Jana Brike is a 35 year old visual artist and storyteller from Riga, Latvia. Rife with metaphors and symbolism, her beautifully crafted oil paintings are an exploration of growth and transformation, in particular her unique experiences between childhood and womanhood. Inspired by many things, such as her soviet upbringing, folklore fairy tales and classical paintings, Jana's work depicts doe-eyed maidens belonging to adolescent realms, where they bridge the gap between innocence and reality. Jana has been exhibiting her artworks internationally since the tender age of 15 and holds an undergraduate degree in painting as well as a masters degree in monumental figurative painting from the Art Academy of Latvia. To see more of Jana's work head to her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Cindy Rizza is an extremely talented contemporary realist painter living in New Hampshire, USA. Her most recent works explore the power of memory and attachment in ethereal tributes to common things. Her refined representational style and depiction of American nostalgia, most especially ordinary backyard subjects, serve as metaphors for our own lives and can be seen as a bittersweet reminder to appreciate the most fleeting experiences. You can't help but feel a strong sense of longing for times past when you gaze upon her stunningly realistic oil on canvas paintings, especially the beautiful pastel 'Chairs' series. Cindy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and has won numerous awards, including the NH Spotlight Award for Outstanding Representational Artist, the Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, and a Maine Percent for the Arts competition. Her work is also in private collections internationally. To view more of Cindy's work visit her website.
Laura Berger is a Chicago based artist creating quirky and out of this world paintings, illustrations and animations featuring happy little characters and the dreamy adventures they go on. Through her art, she strives to explore the connections with ourselves and each other, and how we piece it all together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole. We just can't get enough of her bright and cheerful paintings and wish we could buy everythiiiiiing in her Etsy store. If you're just as intrigued by Laura's work as we are, make sure you check out her website and blog for more.
Fred Fowler is a Melbourne-based visual artist specialising in painting, sculpture and printmaking. At just sixteen, he started out as a street artist under the name NUROCK and now holds a Master of Contemporary Art from the The Victorian College of the Arts. Complimenting his street art origins, Fred applies a sophisticated, abstract style and a process driven approach to his art, creating multi-layered and mesmerising semi abstract works concerned with Australia's cultural landscapes and the relationship between native and invasive species. Enraptured by the beautiful mark making and washed out colour palette of muted greens, blues and greys seen throughout his works, we're not surprised that Fred's work is apart of the National Gallery of Australia collection, as well as in private collections in Australia and overseas. To see more of his work head to his website.
Christina Baker is a self-taught artist currently residing in Tennessee, whose work is full of colour and life. Creating playful shapes with romantic undertones, she loves the combination of both rich and neutral colours combined. While she uses vibrant pops of colour throughout her works, it's Christina's use of sea foam greens, moody blues, and beautiful corals that really give her paintings a calming and serene quality. To see more of Christina's beautiful abstract paintings visit her website.
Cassie Marie Edwards is a painter and educator based in Madison, South Dakota. Lying somewhere between still life and portraiture, Cassie's latest series focuses on conveying the personalities of non-living objects and asks the question: how far-removed can a painting be before it ceases to represent the original subject? We were especially drawn to the bold colour palette as well as the comical and kitschy feel of the images. To see more of Cassie's work head over to her website or blog.
Daniela Tieni is a 31 year-old freelance illustrator and painter from Rome, Italy. Inspired by nature, 1950's cinema and design, she creates playful and soft imagery that draws you in and leaves you wanting more. We love her simplistic style, sophisticated use of colour and of course her super sweet subject matter. Daniela has shown her work in numerous exhibitions across the globe and worked for various publishers such as Grazia.it, Éditions du Rouergue and Material Girl Magazine. To see more of her work visit her flickr, blog, and online store.
Tamara Feijo is a Spanish artist who creates beautiful gouache paintings in which humans and nature are strongly connected. Inspired by Romanticism and the sublime beauty, Tamara’s works speak of an irrational fear of untamed nature and the fascination or repulsion that can lead us. We especially love her quirky series 'Carnivorous Flowers' where little ladies in cute socks get eaten by camellias and peonies. To see more of her work head to her website or Marisa Marimon Gallery.
Tristan Pigott is a London based painter whose work explores human characteristics and everyday life. Tristan's ambiguous work draws the viewer in, allowing them to spend time working out the different connotations of the surreal narratives he has created. Tristan's paintings also have an interesting relation to photography, whilst keeping a distance from photographic realism. Keeping a division between the two enables an important detachment from realism, creating space and leaving the viewer a chance to connect with the work. To see more of Tristans work or to find out more, head to his website.
Yangyang Pan is a Chinese artist currently living in Canada. Yangyang has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Art from the Sichuan Fine Art Institute. Her current work focuses on the contrasts found in Nature, with its hostility and hospitality of beauty at the foundation of her exploration. In her present body of abstract paintings Yangyang has developed a visual language that expresses her inspiration taken from natural optical cues and infuses it with spirit and spontaneity sourced from emotions within. To see more of Yangyang's work head to her website and etsy store.