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ATMOSPHERIC PAINTINGS BY JULES DE BALINCOURT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Jules de Balincourt (previously featured here) is a French-American contemporary artist. He is best known for his abstract, atmospheric paintings with saturated colors, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Force-fed on TV and an all-American mind-junk diet, his paintings are crafted with democratic gusto. Evoking notions of utopia and dystopia, de Balincourt’s paintings investigate public and private spaces and suggest an ever-changing landscape – both physical and psychological.

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FLYING SAUCERS BY ESTHER WATSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Esther Pearl Watson grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her family moved often, since her father’s hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn’t always sit well with the neighbors.

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Her work is autobiographical and full of fun with her signature naive style but true painting talent. She has a wide range of styles, but it’s all rich in detail and symbolism, and powerful in its impact. Watson’s pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious scenes of houses or figures ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer’s own imagination engaged, wanting to know more.

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RETRO FUTURISTIC LANDSCAPES BY VICTOR MOATTI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based artist Victor Moattis work focuses on simple shapes, complex assembly and dreamy colors. Through his many pieces, a certain palette of color emerges and characterizes his work. The bluish and violet hues are a constant along with playful shadows and cosmic landscapes.

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A very 80s and retro futuristic aesthetic is visually a result from his work and the techniques used and the elements present place it out of time and out of any terrestrial place known to man for that matter.

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FUNKY PERSONAS BY KELLY BJORK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Seattle-based Kelly Bjork is an artist/freelance illustrator whose work focuses on portraiture and intimacy between friends and belongings. Bjork’s illustrations capture the funky and punky personas that thrive in her home city of Seattle. She grew up in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a BFA in drawing and printmaking.

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