Undesirable Forms by Maria Risner by CreativPaper

Reflected Forms

Reflected Forms

Originally published in Issue 13 (February 2018)

For her latest project titled 'Undesirable Forms' artist Maria Risner decided to tackle pain, grief and distress. Emotions that we have all felt at one point or another neither of which can be easy to process. Her content centres around the repulsion and discomfort women can experience within their mind and body. In our image-obsessed societies, Maria exaggerates undesirable female bodily features. Uneven skin tone, wrinkles and body hair all get centre stage, through a self-abasing point of view of a woman. Reactions can be both positive or repulsive, but there is no denying Maria is creating dialogue around sensitive themes that every modern woman has to face.

Suspended Figure

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Void, Plaster Lfe-Casts, 84” x 15” x 72”, 2018

Void, Plaster Lfe-Casts, 84” x 15” x 72”, 2018

Jeremy Philip Knowles: 8am Walks by CreativPaper

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For his latest project titled '8am walks', Berlin-based British photographer Jeremy Philip Knowles had a simple objective. Leave the house at 8 am every day with his camera and capture what he saw around him. A city that often has a reputation for being dark and gloomy, Jeremy dispels this popular myth with details of colour, pattern and shadow with a project that lasted for over two years. Born in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom in 1992, Jeremy graduated with a degree in fine art photography from Camberwell College of Art in 2015. His practice has developed into a playful photographic study of the everyday.

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Alise Loebelsohn by CreativPaper

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After graduating from Pratt Institute with a BFA in painting, artist Alise Loebelsohn studied in France and at the Art Students League in NYC. During her time at Pratt, she worked at an organisation that created murals in hospitals and mental institutions in deep need of beautification. Alise ran the studio for two years, helping with colour decisions and also assisting others with technique and process. Eventually, Alise found herself perched on to of Times Square in New York, painting billboards while the world passed her below. Her current creative practice consists of layering the surface of her materials with Venetian plaster followed up sanding and burnishing to build up patina and shine before the colours are introduced. You can find out more about Alise and her work via her website below.

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From the series titled “Passages Through Pattern”, 2017

From the series titled “Passages Through Pattern”, 2017

From the series titled “Passages Through Pattern”, 2017

From the series titled “Passages Through Pattern”, 2017

Important Notice to all our Readers by CreativPaper

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It has recently been brought to our attention by a fellow publication that there is a significant overlap between the copy of our 'Artist Kit', that is usually sent out to artists before we work with them and theirs. As you may know the “Artists kit” outlines the benefits of working with us along with relevant information such as prices etc. Our services are very similar to those of the publication concerned and as such a degree of similarity is to be expected, but the content in some places is word for word identical.

Here at CreativPaper, we pride ourselves on the quality and individual nature of our artist's features; these are collaboratively written in house and so are highly bespoke. However, we did initially outsource the production of our marketing material, and it is this that the complaint has been made against. As a reputational business, we take such accusations of plagiarism exceptionally seriously and while it is only related to a single marketing pack and not the magazine itself we feel it is appropriate to be fully open.

The marketing material was created by an outsourced copywriter who no longer works for the business. Our immediate response has been to stop all marketing activities using this material and to bring the production of the media pack back in house. The 'Artist Pack' in question has been reauthored by us and is available upon request. Rest assured, the services offered and the price points have not changed. Even though the impact, in relation to the content and quality of our magazine, and the level of satisfaction we have built with you is low, we want to apologise to all our readers for this lapse in oversight at CreativPaper.

We are a small team who are passionate about what we have created and the relationships we have built with all the artists we have worked with over the years. We hope you will keep following us on our journey and apologise for any embarrassment this might have caused.

- The Team at CreativPaper

Talking Sterotypes and Art with Bernadetta Tajs by CreativPaper

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Originally published in Issue No. 12 Vol 1 (Dec 2018)

We live in a world where people are increasingly defined by the labels associated with them. Straight, gay, trans, the colour of our skin, our ethnicity all pigeonhole us into predetermined stereotypes. As artists, we can work towards blurring these lines, opening dialogue and challenge the status-quo. One artist who is championing this is Stockholm based Bernadetta Tajs, originally from Poland she now resides in the Swedish capital with her family. Her work highlights the beauty of sex and sexuality, a topic that is suppressed in cultures around the world. Bernadetta talks to us in her interview about the importance of the most primal of urges, her life in Stockholm and the importance of silence.

What do you think it is about sex and sexuality that makes people uncomfortable?

I come from a very religious, patriarchal and traditional community. I understood very early that this is wrong and the world has many colours and shades, that the world is not only white and black or bad or good. When I was little, I still listened that everyone needs to suffer in life and I thought; no, absolutely not. We don’t need to suffer all own life. Different religions or someone who uses religion to achieve their own goals make people think that life on earth is a test, and only in heaven can you be happy. The same people through religions say that sex is evil, that sex is the duty of a wife, that a woman is ashamed of her body, that a man is allowed to be drunk and not a woman. Religions have a significant influence on what people think and unfortunately show a woman as guilty, like Eve in Paradise...I want to tell people that sexuality is ok and that it is natural. That homosexual love has the same rights as heterosexual, and everyone has the right to be here and now happy.

