Jacqueline Lou Skaggs paints intricate oil paintings on pennies

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By Chloe Warner in New Art on Thursday 20 June 2013

Have you ever discarded a penny or cent deeming it worthless or an additional weight in your wallet? Or maybe you pick them up, wishing for good luck? Jacqueline Lou Skaggs wants to change our perception and value of the cent. She has created a series of 12 gems for us to keep and treasure. […]

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Grungy urban landscape paintings by Valerio D’Ospina

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Thursday 28 February 2013

Italian artist Valerio D’Ospina painted this fantastic series of oils which all focus on the lost beauty of urban life. Each monochromatic piece resembles the feel of street photography. The use of implied motion is extremely effective. Between the blurring of brush strokes and the strong use of linear perspective, each piece has the feel […]

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Paintings by Polish artist Zdzislaw Beksinski

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By quequito in New Art on Wednesday 10 October 2012

The work of Zdzislaw Beksinski is certainly not new, but although it’s been around for several decades, it is still mesmerizing. Some of his paintings have a Francis Bacon meets William Turner feel to them. You often see blurry objects in the background disappearing behind a veil of light next to nightmarish creatures and dark gloomy atmospheres, all with unsaturated colors and ghostly brush strokes. I see it as a dark post-apocalyptic surrealism, which is no wonder taking into account he was a teenager during the Second World War.

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Large-scale portraits by Siolo Thompson

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By Sara Marquis in New Art on Wednesday 16 May 2012

In her latest body of work, multi-media artist Siolo Thompson takes on the anxiety of our uncertain political, economic and environmental future and the impact our mistakes and the mistakes of those before us will have on the next generation.

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New art by Kiwi pop surrealist Michael Kennedy

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By Meghan Geliza in New Art on Tuesday 24 April 2012

Auckland-based pop surreal artist, Michael Kennedy, paints adorable zombie turnips, donut-obsessed beasts and saccharine-laden creatures. I had the pleasure of working with him last year on curating the group exhibit, Beauty Meets the Bizarre. Merging classical oil painting techniques with an imagination that alludes to a more cartoon world, perusing his works definitely makes one happy. Disconcertingly, too happy.

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The large scale doodles of Michael Scoggins

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By Abel Macias in New Art on Wednesday 11 January 2012

Michael Scoggins work is right up my alley. It is lighthearted, but they say something about how a child’s mind filters the world. His doodles are done on sheets of paper that are six foot high. He cuts the holes and draws the lines by hand, so it looks like notebook paper.

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Melbourne-based realist surreal artist Matthew Quick

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By Yan2 in New Art on Thursday 30 June 2011

Check out the awesome work of Australian artist Matthew Quick. His latest series, Introduced species, is very cool stuff indeed.

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Michael Lierly

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By Merzipan in New Art on Thursday 27 January 2011

Many of Michael Lierly’s canvases seem to communicate, through a brash oil technique and vibrant colors and figures, a kind of primal confusion of mood. I’ve been wanting one of his gigantic, enfuriated babies on my wall for over a year now.

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