Hiroshi Sato is a Japanese artist celebrated for his realist oil paintings. Inspired by themes of class and culture and how these influence the Self, Hiroshi paints intimate snapshots of his subjects caught in a private moment of contemplation, as can be seen in Scene K, oil on canvas. His figurative portraits, though highly detailed, always leave observers searching for the story beyond the canvas.
Also interested in the Self is avant-garde painter Joe Hesketh. Joe, however, is interested in exposing the darker side of the mind. Her somewhat deformed portraits of freakish characters are unapologetically grotesque and transgressive. Facebook, as an example, with its aggressive use of colour and sexual subject matter, both highlights and challenges the vulnerabilities and insecurities of 21st-century women.
Lee Ellis stands out for his expressive compositions and affecting raw style. His emotional artistry is unleashed in his poignant abstract paintings which juxtapose vibrant colours with dark subjects. His portraits such as The World Watches You Eat a Sandwich #2, oil, acrylic, spray paint and pastel on canvas, are particularly striking.
Fintan Whelan is known for his large-scale mixed-media abstract paintings of bounteous billowing shapes and shimmering colours. His imaginative works are a delicate synthesis of varnishes, oils and various other pigments inspired by natural landscapes. Transient World, oil on canvas, simultaneously connotes sophistication and mutability, eliciting the unpredictable nature of the earth.
Michelle Hold’s conceptual paintings such as Wake Up take an immediate hold on observers. Her tempestuous style is critically acclaimed for its vibrant and emotional effect. Her canvases, which demonstrate feverish brushstrokes and lucid colour palettes, are an expressive force to be reckoned with.
Alison Johnson produces breathtaking seascape paintings which examine the transience of the natural world. With a style merging elements of fine art, impressionism and surrealism, Alison’s oil paintings are at once entirely unique and rich with meaning. Thoughtful, multi-textured scenes such as Delicate One, oil on canvas, mix moody palettes with wavering white light to express the dynamism and divine beauty of nature.