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Ashley Urban

An Homage to Historic Downtown

 

Cal Edison Building

 

Cal Edison Building

 

Cal Edison Building

 

Hotel Hayward

 

Warner Bros Theatre Dome

 

Biltmore Hotel

 

Biltmore Hotel

 

Pac Mutual Building

 

Secret Ceiling

 

Los Angeles Theatre

 

 

ABOUT

Ashley Urban is a fine artist and illustrator, fashion designer, and visual story teller. Originally from the seclusions of a national forest in Colorado, she has found a strong juxtaposition of culture, sights, sounds and experiences after moving to Los Angeles in 2013. Ashley lives and designs a multitude of creative projects from her downtown Los Angeles studio. One of her favorite pastimes is taking walks through the downtown streets, photographing and studying historic architecture. She has an allegiance for sharing the sights of what she finds well designed, beautiful, strange, mesmerizing or overlooked. With an affinity for bygone eras, she finds considerable excitement and curiosity in the hidden stories that the spectacular historic buildings of Los Angeles could tell. You can find her art, photography, fashion and all manner of the ‘The Art of Style’ on her website, TheAshleyUrban.com

 

 

Social media: 
Architecture photography: @Urban.Decadence
Art/Fashion/Design: @TheAshleyUrban

TheAshleyUrban.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of HELLGA PROTIV

 

Death Rock Babe

 

Air

 

Type 13

 

Type 5

 

Kawaii Goth

 

Air

 

Zebra

 

Type 2

 

Trad

 

 

 

ABOUT

HELLGA’s real name is Olga, and she lives in St. Petersburg. She has drawn since childhood, has no special art education, and is mostly self-taught. As a teenager, she became fascinated with the goth subculture and dark aesthetics. Since then, she’s been drawing portraits of people, fashion illustrations, stickers and prints in her favorite style. She also sews costumes for photo shoots, and makes headpieces and jewelry.

 

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hellga_protiv

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/hellgaprotivart

Deviantart​ https://hellgaprotiv.deviantart.com

 

 

 

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Fire Ball
Tragedy at the Fair

(with all respect and sadness for Tyler Jarrell)

by Nick Paul

 

hurry! hurry!
step this way
the drunken lips
of a carnie say

step aboard
and ride the ride
without you knowing
its suicide

strap on in
and hold real tight
pumping music
swirling light

it goes real high
it goes real fast
on one young life
a shadows’ cast

somethings’ wrong
you hear a snap
your seat is broke
you have no strap

your suddenly thrown
into the air
this isn’t right
this isn’t fair

you crash to earth
upon your head
your only eighteen
and now your dead

such a waste
such a crime
to be the topic
of this rhyme

a young boy’s future
put to waste
reopen tommorrow
don’t hesitate

he’s more than a statistic
he was a human being
a horrible diaster
this horrible feeling

 

 

 

 

Skid Row Queens and Halloweens

 

I am a haunted poet
who likes to write in rhyme
menacing creatures lick their lips
between my evry’ line

The pagan day is coming
its only moons away
painted faces powdered wigs
better get out of my way

Is my cloth a costume?
These rags that I have found
black feathered horses
pull my coach around

A hag is talking to herself
I think she’s schizophrenic
she squats and pees upon the floor
she is a bit eccentric

Court ordered I start therapy
and talked about my past
he opened the bottle of my soul
and poured me into a glass

as my life was pouring
he held me to the light
he smelled my lifes bouquet
and asked me how I felt tonight

in the cafe I fell asleep
and when I tried to stand
I tumbled to the floor
like a wiggly rubber band

I told him all about myself
to explain the way I dress
I tried to salvage decency
from this indecent mess

So very much to talk about
in such a little span of time
what truths should I discuss
what lies will I leave behind?

Which memories are fabricated
and are nothing more than lies
I’ll make him feel compassionate
I’ll bring tears into my eyes

and I can be such a liar
just to have you on my side
feathered horses galloping
this will be a bumpy ride

did my ghosts get exorcised?
Are they still gagged and  bound?
Moon light cast long shadows
Skid Row queens dance around

GreyHounds bare their teeth
chewing morsels from the floor
I lift my lamp into the dark
another memory to explore

life can be a haunted holiday
a friendly gesture turns obscene
the dead request another dance
and  I waltz within a dream

 

 

BIO

Nick Paul lives in downtown Los Angeles. He loves the people he meets, and is fascinated by other artists and their work. Nick is currently looking for galleries to exhibit his work. Feel free to get in touch with him.

