I like these paintings of interiors by London based artist Liza Hirst. Hirst is an extremely prolific artist – painting figures, still-lifes, urban landscapes, animals and more. See her extensive portfolio on Daily Painters.
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London, England based artist Erin Lawlor uses bold brushstrokes to create abstract spaces which remind me of rock formations in the American Southwest. Built with a limited palette and successive layers of paint, these forms have an amazing sense of depth.
The artist recently had a show at the George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco.
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Minneapolis based artist Terrence Payne creates patterns based upon unusual motifs. In Payne’ large scale oil pastel drawings, spotted frogs, chickens and women’s faces spread rhythmically across the paper. The artist is currently applying his talents to creating a new line of wallpaper at Hygge & West.
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“Just finished crying,” “Haven’t slept for a few days,” “Leave me alone.” These are the type of phrases I would expect to hear from the lips of Canadian artist Kris Knight‘s subjects. Or, they might just as well remain silent; the piercing eyes, pink noses and shadow-lined faces contain their secrets.
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Australia based artist Belynda Henry paints abstract landscapes. Inspired by her everyday environment in rural New South Wales, Henry translates the mountains, trees, and lakes into bright blocks of color, surrendering detail for repetition of shapes and bouncing light.
The artist currently has an exhibit called “Jigsaw” at Anthea Polson Art in Queensland, Australia.
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I love how Adelaide, Australia-based artist Emma Uber uses the texture and strokes of pastel sticks to create these wonderful portraits. In her hands, the colors drip and melt on the canvas.
From the artist’s website: “My experience studying and working in the graphic design field plays a big part in my painting style today. . . . → Read More: Portraits of women done with pastels by Emma Uber
Inspired by a nightmarish family reunion, Tel Aviv artist Maya Bloch painted this series of works using photographs taken from the event. Bloch’s expressionistic-style of broad brushstrokes blends her subjects’ faces in and out of focus, suggesting a distorted reality.
See more of the artist’s work on her website.
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Face with mustache and glasses, 25 in. x 24 in., oil on wood, 2013
I like these quirky self-portraits by Colorado based artist Jennifer Balkan. Balkan applies rough blocks of paint to create an expressive portrait which exudes personality.
In her artist’s statement, Balkan writes, “Though it is a cerebral concept that motivates me, the . . . → Read More: Self-portraits by Jennifer Balkan
Birds and shopping bags are two of my favorite subjects. Throw in a source light and, if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of something that resembles these oil paintings by Karen Hollingsworth. See much more of this artist’s work on her website.
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Gallery Wendi Norris is currently presenting “Wolfgang Paalen: Philosopher of the Possible,” a selection of works by Wolfgang Paalen (Austrian, 1905-1959), a well-known twentieth century Surrealist. My favorite piece in the show is the image above, entitled “Nuit tropicale (Tropical Night)” painted by the artist in 1948.
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