With a population of 349,000 and an area of 103,000 km, making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The Capital and largest city is Reykjavik, with Reykjavik and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country being home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active, the interior consists of plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. In this photo series photographer Sunny Bola has captured some beautiful images of Iceland please scroll through the images below and if you like sunny’s work feel free to follow him on Instagram.
The circle is one of the most ancient forms known to man. The discovery of the potential of the humble wheel, an invention that revolutionised our life as we know it is attributed to the discovery of the properties of the circle and its subsequent applications. From science to astrology and geometry the circle has proven itself indispensable. Artist moholinushk, who is based just outside Zurich, Switzerland strives to make this ubiquitous shape visible through her work, highlighting its presence in the mundanity of everyday life. After spending considerable time abroad in countries like India, Japan and Oman. moholinushk's work reflects the inspiration she has drawn from her travels which range from Japanese graphic art to Islamic geometric patterns.
After re-discovering the drawings and photographic essays of the Hungarian artist and photographer László Moholy-Nagy, who also happened to be a professor in the Bauhaus school, moholinushk started to play with circles on paper. Using a variety of mediums ranging from ink to pastel chalks and aquarelles, while at the same time experimenting with different papers in the quest for the perfect foundation medium for her work. In the end, the square format with an interesting structure was the clear winner. She also pays homage to Japanese artist Toko Shinoda, who at the age of 103 this year, continues to create using her hands. Proving that a career in art is timeless.
Q. Wang /
The beauty of art is that it gives the creator the freedom to express their vision in a myriad of ways. This can take form in many ways. One artist might subscribe to a style that resonates most with their vision and aesthetic while the other might re-interpret a school of thought in their own way. Artist Q. Wang tries to carve his road through freeism, a painting style that uses free colours, shapes and strokes in his work. The result of this is an atmosphere that encourages limitless creativity. His work is an amalgamation of contemporary art and Chinese culture, which has its unique rich heritage of arts. The resulting work can often be confusing to the viewers of his work, but Q. Wang is fine with this. Just as people took their time to understand the works of greats such as Monet and Van Gogh, He is happy for his message to unfold with time.
To the outside world, Russia is a land of many mysteries, and yet for its inhabitants, life goes on just like any other part of the world. Trying to make a difference is artist Andrei Epishin, Not only is he an acclaimed artist but throughout his professional career he has become the creator and curator of Art-Eclat Gallery, the author of the monograph album "Myth, project and result. Early Soviet painting of the second half of the 1920's and the beginning of the 1930's" (2012) and the monograph album "Transforming the world into a bloody riot...Russian painting of the revolutionary era" (2017).
His pieces capture the essence of youth and rampancy using a bold plethora of colours. Andrei is also a member of the Moscow Branch of the Union of Artists of Russia, raising awareness and change. You can find out more about Andrei and his works via the links below.
Born in New Jersey to a first-generation, Italian-American Roman Catholic family, we have artist and author Tony Rubino. Revealing the extraordinary amongst the ordinary, he seeks to raise dialogue on pop-culture, celebrity, technology and the barrage of information we are fed on a daily basis through social media and the internet. His latest book, “You Can’t Scare Him He’s A Parent”, is a collection of his internationally syndicated comic strip, “Daddy’s Home.” His book, “Why Didn’t I Think Of That? 101 Inventions That Changed The World By Hardly Trying”, is now an internationally syndicated, weekly column in the UK and other English-speaking countries. It’s also in its third printing and has been released under another title in the UK, Sweden, Australia, and the Netherlands. A third version has been translated and released in Italy. Tony has contributed his articles and cartoons to publications such as Will Ferrell’s “Funny Or Die”, MAD Magazine, Cracked, National Lampoon, and the Chicago Tribune.
Tony is the co-creator of the Internationally syndicated comic strip, “Daddy's Home”, which appears in more than 250 newspapers and websites and is seen by 26 million people every day. “Daddy’s Home” is a fresh and funny look at the contemporary trials and tribulations of a growing segment of the modern family dynamic -- the stay at home dad. His paintings and prints have been featured in galleries in New York, Chicago, Washington, and LA. When not working on his writing and art in New York City, he spends his time not working on his writing and art in New York City.
Dreams can be full of wonder, subconscious fantasies that remain dormant during the day come alive when we slip into slumber. Same goes for nightmares. Fears repressed can crawl their way into elaborate nightmares, realistic enough to compete with any Hollywood blockbuster. Such is the power of imagination, morsels of visual information are transformed into entire worlds.
