Night At the Zoo

Christopher "Flore" Florentino

Night At The Zoo

Rainer Install

Rainer Lagemann

Diver PC Chas

I Like Where This is Going

Olivia Steele

I Like Where This Is Going, Pink

Surf N Skate

Nick Veasey

Land Rover - Skate N Surf

Poised

Elizabeth Waggett

Poised

Featured Artist

Stefania Nazzal

Swiss-born, Dubai-based artist Stefania Nazzal constructs vibrant rainbows that emulate her first encounter with a rainbow. Symbolizing hope and the transience of life, the rainbow becomes her tool to manipulate the spectrum of light, seeking to evoke the same hopeful and magical feelings that remain associated with her fond memories of a childhood escape.

As a child, Nazzal escaped the world through color. An encounter with a rainbow offered her a moment of magic that she extended through the activity of coloring, a contemplative process that she has brought to her practice. Her bold use of color recreates her magical escape, capturing the transient experience of a rainbow in a magnificent, fixed form.

Stefania Nazzal’s artistic practice is an exercise in breaking through her notions of perfection. In a meticulous process, for each work, she begins by planning a base layer, mapping out the grid of colored PVC strings that wrap around her canvases. She then builds on additional layers, improvising the color scheme for the second and third layers, beyond the initially planned base. Through a process of repetition, Nazzal’s work becomes meditative, offering an escape from the world in both the process of creation and her resulting organized, whimsical colorscapes.

For Nazzal, constructing these refractions of light evokes the energy of a rainbow. The seven visible colors of a rainbow are in fact different frequencies or energy levels of sunlight reflected through color, while each color is associated with a specific type of energy and state of wellbeing. This spectrum of colors corresponds to the body’s energy centers, with each chakra, associated to a specific color. Nazzal amplifies the energy of a rainbow by a gesture of multiplication and scale, reproducing variations of rainbows in multiple color schemes and various dimensions, each evoking a particular positive energy.

Though Nazzal continues to experiment with different mediums, her primary medium of choice is PVC, for the sculptural quality and pristine shine that it offers her works. Her use of PVC also has a sustainability objective, by repurposing PVC materials that would otherwise be harmful to the environment, Nazzal creates permanent works of art that give life to an otherwise disposable material.

As her practice evolves, she continues to introduce different mediums, building on her layers of PVC strings with paint, spray paint, sprinklings of diamond dust, as well as casing her works in plexiglass.

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Stefania Nazzal

Featured Artist

Stefania Nazzal

Swiss-born, Dubai-based artist Stefania Nazzal constructs vibrant rainbows that emulate her first encounter with a rainbow. Symbolizing hope and the transience of life, the rainbow becomes her tool to manipulate the spectrum of light, seeking to evoke the same hopeful and magical feelings that remain associated with her fond memories of a childhood escape.

As a child, Nazzal escaped the world through color. An encounter with a rainbow offered her a moment of magic that she extended through the activity of coloring, a contemplative process that she has brought to her practice. Her bold use of color recreates her magical escape, capturing the transient experience of a rainbow in a magnificent, fixed form.

Stefania Nazzal’s artistic practice is an exercise in breaking through her notions of perfection. In a meticulous process, for each work, she begins by planning a base layer, mapping out the grid of colored PVC strings that wrap around her canvases. She then builds on additional layers, improvising the color scheme for the second and third layers, beyond the initially planned base. Through a process of repetition, Nazzal’s work becomes meditative, offering an escape from the world in both the process of creation and her resulting organized, whimsical colorscapes.

For Nazzal, constructing these refractions of light evokes the energy of a rainbow. The seven visible colors of a rainbow are in fact different frequencies or energy levels of sunlight reflected through color, while each color is associated with a specific type of energy and state of wellbeing. This spectrum of colors corresponds to the body’s energy centers, with each chakra, associated to a specific color. Nazzal amplifies the energy of a rainbow by a gesture of multiplication and scale, reproducing variations of rainbows in multiple color schemes and various dimensions, each evoking a particular positive energy.

Though Nazzal continues to experiment with different mediums, her primary medium of choice is PVC, for the sculptural quality and pristine shine that it offers her works. Her use of PVC also has a sustainability objective, by repurposing PVC materials that would otherwise be harmful to the environment, Nazzal creates permanent works of art that give life to an otherwise disposable material.

As her practice evolves, she continues to introduce different mediums, building on her layers of PVC strings with paint, spray paint, sprinklings of diamond dust, as well as casing her works in plexiglass.

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Stefania Nazzal

Featured Artist

Ignacio Gana

Ignacio Gana is a Miami-based Chilean sculptor whose work is figurative in style, with an elegant sensuality.

Each piece has a strong narrative, representative of his spectacular imagination and appreciation of the human form. The beautiful figures he creates are the embodiment of leisure and relaxation.

Gana’s paintings and sculptures are found in collections and museums such as: the Museum of Modern Latin American Art (MOLAA) in California, Museo Ralli Marbella in Spain, Ralli Museum in Chile, and the Guggenheim in Venice.

Recently named one of the 18 most influential artists in Miami, Gana was also chosen as the official artist of the Latin Grammy Awards in 2017.

Ignacio Gana currently works and lives in Los Angeles, CA and Miami, FL.

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Ignacio Gana

Featured Artist

Ignacio Gana

Ignacio Gana is a Miami-based Chilean sculptor whose work is figurative in style, with an elegant sensuality.

Each piece has a strong narrative, representative of his spectacular imagination and appreciation of the human form. The beautiful figures he creates are the embodiment of leisure and relaxation.

Gana’s paintings and sculptures are found in collections and museums such as: the Museum of Modern Latin American Art (MOLAA) in California, Museo Ralli Marbella in Spain, Ralli Museum in Chile, and the Guggenheim in Venice.

Recently named one of the 18 most influential artists in Miami, Gana was also chosen as the official artist of the Latin Grammy Awards in 2017.

Ignacio Gana currently works and lives in Los Angeles, CA and Miami, FL.

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Ignacio Gana

Featured Artist

Michael Callas

Michael Callas doesn’t live a Bohemian lifestyle. He is not the archetypal Romantic artist in the studio, maniacally laboring away and working in erratic ways to keep normal out at all costs. His methodology is premeditated (industrious as his artists friends tend to note), operating within an orderly studio that leaves no material out of line. Whereas some artists excel in sporadicity, Callas thrives in structure, ignited by his engineering and carpentry background. Rather than centering his craft around the finished product, he utilizes the active nature of the creation process as his muse.

In the primordial stages of his career, Callas recalls being so focused on completing the task at hand instead of enjoying each step of creation. He thought adherence to structure made him less of an artist, unable to fit the public eye’s perception of an artist. He quickly resented that outlook on his artistry and shifted his mindset towards a more appreciative view of the creation process: calculated, savoring the act of culmination and stressing executive function.

Callas’ relationship to education catalyzed his view of the creative process through an executive function lens: ritualistic and rigid with confined parameters. Growing up with a learning disability, Callas struggled with maintaining focus while reading and completing tasks, the severity of which drove his mom to earn her Ph.D in Special Education to decipher what would make her son tick. Reflecting on this adversity years later, his philosophy is that one’s practice should be conducted under the paradigm of repetition, which helps him complete goals. Contrasting his current self against who he was 15 years ago, the efficiency he operates with now renders him wholly different from that previous persona, evolving from an upcoming artist to a well-established savant.

The way Michael Callas operates is deeply rooted in the concept of planned communities. Born and raised in Orange County, he was fascinated with them, always living in these premeditated templates of suburbia. Their repetitive nature subconsciously had an effect on his artistry, often producing the same silhouette of a painting with an altered color scheme.

Compartmentalization is what most aptly describes him. Confined shapes, no gradation or bleeding between colors, a contrarian to traditionalist oil paintings. Architecture is a vehicle of expression he closely identifies with as evidenced in his interior-centric collection featuring Winter Living Room II and Kitchen I.

Because Callas came into the realm of fine art in a self-proclaimed ignorant way, bursting in the door rather than carefully stepping through it, influence generally evaded his stylistic evolution; despite this circumnavigation of a typical artist’s path, he appreciates the ethos of the Renaissance, where the artist is simultaneously the scientist, creator and engineer. This philosophy is apparent with artists he admires like Michelangelo, Bronzino, Botticelli. In his own work, he draws parallels to Warhol and Lichtenstein, pop art contemporaries who take a curatorial approach to their subject matter as well as David Hockney with his attention to color and composition.

Since his pivotal Case Study series, Callas has continued to grow into his painting style, exhibiting a more refined technicality and fluency. New technology took his ideation process from traditional paper and pen to digital, from an opaque projector with a magnifying glass to a 4k projector alongside an iPad Pro, which increased the specificity of color choice, level of detail on shapes and layer separation.

“It took a really long time to make the work truly represent who I was, attempting to minimize the influence of who I wanted to be seen as. The artistic process is genuinely who I am. I know that the audience is extremely intelligent and I want them to see me honestly through my work.”

He acknowledges there is a dialogue, however indirect, between the artist and the audience, and to act like an artist is above that, in a vacuum with no real-world impact, is disingenuous and not why people become an artist.

Michael Callas wants to be remembered like Walt Disney, a virtuoso known for the complexity of their craft and whose work blossoms into multiple fields outside of their promoted practice. He’s always striving to improve, become more complex and execute ideas more cleanly, essentially hiding the human hand and leaving the audience with the firm belief that this work was made by machine.

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Michael Callas

Featured Artist

Michael Callas

Michael Callas doesn’t live a Bohemian lifestyle. He is not the archetypal Romantic artist in the studio, maniacally laboring away and working in erratic ways to keep normal out at all costs. His methodology is premeditated (industrious as his artists friends tend to note), operating within an orderly studio that leaves no material out of line. Whereas some artists excel in sporadicity, Callas thrives in structure, ignited by his engineering and carpentry background. Rather than centering his craft around the finished product, he utilizes the active nature of the creation process as his muse.

In the primordial stages of his career, Callas recalls being so focused on completing the task at hand instead of enjoying each step of creation. He thought adherence to structure made him less of an artist, unable to fit the public eye’s perception of an artist. He quickly resented that outlook on his artistry and shifted his mindset towards a more appreciative view of the creation process: calculated, savoring the act of culmination and stressing executive function.

Callas’ relationship to education catalyzed his view of the creative process through an executive function lens: ritualistic and rigid with confined parameters. Growing up with a learning disability, Callas struggled with maintaining focus while reading and completing tasks, the severity of which drove his mom to earn her Ph.D in Special Education to decipher what would make her son tick. Reflecting on this adversity years later, his philosophy is that one’s practice should be conducted under the paradigm of repetition, which helps him complete goals. Contrasting his current self against who he was 15 years ago, the efficiency he operates with now renders him wholly different from that previous persona, evolving from an upcoming artist to a well-established savant.

The way Michael Callas operates is deeply rooted in the concept of planned communities. Born and raised in Orange County, he was fascinated with them, always living in these premeditated templates of suburbia. Their repetitive nature subconsciously had an effect on his artistry, often producing the same silhouette of a painting with an altered color scheme.

Compartmentalization is what most aptly describes him. Confined shapes, no gradation or bleeding between colors, a contrarian to traditionalist oil paintings. Architecture is a vehicle of expression he closely identifies with as evidenced in his interior-centric collection featuring Winter Living Room II and Kitchen I.

Because Callas came into the realm of fine art in a self-proclaimed ignorant way, bursting in the door rather than carefully stepping through it, influence generally evaded his stylistic evolution; despite this circumnavigation of a typical artist’s path, he appreciates the ethos of the Renaissance, where the artist is simultaneously the scientist, creator and engineer. This philosophy is apparent with artists he admires like Michelangelo, Bronzino, Botticelli. In his own work, he draws parallels to Warhol and Lichtenstein, pop art contemporaries who take a curatorial approach to their subject matter as well as David Hockney with his attention to color and composition.

Since his pivotal Case Study series, Callas has continued to grow into his painting style, exhibiting a more refined technicality and fluency. New technology took his ideation process from traditional paper and pen to digital, from an opaque projector with a magnifying glass to a 4k projector alongside an iPad Pro, which increased the specificity of color choice, level of detail on shapes and layer separation.

“It took a really long time to make the work truly represent who I was, attempting to minimize the influence of who I wanted to be seen as. The artistic process is genuinely who I am. I know that the audience is extremely intelligent and I want them to see me honestly through my work.”

He acknowledges there is a dialogue, however indirect, between the artist and the audience, and to act like an artist is above that, in a vacuum with no real-world impact, is disingenuous and not why people become an artist.

Michael Callas wants to be remembered like Walt Disney, a virtuoso known for the complexity of their craft and whose work blossoms into multiple fields outside of their promoted practice. He’s always striving to improve, become more complex and execute ideas more cleanly, essentially hiding the human hand and leaving the audience with the firm belief that this work was made by machine.

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Michael Callas

Featured Artist

Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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Featured Artist

Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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Red

Featured Artist

Rainer Lagemann

“Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, on September 14th, 1959, I began my career as an artist in the fall of 2005 when an exploratory foray into welding, during my years in California’s Bay Area, quickly became an obsession and yielded my early works. Once I found my medium, I started to express what I had learned in schools, museums, travels, through people and in my dreams. Armed with a degree in Interior Architecture from FH Detmold and inspired by my new passion, I decided to portray the human body in a modern interpretation of the classic art of sculpture.

My pieces invite viewers to contemplate the human body in motion and its universal capacity for self-expression. The stainless steel squares used to sculpt the figures, coupled with the hollow framework of the forms, represent the intellectual ability, emotional range, physical strength and spiritual dimension of each individual. The shadows these sculptures cast on the floors or walls of the spaces they inhabit imbue each piece with a secondary layer of beauty, abstraction, and mystery. Highly customizable in their ability to adopt different colors, spaces and climates, the sculptures enable those who collect them to satisfy their own need for self-expression.” – Rainer Lagemann

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Black

Featured Artist

Rainer Lagemann

“Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, on September 14th, 1959, I began my career as an artist in the fall of 2005 when an exploratory foray into welding, during my years in California’s Bay Area, quickly became an obsession and yielded my early works. Once I found my medium, I started to express what I had learned in schools, museums, travels, through people and in my dreams. Armed with a degree in Interior Architecture from FH Detmold and inspired by my new passion, I decided to portray the human body in a modern interpretation of the classic art of sculpture.

