art / artist / culture

Five to Watch: Painted Lives

John Wentz

Wentz is a painter who navigates the waters between “rigid technicality and honest expression” according to his website. He works with a limited palate of blue-greens and reds, exploring the emotive power of such colors while experimenting with compositional concepts. While working mostly within the confines of the human form, he gives his subjects an eerie fading quality that throws the illusion of their reality into question and forces the viewer to confront the visual manipulation of paint and canvas. Check out him on instagram.

Suggestion from Melissa Uroff.

Andrea Joyce Heimer

 Heimer, a self-taught painter paints in a genre she calls ‘suburban mythology’. Each of her pieces tells a story, partly autobiographical and partly allegorical, about living in suburbia. Because of that, many of her titles are long, some nearly paragraph length. Her style is in the vein of Primitivism and Fauvism, following in the footsteps of artists like Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. Check out her work on instagram.

Suggestion from Melissa Uroff.

Jacqueline Tiepermann

Tiepermann is a Melbourne based artist. Her oil paintings are bright and beautiful, reminiscent of wildflowers in spring. The colors she uses are brilliant and well blended while still maintaining their own separate identities. See more of her work on instagram.

Suggestion by Sarah Elliott.

Gregory Hergert

This Portland based artist’s painterly eye creates work with both an impish and provocative air about them. His work is a bit outlandish. This is especially true of his personification pieces where he reinterprets bugs and animals, such as flies and wolves. For more of his work check out his instagram.

Suggestion by Alejandro Montaño

Bicicleta Sem Freio

This super colorful Brazilian collective is full of artists who want to create and are pretty solid at getting stuff done. Bicicleta Sem Freio’s style is a psychedelic swirl of geometric and organic forms, and they use it for everything from beer labels to murals around the world. Their page is fun to follow because of the mix of art presentation and the “behind the scenes” shots that make being an artist look so fun. Check out their instagram for more.

Suggestion by Melissa Uroff.

Edited and Complied by K. Hules.

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