John Kviar

 

John Kviar took his love of and experience with graffiti and followed a path that’s recently led to a career as a painter. In his oil paintings Kviar has freed himself from any distinctive human character traits, yet manages to fill each canvas with unique characters.

 

 

 

 

 

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Christopher Burk

 

Daylight savings time is rolling up on us fast, and these nocturnal paintings by Christopher Burk are helping me get ready for it. What catches my attention most are the negative spaces captured by the darkness and the windows lit from within that call out like safe spaces.

The quest for something new, distinctive forms and compositions, found in our exterior environments are the themes that are consistently sought after as the major components to my work. The main emphasis focuses on transforming the often overlooked elements, for example, the poetry that happens in the sweeping utility lines along the backdrop of a morning or evening sky with the pinnacles of structures, treetops, telephone poles, and how each interacts with one another within the composition. Taking something so utilitarian for example, like that of a telephone pole with all of its components, on average would be, and usually are, looked upon as something that is less than visually desirable, yet when presented in a unique way this provides one with the tools needed to visually tune into not only their personal environments but also that of the world, therefore, giving viewers the capabilities to find beauty in the simplest of things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Print Edition: October 2017

If There’s Love in a House by The Bee & The Fox

 

Blue Art by Myriam Van Neste

 

Make Your Own Luck by Vincent Cousteau

 

Lyrical Embrace by Lynne Douglas

 

No Fun In Perfection by Jasmine Dowling

 

Solar System by Valhalla Studios

 

Mouth No.33 by Lisa Krannichfeld

 

This Divide Poster by Eleven5

 

Wing Tips by Lisa Congdon

 

Zoey by Jessica Buhman

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Daniel Coves

 

Whether his subjects are turned away or buried under their own manes, Daniel Coves‘ paintings straddle the line between beautiful and mysterious exceptionally well. The Spanish artist draws much of his inspiration from cinema and I’d say that comes through most with the lighting he often depicts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kosuke Ajiro

 

Japanese artist Kosuke Ajiro paints and sculpts diorama scenes that immediately sucked me into the details. I love how loose his painting style is and all of the quirky imagery that comes off the end of each brush.

 

 

 

 

 

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Andy Denzler

 

As we did last October, this month Design Crush will highlight art that swerves a little left of ordinary and leans more towards eerie. We’re starting off both the week and the month with the oil paintings of Andy Denzler, whose works might make you think of paused video or part of a horror flick. His style blends photorealism with the abstract through alternating bands of imagery.

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Dandley

 

New Hampshire-based Michael Dandley‘s overexposed gouache paintings feel a lot like the Indian summer much of the U.S. is experiencing right now – hot and dry. Most of his images focus on the human imprint being cast upon nature, though some are simply nature in all its unabashed glory.

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Ashley Longshore

 

Between her wildly reimagined celebrity portraits and creatively mouthy text overlays, Ashley Longshore‘s paintings are definitely out there. From former presidents dressed in modern day couture to a classic Audrey Hepburn silhouette changed up every which way, her art can definitively be filed under pop.

My paintings are representative of the world I see around me. I am inspired by pop culture and things that I find intriguing. I really like to combine the use of words and images in an unexpected way to create a smart, colorful bold statement. Most importantly my love of color is what really makes my artwork “POP”. My paintings are statement pieces that are a reflection of the experiences I have in my life.

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Karen Ann Myers

 

It’s no secret that our relationship with our bedroom is an intimate one. Painter Karen Ann Myers is out to explore the psychological complexities behind that thought, while also inspired by the cult of beauty in mass media. Each overhead composition includes many of the same elements – a bed, a patterned rug, a wood floor, a dresser or chair, a bedside table, and oftentimes a phone – along with a woman in various stages of undress and emotion.

 

 

 

 

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Harriet’s Blue and White

 

Harriet Damave’s hand-painted porcelain cat brooches caught my eye several months ago and they’re still on my mind. Her technique – painting cobalt oxide on unglazed bisque – is rather unusual, she likens it to watercolor paintings because of the super absorbent surface. There are a number of other lovely items available in her shop – Harriet’s Blue and White – but I’m counting adding one of her pins to my jacket this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

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