“Through The Veil” – New Paintings by Tatiana Suarez and Craww

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San Francisco-based art gallery, Spoke Art are debuting “Through the Veil,” a two person art show featuring a collection of new paintings by Tatiana Suarez and Craww, tonight at their Sutter St. gallery location.

While the artistic styles and inspirations of the two artists are quite different (Tatiana is from Miami, and Craww is from across the pond in the UK), the duo are united by their haunting, yet sensual treatment of the female form in all its fragile vulnerability in their works.

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Tatiana’s subjects, doe-eyed vixens depicted through a traditional pop-surrealism lens, expand on the artist’s Cuban heritage with a tropical palate of greens and yellows, interacting with the flora and fauna of the rainforest. The artist’s history as muralist, painter and illustrator come together much like an “ajiaco”, a traditional Cuban stew comprised of diverse ingredients, to inform her new body of oil and acrylic paintings on paper and canvas.

Craww, who was born and raised in the United Kingdom, creates haunting and beautiful works. His subjects have a delicate fragility, depicted with extended matchstick limbs, entwined in a bed of ravens and roses, both recurring elements found throughout his paintings. His women are shown primarily with their eyes closed (a stark contrast to Tatiana’s), resting in what can be interpreted as either a peaceful slumber or a welcome death.

The exhibition will be on view through October 26, 2013. Visit Spoke Art for more details.

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Angel Galactica: Digital Collages Inspired by Mecha Culture

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These awesome digital collages are the creations of Hong Meow (aka Estefania de Armero), a Tokyo-based digital photographer, collage artist, and “wannabe” musician. Meow’s surreal works are heavily influenced by the garish, animated GIF excesses of the internet of the ‘90s, and also Japan’s anime culture.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the artist is an alumni of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her works have been exhibited at the Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, Georgia.

You can visit her site (NSFW) to see more of her artwork. Don’t forget to check out her ongoing Faceshirts portraiture project, where you can submit a photo and have it turned into a custom made shirt design.

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Saul Bass Inspired Movie Posters For The Gambler

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Creative agency New! were given the assignment to create posters for a Lithuanian movie called “The Gambler,” which premiered last week at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film, directed by Ignas Jonynas, tells the story of medical workers who gamble and play God with the lives of patients under their care.

The agency decided to do something radical to make the posters stand out amongst the many others at the festival. While some movie studios spend thousands of dollars jazzing up their promotional media with all sorts of gimmicky effects, New! worked on making the quality of photos used in the posters as low resolution as they could get away with.

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The Stunningly Surreal Photography of Pisaller

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Pisaller (NSFW) is the pseudonym of a talented 19 year old photographer/art student, who lives both in France as well as Tunisia. She creates surreal and haunting images, which impressed me with their sublime beauty.

Talking about her pen name, the photographer says that it is a combination of two French words —pis and aller — which when combined together means “the last resort.” Art, she confesses, is not only her final way to escape from reality, but also her last resort to express what words can’t.

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Having been brought up in the cultures of two different countries, her works reflect on the vast gap between the two. The search for an identity is a common thread in her photographs, especially in her portraits. Pisaller uses a Sony DSLR-A290 to shoot her images, which she then digitally manipulates on a computer. She uses double exposure photography techniques to disfigure the faces of her beautiful models, and making then into “monsters” to illustrate the fact that human beings have many different and hidden facets to their personalities.

You can visit her Tumblr (NSFW) and her Facebook page to see more of her works.

Here are a few select images from her portfolio.

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A 4 Story High Street Art Mural by Natalia Rak

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Polish artist Natalia Rak is well known for her colorful and emotive paintings of women. The images you see here are of “Spellbound,” her psychedelically beautiful new piece, which she painted over a period of six days on the side of a 4 story building in the town of Turek, Poland.

Born in 1986, Rak has been quite passionate about painting for a decade. She holds a degree in fine arts, and also a diploma in spatial and poster design. Her works have been displayed in numerous group exhibitions in Europe and the US.

You can visit her website to see more of her art.

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Large Paper Cutout Installations by Risa Fukui

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Japanese artist Risa Fukui’s series of large-scale paper cutouts (known as Kirie) is currently on display at the Pola Museum Annex in Tokyo. Fukui created these pieces by mounting her intricately cut paper figures on hanging translucent panels, which allow the double-sided works to be viewed both from the front as well as the back. The cutouts cast shadows on the floor, which give them an additional dimensionality.

The exhibit titled “LIFE-SIZED,” will be on display at the gallery until September 8, 2013.

You can visit the artist’s website and check out more works in the gallery.

[via Lustik and Spoon & Tamago]

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