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." 

Yoo Hyun's Portraits from Cut Paper

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Korean artist Yoo Hyun uses an exacto knife, paper, and tweezers to create celebrity images. The images appear abstract when viewed up close, but from a distance become realistic portraits. She favors headshots of über-famous and iconic celebrities such as Frida Kahlo, Picasso, and Michael Jackson. The portraits appear when held against a dark background so the white of the paper creates light in the image. 

Guido Argentini's Silver Series of Nude Portraits

Erotica // Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Guido Argentini is an Italian photographer, famous for his photographic portraits of women. He was born in Florence, Italy, and studied medicine for three years before turning professionally to photography—a background that comes through in the exquisite anatomy of his nude portraits. In his Silver Series of 2009, he uses silver paint on dancers to emphasize the form of the body. 

Malick Sidibé's Portraits from Mali

Photography // Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Born in 1936 in Bamako, Mali, Malick Sidibé grew up farming. He studied Jewelry making, but then apprenticed in a photography studio of a French colonial. In 1962, he opened his own studio, which was a novelty in his area because it had electricity, a luxury in Bamako at the time. He's well known for his studio portraits in the 1970s as well as the candid portraits he took of young people at parties during the 1960s. 

Alaina Varrone's Embroidery Portraits

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 09, 2015
We've posted on Alaina Varrone's embroidery before. She's been cornering the sub-genre of erotic embroidery art for a while. Her latest work, however, has featured intimate (but not necessarily erotic) portraits of people in casual settings: a "girls night out" or friends laughing together. She's still creating scenes, though, like a woman in an alien mask kissing a thonged buttox. 

Victoria Sorochinski's Eerie Mother-Daughter Portraits

Photography // Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Victoria Sorochinski's potrait series, Anna and Eve, portrays an unsettling look at the mother-daughter relationship. 

Get Crazy With Alex DeSpain

Illustration // Monday, October 06, 2014
Alex DeSpain's work is the kind that lights up your Instagram feed, offering moments of colorful and clever entertainment.

Work by Derrick Adams

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 11, 2012
Derrick Adams has multiple things going on. One is making these fantastic mixed media portraits that use flattened patterns to create a figurative image, combining geometry and a variety of tones to form  the illusion of profiled head.

Serena Cole's Dark Portraits

Illustration // Friday, September 28, 2012
Serena Cole was born to Californian suburban parents who lost their love for each other as soon as the pool was built on the honeymoon home. Afterward, her mother married a man because he looked like Tom Selleck, who lived on the top of mountain. Forced to leave the roller-skatable sidewalks of San Jose, at age nine she found herself living off-the-grid in the Sierra Nevadas and spent the rest of her childhood looking for the mall....
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