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The Art of Syvlia Ji

The Art of Syvlia Ji

Possessing an artistic voice as unique as the times we live in, Sylvia Ji is at once contemplative, spiritual, enigmatic, and yet whimsically funny. Above all else, it is perhaps beauty that emerges as her defining characteristic, and her art reflects this: an extension of herself; a passionate appreciation of simple aesthetic pleasure fused with(…)

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The Skulls of Toru Kamei

The Skulls of Toru Kamei

Tokyo, Japan seems an unlikely birthplace for the artist behind these paintings.  They exhibit nothing of traditional Japanese art.  Yet that is precisely where Toru Kamei is from.  Born in Tokyo in 1976, he graduated from the Nihon University College of Art, and has exhibited and worked almost exclusively in Japan since then, in galleries(…)

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Art by Ana Bracic

Art by Ana Bracic

Artist Ana Bracic hales from Belgrade, Serbia, and creates her art digitally.  Here I have shared 3 different series of her art which feature skulls and/or skeletons.  In her “Suspended” series, she pays homage to various spirit animals, each of them being suspended not only mid-air, but also between life and death.  In her “Undead(…)

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Intertwangleism from Butch Anthony

Intertwangleism from Butch Anthony

So I decided to get out on the last day of the Butch Anthony exhibit at the Akron Art Museum, and I wasn’t sorry.  Really digging this guy’s work! A self-taught artist, he uses found objects and natural objects to construct his own unique take on mortality, a method he named intertwangleism.  I find a(…)

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The Skulls of Joe Vollan

The Skulls of Joe Vollan

Seattle artist Joe Vollan has a distinct and eerie style. His works describe tales of heartache and adventure. The bulk of his paintings take place in the city of Rusted Gallows, a post apocalyptic, rundown factory town populated by secret skeleton societies and strange but friendly creatures. The characters in his works demonstrate that there(…)

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The Art of Simona Candini

The Art of Simona Candini

Italian pop surrealist Simona Candini paints images which nearly always feature a young, wide-eyed, fairytale girl interacting with fantasy styled anthropomorphic animals.  One of both are often in sugar skull/Day of the Dead-style makeup, with death, love and loss as a central theme.  She tends to favor more pastel-colored compositions, and the young girls usually have(…)

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The Awe Inspiring Oil Paintings of Alexandra Manukyan

The Awe Inspiring Oil Paintings of Alexandra Manukyan

Hearkening back to both vanitas and surrealism, Artist Alexandra Manukya uses traditional oil painting techniques to portray characters that appear both damaged and strong.  They may be disfigured or scarred, but they seem to rise above it and wear their scars with pride.  Her paintings are simultaneously dark and beautiful, haunting and hopeful.

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