My pieces invite viewers to contemplate the human body in motion and its universal capacity for self-expression. The stainless steel squares used to sculpt the figures, coupled with the hollow framework of the forms, represent the intellectual ability, emotional range, physical strength and spiritual dimension of each individual. The shadows these sculptures cast on the floors or walls of the spaces they inhabit imbue each piece with a secondary layer of beauty, abstraction, and mystery. Highly customizable in their ability to adopt different colors, spaces and climates, the sculptures enable those who collect them to satisfy their own need for self-expression.” – Rainer Lagemann

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Black

Featured Artist

Mateo

After 20 years of painting in the streets around the world, Mateo has studied and used the art of ornamentation in most of his works. From walls to ceramics, fabrics and rugs, patterns blend into the paintings creating a cohesive bridge between his street and gallery work.

Mateo has always been captivated by the power of transcribing emotion or thought into an image. For him, creative activities are essential for personal growth and development. At 23, he earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Toulouse and wrote a thesis on “Perception and our 5 Senses” before moving to Montreal, where he specialized in graphic design and art direction. He worked for four years for major brands such as Ubisoft, Cirque du Soleil and SidLee, before choosing to avoid any commercial work. In parallel, he freely developed his artistic style on the streets.

In 2015, during an artist residency in Barcelona, he became interested in traditional ceramic tiles that are seen everywhere in Spain and Portugal. He began incorporating these designs into his street murals, marking the beginning of the integration of traditional crafts into his work. Similar to carpets, ceramic tiles are used to decorate the floors of houses, and Mateo transposed them onto the walls of the city.

In the city, Mateo’s inspiration adorns walls with ethnic patterns and vivid, contrasting portraits. In his studio, the artist experiments with different materials and supports, until one day, he paints on a carpet – an unimaginable support for a painter. He imagine the symmetry of a face that reflected in the symmetry of the carpet. His first artwork on a carpet was displayed at the Mural Art Fair in Montreal in 2017. With his alternative spirit, Mateo found a way to hang his artwork on an unused wall of the fair, without being represented by any galleries, and the artwork had an astonish effect on the audience and galleries. In the following days, Mateo was inundated with proposals from galleries who wanted to exhibit his work. It was the moment for him to enter the art world.

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Mateo

Featured Artist

Mateo

After 20 years of painting in the streets around the world, Mateo has studied and used the art of ornamentation in most of his works. From walls to ceramics, fabrics and rugs, patterns blend into the paintings creating a cohesive bridge between his street and gallery work.

Mateo has always been captivated by the power of transcribing emotion or thought into an image. For him, creative activities are essential for personal growth and development. At 23, he earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Toulouse and wrote a thesis on “Perception and our 5 Senses” before moving to Montreal, where he specialized in graphic design and art direction. He worked for four years for major brands such as Ubisoft, Cirque du Soleil and SidLee, before choosing to avoid any commercial work. In parallel, he freely developed his artistic style on the streets.

In 2015, during an artist residency in Barcelona, he became interested in traditional ceramic tiles that are seen everywhere in Spain and Portugal. He began incorporating these designs into his street murals, marking the beginning of the integration of traditional crafts into his work. Similar to carpets, ceramic tiles are used to decorate the floors of houses, and Mateo transposed them onto the walls of the city.

In the city, Mateo’s inspiration adorns walls with ethnic patterns and vivid, contrasting portraits. In his studio, the artist experiments with different materials and supports, until one day, he paints on a carpet – an unimaginable support for a painter. He imagine the symmetry of a face that reflected in the symmetry of the carpet. His first artwork on a carpet was displayed at the Mural Art Fair in Montreal in 2017. With his alternative spirit, Mateo found a way to hang his artwork on an unused wall of the fair, without being represented by any galleries, and the artwork had an astonish effect on the audience and galleries. In the following days, Mateo was inundated with proposals from galleries who wanted to exhibit his work. It was the moment for him to enter the art world.

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Mateo

Featured Artist

Laurent Badessi

After studying language and communication sciences at Université des Lettres d’Avignon, Badessi enrolled in a photography course at Université Paris VIII. Curious about the psychological aspects of the interaction that occurs between a photographer and his sitter during a photo session, he decided to base his M.A. thesis on that subject, and spent several months in Niger, Africa taking photographs of isolated tribes that had never or very rarely been exposed to the medium. For this project, he received many prominent awards and grants including La Bourse de l’aventure with Fujicolor and the Humanity Photo Award with UNESCO.

Badessi started his career in Paris and continued working abroad before moving to the United States in the early 90s.

After spending ten years focusing on the human figure, his work SKIN, was compiled in a book of the same name internationally released in 2000 by Edition Stemmle. The book contains a foreword written by Sondra Gilman, Founder and Chairperson of the photography committee at the Whitney Museum.

He uses symbolism, mythology, historical and cultural references to create his images. His work often addresses subtle and relevant questions on social, political, and cultural issues, such as the relationship with religion, war or the environment.

Badessi’s photographs are part of many important private and public collections. He has received several prestigious awards, including a grant from the French Department of Cultural Affairs for his Paris show Métamorphoses. A large-scale photograph from his series Age of Innocence was recently exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

The book Age of Innocence has been released this spring by Editions Images Plurielles. Solo and group shows of his work have taken place around the world in major cities worldwide.

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Laurent Badessi

Featured Artist

Laurent Badessi

After studying language and communication sciences at Université des Lettres d’Avignon, Badessi enrolled in a photography course at Université Paris VIII. Curious about the psychological aspects of the interaction that occurs between a photographer and his sitter during a photo session, he decided to base his M.A. thesis on that subject, and spent several months in Niger, Africa taking photographs of isolated tribes that had never or very rarely been exposed to the medium. For this project, he received many prominent awards and grants including La Bourse de l’aventure with Fujicolor and the Humanity Photo Award with UNESCO.

Badessi started his career in Paris and continued working abroad before moving to the United States in the early 90s.

After spending ten years focusing on the human figure, his work SKIN, was compiled in a book of the same name internationally released in 2000 by Edition Stemmle. The book contains a foreword written by Sondra Gilman, Founder and Chairperson of the photography committee at the Whitney Museum.

He uses symbolism, mythology, historical and cultural references to create his images. His work often addresses subtle and relevant questions on social, political, and cultural issues, such as the relationship with religion, war or the environment.

Badessi’s photographs are part of many important private and public collections. He has received several prestigious awards, including a grant from the French Department of Cultural Affairs for his Paris show Métamorphoses. A large-scale photograph from his series Age of Innocence was recently exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

The book Age of Innocence has been released this spring by Editions Images Plurielles. Solo and group shows of his work have taken place around the world in major cities worldwide.

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Laurent Badessi

Featured Artist

Rock Therrien

Rock Therrien draws his ideas from everyday life, music, and memories of his childhood. As he seeks to capture the viewer’s attention through the subject of his work and his palette of colours, his explosively vibrant works are always lined with a touch of humor. His latest production focuses on universal icons: cartoons. These timeless characters, known and loved by young and old people alike, provide a feeling of cheerfulness, inevitably reminding the viewer of their own childhood memories. A superposition of collages, repetitive patterns made with stencils and various writings adorn the background. The works of Rock Therrien have significant texture and depth that make the viewer smile with nostalgic humor. The artist likes to hint at the process of construction of his compositions and his sketches.

Often illuminated with colourful neon integrated into the work, his recent works are part of a pop and modern spirit. His works are presented as missives, inviting the viewer to decode them. Rock Therrien considers each of his paintings as carrying a story, an independent message. We are invited to approach his work in many ways, as he provides the viewer with a multitude of clues, to be discovered as we browse the canvas.

Born in 1970 in Armagh, Quebec, Rock Therrien has been attracted to art from an early age. He trained himself to master visual arts, thanks to a true love for creation. His works are found today in several private and public collections around the world. He lives and works in the heart of the Laurentians region.

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Rock Therrien

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Rock Therrien

Rock Therrien draws his ideas from everyday life, music, and memories of his childhood. As he seeks to capture the viewer’s attention through the subject of his work and his palette of colours, his explosively vibrant works are always lined with a touch of humor. His latest production focuses on universal icons: cartoons. These timeless characters, known and loved by young and old people alike, provide a feeling of cheerfulness, inevitably reminding the viewer of their own childhood memories. A superposition of collages, repetitive patterns made with stencils and various writings adorn the background. The works of Rock Therrien have significant texture and depth that make the viewer smile with nostalgic humor. The artist likes to hint at the process of construction of his compositions and his sketches.

Often illuminated with colourful neon integrated into the work, his recent works are part of a pop and modern spirit. His works are presented as missives, inviting the viewer to decode them. Rock Therrien considers each of his paintings as carrying a story, an independent message. We are invited to approach his work in many ways, as he provides the viewer with a multitude of clues, to be discovered as we browse the canvas.

Born in 1970 in Armagh, Quebec, Rock Therrien has been attracted to art from an early age. He trained himself to master visual arts, thanks to a true love for creation. His works are found today in several private and public collections around the world. He lives and works in the heart of the Laurentians region.

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Rock Therrien

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Bernard Dunaux

Born in Sydney Australia, Bernard Dunaux moved to the United States in 1981 after completing his formal art studies in Paris, France. With a decidedly contemporary palette, Bernard Dunaux is represented by several galleries across the United States, London UK, and collected worldwide.

“I am in a constant search of new forms of visual expression. My creative process originates with what I identify as a non-moment- when constant thought ceases, and shifts into movement and line, paint and canvas. My path is through unconsciousness of the gesture and reaction to the paint itself impacting the canvas plane. Subject matter remains only a starting point, as the direct action of painting itself takes over and dictates my course. Each painting strives to elicit a glimpse of the “visual thought”, before the thought becomes instinctual emotion.” -Bernard Dunaux

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Bernard Dunaux

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Bernard Dunaux

Born in Sydney Australia, Bernard Dunaux moved to the United States in 1981 after completing his formal art studies in Paris, France. With a decidedly contemporary palette, Bernard Dunaux is represented by several galleries across the United States, London UK, and collected worldwide.

“I am in a constant search of new forms of visual expression. My creative process originates with what I identify as a non-moment- when constant thought ceases, and shifts into movement and line, paint and canvas. My path is through unconsciousness of the gesture and reaction to the paint itself impacting the canvas plane. Subject matter remains only a starting point, as the direct action of painting itself takes over and dictates my course. Each painting strives to elicit a glimpse of the “visual thought”, before the thought becomes instinctual emotion.” -Bernard Dunaux

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Bernard Dunaux

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Michael Moebius

The story of a talent started after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Through his striking symbolism Michael Moebius gives a new dimension to popular cultural icons, adding brightly colored gum bubbles to monochrome portraits and creating a new way of communicating emotions.

Michael Moebius came into the world in 1968, in Germany. Having developed a love for art at an early age, cartooning became his first passion. However, in the then-communist East Germany, more pragmatic pursuits were the order of the day. Art would have to be put on the back burner while a formal education was pursued, and Michael decided on a career in engineering and construction. It was during a stint working in a parallel field of architectural illustration that Michael happened upon a book featuring the pin-ups of Alberto Vargas. A new love affair took root, and Michael decided that figurative art would be his life’s work.

He started studying painting at the academy of arts in Dresden, and in 1998 he got a big breakthrough. It was at this time, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that Michel was able to make his way to the United States. His talent as a painter and photographer was readily apparent, and he quickly became a sought-after favorite of collectors. Michael has already been part of major exhibitions throughout the US. His collector base and publishers include Playboy, Procter & Gamble, Laura Biagiotti, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Superyacht Digest, and other well-known companies.

His work has also won attention from celebrities including Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, Hugh Hefner, Rihanna, David Guetta and KISS frontman Gene Simmons.

Michael Moebius shows a huge talent when it comes to turning pop art and popular culture on its head. Today, Moebius has become one of the most recognized and in-demand contemporary artists in the world. His now famous bubble gum portraits have become a favorite among interior designers and investors the world over thanks to their striking symbolism.

Unlike his gum bubbles, the artist’s value continues to expand and shows no sign of bursting. Moebius’ commercial abilities and partnerships with some of the world’s most popular names means that he is a serious name in the art investment world.

Most famously, Michael Moebius gives a new dimension to popular cultural icons, adding brightly colored gum bubbles to monochrome portraits. Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth have all been re-imagined in this style, up to his latest work (“All you need is gum”) where he depicts the four Beatles all with signature gum bubbles.

In terms of artistic influences, Moebius cites inspiration from Italian Renaissance artist Titian and the genius baroque Caravaggio, as well as more contemporary names such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Vargas.

His novel portrayal of much-featured subjects make Moebius’ bubblegum works of an art investment favorite. His art also acts as a window into his personality and creative vision.

What’s most interesting is the contrast between the communist ideals which influenced the artist (Michael was born in 1968 when Germany was still divided in two by the Berlin Wall) and the western values and popular culture.

Moebius became aware of cultural differences between his home and the rest of the world, and this incongruity plays a significant role in his art today.

“Almost all of the items which we received from the west part of the world such as magazines, toys, soda cans were forbidden in east Berlin. As a child and growing up I would dearly hold onto the then-forbidden items… these really influenced me with their colors, designs and scents.

The more Michael Moebius was pushed to conform with communist ideals, the more he became enamored with western popular culture, and the more he was driven to create. After his conscription in the East German army, and then the fall of the Berlin Wall, he travelled to the US to dedicate his life entirely to art.

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Michael Moebius

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Michael Moebius

The story of a talent started after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Through his striking symbolism Michael Moebius gives a new dimension to popular cultural icons, adding brightly colored gum bubbles to monochrome portraits and creating a new way of communicating emotions.

Michael Moebius came into the world in 1968, in Germany. Having developed a love for art at an early age, cartooning became his first passion. However, in the then-communist East Germany, more pragmatic pursuits were the order of the day. Art would have to be put on the back burner while a formal education was pursued, and Michael decided on a career in engineering and construction. It was during a stint working in a parallel field of architectural illustration that Michael happened upon a book featuring the pin-ups of Alberto Vargas. A new love affair took root, and Michael decided that figurative art would be his life’s work.

He started studying painting at the academy of arts in Dresden, and in 1998 he got a big breakthrough. It was at this time, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that Michel was able to make his way to the United States. His talent as a painter and photographer was readily apparent, and he quickly became a sought-after favorite of collectors. Michael has already been part of major exhibitions throughout the US. His collector base and publishers include Playboy, Procter & Gamble, Laura Biagiotti, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Superyacht Digest, and other well-known companies.

