Internal Forrest

Christopher "Flore" Florentino

Internal Forest

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

Waterworld

David Yarrow

Waterworld

Featured Artist

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

Featured Artist

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

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

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

Featured Artist

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

Featured Artist

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

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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

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

Cécile Plaisance

Cécile Plaisance is a French photographer best known for her surreal, comic portraits of Mattel’s iconic Barbie Doll. Using a technique of lenticular developing, Plaisance superimposes images of Barbie in various stages of action or undress, which changes according to the position of the viewer.
Plaisance’s tribute to Barbie goes beyond the icon of fashion and beauty that has shaped adolescent perceptions of femininity since its inception in 1945. As a young girl who loved all things beautiful, the artist began her homage by staging photographs of the classic playmate at a young age. While her photographs do serve as a reminder of the innocence of childhood, they also depict a necessary criticism of the expectations of femininity Barbie created for everyday women. The unrealistically thin, ageless, white doll perpetuated the myth of woman as object, and Plaisance’s photographs provide a healthy dose of reality when confronted with these real-life expectations. As humans,we are fundamentally imperfect.

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Cécile Plaisance

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Cécile Plaisance

Cécile Plaisance is a French photographer best known for her surreal, comic portraits of Mattel’s iconic Barbie Doll. Using a technique of lenticular developing, Plaisance superimposes images of Barbie in various stages of action or undress, which changes according to the position of the viewer.
Plaisance’s tribute to Barbie goes beyond the icon of fashion and beauty that has shaped adolescent perceptions of femininity since its inception in 1945. As a young girl who loved all things beautiful, the artist began her homage by staging photographs of the classic playmate at a young age. While her photographs do serve as a reminder of the innocence of childhood, they also depict a necessary criticism of the expectations of femininity Barbie created for everyday women. The unrealistically thin, ageless, white doll perpetuated the myth of woman as object, and Plaisance’s photographs provide a healthy dose of reality when confronted with these real-life expectations. As humans,we are fundamentally imperfect.

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Cécile Plaisance

Featured Artist

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Terry O'Neill

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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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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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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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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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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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Laurence Jones

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Elizabeth Waggett

U.K. born, U.S based artist studied Fashion before continuing her education in design at The University of Manchester.  She has exhibited at galleries in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Basel, Miami, Hong Kong, Zurich and Brussels.  Alongside her collaborations with luxury brands such as Saks, Soho House and Netflix, Elizabeth has sustained ongoing partnerships with the UN’s Lionshare Fund, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and most notably, was commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales in collaboration with the Prince’s Trust 50th Anniversary.

In her studio, Waggett’s distinctive style is informed by her background in gilding; large, almost impossible paintings and drawings are made, sculptural in experience. Whether the primary medium or an accent to illuminate the underbellies of the animal kingdom, her inclusion of 23-karat gold leaf ties her robust body of work together, achieving a simultaneous reconstruction of form, obscuring that which seems immediately discernible, often applied using traditional Victoriana patterns, nodding to the British roots of the artist.

Studies of smaller creatures are augmented by scale to overwhelm and jar the viewer. Formally, the level of skilled craftmanship these drawings possess examines the importance of their participation in our environment as beings which exist on purpose and live with purpose.

Waggetts paintings are wrought of apparent tension and transformation, unsettling viewers without distancing them and remaining, ultimately, committed to beauty. The methodology of each work marries the specimens, mirroring the strength and robustness possessed by the minutiae of nature. These works invite one into a state of rueful contemplation, to make sense of the world around them and the part we all play as walking complexities.

After six years living and working in New York City, Elizabeth is currently residing and maintaining a full time studio practice between Texas and France.

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Elizabeth Waggett

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Elizabeth Waggett

U.K. born, U.S based artist studied Fashion before continuing her education in design at The University of Manchester.  She has exhibited at galleries in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Basel, Miami, Hong Kong, Zurich and Brussels.  Alongside her collaborations with luxury brands such as Saks, Soho House and Netflix, Elizabeth has sustained ongoing partnerships with the UN’s Lionshare Fund, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and most notably, was commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales in collaboration with the Prince’s Trust 50th Anniversary.

