BORN 1972, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
LIVES BROOKLYN, NY
Systematic repetition and grid-like arrangements of found materials are prominent themes in Myers’s work. His exhibitions include fantastical allusions to the imagined life of the people and places portrayed in this vintage ephemera —old postcards, trading cards and lithographs, to name a few — which he then layers with unusual media along the lines of Wite-Out, tape, and color swatches. These unexpected combinations are then painstakingly arranged and presented in large and small-format grids. Myers even places some of his work inside immaculate plexiglass display cases, elegantly encasing the art within, causing the colors to seem more extravagant, the presentation more gleaming.
Timothy Paul Myers has recently been the focus of articles and interviews in the New York Times, LA Times, Interior Design and WWD Magazine, and his work is widely shown in galleries and museums in America and internationally, including the permanent collections of Richard Meiers’ One Grand Army Plaza and the entrepreneur Tory Burch.
BORN 1983, LELYSTAD, NETHERLANDS
LIVES LOS ANGELES, USA
Joram Roukes' large oil paintings are build-ups or collages of inner-city figures and characters. Blending multiple stylistic elements and references to subcultural groups or popular culture intricately in comprehensive and colorful compositions, the resulting figures try to put across a shaky view of todays western society. Their messages are easily misunderstood or misinterpreted by the viewer, leaving them with a little bit to contemplate over, putting the pieces together. Ultimately, this enables the viewer to project his or her own points of view onto the paintings, further dialoging with it and perhaps even re-establish their position in current themes in society.
Roukes' works invite with poppy colors and humor at first glance, only to be rediscovered as something adventurous, bleak and uncanny, underneath the surface. Displaying and judging upon societies flaws or imperfections too obviously seems redundant, so instead Roukes' paintings tend to confuse, leaving most of the story unfinished. Roukes enjoys working on projects with holds themes that rediscover and reinterpret earlier artists works, across mediums.
BORN 1965, CELLE, GERMANY
LIVES BERLIN GERMANY
Buechler’s pictures are simplistic at first glance; but, become increasingly complicated with the more time a viewer spends with them. Known for dividing his paintings into grids consisting of small fields of color, Buechler’s “pixilated” squares literally block out identifiable components of his subject adding mystery and intrigue. In terms of the aesthetics of the pictures’ reception: as the viewer stands in front of the picture, he is forced into something which would hardly be the case when faced with a digital image—an oscillation between the object itself and the abstracted subject shown. There is a constant struggle between what you believe you see; what you want to see; and what is actually there to be seen.
BORN 1961 DETROIT, US
LIVES BROOKLYN, NY
Karl Klingbiel, over the past four years, has produced different bodies of gestural, abstract paintings notable for their coloristic range, radiant intensity of mark making and a felt, vibratory undertow which animates their complex surface structures. Klingbiel’s use of lacunae, or voids, which are the result of a steady stream of often-minute adjustments in the adding or the taking away of paint, form the essence of his approach to picture-making. Klingbiel’s work invites repeated viewings because it is subtle in its material poesis. There is much to take in. To try to hold all of it at once can only be done with varying degrees of success. While the work can be apprehended instantaneously on one level perhaps, it takes time for it to reveal itself fully, if it ever quite does. What it does do is eventually settle into its own stillness, even as it constantly slips back out again. there is an analytical framework which surrounds each painting, and there is as a deeply sensual aspect to each work as well.
BORN 1981 MINNESOTA, U.S.
LIVES BROOKLYN, NY
On a fast moving train to a neon-streaked unknown, the global community hangs on to the teetering semblance and imprint of a world that is crumbling. The facade that shields our awareness is something worth illuminating and discussing. At once powerful and playful, the street artist Gilf! is focused on creating positive change through her work. Motivated by the idea of inspiring people who she will never meet, and breathing hope into many of these issues, her goal is to create art that provokes thoughtfulness and motivates a change of the zeitgeist. A portion of each sale is donated to a charity specific to that image, when applicable, which allows the collector to take an active approach to the world around us.
