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Samantha Kelly Smith’s skill in colour can be seen in these beautiful paintings, where she strives to represent both hostile and natural worlds together. Patternbank love the way she uses paint to create these alluring inner worlds that hover between dream and reality, in a way that is simultaneously alluring and menacing. To see more of New York-based artist Samantha Keely Smith visit her website.

 

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These captivating optical collages are the work of Marco Migani aka Inserirefloppino. Italian artist Migani, combines great colours, optical pattern and geometric shapes in his cut and sprayed pieces. Patternbank love the playful aspect of the urban and rural landscapes which have been chopped and twisted to create mesmerizing patterns.

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These amazingly powerful, experimental drawings and paintings are the creations of Tosha Albor. Tosha is a visual artist born in Manila and currently based in San Francisco. She completed a BTEC in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, UK. In her work she embrasses the act of construction and deconstruction, with the addition of mark-making and free flowing narratives being another important factor driving her paintings. See more of her work on her site toshaalbor.com

 

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It can take Sharon Hovarth years to complete a single large canvas and it’s not suprising when you look at all the labyrinth of lines and layers that unfold to reveal bits and pieces both recognisable and mysterious. This New York artist works from her ground floor studio at the Brooklyn Navy Yard creating these complicated paintings suffused with brilliant, often startling hues. An electric night sky, glittering with stars, is anchored by a network of hatching. Linear lanes of infrastructure recall the rusted-out buildings and new scaffolding that stand shoulder to shoulder beyond her studio window. The overall effect is one of great beauty and vivid imagery that you want to get up close to. See more of her stunning work at sharonhovarth.com

 

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We’ve seen a massive trend in the use of objects to build visual images and photographic portraits. The Patternbank team spotted these amazing unconventional portraits recently. Artist Guy Whitby, aka WorkByKnight(WBN) is the creative mastermind behind these mesmerizing visual statements. Using anything from crochet elements, keyboard keys and discarded buttons to recreate celebrities, paintings, landscapes and animals in these hands on art pieces.

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Mark Bradford is known for his grid-like abstract paintings combining collage with paints. Bradford’s “A Truly Rich Man is One Whose Children Run into His Arms Even When His Hands Are Empty” (2008), nearly 9 feet wide and 9 feet tall, according to Maxwell Heller in The Brooklyn Rail, “calls to mind the charred and shattered windshields of cars burned in riots—black, webbed with streaks of light, sleek. If studied section by section, it offers traces of the artist’s sensual, tactile process, revealing delicate layers of found material sliced and sanded, lacquered and pasted until transformed.” View more of his work here.

 

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These quirky illustrations are the work of Australian born artist James Gulliver Hancock. The Big Apple is one place that is not short of beautiful architecture. Jame’s detailed architectural sketches depict whole streets and singled out buildings. His artworks have a unique style that brings life and soul into bricks and mortar. Check out his visual diary blog to see more of NYC illustrations and more prints for sale, and his website to see his full portfolio.

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Patternbank love these rugs by CC-Tapis, innotative in their design and colour they push the limits in their experimentation. CC-Tapis was created in 2001 by the Maison Chamszadeh, known in France for more than 40 years for the quality of its traditional carpets. A substantial number of the designs are produced using only vegetable dyes with 1200 different colours available. Different finishings are also possible such as loop, embossing or different heights of pile. The rugs from the Signature Collection are designed by a new generation of artists and designers. Check out their full collection at cc-tapis.com

 

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These crafted photo-real studies are the amazing work of Spanish illustrator Oriol Angrill Jorda. Whilst studying printmaking at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Oriol explored a hugh variety of techniques including pastel, watercolours, colored pencil, white pencil on black textured paper, acrylics, graphite, charcoal and so on. These experimental explorations carved the way for his unique and mesmerizing style. Oriol’s recent mixed media works combine landscape visuals with portrait studies, creating a fresh take on the photo-real illustration trend we are tracking at the moment.

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Long ago when mobile phones were the size of houses and the closest thing to the internet was the loading screens on a zx spectrum. There was a kid who could almost always be found scribbling away. Conjuring up imagery of anything and everything from hyper advanced cars to magnificent beasts. That kid was Scott Balmer. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art & Design in Scotland, Balmer started life as a freelance illustrator and has never looked back since. Patternbank is digging Scott’s trippy graphic explorations in colour and pattern. With clients like Umbro, The Guardian, Howies and The New York Times magazine already tapping into his creative mindset, he’s definitely one to watch. See more of his illustration portfolio here.

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From a series titled ‘Secret Gardens’ these ghostly, almost other-wordly paintings reflect the spontaneity of nature and landscapes – as well as echoing traditional Korean figurative painting. An endless space is created by organic flowing structures and soft washes of primary colour floating and falling off the canvas. See Moon Beom’s amazing paintings for yourself, at the Saatchi Gallery – currently exhibiting in ‘Korean Eye’

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Patternbank are loving the handcrafted neon bright ‘Pop Art ‘statements by Morgan Blair. Morgan is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in using pattern, symbols, and pop culture references to explore hypothetical scenarios from a cryptic future-past. Her work has been exhibited around the U.S. and internationally. See more of her work at morganblair.com

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The Patternbank team love these colourful and incredibly detailed bird illustrations by Ashley Percival. A graduate from the University College Falmouth, Percival’s work has already been licensed by Urban Outfitters and Forever 21. The rich mix of felt tip pens, coloured pencils and paint give these works real impact and a unique fresh interpretation of our feathered friends.

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Layering materials hides the original identity of photographs, transforming them into these mysterious, collaged assemblages. Flashes of colour, from found papers, add depth and contrast  in the bold monochromatic mood of the collection. Layers and repetition of shape create an inherent sense of pattern and control – as well as adding a 3D element to a flat image. The recurring circular form has become a signature of Eva Eun-Sil Han – find more of these intriguing pieces at evahan.weebly.com

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Fred Friedrich’s paintings display such a bold, abstract style which immediately captures your attention. Patternbank love the way he uses paint in great quantities dripping down the canvas in thick streaks. The works emerge from a kind of controlled randomness that Friedrich achieves by an immensely effective layering effect that at times approaches figuration. Faces and silhouettes begin to emerge as if from Rorschach test inkblots. Friedrich was born in Berlin in 1943 and is a painter, sculptor and German architect whose works of art are linked to Neoexpressionism and Abstract expressionism.

 

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These colourful, illustrative patterns are the work of Spanish visual artist Ana Montiel. Through her ongoing project ‘Visual Mantras’, Montiel explores pattern through repetitive drawing, reflection and mirroring. Geometrics and florals are delicately juxtaposed creating complex, intricate kaleidoscopic patterns. Hand drawn aesthetics are accentuated through the use of soft colour pencils and watercolours. A mixture of delicate pastels and rich primary brights, create a gorgeous summer colour palette which is full of energy. As well as textile patterns Ana Montiel also explores illustration, typography and graphics. See more of her work, and the ‘Visual Mantras’ series, at anamontiel.com 

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Melbourne based Visual Artist Ollie Lucas created these works on large recycled cable spools, up-cycling at its very best! We love the juxtaposition of the wood, graffiti, splattered paint, patterns and geometrics. Ollie says “Exposure to the graffiti scene in Melbourne has made me question harmony in my work, I have a love for filthy, dirty and weathered paint splattered surfaces, but at the same time I crave clean, modern, hardline geometrics. This is what drives my practice, combining two visual elements that are polar opposites in search for a harmony that I may never obtain.” To see more of Ollie’s work check him out on Flickr.

 

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