His work has also won attention from celebrities including Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, Hugh Hefner, Rihanna, David Guetta and KISS frontman Gene Simmons.

Michael Moebius shows a huge talent when it comes to turning pop art and popular culture on its head. Today, Moebius has become one of the most recognized and in-demand contemporary artists in the world. His now famous bubble gum portraits have become a favorite among interior designers and investors the world over thanks to their striking symbolism.

Unlike his gum bubbles, the artist’s value continues to expand and shows no sign of bursting. Moebius’ commercial abilities and partnerships with some of the world’s most popular names means that he is a serious name in the art investment world.

Most famously, Michael Moebius gives a new dimension to popular cultural icons, adding brightly colored gum bubbles to monochrome portraits. Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth have all been re-imagined in this style, up to his latest work (“All you need is gum”) where he depicts the four Beatles all with signature gum bubbles.

In terms of artistic influences, Moebius cites inspiration from Italian Renaissance artist Titian and the genius baroque Caravaggio, as well as more contemporary names such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Vargas.

His novel portrayal of much-featured subjects make Moebius’ bubblegum works of an art investment favorite. His art also acts as a window into his personality and creative vision.

What’s most interesting is the contrast between the communist ideals which influenced the artist (Michael was born in 1968 when Germany was still divided in two by the Berlin Wall) and the western values and popular culture.

Moebius became aware of cultural differences between his home and the rest of the world, and this incongruity plays a significant role in his art today.

“Almost all of the items which we received from the west part of the world such as magazines, toys, soda cans were forbidden in east Berlin. As a child and growing up I would dearly hold onto the then-forbidden items… these really influenced me with their colors, designs and scents.

The more Michael Moebius was pushed to conform with communist ideals, the more he became enamored with western popular culture, and the more he was driven to create. After his conscription in the East German army, and then the fall of the Berlin Wall, he travelled to the US to dedicate his life entirely to art.

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Michael Moebius

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Craig Alan

Born in 1971 in San Bernardino, California and raised in the Atlanta area, Craig first recognized his creative drive via crayons on his parents’ walls, like many inspired young artists, and by the age of 7 his capacity for detailed visual interpretation became undeniable. After excelling in an introductory drawing class in school, Craig continued to develop technically and conceptually through his own diligent studies while always planning to pursue a formal art education.

He accepted a soccer scholarship at the University of Mobile, AL along with 3 summer art classes and in the first, Pottery, Craig’s light bulb switched on in a rejuvenating glow. Learning became enjoyable from that point forward in his life and he was immediately thrust into the scholastic limelight. To help sustain his education he found financial support and enjoyment in driving to New Orleans on his weekends and creating portraits for passersby on the streets, with original rates that baffle today, at $15 for charcoal and $30 for watercolor. This endeavor helped him perfect his flair for replicating the human figure and afforded the budding artist a sense of economic autonomy. With a focus on studio art, his minor concentration in theater further diversified Craig’s craft and armed him with additional techniques in makeup and set design. This blending of disparate influences and media is visually apparent in all of Craig’s works, which demonstrate a broad knowledge and appreciation of the human form as well as the colorful world these beings occupy. Craig earned an area award for academic excellence and the university’s most prestigious exhibition, “Art with a Southern Drawl,” featured 1 of Craig’s pieces, out of 42 chosen from a field of more than 1,600 submissions.

He learned how to frame art while working in a small frame shop part time while he was a student and a few months later his coworker pointed him in the direction of Deljou in Atlanta. He was hired and remained in framing for 4 years after pioneering the department’s establishment before he realigned with his passion of art and joined the league of other artists in the art studio.

In his prolific career is a culmination of textbook artistic knowledge and keen aesthetic sense that has gone from a “slow and studied” application to “fast and free of precise thought”. Craig’s collections run the gamut from abstract expressionism to haunting, graphic realism, each one a reflection of its creator’s unique vision. He is most well-known for his Populus series, which drew inspiration from a balcony overlooking Orange Beach, Alabama where patrons enjoying a wedding party seemed to form the shape of an eye where they stood. Craig explains, “Inspiration begins with a ‘What if…’ as I consider alternate imagery, surfaces, effects, results, etc. It comes from the past in conjunction with now. Like a bolt of lightning.” Since the epiphany, his Populus series is now home to dozens of celebrities and icons of all ages including: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Mercury, James Bond, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Van Gough, Gandhi, James Dean, Lady Justice, John Lennon, Queen Elizabeth, Darth Vader, Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn, and many more.

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Craig Alan

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Craig Alan

Born in 1971 in San Bernardino, California and raised in the Atlanta area, Craig first recognized his creative drive via crayons on his parents’ walls, like many inspired young artists, and by the age of 7 his capacity for detailed visual interpretation became undeniable. After excelling in an introductory drawing class in school, Craig continued to develop technically and conceptually through his own diligent studies while always planning to pursue a formal art education.

He accepted a soccer scholarship at the University of Mobile, AL along with 3 summer art classes and in the first, Pottery, Craig’s light bulb switched on in a rejuvenating glow. Learning became enjoyable from that point forward in his life and he was immediately thrust into the scholastic limelight. To help sustain his education he found financial support and enjoyment in driving to New Orleans on his weekends and creating portraits for passersby on the streets, with original rates that baffle today, at $15 for charcoal and $30 for watercolor. This endeavor helped him perfect his flair for replicating the human figure and afforded the budding artist a sense of economic autonomy. With a focus on studio art, his minor concentration in theater further diversified Craig’s craft and armed him with additional techniques in makeup and set design. This blending of disparate influences and media is visually apparent in all of Craig’s works, which demonstrate a broad knowledge and appreciation of the human form as well as the colorful world these beings occupy. Craig earned an area award for academic excellence and the university’s most prestigious exhibition, “Art with a Southern Drawl,” featured 1 of Craig’s pieces, out of 42 chosen from a field of more than 1,600 submissions.

He learned how to frame art while working in a small frame shop part time while he was a student and a few months later his coworker pointed him in the direction of Deljou in Atlanta. He was hired and remained in framing for 4 years after pioneering the department’s establishment before he realigned with his passion of art and joined the league of other artists in the art studio.

In his prolific career is a culmination of textbook artistic knowledge and keen aesthetic sense that has gone from a “slow and studied” application to “fast and free of precise thought”. Craig’s collections run the gamut from abstract expressionism to haunting, graphic realism, each one a reflection of its creator’s unique vision. He is most well-known for his Populus series, which drew inspiration from a balcony overlooking Orange Beach, Alabama where patrons enjoying a wedding party seemed to form the shape of an eye where they stood. Craig explains, “Inspiration begins with a ‘What if…’ as I consider alternate imagery, surfaces, effects, results, etc. It comes from the past in conjunction with now. Like a bolt of lightning.” Since the epiphany, his Populus series is now home to dozens of celebrities and icons of all ages including: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Mercury, James Bond, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Van Gough, Gandhi, James Dean, Lady Justice, John Lennon, Queen Elizabeth, Darth Vader, Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn, and many more.

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Craig Alan

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Richard Orlinski

Richard Orlinski has been the biggest selling contemporary French artist in the world since 2015. He began his artistic career in 2004 and created his first work, a bright red resin crocodile, which soon became an iconic piece in the sculptor’s bestiary.

The artist took inspiration from pop culture, everyday objects, popular things. Richard Orlinski soon developed new sculptures, often of animals, all symbols of freedom, power and passion. The result: electrifying works of art, in pop colours and a faceted style, that would be seen all around the world.

Exhibiting his works, often of spectacular dimensions, in unusual places and the great outdoors soon became his signature.

Driven by the desire to democratise art by making it accessible to the masses, Richard Orlinski takes an interest in all means of expression and his art knows no boundaries. He was made an Officer for the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin in 2021.

With nearly 3 million followers on Instagram, Richard Orlinski has brought together a very engaged community of art-lovers and enthusiasts. This is undeniably a great source of inspiration for the artist, who gives 100% to every one of his projects. “I deeply believe in the power of art (…) Often people do not dare to push the door of a gallery or a museum, so I make sure that the museum comes to them!”

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Matte Black

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Richard Orlinski

Richard Orlinski has been the biggest selling contemporary French artist in the world since 2015. He began his artistic career in 2004 and created his first work, a bright red resin crocodile, which soon became an iconic piece in the sculptor’s bestiary.

The artist took inspiration from pop culture, everyday objects, popular things. Richard Orlinski soon developed new sculptures, often of animals, all symbols of freedom, power and passion. The result: electrifying works of art, in pop colours and a faceted style, that would be seen all around the world.

Exhibiting his works, often of spectacular dimensions, in unusual places and the great outdoors soon became his signature.

Driven by the desire to democratise art by making it accessible to the masses, Richard Orlinski takes an interest in all means of expression and his art knows no boundaries. He was made an Officer for the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin in 2021.

With nearly 3 million followers on Instagram, Richard Orlinski has brought together a very engaged community of art-lovers and enthusiasts. This is undeniably a great source of inspiration for the artist, who gives 100% to every one of his projects. “I deeply believe in the power of art (…) Often people do not dare to push the door of a gallery or a museum, so I make sure that the museum comes to them!”

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Matte Black

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Pablo Fernandez Jr

Son of the famous landscape painter Pablo Fernandez, Pablo Jr. grew up heavily immersed and involved in the fine art world eventually graduating from the San Alejandro Cuban Academy of Fine Arts which is regarded as one of oldest and most prestigious fine art schools in the Southern Hemisphere. With many seeing the outstanding potential he had as a painter, Pablo Jr. was offered a rare opportunity and went on as an instructor at the school due to his skill and technique.

His work focuses on mainly on hyper-realistic paintings of women, highlighting, honoring, and celebrating the gender as an ode to the women in his life who have and continue to impact and inspired him. He hopes to spread the beauty and strength of women through his work and leave his viewers feeling empowered.

While still early in his career at 24 years old, Pablo Jr. moved to America to further his career and currently is one of the youngest artists being considered for the Tate Modern Museum’s permanent private collection in London who houses works by contemporary pioneers like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein to name a few.

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Pablo Fernandez Jr

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Pablo Fernandez Jr

Son of the famous landscape painter Pablo Fernandez, Pablo Jr. grew up heavily immersed and involved in the fine art world eventually graduating from the San Alejandro Cuban Academy of Fine Arts which is regarded as one of oldest and most prestigious fine art schools in the Southern Hemisphere. With many seeing the outstanding potential he had as a painter, Pablo Jr. was offered a rare opportunity and went on as an instructor at the school due to his skill and technique.

His work focuses on mainly on hyper-realistic paintings of women, highlighting, honoring, and celebrating the gender as an ode to the women in his life who have and continue to impact and inspired him. He hopes to spread the beauty and strength of women through his work and leave his viewers feeling empowered.

While still early in his career at 24 years old, Pablo Jr. moved to America to further his career and currently is one of the youngest artists being considered for the Tate Modern Museum’s permanent private collection in London who houses works by contemporary pioneers like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein to name a few.

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Pablo Fernandez Jr

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Roman Feral

Originally from Paris, France, Roman Feral has made a name for himself in the international contemporary art scene. His work celebrates luxury brands and showcases the beauty of nature, drawing inspiration from the fashion industry codes and his cultural background.

In the manner of a true alchemist, Roman seeks to capture the feeling of refinement and precious essence of hand-picked luxury icons with one of nature’s most delicate jewels: butterflies. Setting them airborne, he creates the illusion of endless flight, poised and suspended in a manner that grants the delicate butterflies eternal life.

In 2020, he introduced his first bronze sculpture developed with the renowned Bocquel Art Foundry, which has a long history of collaboration with modern masters such as César and Arman. Each unique piece features bronze butterflies arranged with careful scrutiny. The iconic fashion items used are recreated to the finest detail. The final result requires more than 90 hours of hand-polishing and more than 30 kilos of bronze to render.

He exhibited his first collection at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018, successfully drawing international attention from collectors and professionals, which led to exhibitions in the most prominent galleries across the world. Roman Feral is also recognized by the biggest names in luxury: CHANEL acquired his sculpture “Coffre Chanel Azur” and made it part of its private collection and heritage.

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Roman Feral

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Roman Feral

Originally from Paris, France, Roman Feral has made a name for himself in the international contemporary art scene. His work celebrates luxury brands and showcases the beauty of nature, drawing inspiration from the fashion industry codes and his cultural background.

In the manner of a true alchemist, Roman seeks to capture the feeling of refinement and precious essence of hand-picked luxury icons with one of nature’s most delicate jewels: butterflies. Setting them airborne, he creates the illusion of endless flight, poised and suspended in a manner that grants the delicate butterflies eternal life.

In 2020, he introduced his first bronze sculpture developed with the renowned Bocquel Art Foundry, which has a long history of collaboration with modern masters such as César and Arman. Each unique piece features bronze butterflies arranged with careful scrutiny. The iconic fashion items used are recreated to the finest detail. The final result requires more than 90 hours of hand-polishing and more than 30 kilos of bronze to render.

He exhibited his first collection at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018, successfully drawing international attention from collectors and professionals, which led to exhibitions in the most prominent galleries across the world. Roman Feral is also recognized by the biggest names in luxury: CHANEL acquired his sculpture “Coffre Chanel Azur” and made it part of its private collection and heritage.

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Roman Feral

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Punk Me Tender

The Parisian-turned-Angeleno’s very graphic, raw form of art draws from street art, graffiti, photography, fashion and the female form. He counts Alexander McQueen and John Paul Gautier among the fashion icons that inspire him, alongside designer Philippe Starck and artists like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Salvador Dalí. And one of the era’s most major fashion/beauty idols has already taken notice: Kylie Jenner commissioned a large lilac butterfly piece from PunkMeTender for her recent Kylie Cosmetics x Stormi launch.

Love, beauty, sensuality and desire are major themes that PunkMeTender explores in his work, alongside a broader theme of unity. “There’s an aspect of beauty in everything I do, as seeing and appreciating beauty brings people together,” he says. He works based on instinct, never following specific rules. But there is one constant: Like the butterfly that has become his signature, the artist strives to create a transformative experience for anyone who comes into contact with his work.

