William Betts

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William Betts may have just been added to my Imaginary Dinner Party list, if for no other reason than I’d love to talk about process with him. His visually impactful pieces are essentially layered color spectrums, and because no human could apply paint as precisely as needed William created a machine to do it. Now that’s a brain I’d like to pick.

 

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Leslie Weaver

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Vibrant color, pattern, texture, fashion, design, quirky composition, and global culture all play roles in artist Leslie Weaver‘s beautiful female faces. Their personalities run the gamut from polished professional all the way to punk rocker. Check out Leslie’s shop to make one your own!

 

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Anna King

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Anna King works in oils on paper pasted onto board, drawing into the wet paint with a pencil to create a deconstructed, sketch-like finished piece. Her desolate landscapes and buildings jive so nicely with the end result.

My work explores the margins of landscape – overlooked, peripheral places – abandoned buildings, wastelands, plantations and quarries. These structures are marks we’ve made on the world, and now time passes without human intervention – paint peels, grass grows through cracks in concrete and the temporary nature of our own existence is brought into sharper focus.

 

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Jesse Moretti

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Jesse Moretti‘s artwork bounces between a bevy of ideas, dimensionality, and materials. She often uses acrylic, paint, and wood together making her style a bit ambiguous at times. But it’s all in the name of creativity and no one can say the end result is anything but bright and fun.

I create surfaces that flutter between the flat and dimensional. Utilizing collage, design, and op-art perceptual techniques, they exist in a liminal state, an active position between flatness and dimensionality, the real and imagined. The forms reference architecture, landscape, design  and myth, reimagining them to become something other.

 

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Bekka Palmer

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I especially love when an artist gravitates towards one medium or material and runs with it in every possible direction. Case in point, Bekka Palmer‘s hand-sewn rope necklaces and embroidered film series.  Her necklaces are just about perfect for your summer wardrobe while the embroidered film is part of a larger project – 100 Days of Thread and Film.

 

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Xuan loc Xuan

Xuan loc Xuan-1-Design Crush

 

Xuan loc Xuan is a freelance illustrator based out of Ho Chi Min City. I’m a fan of his style, in particular this series of portraits created from a mix of digital art, illustration, and painting. Be sure and check out his entire portfolio – it’s lovely in its entirety.

 

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Kueng Caputo

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Kueng Caputo is a collaborative art effort between two design school friends, and each consecutive collection seems better than the last. My favorite is Never Too Much, a series of benches, stools, bowls, and lights made from leather and enamel that have been splattered with organic vegetable stains in to create a chromatic effect. Just looking at them I can feel joy rising up within myself!

 

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Dorris Vooijs

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The layered mixed media works of Dorris Vooijs are a study in what beauty can come from the combination of traditional and digital techniques. Collected vintage pictures, digital sketches, markers, spray paint, embroidery, and ink all play their roles as Dorris turns it all into something that matches her current state of mind.

 

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