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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Olaf Hajek

 

Olaf Hajek is a German-based illustrator, painter, artist, and graphic designer who uses folk culture, mythology, religion, history, and geography to toe the line between imagination and reality. His works tend to end up feeling like pseudo-collages that suck the viewer into each and every detail, deeper and deeper through each layer.

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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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Trending: Emerald Green

 

Emerald green has long been one of my favorite colors and I’m so happy to see it’s having a moment this autumn! I love how interiors and fashion often intersect like they are for this trend and can’t wait to take advantage and add a few pieces in this rich, deep hue to my home and closet.

 

Deep Green Brick Wallpaper Mural // Camryn Suede Bow Flats // Doris Emerald Aluminum Tumbler

 

Emerald and Copper Print // Emerald Cabochon Ring // Emerald Coast Shower Curtain

 

Green Agate Coasters // Malachite Wallpaper // Orion Emerald Green Ceramic Accent Lamp

 

Nine Stone-Filled Hoop Earrings // Obi Velvet Kimono // Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Wicked

 

Overdyed Naima Rug Swatch // Pleated Skirt // Skye Crushed Velvet Comforter

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