Spin art is one of the major techniques the artist employs in the work displayed in A Battle Won. “The technique I use is itself a transformation: I lay down colors over white butterflies, and watch them transform,” the artist says. “The same way a butterfly is born, and how it transforms itself from a chrysalis—my whole body of work is based on that.” PunkMeTender is also known for his use of original photography, bold colors and high-gloss embellishments like glittery Swarovski crystals, diamond dust and glossy acrylic coatings that push his work right over the top.

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Punk Me Tender

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Punk Me Tender

The Parisian-turned-Angeleno’s very graphic, raw form of art draws from street art, graffiti, photography, fashion and the female form. He counts Alexander McQueen and John Paul Gautier among the fashion icons that inspire him, alongside designer Philippe Starck and artists like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Salvador Dalí. And one of the era’s most major fashion/beauty idols has already taken notice: Kylie Jenner commissioned a large lilac butterfly piece from PunkMeTender for her recent Kylie Cosmetics x Stormi launch.

Love, beauty, sensuality and desire are major themes that PunkMeTender explores in his work, alongside a broader theme of unity. “There’s an aspect of beauty in everything I do, as seeing and appreciating beauty brings people together,” he says. He works based on instinct, never following specific rules. But there is one constant: Like the butterfly that has become his signature, the artist strives to create a transformative experience for anyone who comes into contact with his work.

Spin art is one of the major techniques the artist employs in the work displayed in A Battle Won. “The technique I use is itself a transformation: I lay down colors over white butterflies, and watch them transform,” the artist says. “The same way a butterfly is born, and how it transforms itself from a chrysalis—my whole body of work is based on that.” PunkMeTender is also known for his use of original photography, bold colors and high-gloss embellishments like glittery Swarovski crystals, diamond dust and glossy acrylic coatings that push his work right over the top.

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Punk Me Tender

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Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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Brendan Murphy

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Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso is an American-born visual artist and innovator. Educated at the California College of the Arts, his work is shown at galleries and art fairs around the globe.

A prodigious perfectionist, his technique has leapt into the future, as his vision and imagination merge to embrace new conceptual and physical technology the moment they appear on the horizon. The artist lives his context and vehemently pursues his objective.

Rousso relentlessly excels at his efforts to evolve as an artist who will put forth an enduring impact on subsequent generations with his life’s work, “Flat Depth.” This concept, which he has been refining his entire professional career, is the logical progression of modern art – to render a flat object three-dimensional, or to collapse a three-dimensional object into two dimensions – and is a fusion of countless complex artistic methods, including painting, printing, sculpting, welding, chemistry, digital manipulation and digital printing

A student of both pop-art and deep classical culture, as well as the vast interceding spectrum, Rousso endeavors to express his commentary on the human condition while physically, psychically and temporally committing his entire life to the imaginative evolution of his visual artistry. Toward that end, his creative processes are linear and complex, with many pieces developing simultaneously, and painstakingly.

His first summer job – designing the Tribeca loft of Robert De Niro – combined with stints as a Hollywood scenic artist and a brief career steeped in the cosmetics industry as an art director at Grey Advertising on the Revlon account, lend a wry touch to the social commentary woven through his work, and his vast and encompassing worldview flavors everything he creates.

Raised in North Carolina, Rousso traces his inspiration to the paradoxes of the world around him and the work of the artists who began the conversation, as well as every artist through time who has advanced the subject or the art form. His work is deliberately attainable to nearly every viewer, and yet his classical training shines through as time-honored artistic conventions are woven through his work.

Rousso’s fascination with paper – currency, advertising, newspapers, magazines – its history and use, its rise and fall, is an emblematic theme reflected frequently in his compositions. Despite the complexity of Rousso’s artistic output, the character and subject matter of the art is relatable to all citizens of the world, so much so that it practically jumps off the wall, and straight into the viewer’s gestalt.

Rousso’s work is held in private collections over North America, Europe, the Middle East and beyond, and numerous public projects of his appear across the United States.

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Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso is an American-born visual artist and innovator. Educated at the California College of the Arts, his work is shown at galleries and art fairs around the globe.

A prodigious perfectionist, his technique has leapt into the future, as his vision and imagination merge to embrace new conceptual and physical technology the moment they appear on the horizon. The artist lives his context and vehemently pursues his objective.

Rousso relentlessly excels at his efforts to evolve as an artist who will put forth an enduring impact on subsequent generations with his life’s work, “Flat Depth.” This concept, which he has been refining his entire professional career, is the logical progression of modern art – to render a flat object three-dimensional, or to collapse a three-dimensional object into two dimensions – and is a fusion of countless complex artistic methods, including painting, printing, sculpting, welding, chemistry, digital manipulation and digital printing

A student of both pop-art and deep classical culture, as well as the vast interceding spectrum, Rousso endeavors to express his commentary on the human condition while physically, psychically and temporally committing his entire life to the imaginative evolution of his visual artistry. Toward that end, his creative processes are linear and complex, with many pieces developing simultaneously, and painstakingly.

His first summer job – designing the Tribeca loft of Robert De Niro – combined with stints as a Hollywood scenic artist and a brief career steeped in the cosmetics industry as an art director at Grey Advertising on the Revlon account, lend a wry touch to the social commentary woven through his work, and his vast and encompassing worldview flavors everything he creates.

Raised in North Carolina, Rousso traces his inspiration to the paradoxes of the world around him and the work of the artists who began the conversation, as well as every artist through time who has advanced the subject or the art form. His work is deliberately attainable to nearly every viewer, and yet his classical training shines through as time-honored artistic conventions are woven through his work.

Rousso’s fascination with paper – currency, advertising, newspapers, magazines – its history and use, its rise and fall, is an emblematic theme reflected frequently in his compositions. Despite the complexity of Rousso’s artistic output, the character and subject matter of the art is relatable to all citizens of the world, so much so that it practically jumps off the wall, and straight into the viewer’s gestalt.

Rousso’s work is held in private collections over North America, Europe, the Middle East and beyond, and numerous public projects of his appear across the United States.

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Micah Johnson

Micah is a figurative artist who uses strong gestural lines combined with loose brush strokes to create dramatic portraits primarily featuring African-American children. These subjects, which are often inspired by his young nephews, began appearing in Micah’s work ever since he overheard his 4-year old nephew ask his mother a deeply disturbing question,

“Mom, can astronauts be black?”

Although Micah spent 7 years as a professional baseball player, you rarely see reference to his career in any of his works. He sees art as an independent journey with the opportunity to inspire a broader demographic around the subjects of racial equality, chasing your dreams without limitations, and the empowerment of young people.

The artist’s journey and historical documentation through the lives of his nephews make up the new series. The work is soft spoken, conveying messages of empowerment and the dismantling of racism in a beguiling whisper by exploring the contemplation of dreams without restriction from a child’s perspective. Inspiration comes easy when you stare at the children who are living their dream as superhero, basketball player, cellist, doctor, astronaut and more. However quotidian the components of his paintings might seem on the surface–including scenes of a child pulling the nostalgic red wagon eating fruit or readying for mission in astronaut gear, they are imbued with symbolism, historical significance and intent. Mainly, to inspire confidence in children of color to live whatever they dream is their heart’s desire. Can an artist be black? What about an astronaut? These are the heart-sinking questions Johnson wants no child to have to ask.

His latest collection of his work inspired by his young nephews will document their journey–from a pre-to-post Covid-19 world until the age of 18. According to Johnson, they are the future and the ones who will bring the change that we are all fighting for now.

Micah Johnson is also the creator of Aku. After hearing a young boy ask his mom if astronauts could be Black, Micah released an NFT of a 3D animation depicting a boy with an oversized astronaut helmet. In less than one year, that NFT took Micah from a retired athlete to “2020 NFT of the Year” and the first creator to have an NFT optioned for a major feature film. Named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in NFTs” by Fortune and named one of the Most Innovative Companies of 2022 by Fast Company, Micah’s foresight and belief in the web3 communities to evangelize IP has resulted in over $24MM in sales volume for Aku to date.

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Micah Johnson

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Micah Johnson

Micah is a figurative artist who uses strong gestural lines combined with loose brush strokes to create dramatic portraits primarily featuring African-American children. These subjects, which are often inspired by his young nephews, began appearing in Micah’s work ever since he overheard his 4-year old nephew ask his mother a deeply disturbing question,

“Mom, can astronauts be black?”

Although Micah spent 7 years as a professional baseball player, you rarely see reference to his career in any of his works. He sees art as an independent journey with the opportunity to inspire a broader demographic around the subjects of racial equality, chasing your dreams without limitations, and the empowerment of young people.

The artist’s journey and historical documentation through the lives of his nephews make up the new series. The work is soft spoken, conveying messages of empowerment and the dismantling of racism in a beguiling whisper by exploring the contemplation of dreams without restriction from a child’s perspective. Inspiration comes easy when you stare at the children who are living their dream as superhero, basketball player, cellist, doctor, astronaut and more. However quotidian the components of his paintings might seem on the surface–including scenes of a child pulling the nostalgic red wagon eating fruit or readying for mission in astronaut gear, they are imbued with symbolism, historical significance and intent. Mainly, to inspire confidence in children of color to live whatever they dream is their heart’s desire. Can an artist be black? What about an astronaut? These are the heart-sinking questions Johnson wants no child to have to ask.

His latest collection of his work inspired by his young nephews will document their journey–from a pre-to-post Covid-19 world until the age of 18. According to Johnson, they are the future and the ones who will bring the change that we are all fighting for now.

Micah Johnson is also the creator of Aku. After hearing a young boy ask his mom if astronauts could be Black, Micah released an NFT of a 3D animation depicting a boy with an oversized astronaut helmet. In less than one year, that NFT took Micah from a retired athlete to “2020 NFT of the Year” and the first creator to have an NFT optioned for a major feature film. Named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in NFTs” by Fortune and named one of the Most Innovative Companies of 2022 by Fast Company, Micah’s foresight and belief in the web3 communities to evangelize IP has resulted in over $24MM in sales volume for Aku to date.

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Marco Grassi

Marco Grassi (Grama) is a painter of Italian origin, born in 1966 and now living & working in Lugano, Switzerland. Marco creates remarkable portraits thanks to their realism, always accompanied by a special touch and a pinch of surrealism. The artist gives special importance to the thoroughness with which he handles the details of his not-very-traditional subjects.

Since the beginning of his career, Marco Grassi developed a very personal style which praises the identity of the female subject in the specific moment in which they are painted. With his intense female portraits, Marco searches to captivate the viewer, by creating a silent dialogue between the subject and the audience.

Marco Grassi’s pieces are striking, they combine pure decoration and hyper-realistic colour. In his most recent works, Marco has abandoned the element that was once his trademark style and technique: the decisive brushstrokes which outlined his anatomic forms and lent a sense of stability to the whole of the figure, and contrasted with bold colours, blended with a spatula, and drippings to break them down and make them more subtle. His recent subjects display less certainty, which once allowed the figures to integrate themselves fully with the complex weave of colours. Today, the background against which they are represented is more decisive and reflects the subjects’ facial expressions and intense silence, creating complicity with the observer.

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Marco Grassi

Marco Grassi (Grama) is a painter of Italian origin, born in 1966 and now living & working in Lugano, Switzerland. Marco creates remarkable portraits thanks to their realism, always accompanied by a special touch and a pinch of surrealism. The artist gives special importance to the thoroughness with which he handles the details of his not-very-traditional subjects.

Since the beginning of his career, Marco Grassi developed a very personal style which praises the identity of the female subject in the specific moment in which they are painted. With his intense female portraits, Marco searches to captivate the viewer, by creating a silent dialogue between the subject and the audience.

Marco Grassi’s pieces are striking, they combine pure decoration and hyper-realistic colour. In his most recent works, Marco has abandoned the element that was once his trademark style and technique: the decisive brushstrokes which outlined his anatomic forms and lent a sense of stability to the whole of the figure, and contrasted with bold colours, blended with a spatula, and drippings to break them down and make them more subtle. His recent subjects display less certainty, which once allowed the figures to integrate themselves fully with the complex weave of colours. Today, the background against which they are represented is more decisive and reflects the subjects’ facial expressions and intense silence, creating complicity with the observer.

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Philippe Shangti

Philippe Shangti is a complete artist with an extraordinary talent to transcribe his art pieces into scenic performances totally imagined by him. Thus he directs the full artistic conception by creating his own universe. Among his notorious pieces, he signed several ‘tag’ works such as the very famous “Enjoy Your Fucking Dinner”.

His art comes in a variety of photographs, artistic concepts but also in limited edition sculptures. His work is exhibited in many countries in the best art galleries in Europe and the USA.

Constantly looking for new ideas and challenges, the artist also created special works featuring sports personalities, collectors and their families. In addition, he collaborates with many luxury brands as part of the development of a range of products steeped with his art and his universe.

With his experience, the artist organizes ephemeral private events on the international scene where he manages to recreate the artistic atmosphere he is immersed in, in order to carry the visitors away and intensely connect them to his artistic world.

After living in St Tropez for more than 10 years, the artist wished to upgrade his career and decided to move his studios and all his teams to the Principality of Andorra where he experiences now a new energy.

In 2019, Philippe Shangti has been selected to represent the Principality of Andorra at the 58th Venice Biennale.

His monumental and highly committed project “Future Is Now” aims to demonstrate that the behaviour of people today irreversibly determines tomorrow’s world. Here again, the message is clear: to change human consciousness and behaviour by shaking up the values and priorities of our societies.

The international press and the art world have ranked the Andorran pavilion – and Philippe’s work “The Future Is Now” – among the 10 essential pavilions of this Biennale.

From July 2020 to September 2021, his exhibition “Future is now”, realized for the 2019 Venice Biennale, was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts of Carcassonne, France, marking the first museum exhibition of the artist’s career.

From March to July 2021, the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg Russia, organized an exhibition of some thirty works by the artist, mixing various artworks from different collections.

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Philippe Shangti

Philippe Shangti is a complete artist with an extraordinary talent to transcribe his art pieces into scenic performances totally imagined by him. Thus he directs the full artistic conception by creating his own universe. Among his notorious pieces, he signed several ‘tag’ works such as the very famous “Enjoy Your Fucking Dinner”.

His art comes in a variety of photographs, artistic concepts but also in limited edition sculptures. His work is exhibited in many countries in the best art galleries in Europe and the USA.

Constantly looking for new ideas and challenges, the artist also created special works featuring sports personalities, collectors and their families. In addition, he collaborates with many luxury brands as part of the development of a range of products steeped with his art and his universe.

