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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Sofia Bonati

 

Meet Sofia Bonati, an Argentinian-born artist who’s currently living and working in the UK. These gorgeous ladies appear to be her specialty, each created through Sofia’s sketching and painting talents. Sure they’d stand fine on their own, but those background patterns are just the thing that makes her work stand out all the more. Pick up some of Sofia’s work for yourself in her shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Xu Zhen

 

Oh man, the work of Shangai-based Xu Zhen makes me want to grab the paint supply in my office and the decorating tips in my kitchen and get to work! Doesn’t each painting look like you just dig in with a spoon? The installation, performance, and video artist combines humor and irony in his work, offering critiques of political and art-world human exploitation – so be sure and check out the rest of Zhen’s portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greg Hart / Historical Portraits

 

Greg Hart‘s Historical Portraits combine unexpected colors, negative space, and some unexpected subject matter. Ladies and gentleman from the past are captured in portrait form, in an almost topographic-like style, while giving us a look into their haunted pasts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon Harper / Backlit Memories

 

Even though parts of Gordon Harper‘s Backlit Memories series takes place in winter, most pieces feel like a washed out summer day. No air conditioning, sweaty glasses of iced tea, as little clothing as possible and a fan whirring in the background. Harper’s quiet streets filled with vacant houses just about fade away with every stroke of his brush.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mya Kerner

 

The world around us is forever changing, sometimes on its own and more often than not by human hands. Mya Kerner creates to capture these fleeting moments of vulnerability and balance.

My studies in permaculture revealed a new way of perception. I notice geological disruptions, moments and parts within the landscape; together, these notes present a segmented image of the whole. When I look out to the mountains, I see scratched lines breaking through the slopes, while flecks of white dapple on eroded surfaces, recalling cooler seasons. Light moves across planes, marking time with stretched and shortened shadows and form denotes the flow of water through rocky slopes. I record by drawing and writing in attempt to capture these moments of vulnerability, leaving the rest in the haze of lost memories. My concern for humanity’s precarious relationship with nature drives my exploration of the intricacies of terrain and the potential for balance through my material studies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jen Mann

 

In today’s age of selfies galore, Jen Mann’s paintings step back and explore human identities a bit deeper.

In the society of “me”, where we document ourselves like celebrities and share our lives online for everyone, the self is a prevalent, and important topic to our generation. Our identities are curated like our online profiles to reflect only the parts of ourselves we choose to keep alive. Who am I? Who are you? What does my life mean? Why am I alive? Mann’s work aims to address these very illusive questions, and explore, but not necessarily answer all of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Secord Wade

 

Maine-based artist Hannah Secord Wade creates luscious oil and acrylic paintings that are piles of… stuff. All sorts of things. But to me Wade’s Everything All Together series also resemble ice cream sundaes with multiple toppings, compost heaps from the kitchen, and tropical mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sam Chirnside

 

If you’re feeling drained from this week – or this year – Sam Chirnside‘s psychedelic paintings might be just the thing to boost your energy levels. The Berlin-based artist, designer, and creative director mainly uses oils to create these trippy pieces that are equally at home on album covers or a gallery wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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