Contact info: nickpaulartist@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

We changed our name: we are now Studio 526 (formerly Lamp Arts Program)!

The People Concern’s Studio 526 arts program is a creative studio platform for all residents of Skid Row neighborhood, rooted in the conviction that equitable access to arts and cultural spaces is a fundamental human right, essential for all people and communities.

 

https://www.thepeopleconcern.org/

 

 

 

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The Art of Stephanie Garber

 

Houses of the Holy

 

Wild Horses

 

Fate in Bloom

 

River’s Edge

 

Iguana

 

Puppet Master’s Dance

 

A Breezy Kind of Day

 

Hanging On the Moon

 

Days Gone By

 

 

 

ABOUT

Stephanie Garber is an intuitive abstract artist. Her prolific art is an expression of her life’s experiences. She uses gestures, texture, color and storytelling to relate to the viewer through common ground. She has worked in Watercolor, print making and currently is exploring the freedom of abstract painting. Stephanie is self taught and credits her mother’s life as an artist as her earliest influence in art.

Stephanie Garber on Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blythe Smith Artwork

 

New Dawn

 

Blue Bird

 

Ex-Smoker’s Dream

 

Recess

 

Collector’s Pride

 

The Girl with the Red Shoes

 

Feeling Christmassy

 

Saintan

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art starts from the private but often ends up being generally applicable. It starts from small, seemingly unimportant incidents and often ends up being political.

My themes are (megalo)maniac: power, gender, addiction. I see meanings related to these themes everywhere.

I am interested in studying what meaning is, how meanings change, merge, and dissolve.

I think it is useless for an artist to declare truths, since they are scarce. In the best possible case, the meanings of the author and the experiencer enter into a dialogue with each other and nurture each other. Although art can never convey the truth, I hope that, when experienced, my art becomes true and that its meanings turn meaningful. That my art can influence and, whilst influencing, generate new art.

My art is multimodal, it is meant to appeal to all senses: I make use of language, puns, humour, irony, moving images, sounds, paintings, installations that you can touch, taste, hear, and smell.

I’m currently studying in Art Education in the Masters Programme at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland.

www.blythesmith.com

 

BIO

blythesmith1Blythe Smith is a Finnish visual artist with a strong background in linguistics and literature. In her work, she explores meanings: how meanings emerge and merge, how they change and dissolve in human interaction.

Blythe Smith’s work ranges from drawings and watercolor paintings to experimental video art. She is a graduate of Art School MAA and holds an MA in English and Romance philology.

 

 

 

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The Art of Miss Fluff

 

 

Bubble Doll

 

Ice Cream Pinup Doll

 

Leopard Mermaid with Sea Kittens

 

Glamour Girl on the Moon

 

Martini Mermaid

 

Pinup Nurse

 

Sugar Pinup

 

Tipsy Martini Mermaid

 

 

ABOUT

Fluff is an enchanting design brand created by artist, Claudette Barjoud. She is a multi media artist working in both traditional and digital mediums. Her inspiration comes from childhood loves such as Betty Boop, Disney, Hello Kitty, and Vintage Barbie, just to name a few. Combined with a fascination for exploring the styles and themes of decades past including Classic Pin Up, Golden Age Hollywood Glamour, Tiki, Rockabilly, Mid Century Mod and Art Deco! Claudette founded Fluff with the mission of making people “squeal with delight” for which she designed many collections of accessories over the last 15 years. That is how she became known as Miss Fluff, the lady that creates all the Fluff!

Recently Miss Fluff has turned her focus solely to the pursuit of creating art, releasing her designs onto products only through collaborations and on demand production companies.