With his experience, the artist organizes ephemeral private events on the international scene where he manages to recreate the artistic atmosphere he is immersed in, in order to carry the visitors away and intensely connect them to his artistic world.

After living in St Tropez for more than 10 years, the artist wished to upgrade his career and decided to move his studios and all his teams to the Principality of Andorra where he experiences now a new energy.

In 2019, Philippe Shangti has been selected to represent the Principality of Andorra at the 58th Venice Biennale.

His monumental and highly committed project “Future Is Now” aims to demonstrate that the behaviour of people today irreversibly determines tomorrow’s world. Here again, the message is clear: to change human consciousness and behaviour by shaking up the values and priorities of our societies.

The international press and the art world have ranked the Andorran pavilion – and Philippe’s work “The Future Is Now” – among the 10 essential pavilions of this Biennale.

From July 2020 to September 2021, his exhibition “Future is now”, realized for the 2019 Venice Biennale, was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts of Carcassonne, France, marking the first museum exhibition of the artist’s career.

From March to July 2021, the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg Russia, organized an exhibition of some thirty works by the artist, mixing various artworks from different collections.

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Niina Kratz

“The right art can transport you to other worlds.”

Niina Kratz (née Tuohimetsä, b.1987 in Jyväskylä) is a Finnish contemporary artist & designer with a focus in bold textures, dynamic forms and expression of refined rawness.

Shaped by the years of extensive work with different techniques and fields of art & design, she seeks inspiration from the human psyche, nature and architecture. The modern minimalistic colorscape, sculptural shapes and the experimental touch of her work provide almost futuristic aura of Scandinavian simplicity and sophistication. Utilizing the mastery of material and shape she creates exquisite art pieces for every collector to desire and invites you to find the light through the darkness.

She’s currently living and working in Tampere, Finland.

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Niina Kratz

“The right art can transport you to other worlds.”

Niina Kratz (née Tuohimetsä, b.1987 in Jyväskylä) is a Finnish contemporary artist & designer with a focus in bold textures, dynamic forms and expression of refined rawness.

Shaped by the years of extensive work with different techniques and fields of art & design, she seeks inspiration from the human psyche, nature and architecture. The modern minimalistic colorscape, sculptural shapes and the experimental touch of her work provide almost futuristic aura of Scandinavian simplicity and sophistication. Utilizing the mastery of material and shape she creates exquisite art pieces for every collector to desire and invites you to find the light through the darkness.

She’s currently living and working in Tampere, Finland.

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Axel Crieger

American-German artist and photographer Axel Crieger brings together a range of elements and ideas to create singular theatrical images, each with its own unique overtones of decadence, danger or desire.

Crieger’s work is by turns thought-provoking and amusing with its unexpected juxtapositions creating a curious and compelling narrative – what Entertainment Weekly (New York) described as ‘the grammar of glamour.”

His digital paintings are composed of a variety of photographic quotes, designs, drawings and special effects to create photographic images, which have never been photographed. His art has found empty nails on walls in places around the world and is represented by various international galleries and international art shows.

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Axel Crieger

American-German artist and photographer Axel Crieger brings together a range of elements and ideas to create singular theatrical images, each with its own unique overtones of decadence, danger or desire.

Crieger’s work is by turns thought-provoking and amusing with its unexpected juxtapositions creating a curious and compelling narrative – what Entertainment Weekly (New York) described as ‘the grammar of glamour.”

His digital paintings are composed of a variety of photographic quotes, designs, drawings and special effects to create photographic images, which have never been photographed. His art has found empty nails on walls in places around the world and is represented by various international galleries and international art shows.

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Axel Crieger

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Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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Brendan Murphy

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Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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Christopher Martin

“My works are a challenge to me on many levels, I seek a balance between organic formation with a painterly construct. If I sense that it is not clear whether my work was formed from heat, air, water, or a painted expression, then I feel that the piece is a success. To find a natural sense of existence is my intention. Void of overt narrative or implied suggestions I want the atmosphere around my work to vibrate with energy and balance.

Organic Expressionism is a succinct way to describe my process. I start with a clear acrylic panel and apply heat, wind, water, brush, and pigment in reverse order to create my paintings. In reverse glass painting, the artist works from foreground to the background; the initial strokes being the most imperative and the final being of very little consequence; the inverse of a canvas.

By engaging forms of interlaced ovals, linear movements, arcs, and fields of color, I seek to produce a unique visual expression in each painting. As a botanist who crosses variant orchids to create a beautiful new strain, I fuse various applications and forms to evolve my paintings. In the end, I paint to create a strong aesthetically engaging presence that evokes a calm excitement of natural beauty.” – Christopher Martin

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Christopher Martin

“My works are a challenge to me on many levels, I seek a balance between organic formation with a painterly construct. If I sense that it is not clear whether my work was formed from heat, air, water, or a painted expression, then I feel that the piece is a success. To find a natural sense of existence is my intention. Void of overt narrative or implied suggestions I want the atmosphere around my work to vibrate with energy and balance.

Organic Expressionism is a succinct way to describe my process. I start with a clear acrylic panel and apply heat, wind, water, brush, and pigment in reverse order to create my paintings. In reverse glass painting, the artist works from foreground to the background; the initial strokes being the most imperative and the final being of very little consequence; the inverse of a canvas.

By engaging forms of interlaced ovals, linear movements, arcs, and fields of color, I seek to produce a unique visual expression in each painting. As a botanist who crosses variant orchids to create a beautiful new strain, I fuse various applications and forms to evolve my paintings. In the end, I paint to create a strong aesthetically engaging presence that evokes a calm excitement of natural beauty.” – Christopher Martin

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Laurence Jones

In scenes which sit on the divide between public and private space, the notion of luxury as portrayed in popular culture serves as a setting in which narrative can – and does – occur. The scenes I paint have an inherent sense of familiarity recognizable from popular culture and television. Working from found images from the public domain gives source imagery a certain currency for me; it already has a loaded cultural or experiential significance before I come across it. Combining these found images through a process of sketching, digital editing and finally through physical painting, layers of narrative from culture and art-historical references reveal themselves incidentally – much like the mechanisms of a Hollywood production.

Formally and conceptually, the reference to constructed environments becomes the main function of my paintings; an allusive stasis borrowed from the mediums of photography and film, and adapted to painting in an ongoing dialogue with contemporary cultural discourse.

The heightened sense of colour in the hypnotic shimmer of aqua pools in the paintings serves a dual function as an indirect reference to the screen but also encapsulates the idea of escapism. In ‘Pool With Yellow Float’ the inviting glow of the pool’s surface draws the viewer in, with only a thin silhouette of hedgerow separating the viewer from the space – it is tantalisingly within reach. The exotic foliage and low hanging power lines locate the scene in a typical Los Angeles setting, heightened by the effect of the pool and distant glow of the city lights in the dusk. The float motif has been recurring in the paintings over the last couple of years; it adds a fragment of narrative, a human presence in an otherwise private scene. It also serves an allegorical function, echoing the paintings of Hockney and the mythic promise of Los Angeles.

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Laurence Jones

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Laurence Jones

In scenes which sit on the divide between public and private space, the notion of luxury as portrayed in popular culture serves as a setting in which narrative can – and does – occur. The scenes I paint have an inherent sense of familiarity recognizable from popular culture and television. Working from found images from the public domain gives source imagery a certain currency for me; it already has a loaded cultural or experiential significance before I come across it. Combining these found images through a process of sketching, digital editing and finally through physical painting, layers of narrative from culture and art-historical references reveal themselves incidentally – much like the mechanisms of a Hollywood production.

Formally and conceptually, the reference to constructed environments becomes the main function of my paintings; an allusive stasis borrowed from the mediums of photography and film, and adapted to painting in an ongoing dialogue with contemporary cultural discourse.

The heightened sense of colour in the hypnotic shimmer of aqua pools in the paintings serves a dual function as an indirect reference to the screen but also encapsulates the idea of escapism. In ‘Pool With Yellow Float’ the inviting glow of the pool’s surface draws the viewer in, with only a thin silhouette of hedgerow separating the viewer from the space – it is tantalisingly within reach. The exotic foliage and low hanging power lines locate the scene in a typical Los Angeles setting, heightened by the effect of the pool and distant glow of the city lights in the dusk. The float motif has been recurring in the paintings over the last couple of years; it adds a fragment of narrative, a human presence in an otherwise private scene. It also serves an allegorical function, echoing the paintings of Hockney and the mythic promise of Los Angeles.

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Michael Callas

Michael Callas doesn’t live a Bohemian lifestyle. He is not the archetypal Romantic artist in the studio, maniacally laboring away and working in erratic ways to keep normal out at all costs. His methodology is premeditated (industrious as his artists friends tend to note), operating within an orderly studio that leaves no material out of line. Whereas some artists excel in sporadicity, Callas thrives in structure, ignited by his engineering and carpentry background. Rather than centering his craft around the finished product, he utilizes the active nature of the creation process as his muse.

In the primordial stages of his career, Callas recalls being so focused on completing the task at hand instead of enjoying each step of creation. He thought adherence to structure made him less of an artist, unable to fit the public eye’s perception of an artist. He quickly resented that outlook on his artistry and shifted his mindset towards a more appreciative view of the creation process: calculated, savoring the act of culmination and stressing executive function.

Callas’ relationship to education catalyzed his view of the creative process through an executive function lens: ritualistic and rigid with confined parameters. Growing up with a learning disability, Callas struggled with maintaining focus while reading and completing tasks, the severity of which drove his mom to earn her Ph.D in Special Education to decipher what would make her son tick. Reflecting on this adversity years later, his philosophy is that one’s practice should be conducted under the paradigm of repetition, which helps him complete goals. Contrasting his current self against who he was 15 years ago, the efficiency he operates with now renders him wholly different from that previous persona, evolving from an upcoming artist to a well-established savant.

The way Michael Callas operates is deeply rooted in the concept of planned communities. Born and raised in Orange County, he was fascinated with them, always living in these premeditated templates of suburbia. Their repetitive nature subconsciously had an effect on his artistry, often producing the same silhouette of a painting with an altered color scheme.

Compartmentalization is what most aptly describes him. Confined shapes, no gradation or bleeding between colors, a contrarian to traditionalist oil paintings. Architecture is a vehicle of expression he closely identifies with as evidenced in his interior-centric collection featuring Winter Living Room II and Kitchen I.

Because Callas came into the realm of fine art in a self-proclaimed ignorant way, bursting in the door rather than carefully stepping through it, influence generally evaded his stylistic evolution; despite this circumnavigation of a typical artist’s path, he appreciates the ethos of the Renaissance, where the artist is simultaneously the scientist, creator and engineer. This philosophy is apparent with artists he admires like Michelangelo, Bronzino, Botticelli. In his own work, he draws parallels to Warhol and Lichtenstein, pop art contemporaries who take a curatorial approach to their subject matter as well as David Hockney with his attention to color and composition.

Since his pivotal Case Study series, Callas has continued to grow into his painting style, exhibiting a more refined technicality and fluency. New technology took his ideation process from traditional paper and pen to digital, from an opaque projector with a magnifying glass to a 4k projector alongside an iPad Pro, which increased the specificity of color choice, level of detail on shapes and layer separation.

“It took a really long time to make the work truly represent who I was, attempting to minimize the influence of who I wanted to be seen as. The artistic process is genuinely who I am. I know that the audience is extremely intelligent and I want them to see me honestly through my work.”

He acknowledges there is a dialogue, however indirect, between the artist and the audience, and to act like an artist is above that, in a vacuum with no real-world impact, is disingenuous and not why people become an artist.

Michael Callas wants to be remembered like Walt Disney, a virtuoso known for the complexity of their craft and whose work blossoms into multiple fields outside of their promoted practice. He’s always striving to improve, become more complex and execute ideas more cleanly, essentially hiding the human hand and leaving the audience with the firm belief that this work was made by machine.

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Michael Callas

Michael Callas doesn’t live a Bohemian lifestyle. He is not the archetypal Romantic artist in the studio, maniacally laboring away and working in erratic ways to keep normal out at all costs. His methodology is premeditated (industrious as his artists friends tend to note), operating within an orderly studio that leaves no material out of line. Whereas some artists excel in sporadicity, Callas thrives in structure, ignited by his engineering and carpentry background. Rather than centering his craft around the finished product, he utilizes the active nature of the creation process as his muse.

In the primordial stages of his career, Callas recalls being so focused on completing the task at hand instead of enjoying each step of creation. He thought adherence to structure made him less of an artist, unable to fit the public eye’s perception of an artist. He quickly resented that outlook on his artistry and shifted his mindset towards a more appreciative view of the creation process: calculated, savoring the act of culmination and stressing executive function.

Callas’ relationship to education catalyzed his view of the creative process through an executive function lens: ritualistic and rigid with confined parameters. Growing up with a learning disability, Callas struggled with maintaining focus while reading and completing tasks, the severity of which drove his mom to earn her Ph.D in Special Education to decipher what would make her son tick. Reflecting on this adversity years later, his philosophy is that one’s practice should be conducted under the paradigm of repetition, which helps him complete goals. Contrasting his current self against who he was 15 years ago, the efficiency he operates with now renders him wholly different from that previous persona, evolving from an upcoming artist to a well-established savant.

The way Michael Callas operates is deeply rooted in the concept of planned communities. Born and raised in Orange County, he was fascinated with them, always living in these premeditated templates of suburbia. Their repetitive nature subconsciously had an effect on his artistry, often producing the same silhouette of a painting with an altered color scheme.

Compartmentalization is what most aptly describes him. Confined shapes, no gradation or bleeding between colors, a contrarian to traditionalist oil paintings. Architecture is a vehicle of expression he closely identifies with as evidenced in his interior-centric collection featuring Winter Living Room II and Kitchen I.

Because Callas came into the realm of fine art in a self-proclaimed ignorant way, bursting in the door rather than carefully stepping through it, influence generally evaded his stylistic evolution; despite this circumnavigation of a typical artist’s path, he appreciates the ethos of the Renaissance, where the artist is simultaneously the scientist, creator and engineer. This philosophy is apparent with artists he admires like Michelangelo, Bronzino, Botticelli. In his own work, he draws parallels to Warhol and Lichtenstein, pop art contemporaries who take a curatorial approach to their subject matter as well as David Hockney with his attention to color and composition.