In her studio, Waggett’s distinctive style is informed by her background in gilding; large, almost impossible paintings and drawings are made, sculptural in experience. Whether the primary medium or an accent to illuminate the underbellies of the animal kingdom, her inclusion of 23-karat gold leaf ties her robust body of work together, achieving a simultaneous reconstruction of form, obscuring that which seems immediately discernible, often applied using traditional Victoriana patterns, nodding to the British roots of the artist.

Studies of smaller creatures are augmented by scale to overwhelm and jar the viewer. Formally, the level of skilled craftmanship these drawings possess examines the importance of their participation in our environment as beings which exist on purpose and live with purpose.

Waggetts paintings are wrought of apparent tension and transformation, unsettling viewers without distancing them and remaining, ultimately, committed to beauty. The methodology of each work marries the specimens, mirroring the strength and robustness possessed by the minutiae of nature. These works invite one into a state of rueful contemplation, to make sense of the world around them and the part we all play as walking complexities.

After six years living and working in New York City, Elizabeth is currently residing and maintaining a full time studio practice between Texas and France.

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Elizabeth Waggett

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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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Laurence Jones

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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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Chris Bracey

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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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Elizabeth Waggett

U.K. born, U.S based artist studied Fashion before continuing her education in design at The University of Manchester.  She has exhibited at galleries in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Basel, Miami, Hong Kong, Zurich and Brussels.  Alongside her collaborations with luxury brands such as Saks, Soho House and Netflix, Elizabeth has sustained ongoing partnerships with the UN’s Lionshare Fund, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and most notably, was commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales in collaboration with the Prince’s Trust 50th Anniversary.

In her studio, Waggett’s distinctive style is informed by her background in gilding; large, almost impossible paintings and drawings are made, sculptural in experience. Whether the primary medium or an accent to illuminate the underbellies of the animal kingdom, her inclusion of 23-karat gold leaf ties her robust body of work together, achieving a simultaneous reconstruction of form, obscuring that which seems immediately discernible, often applied using traditional Victoriana patterns, nodding to the British roots of the artist.

Studies of smaller creatures are augmented by scale to overwhelm and jar the viewer. Formally, the level of skilled craftmanship these drawings possess examines the importance of their participation in our environment as beings which exist on purpose and live with purpose.

Waggetts paintings are wrought of apparent tension and transformation, unsettling viewers without distancing them and remaining, ultimately, committed to beauty. The methodology of each work marries the specimens, mirroring the strength and robustness possessed by the minutiae of nature. These works invite one into a state of rueful contemplation, to make sense of the world around them and the part we all play as walking complexities.

After six years living and working in New York City, Elizabeth is currently residing and maintaining a full time studio practice between Texas and France.

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Elizabeth Waggett

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Elizabeth Waggett

U.K. born, U.S based artist studied Fashion before continuing her education in design at The University of Manchester.  She has exhibited at galleries in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Basel, Miami, Hong Kong, Zurich and Brussels.  Alongside her collaborations with luxury brands such as Saks, Soho House and Netflix, Elizabeth has sustained ongoing partnerships with the UN’s Lionshare Fund, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and most notably, was commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales in collaboration with the Prince’s Trust 50th Anniversary.

In her studio, Waggett’s distinctive style is informed by her background in gilding; large, almost impossible paintings and drawings are made, sculptural in experience. Whether the primary medium or an accent to illuminate the underbellies of the animal kingdom, her inclusion of 23-karat gold leaf ties her robust body of work together, achieving a simultaneous reconstruction of form, obscuring that which seems immediately discernible, often applied using traditional Victoriana patterns, nodding to the British roots of the artist.

Studies of smaller creatures are augmented by scale to overwhelm and jar the viewer. Formally, the level of skilled craftmanship these drawings possess examines the importance of their participation in our environment as beings which exist on purpose and live with purpose.

Waggetts paintings are wrought of apparent tension and transformation, unsettling viewers without distancing them and remaining, ultimately, committed to beauty. The methodology of each work marries the specimens, mirroring the strength and robustness possessed by the minutiae of nature. These works invite one into a state of rueful contemplation, to make sense of the world around them and the part we all play as walking complexities.

After six years living and working in New York City, Elizabeth is currently residing and maintaining a full time studio practice between Texas and France.

