So Yoo Lym started this series of hair and braid pattern paintings in the summer of 2008. These acrylic on paper images are based on photos he took of students and strangers he came across in Patterson, New Jersey where he had worked for the past 9 years. So Yoo Lym was born is Seoul, Korea, but lived in Kenya and Uganda for the first 7 years of his life. Since then he has lived in various parts of New Jersey. At age 15, he started studying with Korean exiled painter, Ung No Lee in Normandy, France. There he discovered in that summer how art was inextricably tied to nature and his life.
Elena Helfrecht, is a self taught German photographer. Her work was influenced by the dark forests and the folklore of Bavaria. The goal of Helfrecht’s imagery is to visualize human thoughts and emotions. With the medium of photography she captures reality and alters it digitally to show what lies beneath the physical surface.
Paris based artist, Francoise Nielly, creates stunning large-scale portraits, inspired by urban culture. Her vibrant paintings are created using pallet knives, spreading neon coloured paint boldly across the canvas in order to capture the vibrant nature of her subjects. Françoise Nielly’s painting is expressive, exhibiting a brute force, a fascinating vital energy. Oil and knife combine to sculpt her images from a material that is, at the same time, biting and incisive, charnel and sensual. Whether she paints the human body or portraits, the artist takes a risk: her painting is sexual, her colors free, exuberant, surprising, even explosive, the cut of her knife incisive, her color pallet dazzling.
Simen Johan born in Norway in 1973, who darkly explores the human proclivity towards fantasy and our attempts, knowing or otherwise, to alternate realities for ourselves. Merging traditional photographic techniques with digital methods, Johan creates each of his images from as many as one hundred negatives, having first constructed or discovered each element and photographed it on film. Across his body of work, the viewer is urged to ponder the relationship between the real and the artificial or imagined.
Helen Sobiralski is a German photographer based in Berlin. After receiving her design diploma from the university of applied sciences and arts in dortmund, Helennow lives in berlin and works as a freelance photographer.
Fashion photographer, Ruven Afanador gives us the drama and beauty of bullfighters and flamenco dancers through his coffee table books, Sombra and Ruven Afanador: Angel Gitano. The following images are from both Spanish flavored books. Continue reading →
Nir Arieli is an ex-military photographer whose images helped define, within oneself, notions of the body as an entity that cannot be fully grasped.
His project ‘Tension’ employs double (triple/quadruple/quintuple/sextuple/septuple etc) exposure techniques to highlight subtle and sometimes drastic movements of the figure. The shapes created and the space occupied by the body is frozen in flux. Continue reading →
Upon quick glance, it’s easy to believe that these landscapes are constructed of natural landforms including hills, cliffs, valleys, and mountains. However, upon closer inspection, the true nature of each human shape is revealed. Created by London-based photographer Carl Warner, Bodyscapes is a creative project featuring this new and unconventional style that blends portraits with landscapes. Continue reading →
With great styling, great movement, beautiful models, and skilled technique, Russian photographer, Svetlana Belyaeva creates eye catching images of women whom seem to be transforming into flowers. Continue reading →