BORN NEW YORK, US
LIVES NEW YORK
One of the most influential street artists to emerge from New York, DAIN combines the visual language of graffiti with collaged old portraits of Hollywood glamour stars. Crossing genres and often working single pieces back and forth between the street and studio, DAIN combines wheatpasting, silkscreening, spray paint, collage, and acrylic. His process begins with a black-and-white photo that he layers with old advertisements, printed fragments, logos, and miscellaneous smaller images. He then begins adding paint; his unmistakable trademark is the “circle and drip” around the eye of his subjects. DAIN views his work as a confrontation between the destructive gestures of graffiti and the femininity of his Hollywood subjects.
BORN 1974 NEW YORK, U.S.
LIVES PHILADELPHIA, PA
Amze Emmons is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. His images evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, and instruction manuals.
Emmons received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. He has held solo exhibitions in, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, among other locations. His work has been included in group exhibitions in innovative commercial galleries, artist-run spaces, and non-profit institutions. Emmons has received numerous awards including a Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation; an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council; and a Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. His work has received critical attention in The Huffington Post, Itsnicethat.com, Coolhunting.com, New American Paintings, as well as many other print publications. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.
BORN 1977, SAN ANTONIO TEXAS
LIVES SAN ANTONIO TEXAS
Valdez grew up in San Antonio and demonstrated talent for drawing at an early age. As a young muralist, he began exploring imagery that pertained to social/political statements. Vincent received a full scholarship to The Rhode Island School of Design where he earned his BFA in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Stations, Valdez’s suite of monumental charcoal drawings, was shown at the McNay Museum in Texas. He was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay. Exhibition venues include: The Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, The Snite Musuem of Art, The Frye Museum, The Mexican Museum of National Art ,Chicago, The Parsons Museum in Paris, The El Paso Museum of Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, The Laguna Art Museum and others.
BORN 1981 COLORADO, U.S.
LIVES COLORADO, U.S.
An American painter and Stencilist, Amanda Marie has been living and painting in Colorado since 2001. She attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) and has exhibited extensively in the US and Europe.
Her use of nostalgic storybook like imagery is an invitation for viewing allegorical and highly painterly compositions . Signature in her very graphic work is the use of children and young adults as imagery tools to deliver clever often subtle messages that can straddle a line between comforting and spooky. Other signature and recognizable traits in her work are the common use of ‘twin imagery’ and the consistent use of vintage sewing patterns as backgrounds to inform the compositions of her paintings.
BORN 1978 KIEV, UKRAINE
LIVES BROOKLYN, NY
As a Ukrainian living in the United States, it is the second time Gavrysh is a citizen of a country that is fighting a war in Afghanistan, with no end in sight. His response to these "Kafkaesque" wars is channeled into a series' of high contrast, black and white photographs taken while revisiting the remnants of the Soviet bases and battlefields in Afghanistan, now used by the US military.
In his work, Gavrysh creates a dark fairytale filled with his own fears and dreams, based on his fascination with the army's strength and order, and set on the front lines of America's longest running was in history.
BORN 19781 OREGON, U.S.
LIVES AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
X-O is the moniker of Hyland Mather, a street artist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His artwork is made of found, recycled objects, which he gathers while roaming streets of various countries, visiting urban areas and industrial scrap and waste fields. He prefers to call his pieces Lost Objects, while they truly resemble a lost wonderland of detail, an illustration of an imaginary world, or rather a portal into a different, dynamic and happy dimension. After collecting the ideal source materials for a piece, X-O then transforms them into striking, geometric assemblages.
BORN 1981, FLORIDA, US
LIVES BROOKLYN, NY
By interspersing the nudes among decomposing flower images, Billy Kidd explores themes of feminine beauty, desire and its transience. Kidd’s female bodies are soft and lithe, anonymous torsos arranged in reclining and often passionate or subtly erotic poses. Imbued with an undercurrent of sexual desire as the nudes arch and undulate within their frame, some remain pictorially classical, recalling Greek and Roman sculpture, while others appear to be in the throes of rapture. The bend and sway of the flowers mimics and intensifies the rhythm of the interspersed torsos, the flower an obvious allusion to the female body. But instead of the more languid, youthful beauty of the nudes, the decomposing flowers are like exquisite but fragile older women, their age giving them added texture and power.
BORN 1964, BEVERWIJK, NETHERLANDS
In her studio the lines and curves that the body memorized, she now traces around the volumes of steel, aluminum and color. The contours of the sculptures are as sharp as the footpaths and high walks she laid back. Each contour defining an object should have the significance of standing on firm feet between sky-, rock- and seascapes.
