Kari-Lise Alexander’s work is rooted in the old folklore of her Scandinavian heritage as well as inspired by her home in the Pacific Northwest. Her style captures the unique qualities of both her heritage and her home. Combining them she’s able to create surreal worlds and explore common themes between the two. Kari-Lise’s work often reflects these worlds by the women, nature, and animals painted in them. Her work tends to leave the viewer feeling as if they are experiencing the same private moment in time as the subjects. Kari-Lise works from her home studio in Seattle, Washington where she lives with her husband, two poodles, and two rabbits.
Queen of Double Eyes, Alex Garant studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. After graduating in 2001, she ultimately settled in Toronto, Canada.
She decided to truly commit to her passion for Arts after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how she would see the world.
Alex has shown works all over Canada and the United States as well as Portugal and Australia; she also has been featured in publications like Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Supersonic, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Juxtapoz, My Modern Met, The Huffington Post, Mashable.com, BUzznet.com and many more.
Her alla prima oil paintings offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. Garant uses patterns, duplication of elements, symmetry, and image superposition as key elements of her imagery. Alex Garant's paintings are not far from a perfect optical illusion: her protagonists trying to escape themselves, almost possessed by a distinct version of their own individuality, an exorcism of the soul.
The viewers shall try to unearth the main figure by focusing on making those multiples into one. Alex Garant's paintings are certainly conversation pieces as they are meant to engage the observers into an image investigation process and hopefully enlist their senses differently while doing so.
Januz Miralles is an illustrator based in Laguna, Philippines. His eerie, ethereal images combine traditional painting techniques with digital photo manipulation, creating a surreal landscape where human figures are woven into a shifting fog of textures and brush strokes. Although little is known of the artist or his artistic approach, Miralles’ work is nonetheless viscerally haunting and mystical.
Maria Teicher, born 1983 in New Jersey, is a fine art portrait and figurative artist residing in Philadelphia, PA. Using historic and personal symbolism, her works blend together contemporary concepts and an honest connection with those around her.
Maria received her MFA in 2013. She exhibits regularly in Philadelphia, New York, and California. When Maria is not painting and drawing, you can find her teaching, photographing, and writing in her blog or for The Art Is Not Dead, a Philly based arts and creative community website she co-found with writer/musician Brian Dougherty.
Antonio Velfín is a Spanish painter who beautifully combines Zen aesthetics with 17th century Tenebrism oil painting; a style popular during the Baroque period. Velfín works primarily with oils. These dark, dramatic baroque images are harmoniously combined with the instantaneous brushwork reminiscent of Japanese tradition, heightening the works' overall movement and feeling of transience. Via Arte Novus
“Alpay Efe’s body of work focuses primarily on figurative painting with contemporary influences. The intimate renditions of people and objects, infused with references of pop culture and modern zeitgeist, synthesize characteristics of the past with an eye for the present. Realistic in nature, these paintings take on abstractions with vibrant colors and artificial lighting —leaving the result with something almost mystical and open for many interpretations.” – ArtistADay
Casey Weldon was born in southern California, where he spent the majority of his life up to his graduation from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After a brief time running his own studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, He relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he now lives and works as an illustrator and fine artist.
By using to the iconography of today and yesterday's popular culture, his work aims to awaken a feelings of nostalgia within the viewer, though often along with a sense humor, melancholy, and longing for times lost.
Milan-based artist Marco Mazzoni works almost exclusively with colored pencils to create intricate drawings that depict the cycles of nature and worlds based heavily in Italian folklore. One of his most frequent subjects are drawings of flora and fauna who seem to be consuming or living on top of the face of a woman whose eyes we never see. The artist says he consciously does not depict the eyes so the viewer doesn’t consider the artwork a portait, but instead a still life where all elements have equal importance. Via Colossal
Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alexandra Becker-Black has been creating art all of her life. Formally trained in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Alexandra’s relationship with watercolors started with an odd step when she was forced to choose a new medium after developing an allergic reaction to oil paints. Within weeks of first painting with watercolors, Alexandra found her new medium and her voice. Years later, the majority of her technique is still self-taught through her natural exploration of the medium and its applications. Alexandra lives in Portland, Oregon where she enjoys the city’s great food, beautiful scenery, and relaxed culture. She is a member of the Falcon Art Community, and when not in her studio, she can be found practicing yoga.
“‘One of Britain’s best-selling figurative painters’, Mark Demsteader was born and remains in Manchester. Over a long and illustrious career he has a built up a huge global following, including a long list of celebrity clients, namely Emma Watson, who famously sat for a portrait series by the artist in 2011. With his preferred mediums of charcoal, pastel and oil, Demsteader has immense technical ability which has grown from close observation of the human form from life drawing. His drawing have won multiple awards including The Lyceum Prize and the coveted Sidney Andrews Scholarship, and through his contemporary use of line and form, he has renewed interest in traditional life drawing and classic figurative paintings amongst art collectors worldwide.
Using life models, his figurative drawings often depict the head, thorough in detail, and paying careful attention to every attribute on the subject’s face. The rest of the image is left experimental as he abstracts the figure into merely a few lines, leaving the canvas seemingly unfinished. In contrast to his drawings, Demsteader paintings do not have open space and are filled with rich textures, bold colour, and heavy movement. His figures are very soft, delicate creatures, which are placed in a harsh, often overbearing backgrounds – adding an alluring sense of mystery to each piece.” – Unit London
“Though she graduated from Pratt Institute only in 2012, rising artist Alessandra Maria is already
making waves with her delicate, mixed-media artworks.” - Hi Fructose Magazine
“Alessandra's beautifully eerie illustrations appear to be illuminated by the night sky.
Her subject's glowing eyes make us wonder who exactly they are.” -Juxtapoz Magazine