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Dirty Bandits

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June 26, 2015

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San Francisco based firm Dirty Bandit's series entitled 'I'm a Piece of Garbage' involves dragging in discarded items from the street and painting self deprecating phrases on them. Gui Machado photographed them on pristine, bright happy backgrounds, producing both a number of physical objects as well as a set of prints for this series.
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Rebecca Szeto

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June 19, 2015

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"These works are an homage to an often lost sensibility and quality, not simply the look, of Old Masters' works. They (con)fuse realities between politics and consumerism, pointing to an endless loop of transformative regeneration and redemption. Paint and Brush are ripe for visual wordplay: Women's work and their brush off from much of art history, whitewashing of culture, and bristling at patriarchy, bourgeois ideals and waste." -Rebecca Szeto, San Francisco, CA
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Jose Mertz

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June 17, 2015

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Jose Mertz is an illustrator/street artist based out of Miami, Fl. He focuses on pushing an experimental original style with inspirations coming from ancient civilizations, science fiction, to eastern philosophies.
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Martha Persson

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June 4, 2015

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"I approach different gestures and tactile and haptic games. Through a merging of the banal and the forbidden I open up ways to see new perspectives on the depicted act and what is inherent to it. Simultaneously, my paintings are also a way of depicting a multilayered curiosity regarding the body and the flesh. It is an ongoing exploration of inherited human behaviours, embedded mechanisms and embodied expression." -Martha Persson, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Kim Kei

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June 3, 2015

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LA- based  Kim Kei is a hybrid artist, straddling the worlds of photography, painting, and sculpture.
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EK Interview: Justin Hopkins

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June 1, 2015

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Justin Hopkins's paintings are big and loud. There's a lot going on in and behind them. Check out Justin's interview to take a peek at what's going on behind the oil.
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Mark Khaisman’s Tape Noir

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May 22, 2015

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Mark Khaisman is an artist based out of Philadelphia who creates portraits with translucent packing tape. “Tape reflects everything in human nature from practicality and banality to democratic techniques, used one way or another, in everyone’s tactile experience.”
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Crystal Barbre (NSFW)

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October 31, 2014

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Seattle-based painter Crystal Barbre recent series called ‘Magnetisme Animal’ feature powerful, female figures with various animal heads in sexual poses and activities. Some of the paintings portrays lovely bodies and beautifully rendered animal aspects. Some of her other works have the feminine characters engaged in and clearly enjoying explicate sex acts.
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Drew Young

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October 26, 2014

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Drew Young (b.1987 Victoria, BC) currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He studied at The Victoria College or Art and received his diploma in Illustration and Applied Arts (IDEA) at Capilano University.
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Antoine Cordet

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October 19, 2014

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Antoine Cordet is a young painter who lives in Paris. Having started with graffiti and studies in Architecture and Furniture Design, he decides to dedicate itself completely to the painting. He work with acrylic on canvas and try to define the incomprehension of this world that sometimes finds it surprising with a mix between realism and abstraction.
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Spray Paintings by The Miaz Brothers

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October 16, 2014

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The Miaz Brothers present a radical new take on portraiture. The Italian duo, who are indeed siblings, create large-format canvases using spray paint as it never has been before.
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Deenesh Ghyczy Part Dos

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October 13, 2014

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In June of 2012 we featured German painter extraordinaire Deenesh Ghyczy, with his fragmented portraits. Here is new work from the Berlin-based artist who continues his practice of creating works that are serene, contemplative, and gaze into each subjects' deeper conscious.
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Save Last Gasp Publishing!

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October 11, 2014

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Our good friends over at Last Gasp publishing who are in their 45th year of creating and distributing some of the finest books in art and alternative literature are running a Kickstarter campaign for their fall line. This campaign is near and dear to our hearts because as many of you probably know, the world of print has been going through many changes and difficulties in a digital age and for those that appreciate art you know having a finely printed book is a completely different experience than viewing online. We are doing our part to support them because there's nobody else like Last Gasp out there and we want them to keep on keepin' on. They have supported many of the artists we love and we hope you join us in supporting their campaign, they have lots of cool prizes so please check it out!
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Christer Karlstad

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October 9, 2014

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Norwegian painter Christer Karlstad’s constructed and ambiguous scenario freely engages in myths, symbols and archetypes, as this is how he sees and understands the world. When confronted by one of his paintings, wondering if somebody is dead or only sleeping, whether it’s good or evil, comforting or disturbing, the answers are actually to be found in the questions.
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Gan Chin Lee

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September 30, 2014

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Gan Chin Lee is a Malaysian painter who renders his subjects in a photo-journalistic style around the public marketplace.
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Contraomnes: Artist Update

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September 29, 2014

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Sachin Teng a.k.a. Contraomnes is an illustrator originally from New York currently working in Los Angeles, CA. He was featured back in March 2010. "Art is less a craft than it is a language. Sometimes things get lost in translation, so I spend most of my time finding the artifacts people have left behind."
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James Rawson

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September 26, 2014

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Filled with iconic brands, sex appeal, and chocolate, James Rawson's paintings are kick ass. Originally from and still residing in Norfolk, England, James rejects the grey and somewhat dreary landscape of Norfolk by embracing pop art and pumping vibrant colors into his works.
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Akino Kondoh

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September 22, 2014

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Japanese artist Akino Kondoh beautifully captures nostalgic childhood imaginations that once roamed and wandered our childhood minds. She illustrates lush landscapes, dark to colorful characters, as well as surreal themes that venture off to the deep end. Kondoh was born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan and now currently lives and works in New York since 2008.
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Body Bags: Oil Paintings (NSFW)

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September 19, 2014

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Salvadorian artist Fábio Magalhães paints inconceivable acts and positions in a truly gruesome yet astonishing manner. In which, he creates contours of a very disturbing reality. His hyper-realistic rendering and conditions, metaphorically connects images of his own body, feelings and banal situations.
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Tangshi

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September 17, 2014

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Tangshi is a painter based out of Changsha City, Hunan Province, China. Many of his beautifully rendered paintings have a photo-journalistic feel with a unique twist of surrealism. Possibly a modern Chinese Norman Rockwell?
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