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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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Ron English “Popaganda”

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May 5, 2014

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Ron English is one of the modern Godfathers of American contemporary pop art. He explores brand imagery and advertising with his photorealist technique, use of color and comic book collages. English is known for his unique cast of characters, including: sexualized animals, skeletal figures, Marilyn Monroe with Mickey Mouse breasts, and Abraham Obama.
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Conor Harrington Part II

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March 23, 2014

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Conor Harrington is a street/graffiti/figurative/painter based out of Cork, Ireland. “A painter first and foremost. If you asked me that 10 years ago I would have said a graffiti writer but now as I get older I’m trying to shake off all those labels. It’s a strange position for a lot of us these days. We come from graffiti and street art but now we want to move beyond that. That's why I like the term post-graffiti a lot."
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Dave Young, Eddie Colla AND Hugh Leeman AT 111 MINNA

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February 17, 2014

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Dave Young, Eddie Colla and Hugh Leeman are at it again, they currently have a show at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco!  Though they have been working together for a while, this show is meant to be less a collaborative effort and group show.  Nonetheless, it's interesting see how their work and thought processes have evolved, both individually and thanks to their collaborations.  Check out the interview and if you're in The City check out the show!
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

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[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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United Visual Artists

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January 30, 2014

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United Visual Artists (UVA) is a London based art practice that combines a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and architecture. The studio has an open approach to collaboration, uniting diverse skills to continuously evolve new technologies and materials, which in turn suggest new artistic directions.
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Miss KK

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January 23, 2014

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Just when I thought street art couldn't throw me another curveball, Miss KK comes out killin' it with originality. This Hungarian street artist's arrangements of imagery and cheeky commentary on pop culture, formulate a fresh take on the most iconic images of today's culture.
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El Curiot

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November 8, 2013

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Currently based out of Mexico City, Mexico, Curiot creates paintings and murals that seems reminiscent of a peyote induced vision...or perhaps psilocybin mushrooms...maybe ayahuasca? Regardless, give me all three thrown into a blender, and sit me in front of El Curiot's piece and I'll see you in a week.
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Mark Fitz

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October 6, 2013

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Mark Fitz is an Irish artist and designer who is currently based out of Melbourne, Australia. Fitz' work explores the relationship between "life and love and pop and shit."
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EK Interview: Steve Powers

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October 1, 2013

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The work of Steve Powers is about as straight forward as it can be, on one level at least.  On the other level it's steeped in subtlety and conveys much more than the words at first glance say.  He will be working with Select Art Fair in Miami of this year and we are happy to now present you both his work and interview:
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Mark Jenkins Part Deux

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July 24, 2013

Here at Empty Kingdom, we love nothing more than an artist with a sense of humour. Mark Jenkins, previously featured all the way back in December 2010, definitely has the comedic element in his work that we dig. See if you can spot his obscure street art next time you're wondering arounda big city...
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Marchal Mithouard

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July 17, 2013

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Marchal Mithouard (aka SHAKA) is a French artist who paints in 3D where his work literally pops out of the canvas and onto the streets. Formally a graffiti artist and heavily influenced by Van Gogh, he shreds and paints individual physical layers that alters the viewers perspective with an impact of expressionism.
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David Mesguich

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June 5, 2013

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David Mesguich does just about everythang. Everythang?! Everythang. Graffiti, photography, sculptures, installations, drawings, paintings, video...you name it, Mesguich does it. Why? Because that's how Mesguich rolls. Why am I talking to myself? Because I forgot to take my crazy-pills.
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TrustoCorp

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May 26, 2013

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Hijacking the public visual space is the name of the game for TrustoCorp, a New York-based artist or group of artists (of course their identities would be shrouded in mystery) who dedicates their energy to "highlighting the hypocrisy and hilarity of human behavior through sarcasm and satire." Now just as a heads up, I did get a little image happy with this post mainly because I loved the diverse body of work that TrustoCorp produces, so enjoy! I know I did.
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Rowan Newton Revisit

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April 2, 2013

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Rowan Newton was featured back in February 2011, and it seems that Newton has been busy the past 2 years. Rowan uses spray paint, acrylics, and ink to create his gritty pieces that brings him back to EK.
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EK SXSW EVENT

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March 17, 2013

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This year for SXSW Empty Kingdom partnered with the awesome HOPE Campaign to deliver an amazing all day art event in Austin Texas.  Empty Kingdom was most honored to bring Dave Young, Derek Gores, Hugh Leeman, and Joel Daniel Phillips down to Austin to participate and put their various talents to work to make this wall shine.  If you didn't manage to get down there, don't fret y'all!  We've got photos!  And maybe we'll see you next time, in your city... On behalf of all of us at Empty Kingdom, we are incredibly thankful to both the artists as well as everyone who supported this effort, whether financially or by promoting the event via the various methods of social media and by word of mouth.
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EK Interview: Derek Gores

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March 6, 2013

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The fourth and final artists that Empty Kingdom is proud to bring to SXSW ReCREATE:ATX will be Derek Gores.  The fantastic master of the collage will undoubtedly be putting something stunning and novel up on the walls in Austin Texas.  Derek understands that this is about community, encouraging anyone near the event to bring something for him to include, a bold offer from a man who knows what art is truly about.
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EK Interview: Hugh Leeman

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March 3, 2013

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The next of the fantastic four artists that will be participating in the ReCREATE:ATX event, which is only 1 week away, is none other than Hugh Leeman.  Discussing everything from personal maturation to the ignorance we have towards the richness of the life the person walking by you on the street, his interview is well worth a read.  
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EK Interview: David Young

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March 2, 2013

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With his eyes set on the upcoming Empty Kingdom / HOPE Campaign event at SXSW, in Austin Texas, we have taken a little time to ask David Young, D Young V, about his work passions and his goals.  D Young doesn't shy away from the meat of the issues at hand, his discussion is relevant, intelligent and straight forward.  Read on:
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Max Zorn

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February 17, 2013

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Max Zorn is a street artist based in Amsterdam, who uses rolls of nondescript packing tape to create his sepia-toned portraits. He lends an unexpected delicacy to this blandness of material, rendered in lapping shades of gold.
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