Svetlana Bogatcheva

Svetlana Bogatcheva (1986) is a contemporary artist based in Vaasa, Finland. Her works have been shown at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London (2015), exhibited in the U.K. and Finland, and reside in collections in Scandinavia, UK, Brazil, Kuwait, Canada and the USA. She employs sustainable natural, post-industrial and post-consumer materials like textile, rubber, plastic, stone, bitumen, earth and ash. Her conceptually based practise merges the worlds of sculpture and painting, working in a dynamic manner that is defined by her impeccable skills in forming materials into works that invite deep contemplation and presence.

The Rebirth series is one of Svetlana’s most iconic works, boldly engaging the spectator’s attention in interpreting the rich formations in texture and colour. The form is dictated by the process and expresses the journey taken by the post-consumer materials. Fused with the artist’s desire to create works that capture light from multi-faceted perspectives, the intricate sculptural forms exude the energy, possibility, and positivity of the start of new life. The Rebirth sculptures are beacons of creativity and innovation that continually inspire and generate new forms in an ongoing, dynamic interplay as the spectator moves around them.

Equally engaging, Svetlana’s mesmerizing canvas works create conceptual landscapes where colour, form and tactility co-exist in inspired harmony. The poetic structures and shapes are enigmatically welcoming, inviting the audience to interpret the works in their own time and pace. This democratic quality defines Svetlana’s practise as a whole: a practise that places her audience in the driver’s seat, allowing each viewer to determine the narrative and how the work is to be viewed and, ultimately, perceived. Her works invite themselves into our lives in a gentle yet impactful way, creating both space and meaning as they convey a sense of breathing that is almost audible, via her deft and delicate use of materials. The overall composition of each canvas orchestrates a delightful interplay between form and structure in equal parts, where colour becomes a protagonist in the eye of the beholder.

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Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Elisabeth Rist is a Swiss visual artist best known for creating experimental video art and installation art. Her work is often described as surreal, intimate, abstract art, having a preoccupation with the female body. Her artwork is often categorized as feminist art.

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David Kim Whittaker

A self-taught artist, most of Whittaker’s paintings are based on an interpretation of the human head and its metaphysical core. Whittaker’s portraits are ambiguous, with the aim to represent the universal alongside the personal. The works often juggle dual states of inner and outer calm and conflict – offering a glimpse of strength and fragility, the conscious and the subconscious, the masculine and the feminine. These universal states of conflict, clearly identifiable in Whittaker’s works, are arguably reinforced by Whittaker’s gender dysphoria and the personal struggle with a condition that he/she has learned to live with through the endeavour of expressing something bigger than oneself through painting.

David Kim Whittaker was the recipient of the Towry Award (First Prize) at the 2011 National Open Art Competition.

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Alex Katz

Alex Katz (born July 24, 1927), is an American figurative artist known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints.

Katz’s paintings are divided almost equally into the genres of portraiture and landscape. Since the 1960s he has painted views of New York (especially his immediate surroundings in Soho), the landscapes of Maine, where he spends several months every year, as well as portraits of family members, artists, writers and New York society protagonists. His paintings are defined by their flatness of colour and form, their economy of line, and their cool but seductive emotional detachment. A key source of inspiration is the woodcuts produced by Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro.

In the early 1960s, influenced by films, television, and billboard advertising, Katz began painting large-scale paintings, often with dramatically cropped faces. Ada Katz, whom he married in 1958, has been the subject of over 250 portraits throughout his career. To make one of his large works, Katz paints a small oil sketch of a subject on a masonite board; the sitting might take an hour and a half. He then makes a small, detailed drawing in pencil or charcoal, with the subject returning, perhaps, for the artist to make corrections. Katz next blows up the drawing into a “cartoon,” sometimes using an overhead projector, and transfers it to an enormous canvas via “pouncing”—a technique used by Renaissance artists, involving powdered pigment pushed through tiny perforations pricked into the cartoon to recreate the composition on the surface to be painted. Katz pre-mixes all his colors and gets his brushes ready. Then he dives in and paints the canvas—12 feet wide by 7 feet high or even larger—in a session of six or seven hours.

