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Jules Julien

The work of Amsterdam based illustrator, Jules Julien is hauntingly beautiful.  It is simple, bold, and vibrant. There is a strong statuesque quality to many of his portraits that is eerily seductive.  The images are composed using a very clean but limited color palette that extenuates this quality.  He also…

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James Rawson

James Rawson is a postmodern pop artist hailing from Norfolk, England.  He first creates preparatory collages that he uses as references for his larger paintings.  The end result is colorful, evocative, and practically shouts at you from the canvas.  Pulling from pop culture he mashes and melds a wide range…

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John Boelee

John Boelee is a Netherlands based artist whose large paintings are visually beautiful, but surprisingly disturbing on several levels. From a distance, the work resembles a brightly colored mosaic.  It becomes clear, with a closer inspection that the paintings are in fact finely detailed composites of facial features.  The features,…

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Shawn Huckins

Shawn Huckins is a Colorado based painter, whose work is incredibly cool and original.  One of his artistic heroes is Ed Ruscha and while you can clearly see Ruscha’s influence on his work, Shawn is taking it in a new direction.  Instead of incorporating text seamlessly into the environment like Ruscha,…

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Peter Stichbury

I’m extremely happy to be presenting Peter Stichbury on Beautiful Surface.  He is a currently one of my favorite painters and is from one of my favorite places on earth, New Zealand.  He paints highly stylized portraits that have a smooth flawlessness to them that, despite being incredibly beautiful, are…

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Pat Perry Sketches

Pat Perry’s work has been featured on the site before but I love it so much I wanted to bring you more.  Because he is such a prolific sketcher, I chose to focus this post solely on pieces from his sketchbook.  Unlike many, who simply use their sketchbooks to flesh…

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“POP-EYECONIC” at CHG

Here are some great opening night pics of POP-EYECONIC at the Corey Helford Gallery.  The goal of the show was to explore the iconic characters who define popular artistic symbolism, CHG asked an ambitious and diverse group of artists – from street to surreal to New Classicist – to provide…

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Korin Faught

Korin Faught is an incredible painter living and working in Los Angeles.  While there is a looseness to her work in that her brushstrokes are clearly visible, there is an intentionality behind each stroke that alludes to an artist who is very confident in her vision and ability.  There is…

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Shin KwangHo

Shin KwangHo is a young South Korean artist who is doing some really exciting work.  He paints these massive, typically taller than six feet, paintings that border on abstraction but with clear figurative qualities.  The final images almost look they’ve been attacked by Shin in an emotional release.  Many of…

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Colin Chillag

I find Colin’s paintings absolutely fascinating.  While he is clearly very talented and paints portraits that make me think of twisted Norman Rockwell’s, he intentionally leaves most of them unfinished. Their deconstructed nature with exposed pencil lines and color swatches at times obscure the detailed paintings underneath, adding an abstract…

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Alex Kanevsky

Originally from Lithuania, Alex Kanevsky now lives and works in Philadelphia. Through the smearing and scraping of paint, he is able to create beautiful ghostly impressions.  Like memories, they are distorted fragments of our imaginations that give the viewer just enough to crave more.  According to Alex, he is a relatively…

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Horyon Lee

Horyon Lee is a Korean painter who produces some of the most striking and realistic double exposure images I have seen.  While these would be amazing if they were photographs, the fact that they are paintings is mind-blowing.  The illusion of movement he is able to create in them is…