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Gustavo Peña Paintings

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August 8, 2014

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As the summer starts to fade away, Dominican artist Gustavo Peña paints the colors, activities and essence of what this sunny season was all about. His library of work is expressionistically beautiful up-close at the same time lighthearted and peculiar, which all feel like his personal photos over the years.
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Kaethe Butcher

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August 7, 2014

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Kaethe Butcher is a 23 year old German artist who illustrates women in very erotic and provocative ways. She’s heavily influenced by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, as well as Art Nouveau, which gives her seductive drawings a touch of romance.
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Mike Brodie

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August 6, 2014

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Mike Brodie, otherwise known as the Polaroid Kidd, left home at 18 to drift across the US, crisscrossing the continent by freight train. Brodie spent three years travelling, camera in hand, photographing the people he encountered along the way. His resultant photobook, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, is at once intimate and dirty, defiant and seductive.
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‘Alone Together’ by Andrew Lyman

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August 5, 2014

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Andrew Lyman is a photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. His series entitled ‘Alone Together’ portrays conjured feelings of intimacy and solitude through manufactured and found interactions. Be sure to check out Andrew’s earlier series ‘Fleeted Happenings’ which was featured January of this year.
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Justin Mortimer

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August 4, 2014

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Justin Mortimer is an obscure fine art painter who lives and works out of London. He was first featured on Empty Kingdom back in March 2011.
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Uchujin- Adrian Storey

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August 4, 2014

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Uchujin translates to "alien", and is the moniker for photographer Adrian Storey. A British photographer and filmmaker living in Tokyo states that he "would rather be an alien than an outsider". This statement speaks to his work, as each of his series explores those that live outside the confines of social expectations and norms. He travels widely and has worked as the director of photography for a 2011 documentary titled Twende Berlin, that is about activism in public spaces. His photography is honest, compelling, at times, dark and very much rooted in documentary. Check out his website for more film and photography!
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Andrea Buia

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August 3, 2014

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Andrea Buia is a self taught film photographer from Lecce, Italy. His images primarily focus on the diversity of the feminine form, whilst he also manages to catch some beautifully honest expressions which span across a variety of emotions; from longing and passion to comfort and interest.
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Sebastiaan Bremer

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August 2, 2014

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What’s up, EKayans? It’s been a while! I hope my family have been keeping you all happy and inspired. Let me share with you a little something special from Sebastiaan Bremer.
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Nina Ahn: Artist Update

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August 1, 2014

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Nina Ahn is a South Korean film photographer with no dominant style preference, but she enjoys taking candid street photos. She prefers to capture spontaneous and strange situations which appeal to her. She lived in Istanbul, Turkey, Kyoto, Japan and Yorkshire, England where she produced she first solo photography book with Labas before returning back to Korea to continue her photography. Nina has been featured on Empty Kingdom back in May 2010 and an interview in May 2012.
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Guy Catling

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August 1, 2014

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Guy Catling is a graphic designer from Essex United Kingdom. Focusing mostly on collage work, he takes old photos and makes them new again. Drawing inspiration from his surroundings and using old war photos, Guy creates bright contrasting works.
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Donate to EMPTY KINGDOM

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July 31, 2014

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Most of our faithful fans know that we here at EK do what we do simply for the love of Art. And if you don't know, now you know. We originally started our site to share our love of Art with the world, but it grew quickly from a fun side project to an intense, all-consuming labor of love, and now, we have been blessed with this beautiful baby whose life it is our job to nurture and grow in a positive, impactful way. Our dream is to be a 90/10 company, meaning we donate 90% of our company's net income and keep only 10%. Take a moment to think about how retardedly difficult that sounds. There isn't a businessman in the world who'd invest in a business plan like that.
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Margriet Smulders

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July 30, 2014

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Margriet Smulders' intoxicating and smouldering flowers represent contradictions between the mind and the body, between science and intuítion, between dark and light, nirwana and  samsara, modesty and voluptousness maybe all brought together by the heart. Her photographs are exposed to particular canvases such as metallic, Cibachrome, as well as water color paper, which give off the reflected illuminated look of a painting. Be sure to check out Margriet's previous feature from January 2013.
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Anton Semenov

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July 29, 2014

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Anton Semenov is a digital illustrator from Bratsk, Russia who creates extraordinary animated portraits and mind-bending dark themed characters and worlds.
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Andrew Archer Revisit

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July 29, 2014

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The marvelous artist from New Zealand is back with his timeless style and chromatic brilliance. Illustrator and crayon enthusiast, Andrew Archer first appeared on EK on January 2010. The latest in his surrealistic repertoire explodes with aberrant wonder, inspired by cartoons and Edo period art among other mediums that portray sublime narratives.
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Rogelio Manzo

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July 28, 2014

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"...I find a brute yet honest identity of my subjects..." states Rogelio Manzo. His journey as an artist began studying architecture, but the rigidity and formality of architectural practice led him to painting where he creates chaotic, dark and brooding, yet harmonious "portraits".  His past in architecture is not lost though, as geometric elements sneak into his paintings that are made of resin panels, silk and other fabric. His subjects faces are draped in sweeping swatches of blue, orange and vivid white hues while hints of their personality seep through.
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Dirk Braeckman

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July 26, 2014

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When we see photographs by the Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman installed in museums, we seem to be looking at photographs that aspire to the condition of painting. They are large — he likes them to be life-size. They are unglazed— he wants no interruption to the eye. They demand as slow an act of looking as any painting. They have the same richness and variety of tones of grey as works by Richter or Celmins.
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Bill Sussman

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July 25, 2014

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Bill Sussman is an illustrator originally from San Francisco and currently residing in Poland who portrays erotic art in whimsical juxtapositions. Warning these illustrations are NSFW.
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Cia de Foto

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July 25, 2014

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Cia De Foto is a photo collective based in Sao Paulo, Brazil that was founded in 2003. What I admire the most about these photos is the simple, real, and raw nature of them all.
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The Definition of Art Part 1

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July 24, 2014

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--- Art: noun \ˈärt\ 1: something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings. --- Can art be defined?  As an abstract concept possibly but on a personal level the definition of art can be as diverse as the viewer.  In that vein we have decided to ask some of our favorite artists to tell us what Art means to them.  Here's what they've said:
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“Fruits” by Aurel Schmidt

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July 23, 2014

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Aurel Schmidt is an artist from Kamloops, BC, Canada currently working out of New York City who embodies luscious fruits and organic vegetables with various private 'body parts'. Aurel Schmidt is truly one of a kind and you can see her previous Empty Kingdom feature from September 2010.
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