Marat Safin: Revisit

Marat Safin was originally featured on Empty Kingdom back in October 2015 who shot portraits over serene landscapes. Since then the Russian photographer’s work has evolved to more nudes with a lot of cigarettes. Any art direction Marat chooses always ends up being beautiful and ethereal. Images are NSFW.

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Yuichi Ikehata

Japanese photographer Yuichi Ikehata‘s series ‘Fragments of Long Term Memory’ sculpts human body forms by scaffolding the models with clay, wire, and paper. He then photographs and composites his subjects together. “Many parts of our memories, however, are often forgotten, or difficult to recall. I retrieve those fragmented moments and reconstruct them as surreal images.”

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Johnson Tsang

Johnson Tsang‘s current series ‘Open Mind’ will be showcasing at beinArt Gallery in Melbourne, Australia later this year. The Hong Kong based sculptor has been featured on Empty Kingdom many times within the past few years. Dates to the show will be provided soon.

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Roby Dwi Antono

Roby Dwi Antono is a surrealist painter based out of Yogyakarta, Indonesia who is also a graphic designer by profession. A lot of his work have a connection with classical renaissance paintings that results to his own contemporary juxtaposition. He is heavily influenced by Mark Ryden and Marion Peck.

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Ren Hang (1987-2016)

Ren Hang will always be remembered as one of the greatest contemporary photographers & poets of our times. He’s been arrested several times and also had many of exhibitions canceled for his provoking body of work. Ren was no stranger to our Empty Kingdom, or any other art blog. His photos were always honest and…

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Jenna Andersen

Jenna Andersen‘s illustrations have a beautiful minimal approach that also focuses on the complex details. Her body of work has a recurring theme revolving around a sense of wander, a search for identity, and tones of melancholy. Leaving behind bittersweet, yet such satisfying simplicity.

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Elisa Ancori

Spanish artist Elisa Ancori‘s works revolve around the connection of nature with man. A fusion of body and soul which is scanned by a strong line in all his work. A continuous search for that balance, that unceasingly gives rise in every corner of nature.

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Esther Sarto

Esther Sarto is a gouache and watercolor painter based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. A lot of Sarto’s work combines elements of mother earth by coinciding them with our personal & social aspects of our lives.

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BAEL: Artist Update

BAEL is a self-taught artist from the North East of England who captures the human emotion and form with a sense of simplicity, by expressing something complex in as few words as possible. He channel’s elements of German Expressionism to Art Nouveau and Japanese Anime to achieve his own unique visual style.

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Husmann/Tschaeni

A Husmann/Tschaeni artwork stares you in the face. Under the layers of pinks, greens and blues, you sense movement. As if it is watching your back. Suddenly, you feel yourself being drawn into the art, losing focus. “We work backwards …” greets you as you enter the gates. A small plaque reads: “A hell of…

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EK Podcast Interview: Embers & Dust

Just longer than 9 minutes, this short film takes the viewer back to the evening of October 30th, 1938 where Orson Welles’ voice was vibrating across radio waves, bringing word of an invading alien army from Mars. And although the audio was performed as a Halloween special called “War of the Worlds”, the theatricality and…

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Weronika Izdebska: Artist Update

Weronika Izdebska aka ‘ovors’ is a freelance photographer and filmmaker based out of Łódź, Poland. She was featured on Empty Kingdom back in October 2015 and she continues to reproduce these emotions and aesthetics through subtle inner space and silence.

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Kei Imazu

Kei Imazu is a painter based out of Tokyo, Japan. Her collages of warped renaissance works appear digital but they’re actually painted with oil.

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