Tag Archives: contemporary

Shane McAdams – Ball Point Pen Paintings

These “paintings” by Shane McAdams remind me images taken with an electron microscope of paramecium or algae strands. I say “paintings” not with disdain, but because they are actually all produced using various common ball point pens on a resin surface. The compositions are excellent and I love the layered and unfocused quality the resin gives to some of the strokes and lines.

See more of Shane McAdams’ works here.


Ana Benaroya

Hypercolored beach guidos, fire breathing monsters, Christians hell bent on hedonism and bearded ladies are just a few of the colorful characters that inhabit the canvases of the work of Ana Benaroya. I really enjoy the warped and skewed forms she creates, and am especially fond of her gestural portraits – blobs of colors and swaths of dots and patterns are then embellished with wild eyes and bright red lips. Capturing the absurd and the abstract in fantastic ways.

Visit Ana Benaroya’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.



Bold, drippy surrealism married with bright palettes create unhinged but beautiful portraits by British trained artist and designer Ekta. I love the vibrancy and almost psychedelic undertones to the figures, they resemble monsters emerging from a disaster at a paint factory.

Visit Ekta’s portfolio here.

Google Art Project

Late last week Google formally launched their “Art Project” website, an ambitious endeavour to catalog and provide hi-rez (and we mean HI-REZ) imagery of the collections in art museums around the world. This aspect of the mission is not unique, as there are a handful of other organizations attempting the same thing, but what does seperate The Google Art Project from others are the nice touches that only Google can provide. Instant search features by artist, or gallery or region or time period, along with the “Street View” style ability to wander virtually through some of the greatest museums and collections that some people may never get to experience otherwise makes this is a very bold and promising experience.

While nothing will ever match the awe and power felt by seeing an amazing artwork in person, this at least allows the visitor a chance to witness masterpieces in a way never before possible.

Visit the Google Art Project here and start exploring!

Danielle Van Ark – The Mounted Life

Over the last couple of years there have been more than a couple of celebrated photography sets featuring taxidermia, especially creatures lurking in the shadows of museum storage hangars around the world. Danielle Van Ark‘s The Mounted Life does a remarkable job of capturing that elusive feeling of attempting to capture the internal spirit and nature of these creatures, as if they awoke and found themselves suddenly stuck inside the husk of a giant, modern facility. The photos are composed wonderfully – a herd of bewildered impalas, or a flock of birds trying to poke up through their plastic cover, proving that even after removing a creature from both it’s environment and of life itself, their behaviors and innate traits still find a way to come through.

Visit Danielle Van Ark’s portfolio site here.

Gabriel Dawe – Plexus

Mexican-born artist Gabriel Dawe has been getting a lot of online attention lately, and rightfully so, his newest collection of works, entitled Plexus, showing at the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art is truly stunning. Using specially died, specially crafted threads he weaves together large scale overlays of the colored strings, to create moods and atmospheric illusions. I hope his work travels to other parts of the US soon, i would very much like to experience this in person.

Visit Gabriel Dawe’s portfolio here.