José Lerma recasts our ideas of interpretation through painting

José Lerma uses an inventive approach to traditional painting and portraiture that abstracts in constant flux between references to personal history as well as historic figures and events. Lerma’s pieces give an immediate sense of distortion and chaos with innumerable layers of paint onto seemingly random substrates. But as one spends more time with the…

Cultural Texture runs deep in the art of Matias Solar

Viewing the selection of medium as a part of the artistic process with various outcomes, Matias Solar creates tantalizing dimensional and textural “pieces” in both the two and three-dimensional planes. The Chilean-born artist uses a vast source of internet-based images, not focusing on any one in particular, as a means by which he develops the…

Our relation to painting by Martin Lukáč

Martin Lukac grew up in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, amid a mash up between 90’s pop culture and communism. Since those days he has continued in his art studies in other Eastern European countries. His style of abstract painting is rooted in his geography and perspective of influence of western civilization. Lukac’s paintings vary from series to…

Dasha Shishkin’s contemporarily surreal paintings and prints

Dasha Shishkin’s lively line-based paintings may differ in content from figurative to completely abstract, but they all contain the same energy and pulse of consistent color and expression. Some of the artist’s works are reminiscent of post-impressionist scenes from cafes, bars, and clubs with multiple pieces made of incredibly similar scenes and a general loose…

Essence of nature captured in Abraham McCowan’s relief prints

Currently a printmaking professor at Dixie State University, Abraham McCowan grew up with a special love for nature and the desert scenery of the West. He was especially inspired by the landscapes of the American West and northern Mexico. His artwork however, instead of replicating the plants and animals native to these areas, takes things in…

Sun Xun pushes the boundaries of history and practice through art

Pushing his drawing, painting, and printmaking into new spaces of scale, installation, and animation, artist Sun Xun has been labeled as one of China’s most ambitious artists of the incredible young and thriving generation breaking into the art world at large. His artworks carry the painterly brushstrokes that exemplify a combination of classic Chinese techniques…

Resin-cast relic sculptures from Amy Brener

Hailing from New York City where she currently lives and works, artist Amy Brener creates beautiful assemblage-based sculptures made up of translucent layers of pigmented resins. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, where she originally bounced between several different creative fields, Brener turned to resin casting, a process she was deeply intrigued by….

Brian Kokoska’s art of disguise

Brian Kokoska’s artistic practice is one of disguise and identity. His paintings and sculptures are based around the sensibilities of portraiture, masks, androgyny, youth and post-gender identity. He even sees the human face, and the presentation of it, as something that we use as a disguise, to convey ourselves in a way to belong, feel…

Delaney Allen’s mystic photographic oeuvre

Delaney Allen’s alluring art practice consists of the capture of photographs of landscape, still life, and the self portrait, implementing intricate focus on texture and composition from the world around her. Allen’s landscapes stand out immediately in their ephemeral notions. Seeing  the artist’s images, one sees things that they normally wouldn’t experience, even if they were…

Polarity by Jonas Larsson Folkeson

Swedish photographer Jonas Folkeson takes the most infinitely ephemeral moments and encloses them within his stark, pouring images. The artist captures his work in a manner that allows the viewer to share the experience as if they were present and close with the subject. This series of work makes no attempt to define anything, to…

Harry Brereton’s combination of classical and contemporary

Aside from jumping out of apartment windows, artist Harry Brereton combines immaculate classical modeling technique with very contemporary themes and technologies to create incredibly provoking and likable artwork. Brereton’s body of work consists mainly of paintings, graphite drawings, sculptures, and digitally drawn pieces that seem to hold subtle resemblance to the amazing works of Urs…

Mexican-Italian artist Pedro Friedeberg’s occult vision

Pedro Friedeberg specializes in dizzying drawings and paintings full of intricate geometry and occult imagery as well as sculpture and abstract furniture. He studied architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana, a Jesuit foundation in Mexico City. However, after some time in the program, Friedeberg found he wasn’t interested in the styles of the time. However, he met artist’s…