Category Art

Fragmented Narratives in the Dream-like Paintings of Amy Bennett

Amy Bennet

I was talking with a friend the other day about miniature sets and dioramas and it reminded of how great the work of artist Amy Bennett is. Bennett has an unusual method of working which involves building small 3D models which she then translates to canvas, thus creating beautiful narrative paintings in the process. It may seem a little unorthodox approach at first but it’s a process which I feel really brings a whole new dimension to both the dramatic and the emotional power of her work. I think these paintings are incredible.

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Humphrey Ocean’s Portraits of Everyday People

Humphrey Ocean

I recently discovered the work of Humphrey Ocean, an English artist who has been painting since the early 70’s. His first major solo exhibition was at London’s National Portrait Gallery in 1984 and he has since shown at the Tate Liverpool and the Whitechapel Gallery.

While perhaps best known for his iconic etching, Black Love Chair, which appeared on the cover of Paul McCartney’s Memory Almost Full in 2007, it is his recent collection of portraits which I want to share with you today.

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Jacob Hashimoto’s ‘Gas Giant’ at MOCA

Jacob Hashimoto’s ’Gas Giant’ at MOCA

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the photo I took of the Jacob Hashimoto exhibit at MOCA entitled Gas Giant. It’s a massive installation taking full opportunity of the entire space, filling it to the brim with over 30,000 paper kites which took 25 days to install.

Influenced by ample sources that range from sacred architecture, post-war abstract painting, the Light and Space movement from the 1960s in Southern California, and the 1990s generation of Los Angeles painters, Hashimoto expands painting and collage strategies in an ongoing exploration of abstraction and landscape through color, repetition, association, and even simple marks and gestures that when combined together, result in the infinite layers of complexity that characterize his work.

You should definitely watch the video below which shows the installation of Gas Giant which must have been an extremely stressful, arduous process. You can also click here to read and see more about the installation.

Kim Byungkwan’s Monsterized Versions of Hollywood Starlets

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Kim Byungkwan is a South Korean artist who takes images of Hollywood stars, namely beloved and iconic starlets, and breaks their image with scribbles and smears of paint. He creates them with acrylic on paper, giving you what you need to “get” who the person is—and then he rips it apart. They remind of monsterized and zombified depictions of celebrities but done in a frightening and manic way—but they retail a fascinating beauty. They’re like caricatures made by a crazy person.

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Vibrant, Gestural Nude Paintings by Sarah Awad

Sarah Awad

I love to come across artists who take a traditional subject matter such as a still life, a landscape – or in this case – a nude and take it to a new and exciting place. LA artist Sarah Awad does exactly that. Her paintings are bright and vibrant and seem to be a world removed from the more subdued figurative work we normally see.

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Get Surreal With It: Opening Ceremony X Rene Magritte

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A few weeks ago, Opening Ceremony released a quick flash of a collaboration: the renowned fashion makers “collaborated” with surrealist painter Rene Magritte to create a very tiny collection of wild clothing items. The items are extremely limited edition and seem to have been wiped from the brand’s website—but they still can be celebrated for being a brilliant mashing of art and fashion.

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Gregory Hayes Paints Detailed Microcosms

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Gregory Hayes can make an entire artistic galaxy with a small smudge of paint. He is a hyper-pointilist who makes work that consists of small painted dots. The little parts work together to make a bigger image or movement—and each part has its own beauty. Unlike pointillism practitioners who dabbed a single color at a time to a canvas, Hayes’ “dots” features dazzling, bright marbling. His paintings require a closer look.

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