by Nick PizanaPosted on

The surreal paintings of Mircea Suciu offer a glimpse of dreamy, and perhaps slightly nightmarish worlds inhabited by shady men in suits and antiquated technology. Suciu paints images of early to mid-20th century life with a dark and mysterious twist, alluding to the unsavory aspects of the era like nuclear technology and mob culture. Using mainly monochromatic coloring, Suciu is able to convey a sense of foreboding to the viewer, as well as adding a noir-like feel the smooth and atmospheric scenes. In his latest work, the Romanian artist has been experimenting with painting over monotypes, adding an abstract dimension to his typically photorealistic approach.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

London’s StolenSpace Gallery encourages artists to indulge their vices for the “Saints & Sinners” group show, opening July 11. Featuring a wide array of international creators — from buzz-worthy names in street art to emerging oil painters — the show is an irreverent display of extravagance and excess. Broken Fingaz, a street art crew from Israel, for instance, has been making waves with their comic book-inspired murals that put morbid twists on explicit displays of sexuality. Their piece in the show superimposes an image of a supine, nude woman with that of a lively-looking skeleton in a frenetic collage that is a veritable sensory overload. Sylvia Ji’s painting falls more on the “Saints” side of the show’s spectrum, with a pious-looking woman in Dia de los Muertos-style make-up bowed in front of a stained-glass window. Other artists in “Saints & Sinners” include Beau Stanton, Word to Mother, Pixel Pancho, Cyrcle, Hueman and more. Check out our sneak peek after the jump.

by Ysabelle CheungPosted on

Rifle through French artist Julie Sarloutte’s art supplies and you might find not tubes of oil paint, but dozens of thread bundles. At first glance, her works appear to be paint on canvas, the unmistakable palette knife angling and impasto streaks making up portraits and muted scenes of political violence. But looking closer, you might see the pop of thread coming through, as all pieces are meticulously hand-embroidered by Sarloutte, who also dabbles in mosaic and yes, paint.

by CaroPosted on

Stephanie Inagaki truly is a reflection of her art, and her art imitates the eclectic life around her. She is a Japanese artist living and working in Los Angeles, who we’ve previously featured here, and a well traveled individual with influences borrowed from various world cultures. Her charming studio is like a temple filled with these souvenirs, photographs of friends, her favorite art books, even her furniture has a deeply personal history. All of it provides the inspiration for her revealing and abstract charcoal self portraits. We caught up with her to learn more about why she exposes herself this way.

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Dutch artist duo Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann join forces as Telmo Miel, the moniker under which they’ve painted large-scale, surreal murals all over Europe. While well-versed in traditional figure painting, the artists distort and overlap their realistic renderings to create something dreamlike and surreal. They layer iterations of the same subject over one another in a way that evokes double-exposure photography. Telmo Miel’s work, whether it contains something as morbid as an animal skull or pleasant as a beautiful human face, retains a quality of softness. The images drape over one another like sheer, silky fabrics, enveloping buildings in their dreamy haze.