We took a little siesta in August, but now we’re back to highlight some of the beautiful and unique submissions we received. There are so many talented artists in the world, so we wanted to share some of our favorites with you!
Here’s our list of the top 10 artists to watch this month.
The whimsical nature of Ashley’s illustrations are what first caught our eye. However with a closer look, we see more thought-provoking work develop, reflecting Ashley’s true intentions with her art.
“A lot of my work is emotionally and viscerally charged. I try to paint about things I care about.”
Though she started with fun illustrations, she’s now creating paintings that speak to the things that matter to her. “I try to use playfully subversive imagery that hits home for people that care about the environment, care about gay rights, mental health, climate change, or shit, even care about something.”
Tamar Greenberg, an Israeli based artist, is our first submission of art journaling. Tamar’s interest in art started at a young age, and travels and corresponding studies led her to discover this form of art, which she both practices and teaches.
For Tamar, art journaling creates a deeper sense of self awareness. She shares her practice, techniques and tips on her blog as a way to consistently contribute to the art journaling community.
Through his art, Nicholas Battis touches on a range of topics, connecting them through lines, shapes and colors. They are a juxtaposition of the natural and technological elements that we experience everyday.
“My works are process-oriented, problem-solving exercises of composition, line, and color, achieved with a deliberate effort to preserve the marks that represent the history of this creative struggle. They reference our natural world and our technological age of interconnectedness experienced through the Web, social media, and virtual reality.”
4Gina Day & Victor DeCroix (Subtle Perversions)
Gina Day and Victor DeCroix founded their company, Subtle Perversions, at the beginning of this year. Their mission is to “promote and market home and office furnishings and personal wearables” that they design themselves and collaborate with other artists on.
They play with a range of different items, from office furniture to magic potion bottles. In their own words, “The style of each refurbished piece is playfully macabre, with dark, gothic, spooky and occasionally “adults only” overtones.” There are no limits.
Linda Wandt plays with surreal elements throughout her intricate oil paintings. Her work focuses on female narrative portraits and at times landscapes (and bees) when she wants to delve into something new.
As an artist, Linda is just as versatile as her work. “I am making specific points about forging identity, duality and empowering the viewer, but I enjoy a variety of subject matter, and even styles sometimes.”
6Nadya Lambreva (Hope Lamber Art)
Nadya is making wearable (and functional) art with her clothing brand Hope Lamber.
Based in Austin, Hope Lamber combines art and fashion through specially designed hand-painted and ready-to-wear shirts, bags, pants and jackets. Nadya uses special fabric paints so that the clothes can be washed as normal. Tons of designs are offered for both men and women to express their unique and individual personalities.
After moving to Austin from El Paso five years ago, Jeanette began photographing the LGBTQI community in various portrait series. She has since become an ally, documenting and archiving a community that is typically underrepresented in mainstream art.
Since 1960, Austinite Rick Byrnes has been photographing and distorting the world around him. His visceral photographs are both fun and puzzling.
“I create fantastic imagery as an alternative to what we perceive as reality. My work contains deliberate manipulations, and leans toward the surreal. I try to create clear meaning from what could be considered meaningless.”
The images from Ashley’s series, “Beyond the Veil,” which she collaborated on with fellow photographer Matt Robertson (@mattrobertson15) evoke a mix of emotions.
Most of the photographs feature female subjects, using one common household product – saran wrap – to create visually stunning and provocative photographs. Through the colors, poses and manipulation, the saran wrap transforms into both a beautiful and dangerous object.
Jon Schoepflin is a versatile artist, working with a range of materials to achieve his photographs.
One of the first projects he sent us was a photographic series of common objects that transformed into art out of an ordinary situation. “When you take on a full home remodel by yourself and have never done any construction, the hours take their toll and common objects become art.”
In his recent work, Jon portrays a “Water Car puddling along at dusk.”
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