Robert Steven Connett

Robert Steven Connett
Robert Steven Connett is a California artist who takes his current inspiration form biological forms — both flora and fauna, micro and macro, land and ocean dwelling — from which he generates new variations, as though he were painting with recombinant DNA.

His subjects can be deliberately disconcerting, tinged with a bit of Cronenberg-like bio-horror, or just peeking-into-another-world weirdly fascinating.

Occasionally, particularly as you go back in time, you can see the influence of artists like H.R Giger, Patrick Woodroffe and some of the pop surrealists, but in his recent work, Connett seems to be carving out his own ecological niche.

Connett works in acrylic, apparently in a method involving glazes, though I don’t know if he’s working from a monochromatic underpainting or just layering colors to adjust and deepen individual colors. His pages of bio and background information are a bit, um… organic, and I haven’t been inclined to wade through in detail.

You can find additional images in his selection of prints.

[Note: Some images may be NSFW]

[Via Xeni Jardin on BoingBoing]

 
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Carl Fredrik Aagaard

Carl Fredrik Aagaard
Carl Fredrik Aagard was a 19th century Danish painter, apparently best known for his views of Italy’s Amalfi Coast and Lake Como regions.

I can find little else about him, and only this one repository of images on Wikimedia Commons, but that, and the tantalizing similarity of a couple of his paintings to those of Peder Mønstead, is enough to make him interesting.

[Addendum: See this post’s Comments for bio information courtesy of reader Ælle.]

 
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Rob Rey (update)

Rob Rey
Rob Ray is an illustrator and gallery artist based in Rhode Island who I last wrote about in 2010. Since then, he has continued to fill his portfolio with more of his wonderfully painterly oils, and garner awards and mentions in both fields.

His painting Ukulele Day Dream (images above, top), in particular, took Best of Show in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society’s 2013 Best of America competition, and was featured in the December issue of the Artist’s magazine.

You can find some of his available small paintings on the Daily Paintworks site.

 
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More "selfies"

More selfies, self-portraits by: Antony van Dyck, Frida Kahlo, John Singer Sargent, Hans Holbein the Younger, Chuck Close, N.C. Wyeth, Ivan Shishkin, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet
Following the internet meme of the moment, more “selfies” created without benefit of iPhone or Android device, and previously uploaded into public consciousness by way of galleries, museums, books and libraries.

See my previous post on “selfies“.

(Images above, self-portraits by: Antony van Dyck, Frida Kahlo, John Singer Sargent, Hans Holbein the Younger, Chuck Close, N.C. Wyeth, Ivan Shishkin, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet)

 
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Romona Youngquist

Romona Youngquist
Romona Youngquist is a painter based in Oregon whose paintings of pastoral fields and farms are rendered with a wonderful variety of textural effects.

She appears to use drybrush, scraping, stratching and a variety of painting knife effects, in addition to her painterly brushwork, to achieve a wide range of textures and passages of broken color. These work with her controlled palette to give her work an immediacy and surface appeal that compliments her subjects.

I particularly like the way she bases many of her compositions on bands of light and shadow sweeping across fields and hills. She often places our viewpoint as observers within a band of shadow, both giving the foreground weight and inviting our gaze further into the painting to the areas of lighter value.

Her work is currently on view in a two person show with Eric Jacobson titled “Silent Musings” at the Art on the Boulevard Gallery in Vancover, WA until December 31, 2013.

[Via FASO Fine Art Views blog]

 
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