Brendan Tang’s ceramic mash-up

Brendan Lee Satish Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland of Trinidadian parents and is a naturalized citizen of Canada where he now lives and works as an artist. Tang gained his appreciation for the ceramic medium while attending a formal art education in the American Midwest and has since made it a critical material in his…

Sarah Sitkin’s strikingly life-like sculptures

Los Angeles artist Sarah Sitkin creates hyperrealistic yet surreal sculptures of parts of the human form. She creates her bizarre creations using primarily silicone, clay, plaster, resin,and latex. Siskin uses her techniques to at times come as close to reality as possible, accounting for every color change and detail while sometimes using bizarre colors or extreme distortions…

Chinese artist Yang Maoyuan’s multi-medium innovations

Yang Maoyuan was born in 1966 and has become a highly-regarded artist in China as well as internationally. His diverse portfolio of experimentation in style across a variety of mediums shows similar themes in subject. Maoyuan describes his rounded and polished statues as “inseperable” from himself and his identity as an artist. Several of the…

Jim Shaw’s contortion of past pop culture

Artist Jim Shaw became famous for his collection of thrift store paintings that were displayed by prominent galleries and received  much criticism and applause. However, his personal work has a much bigger impact when soaked in by the beholder. The artist uses his vast collection of pop cultural artifacts in his work either as inspiration,…

Chrome sculptures of the strange by Joel Morrison

Born in Seattle in 1976, Joel Morrison went on to receive an education in English Literature in Washington and a MFA in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University in California and is now represented by the Gagosian Gallery, a giant in the art world. Morrison’s rather entertaining body of work challenges formalist sculpture while gaining much…

Printmaker and Painter Ravi Zupa’s compelling tributes to meaning

Denver native Ravi Zupa strongly believes that the best way to study and spend time with art is to do so through books and has spent decades doing it himself. He thinks that it’s important to see work in person – to examine details and imperfections – but sees more value in connecting with many…

Troy Emery’s rainbow animals

The most amazing thing about the art world is that while exploring it you constantly face a good chance at being completely surprised by what you discover. Troy Emery’s trippy yarn and pompom animals from a rainbow world do just that. The artist currently resides and creates his object-based sculptures in Melbourne, Australia. He uses…

Dustin Yellin’s abstract figures suspended in glass

Dustin Yellin is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York where in 2011 he founded Pioneer Works, a center for research and experimentation in contemporary culture. He is also involved with the artist collective known as Bazaar Teens. Yellin believes that both process and material should be evident in an artwork’s form. His pieces are…

Katsuyo Aoki’s flowering ceramic sculptures

Katsuyo Aoki describes in her artist statement that she uses ceramics in her method of expression, incorporating differenct decorative styles, patterns, and symbols to create her work. The forms included in Aoki’s works each contain a story from historical backgrounds, ideas, myths, and allegories. Their existence causes one to feel many different things from adoration to disgust depending…

Beaded punching bags and direct messages from Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson studied contemporary art at the art institute of Chicago, and then the Royal College in London. After having been out of school for a couple of years he turned to his heritage and started incorporating a Native American aspect to his work to create a novel hybrid and since then has had tremendous museum and critical support in…

Beautiful large-scale sculptures from Matt Wedel’s otherworldy imagination

Sculptor Matt Wedel received his MFA from California State University and began teaching there in 2007. Since then he has extended his teaching career to multiple art institutes across the nation while he has kept up his personal practice in Athens, Ohio. In his studio Wedel builds, glazes, and fires each piece of each larger-than-life ceramic…