Samantha Wall

 

Korean-born, Portland-based artist Samantha Wall creates work full of human emotion, all of them. Aggression, weakness, loss, and self-reflection are just a few that she explores through ink and raw talent.

“The expression of emotions provides a doorway into private experiences that reveal our commonality, a smile could indicate pleasure and a frown, sorrow. These communicable emotions reach outward from within, making our bodies transparent. I am interested in the emotions that are more difficult to penetrate and are cloaked even from our own awareness. These are the emotions that sculpt our psyches, erect psychological boundaries, and fill our shadows.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emilio Villalba

 

Contemporary portrait painter Emilio Villalba has always been fascinated by the messy parts – emotions, obsessions, and urges. While his works are inspired by the works of the past, the way Villalba pieces elements together to create feels completely modern.

The new visuals are a nod to the modern art aesthetic. Subtle shifts, repetition, (re)placement, or absence of facial features are attempts to create a feeling of dissonance and pressure in the viewer. I want someone to be drawn in by the uncanny nature of a piece and still feel safe to explore the feelings and reactions the pressure gives rise to.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yu Maeda

 

Artist Yu Maeda was born in Kumamoto, Japan and now calls Southern California home. Subjects like skulls, knives, brains, and blood usually have a sinister air about them, but Maeda’s brightly colored, gape-mouthed creatures seem way too energetic and happy for any of that nonsense!

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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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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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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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Natalie Muir

 

Natalie Muir could create a beautiful universe filled with her fluid resin paintings. Using fine pigments and art-grade resin on a wood substrate, she focuses on the behaviors of the colors, the thoughts they inspire, and their relationship with human emotion in each piece that measures nearly 16-inches across.

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Jeremy Miranda

 

Over the past few months I’ve come to the realization that much of the art I find myself drawn towards includes a crossover between reality and memory. Jeremy Miranda‘s acrylic paintings hit the sweet spot, so much so that I’m struggling to put my thoughts into words. I want to walk through the doors of these buildings, sit at the tables, and pickup a paintbrush myself.

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Amelia Millard

 

Don’t adjust your screen! Amelia Millard‘s latest collection reads as if viewed from a dream or veil, maybe even a pair of rose colored glasses. Her fashion-inspired paintings are flawless and modern, sometimes with erotic undertones.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lou Ros

 

Los Ros is a Paris-based painter who got his artistic start doing graffiti. He carried that expressionistic style into his paintings, transforming what is clear into a blur. What I find most interesting about Ros is that he stops painting before he feels it’s actually finished…

“The moment where little is enough to suggest the stucture interests me, leaving the spectator’s imagination open at the moment the scene is starting to appear. Knowing when to stop before saying too much is what I tried to do.”

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