Eric is known for his thought provoking content and for the mastery of his craft. The work provides a beautifully rendered visual that provokes the viewer and pulls them in for closer inspection. His paintings often deal with people and their relationships. The trials and adversities that they strive to overcome, exaggerated and blown out of proportion. His work gives a loose narrative of characters caught in a world their own. The imagery is quiet and dynamic often with a touch of melancholy and soft surrealism.
Eric is an artist based out of Columbus, Ohio. He received his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design where he was honored with the Outstanding Senior Award upon graduation. His work continued to garner acclaim with the acceptance into such prestigious annual competitions as The Society of Illustrators NY and LA as well as Spectrum and others. He was the Artist Guest of Honor for ConGlomeration and was recently awarded the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist of 2009.
Currently Eric is focusing his efforts on personal paintings and upcoming gallery shows. He has shown or will be showing at the Opera Gallery (NY), Copro Nason Gallery (LA), LeBasse Projects (LA), Roq La Rue Gallery (Seattle), Ad Hoc Arts (NY), Gallery 1988 (LA), and many others.
Jason de Caires Taylor was born in 1974 and divided the earlier part of his life in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Much of his childhood was spent on the coral reefs of Malaysia where he developed a profound love of the sea and a fascination with the natural world. This would later lead him to spend several years working as a scuba diving instructor in various parts of the globe, developing a strong interest in conservation, underwater naturalism and photography.
In 1998, Taylor received a BA Honours in Sculpture and Ceramics from Camberwell College of Arts, but his scuba diving qualification would prove equally important to his art career”in May 2006 he created the world”s first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, West Indies, furnished with underwater sculptures of his design. These sculptures create a unique, absorbing and expansive visual seascape, highlighting natural ecological processes while offering the viewer privileged temporal encounters.
I was born in Avila with my twin sister Sae 24 years ago. After spending a few years in Edinburgh I came back to Spain to study illustration and attended one year of the illustration Academy in Florida. In 2006 I started illustrating as a pro working for magazines, books and advertising. For a while I taught a collage illustration workshop at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.
I work in a variety of media exploring diferent styles, producing illustrations, animations and comics. The results have been selected in several juried competitions: Communication Arts, American illustration, Society of Illustrators 50, Illustration West 45, Injuve 2009, CineJoven 2006, Opel Corsa Animate 2006.
Raised without a television in rural Virginia, Brooklyn artist Randall Stoltzfus makes richly textured paintings that slowly unfurl into deeply receding landscapes. His work has been shown in New York, Virginia, Washington DC, and in Italy, where he was an artist in residence at an active insane asylum.
While the stories told by Fred Einaudi’s painting may not seem to end happily, they are sure to capture your attention. Most of the his work centers around haunting themes and creepy situations but are unmistakeably unique and powerful. Fred’s work has been described by some as disturbing in all the right ways. We tend to agree.
"As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself."
Lately I have worked almost exclusively with white paper in different objects, paper cuts, installations and performances. A large part of my work is made from A4 sheets of paper. It is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today. This is why we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.
The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts.
Henrique Oliveira was born in Ourinhos, Brazil in 1973 and hails from the university of SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil. Oliveira uses wood collected from the streets of Sao Paulo where he lives, to create huge installations which he refers to as “tridimensionals”. The thin sections of wood are obtained from old fencing and boarding known as ‘tapumes”, are bent and curved into these enormous structures that seem to spill off the gallery walls.
Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama and identifies a strong Japanese influence in her work, even though she grew up in several different countries. During her BFA studies at Indiana University Bloomington she explored various media, from ceramics to printmaking, before determining sculpture and welding as her expressive vehicles of choice.
Her fascination with animals in movement permeates this collection. “When you look at the piece from the distance you see the form of the horse galloping, but when you get up close you start to see that individual objects were used”, she writes.
Sayaka is currently based in Indiana, where she teaches drawing and design at IU-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana and welds figures from steel, of humans and other animals.
A world without Art and Creativity, is like a Harry Potter novel without Magic. With every stroke, the wish is to enliven every piece of Art with spells of enchantment from a “magic wand” dipped in the ink of an artist’s soul.
Splashes of creative passion can be found on theme park designs, movies, MTV and CD covers.
Emil Alzamora was born in 1975 in Lima, Peru. He was raised in Boca Grande, Florida, where he attended state university and graduated with a BFA magna cum laude in 1998. He started his sculpting career in 1998 in collaboration with Polich Art Works in Hudson Valley. Since his departure in early 2001 he has worked full-time on his sculptures and exhibited regularly across the United States.
“The human form is a constant within my work. I often exaggerate or distort it to reveal an emotional or physical
situation, or to tell a story”, writes the artist. “Limitation and potential are as human as the flesh. I strive to make
this comparison visible.”
Erik Johansson is a 25-year-old photographer and retouch artist from Gothenburg, Sweden. His bizarre and amazing photo manipulations have the capacity to suspend human disbelief and make the unreal effectively real. Johansson is now based in Norrköping. The works on his website are personal projects and as such are ‘limited only by [his] imagination’.
I am a trompe l’oeil artist focusing primarily on mural painting. I have found that the “language” of life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked. Once captivated by the illusion, the viewer is lured to cross an artistic threshold and thus seduced into exploring the concept of the piece. I have also found that by creating architectural illusion that integrates with the existing environment both optically and aesthetically, the art transcends the “separateness” that public art sometimes produces.
It is important for me, as an artist, to interact with the community, formulating concepts based upon a multitude of viewpoints. Artists must be continually aware that their work can serve as a bridge between diverse cultural backgrounds. Public art is of great interest to me; providing me with a sense of purpose as it is a very powerful form of communication. It can link people together, stimulate a sense of pride within the community, and introduce the viewer to new ideas and perspectives.
Mark Rubenstein has spent the last 6 years developing his multi-part series Common Place. A personal testament to the emotional challenges inherent within his “coming of age” narrative – set in a surreal world that uniquely encompasses what it means to grow up and examine life in a new way. The series presents a cast of characters that seem to manifest themselves as one being, uniting to embark on a grand journey.
Climate change, pollution, and the way we are treating our planet have become a global issue, and this series is my personal crusade in bringing awareness to it. Once I recognized that we were facing a crisis I wanted to use my photographs to voice my deep sense of concern for the next generation. As a father I strongly believed that I had a moral duty to take action and as an artist I wanted to be a humble catalyst.
The background images of the earth originated from NASA, astronauts took them from the International Space Station. I first digitally enhanced these images bringing up the contrast and the brightness, I then superimposed portraits of children from around the world that I photographed over the years. I wanted to merge their innocent faces into these perilous landscapes.
My choice follow the Arthouse Movies, lost movies, grindhouse, mind games, controversial, cult, bizzarre, dystopian, cyberpunk, propaganda, surreal, avant-gard, exploitation, underground, noir, neo-noir, acid western, weird world of cinema.