The paintings of Brett Ferry, created using acrylics and oil on board, defy in both materials used and the components depicted. The blending of vibrant abstractions and natural forms feel like clashes of realities. The Australian artist’s works may deceive and appear as digital paintings, yet this simply part of the author’s charge.
Kikyz1313 blends graphite, watercolors, and pastels to create absorbing, yet unsettling pieces like “Effigy of Coiled Tragedies.” The points of entry to pieces by the Mexico-born artist may be gorgeous rendering and colors, yet it’s when the eye settles that it finds bleaker components. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby combines painting, drawing, collage, and photo transfers to create engrossing scenes. Much of her work has an autobiographical slant, offering insight on Crosby’s life between her native Nigeria and current home of the U.S. Within the textures of the work, you’ll find photos from old family albums and Nigerian publications.
Bahamas native Lavar Munroe‘s 2D and 3D works blend real-world, bleak experiences and mythology. His works can appear at once visceral and intimate in their execution. Through his sculptures of humans and canines, as well as his mixed-media scenes, the artist “maps a personal journey of survival and trauma in a world of gang violence, drugs, murder, self-discovery, development and overcoming obstacles through self-determination,” Jack Bell Gallery says.
Paul Cristina’s arresting works use charcoal, acrylics, and oils on paper mounted on the canvas. The Cleveland-born, self-taught artists evolved his style from the study of books, music, films, photographs, and people he’s encountered. The artist is currently based in Charleston, S.C.
Ian Francis crafts mixed-media paintings packed with ghostly abstractions and figures that appear as evaporating memories. The artist uses a combination of oil, ink, acrylics, and other materials to create each work.