Since his pivotal Case Study series, Callas has continued to grow into his painting style, exhibiting a more refined technicality and fluency. New technology took his ideation process from traditional paper and pen to digital, from an opaque projector with a magnifying glass to a 4k projector alongside an iPad Pro, which increased the specificity of color choice, level of detail on shapes and layer separation.

“It took a really long time to make the work truly represent who I was, attempting to minimize the influence of who I wanted to be seen as. The artistic process is genuinely who I am. I know that the audience is extremely intelligent and I want them to see me honestly through my work.”

He acknowledges there is a dialogue, however indirect, between the artist and the audience, and to act like an artist is above that, in a vacuum with no real-world impact, is disingenuous and not why people become an artist.

Michael Callas wants to be remembered like Walt Disney, a virtuoso known for the complexity of their craft and whose work blossoms into multiple fields outside of their promoted practice. He’s always striving to improve, become more complex and execute ideas more cleanly, essentially hiding the human hand and leaving the audience with the firm belief that this work was made by machine.

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Roman Feral

Originally from Paris, France, Roman Feral has made a name for himself in the international contemporary art scene. His work celebrates luxury brands and showcases the beauty of nature, drawing inspiration from the fashion industry codes and his cultural background.

In the manner of a true alchemist, Roman seeks to capture the feeling of refinement and precious essence of hand-picked luxury icons with one of nature’s most delicate jewels: butterflies. Setting them airborne, he creates the illusion of endless flight, poised and suspended in a manner that grants the delicate butterflies eternal life.

In 2020, he introduced his first bronze sculpture developed with the renowned Bocquel Art Foundry, which has a long history of collaboration with modern masters such as César and Arman. Each unique piece features bronze butterflies arranged with careful scrutiny. The iconic fashion items used are recreated to the finest detail. The final result requires more than 90 hours of hand-polishing and more than 30 kilos of bronze to render.

He exhibited his first collection at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018, successfully drawing international attention from collectors and professionals, which led to exhibitions in the most prominent galleries across the world. Roman Feral is also recognized by the biggest names in luxury: CHANEL acquired his sculpture “Coffre Chanel Azur” and made it part of its private collection and heritage.

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Roman Feral

Originally from Paris, France, Roman Feral has made a name for himself in the international contemporary art scene. His work celebrates luxury brands and showcases the beauty of nature, drawing inspiration from the fashion industry codes and his cultural background.

In the manner of a true alchemist, Roman seeks to capture the feeling of refinement and precious essence of hand-picked luxury icons with one of nature’s most delicate jewels: butterflies. Setting them airborne, he creates the illusion of endless flight, poised and suspended in a manner that grants the delicate butterflies eternal life.

In 2020, he introduced his first bronze sculpture developed with the renowned Bocquel Art Foundry, which has a long history of collaboration with modern masters such as César and Arman. Each unique piece features bronze butterflies arranged with careful scrutiny. The iconic fashion items used are recreated to the finest detail. The final result requires more than 90 hours of hand-polishing and more than 30 kilos of bronze to render.

He exhibited his first collection at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018, successfully drawing international attention from collectors and professionals, which led to exhibitions in the most prominent galleries across the world. Roman Feral is also recognized by the biggest names in luxury: CHANEL acquired his sculpture “Coffre Chanel Azur” and made it part of its private collection and heritage.

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Hunt Slonem

Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds, as well as his large-scale sculptures and restorations of forgotten historic homes. Slonem’s works can be found in the permanent collections of 250 museums around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Whitney, the Miro Foundation and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Since his first solo show at the Fischbach Gallery in 1977, Slonem’s work has been showcased internationally hundreds of times, most recently at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. In 2017 and 2018, he will be featured by the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Gallery in Bulgaria, and in countless galleries across the United States, Germany and Dubai.

His flair and admiration for far-flung destinations has been a staple of his life since childhood. Slonem was born in 1951 in Kittery, Maine, and his father’s position as a Navy officer meant the family moved often during Hunt’s formative years, including extended stays in Hawaii, California and Connecticut. He would continue to seek out travel opportunities throughout his young-adult years, studying abroad in Nicaragua and Mexico; these eye-opening experiences imbued him with an appreciation for tropical landscapes that would influence his unique style.

After graduating with a degree in painting and art history from Tulane University in New Orleans, Slonem spent several years in the early 1970s living in Manhattan. It wasn’t until Janet Fish offered him her studio for the summer of 1975 that Slonem was able to fully immerse himself in his work. His pieces began getting exhibited around New York, propelling his reputation and thrusting him into the city’s explosive contemporary arts scene. He received several prestigious grants, including from Montreal’s Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cultural Counsel Foundation’s Artist Project, for which he painted an 80-foot mural of the World Trade Center in the late 1970s. He also received an introduction to the Marlborough Gallery, which would represent him for 18 years.

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Hunt Slonem

Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds, as well as his large-scale sculptures and restorations of forgotten historic homes. Slonem’s works can be found in the permanent collections of 250 museums around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Whitney, the Miro Foundation and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Since his first solo show at the Fischbach Gallery in 1977, Slonem’s work has been showcased internationally hundreds of times, most recently at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. In 2017 and 2018, he will be featured by the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Gallery in Bulgaria, and in countless galleries across the United States, Germany and Dubai.

His flair and admiration for far-flung destinations has been a staple of his life since childhood. Slonem was born in 1951 in Kittery, Maine, and his father’s position as a Navy officer meant the family moved often during Hunt’s formative years, including extended stays in Hawaii, California and Connecticut. He would continue to seek out travel opportunities throughout his young-adult years, studying abroad in Nicaragua and Mexico; these eye-opening experiences imbued him with an appreciation for tropical landscapes that would influence his unique style.

After graduating with a degree in painting and art history from Tulane University in New Orleans, Slonem spent several years in the early 1970s living in Manhattan. It wasn’t until Janet Fish offered him her studio for the summer of 1975 that Slonem was able to fully immerse himself in his work. His pieces began getting exhibited around New York, propelling his reputation and thrusting him into the city’s explosive contemporary arts scene. He received several prestigious grants, including from Montreal’s Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cultural Counsel Foundation’s Artist Project, for which he painted an 80-foot mural of the World Trade Center in the late 1970s. He also received an introduction to the Marlborough Gallery, which would represent him for 18 years.

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Chris Bracey

Chris Bracey, who has died aged 59 of prostate cancer, was known as the Neon Man, sometimes as the Master of Glow. In his north London workshop, aptly named God’s Own Junkyard, he made and displayed neon signs that combined faith and irreverence.

In the early 70s, he went to work for the family firm, Electro Signs. Among his more memorable creations was his first, the long-lived Girls, Girls, Girls sign outside Paul Raymond’s eponymous Revuebar.

Following a chance meeting in the 80s with the art director of the film Mona Lisa, in Soho – Bracey was putting up a sex shop sign at the time – he had begun to make neon props for movie sets. His work can be seen in films as diverse as Batman, Blade Runner and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The Rainbow Fancy Dress and Sonata Jazz Café signs in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut are both his.

He also made pieces for other artists: Creed’s Work No 232 (2000), a white neon sign at Tate Britain that read “the whole world + the work = the whole world”, was fabricated by Bracey, this sold at auction in 2012 for £40,000.

With its mix of skill, loucheness and Hollywood glamour, Bracey’s work developed a celebrity following: Jude Law, Kate Moss, Elton John and Lady Gaga were all collectors.

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Chris Bracey

Chris Bracey, who has died aged 59 of prostate cancer, was known as the Neon Man, sometimes as the Master of Glow. In his north London workshop, aptly named God’s Own Junkyard, he made and displayed neon signs that combined faith and irreverence.

In the early 70s, he went to work for the family firm, Electro Signs. Among his more memorable creations was his first, the long-lived Girls, Girls, Girls sign outside Paul Raymond’s eponymous Revuebar.

Following a chance meeting in the 80s with the art director of the film Mona Lisa, in Soho – Bracey was putting up a sex shop sign at the time – he had begun to make neon props for movie sets. His work can be seen in films as diverse as Batman, Blade Runner and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The Rainbow Fancy Dress and Sonata Jazz Café signs in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut are both his.

He also made pieces for other artists: Creed’s Work No 232 (2000), a white neon sign at Tate Britain that read “the whole world + the work = the whole world”, was fabricated by Bracey, this sold at auction in 2012 for £40,000.

With its mix of skill, loucheness and Hollywood glamour, Bracey’s work developed a celebrity following: Jude Law, Kate Moss, Elton John and Lady Gaga were all collectors.

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Philippe Shangti

Philippe Shangti is a complete artist with an extraordinary talent to transcribe his art pieces into scenic performances totally imagined by him. Thus he directs the full artistic conception by creating his own universe. Among his notorious pieces, he signed several ‘tag’ works such as the very famous “Enjoy Your Fucking Dinner”.

His art comes in a variety of photographs, artistic concepts but also in limited edition sculptures. His work is exhibited in many countries in the best art galleries in Europe and the USA.

Constantly looking for new ideas and challenges, the artist also created special works featuring sports personalities, collectors and their families. In addition, he collaborates with many luxury brands as part of the development of a range of products steeped with his art and his universe.

With his experience, the artist organizes ephemeral private events on the international scene where he manages to recreate the artistic atmosphere he is immersed in, in order to carry the visitors away and intensely connect them to his artistic world.

After living in St Tropez for more than 10 years, the artist wished to upgrade his career and decided to move his studios and all his teams to the Principality of Andorra where he experiences now a new energy.

In 2019, Philippe Shangti has been selected to represent the Principality of Andorra at the 58th Venice Biennale.

His monumental and highly committed project “Future Is Now” aims to demonstrate that the behaviour of people today irreversibly determines tomorrow’s world. Here again, the message is clear: to change human consciousness and behaviour by shaking up the values and priorities of our societies.

The international press and the art world have ranked the Andorran pavilion – and Philippe’s work “The Future Is Now” – among the 10 essential pavilions of this Biennale.

From July 2020 to September 2021, his exhibition “Future is now”, realized for the 2019 Venice Biennale, was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts of Carcassonne, France, marking the first museum exhibition of the artist’s career.

From March to July 2021, the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg Russia, organized an exhibition of some thirty works by the artist, mixing various artworks from different collections.

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Philippe Shangti

Philippe Shangti is a complete artist with an extraordinary talent to transcribe his art pieces into scenic performances totally imagined by him. Thus he directs the full artistic conception by creating his own universe. Among his notorious pieces, he signed several ‘tag’ works such as the very famous “Enjoy Your Fucking Dinner”.

His art comes in a variety of photographs, artistic concepts but also in limited edition sculptures. His work is exhibited in many countries in the best art galleries in Europe and the USA.

Constantly looking for new ideas and challenges, the artist also created special works featuring sports personalities, collectors and their families. In addition, he collaborates with many luxury brands as part of the development of a range of products steeped with his art and his universe.

With his experience, the artist organizes ephemeral private events on the international scene where he manages to recreate the artistic atmosphere he is immersed in, in order to carry the visitors away and intensely connect them to his artistic world.

After living in St Tropez for more than 10 years, the artist wished to upgrade his career and decided to move his studios and all his teams to the Principality of Andorra where he experiences now a new energy.

In 2019, Philippe Shangti has been selected to represent the Principality of Andorra at the 58th Venice Biennale.

His monumental and highly committed project “Future Is Now” aims to demonstrate that the behaviour of people today irreversibly determines tomorrow’s world. Here again, the message is clear: to change human consciousness and behaviour by shaking up the values and priorities of our societies.

The international press and the art world have ranked the Andorran pavilion – and Philippe’s work “The Future Is Now” – among the 10 essential pavilions of this Biennale.

From July 2020 to September 2021, his exhibition “Future is now”, realized for the 2019 Venice Biennale, was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts of Carcassonne, France, marking the first museum exhibition of the artist’s career.

From March to July 2021, the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg Russia, organized an exhibition of some thirty works by the artist, mixing various artworks from different collections.

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Terry O'Neill

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. From presidents to pop stars he has photographed the frontline of fame for over six decades.

O’Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s. While other photographers concentrated on earthquakes, wars and politics, O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the Swinging Sixties. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.

No other living photographer has embraced the span of fame, capturing the icons of our age from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela, from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Amy Winehouse, from Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot to Nicole Kidman, as well as every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963, pioneered backstage reportage photography with David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

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Terry O'Neill

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Terry O'Neill

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. From presidents to pop stars he has photographed the frontline of fame for over six decades.

O’Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s. While other photographers concentrated on earthquakes, wars and politics, O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the Swinging Sixties. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.

No other living photographer has embraced the span of fame, capturing the icons of our age from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela, from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Amy Winehouse, from Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot to Nicole Kidman, as well as every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963, pioneered backstage reportage photography with David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

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Rubem Robierb

Rubem Robierb (1976) is a Brazilian born fine art photographer best known for his vibrantly colored images that combine South American – Miami style with a hard New York edge. His innovative images printed on metallic paper in very limited editions of seven are filled with light and color, and resonate with harmonic beauty, with a rather edgy and critical approach.

He began his photography career at the age of 20 in the advertising industry and established himself as a fashion photographer. He later introduced his passion for poetry in his work and developed a unique visual perspective, approaching form and light as visual poetry. The poetic power and vitality of his talent led to a series of invitations to exhibit his work across Europe.

His first solo show was sponsored by the Art et Partage Association in Aix de Provence in 2005 entitled Brésil Autrement. In a brief period Robierb established an impressive international exhibition record and as his career flourished he settled in the United States.

As an artist he is keen in photographing all sorts of people, objects and scenes around the world with their different shapes and ethnicities. His recent works provocatively meditate on the contemporary American Society, making emphasis in the sociocultural issues that define our current times.

In the past year the artist received honorary mentions at the International Photography Awards in a variety of categories. He has recently exhibited in New York City and has been an active participant in the Art Basel Miami Beach for several years, exhibiting at Red Dot and Overture Miami. Robierb currently lives in New York City and Miami, where he maintains a studio in South Beach.

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Rubem Robierb

Rubem Robierb (1976) is a Brazilian born fine art photographer best known for his vibrantly colored images that combine South American – Miami style with a hard New York edge. His innovative images printed on metallic paper in very limited editions of seven are filled with light and color, and resonate with harmonic beauty, with a rather edgy and critical approach.

He began his photography career at the age of 20 in the advertising industry and established himself as a fashion photographer. He later introduced his passion for poetry in his work and developed a unique visual perspective, approaching form and light as visual poetry. The poetic power and vitality of his talent led to a series of invitations to exhibit his work across Europe.

