Ran Ortner (b.1959, USA)

San Francisco-born artist Ran Ortner’s background as a professional motorcycle racer influenced his interest in art. Drawn to the physicality and energy of motorcycle racing, Ortner later transferred this dynamism into his approach to painting:

“Water is a manifestation of the multitude of wave energies that surround us, a formless, colorless, tasteless, odorless “billowing solid” (Wallace Stevens), visible to our eye only with the addition of light. A single drop potentially mirrors everything that surrounds it. Water embodies the concept of endlessness, of complexities repeated fractally from one drop to the vast sea. I expose the identity of the ancient body of the ocean with integrity by being hyper-observant to its nature, focusing on the structure, synchronicity, and oscillations of the waves.

Yet I am interested in conveying how the ocean resonates, rather than depicting it. Constantly moving in a dance that mirrors the tempo of the human body, waves break in time with the beating of our hearts, the in and out of our breaths, like a metronome marking the present moment: now, now. My paintings are about being immersed in this present. For that reason, the horizon and any other reference points are disappeared, a move that detaches my work from the tradition of marine paintings, from Caspar David Friedrich, Turner, the Hudson River. Now we are not a distant observer, but all in.

How I paint today evolved from the minimalism I practiced for years while making all white panels that echo the reign of space and silence, the sparseness of Rainer Maria Rilke "living the questions.” The courage and emotional complexity of Rembrandt also influence my work, which nevertheless lives in the continuity of Abstract Expressionism. It connects with the luminosity and vastness of Mark Rothko’s transcendent fields of color as well as the vitality and intensity of Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings.

Each day, in one painting after the next, I attend to an ever deeper engagement and understanding.“

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Antoine Cordet | on Tumblr (b.1983, France)

Antoine Cordet is a self-taught artist painter working and living in Paris. Cordet only paints in acrylic by using brushes, fingers, but also knives and sandpaper. He tries try to introduce in his portraits the readability and the vibration by giving as many layers as possible. His work has been the subject of several group and solo exhibitions in France, Japan and USA.


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Nancy Liang (b.1990, Australia)

Nancy Liang is a Sydney based illustrator and artist who explores whimsy and magic in mundane and other moments. She focuses on landscapes, city streets and suburban locales of which she attempts to draw out social, cultural and even personal narratives. Using her interest in dioramas her illustrations take shape through textures and colours from papers, found objects and other miscellaneous materials. She is most active making Gifs and now dabbling in Processing. Outside the practice, Nancy is an art teacher at the International Art Centre based in Carlingford.

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Kris Knight (b.1980, Canada)

Kris Knight is a Canadian painter whose work examines performance in relation to the construction, portrayal and boundaries of sexual and asexual identities. Drawing from personal histories of rural escapism through imagination, Knight paints disenchanted characters that are lost between youth and adulthood; they hide their secrets, but desperately long to let them go. His mythical and ambiguous portraits are a synthesis of fantasy and real-world memory; they tiptoe between the dichotomies of pretty and menace, hunter and hunted, innocence and the erotic. Throughout Knight’s professional practice, he has created thematic bodies of work that reference historical notions of regality, mysticism, romanticism and symbolism. He often skews these concepts with contemporary interests in androgyny, psychotropic alterations and the post-modern gaze. Knight’s lustrous classical cum illustrative figurative paintings, stride between a contradicting palette of sensual primaries and ghostly pastels, reflecting his adoration for 18th Century French portraiture and polaroid photography.

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Thierry De Cordier (b.1954, Belgium)

Thierry De Cordier is a philosopher, performer, sculptor, writer and poet. As a young artist, he lived a nomadic existence that caused him to reflect upon architecture as a model for social relations. For a long time, his garden was a substitute and a metaphor for the world. Later, he turned his back to the world to look at the sea. Thierry De Cordier is an existential artist who tries to understand the world through his own experience. His work is the result of a personal quest: a search for his own identity, his relationship to the world, and his role within society. His work, in which the infinitely small is reflected in the infinitely big, develops organically from his inner psyche. In the last few decades, Thierry De Cordier has dedicated himself to painting. Recurrent themes include mountains, seascapes and desolate landscapes that are partly inspired by the vast, black and white topographical paintings made in China during the 17th and 18th century, yet capture the essential qualities of the landscape and light of Northern Europe. The grey skies and ink black seas of his monochromatic paintings evoke melancholy, with the most dramatic scenes being those in which waves and mountainous cliffs fuse together to embody the forces of nature within a single primal image.

