acrylic on canvas

Girls with hearts on a sleeve

Nom Kinnear-King is a young British painter focused on female imagery, as projections of her passion for literature, travelling, folklore. Some of her works are results of special encounters; others are inspired by theatre, circus, and Balkan music, films of Jean Pierre Jeunet or famous artists like Toulouse Lautrec, Marc Chagall and Frieda Kahlo.

Nom Kinnear-King, Cafe RoseNom Kinnear-King, Cafe Rose

Optimistic brushes of color

Sad experiences can be very inspiring in art but Estera prefers feeding her creativity with happiness, meeting nice people, enjoying beautiful mornings with good cups of coffee. It seems familiar, so far, I might say. Estera is a young Romanian painter who uses acrylics, watercolors, colored pens, sometimes make-up, to create splendid, cheerful paintings.

Estera, Perfect MorningEstera, Perfect Morning

Marie Larkin's unapologetic quirky girls

Inspired by fairytales and nursery rhymes Australian artist Marie Larkin creates dainty feminine art with a dark humorous twist. Richly colored and detailed like a lavish couture embroidery Marie’s oil and acrylic paintings weave quirky little narratives. Fragile, dollish heroines with fascinating eyes subtly wink at us as they get their sweet revenge.

Later Jack by Marie LarkinLater Jack by Marie Larkin

Artist submission: Ash Lethal

Ashleigh Fedo from Ash Lethal likes our modern art blog and we couldn’t be more honored to feature the works of this young American artist. Born in sunny Palm Beach, Florida, Ashleigh is a self-taught illustrator with a keen interest in music and a big love for animals (she is a SPCA volunteer). She began her artist career in April 2007 and since then she added in her portfolio notable group and solo art shows around Atlanta and at the Hive Gallery in L.A. as well as great artwork for music album covers, band t-shirts prints, advertising logos and other design projects.

Ash Lethal, The DaliaAsh Lethal, The Dalia

Dienzo's cute & creepy adolescents

I find Rick "Dienzo" Blanco's characters are delightfully charming. Creepy & Cute is what defines Dienzo's style in fine art, this American artist being inspired in creating his acrylic characters by his work for Disney, Mattel and Cartoon Network. His dark and odd young things are meant to intrigue and cause anxiety, also suggesting that we all have a darker side coming to the surface when we are expecting the least.

Dienzo, Bella RegrettingDienzo, Bella Regretting

Caia Koopman's beautiful universe

She wanted to graduate in math but reconsidered and became fine arts major instead. And that was a really wise decision as Caia Koopman is nowadays one of the most appreciated young American artists. Born in Livermore, USA, Caia earned a BA at UC Santa Cruz, a place that also lured her to the local skateboarding scene.

Caia Koopman, The White RabbitCaia Koopman, The White Rabbit

Mysticism and sensuality with a fashion sense

It's hard to say that she's focusing on a certain area although sensual mystical women are her usual subjects. Martine Johanna's works are a combination of multiple feelings, sensations, and personal experiences. She also finds inspiration in the vastest of cultural, historical and mythological backgrounds she never ceases to explore.

Martine Johanna, DeeperMartine Johanna, Deeper

Sisters, farms and supernatural forces

Rural scenes, sad brides, strange sisters, crows, fire, superstitions and supernatural forces. These are what Andrea Kowch captures in her beautiful, mysterious paintings, shown all over in the United States and Canada.

Andrea Kowch, No Turning BackAndrea Kowch, No Turning Back

Disturbing reality seen by Fred Einaudi

A happy woman carrying a devilish pan full of skulls, a little boy fishing a woman's corps out of the water, a girl analyzing a dead human fetus and many other troubling scenes are the subject of Fred Einaudi's dark paintings.

Fred Einaudi, The MermaidFred Einaudi, The Mermaid

Focus on Uncertain Times

Amy Casey's paintings recreate, with acrylic on panel, on canvas or on paper, her nightmares concerning the end of the world. "Inspired by natural and unnatural disasters, personal fiascos and never-ending stream of bad news coming from the media, the world inside my paintings has been turned (sometimes literally) upside down. The ground has crumbled underneath them and the sky is falling", says Amy.

Amy Casey, Keeping it TogetherAmy Casey, Keeping it Together, 2009

Magic world, magic paintings

Kelly Vivanco admits she enjoys painting without planning, just letting her imagination run free and see where it takes her. To people who ask what are her artworks about she encourages them to find their own meanings. The artist depicts a late childhood’s fantasy world where animal talk (and wear hats) and young girls are the heroines of great adventures which imply magic wildlife, treasures, fairies, epic tests and a secret reward.

Kelly Vivanco, Offshore

Kelly Vivanco, Offshore

Art among skeletons

Joe Vollan's art seems inspired by nightmares, fears, menaces, by nature and its cruel rules. And most of all, Joe Vollan's paintings are without exception author's mind processes. Through his surrealistic pieces of art, painted in their majority with acrylic on panel and acrylic on canvas, he creates bizarre worlds. He creates fantastic tales, where skeletons, giant whales, humanized birds and other terrifying creatures live their adventures like people in the real world do; they die, they suffer and most of all, they are willing to escape their own monsters.Joe Vollan Painting

 

Artistically illustrated movie posters

Justin Reed is a 29 year old artist from Vermont who is deeply inspired by pop culture, particularly with motion pictures but also by musicians and TV shows. His works, mostly acrylic on canvas, reveal a unique mix of painting, caricature and theme poster depicting cult movies like Hollywood golden classics, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction or Christopher Nolan’s much appreciated The Dark Knight. The posters tell the story with a single image or portray the icons of a cinematic era such as Hitchcock‘s tormented characters or 80’s action movie heroes.

justin reed art 80s action heroes

Kenji Hirata's graphic universe

Kenji Hirata (originary from Nagasaki, Japan now living in Brooklyn, New York) is a versatile artist, whose complex graphic work varies from murals to animated film to book illustration.

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