His first solo show was sponsored by the Art et Partage Association in Aix de Provence in 2005 entitled Brésil Autrement. In a brief period Robierb established an impressive international exhibition record and as his career flourished he settled in the United States.

As an artist he is keen in photographing all sorts of people, objects and scenes around the world with their different shapes and ethnicities. His recent works provocatively meditate on the contemporary American Society, making emphasis in the sociocultural issues that define our current times.

In the past year the artist received honorary mentions at the International Photography Awards in a variety of categories. He has recently exhibited in New York City and has been an active participant in the Art Basel Miami Beach for several years, exhibiting at Red Dot and Overture Miami. Robierb currently lives in New York City and Miami, where he maintains a studio in South Beach.

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Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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Brendan Murphy

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Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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Christopher "Flore" Florentino

Christopher “Flore” Florentino understands the symphonic power of colors at a foundational level. With inspiration from the greats that preceded him and execution from his own brush strokes that excel beyond, Flore represents emotion boldly and subtly through every gesture and figure depicted.

Formal art school training rendered him especially interested in color theory and the optical dynamics of forward and retreating motion: how color moves the eye and creates the effect of space within the surface. As part of his evolution as an artist, he continues to put in countless hours in the studio, strengthening his technique and a fresh path to self-expression.

For several years, his Urban Cubist works have deployed poignant phrases amidst an assemblage of rambunctious monsters to create vivacious canvases, echoing the architecture of New York, his home. Increasingly, it’s been the development of his Modernist series that has yielded a mature, poetic, and classically art historical relationship with the powers of color — a series that sets the eye, mind and heart in equal, fluid motion. His obsession with Mid-Century Modern design catalyzed the Modernist, arising from a desire to match the aesthetics of sprawling Liechtensteins and lush Eames lounges.

“Born and raised in Brooklyn, the Urbans are who I am, but the Modernist is my taste. My heroes are Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell… I’m an art nerd, what can I say?” Flore remarks.

Since the inception of his illustrious artist journey in the city that never sleeps, Flore has taken from the streets of New York to Japan for a live Urban Cubist painting within the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum collection and Venice, Italy to prominently showcase two Modernist paintings at the Biennale. Boasting a robust list of collectors from Audemars Piguet to Beyonce and beyond, the recognition of his cosmic oeuvre spans lightyears.

Headspace (and physical space) play a significant role in what pours from his paintbrush. A migration from Miami to New York City’s Soho foreshadows a shift in his aura of creation; Urban Cubism hearkens back to his Brooklyn roots, so a return to full immersion is paramount for the series to continue evolving. For the Modernist series, tributes to exalted abstract artists are now melded with remembrance of his grandmother, an artist herself that strongly assisted in fostering his appreciation for fine art in the heart of Greenwich Village.

“I strive to execute at a level that honors their influence,” Flore proudly proclaims.

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Christopher "Flore" Florentino

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Christopher "Flore" Florentino

Christopher “Flore” Florentino understands the symphonic power of colors at a foundational level. With inspiration from the greats that preceded him and execution from his own brush strokes that excel beyond, Flore represents emotion boldly and subtly through every gesture and figure depicted.

Formal art school training rendered him especially interested in color theory and the optical dynamics of forward and retreating motion: how color moves the eye and creates the effect of space within the surface. As part of his evolution as an artist, he continues to put in countless hours in the studio, strengthening his technique and a fresh path to self-expression.

For several years, his Urban Cubist works have deployed poignant phrases amidst an assemblage of rambunctious monsters to create vivacious canvases, echoing the architecture of New York, his home. Increasingly, it’s been the development of his Modernist series that has yielded a mature, poetic, and classically art historical relationship with the powers of color — a series that sets the eye, mind and heart in equal, fluid motion. His obsession with Mid-Century Modern design catalyzed the Modernist, arising from a desire to match the aesthetics of sprawling Liechtensteins and lush Eames lounges.

“Born and raised in Brooklyn, the Urbans are who I am, but the Modernist is my taste. My heroes are Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell… I’m an art nerd, what can I say?” Flore remarks.

Since the inception of his illustrious artist journey in the city that never sleeps, Flore has taken from the streets of New York to Japan for a live Urban Cubist painting within the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum collection and Venice, Italy to prominently showcase two Modernist paintings at the Biennale. Boasting a robust list of collectors from Audemars Piguet to Beyonce and beyond, the recognition of his cosmic oeuvre spans lightyears.

Headspace (and physical space) play a significant role in what pours from his paintbrush. A migration from Miami to New York City’s Soho foreshadows a shift in his aura of creation; Urban Cubism hearkens back to his Brooklyn roots, so a return to full immersion is paramount for the series to continue evolving. For the Modernist series, tributes to exalted abstract artists are now melded with remembrance of his grandmother, an artist herself that strongly assisted in fostering his appreciation for fine art in the heart of Greenwich Village.

“I strive to execute at a level that honors their influence,” Flore proudly proclaims.

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Christopher "Flore" Florentino

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Terry O'Neill

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. From presidents to pop stars he has photographed the frontline of fame for over six decades.

O’Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s. While other photographers concentrated on earthquakes, wars and politics, O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the Swinging Sixties. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.

No other living photographer has embraced the span of fame, capturing the icons of our age from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela, from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Amy Winehouse, from Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot to Nicole Kidman, as well as every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963, pioneered backstage reportage photography with David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

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Dodger Stadium

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Terry O'Neill

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. From presidents to pop stars he has photographed the frontline of fame for over six decades.

O’Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s. While other photographers concentrated on earthquakes, wars and politics, O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the Swinging Sixties. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.

No other living photographer has embraced the span of fame, capturing the icons of our age from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela, from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Amy Winehouse, from Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot to Nicole Kidman, as well as every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963, pioneered backstage reportage photography with David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

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Dodger Stadium

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Craig Alan

Born in 1971 in San Bernardino, California and raised in the Atlanta area, Craig first recognized his creative drive via crayons on his parents’ walls, like many inspired young artists, and by the age of 7 his capacity for detailed visual interpretation became undeniable. After excelling in an introductory drawing class in school, Craig continued to develop technically and conceptually through his own diligent studies while always planning to pursue a formal art education.

He accepted a soccer scholarship at the University of Mobile, AL along with 3 summer art classes and in the first, Pottery, Craig’s light bulb switched on in a rejuvenating glow. Learning became enjoyable from that point forward in his life and he was immediately thrust into the scholastic limelight. To help sustain his education he found financial support and enjoyment in driving to New Orleans on his weekends and creating portraits for passersby on the streets, with original rates that baffle today, at $15 for charcoal and $30 for watercolor. This endeavor helped him perfect his flair for replicating the human figure and afforded the budding artist a sense of economic autonomy. With a focus on studio art, his minor concentration in theater further diversified Craig’s craft and armed him with additional techniques in makeup and set design. This blending of disparate influences and media is visually apparent in all of Craig’s works, which demonstrate a broad knowledge and appreciation of the human form as well as the colorful world these beings occupy. Craig earned an area award for academic excellence and the university’s most prestigious exhibition, “Art with a Southern Drawl,” featured 1 of Craig’s pieces, out of 42 chosen from a field of more than 1,600 submissions.

He learned how to frame art while working in a small frame shop part time while he was a student and a few months later his coworker pointed him in the direction of Deljou in Atlanta. He was hired and remained in framing for 4 years after pioneering the department’s establishment before he realigned with his passion of art and joined the league of other artists in the art studio.

In his prolific career is a culmination of textbook artistic knowledge and keen aesthetic sense that has gone from a “slow and studied” application to “fast and free of precise thought”. Craig’s collections run the gamut from abstract expressionism to haunting, graphic realism, each one a reflection of its creator’s unique vision. He is most well-known for his Populus series, which drew inspiration from a balcony overlooking Orange Beach, Alabama where patrons enjoying a wedding party seemed to form the shape of an eye where they stood. Craig explains, “Inspiration begins with a ‘What if…’ as I consider alternate imagery, surfaces, effects, results, etc. It comes from the past in conjunction with now. Like a bolt of lightning.” Since the epiphany, his Populus series is now home to dozens of celebrities and icons of all ages including: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Mercury, James Bond, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Van Gough, Gandhi, James Dean, Lady Justice, John Lennon, Queen Elizabeth, Darth Vader, Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn, and many more.

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Craig Alan

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Craig Alan

Born in 1971 in San Bernardino, California and raised in the Atlanta area, Craig first recognized his creative drive via crayons on his parents’ walls, like many inspired young artists, and by the age of 7 his capacity for detailed visual interpretation became undeniable. After excelling in an introductory drawing class in school, Craig continued to develop technically and conceptually through his own diligent studies while always planning to pursue a formal art education.

He accepted a soccer scholarship at the University of Mobile, AL along with 3 summer art classes and in the first, Pottery, Craig’s light bulb switched on in a rejuvenating glow. Learning became enjoyable from that point forward in his life and he was immediately thrust into the scholastic limelight. To help sustain his education he found financial support and enjoyment in driving to New Orleans on his weekends and creating portraits for passersby on the streets, with original rates that baffle today, at $15 for charcoal and $30 for watercolor. This endeavor helped him perfect his flair for replicating the human figure and afforded the budding artist a sense of economic autonomy. With a focus on studio art, his minor concentration in theater further diversified Craig’s craft and armed him with additional techniques in makeup and set design. This blending of disparate influences and media is visually apparent in all of Craig’s works, which demonstrate a broad knowledge and appreciation of the human form as well as the colorful world these beings occupy. Craig earned an area award for academic excellence and the university’s most prestigious exhibition, “Art with a Southern Drawl,” featured 1 of Craig’s pieces, out of 42 chosen from a field of more than 1,600 submissions.

He learned how to frame art while working in a small frame shop part time while he was a student and a few months later his coworker pointed him in the direction of Deljou in Atlanta. He was hired and remained in framing for 4 years after pioneering the department’s establishment before he realigned with his passion of art and joined the league of other artists in the art studio.

In his prolific career is a culmination of textbook artistic knowledge and keen aesthetic sense that has gone from a “slow and studied” application to “fast and free of precise thought”. Craig’s collections run the gamut from abstract expressionism to haunting, graphic realism, each one a reflection of its creator’s unique vision. He is most well-known for his Populus series, which drew inspiration from a balcony overlooking Orange Beach, Alabama where patrons enjoying a wedding party seemed to form the shape of an eye where they stood. Craig explains, “Inspiration begins with a ‘What if…’ as I consider alternate imagery, surfaces, effects, results, etc. It comes from the past in conjunction with now. Like a bolt of lightning.” Since the epiphany, his Populus series is now home to dozens of celebrities and icons of all ages including: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Mercury, James Bond, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Van Gough, Gandhi, James Dean, Lady Justice, John Lennon, Queen Elizabeth, Darth Vader, Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn, and many more.

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Craig Alan

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Nemo Jantzen

Jantzen, born 1970 in The Hague, studied art, design and photography at the RTO Art Academy in Rotterdam. After his studies, he moved to Antwerp to work as a graphic designer and bill-board artist while further developing his technique and style as a fine artist. Finally, after several years in Belgium and some worldly travels, he settled down in Spain where he dedicated his career to fine art.

Over the past 15 years, he has been exhibiting worldwide in art galleries, art fairs, and solo exhibitions to high acclaim. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections around the world.

Currently, he works from both his studio in Barcelona and New York. Always staying abreast of the rapidly changing contemporary art world by keeping his work innovative and fresh.

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Nemo Jantzen

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Nemo Jantzen

Jantzen, born 1970 in The Hague, studied art, design and photography at the RTO Art Academy in Rotterdam. After his studies, he moved to Antwerp to work as a graphic designer and bill-board artist while further developing his technique and style as a fine artist. Finally, after several years in Belgium and some worldly travels, he settled down in Spain where he dedicated his career to fine art.

Over the past 15 years, he has been exhibiting worldwide in art galleries, art fairs, and solo exhibitions to high acclaim. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections around the world.

Currently, he works from both his studio in Barcelona and New York. Always staying abreast of the rapidly changing contemporary art world by keeping his work innovative and fresh.

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Nemo Jantzen

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Christopher "Flore" Florentino

Christopher “Flore” Florentino understands the symphonic power of colors at a foundational level. With inspiration from the greats that preceded him and execution from his own brush strokes that excel beyond, Flore represents emotion boldly and subtly through every gesture and figure depicted.

Formal art school training rendered him especially interested in color theory and the optical dynamics of forward and retreating motion: how color moves the eye and creates the effect of space within the surface. As part of his evolution as an artist, he continues to put in countless hours in the studio, strengthening his technique and a fresh path to self-expression.

For several years, his Urban Cubist works have deployed poignant phrases amidst an assemblage of rambunctious monsters to create vivacious canvases, echoing the architecture of New York, his home. Increasingly, it’s been the development of his Modernist series that has yielded a mature, poetic, and classically art historical relationship with the powers of color — a series that sets the eye, mind and heart in equal, fluid motion. His obsession with Mid-Century Modern design catalyzed the Modernist, arising from a desire to match the aesthetics of sprawling Liechtensteins and lush Eames lounges.

“Born and raised in Brooklyn, the Urbans are who I am, but the Modernist is my taste. My heroes are Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell… I’m an art nerd, what can I say?” Flore remarks.

Since the inception of his illustrious artist journey in the city that never sleeps, Flore has taken from the streets of New York to Japan for a live Urban Cubist painting within the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum collection and Venice, Italy to prominently showcase two Modernist paintings at the Biennale. Boasting a robust list of collectors from Audemars Piguet to Beyonce and beyond, the recognition of his cosmic oeuvre spans lightyears.

Headspace (and physical space) play a significant role in what pours from his paintbrush. A migration from Miami to New York City’s Soho foreshadows a shift in his aura of creation; Urban Cubism hearkens back to his Brooklyn roots, so a return to full immersion is paramount for the series to continue evolving. For the Modernist series, tributes to exalted abstract artists are now melded with remembrance of his grandmother, an artist herself that strongly assisted in fostering his appreciation for fine art in the heart of Greenwich Village.

“I strive to execute at a level that honors their influence,” Flore proudly proclaims.

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Christopher "Flore" Florentino

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Christopher "Flore" Florentino

Christopher “Flore” Florentino understands the symphonic power of colors at a foundational level. With inspiration from the greats that preceded him and execution from his own brush strokes that excel beyond, Flore represents emotion boldly and subtly through every gesture and figure depicted.