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Elizabeth Waggett

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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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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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Mike Dargas

The works of Mike Dargas elude a clear temporal distinction. Even if the representations can stand as indications of a contemporary Western zeitgeist, the images lose their temporal determinability through their static transience and acquire an essence of infinity.

Above all, his most recent paintings impress with their oversized and hyper-realistic representation of people. The artist plays with the effect on the observer right from the beginning. Although the works appear to be photographs from a distance, on closer observation the large scale of the portrait establishes the macroscopically precise observation of the artist and his masterly intercourse with colour shading and colour shift rich with nuances, that sharpen the view of the picturesque.

Mike Dargas, born in Cologne in 1983, stood out as early as his childhood years with his talent for drawing. Through his mother, the young schoolboy discovered the works of Salvador Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giger, who acted as an influential example for him as he moved towards adolescence. He attracted the keenest interest at only eleven years old, when he painted the cathedral square in Cologne with adaptations of master works in pastel and chalk. Besides painting, the many and varied techniques of which he made his own through independent study and the adult class of a school sponsored by the arts, he also began to develop an interest in three-dimensional art. During his training as a carpenter, he created sculptures from wood and metal. But his passion continued with painting, to which he turned with an intense focus in his mid-twenties, mainly through his work as a tattooist. With his particularly refined portraits in the style of the old masters, Mike Dargas won numerous awards and distinctions on the tattoo scene and attracted attention worldwide, above all due to the rapid distribution of his works through social media. He used social media to eagerly share his enthusiasm for perfecting painting techniques and high art in the trompe-l’œil style.

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Mike Dargas

The works of Mike Dargas elude a clear temporal distinction. Even if the representations can stand as indications of a contemporary Western zeitgeist, the images lose their temporal determinability through their static transience and acquire an essence of infinity.

Above all, his most recent paintings impress with their oversized and hyper-realistic representation of people. The artist plays with the effect on the observer right from the beginning. Although the works appear to be photographs from a distance, on closer observation the large scale of the portrait establishes the macroscopically precise observation of the artist and his masterly intercourse with colour shading and colour shift rich with nuances, that sharpen the view of the picturesque.

Mike Dargas, born in Cologne in 1983, stood out as early as his childhood years with his talent for drawing. Through his mother, the young schoolboy discovered the works of Salvador Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giger, who acted as an influential example for him as he moved towards adolescence. He attracted the keenest interest at only eleven years old, when he painted the cathedral square in Cologne with adaptations of master works in pastel and chalk. Besides painting, the many and varied techniques of which he made his own through independent study and the adult class of a school sponsored by the arts, he also began to develop an interest in three-dimensional art. During his training as a carpenter, he created sculptures from wood and metal. But his passion continued with painting, to which he turned with an intense focus in his mid-twenties, mainly through his work as a tattooist. With his particularly refined portraits in the style of the old masters, Mike Dargas won numerous awards and distinctions on the tattoo scene and attracted attention worldwide, above all due to the rapid distribution of his works through social media. He used social media to eagerly share his enthusiasm for perfecting painting techniques and high art in the trompe-l’œil style.

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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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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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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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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

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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Stikki Peaches

Stikki Peaches exhibits an unparalleled style rooted in the spirit of reusing and recycling, where a myriad of techniques are combined to reveal the influential figures of his childhood and of our current cultural phenomenons. His vibrant works are compositions of icons, political leaders, and mythical characters melded with punk symbols and tattoo styles, creating a mesmerizing juxtaposition of themes and aesthetics.

A portal of nostalgia, Stikki Peaches sees art as an escape; an outlet that allows him to move away from what hinders his growth and expands his potential as both an artist and a person. From his early beginnings over a decade ago, his “What If Art Ruled The World?” tagline had every passer-by engaged in thought, while enjoying the embodiment and amalgamation of his unique and nostalgia-laced street art.

Stikki Peaches has been granted the artistic key to many cities. While seen in the urban areas of Paris, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Berlin, Stockholm and London, he has also been tapped by Nike, iconic music label Mass Appeal Records and the Embassy of Canada to France in Paris for commissioned creations that permeate new life through these timeless institutions.

