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Kareem Rizk @ Moniker Art Fair 2014 represented by Smithson Gallery

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I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be showing a new series of works at the Moniker Art Fair for the first time this year in London. I’ll be represented there by the UK based Smithson Gallery, being one of only four artists featured by the gallery at this event. I’ll be in attendance on October 16th for the opening night preview.

My new featured works will be a series of 32 handmade mixed media multiples titled ‘Circus’, featuring 4 unique designs and 8 different colour-ways. This series however will only be revealed after the opening night. Other new works that I’ve just recently finished include two big original works on canvas, 200 x 100 cm (80 x 40 inches) and 110 x 180 cm (43 x 70 inches).

The above piece called ‘Ruby Throat’ is currently for sale along with other pieces via Smithson’s website.

External Link: Kareem Rizk @ Moniker Art Fair 2014 represented by Smithson Gallery

Printing Spot Colors with Violet Lemay

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Our friend Violet Lemay has put a fantastic post up about printing spot colours, it doesn’t hurt that the tutorial comes with a nice little story about her own experience with the process. Follow the link and have a read… If you’re not really a reader, there are pictures too. :)

External Link: Printing Spot Colors with Violet Lemay

Moniker Art Fair (London)

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Moniker Art Fair

Now in it’s fifth year Moniker Art Fair has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting, international contemporary art fairs. It has grown significantly since 2010 both in terms of audience and relevance- the fair attracts more than 12,000 visitors over its four day duration.

Held during London’s busiest arts and culture week, Moniker Art Fair spotlight emerging and established talent, celebrating a generation of artists at the forefront of a unique contemporary art movement. The fair attracts some of the most talked about artists, galleries and collectors from the finer side of the street art movement and its related subcultures.

Garnering a reputation for the dedicated artist project spaces, and defying the typical constraints of the regular Art Fair format, Moniker Art Fair has become renowned for delivering a rich and varied programme of highly curated, experiential and immersive gallery spaces, live artwork, events, talks and workshops. Staying true to the artist’s vision, this expressive and immersive approach sets Moniker apart by offering partner galleries and artists more opportunity for experimentation.

Building on the foundations of four years experience and innovation, 2014 sees Moniker Art Fair continuing to co-host with London’s leading artist- led fair – The Other Art Fair – in what will again be a showcase of independent and established talent, forming the major satellite events of London’s Art Week when 60,000 visitors descend on the city to form an unparalleled international art audience.

External Link: Smithson Gallery at Moniker Art Fair

Carlos Araujo is part of Luerzer’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2014-2015

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Carlos Araujo’s illustrations were once more chosen to be part of the Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide! The 2014/2015 edition showcases a “collection of top-class illustration work selected from more than 5,000 submissions from 1,050 illustrators from no fewer than 67 countries. It’s a truly international affair…!”

This is the third time Carlos Araujo made into the 200 Best list and this time with five illustrations selected. The new edition is a beautiful 296 page book showcasing lots and lots of great illustrations produced during the past two years from around the world and is now available at luerzersarchive.net

External Link: Carlos Araujo is part of Luerzer’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2014-2015

Halloween International Group Show (Australia)

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Auguste Clown Gallery is Australia’s underground gallery dedicated to showcasing the most notable and interesting pop surrealism artists from around the globe.

The upcoming exhibit: Halloween International Group Show will showcase the following artists: Absurd Toys, Abbybelle, Alec Huxley, Augie Pagan, Avery Palmer, Benjamin Lukas, Bennett Slater, Bev Hogue, Buddy Nestor, Casey Weldon, Cat Rabbit, Cheshire Street, Chet Zar, Chris Haas, Clare Toms, Cody Williams, Dan Harding, Dave Burke, Dave Kohlmon, David Richardson, Don Picton, Double Parlour, Emi Slade, Eric Alos, Eric van Straaten, Eva Devon, Frank Forte, Geoffrey Gersten, Grayson Fogg, Horrible Adorables by Jordan Elise, Inga Lena, Irene Garcia, Jake Waldron, Jasmine Worth, Jason Hite, Jed Leiknes, Jeff Christensen, Jen Musatto, Joanna Mulder, Joe Scarano, John Pinkerton, Jonathan Payne, Joshua Harker, Kamilla Mlynarczyk, Kane Kokaris, Kat Caro, Lacey Bryant, Larkin, Lee Harvey Roswell, Lori Nelson, Mai-Ja, Mark Brown, Martin Tomsky, Matthew Dutton, Matthew Levin, Melanie Ashton, Paul Welsh, Puzgle, Ramon Maiden, Rudy Faber, Sandra Arteaga, Selena Leardini, ShirrStone Shelter Dolls, Steph Sciullo, Steve Ferrera, Tate Steinsiek, Tim Lee, Tokyo Jesus, Vincent Cacciotti, Zombienose.

External Link: Halloween International Group Show at Auguste Clown Gallery

Old Boxes New Lives

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One day my sister and I were scavenging our grandfather’s attic and we stumbled upon these intricate little boxes with slide covers and carved handles. We stuck them with glue against the walls that were inside our closets and those boxes became our secret treasure compartments where we’d collect and hide our findings, like comic book clippings and little mice figures that my sister made out of cloth material.

Then I grew up and boxes just stayed with me. Now I go to antique shops and buy old cigar boxes. I try to look for the old wooden ones that are dark and deeply stained so when I carve into the wood, the lighter colored or the unstained wood shows through and creates a good contrast to the carved images.

External Link: Old Boxes New Lives