Rebecca Chitticks

 

These are some seriously flattering portraits! Rebecca Chitticks has a gift for painting away the imperfections that no one needs to see, while keeping the things that might be considered charming, like freckles. Each subject feels intimately familiar all while inviting the viewer to delve deeper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Alejandra Atarés

 

Barcelona-based artist Alejandra Atarés paints gardens and portraits full of color and life. I like to imagine just what these women’s expressions are as they gaze at the brilliant landscapes of her creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Douglas

 

When you’re intimately close to a subject why not make it a recurring theme? Eliza Douglas creates large-scale paintings depicting her own hands, sometimes her feet as well. They’re always realistic, but from wrist and ankle on all bets are off. Bends and curves that have no place in the human body show up often in extremities of absurd lengths. Human bodies are mysterious and magical and capable of extraordinary things, and I love Douglas’s exploration of their outermost regions.

 

 

 

 

 

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Uta Barth

 

Uta Barth has a wide breadth of work that is ever-evolving with influences of painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. Engagement and perception play big roles in her work, exploring the way the human eye might view something versus the camera, and Barth’s latest two projects – In the Light and Shadow of Morandi and Untitled 2017 – press her forward on that journey. In the first she pays homage to Morandi’s love of repetition, light, and form, while in the second Barth’s focus is on attention to detail in photography.

 

 

 

 

 

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Victor Reyes

 

Victor Reyes‘ dynamic paintings sort of look how the inside of my brain has been feeling the past few weeks. Plenty of color and emotion, lots of twists and turns, and and so much nervous energy you’re not sure where to begin. Needless to say, I love it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Henrik Uldalen

 

Henrik Uldalen is a self-taught artist whose work revolves around classic figurative painting in a contemporary manner. Henrik explores the dark sides of life, nihilism, existentialism, longing, and loneliness with elements of beauty, dreams, and realism present. His practices of different features – eyes and lips particularly – using oil paint on glass are some of my favorite pieces, and he frequently posts them on Instagram.

Shop Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen’s work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Charlie Megna / Spaces and Places

 

Chicago-based artist Charlie Megna‘s work is all over the board, informed by satire, social commentary, and absurdities in the civilized world. Oh, and fun! His Spaces and Places series in gouache is one of my favorites. While maybe not inciting nervous laughter like a lot of Megna’s work, these rug laden roomscapes leave you wondering what kind of lives are lived within them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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