Paintings of vintage items by Robert Townsend

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By Jena Ardell in New Art on Wednesday 9 May 2012

Los Angeles-based pop realist painter, Robert Townsend, is a sucker for vintage items. And he paints suckers, too. Vintage matchbooks, postcards and moments of wanderlust play reoccurring themes in his work, along with sweets like cupcakes and lollipops. Sprinkled in the mix are glimpses of his sense of humor, like his 72×48 inch oil painting of a used car salesman named Bill Connor.

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Paintings of insects using book covers as the canvas

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By Samantha Dalrymple in New Art on Friday 4 May 2012

Seeing things in nature that we generally not notice, Bristol-based artist Rose Sanderson creates paintings of insects using book covers as her canvas. Inspired by the study of insects and strange creatures, what others may find disgusting, she finds beautiful. This series of works opens up on how fragile life is through her use of mixed media that portrays decay. She intends for us to appreciate life, whether it be ours or everything wonderful nature offers.

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Kate Tucker’s portrait of Missy Higgins for the Archibald Prize

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By Jessie Tucker in New Art on Wednesday 2 May 2012

This beautiful portrait, painted by my sister, was selected as a finalist in Australia’s prestigious annual art award, The Archibald Prize. Kate Tucker also painted the cover art for Australian songwriter Missy Higgins’ third album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, with design by We Buy Your Kids.The film clip for the single, Unashamed Desire [watch below], contains a sprinkling of colour, inspired by Kate’s paintings.

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Artist A Day: new contemporary art, everyday

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By Dave Pitman in Cool Websites on Monday 30 April 2012

Artist A Day is a site dedicated to bringing exposure to artists by featuring one artist each day. The site facilitates a healthy dialog between artists and people who love art using comments, ratings and social networks. The stated mission of Artist A Day is to raise awareness of fine art globally, through establishing personal […]

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Tattoo illustrations by Sergio Mora

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By Catalina Estrada in New Art on Saturday 28 April 2012

Sergio Mora is probably one of my favorite artists ever. I just can’t get enough of looking at his adorable tattoo series. And his illustrations and paintings are absolutely captivating. I love the humor and the surrealism in his pieces. Just when I think he couldn’t get better, he comes up with a new piece that totally blows my mind.

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Amazing photo-realism paintings by Pakayla Biehn

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By Meryl Pataky in New Art on Thursday 26 April 2012

Photo-realism, anyone? I am not a painter, but I can only imagine how time consuming this type of painting is with ONE image to paint. Pakayla Biehn is what happens when someone takes it to the next level, or to the second exposure. Pakayla paints the dual imagery of nature and humanity that result in whimsical landscapes of the imagination. 

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Paid and Played art series by Ben H

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By Dubman in New Art on Wednesday 25 April 2012

London-based artist Ben H presents some genuinely current and engaging works from his Paid and Played series. Politics, social media and humanity are continuously addressed in a style that’s beautifully comic, fun and dead-pan in places.

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Erotic portraits by Canadian artist Kris Knight

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By Maria Monferrer in New Art on Tuesday 17 April 2012

Kris Knight is a Canadian painter influenced by symbolist and romantic painting. I particularly like the expression of his faces and the ethereal and shiny skins that he gives his subjects. Knight paints boys and girls that are between youth and adulthood: ambiguous portraits, full of innocence and erotism.

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New art by Egyptian-based Michael Doyle

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By Callum Gibson in New Art on Wednesday 4 April 2012

Michael is an English artist living in Egypt. He uses a variety of medians, including oil paints. His focus was his circle of friends and a study into their importance in his life. The size of his work varies greatly: from six large canvases to a small sketches on paper.

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Making records with Daojia and Scan 7

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By Keith Pettinger in Video on Tuesday 3 April 2012

Working with a cat as passionate as Daojia, and the militant underground legends, Scan 7, we knew we wanted the label to work as hard as the artists. It took a lot more paint and time than expected, but the first press is something special to us: a left-field record in unique sleeves.

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Colorful paintings and illustrations by Hyesu Lee

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By Chi Birmingham in New Art on Monday 2 April 2012

Hyesu Lee’s cheerful color palette and childlike recklessness belie the depth of feeling and true mastery of craft that distinguishes her work. From image to image, Hyesu introduces us to the flora and fauna of a world that only she can see. Along with her portfolio of paintings, Hyesu maintains a regular drawing journal called Dear Anne where she matches her drawings with observations about her life and surroundings that never fail to take the reader by surprise. Through Hyesu’s eyes we see the city of New York for the alien land that it is.

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Stencil street art by New Zealand’s Flox

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By Beck Wheeler in New Art on Friday 30 March 2012

Flox is New Zealand’s queen of the stencil. Her artworks are made up of layer upon layer of flowery, birdy goodness. Her artwork reminds me of bush walks and muddy shoes. Whenever I see one of her paintings, I want to go outside and find some greenness to get lost in.

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Drawings and paintings by Star Wallowing Bull

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By Sabrina Hornung in New Art on Friday 30 March 2012

Star Wallowing Bull is a self-taught visual artist whose work consists of drawings and paintings which combine traditional Native American symbols with pop cultural references.

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Colourful portrait art by Karlin Collette

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By Jones in New Art on Friday 30 March 2012

The drawings and paintings by LA-based artist Karlin Collette combine saccharine sweet imagery with quiet, somewhat dark symbolism. She uses bright, saturated colors to paint her heroines and enjoys incorporating detailed pencil work into her pieces. She’s inspired by old children’s books, travel and anything vintage.

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Japanese-themed paintings by Melissa Haslam

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By Maria Monferrer in New Art on Wednesday 21 March 2012

Melissa Haslam’s paintings reflects a special view of the world. Her influences include Japanese illustration and contemporary fashion photography, with an emphasis on narrative themes.

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