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…

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…

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…

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…

Incredible paintings of symbolic figures by Liang Shang

Contemporary Chinese artist Liang Shang most recently displayed her work with MadeIn Gallery as a part of the ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2016. Born and educated in artistic practice in China, Shang is an incredibly skilled oil painter. The artist shows extreme talent and practice in her ability to capture such loose, but starkly…

Caitlin Keogh’s twisting graphic paintings

Keogh’s acrylic paintings, done in a pastel color scale in a style reminiscent of both sign painting and decorative wallpaper, communicate several desires simultaneously while retaining a darkly romantic feeling. Caitlin Keogh has been marked by several respectable art publications in the last few months (Art in America, Artforum, and Cultured Magazine) as being a…

Alicia Reyes McNamara’s vivid dialogue through installation

Brought up in the Mexican-American community in Chicago, Alicia Reyes McNamara brings out vibrant Latin culture and color in some aspects of her work while whitewashing it out in other areas. Her recent installations hold a different quality apart from her older sculpture and painting as she creates a stronger sense of setting and dialogue…

Gushing hyperrealistic still lifes by Eric Wert

Playing with themes of reflectivity and bursting moisture, Eric Wert manipulates the genre of still life painting into fantastical proportions of extreme saturation of color as well as composition. The artists takes this classical (and oftentimes viewed as “stuffy”) art form from its era of origin and wrings it out to its contemporary potential with…

Diana Copperwhite’s exploration of abstracted memory

Irish artist Diana Copperwhite explores the concept of memory and abstraction through her brilliantly colored paintings. Her palette knife strokes push and pull a viewers eye in and orderly yet dizzying composition of directions, making centerpoints of silhouetted figure shapes that remind us of the nature of these pieces as an exploration of something inside…

Texture and color smash together in paintings by Sam Friedman

The New York native and resident, Sam Friedman, paints in a seemingly loose but simultaneously exact manner, creating organic images built up of different fields of color and pattern. These designs can be perceived as representations of the natural world, such as topographical lines and textures reminiscent of waves, bubbles, and grasses. Friedman creates these…