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STYLIZED NATURE BY SARAH EMERSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sarah Emerson is an artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her paintings and installations present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature that combine geometric patterns and mythic archetypes to examine contemporary landscape.  She uses the camouflage of beautiful colors combined with a deliberate composition to explore themes that reflect on the fragility of life, the futility of earthly pleasures, and the disintegration of our natural landscape.

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LINE NARRATIVES BY ERIC NYQUIST

by Ariadna Zierold

eric nyquist, line, drawing, drawings, illustration, illustrations, lines, los angeles, meticulous, abstract, representative, etching, lithography, print, printing, upper playground

Eric Nyquist is an American artist working in Los Angeles. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he began a career as a working artist and illustrator. His body of work includes meticulous drawings, paintings, and collages that merge the organic and the industrial.

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Nyquist chooses the line as his tool in creating dense narratives so detailed they straddle the representative and the abstract. His work disrupts stereotypes and forces the viewer to go beyond simply “looking” at things. Each drawing asks us to see analytically and not just physically.

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In a technological age of rapid image making, Nyquist uses classical methods to create contemporary results. From etching to lithography, he upholds the craft of print-making while expanding the possibilities of the medium. The printing process informs his drawings—as he arranges layers and screens of color and texture into each piece.

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PSYCHEDELIC AIRBRUSHING BY ROBERT BEATTY

by Ariadna Zierold

robert beatty, kentucky, technicolor, psychedelic, airbrush, colorful, albums, cover, covers, artwork, surreal, abstract, upper playground

Kentucky-based designer Robert Beatty’s succulent, technicolor, psychedelic-tinged, airbrush-like artworks can sometimes grace the covers of bands’ albums, thus making them cool, successful and lucky in love and good fortune forever. Robert’s magic touch is a unique style lifted from way back when life on earth was cooler, and from some cauldron of fluid in his brain from which he draws impressive draughtsmanship and weird ideas.

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INFINITE FLESH BY WANJIN GIM

by Ariadna Zierold

wanjin gim, painting, seoul, korea, painting, paintings, painter, nude, nudes, flesh, anatomy, body, texture, color, abstract, upper playground

Wanjin Gim aka Willeys was born in the Republic of Korea and is currently living in Seoul. Wanjin usually paints nudes. Fascinated by Lucian Freud’s paintings, he is mainly devoted to expressing the abstract curves of the human body and the infinite color of the surface of the flesh. In recent years, the idea has expanded to conceptual and meta-physical work.

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WIGGLY SCULPTURES BY LINDA LOPEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

linda lopez, wiggly, sculpture, sculptures, arkansas, objects, abstract, figures, colorful, texture, globular, squat, sprout, upper playground, ceramic

Arkansas based artist Linda Lopez –influenced by mundane objects and the everyday– creates ceramic objects that almost appear to grow and propagate. Her squat, globular forms sprout rounded appendages and elaborate trellis-like crowns. The artist displays these objects in carefully orchestrated arrangements with a distinctly domestic atmosphere.

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