François Morellet

François Morellet was a French Conceptual sculptor, painter, and light artist, known for his geometric abstract art. Morellet’s earliest work were figurative paintings, but he quickly turned to abstraction, painting a series of lines that crisscrossed to form geometric shapes. He began to work in sculpture using neon tubes and continued to experiment with Minimalism and geometry in art.  In 1963, along with artists Julio Le Parc and Francisco Sobrino, co-founded the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel to research new modes of artistic expression.

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Ian Hamilton Finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay was a Scottish artist and writer. Trained at Glasgow School of Art, following the war, he spent a period working as a shepherd and started to write poems. With time, he began to compose poetry and inscribe them into stone; the resulting sculptures are often incorporated into the natural environment. Many of them are situated within Little Sparta, his master-work, a five-acre garden he developed with his wife, near the Pentland Hills outside of Edinburgh. Gardening and art happily cohabit here, and the expanse of land is full of his sculptural work. In 2004, Little Sparta was voted most important Scottish work of art, by a panel of artists and arts professionals, ahead of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art and Henry Raeburn’s The Skating Minister.

Finlay was prolific, endlessly creative and collaborative. Printmaking was a large part of his artistic practice, often made in collaboration with other artists, writers and technicians and involving both text and visual elements. Finlay was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1985.

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Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy creates outdoor sculpture using an endless array of natural materials, from snow and ice to leaves, grass, stones, clay, petals, and twigs. While influenced by the Land Art of Robert Smithson, Richard Long, and Walter de Maria, Goldsworthy’s ephemeral yet exquisitely crafted works have a geometric elegance that harkens back to the Modernist sculptures of Constantin Brancusi, whom he has also cited as an inspiration. Whether arabesques of ice, beehive stone domes, or delicate leaf patterns on water, his sculptures grow, stray, and decay according to natural cycles, their existence preserved only through vivid photographs and drawings.

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Bernard Cohen

Bernard Cohen is mainly known as an abstract painter. Born in London, Cohen studied at South West Essex Technical College, and, later, at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art in London. Beginning in the early 1960s, he produced paintings that combined several different stylistic influences, primarily Abstract Expressionism. In the mid-1970s Cohen’s works became more colorful and precise in detail, featuring densely layered patterns and motifs.

Today, his works can be found in institutions such as the Tate Gallery in London and the Walker Arts Center in Minnesota.

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Luke Diiorio

Luke Diiorio graduated from Lehigh University in 2006 with a degree in philosophy and has been painting recreationally for 15 years. It wasn’t until 2013, however, that he emerged from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA and adopted his own contemporary form of minimalism.

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Philip Sutton

Philip Sutton was born in Poole, Dorset, in 1928 but grew up in Leyton, east London. After leaving school at the age of 14, he worked in a drawing office before carrying out three years’ National Service, during which he was involved in the Berlin Airlift.

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Alan Davie

Alan Davie is one of Britain’s most internationally acclaimed artists and is arguably Scotland’s most important artist of the twentieth century. He was the first British painter – and perhaps the first of all European artists – to realise the vitality and significance of American Abstract Expressionism.

Throughout his life Alan Davie obsessively drew and painted, producing paintings of startling originality, vitality and daring. Combining imagery derived from different world cultures with a love of music and language, Alan Davie’s paintings are a complex yet joyous celebration of creativity that combine the expressive freedom of abstraction with a wealth of signs, symbols and words.

Having seen the Jackson Pollock paintings from Peggy Guggenheim’s collection in Venice in 1948, Alan Davie was inspired to begin painting on a much larger scale, in an improvisatory way, with a vigorous, aggressive handling of paint. Alan Davie added to a concentration of colour – already a remarkable feature in Jackson Pollock’s work before 1945 – the possibility of recognizing shapes, suggestions of movement and primitive, magical rituals.

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Kika Karadi

Kika Karadi was born in 1975 in Budapest, Hungary and moved to the United States at age 11. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and graduated with a B.F.A. in 1997.

Karadi had her first European solo show in Naples, Italy, in 2006. In 2017, she was an artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. She has held solo exhibitions at the Jonathan Viner Gallery in London and The Journal Gallery in New York City.

Karadi is noted for her large-scale paintings made in response to the aesthetics of the film noir genre. Her paintings were described as “black stenciled signage on a white background”, in which she “reintroduces hints of representation – atmospheric cinematic scenes, figurative forms and symbols which welcome the impurities of cultural collision.” She approaches painting with a monographic technique. Her body of work using this process refers to the abandoned Oak Park Mall in Austin, Minnesota where she maintained her studio since early 2014.

