Thomas Saliot

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Thomas Saliot splits his time between Marrakech and Paris while aiming to do with oil paintings what Ian Fleming did with literature. One canvas at a time Saliot recreates photos he finds online, turning each one into a masterpiece in a second medium.

 

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Mamma Andersson

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Mamma Andersson is a contemporary artist hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. (Originally named Karin, the nickname was added to differentiate herself from another student in art school and stuck.) Her paintings depict simple, domestic scenes in an entirely beautiful way. Mysteriously, most of Andersson’s works include images of recognizable paintings by other artists as accessories.

 

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Sandra Chevrier

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Montreal-based artist Sandra Chevrier is creating some of the best pop art I’ve seen in quite some time, mixing her own painting and illustrations with comics. Her work begs you to take the time to look at every detail, dissecting the male-dominated fantasy world from the oppressed woman lying beneath.

 

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Núria Farré

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Part Sleeping Beauty and part serial killer, Núria Farré‘s deep and dark paintings of women submerged in water are both beautiful and unsettling at once. It’s all part of the Barcelona born and based artist’s attempt to combine the inner and outer worlds of each individual. (Pssst… occasionally you can find a piece or two of hers available for sale in her Etsy shop.)

 

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Brian Donnelly

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Brian Donnelly‘s paintings melt my face off. Wait, no but yes. The Toronto-based artist’s “melting” portraits are half perfectly coiffed,  half perfectly defaced. The destroyed appearance is achieved through the use of hand sanitizer and turpentine, which has me curious as to what they look like before the chemicals are applied. How close to completion is each face?

 

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Shang Chengxiang

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The year 2016 feels a bit upside-down, so maybe that’s one reason Shang Chengxiang‘s photorealistic paintings resonate so deeply. Each piece digs into the human mind, inspired by dreams and observations Chengxiang has made in the world. A theme that appears in several paintings is smoke, which the artist uses to compare to the disappearing quality of dreams.

 

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Michel El Hachem

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Beirut-based artist Michel El Hachem‘s skull and skeletal studies are inspired by Van Gogh’s painting Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette. Bones being something that both inspire fear and knowledge in humans, each piece created with oil on canvas is equal parts macabre and fascinating.

 

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Print Edition: October 2016

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Prickly Pear Fabric Wall Art by My Bearded Pigeon

 

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HA HA by alphonssine

 

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Strawberry by Paper Ghost Studio

 

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Graphic 83 by Georgiana Paraschiv

 

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Pink and Yellow Minimalist Desert Landscape by Beeline Studio

 

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One Line Nude Art by Quibe

 

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Geometric Gold by Cat Coquillette

 

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Libra Astrology Poster by Crisp Sheets

 

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Becca Stadtlander Flowers Print by Little Otsu

 

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Polka Dots & Paint by Tangerine-Tane

 

 

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Arthur Brouthers

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I know I’ve come across something really special when choosing only five or six images to share seems like a daunting task. Arthur Brouthers‘ creations stopped me dead in my tracks and I had to know more about his process and inspiration.

The innovation of the technique I utilize in my work is based on years of experimentation with acrylic paint, various mediums, and manipulating the environment. The results are not entirely predictable; which parallels the natural world my work emulates. The amorphous shapes and colors are easily found in nature; whether being under a microscope, through a telescope, or viewed by our own eyes. I pour the paint and create a reaction that mimics natural phenomena, forming images in an unorganized unity. A thick clear medium is often applied to finished pieces, providing a looking glass into an ever evolving natural reaction. The viewer is left to find resonance between the piece and their own perception.

 

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