Beginning in the late 1950s, Katz developed a technique of painting on cut panels, first of wood, then aluminum, calling them “cutouts”. These works would occupy space like sculptures, but their physicality is compressed into planes, as with paintings. In later works, the cutouts are attached to wide, U-shaped aluminum stands, with a flickering, cinematic presence enhanced by warm spotlights. Most are close-ups, showing either front-and-back views of the same figure’s head or figures who regard each other from opposite edges of the stand.

After 1964, Katz increasingly portrayed groups of figures. He would continue painting these complex groups into the 1970s, portraying the social world of painters, poets, critics, and other colleagues that surrounded him. He began designing sets and costumes for choreographer Paul Taylor in the early 1960s, and he has painted many images of dancers throughout the years. One Flight Up (1968) consists of more than 30 portraits of some of the leading lights of New York’s intelligentsia during the late 1960s, such as the poet John Ashbery, the art critic Irving Sandler and the curator Henry Geldzahler, who championed Andy Warhol. Each portrait is painted using oils on both sides of a sliver of aluminium that has then been cut into the shape of the subject’s head and shoulders. The silhouettes are arranged predominantly in four long rows on a plain metal table.

After his Whitney exhibition in 1974, Katz focused on landscapes stating “I wanted to make an environmental landscape, where you were IN it.” In the late 1980s, Katz took on a new subject in his work: fashion models in designer clothing, including Kate Moss and Christy Turlington. “I’ve always been interested in fashion because it’s ephemeral,” he said.

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Katherine Bernhardt

Katherine Bernhardt first garnered the art world’s attention with her portraits of fashion models, exploring hyperreal fashion photography and mainstream notions of beauty. More recently, she has focused her energies on a series of “Pattern Paintings”—large-scale works in tropical, sherbert hues depicting banal consumer goods, arranged in the style of jazz patterns. Fluid and hurried, Bernhardt’s canvases are seemingly provisional, radiating energy so as to express the pleasure of art-making. First exploring patterns in the context of imported rugs, Bernhardt’s more recent works stem from an interest in Dutch wax printing and the all-over patterning of African textiles. Her subjects are selected and grouped according to underlying emotional associations—whether hamburgers, french fries, and basketballs; or coffee, cigarettes, and pizza—and broken down into elemental details, pure forms, and swaths of color to build simpler, yet expressive, arrangements.

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Matt Mullican

Using his subconscious as material, Matt Mullican often creates his artworks before an audience while under hypnosis, resulting in a unique hybrid of performance art and drawing. Part schematic, part cosmological chart, Mullican’s ordered, symmetrical works belie an enormously ambitious artistic aim, to contain and make sense of the universe. Characterized by rough geometric patterns and the artist’s elongated, looping script, Mullican’s spontaneous diagrams and writings on walls and canvas offer free access to the artist’s psyche.

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Joe Bradley

Joe Bradley is an artist based in New York City. Bradley was born in Kittery, Maine. He makes casualist paintings resembling human figures from assembled canvases which reference Color Field painting and Minimalism.

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Peter Sutherland

Colorado-raised and NYC-based, Peter Sutherland employs techniques of traditional documentary photography to capture the hidden beauty of ordinary objects and everyday situations. His work can be found in the pages of Vice, The New Order, Dazed & Confused, ANP Quarterly, and Monster Children, and for clients like Supreme, Converse, Nike, Adidas, Nordstrom, Manhattan Portage, The North Face, Vans, Stussy, Filson, Thule, Lacoste, Palladium, P.A.M., and No.6. Sutherland’s favorite director is Werner Herzog, and his own film work has been influenced by both Herzog and Albert & David Maysles’ Gimme Shelter. In addition to Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (Zeitgeist Films), Peter directed Pedal (powerHouse Books DVD). He’s published several monographs to critical acclaim and exhibited works at Art Basel Miami and in galleries such as White Cube (London), V1 (Copenhagen), Someday Gallery (Melbourne), ATM and Mountain Fold Galleries (New York), and Gallery Target (Tokyo). When Sutherland is not taking pictures or making films he enjoys playing soccer and shredding pow.

