New perspectives from printmaker and street artist Troy Lovegates

Troy Lovegates may be better known by the more anonymous name of “Other.” The artist stands as one of several prominent printmakers-turned-street artists such his more well-known contemporary Swoon as they and others merge techniques from both medias to execute unique stylistic and compositional changes that make their work prominent and recognizable. Lovegates does mural projects as…

Kris Kuksi’s compelling assemblage art

Kris Kuksi has become an established assemblage artist with his iconic relic-like conglomerations of religious, mythological, and historical symbols. These pieces mesh eras and ideas together to create incredibly emotional and powerful sculptures of an epic quality that resonates with the viewer. Their antique appearance creates the feeling of lasting importance and eternal themes. However,…

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,…

Relief prints and paintings by Matthew Palladino

San Francisco native Matthew Palladino uses printmaking techniques as well as watercolor, acrylic ink, and acrylic gouche to create the majority of his artwork. The artist’s work has undergone relative transformation in the last several years as Palladino has continued to refine and develop both old and new techniques. His early work was generally very flat…

Don Eddy’s photorealistic altarpiece paintings

Represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York, Don Eddy juxtaposes his painted snapshots to create multi-faced works that feed the viewer a sequence with which one can find infinite contrasts, similarities, and dialogues. Don Eddy was born in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California and went on to receive his BFA and MFA in Hawaii…

Exclusive shadedminds interview with photographer Doug Tolman

Doug Tolman is a young photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah who uses traditional photo developing techniques to add an incredibly raw feeling to his specially captured meetings between perception and nature. The artist created his latest body of work in an extensive trip through Central America with which he hoped to spark a…

Timothy Cummings’ tumultuous and uncanny painted world

New Mexico native Timothy Cummings grew up in Albuquerque in a melting pot of Spanish Catholic and Native American culture. Murals depicting scenes of Day of the Dead and martyrdoms were especially influential to the self-taught painter. Cummings’ paintings don’t heavily base themselves (at least outwardly) on Native American or Spanish Catholic tradition but rather culminate…

Confrontational narrative paintings by Tabitha Vevers

Artist Tabitha Vevers received her BA at Yale where she found herself in a generation of artists who for the most part plied their predictable trade of enormous paintings in shades of red, reminiscent of the post-expressionism era so notable for making artists rich and famous. She moved against the trend, however and opted to create small-scale…

Totems and monuments to the ancients from Matthew Craven

At the age of 22, New Yorker Matthew Craven first enrolled in art school as a student focusing on abstract painting. However, after a short amount of time and an epiphany, Craven came to realize that the dialogue of abstract painting did not fit his aesthetic nor what he was most interested in displaying or…

Exclusive shadedminds interview with Teresa Oaxaca

Artist Teresa Oaxaca creates paintings that mirror her eccentric and informed personality by portraying incredibly complex and bright subjects that have roots in academic composition and portrayal of the figure. At the age of seventeen, Oaxaca began her schooling in drawing academies in Europe where she attended both the Angel and Florence academies. Since her…

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…