Whether through his distinctive visual style, use of recognizable imagery, or his enigmatic persona, Stikki Peaches continues to captivate audiences and challenge artistic norms. His work serves as a reminder of the power of art to transcend boundaries and communicate messages that resonate with people, leaving an indelible impression on the world, one wheat-paste at a time. Gracing international public spaces with his pop-culture referenced street art, Stikki Peaches continues adding to his ongoing street tapestry in his hometown of Montreal, Canada and beyond.

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Stikki Peaches

Stikki Peaches exhibits an unparalleled style rooted in the spirit of reusing and recycling, where a myriad of techniques are combined to reveal the influential figures of his childhood and of our current cultural phenomenons. His vibrant works are compositions of icons, political leaders, and mythical characters melded with punk symbols and tattoo styles, creating a mesmerizing juxtaposition of themes and aesthetics.

A portal of nostalgia, Stikki Peaches sees art as an escape; an outlet that allows him to move away from what hinders his growth and expands his potential as both an artist and a person. From his early beginnings over a decade ago, his “What If Art Ruled The World?” tagline had every passer-by engaged in thought, while enjoying the embodiment and amalgamation of his unique and nostalgia-laced street art.

Stikki Peaches has been granted the artistic key to many cities. While seen in the urban areas of Paris, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Berlin, Stockholm and London, he has also been tapped by Nike, iconic music label Mass Appeal Records and the Embassy of Canada to France in Paris for commissioned creations that permeate new life through these timeless institutions.

Whether through his distinctive visual style, use of recognizable imagery, or his enigmatic persona, Stikki Peaches continues to captivate audiences and challenge artistic norms. His work serves as a reminder of the power of art to transcend boundaries and communicate messages that resonate with people, leaving an indelible impression on the world, one wheat-paste at a time. Gracing international public spaces with his pop-culture referenced street art, Stikki Peaches continues adding to his ongoing street tapestry in his hometown of Montreal, Canada and beyond.

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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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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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Canal Cheong Jagerroos

Canal Cheong Jagerroos (b.1968) is a Chinese contemporary visual artist who grew up in an artistic family in Macau. She works between Helsinki, Shanghai, Nice and Berlin.

In the past 30 years, Canal Cheong Jagerroos has lived and worked in numerous countries from Asia to Europe and Africa. Whether consciously or subconsciously, the unique experience of having lived in such culturally diverse places, namely; Hong Kong, Shanghai, France, Switzerland, Italy, Senegal and Finland has influenced her work greatly. Canal Cheong Jagerroos has discovered that walking the line between the east and west, facing different cultures, can be both constructive and destructive, but always inspirational. Canal Cheong Jagerroos is well acquainted with the context of both Eastern and Western art, and through her art, engages in a unique dialogue between different cultures. In her works, she rebuilds the language, signs and symbols of traditional Chinese art. The artist gives birth to a vivid, vibrant and layered form by painting multiple layers of colour and mixing different materials, working to ensure that material does not limit her creativity. During her intensive painting sessions, Cheong Jagerroos creates artworks that are emotional colorful expressions that embrace positive energy and dismantle confrontations and differences, creating a peaceful and beautiful utopia. Canal Cheong Jagerroos is the Founder of the ongoing art project ‘Floating Island’ and the Co-Founder of art project ‘Blue and Red’ which has been showing in numerous museums in China and Finland from 2018 – 2020.

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Canal Cheong Jagerroos

Canal Cheong Jagerroos (b.1968) is a Chinese contemporary visual artist who grew up in an artistic family in Macau. She works between Helsinki, Shanghai, Nice and Berlin.

In the past 30 years, Canal Cheong Jagerroos has lived and worked in numerous countries from Asia to Europe and Africa. Whether consciously or subconsciously, the unique experience of having lived in such culturally diverse places, namely; Hong Kong, Shanghai, France, Switzerland, Italy, Senegal and Finland has influenced her work greatly. Canal Cheong Jagerroos has discovered that walking the line between the east and west, facing different cultures, can be both constructive and destructive, but always inspirational. Canal Cheong Jagerroos is well acquainted with the context of both Eastern and Western art, and through her art, engages in a unique dialogue between different cultures. In her works, she rebuilds the language, signs and symbols of traditional Chinese art. The artist gives birth to a vivid, vibrant and layered form by painting multiple layers of colour and mixing different materials, working to ensure that material does not limit her creativity. During her intensive painting sessions, Cheong Jagerroos creates artworks that are emotional colorful expressions that embrace positive energy and dismantle confrontations and differences, creating a peaceful and beautiful utopia. Canal Cheong Jagerroos is the Founder of the ongoing art project ‘Floating Island’ and the Co-Founder of art project ‘Blue and Red’ which has been showing in numerous museums in China and Finland from 2018 – 2020.