 

ARTIST

I was born and raised in Miami, FL, and have loved to draw since I was about five years old.  I would go off  by myself and just escape into my mind, drawing for hours non stop. I did not see it as anything more than a hobby for a long time until my best friend’s boyfriend would not stop talking about an amazing arts high school he was attending. He was in theater, but the school had all the disciplines including dance, music and visual arts!  He went on about how he got to have such fun classes and that the visual artists there were so good there was no way I could get in.  Well, I never back down from a challenge, so I auditioned.  He was right.  I was not as skilled as the other artists. But, I won over the teachers on the jury with sheer enthusiasm and got into the school, New World School of the Arts in Miami!  So that was the start of art as my life.  I had an art degree and no idea what to do with it. So I started working for different companies that required “artsyish” talents ranging from logo and brochure design to magazine layout. I was not getting to draw or really design much, but wherever I was, I always kept a little sketch book with me where I would scribble fun ideas I would do if I could do whatever I wanted. While I was working at Fredericks of Hollywood I was asked to design the packaging for some of their products: Some pajama sets and bridesmaid gifts. I decided to make them more fun and friendly with vintage inspired illustrations of cute pinup girls and animals. They became very popular and people even started collecting the products with my designs! This got me thinking, maybe I really could do my own art and design for a living.So I took two weeks off of work, put together a line of greeting cards with my art and went to the California Gift Show. They were just printouts from my little desktop printer. But I took orders on them and I have never looked back since. After making the cards I was licensed by different manufacturers that expanded my line into purses, cosmetic bags, apparel, a pet line and much more!  It was carried in over 2000 boutiques all over the world. I named my line Fluff because it is fun and frivolous, an escape into a fantasy of vintage inspired cuteness! And after the first couple of years people started calling me Miss Fluff!  Because I was the lady who designed all the Fluff!

My artwork is heavily inspired by things I loved from my childhood: Vintage Barbie, Cartoons from the 1930’s like Betty Boop, and  original Disney films. I love to mix this up with classic Pin Up , Rockabilly style and Old Hollywood glamour and burlesque. Overall I am simply in love with the art and design of decades past. There is too much to name it all here! I just think it has so much charming magic and I hope to capture that in my own work. After designing for Fluff and managing the business for almost 15 years, I am so excited to have gone solo and dedicate myself to art only! I am so grateful to be doing what I love the most as my full time thing! And even happier that people enjoy my artwork as much as I enjoy creating it. Claudette Barjoud  a.k.a  Miss Fluff

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Website: www.missfluff.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missfluff
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miss.fluff/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Miss_Fluff

 

 

 

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The Art of Annelisa Leinbach 

 

Macondo

 

 

abstract houses

 

 

malawi

 

 

protest

 

 

hand

 

 

time to spare

 

 

abstract

 

 

in jail

 

 

 

ABOUT

Annelisa Leinbach is an artist and illustrator. Her work focuses on politics, fantasy, and the complex interactions of people that make up a society. She has painted in Mongolia, Iceland, Israel/Palestine, France, Germany, Barbados, around the US, and beyond. She has most recently been published in the law journal of the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic at Yale University and The Art of Eating magazine. You can find her painting a wall somewhere in the world or wandering around in the desert in her native Arizona.

See more of her work at annelisaleinbach.com or instagram.com/annelisaleinbach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Beautiful Art of Ashley Urban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT:

Ashley Urban’s childhood and adolescence were spent living deeply secluded in Pike national forest of Colorado. Because of this, she had to be creative with how she spent her time. Far removed from the nearest town and a normal social life, her greatest pleasures were spent in solitude, reading, creating art, and connecting with nature, being completely immersed within it for hours on end, every day. She was always intoxicated with its delicacies and dangers. Over time, she learned to relate with flora and fauna on a deeper level than with the people around her. To this day, her work and life are deeply influenced by the natural realm.

Art has always been a way for Ashley to speak without having to say anything. A means of channeling the harshness of life and the losses she’s endured into something stunning. Through her work she continually strives to reflect the immense amount of pain and beauty that surrounds us.

