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Anton Semenov

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July 29, 2014

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Anton Semenov is a digital illustrator from Bratsk, Russia who creates extraordinary animated portraits and mind-bending dark themed characters and worlds.
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Rogelio Manzo

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July 28, 2014

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"...I find a brute yet honest identity of my subjects..." states Rogelio Manzo. His journey as an artist began studying architecture, but the rigidity and formality of architectural practice led him to painting where he creates chaotic, dark and brooding, yet harmonious "portraits".  His past in architecture is not lost though, as geometric elements sneak into his paintings that are made of resin panels, silk and other fabric. His subjects faces are draped in sweeping swatches of blue, orange and vivid white hues while hints of their personality seep through.
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The Definition of Art Part 1

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July 24, 2014

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--- Art: noun \ˈärt\ 1: something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings. --- Can art be defined?  As an abstract concept possibly but on a personal level the definition of art can be as diverse as the viewer.  In that vein we have decided to ask some of our favorite artists to tell us what Art means to them.  Here's what they've said:
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Jordan Kasey

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July 14, 2014

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Jordan Kasey is a surreal/fine art painter from Baltimore, Maryland who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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Robert C. Jackson

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July 14, 2014

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It wasn't until the mid 1990s that Robert C. Jackson settled into painting as a career. Taking his experiences as an engineer and pastor, Jackson creates Realist paintings littered with popular American brands and objects. Seemingly playful at first, they are highly sophisticated and controlled, with imagery akin to Koons and Johns, although each piece is uniquely Jackson's own. Read an interview with Robert here. ENJOY!
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Vittorio Ciccarelli Part II

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July 11, 2014

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Italian artist Vittorio Ciccarelli experiments in all fields of photography and his series entitled "Amabili Resti" presents classical paintings in a simple yet varied juxtapositions. He was also featured back in November 2013.
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Edie Nadelhaft

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July 11, 2014

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Edie Nadelhaft is a painter and sculptor based in New York, NY. She received an BFA in 1995 from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston.
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Alyssa Monks Part Trois!

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July 10, 2014

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Alyssa Monks' ability to interpret impressive realism using minimum detail, makes her an exceptional artist. It's no wonder she's had two features on EK on March 2010 and May 2012 and an interview on June 2011. Not only that, she has been a part of our Empty Kingdom's Top 100 lists of 2010 and 2012 respectively. Here is a combination of her latest work as well as a look at her earlier stuff.
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Casey Cripe

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July 8, 2014

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Art is a personal composition of the reality that surrounds us and artist/scientist Casey Cripe's work takes that concept to a crazy intricate level. Each piece is a map of the exploration of life, self and the universe. His ability to capture the beauty of anatomical figures and scientific complexities result in an imaginative juxtaposition of the surreal and hyper-real.
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Adam Tan

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July 3, 2014

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If somber and slightly morose illustrations ever give me a warm and fuzzy feeling, they are likely done by Adam Tan. He uses a spectrum of ambient colors and shades to give a stillness that either complements or offset his varied pieces. This fellow Adventure Time enthusiast and talented mixed media illustrator resides in Auckland, New Zealand.
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N8 Van Dyke

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July 1, 2014

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N8 Van Dyke is a full time art making machine who manipulates any medium to his will, with sheer raw illustrative skill. He has provided his talents for the likes of Burton Snowboards, XBox, PlayStation, various rock bands etc. His work has also graced the covers of magazines all over the world including Taiwan, Australia and France.
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EK Interview: Caleb Brown

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June 30, 2014

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Two of the insane and gorgeous paintings of Caleb Brown are currently hanging at 111 Minna for the Empty Kingdom Summer Show!  His work draws on real world crises and issues, both international and global, and the subsequent fallout.  Taking very real situations and issues and framing them through hyperrealism and photorealistic painting Caleb challenges what the viewer assumes and asks more about the social underpinnings, causes and effects of these catastrophes.
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EK Interview: Brin Levinson

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June 26, 2014

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We are honored to have two pieces from Brin Levinson (previously featured back in October 2013) at 111 Minna for the Empty Kingdom Summer Art Show that is still going on through July! Contemplating, humans, their place in the environment and the future of the world due to our actions, Brin poses a world in ruins.  Check out his interview:
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Heidi Taillefer Returns

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June 26, 2014

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Heidi Taillefer's work is a painstakingly detailed homage of how the human spirit predominates despite technological advances of our time, by blending mechanical and mythological elements in her paintings. We had a chance to interview this talented Canadian artist on January 2012 after having been featured twice before on EK, on February 2010 and on February 2011... I'm pretty sure we all got a big crush on her by now.
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Zin Lim

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June 23, 2014

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Zin Lim is a fine art painter born in Seoul, South Korea and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
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Tomoko Kashiki

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June 20, 2014

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The portraits Tomoko Kashiki creates are fragmented, and at times placed in a limiting space that traps the women within an intimate world of beauty, desire and dreams. Her aesthetic is reminiscent of Heian Buddhist paintings and Bijinga, pictures of beautiful women in pinewood gardens, a style derived from Kyoto, the city in which Kashiki was born and raised.
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Serge Gay Jr. Part II

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June 20, 2014

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It's only been 2 months since we shared Serge Gay Jr.'s work (previously featured in March 2014), but he's been busy pumping out more of his grizzly graphic art which brings him back to our humble little site so soon. Based out of San Francisco, California, Serge draws his inspiration from his surroundings, his Haitian background, and the coastal cities he grew up in.
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Mojo Wang

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June 19, 2014

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Mojo Wang is an illustrator/digital artist based out of Shanghai, China who draws eccentric oddities and themes of queer intimacy.
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Markus Manowski

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June 17, 2014

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Markus Manowski is a multifaceted artist from Zabrze, Poland. His work is a somber juxtaposition of abstract shadows and colors with pictorial elements of found photographs and images from his own archive of pictures and drawings. This combination allows for a progression from one piece to the next, creating dialogue between the artist and his medium; The transition mirrors a radical shift in the social environment in his past, documenting a journey from a communist regime to West Germany. Also known as Daze Maxim, Manowski is not only well versed in visual mediums but is also a well established musical artist with a substantial body of work as a musician, producer and performer in the field of electronic music.
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Natalie Richy

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June 15, 2014

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Natalie Richy is Russian fine artist, born in Belarus, grown and educated in Latvia, living and working in London, UK.
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