Artist Peyton Rack has built an elaborate collection of books, magazines, clippings and paint swatches over the walls of her studio over the years. These, to her, are a collage of a dreamlike state where she gets her inspiration from. The city of Chicago was also a significant influence on her both artistically and personally, especially the Chicago Imagists, an art movement from the late 1960s which included artists such as Roger Brown, Phil Hanson, Ed Flood and Sarah Canright to name a few. There’s a fluidity in her work that incorporates the above elements with a sense of nostalgia. A lucid place, where the viewer is drawn from one aspect to the other, each bound organically by swathes of colour. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and art fairs including the independent art fair Supermarket held at the cultural centre (Stockholm, Sweden)in 2014, Zhou B Art Center, and Bridgeport Art Center (Chicago).
Digital Pictorial Photography, a photography style created by Chinese contemporary artist Fu Wenjun, represents a photographic art expression working through digital post-processing and multiple exposures, with the integration of pictorial aesthetic features. Presented with the media of photography, it is comprehensively developed by modern and contemporary art ideas, including Conceptual Art, Pop Art, Dadaism, Abstract Expressionism. Digital Pictorial Photography provides the artist with great freedom, helping him to get rid of the objective recording function of photography, which he believes is a limit for photography to develop as an art. So, he can boldly melt pictorial elements into photography, creating in a way something like Chinese traditional freehand brushwork, heartily and carrying through without stopping to express artist’s emotions, reflection and spirit. In Wenjun’s Digital Pictorial Photography works, you can find out his subjective thinking of various issues and his diverse, lasting art exploration on this innovative photography style, which provides the viewers with a very different, often surprising visual experience.
The creation of art can be a liberating process. From picking a medium to the colours and theme, an artist is free to choose the direction it takes. Based in Manila, Philippines, artist Hanna Supetran paints with a sense of joy and freedom. Hanna approaches each canvas playfully, enjoying every moment, every stroke with a heightened excitement of the magic that will be revealed in the end. From abstraction to surrealism, Hanna’s painting impression knows no boundaries, an endless expedition in the vastness of space, fearlessly exploring the unknown, trusting and allowing each stroke to take its form and allowing each colour to speak to each other. Each painting is a soul expedition, an expression of her intimate, inward journey. A journey her artworks invite people to embark in.
Hanna underwent an Intensive Visual Art Course, which included Photography, Fresco, Contemporary Art Technique & Figure Drawing at the Accademia D'Arte-Firenze, in Florence, Italy. Find out more about her work via the links below.
Creating work that blurs the intersection between humans and nature we have Japanese artist Yoshitada Ihara. He strives to develop a harmonious relationship between nature and human-made materials. His work, acting as a bridge, creates an atmosphere which is both tension-free and relaxing. As contradictory as the two components of his work might be, a close relationship exists between these two fractions. Destruction of nature by human civilisation has made it imperative that natural and human-made materials co-exist with one another. This may eventually result in an evolutionary partnership, something we need to be more considerate about. Since July 2012 Yoshitida has been creating land art combining cultivation in Satoyama and thinning timber (Cypress & Cedar). Its organic plant-like shape will continue to evolve with time as pieces are added, and the surrounding nature plays its part
When we are younger life seems so much easier, and more straightforward. Rushing back from school every afternoon to catch up on your favourite cartoons, friends and candy are memories we can all relate to. What's interesting is that we often cannot wait to get older and escape the drudgery of homework and school only to find out that life was much more relaxed before! Artist Cheryl Polcaro enjoyed the escapism that books provided when she was younger. Fairy tales and mythology fuelled her imagination and creativity, As she grew older the darker realities of adulthood set in. Her work acts as a realm between those times. Through manipulation and fragmentation of photographic references on canvas and layers of paint, her work features isolated images of innocence amongst darker voids. However, the viewer is left with enough breathing space to project their interpretation into her work.
Working out of her studio in Tuscaloosa, AL, United States, artist Joni Gruber, like many of the artists we have the joy of working with, is passionate about the world around her. A lifelong environmentalist, landscapes and elements from the natural world are prominent subject matter. Some of her work also touches upon the ravages that unbridled industrialisation, unethical and undemocratic use of technology and greed have waged upon the natural world, The consequences of which we are all becoming widely aware of. Joni earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from The Ohio State University in 1988 with her work residing in private and public collections in the United States and Europe. Working extensively in Encaustic, her pieces have an organic, earthy atmosphere about them; metallics are combined with elemental tones exhibiting her expertise with colour as an artist. She also happens to be a big Star Trek fan!
