Month: October 2012

Five Favorite Instagrammers

Every Friday, we introduce you to five of our favorite Instagrammers. This week, meet Jochen Spalding @blumenkraft, Esra Degirmenci @esratoronto, Sefa Yamak @sefayamak, Harry Rankin @thamespirate and Ali Jardine @alijardine.

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Illustrations by Merve Morkoc

Merve Morkoç, also known by her pseudonym Lakormis, creates beautiful and odd anatomical illustrations, paintings and street art. Her work ranges from themes of dreams and gore, while her style represents contrasts and often mirrors the macabre, unknown and sometimes frightening. Based in Istanbul, Morkoç’s work can be found across many buildings, billboards and walls across the city as well as in various galleries. You can find loads more of Morkoç’s work on her website and on behance.

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Paintings by David Agenjo

Born in Madrid, 1977, David Agenjo is a self-taught artist living and working in London. After a brief career as a graphic designer, he now devotes himself entirely to painting. His primary focus is on the human body, communicating a personal engagement through colour and texture allowing the viewer to reconnect with the architecture of living beings.

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Underwater Photo Series by Erin Mulvehill

Erin Mulvehill is a young photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. The photos in her stunning and hauntingly beautiful Underwater series are dedicated to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The series is an eerie collection of pictures of what resembles young women trapped under ice, frozen in time. Despite its name, the pictures were not actually taken underwater, but in a studio on analog 35mm film.

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Five Favorite Instagrammers

Since launching the exciting new feature allowing artists and art lovers to buy and sell Instagrams on ARTFLAKES, we’ve become even more crazy about our favorite square-format photo sharing community. The recent ARTFLAKES Instagram contest introduced us to many Instagrammers including our winners Melissa Vincent, Rodion Kovenkin, and Ozer Kurt. With over 100 million users around the world and so many beautiful images out there, we’d like to present our five favorite Instagrammers this week.


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Gorgeous Paintings by Lindsey Kustusch

Thick, rich strokes of paint, as well as a restrained use of color are characteristic for Lindsey Kustusch’s paintings. Her paintings are a “study of observation, a perpetual search for balance between ‘realism’ and the infinite abstract harmonies shaped by form, color, and space in which it’s created.” Kustusch is especially inspired by the city that she lives in. The streets of San Francisco have been a favorite subject of hers for years along with animals and bar scenes.

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Feature: Ozer Kurt

Meet Ozer Kurt, the first place winner of our ARTFLAKES Instagram Photo Contest. Kurt, who works as a Senior Digital Art Director in Instanbul, loves taking pictures with his various digital and analogue cameras. But there is one camera he enjoys taking pictures with even more, and that’s his smartphone camera!

Want to know more about him? Then read our interview:

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Conceptual Photos by Adrian Limani

Young Albanian photographer Adrian Limani has some outstanding work in his portfolio. These ones in particular deal with light bulbs. Like a miniature sailing ship in a narrow-necked bottle, Limani creates a vignette of life within a light bulb. The light bulbs contain unconventional and surreal content inside such as trees and birds.

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Simon Birch

Simon Birch is a U.K.-born artist, who is a permanent resident of Hong Kong, China. His works, which often are large, figurative oil paintings, depict motion, both in his subjects and also with the surreal elements to his paintings. His work has been featured and reviewed in many international publications, including Artforum, The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, Time Out and the New York Times.

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Markus Åkesson

Moody and slightly surreal are the paintings from Swedish artist Markus Åkesson. Åkesson’s works touch on the quiet, interior relationship we have with death. But he doesn’t present death as scary or violent, but as a peaceful, calm and even serene phenomenon. His paintings show moments of stillness, but they also have a great sense of darkness and mystery about them.

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