Ashley is a self trained artist who currently lives and creates in downtown Los Angeles, working as a fine artist, freelance illustrator, art writer for 35mm Magazine, vintage clothier, fashion designer and model. She moved to Los Angeles 4 years ago, at first resistant to the culture shock of leaving Colorado, she has since deeply fallen in love with LA. She interned at Corey Helford Gallery as a tear down and installation engineer and gallery assistant from May, 2016 through June, 2017. This opened up her world to learning the business side of the arts, as well as befriending many of the New Contemporary, Pop Surreal, and street artists she’s idolized for many years. Her artistic life continues to bloom forth, being nurtured by the endless opportunities in the Los Angeles art scene.

In the last month she launched a line of hand-made women’s neck scarves and men’s pocket squares, featuring her illustrations printed on various fabrics. Scarves, pocket squares, fine art prints, and original artworks can all be found on her websites. Keep an eye out, as there are many more fashion designs to be released with regularity.

 

 

 

Links: 

Art: TheAshleyUrban.com

Shop: Etsy.com/shop/GoldenBeeOddities

Instagram: @AshleyUrban.Art

 

Image info:

Image 1:
Platonic Solids: Mother of Flora
4″ diameter
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, hand stained paper
2016

Image 2:
Platonic Solids: Mother of Tropics
4″ diameter
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, hand stained paper
2016

Image 3:
Platonic Solids: The Overseers 
12″ x 9″
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, hand stained paper
2016

Image 4:
Platonic Solids: The Future is Female
9″ x 12″
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, gold acrylic, hand stained paper
2017

Image 5:
Divine Hexagon
24″ x 36″
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, gold acrylic, hand stained paper
2015

Image 6:
Los Angeles State of Mind
6″ diameter
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, gold acrylic, hand stained paper
2017

Image 7:
Hurt Manifested
16″ x 8″
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, hand stained paper
2017

Image 8:
Healing Manifested I
18″ x 6″
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, gold acrylic, hand stained paper
2017

Image 9:
Healing Manifested II
9″ x 12″
Watercolor pencil, hand stained paper
2017

Image 10:
Healing Manifested III
14″ x 12″
Colored Pencil
2017

Image 11:
Healing Manifested IV
9″ x 12″
Watercolor pencil, hand stained paper
2017

Image 12:
The Thinker
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, gold acrylic, hand stained paper
2015

Image 13:
Self Portrait
18″ x 10″
Micron pen, watercolor pencil, hand stained paper
2012

 

Image 14:
Artist Photo
by David Farkus

 

 

 

 

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The Photography of
David S. Rubenstein

 

Humphrey and Henrietta

 

Big Grove

 

Build the Land

 

Bridges

 

WIP

 

Summit

 

Curtain

 

Still

 

Suki

 

 

 

ABOUT:

David S. Rubenstein is an American writer, photographer, poet, and painter.  His short stories have appeared in Crack the Spine, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Blood and Thunder, Yellow Medicine Review, Chrysalis Reader (five stories), The MacGuffin (two stories), Owen Wister Review, DeathRealm, The Monocacy Valley Review, Half Tones to Jubilee, The Rampant Guinea Pig, The Mythic Circle, Alpha Adventures, and others, and have been nominated twice for the Pushcart prize.  His photographs appear in Chrysalis Reader, Midwest Gothic, Blue Mesa Review, Drunk Monkeys, From Sac and others.  His poem “High Place” appears in The Write Launch.  A collection of his short stories can be found on Kobo at the following link:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/piasa-and-other-stories

 

 

 

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The Art and Humor of Danny Ochoa

 

Piece Frog

 

Peace Frog

 

Beany and Cecil Tribute

 

Lords of the Cemetery

 

Hendrix

 

Las Adelitas Sanchez

 

Ghosts

 

The Many Vices of Shiva

 

Immaculate Deception

 

Luna the Bee

 

Minimum Wage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIO

Danny Ochoa is an Illustrator and Animator strongly influenced by Folk and Psychedelic Art. Fascinated by the medium of Animation since the age of five, he attended classes at The Academy Of Art University in San Francisco majoring in Illustration and Animation. Having lived in the Bay Area for close to a decade, he managed to meet a lot of interesting Artists, Musicians and Writers who shaped his approach to Life and Art in general. He has worked for such companies as Fox ADHD, Bento Box Entertainment and Lowbrow Studios. He currently resides in his hometown of Los Angeles working as a Retake Animator at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and spending his spare time completing his short film which has been in production for over a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fantastic Photography of
Sequoia Emmanuelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Los Angeles based artist Sequoia Emmanuelle has a unique voice as a photographer utilizing her many creative talents together- including fashion design, set design, painting, wardrobe styling, film and graphic design. Dripping with color and texture, Sequoia’s work captures the essence of her generation of artists and immortalizes the avant-garde worlds of fashion, music, art, film and theatre as seen through her eyes. A graduate of photography at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, her unique style has been inspired and shaped by the raw and vibrant underground art scenes of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Through her art, she creates magical wonderlands from which to transport and capture her subjects in their full archetypical glory.

