“One of the most obvious and most advantageous evolutions of the contemporary art scene is the usefulness that social media and digital platforms have been able to provide not only to artists, but collectors and galleries as well. While visibility is becoming increasingly more important to reach new clients, social media platforms have not only become the new artist portfolio, but also can act as a gallery’s most forefront effort in regards to branding. It helped expose the industry to an entirely new generation of artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts who might have otherwise been previously left out of the conversation.”
Roy Lichtenstein is easily one of the most innovative and influential American Pop artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Born on October 27, 1923, he was a lightning rod among critics and was one of the first Pop artists to achieve widespread renown. His most recognizable works were based on imagery from comic strips and advertisements that were constructed in a similar style to the crude printing processes of newspapers. These paintings reinvigorated the American art scene and altered the history of modern art. His iconic, high impact images have since become recognizable as one pillars of Pop art, and his method of creating images has become central to critic's understand of the significance of the movement.
Fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings, hand lettering and satisfying object arrangements. She works for clients around the world including MoMA, REI, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, and Random House Publishing, among many others. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015 and she is featured in the 2017 book, 200 Women Who Will Change the Way you See the World.
Claudia Bokulich is a painter based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Entirely figurative, her oil paintings are centered around human sexuality and gender roles in society. In some of her work, it becomes apparent how these things vary among region, culture, and even era. Personal impressions are an important part of Claudia’s thought process; both how people are perceived by others as well as how they perceive themselves. She considers both the female and male gazes to be present in her work. Ultimately, much of her work is evocative of the impact that societal conventions have upon the sexes, such as vanity, vulnerability and virility.
Photographer Michael John Hunter utilizes large scale, hyper realistic sculptures and traditional camera optics to explore how imagery can manipulate how we view our world. His latest work, "As i grow, As i lose", is an ongoing series of images depicting a 20 foot doll sculpture installed in locations in and around London. Using height as a tool, Hunter creates a trompe l’oeil in the finished images that leaves viewers questioning their initial assumptions of the work.
British artist Andre Veloux is widely known for his lego masterpieces featuring feminist icons and works that question the circumstances and expectations surrounding femininity and gender expression. Created with thousands of individual lego pieces, the works can literally be taken apart and rebuilt, playing on societies' ever-changing demands for women to present themselves in a specific way to garner acceptance. Veloux shows works internationally and hangs in the homes of many private collectors. You can see his works on view at Kraus Gallery as part of their group show, 'Emerging to Established', opening January 6th.
Matteo Mauro, London based artist and designer, was born in Sicily. Having lived, travelled, and been creatively working around the world in many different countries, he observes and explores the world with the eyes of an artist, seeking new and fresh solutions, as well as the old, in this infinite mediation between reality and dreams which we call art. His drawing and creative techniques mix analogical and digital tools to generate artworks of a distinct contemporary sensibility. Using digital inscription technologies, Matteo is able to take an updated approach with a distinct perspective to tackle and deconstruct traditional styles of expression.
Twin sisters Ekaterina and Elena Popovy have been causing a furor in the fashion doll scene since 2004. Using only hand sketches and their creative ambition, the duo utilizes and impressive range of talents to bring their visions to life in each unique project and collection they put out. From fashion design to hair and makeup - from photography to the printing process, the Popovy Sisters are among a shrinking group artists who can quite literally do it all.
Franz Szony is a fine art photographer based out of Los Angeles, California. Szony's work strives to not only capture moments, but to create them. Originally starting out as an illustrator, Szony has taken his perspective of this craft and applied it when working behind the lens. This combination creates stunning and dramatic images full of ethereal undertones. Working with drag queens such as Amanda Lepore and Sharon Needles, Szony shows his viewers a different perception of beauty and elegance, with a modern twist.
Parker Day is a Los Angeles based photographic artist whose work explores identity and the masks we wear. Through costuming and exaggerated expressions, Day toys with the truth of who and what she portrays. She deliberately eschews Photoshop in favor of in-camera capture on film. Lurid color bathes her work and heightens the surreality of her subjects while the grain and grit of the photographs make them palpably real
Brooklyn based digital artist Felipe Posada uses his background in motion design to create what he calls 'The invisible Realm' - a fantastical world of expression allowing Posada to explore his childhood dreams and fears. One of Instagram's most trending artists, his collage style and technique is one of the most recognizable of contemporary digital artists, landing him collaborations ranging from Madonna to National Geographic.