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The small-scale gouache paintings by Paola Ciarska offer peeks inside private homes, with pop and fine art gems scattered throughout. The artist often depicts intimate moments, with personality present across the empty rooms. (Also presents are hints at her subjects being webcam performers or other Internet activity.)

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Karol Pomykała is known for his stirring, monochromatic linocuts, creating massive and provocative meditations. Recent, the artist has combined this approach with virtual reality, allowing gallery- and museum-goers the opportunity to enter his figure-filled scapes.

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In recent work, there’s an ever-evolving horror and beauty in the paintings of Allison Sommers. Pieces created for shows at galleries across the U.S. range in size and subjects. Below, see how she’s recently depicted an unraveling canine, the human body, and other bits and organs worthy of close observation.

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There’s both an absorbing and a grotesque quality to the paintings of Mow Skwoz. Whether in acrylics or watercolors, Skwoz blends realistic skin tones with geometric abstractions and frames. Her cerebral series of “Inner Peace” works, in particular, appear as writhing and distorted characters.

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Andy Dixon‘s vibrant and decadent paintings examine the relationship between art and money. Whether it’s the personal rooms of patrons or coveted works from the Christie’s catalog, Dixon’s lush pieces look at the worth assigned to objects and expressions. (The artist shows new examples of this in an upcoming show at Joshua Liner Gallery.)

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Mozu may be just 20 years old, but the artist is already crafting awe-inspiring miniature worlds. Works like “The Stairs of the Dwarf” take four months to complete. The artist’s recreations of his bedroom, telephone poles, and “my working desk” show a knack for recreating the everyday in diorama format.