From the landscapes Cecilia loves, she also brings in the combination of the weight of matter and the transparency of atmosphere: matter as in the sheer weight of her sculptures, atmosphere as in their shining color. Every proportion, every curve in her work is carefully considered and reconsidered, as repeated hikes through a specific landscape shed new light on it every time. It's the nature of the natural landscape that it never repeats itself. This unfolding is what each of her work asks us to observe, because there's nothing static about them. Even a square is not a square.
BORN 1964 GENEVA SWITERLAND
LIVES GENEVA SWITZERLAND
A celebrated contemporary photographer, Jean-Paul Cattin creates images that exist between documentary and staged photography, like fictionalized documentary. His constructed narratives are very controlled, although at first glance they might be perceived as spontaneous tableaux. Cattin’s work borrows from the strategies of fashion, commercial, and advertising photography, and his pictures are technically admirable. Using a digital camera with a very high resolution (sixty millions pixels) Cattin is able to produce extremely detailed large scale prints that force the viewer into moments of the artist’s story.
BORN 1951 NORTH DAKOTA, US
LIVES FLORIDA, US
Steven Katzman is a self-taught photographer who has combined, over the years his long-time interest in political science with his photographic journey. Although he does not work from anyone’s theories on the appropriate direction for contemporary art, most of his photographs exemplify the post modernist notion that to be relevant to the final quarter of the 20th century, art needs to be political in nature. Katzman is, however, an artist, not a propagandist. Consequently, his images are not overtly political: the viewer must take time to think about each photograph to arrive at its ultimate message.
Like his forerunners, Jacob Riis, Lewis Hines, and Dorthea Lange, Katzman presents beautifully crafted, matter-of-fact images of his subjects, but his work goes beyond the parameters of photo-journalism. His photographs can be particularly disturbing, sometimes shocking. But Katzman’s goal is never to merely shock, rather, he wants the viewer to think about the image and answer these specific questions in his or her mind: Who is the person in the photograph? What is (or was, in the case of the death images) their life like? How do you feel about the issues being raised?
BORN 1972, MAIN, US
LIVES MAIN, US
At first glance, Kate Beck’s (b.1956, United States) work appears to be severe and geometrical, the surfaces dominated by horizontal and vertical straight lines drawn in a controlled fashion. Viewed from a distance, these works appear to be collections of straight lines that have been drawn in a fixed pattern, but every line has been put onto paper or aluminum by hand, so that any slight differences are only visible on closer inspection: differences in the lines’ thickness and intensity caused by varying pressure of the hand, and differences in their tone and separation. The lines are not hard, but in fact soft, imperfect and sometimes jagged and unsteady. This makes every one of her works lively and fascinating, the structure of light and dark lines on a dark surface allowing the eye to constantly discover new subtleties.
“ My paintings and drawings are created intuitively as a result of applying material to a predetermined space: graphite on paper or paint on aluminum... “. The results are calm and well-considered, subtly collections of soft and muted tones that develop through the repetition of lines, which, within the rigid limits of the surface to be adorned, symbolize the essence of life. These drawings and paintings, which are created in greys and white as well as dark grey and black, express life and the passage of time, and, in the lines and the gaps between them, maintain the illusion of space.
BORN 1979, CALIFORNIA, US
LIVES BROOKLYN, NY
Jeremy Harris started his illustrious career over a decade and a half ago in the city with which he left his heart, San Francisco. The thriving rock “n” roll scene was where he found his first subjects. Shooting band portraits and live shows on the cheap or for beer, a small portfolio was built up and eventually Harris’s images caught the attention of the world’s most famous music magazines. His interest in mid-century architecture led him to photographing the urban decay of abandoned buildings throughout the country. Harris’s beautifully lit and expertly composed images are award winning and have been widely shown in galleries throughout the United States.
Harris was recently featured in the publication TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: Essential Tips & Tricks For Shooting Amazing Photos, published by Popular Photography magazine. His clients include: Karrang!, Clear Channel, Bicycling, The Gruber Foundation, Spin, Rolling Stone, Sunset, CA Home & Design, RGB Marketing, Ignite Game Technologies, Revolver, Surface Design, and more.