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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Streetside contemporary photography by Bert Danckaert

Working out of his native Antwerp, Belgium, photographer Bert Danckaert has made a name for himself with his incredible street side photographs. His photographs are special in that they mimic with texture and color different fields that we have become accustomed to in painting, but not in traditional photography. It’s almost as if Danckaert sees…

Alex Fischer’s digital expansion of the fine art world

Artist Alex Fischer practices the abstract expressionist method of image making within the digital painting world. Fischer further explains the nature of his process saying, “This means I discover compositions and interpret meaning through the activity of making. It’s a practice of conjuring and combining a riot of techniques and subjects. Each piece is twisted…

Brenna Murphy’s bridge to an alternate reality

Portland-based artist Brenna Murphy uses “contemporary folk art tools” (3D graphics, video game development software, virtual reality, 3D printing, etc.) to close the gap between our imagination and reality. The artist combines mystical, ancient themes with futuristic, psychedelic ones to create a unique world of their hybrid. Murphy’s beautiful geometric work is portrayed in an installation…

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…