- Australian based screen-print artist Rhys Cooper. With a brand new body of work, Rhys embarks on a portrait series of influential women from the world of popular culture. His ‘femme fatales’ come from all over, from childhood stories to comic books, these women are iconic in one prolific way or another. Themes of female power and womanly authority play a large role in this new body of work and imagery of a violent nature, such as barbed thorns and ferocious winds all attribute to the fierce quality of these ladies and create a tense and seductive platform for Rhys’s figures.
Packed with immense detail and vibrant punchy colors, this series of screen prints are mostly all confined to Rhys’s signature narrow format. This preparation transforms these portraits into war-like banners, especially considering their aggressive aesthetic. With their bold illustrative nature and dark motifs, Rhys transforms the ideological social constructs of femininity and creates a spectacular twist on female heroines, leaving the viewer both a bit terrified and intrigued.
Femme Fatale seeks to explore the communal social consciousness by presenting figures are both instantly recognizable yet also utterly brand new and unique. His twists on the iconic female leads of childhood takes a mature twist; delving into Rhys’s work is like entering a shadowy surreal world, akin to a fantastical nightmare with a strong female lead.
The moon pond looks like a giant puddle because the leaves have covered the white stones ringed around it. In the second photo, the mossy stone with a yellow leaf on top marks where the spring sits that feeds into the pond.
Chet Zar’ “All Hallows Eve” @ Copro Gallery
Chet Zar is the Painter of Dark. He paints monsters and ghouls and all things creepy… and we love it. We’ve been big fans of his work for several years now and are proud to present this insightful look into his background as an artist. He is just that; a very real artist who constantly works and shares his work. He has one of the most prolific bodies of work we have ever seen. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting him, attending some of his gallery showings around California, and to have collected a couple prints of his work. He has become a well known name in the dark art world and in tattoo culture; inspiring all of us along the way.
The Surreal Paintings of Andre Martins De Barros
Andre Martins De Barros, a self-taught artist, was born in 1942 in Pau (Spain). After a stint in the military he started doing what he loves best, painting. Most, if not all of his work is done in oil, drawing from his imagination. Here are some examples of his provocative work.
On a trip to Sicily, Mauritius and Morocco photographer Joseph Ford spent several days flying around over all sorts of terrain in a helicopter. After showing the aerial pictures to some friends they suggested shooting a series mixing fashion and landscapes. Juxtaposing clothes and aerial landscape, the piece of work was selected for the Association of Photographers Awards in the UK and had an Honorable Mention in the International Photography Awards.
The combination of images creates a fascinating interaction, highlighting the appeal of each image, which would have been less remarkable on their own. But by identifying an unexpected relationship with other images each picture develops a gripping impression.
The universe is conjured into existence by an omnipresent creator. The 1573 image is the creation of the Portuguese artist Francisco de Holanda and one of hundreds in the book “Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time.” Credit Biblioteca Nacional de España
Troels Carlsen s Paintings Within Paintings
Troels Carlsen’s visual language is diverse and poetic. Often incorporating interactions with vintage anatomical charts, maps and antique book pages, his work contains continuous visual and conceptual shifts between the biologically charted and the human consciousness. Rather than fostering contradiction, these works beg a curious question, which simultaneously challenges the notion of a given and complete truth whilst hinting that reality could be hiding somewhere behind the apparent foreground. Art historical movements, such as romanticism and symbolism, are paramount inspirational references within Carlsen’s work, juxtaposing the primacy of man with a scientific rationalization of nature.