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Emerging Talent: Meet Artist Loribelle Spirovski.

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Loribelle Spirovski, Uzumaki 3, oil on panel, 2017

As someone with a love of fine art and a modicum of art history knowledge, you can imagine my glee when coming across artist Loribelle Spirovski, a young new talent whose work reminded me of three of my favorite painters: Egon Schiele, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. After seeking out more of her work, I had to sit down and immediately write a post. (more…)

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GIRLS Actress Jemima Kirke Paints Women in Wedding Gowns

Jemima Kirke Bride Paintings
Self-portrait as a Bride #1, 2015, Oil on canvas, 22 x 18 inches

Three years ago this month, I introduced you to the paintings of actress Jemima Kirke who played Jessa on the HBO series GIRLS. The award-winning written cable series may have ended, but Jemima continues with her first love, painting, in her Red Hook, Brooklyn art studio. Now take a look at Jemima Kirke Bride Paintings. (more…)

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The Obama Presidential Portraits By Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald

Former US President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, like those before them, have had their portraits formally painted to hang at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The two refreshingly contemporary depictions of the Obamas were unveiled this morning. (more…)

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Alex Blas: From Barbie Couture To Figurative Painting

Alex Blas: From Barbie Couture To Figurative Painting
Day off #2, 2006, oil on canvas, 24" x 36"

Paintings by Alex Blas

I just recently learned of fashion designer Alex Blas’ paintings. I had no idea he was a figurative painter in addition to designing high-end fashions for both people and Barbie dolls or almost a decade now. But he is. And one whose work you ought to see. (more…)

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Oleg Shuplyak’s Astonishing Hidden Figures Paintings (45 photos)

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Oleg in his studio with his Van Gogh Double Portrait painting

An architect by day and a master of illusion in his off time, Ukranian Oleg Shuplyak, aka MrOlik, uses his technical skills as a trained architect to paint surreal optical illusions that contain portraits of other artists, authors and historical figures. (more…)

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