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Snir Rozensal

28 Feb

I got to know Snir many many years ago and our relationship only grew stronger as the years went by, when I first met him (around 20 years ago in Tel-Aviv, Israel) he was already getting deep into the world of Art and tattooing and as time went by I started to notice his ever growing range of talents and skills.

Snir is mostly known for his ability to carve people, he is one of the best tattoo artist I’ve seen and his style just keeps getting better and more refined as the years  go by, I was honored many times to have his artistic hand carve my skin. The beauty about Snir’s paintings  is that it’s  totally different spectrum from his tattoo art, sure they do come from the same person but many people who don’t know him and see his art will never guess he is a tattoo artist, as well as people who only know his tattoo work will be surprise to see his fantastic paintings.

Snir has been studying privately  with a handful of great local and international masters, he started studying painting in 1999. He studied for 3 years with the well known Menahem Mizrahi (r.i.p). In 2002 Snir went on to study painting with a famous Israeli artist named Aram Girshuni who is known for his realistic style. Snir studied with him for 4 years.
Snir continues to paint and enjoys getting inspired from his surroundings.

To me, Snir is a great inspiration and a fantastic friend, he is fun to work with and I had the pleasure to do a few expositions with him as well as a couple of street art related projects, his art is powerful and full with soul and his tattoos are strong in character and last longer then the people who wear them proudly.

Awesome!

you can check more from Snir on his website here: http://www.snirrozensal.com/
and his tattoo crew here: http://visiontattoos.co.il/

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Annemarie Busschers

26 Oct

Annemarie Busschers (NL) was born in 1970, in southern, catholic ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Hieronymus Bosch hometown; she moved to the northern, protestant city of Groningen in the early 90s where she studied at the Minerva Fine Arts School; she never moved back down South. Her first body of work drinks directly from Bosch heritage; soon enough she found her own theme and language. In 2003 she makes Child I, work which signals the turning point in her oeuvre; in 2005 Chicken Pox is selected for the BP award of the London National Portrait Gallery, for which her work will be selected again in 2006 and 2008. Since then, her body of work consists of self-portraits and portraits she works on based on a photograph.

Her work belongs to the Dutch tradition of reproducing the subject matter with utter detail, as if we could touch with the eye the textures of the surfaces, the fabrics and the skin, etc Busschers work digs deeper into the meaning of contemporary individualism by treating the surfaces as landscapes with a right of their own. They are not psychological portraits, in the manner of Lucian Freud, her work is scientific, almost microscopic; she researches the surfaces of the body, of the imperfect, uneven skins, bound to illness, decay and ultimately death. They are paintings of hybrid beings where the subject is not only painted but also built by different layers of materials such as acrylic paint, pencil, pastel, epoxy, wood, wax, paper and felt. Portraits are therefore not only painted but also constructed by adding these layers onto the canvas. These layers help document the constant change we are subjected to, as if we were observing with the curiosity of a teenager who in front of the mirror stares with resentment, anger and fear the mutations the body goes through. Indeed, the individuals portrayed seem to be looking at themselves into augmented mirror.

Busschers raw realistic portraits and self-portraits mirror today’s self-obsession, the self-centeredness of the child, we haven’t outgrown and which is at the core of the contemporary consumerism society. Contemporary Consciousness Studies affirm that subjective feeling is an illusion. Psychologist Susan Brown affirms, that such thing as subjectivity does not exists; there is only experience. Yet, we seem to be in the middle of a hyper individualistic society that pushes us to believe we think, act and choose as individuals. Self-centeredness might not let us be aware of the fact that we are constructed by our environment, that the so-called right to privacy disappears in the name of social control and security. Hybrid objects appear when there is a new item that makes the previous one obsolete, think for example of the complexity of the typewriter when it was being left aside by computers. While reflecting individualism and self-obsession, Busschers hybrid beings might signal the end of the self, which is yet to come. (Taken from Escape into Life website).

Annemaire’s work is raw and direct, not much left to say after looking at her images, I am always astonish how detailed the works are and how brave she must be for leaving some to appear unfinished, fantastic job.

To check more of her fantastic artworks go HERE!

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