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Nigel Van Wieck

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August 28, 2015

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Nigel Van Wieck is an American painter who lives and works in New York.
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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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Waldemar von Kozak

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August 20, 2015

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Waldemar von Kozak is an illustrator from Russia with an imaginative and deviant body of work.
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Danny Galieote

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August 18, 2015

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Los Angeles based artist Danny Galieote paints scenes of everyday life in America with mastery of the human figure and the environment in which they inhabit. His work is inspired by the American scene painters, the Regionalists and WPA artists of the 1930’s and 40’s. However, the aim of his work is not pure nostalgia, but rather is in pursuit of universal, timeless themes of human nature.
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Syd Mead

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August 16, 2015

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A compilation of Syd Mead’s, aka the Visual Futurist's stellar body of work. The neofuturistic concept artist is known for designing the imagination behind of Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron and influencing Daft Punk, Mass Effect, and countless others.
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Seonna Hong

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August 9, 2015

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Seonna Hong is a painter based out of Los Angeles, CA, who portrays themes of exploration with a psychedelic touch. Each slab of layer and element are abstractly different ranging from simplistic, loose, and surreal.
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EK Interview: Lauren Brevner

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August 5, 2015

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Lauren Brevner is an amazing artist who has traveled the world and learned a lot and brings all that and a bag of chips to the table. Her work draws from many sources to make and discuss incredibly important subjects from femininity and it's place and meaning in current culture to tradition and art and the importance of the past. Check out her interview:
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Hannah Faith Yata

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July 31, 2015

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Hannah Yata was previously featured back in November 2013, and just like it happened the first time when I came across her work, I almost swallowed my own tongue...again.
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Jeff Huntington

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July 27, 2015

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Originally hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Jeff Huntington is an artist currently based out of Annapolis, Maryland where he continues hones his craft. Hone on Mr. Huntington, hone on (what?).
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Benjamin Garcia Revisit

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July 24, 2015

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Benjamin Garcia is a Venezuelan painter who was previously featured back in October 2012, and we bring him back on this glorious Friday to check out his body of work since his last visit.
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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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Zak Smith // NSFW

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July 19, 2015

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Zak Smith is an artist based out of Brooklyn, NY and an Alumni of Cooper Union & Yale. He is best known for erotic portraits of female subjects which are characterized by intricate patterns and vivid coloration. Zak is also an adult film performer who is in a long-term relationship with Mandy Morbid.
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Claire Harvey

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July 17, 2015

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Claire Harvey is a British artist who paints intimate works on canvas and everyday materials such as post its, slides, acetates, and scotch tape. This is a selection from both ongoing series and completed works intended to give an over view rather than a complete catalogue.
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Lauren Brevner

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July 10, 2015

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Lauren Brevner's interpretation of female portraiture are combined with a collage of Japanese chiyogami, yuzen, and washi paper on wooden panels. Her portrayal of women serves to empower rather than objectify: a reflection of the vitality of sensuality over sexuality. She plays with polychromatic layers; the figures within it existing in surreal and isometric spheres.
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Hikari Shimoda Revisit

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July 8, 2015

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Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within.
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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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