How does Fabio Giampietro make all these dizzying oil-on-canvas architectural cityscapes? Completely divorced from reality, the buildings squeeze together, crash and spiral like gigantic waves, and even appear to leap out of the page like planets at times. There is so much beauty in chaos.
When checking out Mark Maggiori’s art, it takes you by surprise to hear that he’s French because his work feels so American. His edgy, brutally honest photographs go wonderfully with the paintings in his series, The Blessed Event, which asks the question: what would happen if Jesus was living with us? This is a pretty [...]
Look twice, these are not photographs, no, these are photorealistic oil paintings by Karen Woods. The acclaimed artist from Seattle describes her works as follows: ‘For some time now I have chronicled my journey by painting what I experience while driving around the city. I paint—in the realist tradition—from photographs taken at intersections and on [...]
Diane Kilgore-Condon is an artist based in Greenville, South Carolina, who creates imaginative oil paintings. Her work is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, and her paintings have a surrealist feel to them. She is a member and owner of ArtBomb Studios in Greenville, and she recently won the Flat Out Under Pressure 24-hour art competition.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jamie Brett Treadwell creates these psychedelic vivid paintings that one might see in one’s dreams. Going with the classic oil paints as his medium of choice, rather than going through the now popular digital approach, his paintings are random in terms of interpreting celebrations that one would be a part of to sculptural images in odd locations.
Brainwash visitors to your apartment with a personalised Maopost reproduced propaganda painting now starring you as a socialist hero. Avid poster collectors Pierre Lavigne and Pierre Budestschu are the ones behind the business and promises to hire ‘freelance professional Chinese artists’ and not ‘“painting factories” and their salaried artists’. These oil paintings cost anywhere from US$199 to US$269. We reckon it’s a fairly reasonable price to plant yourself in history.
Melodie Provenzano’s oil paintings are playful combinations of disparate elements, such as French toile and pop culture, with incredibly sensitive line work and almost photographic realism. To see the work online is one thing, but I have had the opportunity to glimpse Provenzano’s work up close and it is astonishing in its technique. There is a starkness to her composition that really sets off her subject matter.
Expeditions Without a Parachute is the next chapter in my art work. The opulent qualities of my oil paints, and surreal materials, bring dramatic ideas to life, like performers in an edge-of-your-seat show. Striking techniques and color dance and entertain the eye. These oil works offer a joyous, visual celebration from their depth and intense graphic beauty. But if you contemplate them further, there’s also an abstract-narrative that belongs to you as it unfolds in your imagination.
Stored somewhere in an old shoebox, there’s a pile of old photos that retain random slivers of our lives. For San Francisco artist Manny Fabregas, these forgotten images seem to hold something beyond his imagination. Arbitrary images that might seem worthless in a digital age are the very snapshots of people and things that he values most as an artist. Fabregas paints in traditional form of oil on canvas, but his works vary in social concept and format. The works draw from a serious (and not so serious) source of visual stimulus — a draw full of vintage photos found at flea markets and garage sales. ‘Every photograph serves as visual groundwork for an intriguing narrative’, he says. ‘It’s the mysterious journey of the vintage photograph that constitutes the focus of my paintings’. His work is showing from May 8 at San Francisco’s Hyde Street Gallery.