Her striking photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and publications and her images are used on album art, editorial, look books, advertising campaigns, gallery shows, and music videos.

Publications include: Italian Vogue, Zink Magazine, Paper Magazine, Plastik, Galore, Vibe Magazine, Fault Magazine, Huf Magazine, Papercut Magazine, Kismet UK, Glassbook Magazine, Dark Beauty magazine, The Dapifer, Tantalum, Runway Magazine, Volition, Auxiliary Magazine, Sessions Magazine, Tinsel Tokyo magazine, Giuseppina Magazine, Empty Kingdom, Coilhouse Magazine, The Catalyst Magazine, Stiletto Glam Magazine, Gothic Noir Magazine, Twisted Lamb, Haute Macabre, Lost at E Minor, Art Boom, Urban Ink, Ghubar, Imbibe magazine and more.

 

 

Sequoia Emmanuelle Photography Book now available.
http://sequoiaemmanuelle.com/book

Sequoia Emmanuelle Links:

www.sequoiaemmanuelle.com

www.instagram.com/sequoiaemmanuelle
www.facebook.com/sequoiaemmanuellephotography
www.tumblr.com/blog/sequoiaemmanuelle

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Card Poems by J4

 

Joliloquoy

Joliloquoy

 

and indians

and Indians

 

Eat candy

Eat candy

 

Ense

Ense

 

Live flock

Live flock

 

Overthinking

Overthinking

 

I kno

I kno

 

Entity in the kitchen

Entity in the kitchen

 

Soulless Champagne Couple

 

BIO

j4 is a collective of four persons, all given names beginning with j, who are compelled to explore transindividual composition.

 

j4work.wordpress.com
j4work.tumblr.com

 

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The Intimate Art of Cameron Bliss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIO:

Cameron Bliss creates images of people, real and imagined, and somewhere in between. Her subjects are mesmerizing, moody and deeply evocative. Cameron received her degree from the Savannah College of Art and design. Her work hangs in private collections in Australia, Mexico, several countries in Europe, as well as in the United States. She lives and paints and Winterville, near Athens, Georgia, where she serves on the Winterville arts Council.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

If you were to step into one of my paintings, you might feel as though you suddenly interrupted a deeply intimate exchange. I am a painter of authentic souls suspended in their mundane realness; in moments of timeless suspense. My paintings are more than just “portraits” hanging over the mantle. I strive to go beyond a nose being placed in the center of the face. My desire is that the viewer asks my subjects “What are you hopeful for in your heart, your mind, and your soul?”

 

http://www.cameronbliss.com/

Instagram – cameronblissart

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The Art of Michelle Vella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT

Michelle Vella is a contemporary portrait artist known for her unique Big Eyes. The NY fashion scene quickly embraced Michelle’s style from the start. Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg discovered Vella on Instagram resulting in a meeting in NYC and delivery of her custom portrait which is now part of the DVF collection. Vella has garnered commissions and collaborations with high fashion magazines, fashion designers, corporate and private collectors. Having an education in Fine Arts and a graphic design business for a decade, it was only recently that Vella unleashed this new found passion which has now become her full time career. Vella’s recognizable style is ever evolving and crosses the line between illustrator and artist. Michelle is based in Toronto, Canada.