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Christina Burch

Christina Burch’s paintings are inspired by a variety of art and cultural contexts, including her extensive travels in Italy, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine education at the Swedish Institute in New York, Japanese and Tantric painting, and passion for Contemporary Art. Characterized by vivid color, stylized ornament, clean surfaces, lyrical imagery, and a poetic, sensuous and magical quality, Burch has gained an important global clientele for her commissioned work. The Eastern view of energy and embodiment has been very influential in her recent works which contemplate the sensual, poetic dimension of figuration in painting.

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Dylan Lynch

A member of the Brooklyn-based organization The Still House Group, Dylan Lynch constructs sculptures from everyday found objects. Mostly store-bought, Lynch’s materials are selected intuitively, for what he describes as their immediate attraction; they range from ceiling tiles and cinderblocks to shopping carts and sports equipment. He reveals his hand in the impossibly delicate and precarious constructions of his pieces—like a baseball balancing in the crux of a crowbar, a folding chair balanced on just two of its feet, or a leaning tower of drop ceiling tiles appearing constantly of the verge of toppling over.

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Leif Ritchey

Leif Ritchey is an American contemporary artist whose works combine art, music, and fashion. He is a colorist and often creates his work with an impasto application of white paint for both texture and dimension. He is known for his use of pale, pastel colors, manipulated pours and textures. He is the co-founder of Leif and Tooya Clothing as well as a member of the experimental surf band, Shades.

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Matt Sheridan Smith

Should categorization be a desirable goal, then Matt Sheridan Smith is about as difficult to file as the work is astringently intelligent: the press texts for his exhibitions tend to read like obscure treatises on gardening, history or viticulture. Perhaps occupying a post-Duchampian world of conceptual practice, and a proven, published master of the nearly lost art of interactive fiction (IF), where there textual input and the decisions of a reader determine the flow and/or outcome of a narrative, Sheridan Smith’s art is redolent with visual and literary puns, dark and clever twists and turns. In the broad scheme, his works articulates concerns of loss, language and identity, and attempts to preempt the necessity, or undermine the purpose of memory.

Characteristically his solo project for Frieze, Frame (New York, 2012) was centred on the phenomena of ‘cryptomnesia’ – forgetting to remember that you forgot something). His diverse media practice consists of pre-fabricated art kits, paper paintings, ‘expiration’ portraits, silver-plated breads, cups with saucers (fluids/viscosities), bananas, inflated backpacks, a transportable plywood stoop, proximity word poems printed on walls, scratch-off ink drawings, and outcrops of poisonous plants…

Sheridan Smith’s recent exhibitions include a second solo exhibition with mother’s tankstation limited Pilot Fig.3 Ep.1(2016), the third in a series of international exhibitions that deal solely, specifically, with the non-objective portraiture of four characters; three historic, “pilot”, “cyclist”, “widow”, and one living “unknown young actress”. In 2012, his work was presented by mother’s tankstation limited at Frieze, Frame, New York. Other recent solo presentations include Untitled (open/shut) at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Flotsam/Jetsam, Western Bridge, Seattle; and a two-person show in the Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Sheridan Smith has received grants and commissions from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Public Art Fund, New York. He has undertaken residencies in Paris (administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, March-August, 2010), Geneva (Forde, 2011) and Milan (Kaufmann Repetto, 2011).

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Jonas Lund

Jonas Lund (born 1984, Linköping, Sweden) creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that incorporate data from his studies of art world trends and behavior. He earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He had a solo exhibition at Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013); and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including at Eyebeam, New York; New Museum, New York, Xpo Gallery, Paris; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and De Hallen, Haarlem. His work has been written about on Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield and Wired.

For Flip City, Lund created forty digital paintings. Each work has elements sampled from paintings by other emerging artists, yet Lund’s works are so thoroughly remixed that only a very astute observer might see familiar passages. Lund will install a GPS tracking device on the stretcher bar of each painting so that he can track its movements and approximate whereabouts. He will also maintain a website with this information in the years to come. You can visit this website at http://flip-city.net

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Travess Smalley

To describe Travess Smalley’s work, one could employ a number of terms—painting, photography, sculpture, collage, digital, physical, virtual—without fully capturing what the artist achieves. In his own words, his practice aims at creating an experience “where the viewer’s visual vocabulary just draws a blank and they can no longer distinguish the digital from the real.” For his “Vector Weaves” series, Smalley employs a hybrid digital/analog method that he has called creating “Feedback Loops.” First printing vector-based patterns onto paper with different degrees of transparency, the artist then layers the prints and scans them into one image. The resulting abstract, colorful collages are enlarged and printed on vinyl, then stretched over aluminum frames. By using Photoshop as an extension of his material artmaking, Smalley is able to archive the different processes that he applies to individual images, enabling them to be used again and creating a rich platform for quotation and alteration of his past works.

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Mike Perry

Mike Perry’s photographs examine the interactions of landscapes, nature and industrial society. Over the last 20 years his practice has focused on Britain’s National Parks and increasingly the immediate surroundings of Pembrokeshire where he lives and works, questioning the romantic mythology of national parks as areas of wilderness and natural beauty.

