Trek Matthews

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Trek Matthews is a painter, illustrator, and maker from Milwaukee who’s currently based in Atlanta. His interior and exterior murals are full of perspective and geometric goodness, usually in lovely muted tones though he sometimes opts for bright boldness.

 

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Horyon Lee

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Horyon Lee creates fetishized images revealed through lifted dresses and skirts. The women in the paintings, the objects of desire, are presented as exhibitionists who are confident in themselves and their femininity. The overlapping imagery creates a dynamic impression, as if Lee has caught them mid-act.

 

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Alex Garant

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Alex Garant, aka The Queen of Double Eyes, manages to combine traditional portrait techniques with a very graphic style. She relies on patterns, duplication of elements, and symmetry as a way to pull the viewer into her vibrating world.

 

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Jone Bengoa

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That saying about the eyes being the windows to the soul? Yup. Jone Bengoa, at the ripe old age of 19, captures this and more through her stark watercolor paintings. Everything she’s trying to say comes across beautifully and unmistakably.

 

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Laura Berger

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Laura Berger‘s recurring characters are spritely, adventurous, and fun in every single painting she creates. The Chicago-based artist mainly works in gouache and acrylics and experiments in sculpting and animation on the side.

 

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Louise Zhang

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Sydney, Australia-based artist Louise Zhang‘s work reminds me of a very highly evolved Lisa Frank (in the best possible way). She’s not afraid of color or shape exploration, whether those be on canvas or as sculpture. Zhang describes her work best saying that her primary interest lies in the middle ground between what we perceive as ‘cute’ and ‘grotesque’.

 

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Satsuki Shibuya

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Satsuki Shibuya brings her watercolor paintings to life in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Intuition, energy, spirit, and exploring the realms of the unknown are the base upon each piece is built. They leave me feeling very introspective and calm, how about you?

 

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Print Edition: July

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Watermelon by Lu West Studio // Figure No.1 by Steven Beckly // Black Folk Circle by Yellowlion // Leather Tools Taxonomy by Mandy Mohler Photography // This Ain’t My First Time At the Rodeo by Baron von Fancy

 

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National Parks from Schoolhouse Electric // Rock Hand by Strawberry Moth // Sea Green Ocean by Tricia McKellar // Spring by Boyoun Kim // The Anatomy of a Cactus by Rachel Ignotofsky

 

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01/ Notifly lets you know about a scheduled meeting by blowing a bubble!
02/ Get CallerID for your front door with Peeple‘s wireless camera.
03/ A handy chart sharing how long fresh produce will last once you buy it.
04/ This year’s Serpentine Pavilion honors the London Underground with a secret corridor.
05/ The Mason Watch is like is basically a sculpture for your wrist.
06/ Stefaan De Croock (aka Strook) uses discarded doors to create giant street murals.
07/ Gum, not just chewing these days – check out Maurizio Savini‘s sculptures.
08/ Meet Mr. Head, a vacuum cleaner turned artist.
09/ Jon Alameda throws the tiniest 1-inch scale miniature pottery.
10/ A Philadelphia church was transformed thanks to lots of paracord and Aaron Asis.

This week on Design Crush:
Mixed media photo and sketch collages by Joe Rudko.
I’ll be dreaming of these Weekend Sunbeds all summer long.
Colorful, geometric asphalt jewelry from The Good Machinery.
Make your own footwear with Pikkpack.
Stunning pastel female portraiture by Hsiao-Ron Cheng.
I’d love to fill my kitchen with pieces from Fringe and Fettle Ceramics.
Incredibly realistic watercolor hands from the brush of Martha Ossowska Persson.
Loving the pins and prints coming out of The BlkSmith Co.
The blueberry upside-down cake I’ll be making until the little guys run out.

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Martha Ossowska Persson

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If you’re an artist, or if you’ve ever talked to one about their craft, you’ve likely encountered the complaint of just how difficult human hands can be to depict. But you’ve probably never met up with Martha Ossowska Persson. She has flat-out mastered the creation of watercolor hands in every pose imaginable, taking them right out of ordinary to the extraordinary.

 

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