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.

GIFs of Julie Mehretu's Meticulous, Multi-Layered Painting Process

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 24, 2013
Julie Mehretu's large-scale, mixed media paintings create a dizzying field of layered landscapes to construct colorful and complex and lines. Throughout her painting process Julie will add architectural and geometric sketches in ink, smudges of acrylic paint and then sand everything down to create a smooth finish. Someone has done us the pleasure of creating GIFs of this process from a PBS video segment called "Systems." See the GIFs and watch the video after the jump...

The Erotic I:mage

Erotica // Sunday, May 19, 2013
The mystical and the erotic converge in I:MAGE, a week-long exhibition showcasing the best international artists working today in the emerging genre of esoteric art. More than 16 artists will exhibit their work at Store Street Gallery in Bloomsbury, London, from Sunday May 19th to Saturday May 25th, 2013. The common thread between the exhibiting artists is the internalization of esoteric themes and the externalization of the mythical, the magical, the carnal, and the mysterious in their many forms. 

Odd Nerdrum Open House, Maisons-Laffitte, France

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 17, 2013
In our May 2013 issue,  Juxtapoz was honored to have the chance to speak with enigmatic Norwegian artist, Odd Nerdrum. Writer David Molesky finished the piece and headed to France for a special exhibition and open house that the Nerdrum Museum held at the artist's home in Maisons-Laffitte. The event also served as a release for a new book from the Nerdrum Museum called, "Crime and Refuge."

Nicola Verlato: The Making of "Burzum"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 02, 2013
This past December 2012, we featured the works of Nicola Verlato in our print magazine. Because he was so articulate and detailed in his expression, we asked him to interview fellow Italian artist Fulvio di Piazza for our April 2013 issue. Because he was so good at that, when Verlato sent us a video of his process for creating the magnificent painting, Burzum, we want to show people how a painter really gets down. 

Dan Voinea "A Momentary Rise of Reason" @ Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 26, 2013
One of our favorite painters that we have learned about over the past year is Romanian artist Dan Voinea, who mixes both a classical realist style with an almost performance like character connstruction. Voinea just opened a solo show, A Momentary Rise of Reason, at Beers.Lambert Contemporary in London. As the gallery notes, " Yet while technically realistic and anatomically correctly proportioned, the works are characterized as much by their apparent lack of realism: their fantastical tendencies, collapsing or nondescript environments and preference for magic realist narratives. "

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