Daniel Bilmes plays with texture in his oil paintings, with small and meticulous strokes crafting absorbing portraits. Often limiting his colors, Bilmes is able to extract a vibrancy out of his intricate linework and abstractions. His portraits seem to be a continuation of oil traditions while mixing in new applications.
The sculptures created by Romanian sculptor Bogdan Rata are disturbing in how they alter and mutate a seemingly realistic human body. Sometimes, he blends body parts into singular, strange creations. In other projects, he flattens the entire body and bends it to his will.
Alpay Efe’s moody oil paintings offer vulnerable figures, both obscured by abstract elements and their own postures. The artist is self-described as a figurative painter “influenced by contemporary zeitgeist and pop culture.”
Simply, London-based artist Polly Nor creates women and demons. Yet, there’s much more hidden inside the illustrations, sculptures, and other works. “Her recent body of work features a range of hand drawn, digital illustrations and sculpture work,” a statement says. “Interweaving themes of identity, female sexuality and emotional turmoil throughout her work, Nor is inspired by her own female experience of life in the internet-age. Her Illustrations often tell stories of anxiety, self doubt, and the struggle for self-love.”
The oil paintings Kent Williams are often blends of bold figures and vibrant abstractions, moving between exhibiting the strength, frailty, and elegance of the human form. In his newer works, the subjects are increasingly obscured. Yet, they’re intimacy is amplified, as rendered by Williams. The painter was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
Ian Cumberland’s surreal, solitary scenes have evolved and progressed into even stranger territory, with his figures disappearing into reflective holes and taking part in bleak internalization. The Irish painter uses oils primarily, but in recent works, integrates materials like carpeting and mirrors. Cumberland was last featured on HiFructose.com here.