For most people turning one of their passions into a career is hard enough but artist Tiffany Scull has combined her love of drawing and clay work into something that makes her smile each day. Incorporating the beautiful technique of Sgraffito in her work, she has developed a distinct and unique style of her own. Birds and fish are recurring themes in her pieces with an array of designs in her sketchbooks just waiting to take shape when the time is right. She finds inspiration in Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Gustav Kilmt, Maurice Sendak, Elizabeth Fritsch and Mary Wondrausch are among some of her other influences.
Based in Leeds, the United Kingdom, artist Steve Bennett who is a graphic designer by trade spent years honing his skills through his experience working in print, advertising and display. Eventually, he set up Jagger Studio to promote his lino prints. Unlike traditional artistic mediums where you see the results as you work on a piece, lino printing is different. Its unpredictability allows for interpretation during the cutting process, and it's not until the printing stage that you see the results. He signs his work under the name 'Jagger', an ode to his late father who's middle name was K. J. Bennett, The J standing for the name of his mum, Jagger. He draws his inspiration from popular culture, especially music.
Born in Nis, Serbia, artist Biljana Jankovic, graduated in 2001 from the Faculty of Fine Arts Cetinje, Montenegro, where she completed her Master studies in painting. She has since participated in over fifty group exhibitions in the country and abroad. She has also presented her work independently six times. In her latest body of work titled 'Manuscript', one sentence is rewritten overlapping and annulling the previously written, without space and pause, in the given format, in a special time interval which is then established and leaving behind the rhythmic trace as a consequence of the process.
Even with all the advances in digital photography, there is something captivating about using film. It could be the fact that it requires a certain amount of patience and discipline, in a world that’s obsessed with instant gratification, or the fact that you only have a number of shots to use, making each one count.
Photographer Ioana Vrabie, who was born in Transylvania, Romania is known for her dreamlike multiple-exposure compositions that incorporate contrasting elements, reflecting the contrast she experienced growing up in communist Romania and capitalist Italy. She replicates and releases the same tension, by surfing the emotion (energy in motion) arising between two or more visual layers in her photographs.
Her images are a manifestation of the calm restlessness of life, as experienced through a heightened sense of awareness.
She enrolled in the University of Arts in London in the mid-2000’s, graduating with a bachelors in Photography. She currently spends her time between Ibiza, Spain and London, United Kingdom building an archive of beauty through her lens.
Growing up in the eastern Canada's Maritime province, New Brunswick sure has its benefits. From its rugged yet breathtaking coastline to lush forests, artist Stéphane Richard certainly had a lot to keep himself busy, and inspired. This is reflected in his work which ranges from landscapes to seascapes in his early years as an artist. This later evolved into Pop art, abstract and cubist style works in his 20's. After taking a break in his 30's Stéphane has returned to where it all began, nature, using the picturesque Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, Canada as a base.
Experimenting with media such as linocut prints, plaster and acrylic paints along with printmaking and chalk he aims to convey an organic feel among his pieces. He is currently working on a parallel series of motifs, either in paintings or prints and abstract paintings with paint applied using a wood block. Find out more about his work via the links below.
As if growing up and studying in a culturally rich city like St. Louis was not enough, artist Ann Tygett Jones has also spent time in New Zealand and Northern California before returning to The Gateway City. Art classes during summers as a child were where she first explored her creativity which quickly transformed into a passion. Her work, characterised by bright, vivid colours, textures and movement is a visual treat, with swathes of emotion layered in between. Fuelled by experiences in life she translates everyday events into her abstract work. You can find out more about her work via the links below.
Hyun Kim /
Jarring yet poignant, the works of artist Hyun Kim left a lasting impression on us the first time we saw them. Her choice of topics often includes aspects and events from our age that are often forgotten. Primarily using video and installations, the viewers are immersed in the raw emotions she tries to convey resulting in a visceral assault on the senses.
Living and working in New York City, artist Heesun Shin who primarily works in sculpture transforms everyday objects into pieces of art that ignite dialogue about our universal human experience. Growing up in sunny California after moving to the United States in her early teens Heeshun holds a BFA in painting and an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Colourful, Bold and Captivating. Those are the three adjectives that crossed our mind when we saw artist Jessica Incerti Telani's work. Having been commissioned by clients such as German automobile manufacturer Audi, Jessica's work has a certain dynamism about it that cannot be pinpointed. Her work often incorporates video projections, delivering an immersive experience that cannot be provided by two-dimensional mediums.