Sherry Knutson

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Despite my best efforts not to, I somehow managed to get a sunburn this past weekend. (Whomp, whomp.) Clothing is irritating my skin like no other, so it’s been a lot of tank tops and workout shorts. Though I suspect the pieces in these pretty oils painted by Sherry Knutson would be much more comfortable!

 

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Allison Kunath

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A mixed bag of illustration projects from Venice, California-based Allison Kunath. The thing they all have in common? An underlying theme of connectivity, each one exploring different aspects of the word, such as connection to self, connection to others, and connection to nature.

 

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Zin Helena Song

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These bold, graphic pieces by Zin Helena Song just about jump off the wall at you. Well, at least they appear to even though they’re actually paintings on wood. The illusion of 3D is strong with this one.

 

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Michelle Morin

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New Hampshire-based artist Michelle Morin creates the most beautiful watercolors inspired by imaginary worlds and narratives within nature. I especially like the way she so expertly layers the various elements and ends up with such harmonious looking works. As lovely as the real thing.

 

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Kim Cogan

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Kim Cogan‘s moody paintings, the captured moments of clustered architecture to be specific, feel oddly comforting. Can’t you just imagine being curled up behind one of those windows with a book and a mug of tea, or maybe your significant other and some wine?

 

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Martine Johanna

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There’s an unwritten list I keep in the back of my mind, on it are the names of artists I wouldn’t mind doing my portrait. Perhaps Artists I’d Do Just About Anything for to Paint Me is a more fitting title. (Yes, it is.) Dutch painter Martine Johanna was recently added, her hyper-saturated acrylic paintings on linen and wooden panels are just my style.

 

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Joshua Flint

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Joshua Flint‘s paintings very much remind me of fading memories. The kind that are getting blurry at the edges, no matter how hard you try to focus and pull them into the front of your mind. They’re happy and sad and melancholy all at the same time.

Flint’s work is based on images curated from many sources such as digitized museum archives, vintage shops, and social media platforms. The paintings fluctuate between the familiar and the unknown while simultaneously including the past and present. By rearranging the hierarchy of elements the paintings become fictions that allow countless interpretations. Layered into works are references to liminality, ecological issues, neuroscience, psychological states, and the history of painting, among others.

 

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Misato Suzuki

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Misato Suzuki was born in Japan and now resides in southern California. I think you can see elements of inspiration from both in each painting, whether it be the repetition of elements or the vibrant colors used.

 

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Eleanor McCaughey

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The Americana-style oil paintings of Irish(!) painter Eleanor McCaughey are like flipping through the pages of a family’s photo album. Each one is posed like a photograph, waiting for the click of the shutter.

 

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Karin Haas

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New York City-based artist Karin Haas creates these paintings and pastels that remind me of the sweltering southwestern United States. To me the lines are indicative of the shimmery waves on hot pavement, the color palette like the landscape.

 

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