http://www.michellevella.com/

All images are copyright ©Michelle Vella 2016

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Favorite Bookstores

The Strand, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When traveling to New York City, it’s always nice to stop in and browse around a good bookstore. For bookstore lovers, there’s nothing more comforting than wandering around aisle after aisle of new and used books. The United States has seen a lot of bookstores go out of business in recent years. It seems there used to be a cool bookstore at every major corner and intersection. We cherish the ones that remain, the bookstores that have withstood the ups and downs of the economy. We honor them for their commitment to the reader. Who reads books anymore? If you witnessed the traffic at The Strand bookstore on a Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in early December, you would say that plenty of people still do. Certainly some were tourists. But the line at the cash register, and the people leaving with bright colorful bags filled with books, tells you that the book business is alive and well, at least in this part of the city. Having spent time at City Lights in San Francisco, and The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, I would say that for some bookstores, the business of books is thriving. The Strand is one of those legendary bookstores you always hear about. The chance to visit and spend time there was a dream come true. Bookstores are one of my favorite places to visit, whether I’m at home or visiting another city, state or country. And The Strand was a memorable experience indeed. I left with a bag full of books.

 

The Strand, 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Phone: 212.473.1452

 

The Strand – History

 

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The Art of Jenny Mörtsell 

 

 

Cali

Cali

 

Flower Girl

Flower Girl

 

Meowiie

Meowiie

 

The Girl Stays in the Picture

The Girl Stays in the Picture 2

 

The Girl Stays in the Picture 1

The Girl Stays in the Picture 1

 

The Girl Stays in the Picture 3

The Girl Stays in the Picture 3

 

The Girl Stays in the Picture 4

The Girl Stays in the Picture 4

 

The Girl Stays in the Picture 5

The Girl Stays in the Picture 5

 

The Girl Stays in the Picture 6

The Girl Stays in the Picture 6

 

Rohmer

Rohmer

 

Inverted

Inverted

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

jennymortsell

Jenny Mörtsell is a Swedish illustrator dividing her time between Brooklyn, NY and Stockholm. After several years studying printmaking art and earning a MA in graphic design she returned to her childhood passion drawing, moved to New York and still hasn’t gotten bored of either. Her super realistic pencil portraits and still lifes have been commissioned by clients as New York Times Magazine, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Roberto Cavalli, Whyred, MTWTFSS Weekdays, Outdoor Voices, Aritzia, Urban Outfitters, ELLE UK, Vogue China, Lula, Grey Magazine, NYLON, The Swedish Post, The California Sunday Magazine, Twin Shadow, Harry’s.

 

MORE WORK HERE:

Jenny’s Portfolio

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The Art of Blythe Smith

 

Happiness is a Foil Balloon 2016

Happiness is a Foil Balloon – 2016

 

If You're Happy and You Know It - 2016

If You’re Happy and You Know It – 2016

 

Untitled

Last Fitting of the Spring Festival Dress – 2016

 

You Would, Wouldn't You - 2016

You Would, Wouldn’t You – 2016

 

Horticultured and Hilarious - 2016

Horticultured and Hilarious – 2016

 

The National Anthem - 2016

The National Anthem – 2016

 

Untitled

Dodging paparazzi while shopping for chicken nuggets at the local supermarket – 2016

 

Untitled

Baby, you shouldn’t have broken those promises – 2016

 

Deny My Integrity and I'll Deny Yours - 2016

Deny My Integrity and I’ll Deny Yours – 2016

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art starts from the private but often ends up being generally applicable. It starts from small seemingly unimportant incidents and often ends up being political.

My themes are (megalo)maniac: power, gender, addiction. I see meanings related to these themes everywhere.

I am interested in studying what meaning is, how meanings change, merge, and dissolve.

I think it is useless for an artist to declare truths, since they are scarce. In the best possible case, the meanings of the author and the experiencer enter into a dialogue with each other and nurture each other. Although art can never convey the truth, I hope that, when experienced, my art becomes true and that its meanings turn meaningful. That my art can influence and, whilst influencing, generate new art.

My art is multimodal, it is meant to appeal to all senses: I make use of language, puns, humour, irony, moving images, sounds, paintings, installations that you can touch, taste, hear, and smell.

www.blythesmith.com

 

BIO

blythesmith1Blythe Smith is a Finnish visual artist with a strong background in linguistics and literature. In her work, she explores meanings: how meanings emerge and merge, how they change and dissolve in human interaction.

Blythe Smith’s work ranges from drawings and watercolor paintings to experimental video art. She is a graduate of Art School MAA and holds an MA in English and Romance philology.

