The Paintings of Frank Gonzales

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
We have seen the work of Frank Gonzales with Thinkspace Gallery earlier this year, but we love his entire series of birds and nature. Frank says of his work, "My work is about taking forms in nature and making them my own. What I do is nothing new, but by using the language of color, composition, fragmentation, and representation my aim is to speak about these known elements and present them from a different perspective."

Shane Turner's Divided by Night 2.0

Erotica // Monday, June 24, 2013
Montreal-based artist Shane Turner demonstrates his incredible acrylic paintings technique in this time lapse video of his surreal painting "Divided by Night 2.0." A painter and designer, Turner's artwork ranges from surrealistic pop art to flowing abstract paintings, his use of stark contrasts, vivid accent colors, and clean lines influenced by a variety of other styles and mediums, including graffiti art, music, street art, comics, and more.

Suspended Eternities by Andy Denzler

Erotica // Monday, June 24, 2013
Swiss artist Andy Denzler combines a variety of mediums in his art practice, including painting, printing, graphic design, sculpture, and drawing. His works move between abstraction and reality, using the classical applications of oil painting to broach the shifting lines between fiction and reality. Denzler's pieces are snap-shots of events that take place in the span of mere moments, blurred and distorted in their movements, their timeframe artificially smeared and elongated into frozen eternities like the oscillating frames of a VHS tape hovering on pause. 

Sexy Playtime by Lee Chen Dao (Update)

Erotica // Monday, June 17, 2013
Lee Chen Dao is a figurative painter based out of Taipei, Taiwan. His playful and vibrant oil paintings marry the sensuality of adult eroticism with a gleeful sense of childish delight, unabashedly celebrating (and perhaps just as well quietly chastising) modern society's free-wheeling and almost infantile pursuit of pure pleasure. Superhero masks, girl on girl wrestling, strip poker antics, nothing is off limits in Dao's strange and provocative world.

Deanne Cheuk, April 2010

Vault // Monday, June 17, 2013
The staff was going back through some of our more design, fashion heavy features from the past few years, and we remembered how much we love the works of NYC-based art director and illustrator, Deanne Cheuk. Originally from Perth, Australia, Cheuk has done work for American Express, Dell, Lane Crawford, Levi's, Microsoft, Nickelodeon, Nokia, Nike, Converse, Olay, Sprint, Swatch, Target, MTV, Gap, Real Simple, The Guardian, T Magazine and The New York Times Magazine... and Conan. Here is our interview with the artist from April, 2010.

Artist James Benjamin Franklin

Erotica // Monday, June 10, 2013
Born in Tacoma, WA, James Benjamin Franklin decided to pursue painting as a career after visiting New York City on a high school trip, and in 1999 he graduated from the Art Center College of Design. Over the years he has developed a uniquely stilted yet seductive style, exploring the awkward, neglected moments of human interactions, the disregarded pauses in the midst of grander exploits. Franklin currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC, and his artistic influences include Woody Allen, Richard Diebenkorn, Bonnard, and Steve Martin.

The Art of Orlando Sanchez

Erotica // Monday, June 03, 2013
After moving to Austin, Texas, in July 2010, painter Orlando Sanchez embarked on a fresh and exciting journey to figure out a new trajectory for his artistic ambitions, sniffing out the roots of his inspirations to create and explore a new body of art. He quickly landed on the simple and universal concept of beauty, whether in nature or of the human body, and his latest series of work showcases his progress towards capturing its essence.

Collage Portraits by Derek Gores

Erotica // Sunday, June 02, 2013
Born in New York in 1971, Derek Gores is a collage artist based in Melbourne, Florida, and an alumni of The Rhode Island School of Design. Through recycling ephemeral fragments of magazines, labels, data, and assorted analog and digital materials, Gores creates loosely figurative works on canvas, teasing the viewer with fleeting details suggesting the outlines of a body or the pink curves of a woman's lips.

Together, Yet Apart by Milan Hrnjazovic

Erotica // Monday, May 27, 2013
In this series entitled "Together, yet apart," Serbian painter Milan Hrnjazovic explores a young couple's intimacy through distortions and scattered parts of their bodies, creating new, recognizable shapes, such as an egg or a silhouette of an embryo, that symbolize the procreative function of the sexual act. In addition to the bodies' gestural meanings, their twisted forms suggest  the kind of turbulent yet passionate relationship that has the potential to engender just as much profound happiness as it can bitter misery.

Paul Delvaux's Sleepwalking Sirens

Erotica // Friday, May 24, 2013
Although never an official member, Paul Delvaux (b. 1897 - d. 1994) was a Belgian painter associated with the Belgian Surrealist movement. Delvaux was greatly influenced by his contemporary, René Magritte, yet his paintings also possessed their own twist on the realist tradition of older Flemish artists like Jan van Eyck. His compositions almost exclusively feature somnambulant women in various states of undress, sleepwalking seductresses roaming a vaguely Romanesqe dreamscape rife with enigmatic visual allegories.

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