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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

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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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

Featured Artist

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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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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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

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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

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Stikki Peaches

Stikki Peaches exhibits an unparalleled style rooted in the spirit of reusing and recycling, where a myriad of techniques are combined to reveal the influential figures of his childhood and of our current cultural phenomenons. His vibrant works are compositions of icons, political leaders, and mythical characters melded with punk symbols and tattoo styles, creating a mesmerizing juxtaposition of themes and aesthetics.

A portal of nostalgia, Stikki Peaches sees art as an escape; an outlet that allows him to move away from what hinders his growth and expands his potential as both an artist and a person. From his early beginnings over a decade ago, his “What If Art Ruled The World?” tagline had every passer-by engaged in thought, while enjoying the embodiment and amalgamation of his unique and nostalgia-laced street art.

Stikki Peaches has been granted the artistic key to many cities. While seen in the urban areas of Paris, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Berlin, Stockholm and London, he has also been tapped by Nike, iconic music label Mass Appeal Records and the Embassy of Canada to France in Paris for commissioned creations that permeate new life through these timeless institutions.

Whether through his distinctive visual style, use of recognizable imagery, or his enigmatic persona, Stikki Peaches continues to captivate audiences and challenge artistic norms. His work serves as a reminder of the power of art to transcend boundaries and communicate messages that resonate with people, leaving an indelible impression on the world, one wheat-paste at a time. Gracing international public spaces with his pop-culture referenced street art, Stikki Peaches continues adding to his ongoing street tapestry in his hometown of Montreal, Canada and beyond.

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Stikki Peaches

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Stikki Peaches

Stikki Peaches exhibits an unparalleled style rooted in the spirit of reusing and recycling, where a myriad of techniques are combined to reveal the influential figures of his childhood and of our current cultural phenomenons. His vibrant works are compositions of icons, political leaders, and mythical characters melded with punk symbols and tattoo styles, creating a mesmerizing juxtaposition of themes and aesthetics.

A portal of nostalgia, Stikki Peaches sees art as an escape; an outlet that allows him to move away from what hinders his growth and expands his potential as both an artist and a person. From his early beginnings over a decade ago, his “What If Art Ruled The World?” tagline had every passer-by engaged in thought, while enjoying the embodiment and amalgamation of his unique and nostalgia-laced street art.

Stikki Peaches has been granted the artistic key to many cities. While seen in the urban areas of Paris, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Berlin, Stockholm and London, he has also been tapped by Nike, iconic music label Mass Appeal Records and the Embassy of Canada to France in Paris for commissioned creations that permeate new life through these timeless institutions.

Whether through his distinctive visual style, use of recognizable imagery, or his enigmatic persona, Stikki Peaches continues to captivate audiences and challenge artistic norms. His work serves as a reminder of the power of art to transcend boundaries and communicate messages that resonate with people, leaving an indelible impression on the world, one wheat-paste at a time. Gracing international public spaces with his pop-culture referenced street art, Stikki Peaches continues adding to his ongoing street tapestry in his hometown of Montreal, Canada and beyond.

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Stikki Peaches

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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

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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

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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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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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Terry O'Neill

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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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Riviera Pink

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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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Nick Veasey

Revealing the technical complexity, design, and intricate engineering of the mechanical – Nick’s work is a classic example of the fusion between science and art. He messes with dangerous radiation emitting x-ray machines to create beguilingly beautiful and incredibly detailed x-ray artworks. These are not the x-rays we are used to seeing in hospitals but amazingly complex creations that take months, if not years to create. It is common for Nick to use hundreds of separate x-rays to create large scale works. His process is painstaking and extremely unusual (not many artists have a radiation proof concrete bunker for a studio!). This is art that is at once engaging and ,upon closer inspection, dramatically revealing. There is a lot to discover in Nick’s work. The overriding pervading message is that society’s obsession with superficiality and materialism pales into insignificance compared to the importance of what we, and the world around us, is really made of. It’s what on the inside that counts.