 

 

 

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The Masterful Art of Angelo Deleon

 

 

Cloudy day over Metro

Cloudy Day Over Metro

 

The City View

The City View

 

City Harbor and Sailboats

City Harbor and Sailboats

 

Gray Skyline

Gray Skyline

 

Teal and Aqua Sky

Teal and Aqua Sky

 

Jazz It Up #4

Jazz It Up #4

 

Neon City

Neon City

 

Lilies in a Pond

Lilies in a Pond

 

The City Bay

The City Bay

 

Neurul Circuitry

Neural Circuitry

 

Panoramic View of a Colorful City

Panoramic View of a Colorful City

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Angelo Deleon

Angelo Deleon is an American artist and painter, Abstract Expressionist and Impressionist artist who is self-taught and lives in Middleburg, Florida.

 

Links to Angelo’s work:

Instagram

Facebook

 

 

 

 

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The Beautiful Art of Letisia Cruz

 

Letisia Cruz

 

Letisia Cruz

 

 

Letisia Cruz Letisia Cruz

 

Letisia Cruz

 

Letisia Cruz

 

Letisia Cruz

 

Letisia Cruz

 

 

Letisia Cruz

 

 

Letisia Cruz

 

Letisia Cruz

 

Letisia Cruz

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

www.lesinfin.com

LetisiaCruz1My illustrations are primarily rendered in pen and ink on paper. I am inspired by strong, trailblazing, bad-ass women who push boundaries, forge their own paths, and define for themselves what it means to achieve success. I am also inspired by the take-no-shit attitude of the ’90s and transformative self-expression made possible through art, poetry and music.

My illustrations often depict tattooed girls straddling light and dark, gazing into their own abyss, and redefining their sense of self. My work is infused with elements of nature and religious symbolism, from classical Greek and Roman mythology to the goddesses of Nordic, Vedic, and Yoruba Mythology. Whatever I’m reading at the moment usually works its way into my drawings. Much of my work is centered around the seasons of nature and the passing of time, as well as on the endless cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth.

 

BIO

Letisia Cruz is a Cuban-American writer and illustrator. She is enthralled by nature and the acute connection to form associated with ink illustration. Her visual vocabulary emerges through this focus and subsequently explores the connection between man and nature.

She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program and currently lives in Miami, FL. She is the resident artist at Petite Hound Press and the Online Poetry Re-Features Editor at The Literary Review.

 

 

Dream Poetry

Last Night in a Dream

by Ashley Inguanta

 

Last night in a dream, I was healthy. You were a rose. You got into my car and I took you home, and when you saw the white flags at the Brooklyn bridge’s arc, you told me the story of a conflicted hero, all shadow and moon, and I told you a story about resurrecting the dead. In your story, the hero did not want to die, so she did not leap. Instead, she turned into a seed. In my story, I kneeled by your grave. When I heard gunfire, I dodged each bullet—and then, finally, I woke up next to you, all new, stripes of sunlight over your hair like a crisp photograph.

Sometimes I wonder: If God could really hear me, what would the moon do? Any good moon would reach over both white flags, carry them to you as you fall asleep. Any good moon would hold me here, in this dream, where I can run to you without losing my breath, where you are a rose and my heart is good as new.

 

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BIO

ashley inguantaAshley Inguanta is a small-press author, photographer, and yoga teacher who has dedicated her life to helping others heal by developing healthy coping mechanisms. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Central Florida in 2011, and she earned her 200 hour RYT certificate from YOGAMAYA New York in 2014. She is the author of The Way Home (Dancing Girl Press, 2013 / re-published with The Writing Disorder on Kindle), For the Woman Alone (Ampersand Books 2014), and Bomb, which is forthcoming with Ampersand Books this fall. As a mental health advocate and queer rights advocate, she’s volunteered with organizations and facilities like Equality Florida and Lakeside Alternative, and currently she teaches healing, restorative writing and yoga classes at several locations in Central Florida.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Alexander C. Kafka is a journalist, photographer, and composer in Bethesda, Maryland. His photography portfolio is at https://www.lensculture.com/alexander-kafka

 

 

 

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