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Ian Rayer Smith, painting that makes visible the invisible

Since graduating in 2013, british contemporary artist Ian Rayer Smith has been prolific in his creating and is establishing himself as a highly accomplished and award winning artist, who explores and pushes the boundaries of contemporary painting with his own unique expressive style. His work is highly charged with emotion, vibrant and energetic. Strongly influenced by the work of the abstract expressionists and the romantic light of the old masters, Rayer-Smith’s large oil and acrylic paintings effortlessly fuse abstraction, the figurative and the surreal. Ian Rayer Smith paints full time from studios in Manchester and in rural North Shropshire, England. Voted one of Manchester’s Top 10 Artists by Manchester Confidential and Winner of the 2014 Warrington Contemporary Prize, Ian Rayer-Smith has been hailed as one of the North’s artists to watch. By the way, Ian Rayer-Smith is having a solo exhibition of new paintings alongside some of his sculptures at London’s Zari Gallery from 20 to 29 April 2017. 1. Do you consider yourself as an emerging artist in contemporary art? Ian Rayer Smith : …

Painting is silent poetry with Betsy Eby

In her paintings, Betsy Eby fuses the line between the musical and the visual composition. A classically trained pianist, she seeks in her work what Rothko described as “the place where music lives.” The layers and gestures of her paintings evoke musical spaces and rhythms while drawing on patterns found in nature. From her early childhood, musical and natural rhythms blended in Eby’s sensibility. She spent her first years of life in a small town on the Oregon coast, practicing at the family piano by the age of five. Today her work reveals that interconnected sensitivity: her delicate, organic compositions become synesthesias of sound and image. Painting with Fire features the artist’s recent paintings that utilize the technique of encaustic, which means “to burn.” The process is an ancient one by which layers of pigments, sap, and wax are fused together by the flame of a torch. Eby has slowly refined the technique to her own language, composing dynamic surfaces and deep, luminous spaces. Her abstract paintings incorporate a soothing palette and subtly reference wildflowers, …

Jonah Bokaer, at the heart of body language

Bokaer was born to Tunisian and American parents, and has been active as a choreographer since 2002. He has created over 55 works in a wide range of mediums, such as film, opera, applications, and installation, in a variety of venues, ranging from stages, to museums and galleries. He works internationally, exhibiting and touring worldwide. In 2015 he is recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for Choreography, United States Artists Fellowship in dance.  Bokaer has created 57 works using different mediums such as video, dance, installations and app. His work was presented in within museum spaces that live between choreography, visual art, and moving images. Recent production have been presented at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, at the Festival d’Avignon, at the Theatre de la Cité Internationale “New Settings” in Paris (Thanks to the support of the Fondation Hermès at the BAM – Brooklyn Academy of Music during the Next Wave Festival at the occasion of the inauguration of the BAM Fisher, at the Festival di Spoleto in Italie and have toured in Germany, Belgium, …

Art in technicolor with Yashasvi Mathis

Contemporary Indian visual artist Yashasvi Mathis is a self-taught artist whose unconventional art work flits between simple sketches, painting and digital media. Yashasvi Mathis is an illustrator and print designer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Knitwear Design from NIFT in Mumbai. She is currently exploring set design and working on her fashion illustration skills. Across her work there is a deep tension in the slightly contorted figures she depicts : her colorful work navigates between reality and fiction. Depending on the elasticity of our imagination, the layers in her work can take us far away. Yashasvi Mathis’ personal artworks are often led by a female protagonist and an audacious use of colors. They are usually about the universe of her mind.  Yashasvi Mathis produces a lot of fashion illustrations and also collaborates with various indie musicians. Her work has been published in New York based Unemployed Magazine, Elle India and 100% Sketchbook, among others. 1. Do you consider yourself as a figure of Contemporary Art ? Yashasvi Mathis : No, I don’t. 2. How would …

Ryan McGinley, Bearer of Light

Ryan McGinley is an american photographer living in New York who depicts the pleasure-seeking ways of the contemporary youth culture. Although the photos have a background of violence and drugs, they have a lightness, a freedom and a velocity in the movements of the subjects. Since his childhood he was interested in the marginal elements of society and used to hang out with musicians, artists and skateboarders. In 1995 he joined the Parsons School of Design in New York to study graphic design. The fine art community took notice of his work when he printed a book entitled “The Kids Are Alright” in 1999. His large-format color photographs soon graced the walls of the Whitney Museum of American Art where he was the youngest person to be given a solo exhibition. Then he started doing ad projects and assignments for Vice magazine, New York Times, US Olympic Sports Team and Levi’s. In 2007 he received the title of the “Young Photographer of the Year” at the International Center of Photography Infinity Awards. Sea inside heart, Ryan …

Pop art at the crossroads between worlds with Ketna Patel

Born in 1968, Ketna Patel  is a British-Indian contemporary pop artist based in Singapore. She has lived in three different continents: Africa; Asia; and Europe. She is of Indian descent but is born in East Africa and holds a British citizenship. After graduating from The Architectural Association in London with a degree in architecture, Ketna Patel moved to Singapore to begin her career as an architect. Afterwards, a disillusionment with the corporate world led her on a journey of metaphysical exploration, when she started questioning her existence, her place in the world, and society in general. Having given up a corporate career, Ketna Patel then embarked on a career as an artist. The art of Ketna Patel reflects much of her own personal journey as an outsider and global citizen, observing, discovering and embracing one’s cultural identity and the desire to belong to a community. Reflections of socio-political and cultural identity exploration in everyday life of today and yesterday are common themes portrayed through her art. Her mission is simply to communicate the story of the lesser-known individual …

Les voyages mirifiques de Julien Pacaud

Artiste & illustrateur français, Julien Pacaud maîtrise l’art du graphisme et du collage digital pour créer des illustrations originales et surréalistes. Né en 1972, Julien Pacaud fait ses gammes à l’école de cinéma Louis Lumière de 1993 à 1996. Il y rencontre Jean-Christophe Sanchez avec qui il crée l’institut Drahomira, où il s’exprime dans les domaines de la musique, du cinéma et des arts graphiques. C’est en 2002 que Julien Pacaud se lance dans “le collage digital” après avoir découvert les possibilités infinies offertes par le numérique pour manipuler les images. Enfant, Julien Pacaud a été bercé par le graphisme décalé des pochettes d’albums de Storm Thorgerson pour les Pink Floyd, l’atmosphère novatrice et surréaliste des films de David Lynch ainsi que l’univers énigmatique de la série « La Quatrième Dimension ». Avant d’être illustrateur, Julien Pacaud se dit astrophysicien, joueur de billard professionnel, ou hypnotiseur. Fortement attiré par l’univers du cinéma et des années 1900 & 1970, ses collages géométriques s’inspirent également de l’œuvre de Magritte dont il est un fervent admirateur. Julien Pacaud produit de nombreuses illustrations …