Author - Mary Luoma

The figurative works of Jason Shawn Alexander

Jason Shawn Alexander is an expressionist and figurative painter currently based in LA and originally from Tennessee. His works aim to “embody the vulnerability, fear, and underlying strengths that come from his rural upbringing” in Tennessee. His writhing nude figures occupy the canvas together and we’re given a small glimpse into their...

Inside the dark fantasies of Kavan the Kid

If our wildest dreams could be printed in a photograph, they might look something like the works of LA-based photographer Kavan the Kid. His moody and often tense images invite us to stroll into the darkest parts of our own imaginations as we fill in the twisted back-stories to the characters presented before us. Their faces and hands, often...

Portraits by Steve Salo

Australian artist Steve Salo is renowned for his emotive and expressionistic portraits. His subjects seem to be painted in a moment of raw and genuine openness. A look in their eyes, or the tenseness of their jaw, or the tilt of their head give subtle clues to the ocean of emotion roiling inside their head. Through portraiture, Salo states he...

The bold female portraits of Conrad Roset

Sweeping black brushstrokes cloak the female form in Conrad Roset’s minimalistic illustrations. The Barcelona-based artist depicts seductive and delicate figures who seem to sprout out of pitch-black space like a budding plant from its seedling husk. Roset then embellishes the portraits with highlights of pastel color and some women wear floral...

The nostalgic photography of Davis Ayer

The women of Davis Ayer’s photographs have a solitary and nostalgic quality to them reminiscent of a melancholy dream. The pictures are heavily manipulated with light leaks, double exposures, and solar flares to transform the women and their surroundings into other worlds. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Ayer currently resides in L.A. and will...

Layered portraits by Jeff Huntington

In his latest series titled Catalyst, Jeff Huntington takes portraits of significant people in history and superimposes them on top of each other. The combinations can be jarring and they add a new level of expression in portraiture. In one painting, Huntington combined the peaceful expression of the Buddha with an injured nurse in agony from a...

WALL/THERAPY 2015 adorns Rochester, NY with 14 new murals

Going into their fifth year, WALL/THERAPY recently transformed the city of Rochester, New York by inviting artists to paint 14 murals centering on the themes of surrealism and the fantastic. WALL\THERAPY is an art and community intervention project which uses murals as a means to transform the urban landscape and build a sense of community. Not...