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Grear Patterson

Grear Patterson works with arrangements of custom made image carriers, works in which he establishes connections with art history as well as with his own specific living environment. He became known for his ‘Duck Test’-series, canvasses organized to resemble smileys, their trendy lightness connoting a carefree attitude to life, while simultaneously referring to the icons of digital communication. His first sunsets were inspired by Hollywood movies, the sun’s immersion in the horizon mostly taking place within a 16:9 or 4:3 format. These works pick up on the form of the setting sun through the shape of the composition. The combination of the different colors on the raw canvas evokes spatial depth and conjures up sporadic associations with rainbows or figments of imagination.

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Don Brown

Don Brown is a sculptor best known for his dedication to varied depictions of his wife, Yoko. Since 1999, Brown has been producing three-quarter or half-scale portraits of Yoko using a classical tradition of representational sculpture, but without heroism or idealization. The figure, almost always with downcast or closed eyes, appears in various states of dress—sometimes obscured entirely in a sheet. Brown is perhaps most celebrated for his technical virtuosity, demonstrated by the freestanding balance and pristinely smooth surfaces in both bronze and acrylic works, and his attention to minute detail. Brown also has explored the tradition of still lifes in his large-scale and sensuous renderings of fruit and eggs. More recently, he has also begun to work with drawing in pastel, which also feature Yoko as its sole subject.

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Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse is a German artist. As an artist, Grosse’s work employs a use of architecture, sculpture and painting. She is known for her large-scale, site-related installations to create immersive visual experiences

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Isaac Brest

Isaac Brest, who received his professional training in film, is best known for works in photography and installation. He is involved in The Still House Group artist organization, which he founded with Alex Perweiler in 2007 in order to foster “creative sustainability” for future generations of artists seeking non-traditional career progressions. Brest’s own conceptually based works present wry commentary on contemporary art practice by incorporating elements of architecture and film; he also works frequently with industrial materials like sheet rock, sanding tools, Plexiglas, and plywood.

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Tamuna Sirbiladze

Sirbiladze was born in Tbilisi in Georgia. She studied art at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (1989–1994) in Georgia and later the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (1997–2003) and Slade School of Fine Art, London, 2003. She was the widow of fellow artist Franz West (1947–2012) and collaborated with West on a number of projects.

Sirbiladze’s background influenced her approach to painting: “Sirbiladze was exposed to art mostly through books‍—‌her home country had few museums. She knew early on that she wanted to be an artist, however, and cited the colors of the art she came across as the reason she ended up painting.” She told Forbes in a 2015 interview, “Searching for light and color is my main engagement”.

Sirbiladze made paintings known for their speed, and she sometimes incorporated text into her work. Her characteristic style merged the figurative and the gestural. Her paintings have been described as “highly expressive” with splashes of color “forming abstracted figures and patterns.” An Art in America review, a year before her death at age 45, remarks on the “energetic content” of her work, saying “Sirbiladze’s line is spare; abundant, creamy negative space supports the gentle diagonal flow of marks” anchored by unexpected forms. Critic Alex Greenberger said, “Sirbiladze’s paintings played with the division between figuration and abstraction, often melding the two in ambiguous images. Genitalia and bodies can be glanced in some, while in others, objects like jugs and fruits seem to materialize. Sirbiladze’s paintings recall the work of Henri Matisse and the Impressionists in their light, expressive brushwork.”

Jack Greer

Jack Greer is an aspiring American artist born in 1987, known for his work in a range of mediums, including drawing, photography, sculpture, and apparel design. The artist combines wall-mounted collages, sculpture, and installations with materials such as ink, dirt, blood, thread, and paint.

