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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Stephen Baker

 

It’s crazy to think how much can be expressed using only basic shapes and a minimal color palette, but that’s just where painter Stephen Baker excels. His In-Between Days series is a standout, depicting those small moments in every day when you’re in the moment without realizing it. Many of Stephen’s pieces are available as giclée prints so swing by his shop, then check out his portfolio for some fantastic installations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kelly Bjork / Blankets

 

Kelly Bjork‘s series of Blankets is minimalistic and effective. I love that depending on what time of year you’re looking at these gouache paintings you might think of cozy evenings in front of a fire or lazy days spent sprawled on the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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