Josh Keyes – One thing is clear, the world has changed

above, Roaming Woods
20″x34″, acrylic on birch panel, 2013

“The variety of animals and odd creatures I have created over the years began to ask where do we come from, what is our story?”

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Treadmill
24″x30″, acrylic on canvas, 2006

His work has been described as “a satirical look at the impact urban sprawl has on the environment and surmises, with the aid of scientific slices and core samples, what could happen if we continue to infiltrate and encroach on our rural surroundings.

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Entangle II
30″x40″, acrylic on panel, 2009

One thing is clear, the world has changed…“. And so did Josh Keyes’ illustrations.
They once were reminiscent of the diagrammatic representation found in scientific textbook illustrations that often express through a detached and clinical viewpoint of an empirical representation of the natural world.

Above and Below Above and Below I
40″x30″, acrylic on panel, 2012

The apocalyptic taste, the satirical look is not gone, but its simple illustration is replaced by more nature, more landscape, more surrounding.

Roaming Woods
Roaming Woods
24″x20″, acrylic on panel, 2013

The happenings now take place in the world we think to know. The protagonists in this illustrations move more freely through the woods, the streets and the sky. The sculpturesqueness and the simplicity change to complexity.
The Old Ones is the first installment of The Far Side of the World.

The messengers The Messengers
12″x20”, acrylic on birch panel, 2014

www.joshkeyes.net
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Oil paintings by Christiane Vleugels

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Each new painting unveils a certain aspect and makes it clear to me that I have chosen the right path in life.

A life in which I have yet to learn and give so much.

This is why none of my paintings carry a certain message or political statement.
The sole purpose of my work is to tempt people to dream.
There is nothing I love more than to move my audience to ecstasy by allowing them a peek into my fantasy.

This is why I gladly invite you all to take a look at my gallery.
‘Welcome to my world!’

Christiane Vleugels

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Photorealistic Paintings by Mitch Griffiths

Inspired by the light and composition of Old Masters paintings, but concerning 21st-century British society, Mitch Griffiths oil paintings are a symbolic statement for the “transient and throwaway nature” of contemporary culture.

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Born in Nuneaton in 1971, his passion for drawing came early. His Diploma in Graphic Design and his Higher National Diploma in Illustration show his abnormal talent and honed his abilities to a level where he could replicate and then advance creatively from his models.

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While his artistic language owes a debt to the past, the paintings content addresses the issues of the twenty-first century. “Large, complex canvases, packed with detail, expose the immoralities and pretences of our time”.

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However, their symbolism reflects a modern quest for redemption from the overriding self-obsession and consumerism of contemporary society, with its vanity and greed, addictions and needless suffering.” – www.mitchgriffiths.com

Master Lui Liu

Lui Liu, – who was born in Northern China but moved to Canada in the early 1990s – trained at the esteemed Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His masterful technique has been compared to the italian baroque artist Caravaggio (I think you will also find a bit of De Chirico or Dalí). In a Chinese twist, Lui Liu uses his oil paintings to play with the absurd, toying with the viewer in an often grotesque hilarity.

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His acquisition of techniques started during China’s Cultural Revolution when he was a little boy painting posters on the street. And he continued in the most prestigious Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.

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In my opinion, the borderlines dividing language, science, common sense and the arts are disappearing gradually. I see convergence bringing about an integrated cultural world, and my works are an attempt to present such a vision of the integrating world to our senses. For me, this is the utterable element still unuttered. – Lui Liu

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What’s left of ME in my paintings then is the combination of other people’s rules and technique and my psychological perception of reality. I don’t try to be ancient or modern. I could only paint within the continuity of a tradition and with a simple mission: to paint the ever-lasting mythopoetic images of our time as they come out of the past and move into the future
– Lui Liu

Visit his official homepage www.luiliu.com

Yigal Ozeri’s photoreal paintings

Yigal Ozeri was born 1958, Israel and
lives and works in New York, NY

Yigal Ozeri’s oil paintings show young women and couples framed by landscapes.
In his paintings you see the psychological attendance of the protagonists.
The motives in his paintings appear to be made: suddenly looking up, obviously, with unbiased smiles or in motion through the lush surroundings.
On each of these paintings Ozeri captures the vulnerability of the female body, all figures are in the year of transition from the young girl to a mature woman.