He uses large format photography in order to simultaneously capture the painterly tones and aesthetic qualities of the landscape’s surface as well as detailing the impacts of humanity’s exploitation of nature for commercial gains. Series of smaller photographs show objects found in the landscape at 1:1 scale, capturing the effect of natural processes on the surfaces of industrially produced materials. Discussing the tension between the seductive surfaces and worrying content of his work, he commented that ‘as well as highlighting the overconsumption and pollution they show nature’s ability to shape our world whether we humans are here or not’

Perry’s work has been exhibited at National Museum Wales (2012), The Royal Academy of Arts (2014), the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and Foundling Museum (2016). In 2017 he was included in the British Arts Council Collection exhibition British Landscape and The Imagination at Towner Art Gallery. His solo exhibition Land/Sea received Arts Council Wales touring funds and travelled between Plymouth Arts Centre, Ffotogallery, Mostyn and Aberystwyth Arts Centre during 2017-18, and will open at Thelma Hubert Gallery and Exeter University in 2020. He represented Wales at the 2018 Interceltique Arts Festival in Lorient, France and in 2020/21 he has a solo exhibition at National Museum Wales’s Oriel y Parc. Perry was awarded a Creative Wales Award in 2015.

Mike Perry was born in Birmingham in 1960. He has a post graduate degree in economics and is involved in a number of environmental projects. He has worked with Greenpeace, was a founding director of the green energy firm solarcentury, and presented to the Treasury on culture and climate change with economist Nicholas Stern and artist Antony Gormley.  He was invited to the first Tipping Point symposium on climate change between leading scientists and artists at Oxford University and is currently in the process of rewilding a small holding in West Wales.

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was an American artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).

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Francis Cape

Francis Cape has presented his work internationally in solo shows and group exhibitions. For his project “The Other End of the Line”, at the High Line, New York (2010), Cape sited a vintage 1972 mobile home under the High Line on Gansevoort Plaza in which he invited Ian Berry, curator of the Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, to house a group exhibition. A graduate with an MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London (1991), Cape is the recipient of a 2001 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and a Pollock Krasner Grant (2010), among others.

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Michaela Zimmer

Michaela Zimmer is a Postwar & Contemporary artist who was born in 1964. Their work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Fold Gallery.

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Harold Cohen

Harold Cohen was a British-born artist who was noted as the creator of AARON, a computer program designed to produce art autonomously. His work in the intersection of computer artificial intelligence and art attracted a great deal of attention, leading to exhibitions at many museums, including the Tate Gallery in London, and acquisitions by many others.

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Louis Eisner

Louis Eisner’s paintings vary in imagery and subject—and sometimes lack a subject entirely. In one of his best-known series, “Void Paintings” (2011), Eisner painted large-scale ambient backgrounds with their sitters missing—creating portraits of, essentially, nothing. Eisner’s other works are more graphic and feature recognizable images, like popular cartoon characters or vividly colored children’s slides. Leviathan (2013), one of Eisner’s rare sculptural works, features cut outs from MAD Magazine strung from a mobile, ultimately meant to parallel Thomas Hobbes’s theory of social organization. Eisner is also an active member of the artist-led organization, The Still House Group.

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Boyle Family

The Boyle Family, a collaborative group of artists, is known for their “Earth studies”—site-specific black-and-white 3-D casts of the earth. The communal group, started by husband and wife team Mark Boyle and Joan Hills, later came to include the couple’s children and even their friends and neighbors, who assisted in the artistic process. Boyle came from a poetry background, while Hills studied art and architecture. The two sought to objectively present reality in their work by decontextualizing randomly selected subjects. “We want to see without motive and without reminiscence this cliff, this street, this field, this rock, this earth,” they’ve said. In addition to exploring natural elements, animals, minerals, and society, the Boyle Family has collaborated with many musicians, artists, and dancers, including Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine.

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Jill Moser

Jill Moser’s strongly gestural paintings and prints are calculated explosions of calligraphic lines and color. Her oeuvre is largely an exploration of the language of abstraction. She pairs wide and vigorous brushstrokes with fine line work: looping curves, areas of color saturation, and spaces of smoky evanescence. Like Philip Guston, Moser’s broader practice centers on a dialogue between painting and printmaking. “To work on a print is to strip down the constructive parts of an image, slowing down and revealing the performative aspects of its making,” she says. “I’m intrigued by how the process records both the structure and the event and makes the process become visible.” The print allows Moser to introduce a mechanical process that mediates between her hand and the image thereby allowing her to slow down and re-encounter her own gestures.

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Albert Irvine

Albert Henry Thomas Irvin OBE RA was an English expressionist abstract artist. Born in London he was evacuated from there during World War II, to study at the Northampton School of Art between 1940 and 1941, before being conscripted into the Royal Air Force as a navigator.

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