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Chris Succo

Chris Succo’s crisp, cool abstraction is so wide-ranging that, as author Christopher Schreck has noted, a single exhibition could look like a group show. Yet whether the German artist is working in lacquered aluminum and oil on canvas or creating sculpture with steel piping, mesh, or boxing equipment, his work shares certain commonalities: a quest to find individuality within the repetition of forms and techniques, elements of appropriation (including the titles of his series), and a minimalist palette largely comprised of matte black and white. Some of the brighter works in his oeuvre, the “Flag Pieces” consist of three diagonal bands of color and texture created by applying lacquer to black-and-white photographs. In these, Succo divides the canvas in a style reminiscent of Hard-Edged painting, as well as Succo’s own “Nu Era” series of black-and-white lacquered aluminum works.

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Tobias Madison

Tobias Madison is a Swiss artist, known for his multidisciplinary conceptual art, moving image work, and performance art. His work frequently uses video, photography, text and installation to probe the economy of interpersonal relations in mediated realities. Madison lives and works in New York City.

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Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore is an American photographer known for his images of banal scenes and objects in the United States, and for his pioneering use of color in art photography. His books include Uncommon Places and American Surfaces, photographs that he took on cross-country road trips in the 1970s.

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Gillian Ayres

Gillian Ayres OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) was one of the most significant abstract painters to emerge in London during the postwar period. A disciple and vanguard of the taschist style, a non-geometric abstract style that developed in postwar Europe, Ayres was inspired by abstract expressionist art in the United States and painted in a lyrical, gestural style that stood in contrast to the hard-edge forms of her contemporaries. Ayres’s career attests to her experimental spirit, as she switched from oil to acrylic paints for much of the 1960s and early 1970s—creating textured surfaces—only to later return to oil. In recent years, the artist has experimented with woodcuts, creating ebullient works evocative of Henri Matisse. Never didactic, her oeuvre illustrates an artist constantly experimenting with the possibilities of paint. “My paintings are about painting, about shape and color, not telling stories,” Ayres has said.

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Asger Jorn

Danish artist and author Asger Jorn, along with Guy Debord, played a pivotal role in the early development of the revolutionary movement Situationist International. Jorn began his artistic career as a painter in Paris, and he became radicalized after joining the communist resistance movement during the Second World War. He played an integral part in launching a number of movements that combined the tenets of Marxism with artistic expression, including COBRA, the International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus, and later, after leaving Debord’s group, a breakaway Scandinavian movement called Second Situationist International. Jorn was incredibly prolific as an artist across all mediums, creating painting, sculpture, ceramics, and collage. In 1964 he was awarded, but turned down, the Guggenheim Award.

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Ai WeiWei

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. Ai grew up in the far north-west of China, where he lived under harsh conditions due to his father’s exile. As an activist, he has been openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights.

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Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner (b. 1973, UK) lives and works in London and was the 2006 nominee for the Turner Prize. Focusing on an exploration of words and language, in recent years much of his production has been based in the public realm both in the UK and internationally. His work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale and is held in the permanent collections of the Arts Council England, British Council, South London Gallery, the United Kingdom Government Art Collection and the Tate Gallery.

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Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina, an artist whose deconstructive and playful approach to culture, art, language, and authorship often begets the label “post-Conceptualist”, addresses the institutions, markets, and historiography that shape our perception of art. Believing an artwork “only has meaning when it enters the social sphere and meets its audience,” Prina’s artistic practice includes installations, performance, sculpture, and painting that centers on what happens to art when it leaves the studio. For instance, he conceived a traveling spectacle for the 2008 Whitney Biennial, in which he mouthed lyrics appropriated from public testimonials by contributors. “His exhibition making can be seen as a kind of overarching work itself,” wrote critic Dominic Eichler. “Certainly, his fastidious and almost exaggerated attention to framing, labeling, forms of display, presentation and cataloguing seem to approach institutional parody without being overtly didactic.”

