Category - Modern Paintings

Exploring the modern gaze with Ivan Alifan

My series is an exploration of the modern gaze; of ambiguous figurative paintings that are revealed and transformed within the act of the individuals’ views. These portraits are not an attempt to render physical characteristics  but rather create a language of underlying sexual subtexts. Using ambiguity as a tool demands the viewer’s...

Thebe Phetogo’s depictions of dichotomy

I am a 23 year old emerging artist living and working in Gaborone, Botswana. My work is figurative and representational at it’s core, but I incorporate abstract techniques and surrealist elements to realize the themes I work with. ~Thebe Phetogo The symbols I use in my work heavily reference my heritage as a Motswana, such as tribal totems...

Watch Your Palace Fall by Conor Harrington

Irish-born painter Conor Harrington creates classically inspired paintings of the human form to explore themes of conflict and roles within society. In one popular work, Sluggers Paradise, he depicts two men angrily pulling on opposite ends of a rope. Their allegiance is depicted using blue and red which harks to the political divide in America...

The acrylic portraits of Lindsey Lively

Being largely self-taught, I have an unorthodox approach to drawing a painting.  My acrylic portraits are both realist and experimental, incorporating exaggeration, simplification, and strong brushwork.  I try not to overwork or over-polish, instead leaving paintings loose and spontaneous. ~Lindsey LivelyI’ve spent the last eight years...

Lost and Not Found by Telmo Miel

Telmo Miel is an artist duo from the Netherlands that creates sweeping surrealist murals and large-scale masterpieces. The two met at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2007 and officially began working as a duo in 2012. Their works reference both the human and animal worlds to create fantastical scenes meant to elicit both humor and...

Celebrating same-ness with Marni Manning

I’m an emerging artist specialising in watercolour and coloured pencil drawings. I began painting over a year ago as a way to combat the insecurities in my life. I felt useless, unimaginative, and lonely, but art gave me a voice in communicating my deepest passion: equality. In making art, I strive to dismantle prejudice. I want to remind...