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Hi everyone, sorry I’ve been inactive for a few weeks! Just got back to school so I’ve been pretty bogged down in work. As always, we are open for submissions!

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Virginia Broersma

Facebook, Saatchi Art

is an American painter. She studied Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah.

Virginia Broersma’s work explores the concept of allure in terms of the human form. Built of rough and loose marks that congeal into something very precise, her paintings have an intensity that is formed not only from the image, but from the action of painting itself.  Though it deviates from the human form, her imagery is complicated by associations one may have with the body. She is interested in how even a distant representation of a person can be conflated with measurements of perfection, beauty and the ideal.

Gotta give some love to SCAD grads!


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Paintings by Iranian Artist Afarin Sajedi

We are enjoying the work of Iranian artist Afarin Sajedi this morning. Sajedi has had exhibitions across Iran and also taught at Tehran Azad University and Tehran University. Her paintings and sketches of women are fascinating and slightly surreal, but gracefully honest.


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Jenny Morgan Paintings

Artist on Tumblr

Jenny Morgan is a professional artist working mainly in pastel and taking commissions in all subjects but specialising in portraiture.

If a face to face sitting is not possible through time or distance then Jenny can paint from any clear photograph. This enables her to capture the look and character of the subject from an image that has been chosen especially by each client. By simplifying the sitting in this way it offers the chance for anyone to own a beautiful personal piece of art work, and makes a unique gift for a person who ‘has everything’.

Great article in Juxtapoz about her recently!


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Ethereal Portraits by LakormisShowcase Horrific Beauty

on Behance, Facebook

Beauty is a treasured thing in our culture, and Turkish artist Merve Morkoç, aka Lakor mis, turns this ideal on its head. At first glance their paintings are of seemingly young, glowing-skinned models, but a longer gaze reveals that these subjects all have something seriously wrong with them. Coupled with their well-coiffed hair are fantastical disfigurations that you’d see in a horror film. Warped eyelids, caved in faces, and rashes exist on these young women.

Any sort of pleasant response you initially had is probably gone, and the works are like a train wreck that you can’t look away from. The strange details are intriguing, and it speaks to Morkoç’s expert handling of the medium that they are easily able to fool us into thinking something that’s repulsive is actually beautiful.




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The photography of Phebe Schmidt

Phebe Schmidt is challenging our perception and digestion of the world around us, one pastel-hued, glossy photograph at a time. The Australia native bears a bold, pop style not unlike the work of Toilet Paper and Maurizio Cattelan, among several other influential contemporary photographers, but the driving force behind Schmidt’s work sets her apart (not to mention her cultivation of equally revolting and seductive imagery). She juxtaposes food with gore, disgust with desire, making the repulsive almost sensual, or tangible—we can nearly taste it—and vice versa. Utilizing the imagery and vocabulary of our digital age as her muse, she challenges every socialized norm from gender to beauty, sexuality to the food we consume. Often composed like glossy product shots, Schmidt perverts and interprets our culture as she sees it and spits it back to us. And as we’ve learned so many times before, it can be hard to look in the mirror.


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phil-irish-artist:

By copyrighting his property as an artwork, he has prevented oil companies from drilling on it.

Peter Von Tiesenhausen has developed artworks all over his property in northern Alberta.  There’s a boat woven from sticks that is gradually being reclaimed by the land; there is a fence that he adds to each year of his life, and there are many “watching” trees, with eyes scored into their bark.

Oil interests pester him continually about drilling on his land.  His repeated rebuffing of their advances lead them to move toward arbitration.  They made it very clear that he only owned the top 6 inches of soil, and they had rights to anything underneath.  He then, off the top of his head, threatened them that he would sue damages if they disturbed his 6 inches, for the entire property is an artwork.  Any disturbance would compromise the work, and he would sue.

Immediately after that meeting, he called a lawyer (who is also an art collector) and asked if his intuitive threat would actually hold legally.  The lawyer visited, saw the scope of the work on the property, and wrote a document protecting the artwork.

The oil companies have kept their distance ever since.

This is but one example of Peter’s ability to negotiate quickly on his feet, and to find solutions that defy expectations.

Though this was a really great little blurb!


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Lisa M. Robinson

Snowbound by Lisa M. Robinson is one of the most beautiful bodies of photographic work I’ve had the pleasure of coming across in months. I highly recommend buying the book if you have the funds, it’s definitely well worth it.


Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been super busy with school work BUT if anyone has any artists they would like to submit that would be great! My scope is only so large in terms of the art community. It would be great to see which artists all of you have on your radars as well!

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