1. Ashley Garrett’s work explores the uncanny qualities in common household objects. Growing up in a small rural town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a slate mining town with its now silenced quarry holes and obsolete tools, her work is infused with a sense of still contemplation and memory. These paintings and drawings reflect that stillness and weight and objects take on a totemic-like power when pressured through Garrett’s imagination.

    Garrett comments in an interview with Phillip J. Mellen (Ahtcast): "What’s important in my work is having a sense of being grounded in the world, taking in the outside world… paying attention to light, sound, smell, touch, feeling, all the tactile stuff - [to be] bristling with attention." She continues, noting that this attention "is a huge resource of information.. always overflowing with content. I find that whenever I go that direction in terms of making art …even if it changes really dramatically from the source material… that it’s the most relatable and usually it has the most force."

  2. Born in Nagpur, India, in 1924, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde was an artist of singular stature, known to fellow artists and intellectuals, as well as to later generations of students and collectors, as a recluse, a genius, and a man of uncompromising artistic integrity of spirit and purpose.  

    Gaitonde’s work is considered non-representational and experimental and he is often referred to as India’s foremost abstractionist. However, prior to his death in 2001, the artist was quick to dismiss the term “abstract art” and preferred “non objective” to describe his subliminal imagery.

  3. Stephen Wrightan American abstract painter based in Kentucky, is deeply moved by color. He doesn’t have a website or blog, but allows his work to speak for itself. Paintings for Corporations is an extensive ongoing series of paintings, following the same format, but with numerous subtle progressions of color, line, mood, and texture.

  4. In today’s highly digitized society, few champion techniques that belong to historical art movements. Mexican artist Ricardo Fernandez Ortega‘s way of adding and subtracting light and carefully controlling rich dark, luscious tones resembles great 17th-century Spanish masters. His intuitive ways of using lights and darks, takes us to a mysterious, sometimes surreal space, where women exist in empty terrains while participating in strange, but fantastical dream-like activities.

  5. Michael Carson

    "Unconsciously, I end up painting a very similar looking character, as you can see, in many of my paintings. It may be my ideal figure. I don’t know.”

    As for the impeccably stylish clothes in which his subjects are outfitted, they are largely his own creations. “I love fashion,” Carson says. “I wish I could design clothes, but never really saw that as a possibility for whatever reason. Even though I am using references, I always end up changing the outfit to suit me and my needs for the painting. So I guess I do design clothing in a manner.”

    Carson has quite a poetic sensibility regarding the use of these patterns, and how they bring his work to life. “The interesting thing to me isn’t necessarily the pattern itself,” he says, “but how it’s applied over the painting, and how the flat pattern can float over a dress that has folds and creases and volume. I just love the push and pull effect that has on the work. It becomes very graphic and designed. And painterly. And it’s this combination that keeps me excited to continue every day in the studio.”

  6. Vietnamese artist Minh Dam has been living in Poland since 1991, and currently works as an architect and drawing teacher at Studio Lineare.

  7. Peter Krauskopf - Stunning multi-textural paintings showing the physicality of colour.

  8. Based in Barcelona, Spanish artist Guim Tió Zarraluki experiments with the communicative power of the eyes. His figures stare blankly into space with their doll-like, button-shaped pupils, confusing the viewer’s emotional compass. These figures are like automata from a 19th-century sci-fi novel, playing with the boundary between the human and the artificial. Tió dabbles in photography as well as mixed-media painting with ink and wax, achieving a similarly alienating effect in various media.

  9. A couple of pieces by Borondo for L’Avenir

    L’Avenir features a group of like-minded artists that flourish under the banner of Graffuturism, a term coined by artist and arts commentator Poesia, who edits and publishes an online blog under the same name, Graffuturism.com.

  10. In a media-riddled world where images rapidly circulate, moving from momentary commodity (“gone viral”) to forgotten waste, Sangram Majumdar is interested in “what stays.”

    As he told John Seed in a Huffington Post interview, he is an observational painter rooted in the concrete:

    Often the reason I start with something physical and actual is because it gives me something to fight against. There’s immediacy to the experience that gets actualized through paint. But I also work from photos, memory and maquettes.

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