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Michiel Ceulers

Michiel Ceulers’s process-oriented abstract paintings are known for bearing evidence of their mistreatment in the artist’s studio, where he routinely stacks paintings against one another before they are fully dry. Often tearing, taping, sanding, and puncturing his canvases, Ceulers’s works feature imperfect geometric shapes and patterns, a playful engagement with art historical styles. “For the Love Birds” (2010) series, Ceulers affixed two paintings side by side, mismatched in size and color, evoking the randomness of human encounters.

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Allen Jones

Allen Jones RA is a British pop artist best known for his paintings, sculptures, and lithography. He was awarded the Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the 1963 Paris Biennale. He is a Senior Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts.

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Michael Staniak

Michael Staniak is an Australian artist whose experimental, digital media-inspired paintings explore process, materiality, and abstraction in a digital era. His interests are aligned with artists who use digital strategies to create objects or make works of art inspired by the culture of the web.

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Ruairiadh O’Connell

London-based O’Connell’s work investigates the psychological functions of design in all its manifestations, from abstract patterns through domestic interiors to landscape architecture.

In the past he has explored casino carpets and aeroplane seat fabric, designed to keep gamblers excited or distract from a fear of flying. For Frieze he will be presenting works inspired by the uniforms and flags of Japanese Hikeshi firemen from the Edo period.

The artist’s ‘wax paintings’ consist of cropped patterns that have been silkscreened onto industrial wax. The wax itself has been infused with oil pigments and poured into steel frames; as it hardens he “massages” the surface, a gesture that creates valleys that the patterns fall into.

His ‘railing sculptures’ appear to be traditional metal fences that have been invaded by a mysteriously textured substance. Between each custom-welded vertical bar is a mesh that supports jesmonite, a water-based resin that is moulded and coloured by contact with lace privacy curtains.

His playfulness with medium and form contrasts the research and investigations inherent in his practice. Works are both painterly and sculptural, made seductive through texture and colour, and we are excited to see what he does next.

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David Hockney

David Hockney, OM, CH, RA (born 9 July 1937) is a British painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. As an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

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Zhu Tian 朱田

China born, London-based artist Zhu Tian received an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in London, the UK (2014), an MA in Sound Design from Bournemouth University in Bournemouth, the UK (2007), and a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, the UK (2006). Moving effortlessly from object intervention to digital to performance to set piece installation, she presents works embodying discourse around the theme of power relations, freedom and individualism. Concerned by the automated routines of robotic individuals in today’s society, Zhu creates pieces which she describes as “hiccups – to interrupt and disturb.” Her work combines light humour with a sharp sense of critique, and is known for being ‘compelling and unsettling’.

Zhu has exhibited internationally at such venues as the V&A Museum in London, the UK, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Netherlands. She was the winner of the Catlin Art Prize (UK) in 2015, the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize (UK) in 2014, and was selected as the Emerging Sound Artist in the UK in 2009.

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Jonas Wood

In his paintings, drawings, and prints, Jonas Wood merges references to art history, his memories, and visions of the people, objects, and settings that compose the fabric of his life. Working in acrylic and oil on supports including cardboard and canvas, he presents portraits of his friends and family, interior scenes, and still lifes. Through his partially abstract rendering of these subjects and use of bright colors, he emphasizes patterns and forms while flattening out the space in his compositions. Ceramic vessels and potted plants figure prominently in his works. In some, he covers the outside of a plant’s pot with an intricately realized landscape, which reads as a painting within a painting. Working with an eye toward his predecessors, Wood cites Lucian Freud, David Hockney, and Alex Katz as influences, claiming, “All three of them are superheroes.”

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Emilio Tadini

Emilio Tadini (b. 1927 – d. 2002 Milan, Italy) is considered one of the most original personalities of Italy’s post- World War II cultural landscape. A Poet, novelist, essayist, art critic, journalist and painter, he is, in the words of friend and contemporary Umberto Eco, “A writer who paints, a painter who writes.”

In 1947 he debuted with a poem in Elio Vittorini’s magazine Politecnico, which was followed by intense critical and theoretical writings on art. From 1963 to 1993 Tadini published four novels and a volume of poems. It was alongside his critical and literary work, from the late 1950s Tadini began to paint. His first solo exhibition was in 1961 at the Galleria del Cavallino in Venice, and then in 1965, in a group show, together with Mario Schifano, Valerio Adami and Lucio Del Pezzo at the newly opened Studio Marconi in Milan. 

