caesar's portraits frequently involve childlike creatures with physical deformities and grotesque elements set against a fairy tale backdrop of darkness and sexual innuendos. He was one of Empty Kingdom's Top 100 artists in 2012 was featured regularly in the past.
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Johnson Tsang: Artist Update

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February 21, 2016

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Johnson Tsang is a highly imaginative, witty, and dark porcelain sculptor based out of Hong Kong. He was previously featured in October and April 2013. Tsang continues to innovate and create otherworldly juxtapositions.
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Galleria Gum Presents: Camila Valdez

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February 13, 2016

"Miss Popcorn XL" Giant hyper realistic popcorn bucket with legs wearing red stockings.
Galleria Gum, a fantastic gallery founded by Andrea Pasin, in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District (Florida) represents some talented artists doing great work. Here we highlight Camila Valdez, a young and emerging argentinian artist who creates hyper-realistic leggy dessert sculptures. When constructing her anthropomorphic sweet treats, Camila selects materials which highlight the bold colors and exaggerated shapes of classic desserts. Utilizing such materials as fiberglass and epoxy resins, which are later hand-painted in order to attain a surreal glow, proof is given that her art is a matter of taste.
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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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