We live in a world obsessed with image. What we look like, what our clothes look like, houses, cars… I like to counter this obsession with superficial appearance by using x-rays to strip back the layers and show what it is like under the surface. Often the integral beauty adds intrigue to the familiar. We all make assumptions based on the external visual aspects of what surrounds us and we are attracted to people and forms that are aesthetically pleasing. I like to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearance by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty.

This society of ours, consumed as it is by image, is also becoming increasingly controlled by security and surveillance. Take a flight, or go into a high profile courtroom, and your belongings will be x-rayed. The post arriving in corporations and government departments has often been x-rayed. Security cameras track our every move. Mobile phone receptions place us at any given time. Information is key to the fight against whatever we are meant to be fighting against. To create art with equipment and technology designed to help big brother delve deeper, to use some of that fancy complicated gadgetry that helps remove the freedom and individuality in our lives, to use that apparatus to create beauty brings a smile to my face.

Works by Nick Veasey are currently displayed in the following museum collections:

Deutches Roentgen Museum Remscheid, Germany
Museum Villa Rot Burgrieden, Germany
Science and Technology Museum Milan, Italy
Natural History Museum Tring, UK
National Media Museum Yorkshire, UK
Victoria & Albert Museum London, UK
AMOREPACIFIC Museum of Art Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Fort Wayne Museum of Art Fort Wayne, IN, USA
MASS MoCA North Adams, MA, USA
Musée de Design et D’Arts Appliqués Contemporains (MUDAC) Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
Museum of Contemporary Art San Francisco, USA

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Nick Veasey

Featured Artist

Nick Veasey

Revealing the technical complexity, design, and intricate engineering of the mechanical – Nick’s work is a classic example of the fusion between science and art. He messes with dangerous radiation emitting x-ray machines to create beguilingly beautiful and incredibly detailed x-ray artworks. These are not the x-rays we are used to seeing in hospitals but amazingly complex creations that take months, if not years to create. It is common for Nick to use hundreds of separate x-rays to create large scale works. His process is painstaking and extremely unusual (not many artists have a radiation proof concrete bunker for a studio!). This is art that is at once engaging and ,upon closer inspection, dramatically revealing. There is a lot to discover in Nick’s work. The overriding pervading message is that society’s obsession with superficiality and materialism pales into insignificance compared to the importance of what we, and the world around us, is really made of. It’s what on the inside that counts.

We live in a world obsessed with image. What we look like, what our clothes look like, houses, cars… I like to counter this obsession with superficial appearance by using x-rays to strip back the layers and show what it is like under the surface. Often the integral beauty adds intrigue to the familiar. We all make assumptions based on the external visual aspects of what surrounds us and we are attracted to people and forms that are aesthetically pleasing. I like to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearance by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty.

This society of ours, consumed as it is by image, is also becoming increasingly controlled by security and surveillance. Take a flight, or go into a high profile courtroom, and your belongings will be x-rayed. The post arriving in corporations and government departments has often been x-rayed. Security cameras track our every move. Mobile phone receptions place us at any given time. Information is key to the fight against whatever we are meant to be fighting against. To create art with equipment and technology designed to help big brother delve deeper, to use some of that fancy complicated gadgetry that helps remove the freedom and individuality in our lives, to use that apparatus to create beauty brings a smile to my face.

Works by Nick Veasey are currently displayed in the following museum collections:

Deutches Roentgen Museum Remscheid, Germany
Museum Villa Rot Burgrieden, Germany
Science and Technology Museum Milan, Italy
Natural History Museum Tring, UK
National Media Museum Yorkshire, UK
Victoria & Albert Museum London, UK
AMOREPACIFIC Museum of Art Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Fort Wayne Museum of Art Fort Wayne, IN, USA
MASS MoCA North Adams, MA, USA
Musée de Design et D’Arts Appliqués Contemporains (MUDAC) Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
Museum of Contemporary Art San Francisco, USA

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Nick Veasey

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