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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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EK Interview: Stephanie Buer

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April 18, 2016

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The imagery of Stephanie Buer's paintings and drawings recalls her time spent in Detroit, Michigan. While dilapidated and human-free edifices dominate her works, Buer speaks to Detroit's artistic initiatives and to the changing cityscape. Check out Stephanie's other Empty Kingdom interview and post !
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Andrew Hem Revisit

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April 17, 2016

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Andrew Hem was born during his parents' flight from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide. His paintings now illustrate a search for inner peace, mindfulness, seeking balance between east and west. He was originally featured on September 2010.
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EK Interview: James Rawson

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April 11, 2016

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James Rawson identifies the spoils of popular culture and its devastating/distracting effects. His boisterous paintings involve issues of digital voyeurism and they question the fulfillment that voyeurs receive from their action. Through this, Rawson explores the ubiquities of society and detachments from reality. Check out more of Rawson's work at the EK Shop and his feature !
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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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Robert Fawcett

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April 7, 2016

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Robert Fawcett (1903–1967) was an illustrator who was originally trained as a fine artist but with poor pay and political infighting of the fine arts world, he decided to commit himself to commercial art, where he was successful. He was slightly color blind with a strong eye for detail.
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EK Sketchbook: Raphaël Vicenzi

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April 6, 2016

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We featured Raphaël Vicenze back in 2010 and interviewed him in 2012 so it's been a while since we saw anything from him. We thought it would be a great time to get in touch with him and see what he had going on. His work pops off the page, more a parade of images than a series of paintings. He's agreed to participate in our Sketchbook series so without further ado we present a look behind the scenes at his work!
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EK Interview: Susannah Martin

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April 4, 2016

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Susannah Martin exposes the human form in naturalistic and photo realistic scenes. On canvas, her vividly painted subjects interact with land and animal and express a contemplative curiosity. Through them, Martin speaks to themes such as the German political landscape and she makes clear her rich understanding of the history of art. Empty Kingdom first featured her works in March 2013.
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EK Interview: Louie Van Patten

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March 28, 2016

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Louie Van Patten's paintings are dark and moving. They reveal parts of us we see at the last moment when we turn away from the mirror, the parts we know are there but often can't, or won't. They are colorful, vibrant, loudly emotive, and they plumb some of the deepest parts of the human condition. Check out his interview:
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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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EK Sketchbook: Christy Lee Rogers

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March 23, 2016

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Christy Lee Rogers has both been featured and interviewed on Empty Kingdom. Her work is amazing, deep, and beautiful. For the EK Sketchbook series she has given us a peek behind the scenes, at her notebook, some work in progress, and the photographs that inform and shape her pieces.
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EK Interview: Stephanie Henderson

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March 14, 2016

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The work of Stephanie Henderson is steeped in symbology and meaning. Her dark and mysterious pieces make me stare in thought, wondering what was going on in her mind when she painted them, and what's going on in the piece itself.
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Conrad Jon Godly

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March 9, 2016

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You can just feel and sense all the little details and eccentricities of Conrad Jon Godly's brushstrokes. The Swiss artist recreates the Swiss Alps by using intimidating amount of paint. From a distance, his paintings look heavily rendered meanwhile up-close you get a real taste of what's really going on.
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EK SHOP: MICHAEL REEDY

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March 7, 2016

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Michael Reedy Michael Reedy is one of our favorite artists here at EK. His level of detail and seamless blending of mediums within each piece is really amazing to behold in person. We were fortunate to have Michael as part of one of our past shows, and he definitely commanded his space with the quality of his art. His work, just as many artists, deserve a really close look in person, you won't be disappointed. We have some amazing prints and originals and really affordable so please, enjoy. I just literally bought myself a print for "Ms. Robinson," because I can't afford an original yet. YET!!!
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EK Interview: Gabriel Grun

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March 4, 2016

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Gabriel Grun's work is heavily influenced by renaissance and baroque paintings and it shows. Openly sexual, and unabashed about everything that he wants it to be, Gabriel's work is a world of fantasy, of the myths and legends of humanity laid out in full color, full splendor. Colorful and gorgeous, his paintings draw you into their warm, waiting arms and hold you there.
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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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EK Shop: James Rawson

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February 29, 2016

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James Rawson -James’ work blurs the boundaries between collage and painting, using preparatory paper collages as reference for his larger paintings. He aims to reflect the multi-layered visual experience we all live in. Appropriating the very images that have become implicit in our society, James’ work disturbs our sense of reality and confuses our perception of popular culture.
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Mark Thompson

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February 27, 2016

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Mark Thompson is a painter based out of the U.K. who develops and ultimately ‘makes‘ a version of the world seen through the isolation of his personal memories. The filter of his memory appears to retain only what is personally important, and the inevitable mix of his own history and experience fills in the gaps.
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EK Interview: Joel Rea

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February 22, 2016

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The world of Joel Rea's art is vast and overwhelming, in both scope and meaning. Where does the dream stop, and the real begin? Who knows, as Joel stitches the two together so seamlessly, ice clad rocks, starry and cloud filled skies alluding to a harsh nature, an untamed world foreign to humans. Tigers, powerful and scary to a lone human. And in the middle of it all, men and women, clad in the trappings of modern society, out of place in the real, at home in the surreal. Check out his interview for more more more and existential exploration to boot!
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