Samantha Keely Smith‘s artwork represents a striving to reconcile the inner world of instinct and the tidal sweep of our emotional life, with an external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur. She attempts to map the place where these worlds intersect. The translucent layers of paint, contrasting soft ethereal brushwork and harder edged sweeping gestures, echo this divergence and depict a timeless place that hovers between dream and reality in a way that is simultaneously alluring and menacing. The work exhibits the struggle between and among the variety of human impulses: impulses that are as necessary as they are contradictory, and which therefore constantly undermine our psychic and social coherence even as they endow us with vitality, soul, and life.
Looking through artist Eric Zener‘s underwater paintings, you start to immediately remember what it feels like to be immersed in cool, clear water. That moment when the world’s worries wash away and a sense of calmness overtakes your body. Zener calls that shared feeling our “quest for refuge and peace beneath the chaos of life.”
Jacob Everett’s drawings are based from photographs, and he uses a grid method on paper and then concentrates on one section at a time. “I produce large-scale portraits using an intricate technique of overlapping elliptical marks, which gradually build to represent the subtle contours of the face.”
Queensland, Australia-based artist Loui Jover creates striking artworks by using pen and dripping ink on pages of vintage books. While many of his pieces show the complicated emotions on a woman’s face, Jover is equally adept at creating romantic love scenes of faceless silhouettes.
Italian artist Diego Fazio, better known as DiegoKoi, is bound to blow you away with his incredible drawing skills. One of his newer pieces titled Sensazioni is an unbelievably hyperrealistic pencil drawing of a woman that has caused people to question the truth of its medium. Is it really done in pencil? The answer is an impressively resounding “Yes!”