South-African Loyiso Mkize's Romantic and Surreal Portraits

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In one portrait of a young South African boy, his head is haloed with a complex architecture of guns, syringes and screaming faces, the objects small enough that they appear parts of a larger ornament. In another, a man shoots himself in the head, his insides erupting into a woman’s face, machineparts, protesters, and the word “emancipation.” These portraits are part of what South African artist Loyiso Mkize labels his surreal work. 

Alex Garant is the Queen of Double Eyes

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 25, 2015
After looking at Alex Garant’s oil paintings, portraits swirling with extra eyes and lips, we’re actually a little nauseated. The paintings are beautifully executed but give the viewer a feeling that they’re drunk or disoriented. Garant calls herself “Queen of Double Eyes,” and intends the effects as an “exorcism of the soul,” her “protagonists trying to escape themselves.” 

Skilled NSFW Oil Paintings by Matt R. Martin

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 24, 2015
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Matt R. Martin has been drawing as long as he can remember. He started painting in 2007 after being influenced by surrealism and representational art. Martin’s technical skill is quite something to behold, even if the subjects are mysteriously reclined in tangled intrigue.

Oil Paintings by Sascha Braunig

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 04, 2013
SASCHA BRAUNIG combines vibrant color and an hypnotic style in works that reflect upon illusion and the surface of the image. In dream-like scenes where repetition and patterning are foregrounded, Braunig's female subjects emit an extrasensory glow. Flaring with reflected color, they are iridescent beings whose very skin seems to be a source of psychic power. —Foxy Production

Lindsey Kustusch @ Studio Gallery SF this Sunday

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Hidden animals, San Francisco streetscapes, and dirty bar scenes make up Lindsey Kustusch's subjects carved into the canvas with dreamy and pensive detail...

Paintings by Dan Beard

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Sometimes, you just want a very well created oil painting, and English painter Dan Beard has a fantastic abstract style in which he creates his portraits. The artist has shown extensively throughout Europe, including England, numerous solo shows throughout Helsinki, Finland, and Iceland.

Oil Paintings by Becca Mann

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 30, 2012
On our Monday morning cruise around, we got sucked into the oil painting world of Venice, California based Becca Mann. A mixture of Southern California, a bit of early California and Southwestern style shows up in her paintings, and a few nice ocean/surf scenes in her graphite works are all very well executed. A good start to the week.

Paintings by Kristin Calabrese

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 03, 2011
Kristin Calabrese is an artist that has remained successful while tackling a fairly traditional painting practice. Calabrese embraces the oil painting medium with confidence and enthusiasm that more than qualifies her choice.

Oil Paintings from Italian painter Nicola Samori

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 16, 2011
As team Juxtapoz prepares for our trip to Italy for Fame Festival, we are catching up on some contemporary Italian artists, and Nicola Samori has come up in a few conversations. What we found was beautiful, dark, and classic oil paintings inspired by Italian Baroque.

Cocoa Butter in the Morning

Erotica // Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Its almost swimsuit season, and 68 year old Taiwanese American painter Hilo Chen is getting ready to hit the sand.  With his hyperrealistic oil paintings of glistening, bronzed, beach babes- fresh out of a dip in the ocean- you know you shouldn't be staring but Its. So. Hard. To Look. Away....
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