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…

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…

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…

Raymond Pettibon’s poetic punk art

A high school math teacher until 1978, Raymond Pettibon transformed his career and life as he found his true calling as an artist. His first pieces were made for punk albums and self-published zines. Now, decades later, Pettibon’s drawings and other artwork have made their way into some of the top art collections in the…

Graphite and ink portraits from Franz Graf

Austrian artist Franz Graf was born in 1954 and resides and works in his nation’s capital of Vienna. The artist (who will be participating in next week’s Vienna Contemporary 2016 with Galerie Krinzinger) works to compile the practices of the abstract, ornamental, and figurative approach to art making. He does this through the mixture of…

Andrea Joyce Heimer’s playful and melancholy artworks

Andrea Joyce Heimer uses her flat narrative paintings to communicate playful innocence as well as darker and more controversial themes from personal experience as well as allegorical historical narratives. Heifer grew up as an adopted child in Montana but currently works and resides in New York. The artist is an adoptee whose records are sealed,…

Jen Ip’s magical illustrations

Recently featured in Creative Quarterly, illustrator Jen Ip conjures magical, detail-intensive artworks full of whimsical nature scenes and mysterious and wonderful characters. The artist lists her most inherent influences as botany illustration, children’s books, and street fashion, the first two of which are especially apparent. Ip’s illustrations, despite their varied compositions, seem to be rendered by…

Christiaan Conradie’s experimental oil paintings

The South African, Spanish-speaking, surf-loving artist Christiaan Conradie has found wings in the world of art after working in the design and advertising industry for several years. The artist never attended art schooling from an institution but found an incredible mentor in Julia Teale, who taught life drawing classes and passed on her art-making philosophies to…

Graydon Parrish: A bridge between realist and contemporary painting

Artist Graydon Parrish is a primarily figurative realist painter living in Austin, Texas. Born to parents that are collectors of nineteenth century American and European art, Parrish was exposed to the atelier method of classical painting techniques and encouraged to pursue an academic figurative style of drawing and painting. The artist attended the New York Academy of Art…

Abstract spacial visuals from Vladimir Houdek

Vladimir Houdek was born in 1984 in Nové Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic and currently resides and works out of Prague. The artist has shown his work outside of his native country very much and as a result is somewhat under the radar. However, Houdek has a firm grip on his own visual…

Despina Stokou’s art of new language

Contemporary artist Despina Stokou, a native of Athens, Greece, uses text as a main form of expression in her paintings. What sets her apart from other artists who implement the magic of words in their craft is that she has wandered into a region of language yet to be searched out by the art world….