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Cal Redback

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March 12, 2016

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Cal Redback is a photographer and digital manipulator from Paris, France. He redefines the idea of 'human nature' by combining these two elements.
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EK Interview: Julien Mauve

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March 11, 2016

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Damn but do I love the photography of Julien Mauve. His range is immense, discussing everything from the future of our society and world in his ethereal and haunting abandoned cities, to the lost innocence we seem to have forgotten, to the darkness of the world and the futility of our attempts to drive that darkness away. Check out his interview:
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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: Evelyn Bencicova

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March 7, 2016

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Evelyn Bencicova's photography is at once unnerving and beautiful in its symmetry, it makes a mockery of the human ability to over indulge cooperation. Her colors, whether brilliant red or quiet gray, pop out of the photograph, screaming into your eyes at the speed of light, but seemingly faster. My, oh my is her work something to marvel at. Check out her interview:
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Neil Krug

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March 5, 2016

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A vast compilation of Neil Krug's beautiful and psychedelic photography and still's from various projects.
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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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EK Sketchbook: Alex Andreyev

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March 2, 2016

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As part of our Sketchbook series we have sought to put together art from all kinds of artists, sketchbooks don't have to be physical to represent the work that goes on behind the scenes and up until the point in time when a piece of art is finished. In that vein we present the digital sketchbook of Alex Andreyev, a fantastic illustrator who has been featured and interviewed for Empty Kingdom. Check out some of his process images and thoughts:
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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 Podcast: Lucien Shapiro

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February 29, 2016

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Lucien Shapiro is a dear dear friend of Empty Kingdom, one of the oldest and coolest. He is a badass sculptor and a very original, thoughtful human. In this episode we dive deep into his career. We interviewed him in the lobby of the Kabuki Hotel in SF. He is doing a nationwide tour of a fear collecting ritual that is explained in the podcast. I highly suggest checking it out, I missed the first one in SF but I'll be sure to be at the next one, because well I got some things to get off my back. I bet you do too.
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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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EK Interview: Ben Young

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February 29, 2016

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Ben Young is self taught, his sculptures capture the ocean in its quiet moments, the solitude and humility one feels when confronted by something so immense and unyielding. Check out his interview:
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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: Lauren Marx

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February 26, 2016

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My oh my do I love the work of Lauren Marx. Violent, brutal, unrestrained, her art makes me feel primal and stirs something ancient and normally restrained within me. Colorful, beautiful, and elegant, her content is a contradiction, carnal yet refined. And as a person she is deep, insightful, and honest. Her interview is touching and a damn good read:
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MERKUR PRESENTS: Ayça Şen

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February 24, 2016

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Presented by Merkur Gallery -Şen, who sees the coincidences, come ups; shortly, the flow of life in its own rhythm as the flow of nature in its own rhythm, she considers ‘’Where to look from” a visual extension of personal confrontation and personal change. In this sense, when all conceptual explanations can be perceived as an intervention to the whole of personal life, the ‘’contradictions’’ that she handles come into play and by wriggling from vertical media, they get into horizontal media, which can make concessions too.
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Cristina Coral

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February 24, 2016

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"My approach to photography and its development was almost entirely self-taught. I immediately understood what the camera could have given me in terms of experimentation and discovery of the world around me and more over of myself. Photographing has become an imperative language." -Cristina Coral
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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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Johnson Tsang: Artist Update

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February 21, 2016

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Johnson Tsang is a highly imaginative, witty, and dark porcelain sculptor based out of Hong Kong. He was previously featured in October and April 2013. Tsang continues to innovate and create otherworldly juxtapositions.
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EK Interview: Mario Dilitz

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February 19, 2016

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Mario Dilitz works with wood to create touching, meaningful sculpture. His works are a sort of expose on the human condition, bare emotion painted across bare wood. Our vulnerable, withdrawn, most quiet moments are his focus, and damn does he depict them well. Check out his interview:
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Shaun Downey

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February 18, 2016

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Shaun Downey’s portraits draw on influences as varied as Dutch masters and comic books, grounding a centuries-long tradition of figure painting firmly in the present. Employing a realist style, Downey creates emotionally evocative portraits, mostly of women, in fully realized settings where the figure’s face and mood are equally informed by their environment.
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