Victor Reyes

 

Victor Reyes‘ dynamic paintings sort of look how the inside of my brain has been feeling the past few weeks. Plenty of color and emotion, lots of twists and turns, and and so much nervous energy you’re not sure where to begin. Needless to say, I love it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Henrik Uldalen

 

Henrik Uldalen is a self-taught artist whose work revolves around classic figurative painting in a contemporary manner. Henrik explores the dark sides of life, nihilism, existentialism, longing, and loneliness with elements of beauty, dreams, and realism present. His practices of different features – eyes and lips particularly – using oil paint on glass are some of my favorite pieces, and he frequently posts them on Instagram.

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Charlie Megna / Spaces and Places

 

Chicago-based artist Charlie Megna‘s work is all over the board, informed by satire, social commentary, and absurdities in the civilized world. Oh, and fun! His Spaces and Places series in gouache is one of my favorites. While maybe not inciting nervous laughter like a lot of Megna’s work, these rug laden roomscapes leave you wondering what kind of lives are lived within them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Baker

 

It’s crazy to think how much can be expressed using only basic shapes and a minimal color palette, but that’s just where painter Stephen Baker excels. His In-Between Days series is a standout, depicting those small moments in every day when you’re in the moment without realizing it. Many of Stephen’s pieces are available as giclée prints so swing by his shop, then check out his portfolio for some fantastic installations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kelly Bjork / Blankets

 

Kelly Bjork‘s series of Blankets is minimalistic and effective. I love that depending on what time of year you’re looking at these gouache paintings you might think of cozy evenings in front of a fire or lazy days spent sprawled on the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sofia Bonati

 

Meet Sofia Bonati, an Argentinian-born artist who’s currently living and working in the UK. These gorgeous ladies appear to be her specialty, each created through Sofia’s sketching and painting talents. Sure they’d stand fine on their own, but those background patterns are just the thing that makes her work stand out all the more. Pick up some of Sofia’s work for yourself in her shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Xu Zhen

 

Oh man, the work of Shangai-based Xu Zhen makes me want to grab the paint supply in my office and the decorating tips in my kitchen and get to work! Doesn’t each painting look like you just dig in with a spoon? The installation, performance, and video artist combines humor and irony in his work, offering critiques of political and art-world human exploitation – so be sure and check out the rest of Zhen’s portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greg Hart / Historical Portraits

 

Greg Hart‘s Historical Portraits combine unexpected colors, negative space, and some unexpected subject matter. Ladies and gentleman from the past are captured in portrait form, in an almost topographic-like style, while giving us a look into their haunted pasts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon Harper / Backlit Memories

 

Even though parts of Gordon Harper‘s Backlit Memories series takes place in winter, most pieces feel like a washed out summer day. No air conditioning, sweaty glasses of iced tea, as little clothing as possible and a fan whirring in the background. Harper’s quiet streets filled with vacant houses just about fade away with every stroke of his brush.

 

 

 

 

 

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