All posts tagged: painting

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.  1. Do you consider yourself as an emerging artist in contemporary art? Ian Rayer Smith : I hope so. As a contemporary painter, I’ve been constantly experimenting and evolving to the point where I have now established my own artistic identity that validates me …

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, …

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 …

Like a flower on the canvas with Fleur de Roeck

Introducing Fleur de Roeck, a name to remember in the belgian artistic landscape whose work captivates you at first glance. Fleur De Roeck is born in Brasschaat in Belgium. She lived in the South of France from 2005 until 2011. Then she studied graphic design at the Royal Academy of Antwerp in Belgium and graduated in 2014. Now she lives and works in Antwerp. Full of sensitivity, Fleur de Roeck’s paintings and collages embellish reality in a poetic style with a unique set of colors. Once you have entered her creative universe, you get carried away by her magic once and for all. Soon to be exhibited at Art’Up 2016 Contemporary Artfair in Lille, France, by Galerie Nord from februrary 24 to february 28. 1. Do you see yourself as an emerging figure of Contemporary Art ? Fleur de Roeck : The history of art will make this out. It’s true that I’m a very young artist although I’m working already for 20 years so in a way, yes, I’m emerging on the contemporary art scene!  Even though I like …

Colorful aesthetics with Cru Camara

Cru Camara is a Filipino photographer born in 1994 and currently studying at School of Visual Arts in New York. Her early childhood was divided between Manila and her parents’ farm in the province where she spent her time wandering through the natural landscape. She started taking photographs in high school, following the end of her decade-long studies in classical music. Cru Camara’s work gives the chance to wonder what the story behind each photograph is. Her work leaves quite a lot to the imagination as very little elements are used to create each piece. Camara has a collection of unique photographs that capture the eye’s instantly with their fresh aesthetics that look like paintings. Her style utilizes colour and delicate clarity to produce pieces that will stand the test of time. She shoots stunning minimalist visuals, especially floral series where she plays with inversed colors and colorful neon lights. She’s very attracted to the idea of directly translating things from the real world into something that’s closer to her own expression of it. Cru Cama …

Eugenio Recuenco, the painter of modern times

Eugenio Recuenco was born in Madrid in 1968 and graduated with a degree in painting from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. Pursuing photography, he began collaborating with fashion magazines such as Vogue Espana, GQ, View, Madame Figaro, Vogue UK, Vanity Fair and Kult in Spain and Paris in the context of campaigns for brands like Diesel, Wilkinson or Nina Ricci. Eugenio Recuenco produced his first advertising piece in Paris for Boucheron, and since has become one of the most highly sought after young artists in the advertising and luxury fashion industry. Eugenio Recuenco’s fresh take on high fashion is rich in cinematic drama and emotive impulse. With other-worldly narratives, his complex signature style uses elaborate handmade scenery and contains multiple references to art history and film. With a sensibility towards light and dark, concept and drama, his work is reminiscent and yet transcends the grand masters of Spanish classical painting like Goya, El Greco and Zurbarán. As a director, his elaborate, detailed and cinematic style have brought him much praise and won him many awards and …