Although stylistically ‘Pop’ Tadini, rather than the superficial gloss of American Pop Art, was greater interested in the more introspective, personal, and at times intellectual British Pop Art such as Peter Blake, David Hockney and Allen Jones, but also to that of Francis Bacon, Patrick Caufield, Ronald Kitaj, and the figurative narratives of Valerio Adami and Hervé Télémaque.

During the 1970s he had solo exhibitions in Paris, Stockholm, Brussels, London, Antwerp, the United States and Latin America, both in private galleries and museums. In 1978 and 1982 Tadini participated in the Venice Biennale, and in 1986 he had a large solo exhibition at the Rotonda di via Besana in Milan. From autumn 1995 to the summer of 1996 a major retrospective took place in the museums of Stralsund, Bochum and Darmstad. In spring 2005, the Villa dei Cedri Museum in Bellinzona had a large posthumous retrospective of his work. The Mayor Gallery in London from whom this wonderful bio is taken had an extensive exhibition of his work in February and March 2020.

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Julian Opie

Julian Opie is a contemporary British artist known for his distinctive depictions of figures, portraits, and landscapes. The highly stylized treatment Opie gives his subjects—whereby features are created by thick black outlines and filled in with solid areas of flat color—is a blend of Pop Art and Minimalism with a wholly contemporary sensibility. “The process of reading things as simulations but knowing at the same time that they are real is quite central to my work,” Opie has observed of his own art. Born in 1958 in London, United Kingdom, Opie studied with Michael-Craig Martin at Goldsmiths in London during the early 1980s. His earliest works consisted of painted steel sculptures exploring the relationship between visual and spatial observation. He is part of the group know as New British Sculpture, alongside artists such as Anish Kapoor and Tony Cragg. Over time, the artist has expanded his practice to include painting, installation, and cover art for albums. The artist’s works are part of the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and others. Opie currently lives and works in his hometown of London, United Kingdom.

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Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby (born January 21, 1972) is an American artist who works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, video, and textiles. Often, his work is presented in large and densely packed installations. The artist has cited a diverse range of sources and influences including aberrant psychologies (particularly schizophrenia and paranoia), urban gangs and graffiti, hip-hop culture, craft, punk, masculinity, violence, public art, prisons, globalization, American domination and decline, waste and consumption. In opposition to the minimalist artistic tradition and influenced by the ubiquity of urban graffiti, the artist’s works often appear scratched, defaced, camouflaged, dirty, or splattered. Proclaimed as one of the most interesting artists to emerge this century by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, Ruby’s work examines the psychological space where individual expression confronts social constraint.

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Adam McEwan

Adam McEwen is a contemporary British artist whose Conceptual pieces fall between painting, sculpture, and installation. His most famous works might be his obituaries written for living luminaries—Jeff Koons and Kate Moss among them—subverting his prior work as author of these announcements. The black-and-white prints echo the layout and sentiment of real journalism, yet McEwen’s fictions offer alternative views of celebrity. “An obituary is a narrative of someone’s decisions…. And in a sense it’s optimistic, and in another sense it’s impossible, and that’s like making art,” McEwen has said of the series. Born on February 9, 1965 in London, England, McEwen received a BA in English literature at Christ Church College, Oxford University, before studying at the California Institute of the Arts in 1991. Currently living and working in New York, NY, the artist transforms ordinary objects, such as ATMs and air conditioners, and ideas through inventive use of materials, typography, and presentation.

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Nicolas Party

Born in Lausanne in 1980, Party is a figurative painter who has achieved critical admiration for his familiar yet unsettling landscapes, portraits, and still lifes that simultaneously celebrate and challenge conventions of representational painting. His works are primarily created in soft pastel, an idiosyncratic choice of medium in the 21st-century, and one that allows for exceptional degrees of intensity and fluidity in his depictions of objects both natural and manmade. Transforming these objects into abstracted, biomorphic shapes, Party suggests deeper connections and meanings. His unique visual language has coalesced in a universe of fantastical characters and motifs where perspective is heightened and skewed to uncanny effect.

