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Nigel Cox is an Irish born, London based artist whose oil on canvas paintings, in his own words – ‘Focus on the individual, removing them from usually crowded urban scenes and placing them in centre stage.  Surprising how much confidence they have when removed from the crowd.’  I think I understand exactly what he means – the figures in each painting seem to come to life and shine more brightly with the absence of a backdrop, almost as if they were performing…

He describes his work, which he refers to as photorealistic minimalism, and his background (including his travels around the world with the Transglobe Expedition) in more detail here, and his blog is here.

An Urban Solitude

The Kuni Inversion

Seer

Autumn Morning

The Black Basque

The Calling

At The Sea Of Cortez

Nathan Ota is a freelance artist who graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1993.  As a child he drew inspiration from cartoons on TV, comic books, photographs and punk-rock flyers before becoming immersed in graffiti culture once he entered high school.  Traditional art never interested him much, and it was only once he had entered college that he realised he wanted to be an illustrator.

His paintings in particular have me enthralled (and more than a little jealous), I love how the graffiti influence comes through in all of his work 🙂

Big Fish

Broken Record

Crash And Burn

Fern Fruits

First Day

Left Out

Lets Be Friends

Mondaze

Night School

Not Alone

Outhouse

Robo

Still Looking

Schools Out

Illustration – Jazz

Illustration – Tequila

Illustration – Porfidio

I’ve just discovered the wonderful art of Krista Huot, a 28 year old artist based in Montreal.  These are just a few of her enchanting paintings – see more on her Flickr.

Black Candle

Hanami

Hemlock

In The Woods

Ivy

Les Lucioles

Patience

Snowfall Over Poppies

Light And All Her Witchery

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I’m completely smitten with the work of Sarajevo born artist and illustrator Yellena James, which has been described as “colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines which are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi, crafty and fantastic.”

Her clients already include some serious names like Anthropologie, Adidas, K2 Snowboards and Nike, and as well as being displayed at galleries worldwide, she has been featured in Vogue Australia, Giant Robot, Domino Online, Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy among others.

Her Etsy shop is here, and her featured seller interview is here.

Allusion

Allusion

Fizz

Fizz

Breeze

Breeze

Bluster

Bluster

Origin

Origin

Blaine Fontana is one of those artists who just makes me want to go paint something immediately.  His work, which he describes as ‘urban-contemporary’ is full of organic forms and themes from nature, and many of his paintings depict beings called Templings – neither male nor female, neither happy nor sad – who they are and what they mean is open to interpretation.  He draws  inspiration from his childhood backdrop of acres of Seattle forest, and his roots as a grafitti artist.

His blog – Fontanas’ Backyard

Read Carmel Hagens’ interview with Blaine over at Format Magazine

A dojo on the morning after

A dojo on the morning after

The metamorphosis orchestra

The metamorphosis orchestra

9 paths in the avant garden

9 paths in the avant garden

Hiroshiges' Hideaway

Hiroshiges' Hideaway

Trees of unspoken memories

Trees of unspoken memories

Santa Monica based craftsman, Michael Yonke aka Upcycler has created his range of exquisitely handcrafted furniture, art and interiors by repurposing and upcycling wood, metal and glass.  He uses 90 – 99% reclaimed locally sourced deconstruction materials, which he transforms into ” objects with higher end use value that will endure and inspire for centuries”.

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Check out the magical photorealistic art of Missouri born artist Glennray Tutor.  His nostalgic paintings are filled with marbles, fireworks, comic books and toys from the mid 20th century, and seem to glow with colour and light.

Dream Of Love

Dream Of Love

Three young ladies who have made a name for themselves making beautifully crafted jewellery from recycled paper.

Francesca of Frucci Design has created a range of elegant jewellery based around folded paper.  A biochemist by profession, Francesca describes herself as 50% scientist and 50% artist – but her dream is to create her jewellery full time.

She uses paper from a variety of sources – recycled, vintage, handmade, but also some new and from old maps, magazines, catalogs, newsletters, coupons, and her favourite – shopping bags.  Her technique, she says, is a mixture of old and new, and she likes to mix and match different and unrelated approaches in her pieces.

See more at her Etsy shop, and her blog.

'Be The Protagonist' Pendant

'Be The Protagonist' Pendant

Coupy Gemelli

Coupy Gemelli

Cubetto Earrings

Cubetto Earrings

Mera e Perla Earrings

Mera e Perla Earrings

Holly Ann Mitchell of Newspaper Jewellery made her first piece as a University project for which the brief was to create a piece of jewellery without using any traditional materials.  She chose to work with newspaper, as the bright colours and patterns of the Sunday comics appealed to her.  She has been making paper jewellery ever since, winning several awards and having her work featured in a number of publications.

Newspaper Bracelet

Newspaper Bracelet

Dollar Bill Cufflinks

Dollar Bill Cufflinks

Shattered Dreams Losing Lottery Ticket Neckpiece

Shattered Dreams Losing Lottery Ticket Neckpiece

Crossword Puzzles Brooch

Crossword Puzzles Brooch

Liz Hamman is a  mixed media artist from Macclesfield near Manchester in the UK.   She combines books, sculpture and textile/fibre art in her work, which is inspired by geometry, growth patterns in nature and repetitive structures and processes. Using only old books and maps that have been used, never new ones, she says –

“I like to produce work that is small and tactile which is why much of my work is wearable, in the form of jewellery.  Paper may not seem like the obvious choice as a material for jewellery due to its fragile and ephemeral nature.  I am interested in the idea that these qualities reflect the nature of the human form itself and also question the nature of ‘value’ in the society we live in.”

Her Flickr

Map Necklace

Map Necklace

Star Bellied Sneetch Necklace

Star Bellied Sneetch Necklace

Prayer Beads

Prayer Beads

Dandy Comic Pendant

Dandy Comic Pendant


I’m a regular lurker around DeviantArt.com and have been known to spend hours getting lost in the members galleries – here’s some of the talent I spotted on my latest peeping spree….

AARON JASINSKI

She Has Her Sources

She Has Her Sources

If You Love Them Set Them Free

If You Love Them Set Them Free

Single Player Game

Single Player Game

MEFITICA

Listening

Listening

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SHAUN THURSTON

Final Moment

Final Moment

Time Share Condo Curtains

Time Share Condo Curtains

More Curses In Cursive

More Curses In Cursive

These breathtaking lightshades were made by artist Julia Lohmann on site at Galleria Nilufar –

“For the Saloni di Mobile in Milano we built a workshop in Galleria Nilufar.
Instead of finished products we brought 8 kg of kelp from Japan and Ireland and our tools with us and produced the finished pieces in the gallery. There was a real buzz about the new material and our visitors were very excited to be able to see the whole working process and touch the material in its different stages of production: dried, re-hydrated, stretched, varnished, unvarnished.”

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kelp-constructs-julia-lohmann


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