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A current trend that is building is the use of up cycled materials. We see artists using found objects, repurposing materials and riding the wave of recycling re-using materials. While one may point to the collages of well-known artists like Picasso in Bottle of Vieux Marc, Glass, Guitar and Newspaper , 1913 and  Black Wall 1959 by Louise Nevelson in which the artist assembles materials found in the street into a sculptural composition of 24 wood boxes.

Contemporary sculptor artist John Chamberlain has made art from up cycled car parts. Ilana Goor, famous Israeli sculptress, who in Wild Weeds, 2004 uses wire and found objects in this mixed media piece.

So it is with the artists of the moment. Driven by new ideas, influenced by the move to re-use, reduce, recycle and the inherent low costs of supplies, up cycled art is growing as a well accepted art form.

From the work of 2D artist Jennifer Lashbrook who creates large scale art from discarded pain chip samples to Amy Manning who uses vintage doors, moldings and hardware to create new functional pieces.  Chicago artist Andrew Christen salvages old wood floors from buildings set for demolition and used the planks as the foundation for his paintings. Heather Hambrecht uses hand selected eco-conscious leather remnants repurposed from the excess of industry for her purses, back packs and wearables. Sculptor Dakota Pratt uses thousands of bottle caps in his work, covering his understructure with the patina of pounded flat bottle caps. Kinetic Sculptor Frank Strunk, and artist Dick Cooley each create 3d work from a palette of old hardware, machines and much more.


Graffiti, long regarded as the work of malicious young people and gangs, is becoming a respected art form. From Banksy’s street art work found all over the world, to entire industries that have emerged such as the Graffiti tours in Tel Aviv, to the Wynwood Walls in Miami, graffiti is all around us. Street festival artists of today including Melissa Mastrangelo and Kenneth Kudulis reflect the graffiti trend.

While many materials are used in today’s graffiti art, the use of spray paint has been a mainstay allowing for speed in creating these pieces that typically are created under the darkness of night. Young emerging artists like Frank Gonski and Brett Whitacre have tossed the brushes and traded them in for spray paint and even digital spray paint, working from the fronts and backs of pieces creating mobile pieces of graffiti art.

Up Close with Painter Chu Okoli
Contemporary Oil Paintings for the Wall 
Meet Oil Painter, Chu Okoli
"Chu Okoli is a very passionate and committed artist whose works express volumes about his remarkable artistic journey and inspiring life story. He began creating art early as a child. Initially inspired by his artist mother, he went on to study Painting in College and quickly developed into a prolific accomplished artist." 

Inspired by the cyclical nature of life, the Universe, the balance symmetry and energy for which the circles represents; Chu has developed a new approach in art using concentric circles.  Titled, "Gratitude" this Acrylic & Oil painting brings out the yellows, blues, and reds of the landscape. 40' X 30'

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"Delirium" is created with a Palette knife. Using free hand as his tool, Okoli paints precise circles to tell emotive stories and depict poignant subject matter expressed in rich textural tones with the highest quality oil and acrylic pigments. Oil Painter, Chu Okoli 24' X 30'

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With the avid use of fluid, soothing and yet profound color palette, Okoli has developed a new approach in painting which involves the transformation use of curls, motion and palpable concentric circles as seen here in "Give Me One More Day"  42' X 30'

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Up Close with Anne Hanley
Bright Batik & Watercolor Art for the Wall 
Meet Batik & Watercolor Artist, Anne Hanley
"Passion and the desire for expression motivates me to create and explore.  My work is Batik, an ancient art form that I have transformed into contemporary works of art. I alternate layers of 400 degree hot wax and watercolor paint on a rice paper surface until complete." 

The colorful blend of watercolors and hot wax on a rice paper surface is a unique alteration of the centuries old art form.  Titled, "Balance", hot wax and watercolor are applied in layers and then all wax is removed.  Watercolor Artist, Anne Hanley 48" X 53" 

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"White Sails" begins with a composition in mind and render linear forms using a traditional tool and hot wax. Washes of blues, greens, reds, yellows and purples  are added. The method is repeated, adding layers of hot wax and washes of watercolor paint until the painting is complete. 30" X 40"

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Removing all the layers of wax reveals layers of images. Keeping those original layers allows Anne to add more wax and opaque color adding more depth and interest to her work. Titled "11 Houses in a Row" you can see all greens, blues, purples, yellows and reds pop!  30" X 40"

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