Artist: Alex Arzu

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Alex Arzu

Alex Arzu is a painter, muralist, and tattoo artist based in Houston, Texas.  I found his work on Instagram and immediately fell in love. His vivid use of color and concepts are fresh and new.  I truly love all his composition even his tattoos, which are so life like. I love the way he brings his art to life!. See more below

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Artist: Jacqui Fink

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Jacqui Fink 

Jacqui Fink is a fiber artist based in Sydney Australia who works predominantly with high grade and naturally colored merino wool from Australia and New Zealand. She calls her technique “extreme knitting” which I think is appropriate. I came across her work on Instagram and was immediately drawn to the size of the tools used to achieve the finished product.  It is honestly breathtaking.  Due to their immense size, Fink has all of her tools custom made. Check out her work below

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Artist: Okuda San Miguel

Okuda San Miguel is a multidisciplinary artist based in Spain. He specializes in painting on canvas but he is also a muralist and a sculptor.  I came across his work through a friend I was immediately captivated with his use of color in his cubist pieces.  His approach is very different and incorporates gradients of varying colors.Check out some of his work below. Click here for more.

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Artist: Jacob Lawrence

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Jacob Lawrence was a painter known for his portrayal of African-American life. Not only was he a painter, storyteller, and interpreter he also was an educator. Lawrence referred to his painting style as “dynamic cubism”.  His primary influence was the colors and shapes he saw growing up in Harlem.  In his work he used vivd colors against a stark contrast of blacks and browns. Check out some of his work below.

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Artist: Gordon Parks

 

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Gordon Parks was a photographer and photo journalist with a deep commitment to social justice.  He was able to capture the essence of American living  specifically from the 1940’s through to the 70s.  He particularly focused on the everyday experience of African Americans during these difficult times.  The majority of his photographs were taken in black and white,  they have an indescribable intensity to the.  He was truly able to produce the most captivating photography I have ever seen.  More below…..

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Artist: Ernie Barnes

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Ernie Barnes was a painter and muralists and one of the first artist that I noticed had a certain “style”,.  His method painting infused elongation and movements it was his signature and his work was the first piece of art that didn’t come across as JUST art to me. I was probably around twelve when I became aware of him.  His most recognizable painting titled “Sugar Shack” was actually used as the cover art for the late Marvin Gaye  His work was also seen in the 70’s sitcom “GoodTimes”.

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