Alberto Ortega

 

Alberto Ortega‘s landscape paintings depict homes and streets where people live their everyday lives, though their presence is only hinted at through parked cars and glowing windows.

As an immigrant to the United States, I am intrigued by American suburban life as depicted in film, literature, and visual art. Through the images I create of American homes, buildings, and man-made environments, I seek to portray society and some of its contradictions. These scenes represent hopes and dreams, the threat of their failure, and alienation. I hope that my paintings set a stage that allows a drama to play out within the viewer.

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Damien Hirst

 

Damien Hirst is known for being a somewhat controversial artist, but his The Anatomy of an Angel Carrera marble hewn sculpture caught my eye months ago and remained in the back of my mind. Hirst’s fascination with beauty, religion, science, life, and death are all come together as the feminine figure is dissected down to different levels of organs and bone.

 

 

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Print Edition: October 2018

Abstract Mid Century Modern Print by The Peoples Prints

 

Bonjour by Sarah Jane Studios

 

GRRR! by Min Pin Design

 

Insects and Other Arthropods by Loulou & Tummie

 

Lineare Lines by Connox and Atelier CPH

 

Paper Cuts designed by Wrong Studio for Paper Collective

 

That Moment Was Only One by Quadra Collective

 

Three Moths #1 by Snoogs and Wilde

 

Winged Maple Seeds by Golly Bard

 

Woman in Red by Egle Zvirblyte

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Miles Johnston

 

From November to September I set aside all of the creepiest, most disturbing art I come across in anticipation of October, then dedicate all 31 days of the month to an onslaught of dark creativity. Today we’re kicking things off with the illustrations of Miles Johnston whose “surrealism realism” will make you do a double-take.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gwen Yip

 

Gwen Yip was born and raised in Hong Kong and lived the world over before relocating yet again to the United States, currently New Jersey. Among other works, Yip captures the backs of people she doesn’t know and the isolation of living in a city in her painting series entitled Backs – London, NYC, and Hong Kong.

We all carry things on our backs.
Some shoulder burdens and regrets and 
others carry dreams and hopes.
Some scarcely bear them and 
others delightedly bring them wherever they go.
What do you carry on your back?

 

 

 

 

 

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Charlotte Chauvin

 

Charlotte Chauvin‘s – aka Cha Coco‘s – simple line drawings run the gamut from shy and sweet to sexy and risqué. My favorite recurring subject matter are the human hands she favors and illustrates in a myriad of ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rachel Sager

 

San Francisco-based artist Rachel Sager‘s newest series focuses on sweeping, explosive landscapes where matter is presented in a decomposed state, suspended between earth and sky. Her inspiration for these charcoal and oil paintings comes from brush fires, demolition explosions, storm clouds, and explosives.

“My goal is to produce the differences existing between the varying states of this matter, neither solid or gas, yet so specific that a rain cloud could never be mistaken for a cloud consisting of particles that once made up a house or a building. In doing so, I aim to create sweeping, emotionally charged landscapes that convey a dissonance that I experience in self expression. The turmoil, represented by the debris filled smoke, is juxtaposed by sun infused skies and cirrus clouds, projecting the duplicity that is unavoidable, overwhelming, and at times, awe-inspiring.”

 

 

 

 

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Irene Laschi

 

I’ve already said goodbye to a few of my annuals from summer and am thinking ahead to mums and pumpkins, so you could say botanicals are on my mind. Irene Laschi is an Italian artist who specializes in scientific illustration, and her captures of flora are detailed and starkly beautiful.

 

 

 

 

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