21st Dec 2013

Marwa Alnajjar, Amman, Jordan: “We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage”

Countries in the Middle East vary a lot. for instance, there is a great difference between Dubai and Afghanistan, but professional women are oppressed all over the world in many ways. I myself have faced a lot of obstacles being a woman artist, yet I knew that women can do everything men could do. The more men have told me, "you can't do that," the more I had to prove them wrong. I had to hold it up for all women who looked up to me to be brave and courageous. We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage. When you have guys that disrespect you, you're gonna have to teach them a lesson, otherwise they are going to keep walking all over you. I'm sorry, but that's the way it is out there; it's not easy. But this also reflects views of the art world in general.

25th Oct 2013

Alexandra Manukyan, Figurative Painter, Los Angeles: “Every Solution In Life Requires A Struggle”

These women wear their wounds with pride. Every solution in life requires a struggle. The mistakes of the pasts, the wounds of pain and loss, and the icy stabs of betrayal. And yet none of these specters weigh them down or define their destinies.

11th Oct 2013

Remember the Red: Reflections on My Father’s Work, by Bork Nerdrum

The red twilight, the turning point, is manifested in the female figure, plunged to the ground by three men – who represent the night. The child symbolizes the vulnerable remaining rays of the sunlight. The moon, which represents the illumination in Heraclit’s model, lights the way through the darkness and reappears as the lantern brandished by one of the soldiers.

05th Oct 2013

Aleah Chapin, Figurative Painter, New York City

One of the gifts of Aleah Chapin's body-of-work is the idea that true intimacy is achieved first and foremost by revealing oneself honestly. That through vulnerability we are able to deeply connect. One’s imperfections can actually make connection with others deeper, stronger. More real.

05th Oct 2013

Daniel Barkley, Allegorical Figurative Painter, Quebec

I am always telling the kids that there is nothing new under the sun, it is you and what you bring to it that will make it new again.

22nd Sep 2013

Magic Realism Painter Andrea Kowch: What the Wind Blew

I’ve always been drawn to and intrigued by stories that are a bit twisted; the ones containing strange characters and a prevailing sense of impending danger. Perhaps that’s why my paintings often carry a similar feeling. There’s always an aspect of something unknown about to happen. The story is never fully revealed, it simply continues on, each painting serving as the next page or chapter.

21st Sep 2013

Connecticut Naturalist Ajay Brainard Paints Death As Part of the Flow of Life

My paintings are an exploration of my inner self and speak to the feelings and emotions that are related to the experiences of life. They are not purely portrayals of death; they are windows into my soul.

14th Sep 2013

Adrift in Surreal Waters: The Paintings of Australia’s Mike Worrall

When I was younger, I wished I had the ability to play and compose music; but alas, my attempts at it were a bit weak, and doomed to failure, so instead, I thought how good it would be if my paintings could convey the same mood as my favorite pieces of music.

31st Aug 2013

The Primordial Dreams of Aron Wiesenfeld

Many artists enter the dream world, but few can so inhabit it as to give us not only its semblance but the meaning of the dream. Wiesenfeld’s genius lies both in the interiority of his figures and in the exteriority of his dreamscapes.

31st Aug 2013

Odd Nerdrum’s Crime and Refuge

The artist exiled from his home created a theatre of characters in his imagined world, armed, beaten, and alienated, caught in conflict, ritual, love and rest; the afflicted and exhausted; these abandoned self portraits of a bloodied Nerdrum, cast as criminal, then as a weary man whose companions are outcasts, mutilated and war-torn, abandoned to the stern, severely beautiful landscape. We find the dead and the dying here, the victims of the aftermath, a record of the conflict between survivors and their struggle against despair.

17th Aug 2013

Metalheads: Brad Kunkle, Brooklyn, New York

"It's the most controversial element in the history of mankind. It also implies love and spirituality. The spiritual implication comes from it's use in organized religion. But if we look at gold outside this context, we can see why it has been used to inspire our spiritual senses, which for me is the way it reflects light."

03rd Aug 2013

Metalheads: Pam Hawkes, England, UK

My figures are still, icon-like, but often trapped within luxurious, decorative patterns. There are narratives of love, desire, disappointment, cautionary and celebratory going on here; it all depends literally on the viewer's standpoint.