The Amazing Impressionistic Oil Paintings of Brent Estabrook

oil on canvas 84 - Painting by Brent Estabrook

Dream Team - Painting by Brent Estabrook

Dream Team Closeup - Painting by Brent Estabrook

If you can dream it - Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

If you can dream it Closeup- Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

Three Amigos - Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

Far too many of us have sacrificed our dreams on the altar of harsh reality. It’s hard out there for anyone, and even more so for a creative person to follow their dreams. But, it’s heartening to know that there are always a brave few who never give up and keep fighting.

American artist Brent Estabrook, who despite being a qualified dentist (with a large school debt), decided to give it all up and began to chase his love of painting. He went through some difficult patches — which included spending an year sleeping on an air mattress in a studio apartment shared with other people — but he never once stopped painting during that period.

“I have given up a life of comfort and dullness to pursue a life of uncertainty and excitement… All I know is that I need to paint… that is it.” – Brent

Warm and fuzzy - Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

Warm and fuzzy closeup- Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

His latest series of oil painting “Perpetual Recess,” was inspired by his pursuit of the internal passions which drive us in the face of overwhelming odds. The playful series, tinged with nostalgia, takes us back to our childhoods where we were free to dream without any of the fears which hold us back now. Using an impressionistic style of painting, Brent has masterfully used colors, contrast and textures to create his works. The effect is quite stunning as the paintings looks photorealistic when viewed from a distance.

Brent Estabrook was born in the year 1985 in Arizona, but spent most of his life in Seattle. He graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, before getting a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Louisville. He is currently based in San Francisco, and has had his works exhibited at numerous exhibits in America.

You can visit his site and/or follow him on Instagram to see more of his work.

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Stephane Dillies’s Garbage Art



French figurative artist, Stephane Dillies’s oil paintings may be about trash, but they are good enough to hang on your walls.  His paintings are based on photographs of trash bins found in different cities around the world. They are almost hyperealistic, and a beautiful statement on society’s overwhelming appetite for consumption. Dillies uses his works to elevate ordinary trash to a completely different level.

Via his site:

His paintings are modern vanities. Stephane Dillies makes paintings of garbage of different countries as landscapes or still life. His compositions are made by fortuity by every consumers of those cities. They represent the massive consumption of the developed world. His paintings reminds us that development can’t be without consequences, however his works can be seen as luxurious trophy of modernity. It’s also a subtle game of lights, colours, and material. Finally, they can be seen as the real reflect of our lives; as a soda can, you’re born, you live, you will die..

Dillies is a graduate of Fine Arts (MFA), and lives and works in Brussels. His works have been exhibited in numerous cities in France and Belgium.

Link to Stephane Dillies’s site.

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Band of Skulls’ Emma Richardson’s First Solo Art Show


Emma Richardson, bassist and vocalist in alt rock group Band of Skulls, is also, as it turns out, a very talented artist and painter. Her first first solo exhibition, Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’, is currently on display at the Londonewcastle Project Space in London.

The large scale oil paintings, she says, were created in response to the band’s music, and were also hugely influenced by the works of Cy Twombly and Lucian Freud.

The exhibition consists of two groups of works, corresponding to the first two albums
by Band Of Skulls. The first series formed the artwork for their debut album, released in 2009, when Richardson’s paintings were photographed and then digitally manipulated to create the cover.

The process was extended and developed for their forthcoming second album, for which Richardson worked with the designer Vincent Toi and the creative team at The PHI Centre in Montreal, Canada, who by turn enlisted glass artists Cédric Ginart and Karina Guevin to make a glass sculpture inspired by Richardson’s paintings. The resulting collaboration was photographed and became the cover image for the album.

This month will also see the release of the band’s much-anticipated second album, Sweet Sour. ‘Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’ will be on display till 12th February, 2012. Click here for more details on the show.

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Spoke Art’s September Group Exhibition


“Broken Geisha,” by Handiedan.

Spoke Art, the San Francisco based art gallery, has invited four talented artists to feature their works in their September Group Show. Each artist will display their unique interpretations of the female form in the art exhibition, created using their individualistic creative techniques, and on diverse artistic mediums.

The show will have its opening night on September 1, 2011, and will be on through September 22, 2011. All the artists will be in attendance during opening night.

Here are some select artworks that will be featured during the exhibition:


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