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The Five To Watch: Artists

In this new monthly series we will expose you to five new and exciting artists whose work is on the forefront of today’s art world.

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Elias Kuhlmann– Kuhlmann, 21, is a Sacramento born and raised artist who specializes in the dark and interesting. Kuhlmann’s style is an intense breed of beautiful pointillism and carefully thought out macabre. Inspired by the human body and his involvement in nature, Kuhlmann spends countless days on one piece alone. “I honestly don’t even know how long I spend on each piece. I get so lost in it when I start,” says Kuhlmann.

The artist spent most of his childhood in and out of doctor’s offices due to neurofibromatosis, an illness that causes tumors that grow throughout the body. “When everyone else was playing with other kids, I was in a wheelchair and that’s pretty much why I started working on art.” Check out some of Kuhlmann’s art on his Facebook page Art of Elias K, and on Instagram

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Erik Jones- Jones is a contemporary painter born in Florida and now residing in Brooklyn. He paints female subjects in heightened realism and combines them with abstract mark making all in vibrant colors. To do this, he paints in many mediums such as watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil on paper. His work is mostly meant for galleries although he had his first Black Friday print sale online this year and sold out. However his work is also viewable on his Instagram page as well as his website.

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Courtney Cerruti– Cerruti creates DYI crafts, fantastic book creatures, and paintings. Cerruti has been doing some amazing watercolor work lately that capture wonderful colors and tickle the imagination. She has recently released a book of paper crafts called Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! which can be picked up at bookstores and online. Check her art out on Instagram or her website.

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Michelle Bird– Michelle Bird is a portrait, music and editorial photographer. Her photographs capture the natural beauty and light around us. Bird creates a nexus between what’s in front of her lens and what she is feeling, thinking or both with the use of quotes from people of the past and present. It is always interesting to see where Bird is next and how she views the world through her Instagram feed.

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Crystal Wagner- Wagner creates installation art, drawings, printworks, and sculptures. Her interest lies in the combination of 2D and 3D art forms, non-traditional use of materials, hybrid approaches to printmaking, and huge installation pieces. Wagner’s work is beautiful, vibrant, and trembles on the edge of the fantastic. Take a look at her pieces on Instagram and her website.

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Words K. Hules.  Artist suggestions and contributions from Susie Que, Alejandro Montaño, Sarah Elliott, and Melissa Uroff.

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