Surely the fact it is a fundamental stage in life should make it an open subject?

Yes, of course. I have noticed that if something is hidden, mysterious and forbidden, people more often want to try it. In college, when we drew or sculpted the act, naked bodies of clay, I asked boys what they feel when they see this beautiful naked girl and everyone replied that her body was fresh and exciting only on the first day. On the second day and later her body was already normal, boring, not so attractive anymore. My colleagues also responded that the body is just a body, feelings to someone are more important.

Where are you currently based in the world and why?

I live permanently in Stockholm, Sweden. Here I have found more understanding and tolerance. Here I met my husband, and we now have two wonderful sons.

Do you think that we are getting more close-minded as a culture with each passing day?

I do not think so. We live in a very commercial and busy world, and there is nothing wrong with that. I love activity and diversity. Everything is different than 20 or 30 years ago. Everyone can find what they want.

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Would you say your work allows the viewer to decode their own message?

Yes, absolutely. I want the viewer to feel something, and his imagination helped him move to another world. Everyone sees something completely different in my painting, and that's what it's about. These paintings are to stimulate memories and desires. We live in very restrictive times, rules are everywhere, and their breaking is associated with rejection by society. I do not want new rules ... I want to break them and show everyone that it's ok to be open and honest and that we all have desires.

What do you think Dionysus would make of our modern world?

Dionysos could introduce more openness, tolerance and empathy. People physically close themselves to others. People do not want to talk to each other, sit next to each other, we do not know our neighbours, we hide our feelings, we do not trust each other.

What was the best response you have had to your paintings?

I heard that my paintings show porn and then I thought two things: Yes, that's the point, the viewer's fantasy should lead him to a different place, memories or desires ... On the other hand, I thought, How? After all, these images are colourful, graphic, very simplified in form. Where is the pornography here? Another time, when a social media platform blocked the marketing of all my paintings that were there, I thought, something is wrong. We are not becoming more and more open. New rules, censorship, hurt feelings? It's some kind of return to the Middle Ages. Someone with more power wants us to think like him.

What is Bernadetta listening to on repeat at the moment?

I try to listen to silence. To sit in peace with coffee and rest. Analyse the day and reflect on the future.

Iceland Photo Series by Sunny Bola by CreativPaper

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.

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moholinushk by CreativPaper

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.

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Japanese Style Fish

Japanese Style Fish

Otarie Vers Luisant

Otarie Vers Luisant

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Q. Wang by CreativPaper

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.

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Jiuzaigou

Jiuzaigou

Looking

Looking

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Andrei Epishin by CreativPaper

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.

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Windsurfing (Sutomore. 2013-16)

Windsurfing (Sutomore. 2013-16)

New Gadget (Sutomore. 2013-16)

New Gadget (Sutomore. 2013-16)

The School, Oil on Cardboard, 2018

The School, Oil on Cardboard, 2018

Tony Rubino by CreativPaper

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.

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Building Paint

Building Paint

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Water

Peyton Rack by CreativPaper

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).

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Archaeologists, 2017

Archaeologists, 2017

Origins, 2016

Origins, 2016

Year of the Supermoon, 2017

Year of the Supermoon, 2017

Fu Wenjun by CreativPaper

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.

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Red Cloud

Red Cloud

Spring Water

Spring Water

Desert Oasis

Desert Oasis

Hanna Supetran by CreativPaper

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. 

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Infinite Horizons

Infinite Horizons

On The Edge

On The Edge

Seasons of Love

Seasons of Love

Yoshitada Ihara by CreativPaper

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

 

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Cheryl Polcaro by CreativPaper

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.

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Marionette

Marionette

Hand Me Downs

Hand Me Downs

Joni Gruber by CreativPaper

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!  

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Copper Hills

Copper Hills

Chanelling Earth

Chanelling Earth

Matter Stream

Matter Stream

Tiffany Scull by CreativPaper

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. 

 

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Dragonfly & Waterlily

Dragonfly & Waterlily

Hummingbirds & Orchids Wall Art

Hummingbirds & Orchids Wall Art

Peacock, Butterfly & Rose

Peacock, Butterfly & Rose

Steve Bennett by CreativPaper

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. 

 

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Biljana Jankovic by CreativPaper

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.

 

 

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Manuscript 1, detail, 77 x 56 cm

Manuscript 1, detail, 77 x 56 cm

Manuscript, polyptyh, 2016 ink on paper

Manuscript, polyptyh, 2016 ink on paper

Ioana Vrabie by CreativPaper

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.

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Kali: Change, analogue double exposure, Ubud 2014

Kali: Change, analogue double exposure, Ubud 2014

Roots Of Humanity, analogue double exposure, Ubud 2014

Roots Of Humanity, analogue double exposure, Ubud 2014

Lotus: From Mud To Flower, analogue triple exposure, Bali 2014

Lotus: From Mud To Flower, analogue triple exposure, Bali 2014

Sifting Through Life, analogue double exposure, Bali 2014

Sifting Through Life, analogue double exposure, Bali 2014

We Need To Talk — God, analogue double exposure, London 2014

We Need To Talk — God, analogue double exposure, London 2014