Lauren Gallaspy

“The fundamental contradictions of the ceramic vessel and the human body are the same: they are objects of both strength and fragility, though, in the end, the ceramic object will always outlive us. This urgent attempt at immortality remains an essential appeal of ceramics to me. Why do I make what I make? I wish…

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Picasso’s ‘Light Drawings’ 1949

In 1949 Pablo Picasso was visited by Gjon Mili, a photographer and lighting innovator, who introduced Picasso to his photographs of ice skaters with lights attached to their skates. Immediately Picasso started making images in the air with a small flashlight in a dark room. This series of photos became known as Picasso’s “light drawings.”

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EK Sketchbook: Heidi Taillefer

We’ve featured Heidi Taillefer twice, and interviewed her to boot! Her work is packed with nuance and meaning and is extremely diverse in it’s content. Where does it all come from? As part of the EK Sketchbook series she’s honored us with a peek behind the scenes, at the work that goes on before she…

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Marco Mazzoni Revisit

Marco Mazzoni is an Italian artist who creates beautiful portraits by only using colored pencils. His body of work holds a strong interest in flora and fauna, and often influenced by female herbalists of 16th—18th Century Sardinia. Mazzoni was originally featured back in August 2011.

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Manabu Ikeda

Manabu Ikeda is an illustrator born in Taku City, Saga, Japan who currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. With his acrylic pen, he creates enormous and extremely intricate detailed work by portraying themes of civilization within nature but with an epic & chaotic outline. Many of his artwork can take up to a year to complete.

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Armando Veve

Mad artist Armando Veve has been producing intriguing art since the day he first put pen to paper. Armando is BFA graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and his illustrations have been published in the New York Times.

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Victoria Goro-Rapoport

Victoria Goro-Rapoport’s beautiful theatrical drawings developed from her years as a set designer. After graduating from Moscow Art College with a BFA in 1985, she continued on to the University of Utah. There she received a MFA in set design in 1998. That was the start of her life in theater as a set designer.

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Daehyun Kim Returns

Daehyun Kim AKA Moonassi has been featured on December 2010 and on July 2012. His surreal figures and minimalist lines portray a unique interpretation of relationships and interactions between two subjects and the universe at large.

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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

[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…

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Mercedes Helnwein Revisit

Currently splitting her time between Los Angeles, California and Ireland, Mercedes Helnwein creates intricate pencil drawings of “weird goings-on” that brings her back to our humble site since her last feature in September 2010. Not to name-drop, but Mercedes is the daughter of Gottfried Helnwein…dun-dun-dun! I swear…talent breeds talent!

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JAPONE

Whether it’s oil on canvas paintings or simple pencil on napkin drawings, JAPONE is a French artist who can run and paint with the best of them for sure!

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Douglas McDougall

Douglas McDougall is an artist currently based out of Scotland who produces these amazingly rendered and highly detailed charcoal drawings. I wonder what their beauty secret is to get their skin looking so…healthy and crusty.

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Mr. KW

Kent Williams is obviously no stranger to the EK family. Mr. Williams has been featured numerous times in the past back in March 2010, May 2010, September 2011, and not to mention, made the TOP 100 of 2010 and 2011. Mr. Williams has new pieces and studies since we saw his work last, and we…

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