Matt Andres

 

Matt Andres comfortable navigates through both traditional and digital mediums, and his work explores many different styles. My favorite is maybe the simplest – his explorations of gouache paintings that leave you questioning whether what you’re looking at it the real deal or computer generated.

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Bobby Clark

 

I’ve had a crush on Bobby Clark for ages, but I’m just now getting around to sharing her paintings somehow. The Scottish artist is currently living in Melbourne, Australia, exploring the symmetry and balance of shapes through the creation of minimal composition studies. Her paintings on paper are quite distinctive and lovely.

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Leah Pantéa / JANUS

 

I just saw that the Northeast is about to get its first notable cold front of the season, and these oil paint on hot-pressed watercolor paper pieces by Leah Pantéa seem fitting. In her latest collection, Janus, Leah combines abstract and geometric forms to create an atmosphere I’d be happy to spend a little time in.

In my Janus collection, I am pulling forward an elaborate, colorful and detailed abstracted landscape. As a work becomes fully realized, I begin to apply a veil of white, masking most of the work that lies beneath, pushing it back into the void for which it came. In this, my work discusses the mysterious, and how we place our faith. The veil is not intended to be deceptive or create space between the unknown and us; instead it is a tool to begin a conversation. What does it take to trust stories over our immediate perceptions? Why does the story matter at all?

 

 

 

 

 

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Pete Nawara / The Mirror Conspiracy

 

Chicago-based artist Pete Nawara‘s The Mirror Conspiracy makes me smile and think about how ridiculous we can each look while checking ourselves out in the mirror! Each piece includes multiples of the same person primping, maybe for a date or a job interview or just another workday. I’m really drawn to the paint-by-number quality Nawara uses, giving his subjects an energetic pop art vibe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Federico Infante

 

The paintings of Federico Infante make me think of an old world artist who has time traveled to the present. He creates each piece by layering up acrylics and then scratching off bits and pieces, repeating the process again and again.

In doing this I am able to express my unconscious mind, the part of me that has not been processed by logic. I then react to this abstract and expressive atmosphere, by searching for the elements that have emerged, possibly in pockets of light, or the foundations of a landscape. In this way each painting shows me its singular identity. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ján Teplan

 

Ján Teplan is a Slovakian-born, London-based artist and architect who is often influenced by his surroundings and travel. His technical skills lend themselves well to the detail Ján incorporates into both his paintings and his illustrations. Isn’t it fantastic when one of our interests in life benefits another??

 

 

 

 

 

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Femke Hiemstra

 

Femke Hiemstra uses thin layers of acrylics and water to create her surrealist paintings, sometimes adding colored pencil at the very end. Each painted stories takes creatures from the animal kingdom and places the in unexpectedly human situations.

I can get inspired by anything from music lyrics, a news item or someone’s weird nickname. I also get inspiration from animal behavior, nature, old packages with hand drawn typography, tattoo’s, old encyclopedias, firework wrappers, vintage toys, comics, Japanese woodblock prints, old Little Golden Books, (tin toy) collectables and the art of Max Ernst, Hieronymus Bosch and the engravings of J.G. Posada.

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Claire Tabouret / Makeup

 

Claire Tabouret‘s Makeup series could easily be taken at face value, little girls playing dress up and experimenting with their mothers’ cosmetics and captured in the immediate aftermath. But the paintings also seem to have a bit of a sinister side – is that really makeup?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nam Chau

 

German-Vietnamese artist Nam Chau focuses on memory and heritage in her misty paintings of places she’s never actually been. Each piece takes on the look of an aged photograph that’s being recreated in the mind’s eye, while the lack of facial features adds to the mystery and intrigue.

 

 

 

 

 

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Justin Duffus

 

Justin Duffus‘s paintings aren’t straight-up creepy like some of the other artists we’re featuring this month, but the lack of facial definition he favors leaves a lot to the imagination. The blurriness of each piece makes you wonder if you’re viewing them in a dream or after you’ve woken up from a nap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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