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Richard Barnes

I stumbled upon Richard Barnes’ photography and this set in particular really struck me as beautiful. To me they form a visual bridge of sorts between the museum behind-the-scenes images of Klaus Pichler and the suspended formaldehyde sculptures of Damien Hirst. Perfectly framed beasts, frozen, seemingly caged for all time.

Visit Richard Barnes’ portfolio here.


Robert Josiah Bingaman

Artist Robert Josiah Bingman plays with the night like a photographer would with long exposures. Light saturates and spreads across the darkness, from glowing pools and radiating neon, or distant skylines, creating tension and mood from nothing more than shadows and reflections. His newest series, The Race, seems to imagine night as day, as if the sun never existed, with rich, deep, dusky tones and twilight backdrops.

Be sure to also check out his Nocturnes series, large scale works with rising structures and back lit landscapes that resemble matte paintings from science fiction films.

Visit Robert Josiah Bingaman’s website here.

Carly Waito

I love these works by Carly Waito for several reasons. I love her ability to capture the luminous qualities in the rocks and gems. I love that the works are small (some around 5 or 6 inches tall). And most of all, I especially love that these are paintings. I tried to keep that part a surprise as long as I could. In seriousness though, Carly’s paintings are beautiful, and I love the little peeks into her process, like here on her blog. Smudges and dots of paint form together to create fantastic photorealistic geological wonders. Makes me wish I hadn’t slept through all my geology classes in college!

Visit Carly Waito’s portfolio here.

Katherine Verhoeven – Drawn & Devoured

Documenting the food and drink one consumes is certainly not a new idea, but I love the particular illustrated perspective that artist Katherine Verhoeven puts on it in her running blog, Drawn & Devoured. Her drawings (especially the newest ones on her blog) have taken a decidedly Art-Deco classic 1930-40’s look and feel to them, many rendered with a sun bleached palette of cremes, olives and goldenrods…really beautiful work that could act as their own visual menus for these delectable dishes. Good enough to eat, indeed.

Visit Drawn & Devoured here.

Allison Schulnik

It’s hard to pinpoint the precise influential artists that the paintings of Allison Schulnik possibly reference and were inspired by, but her often macabre and sometimes terrifying works clearly continue themes of life and death and the spiritual realm between them that have existed for centuries in art history. Some of her pieces remind me of Grecian friezes, with their pale hues and dimensional piles of paint and material, while others seem to embody the same dour portraiture and grotesque fantasies of Flemish painters like Bosch and Van Scorel. Others still, appear to be influenced by primitive African drawings, or neanderthal figures.

None of this is meant to imply that Allison’s oeuvre isn’t cohesive, it’s just wonderfully varied, with the binding elements being more in tone and less in actual aesthetic. There are common threads of dread, anguish, fear and torment throughout all of the pieces, and viewing them is succession almost creates a scary but fascinating narrative in itself.

See Allison Schulnik’s artwork here.

Yago Hortal

Barcelona-trained, Berlin-based artist Yago Hortal has been creating his colorful acrylic based abstract artwork for years, but he’s only just recently come across my radar. I love the smeared, serpentine streaks seemingly suspended in neutral tanks of gradients and the giant Gerhard Richter-esque paint draw-downs taking center stage on his dramatic and expressive creations.

Visit Yago Hortal’s portfolio here.

Aaron Smith – “Coterie of the Wooly-Woofter”

I love the new series of paintings from west coast-based painter, Aaron Smith, entitled Coterie of the Wooly-Woofter. Portraits of bearded and moustachioed characters that resemble authors, generals and great gentlemen of yore. I especially find the layered, seemingly haphazard brush marks and strokes and the wild use of colors absolutely mesmerizing. Of course each of these paintings are anything but erratic, perfectly forming imaginative and highly kaleidoscopic visions. Vivid and energetic.

Visit Aaron Smith’s portfolio here.