In addition to paintings, Party creates public murals, pietra dura, ceramics, installation works, and sculptures, including painted busts and body parts that allude to the famous fragments of ancient Greece and Rome. His brightly-colored androgynous figures vary in scale from the handheld to the monumental, and are displayed on tromp l’oeil marble plinths of differing heights that upend conventional perspective. Party’s early interest in graffiti and murals – his projects in this arena have included major commissions for the Dallas Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles – has led to a particular approach to the installation and presentation of his work. He routinely deploys color and makes architectural interventions in exhibition spaces in order to construct enveloping experiences for the viewer.

The artist’s childhood in Switzerland imprinted upon him an early fascination with landscape and the natural world, and the influence of his native country places Party firmly within the trajectory of central European landscape painting. Points of reference in his work include celebrated 19th-century Swiss artists Félix Vallotton, Ferdinand Hodler, and to Hans Emmenegger. One can also find within his works a 21st-century synthesis of the sorts of impulses and ideas that fueled the Renaissance and late 19th-century, early 20th-century figurative painting, the compositional strategies of Rosalba Carriera and Rachel Ruysch, and the visions of such self-taught artists as Louis Eilshemius and Milton Avery.

Based in New York and Brussels, Party studied at the Lausanne School of Art in Switzerland before receiving his MFA from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.

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Thomas Ruff

Thomas Ruff (born 10 February 1958) is a German photographer who lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. He has been described as “a master of edited and reimagined images”.

Ruff shares a studio on Düsseldorf’s Hansaallee, with other German photographers Laurenz Berges, Andreas Gursky and Axel Hütte. The studio, a former municipal electricity station, includes a basement gallery.

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Mario Giacomelli

Mario Giacomelli  (1925-2000) was born Senigallia, Italy. As a young man, he worked as a typographer, painting on weekends and writing poetry. Inspired by the wartime movies of filmmakers like Fellini, Giacomelli taught himself photography.  The Italian photographer Giuseppe Cavalli had moved to Senigallia and was eager to form a club that would promote photography as art. In 1953 the Misa club was formed, with officers Cavalli as president and Giacomelli as treasurer. In 1956, Giacomelli joined the La Bussola group of photographers and then the national ANSA agency. He specialised in black-and-white land scenes, devising his own way of shooting, using the little-known Kobell Press camera.  

In 1954 Giacomelli began to photograph the home for the elderly where his mother had worked, completing the series in 1983. Empathetic but grittily unsentimental, the pictures show many women seemingly marooned in the sea of old age. In 1985-87, Giacomelli revisited the subject for his series ”Ninna Nanna,” which means lullaby. In this series,  the deeply lined, gaunt faces of the aged are a bleak counterpoint to the bold lines and patterns found in the fields and on the sides of houses.


Other important photographic essays that Giacomelli executed were the 1957-59 series entitled “Scanno,” named for an impoverished town in the Abruzzi region of central Italy. In the 1960s, Giacomelli worked on the project entitled ”No hands caress my face”, better known as the ”Pretini” series taken in the seminary of Senigallia and later shown at Cologne Photokina in 1963.

Starting in the mid-1950s, Giacomelli began to win photographic prizes and exhibit in group shows many of which focused on post-war humanistic photography, such as the exhibition entitled, “What is Man?” that originated in Frankfurt and then travelled internationally.  In 1975, the British photographer Bill Brandt selected Giacomelli for his major exhibition, “The Land: 20th Century Landscape Photographs,” shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  In 1980, Giacomelli published his first and only solo book, Mario Giacomelli, fotografe, edited by Angelo Schwarz. 

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Kadar Brock

Kadar Brock (born May 28, 1980) is a contemporary abstract artist. He graduated in 2002 with a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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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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