Elisabeth McBrien

 

Even though it’s not officially summer until tomorrow, it feels like it’s already landed in full force. Elisabeth McBrien‘s oil paintings feel like perfectly encapsulated portraits of the season.

McBrien’s oil paintings reflect her interest in depicting the personal relationships that we share with nature, and the places that have had a part in shaping our identities. Preserving a simplicity in composition allows her to focus on the captivating interplay of light and color in her work, evoking a sense of presence and familiarity in the viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emma-Leone Palmer / Paint Play Series

 

Emma-Leone Palmer paints faces, but what she strives to capture are the deep wells of feeling and emotion that run beneath the surface of their expressions. Her latest work, the Paint Play series, uses paint, lube, glitter, and water, the mediums smeared, dripped, flicked, and splashed onto the subject’s face to trigger reactions and emotions. It’s not premeditated, rather hundreds of photos are taken and the paintings made as a result.

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Kyle Surges

 

Summertime is definitely nostalgia-filled season, and Kyle Surges‘ paintings – yes, paintings! – bring on the feelings in spades. That perfect rectangle of Hershey’s chocolate is just waiting to become a toasty s’more. Those Coca Colas are begging to be uncapped next to a pool on a sweltering day. Surges is a master of capturing these objects of youth and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lani Mitchell / KIND

 

Abstract expressionism is often thought of as old boys club. Thankfully, Australian painter and contemporary artist Lani Mitchell is challenging the thought with her own work that’s inspired and driven by experiences of love, relationships, and kindness. All of these pieces are from her KIND exhibit which explores these themes within a micro and macro context.

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Shawna Gilmore

 

Hailing from the upper midwest, artist Shawna Gilmore finds inspiration in her overactive imagination. Her vintage-infused paintings are full of narrative, exploring topics like childhood, animals, nature, patterns, humor, metaphors, space, paradoxes, and fairytales.

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Sheila Dunn

 

Sheila Dunn‘s oil paintings are full of dark moodiness and fractal strokes of the brush. These large, vibrant, figurative paintings explore the relationship between subject and environment, ultimately the variables that form us as individuals.

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Print Edition: May 2018

Wildflowers of Texas by Leah Duncan

 

Pink and Orange Forever by Stephanie Henderson

 

Whole As I Am by Frances Cannon

 

Perceptive Dream by 83 Oranges

 

Times New Romantic by barrakuz

 

Pallettable Painting by Adam Hillman

 

Sweater Struggles by Rebecca Flattley

 

Summer Storm Abstract by Erika Firm

 

Evergreen Escape by Belle & Union (check out the entire series!)

 

Kiss Me by Angela Chrusciaki Blehm

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