images source © Xavier Hufkens & Angel Benavides

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Jon Klassen | on Tumblr (b.1981, Canada)  

Jon Klassen is a Canadian writer and illustrator of children’s books and an animator. Born in Winnipeg and grew up Toronto, he studied animation at Sheridan College and graduated in 2005. The Los Angeles-based artist might have made his first big splash as an animator, working as a concept artist on high profile animation projects including Coraline and Kung Fu Panda 2This Is Not My Hat, which he also wrote. He is also well known for his 2011 picture book I Want My Hat Back.

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Thierry Carrier (b.1973, France)

Thierry Carrier works with sensitive art more than with perceivable art. His painting is the reflection of his own aspiration to silence. Indeed, his figures (which are often a representation of himself) are not established in a recognizable geographical space. His painting are willingly untitled. These unusual codes made of him an artist different from the others portraitists. In front of several arrangements, the spectator can discover a world of silence, an uncluttured representation of humains, an impenetrable figure with an inexpressible poetry. (source: Twentytwo Gallery)

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Alessandra Maria | on Tumblr (b.1989, USA)

Though she graduated from Pratt Institute only in 2012, rising artist Alessandra Maria is already making waves with her delicate, mixed-media artworks. Exploring the connection between femininity and nature, Alessandra Maria’s work depicts long-haired, pouting figures adorned with gold leaf-laden flower petals and butterflies. The work has a surprisingly melancholy air about it: The characters are presented to us naked and vulnerable, fearful of our gaze. These characters are obscured by elements of nature almost as if they are using them for protection, whether emotional or physical. Alessandra works and resides in Brooklyn, New York. (src. Hi-Fructose Magazin)

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Jeremy Profit | on Tumblr (France) - felt tip pen on paper

The visual universe of French illustrator Jeremy Profit is located somewhere in a generic suburban environment, where sprawled houses, streets and trees are the only reference points. In every scene the quiet environment has just been hit by a, non always specified, catastrophe (a natural disaster? riots? war? ). The houses reveal their fragile nature, their interiors are left exposed and the construction materials torn apart.

The detailed marker drawings depict a situation which is somehow tragic and resigned at the same time, with a sense of passive acceptance of the catastrophic event by the small passersby inhabiting the scenes: “The way I build my drawings is to put some daily life pictures with violent pictures coming from photo journalism about war, disaster that capitalism bring everywhere in the world, my drawings speak about that and about the mental depression on our society, working class has been destroyed, people are trying to survive individually on a such violent society without real hope of a collective change.” (src. article from SOCKS & Interview with Jeremy Profit on Futuristika)

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James Kudo (b.1967, Brazil)

James Kudo was born in Pereira Barreto, Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the early 90s a man-made lake built by the local power plant flooded parts of the city. Kudo’s paintings are informed by memories of his hometown turned Nouveau Atlantis, intermingling with recollections of other regional changes and processes of urbanization. Free-floating fragments of houses, planes of color and abstracted natural elements convene in striking combinations in Kudo’s re-imagined landscapes. (src. Juxtapoz)

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Mu Pan 潘慕文 (b.1976, Taiwan/USA) - Little Big Horn

Brooklyn-based artist Mu Pan infuses his paintings and drawings with political references, historic events and iconic imagery from his native Taiwan. As a child of a military family, he often focuses his work on grotesque and surrealist reinterpretations of famous battles, mixed with fantastic terror scenarios of warriors fighting with dogs, frogs and other strange-animal-human mutations. The line-drawn and watercolor paintings created by Pan demand careful study. His work is not for the faint of heart; it’s riddled with explorations of the darker sides of humanity and serves as a fantasy satirisation of contemporary life. (source: Hi-Fructose Magazine, io9, It’s Nice That) Our sincere thanks to loic-arnaud for introducing us Pan’s work, and to Artist for the images.

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