Shae DeTar's Otherworldly Nudes

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 22, 2015
We’ve written before about Shae DeTar’s stunning nudes, but want to remind readers of their beauty. It’s difficult to do them justice with description, but picture this: a woman’s face dissolves into swirls of paint or a large crystal replaces her head. DeTar’s models’ skins leak neon or the landscapes on which they splay appear hypersaturated.

Barcelona-Based Illustrator Chamo San

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Chamo San is a young artist from Barcelona. Illustration, for him, is a way to order the world. His focus on the feminine figure is driven by personal friendships and relationships, and he says the comfort of his subjects is always the priority.

Noell Oszvald's Minimalist Portraits

Photography // Tuesday, September 29, 2015
We’ve posted before on the dark, minimalist portraits of Noell Oszvald. Though she produces photographs, she does not consider herself a photographer, saying that she merely uses photographs as a base for the images she creates. The portraits are aesthetically simple and in black and white, allowing the viewer to focus on Oszvald’s bold compositions. 

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. 

Matthew Brookes' Portraits of Dancers

Photography // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Fashion photographer Matthew Brookes’ has completed a black-and-white photography portrait series on male ballet dancers of Paris. Taken over a year, Brookes’ brought the dancers into a space separate from their normal dance studios. The dancers were asked to interpret, through movement, the idea of birds falling from the sky. Brookes is publishing a book of the portraits, which is currently available for preorder and will be released in September, 2015. 

Nicoloa Samorí's Ruined Paintings

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
We’ve posted before about Nicola Samorí. He creates Baroque-style paintings, marred and destroyed in various ways. One thick painting slides off of the wood on which it was created. Several are portraits with the subjects faces scraped or peeled away. The destruction itself is unsettling, poking at our instincts to preserve and protect art, especially art from past eras.

Australia's National Portrait Gallery's Exhibit, "Bare: Degrees of Undress"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Bare: Degrees of Undress celebrates the candid, contrived, natural, sexy, ironic, beautiful, and fascinating in Australian portraiture that shows a bit of skin. Bare selects and remixes portraits from their collection around elements of nakedness. Fun and forthright, the exhibition will interrogate our instinctive, embedded and complex reactions to the bare. Surprising relationships appear, including portraits of Australia’s greatest sportspeople and foremost creative achievers.

Maxine Helfman's Portraits Examining Race, Class & Gender

Photography // Wednesday, August 19, 2015
In dramatic photographic subversions of historical portraiture, photographer Maxine Helfman examines contemporary understandings of race, gender and class. In her Geisha series, Helfman recreates stiff portraits of Japanese geishas, but with models in blackface makeup. Her Fabrication series offers portraits of young boys wearing formal girls’ dresses.

Evan Baden's "Technically Intimate" Series of Portraits Exploring Online Intimacy

Erotica // Friday, July 24, 2015
In Evan Baden's portrait series, "Technically Intimate," he explores sexting and online intimacy, focusing on a generation of youth who are becoming adults in the context of online media immersion. Taken from the perspective of an onlooker, the portraits create the unsettling sense that an ostensibly private moment is unsecured and uncontrolled. 

Lola Rose Thompson's Dissolving Watercolor Portraits

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
Los Angeles artist Lola Rose Thompson's watercolor portraits mirror the quirkiness of the humans portrayed. At times her images simply dissolve into abstraction. Thompson says she "wants to create unlikely empathies, and unearth the improbable similarities shared between distant things, for example the president and the world’s tallest woman, magic and big government, or physics and psychics." 
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