Author - Mary Luoma

Kinchoi Lam’s Delightfully Intimate Illustrations

The drawings and illustrations of Kinchoi Lam are delightfully intimate vignettes that pack a big emotional punch in a small package. There are those recognizably mundane scenarios; a cat curled sleeping on a floral blanket, a double-decker bus, dinner, folks sitting in a hospital emergency waiting room. Then there are those more fantastical...

Amanda French’s Paintings of Summer Past

Amanda French is a Brooklyn-based painter by way of Minnesota who graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. She’s currently working on an extended series of large scale (I mean larger than life scale) paintings based on her memories of summers spent lakeside as a kid. Her paintings feature women (and a couple of guys!) in...

The Humorous Still Lives of Eric Wert

It’s my belief that most people can draw or paint. They just need to exert some patience and diligence. They need to take their time, take a bit of care. After all, you can learn to draw or paint by reading a few books and manuals. But actually expressing something through your art? That’s something that can’t be taught. It’s up to each...

Goth Inspired Digital Art by Colin Batty

Although the legend of vampires predates Dracula by a few centuries, we tend to associate Gothic art and literature – including novellas such as Dracula and Frankenstein – with the Victorian Age. And it is old, sepia drenched Victorian-era photographs that artist Colin Batty has painted onto, turning a whole wealth of sullen-looking...

The Magical Artwork of Lustik

Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew – also known as Lustik – is highly regarded in his home nation Thailand, where he has scooped a whole host of national art prizes, winning the National Art Prize for Painting twice before he had even turned 28. On first sight – and even last sight – his art looks like an illusion, a deft sleight of...

The Surreal Graphite Drawing of Amandine Urruty

Amandine Urruty is a French artist with a ferociously devoted interest in graphite drawing. She creates Fantasia-esque dreamscapes filled with menageries of the most bizarre, unsettlingly weird beasts. While most of the creatures are foreign entities, a mash-up of human and animal or just completely alien figures, there are some recognizable faces...

Markus Linnenbrink’s Colorful Harmony

Markus Linnenbrink, German-born but currently living and working in New York, isn’t an artist who uses colour sparingly. Instead, like a glutton dining at an ‘all you can eat’ restaurant, Linnenbrink wastes nothing, splashing his paintings with as much colour available, his vertical lines swamping photographs, obscuring their subject matter...

The Psychologically Tense Portraits of Dino Valls

Dino Valls is a self-taught Spanish artist whose work is influenced by Italian Renaissance and Flemish art, as well as modernism. The way he frames his work reminds us of lofty and mysterious medieval religious art of years gone by, but he invests his pieces with modern psychological and symbolic slants. He is a skilful figurative painter whose...

Isabel Martinez’s Quantum Prints

Isabel Martinez, Chilean-born but currently based in Canada, is an artist who primarily creates chromogenic prints that center around the theories of quantum mechanics, and the concepts of space and time. Of her work, Martinez says, “I attempt to articulate something in-between the freezing of time – that so often characterizes photography...