Formal art school training rendered him especially interested in color theory and the optical dynamics of forward and retreating motion: how color moves the eye and creates the effect of space within the surface. As part of his evolution as an artist, he continues to put in countless hours in the studio, strengthening his technique and a fresh path to self-expression.

For several years, his Urban Cubist works have deployed poignant phrases amidst an assemblage of rambunctious monsters to create vivacious canvases, echoing the architecture of New York, his home. Increasingly, it’s been the development of his Modernist series that has yielded a mature, poetic, and classically art historical relationship with the powers of color — a series that sets the eye, mind and heart in equal, fluid motion. His obsession with Mid-Century Modern design catalyzed the Modernist, arising from a desire to match the aesthetics of sprawling Liechtensteins and lush Eames lounges.

“Born and raised in Brooklyn, the Urbans are who I am, but the Modernist is my taste. My heroes are Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell… I’m an art nerd, what can I say?” Flore remarks.

Since the inception of his illustrious artist journey in the city that never sleeps, Flore has taken from the streets of New York to Japan for a live Urban Cubist painting within the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum collection and Venice, Italy to prominently showcase two Modernist paintings at the Biennale. Boasting a robust list of collectors from Audemars Piguet to Beyonce and beyond, the recognition of his cosmic oeuvre spans lightyears.

Headspace (and physical space) play a significant role in what pours from his paintbrush. A migration from Miami to New York City’s Soho foreshadows a shift in his aura of creation; Urban Cubism hearkens back to his Brooklyn roots, so a return to full immersion is paramount for the series to continue evolving. For the Modernist series, tributes to exalted abstract artists are now melded with remembrance of his grandmother, an artist herself that strongly assisted in fostering his appreciation for fine art in the heart of Greenwich Village.

“I strive to execute at a level that honors their influence,” Flore proudly proclaims.

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Christopher "Flore" Florentino

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Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy (B 1971 – ) is a world renowned contemporary artist whose works are found in prominent private collections and public displays around the world. Famous collectors include Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Larry Page, Warren Buffett, Ryan Gosling, Grant Cardone among many others.

Since his early career, Brendan has blended abstract and figurative forms to reveal meaning with deeper contemplations through his sculpture and painting pieces. Brendan believes it is in art’s potential where we can most universally transmit positive energy. He recognizes the effect this energy, when experienced as a collective, can have on society as a whole.

In 2021, Brendan founded the Boonji Project and did his first NFT drop of the Boonji Avatars. It became the biggest NFT primary sale in history. He is also the man behind “Frozen with Desire” sculpture. A 42” spaceman covered in 6,200 responsibly sourced diamonds with a total weight of 517-carats. In 2022, he also installed a 13′ Boonji Spaceman sculpture in Minute Maid Park Stadium, home of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Brendan currently works from his studio in Miami, FL.

The sculptural work of Brendan Murphy communicates a rare perspective on the modern human experience through explorations of form, color, language, and universal symbols. Thematically, Brendan Murphy explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the source of all the energies of life.

The inspirations of the work; formulas, equations, relationships; create a pictorial spectrum of human emotion and the unifying natures of shared humanity. Through the layering of these emblems, Brendan Murphy’s painted works boldly portray careful imagery and density of the human experience, exposing the deep natural beauty that surface in this fragile balance.

A Window Into Your Soul. Symbols that provoke curiosity, messages that promote thought and equations that signify the complexities of the inner heart.

Such is the compelling swirl of paintings, sculptures and concept pieces emerging from the studio of L.A.-based Brendan Murphy. Charged with color and immediacy, his work explores the abstruse nature of the human spectrum of emotion–musing on everything from fear and uncertainty to the random and sometimes nonsensical decisions of the heart—demanding an awareness and dialogue with viewers. Mentored under iconic New York painters Eric Fischl, David Salle and Ross Bleckner, with celebrity fans like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik and pieces represented in over 600 private collections and at every major art fair, Murphy is one to watch.

Fresh off a major solo show in London last year, this is an artist currently entering new heights of his creative power, with works that read like a book into the inner workings of anyone who is fortunate enough to stand face to face with his captivating series. With a potential and drive that is limitless, Murphy invites collectors to delve further into the inner workings of their mind and find themselves within each of his pieces. And in a post-COVID-19 world, where connection is craved and emotions are explosive, his is a voice poised to resonate even more profoundly.

Think of the movie A Beautiful Mind for a glimpse into Murphy’s own brain and process. The artist predominantly uses symbols, shapes, and words to fill vast surface areas, for an abstract effect that’s science class chalkboard meets Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas. The writing in his works is pointedly haphazard and littered with everything from lyrics to words like love, lust, and passion. By design, it not only provokes a visual conversation on sight but prompts a deeper gut check too.

Murphy uses a wide range of impactful materials, tools and a patent-protected chroming technique to create his range of work. His spacemen sculptures and some of his fingerprint paintings, when crafted using a reflective silver-based chrome, cause viewers to quite literally confront themselves while gazing at his work. The spaceman, according to Murphy, is the embodiment of the human desire to look ahead and venture beyond boundaries, to step into the unknown and be present in the moment—to Murphy, that’s the purest form of existence. He’s continually inspired by the interplay of beauty, power and the human need to understand the energies of life.

“Inspiration for my work is exploring how we process emotions, the internal struggle that’s shared by everyone,” says Murphy. “Landing on a feeling is a very abstract process, it’s never A+B=C. And mathematically, the use of universal symbols like the golden ratio, the fibonacci sequence or circles lays a foundation of subconscious connection. These are forums that exist inside all of us.”

Murphy’s personal journey—a professional basketball player turned Wall Street trader turned successful artist—naturally plays a major role in the work he produces. Everything from the trauma of 9/11 (as a Wall Street stockbroker, he lost friends and colleagues) to the highly charged atmosphere of playing sports professionally has shaped him as an artist and exposed him to wildly different lifestyles. 9/11, particularly, is the day he pinpoints as the turning point for him as an artist, a moment that made him question what it was he genuinely wanted to be doing with his life. The body of work he’s produced ever since is his answer.

Works by Brendan Murphy are currently on view online and by appointment starting May 11, 2020 through Art Angels LA. The gallerists have additionally created an exhibition preview for collectors with price information.

– Shaun Thompson

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David Drebin

Internationally-renowned and New York City-based photographer and multidisciplinary artist David Drebin, is celebrated for creating spectacular shots of dazzling subjects including photographs that tell a tale, voyeuristic scenes with people and dream-like city/landscapes that evoke emotions, psychological perspectives and insightful reflections into the viewers’ own imagination and experiences.

His work is often described as epic, spectacular, dramatic, cinematic, dreamy, imaginative, smart, sexy, elegant, unexpected and sometimes even funny – providing something for everyone, by appealing to new patrons of the arts and the most sophisticated of collectors.

A graduate of Parsons School for Design, David’s career began in commercial photography and quickly made a name for himself advancing into the world of contemporary fine arts. His unique vision, distinctive depth and often passion or tension-filled images provides an infinite surface for the imagination making his work highly desirable as art to adorn and complete the most beautiful spaces, as well as, for periodic high profile campaigns.

Throughout his career, Drebin has worked with individuals, A-list celebrities and global powerhouse brands such as Mercedes, American Express, Adidas, The May Fair Hotel, MTV, Nike, Breil, Sony, Davidoff and many more. He’s contributed to top publications such as Vanity Fair, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic and ELLE.

Over the years, his filmic signature style has evolved into other art forms including lightboxes, neon installations, etching on crystal starfire glass and most recently, the revolutionary “photo sculpture” where he transforms his iconic muses and femme fatales into breathtaking high-definition 3D art masterpieces.

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David Drebin

Internationally-renowned and New York City-based photographer and multidisciplinary artist David Drebin, is celebrated for creating spectacular shots of dazzling subjects including photographs that tell a tale, voyeuristic scenes with people and dream-like city/landscapes that evoke emotions, psychological perspectives and insightful reflections into the viewers’ own imagination and experiences.

His work is often described as epic, spectacular, dramatic, cinematic, dreamy, imaginative, smart, sexy, elegant, unexpected and sometimes even funny – providing something for everyone, by appealing to new patrons of the arts and the most sophisticated of collectors.

A graduate of Parsons School for Design, David’s career began in commercial photography and quickly made a name for himself advancing into the world of contemporary fine arts. His unique vision, distinctive depth and often passion or tension-filled images provides an infinite surface for the imagination making his work highly desirable as art to adorn and complete the most beautiful spaces, as well as, for periodic high profile campaigns.

Throughout his career, Drebin has worked with individuals, A-list celebrities and global powerhouse brands such as Mercedes, American Express, Adidas, The May Fair Hotel, MTV, Nike, Breil, Sony, Davidoff and many more. He’s contributed to top publications such as Vanity Fair, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic and ELLE.

Over the years, his filmic signature style has evolved into other art forms including lightboxes, neon installations, etching on crystal starfire glass and most recently, the revolutionary “photo sculpture” where he transforms his iconic muses and femme fatales into breathtaking high-definition 3D art masterpieces.

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Russell Young

Russell Young was born in 1959 in Yorkshire, where he was immediately put into a foster home, then a nunnery, and was adopted before reaching the age of one. No one knew who exactly his birth parents were, though there were rumors his mother was fourteen, and his father was from Italy. In Northern England, he spent much of his time moving from town to town and living an isolating existence. Here he would take his first photographs of birds on the lawn only for the film to come back developed so dark he could hardly make out the birds. Like these first photographs, Young’s life developed with areas blotted by abandonment. The lack of a personal or even a shared history has left him free to explore dreams and fantasies of sometimes better, sometimes harsher worlds. That yearning has resulted in a body of work that is an uncompromising, intimate love letter addressed to these vast reaches, which, with every passing inscription, are revealed to be rich, wild frontiers.

With few prospects other than working in the factory towns, Young lied about his age to attend art college at the age of fifteen. Had he not done so, he would have most likely moved to the streets of London and died. He moved to the capital five years later and caught the attention of photographer Christos Raftopoulos, whom he assisted for several years. Raftopoulos introduced Young to another side of himself, building him his own darkroom, taking him to the opera, showing him the limits of his life did not need to confine him or his work. It was during this time—still rough in nature and occasionally homeless—he photographed the early gigs of Bauhaus, R.E.M., and The Smiths. His innate eye for movement landed him photoshoots for magazines and eventually his first record sleeve cover for the 1986 album Faith by George Michael.

Young continued to photograph celebrities and direct music videos, eventually leading him to the United States. The rock star aesthetic he had brandished in his photography lent itself to his earliest screen prints that followed in the 2000s. His first series, Pig Portraits, shown in Los Angeles in 2003, collected the infamous mugshots (real and staged) of celebrities awash in fame and monochrome but also restrained as a result of their actions. In his following series, Dirty Pretty Things, he began to incorporate his popular use of diamond dust. The glam shots of cultural icons, glittering in pulverized diamonds, embodied the lusts and aspirations of their eras.

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Russell Young

Russell Young was born in 1959 in Yorkshire, where he was immediately put into a foster home, then a nunnery, and was adopted before reaching the age of one. No one knew who exactly his birth parents were, though there were rumors his mother was fourteen, and his father was from Italy. In Northern England, he spent much of his time moving from town to town and living an isolating existence. Here he would take his first photographs of birds on the lawn only for the film to come back developed so dark he could hardly make out the birds. Like these first photographs, Young’s life developed with areas blotted by abandonment. The lack of a personal or even a shared history has left him free to explore dreams and fantasies of sometimes better, sometimes harsher worlds. That yearning has resulted in a body of work that is an uncompromising, intimate love letter addressed to these vast reaches, which, with every passing inscription, are revealed to be rich, wild frontiers.

With few prospects other than working in the factory towns, Young lied about his age to attend art college at the age of fifteen. Had he not done so, he would have most likely moved to the streets of London and died. He moved to the capital five years later and caught the attention of photographer Christos Raftopoulos, whom he assisted for several years. Raftopoulos introduced Young to another side of himself, building him his own darkroom, taking him to the opera, showing him the limits of his life did not need to confine him or his work. It was during this time—still rough in nature and occasionally homeless—he photographed the early gigs of Bauhaus, R.E.M., and The Smiths. His innate eye for movement landed him photoshoots for magazines and eventually his first record sleeve cover for the 1986 album Faith by George Michael.

Young continued to photograph celebrities and direct music videos, eventually leading him to the United States. The rock star aesthetic he had brandished in his photography lent itself to his earliest screen prints that followed in the 2000s. His first series, Pig Portraits, shown in Los Angeles in 2003, collected the infamous mugshots (real and staged) of celebrities awash in fame and monochrome but also restrained as a result of their actions. In his following series, Dirty Pretty Things, he began to incorporate his popular use of diamond dust. The glam shots of cultural icons, glittering in pulverized diamonds, embodied the lusts and aspirations of their eras.

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Axel Crieger

American-German artist and photographer Axel Crieger brings together a range of elements and ideas to create singular theatrical images, each with its own unique overtones of decadence, danger or desire.

Crieger’s work is by turns thought-provoking and amusing with its unexpected juxtapositions creating a curious and compelling narrative – what Entertainment Weekly (New York) described as ‘the grammar of glamour.”

His digital paintings are composed of a variety of photographic quotes, designs, drawings and special effects to create photographic images, which have never been photographed. His art has found empty nails on walls in places around the world and is represented by various international galleries and international art shows.

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Axel Crieger

American-German artist and photographer Axel Crieger brings together a range of elements and ideas to create singular theatrical images, each with its own unique overtones of decadence, danger or desire.

Crieger’s work is by turns thought-provoking and amusing with its unexpected juxtapositions creating a curious and compelling narrative – what Entertainment Weekly (New York) described as ‘the grammar of glamour.”

His digital paintings are composed of a variety of photographic quotes, designs, drawings and special effects to create photographic images, which have never been photographed. His art has found empty nails on walls in places around the world and is represented by various international galleries and international art shows.

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Terry O'Neill

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. From presidents to pop stars he has photographed the frontline of fame for over six decades.

O’Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s. While other photographers concentrated on earthquakes, wars and politics, O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the Swinging Sixties. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.

No other living photographer has embraced the span of fame, capturing the icons of our age from Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela, from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Amy Winehouse, from Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot to Nicole Kidman, as well as every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963, pioneered backstage reportage photography with David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

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Terry O'Neill