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THE ART OF KOHSHIN AND DELFIN FINLEY


Kohshin Finley

Kohshin Finley

I was lucky enough to meet brothers Kohshin and Delfin Finley last fall through my friend Elizabeth, who is best friends with Kohshin and Delfin's mother, Blanca. The moment I saw their work, I knew I had to meet them and I was lucky enough to collaborate with them on an art show very soon after! 

Both brothers are clearly extraordinarily talented painters and all of their work is incredible, but my favorite pieces are the ones that dive into social issues, specifically tied to their experiences as young, multiracial men. 

Delfin Finley

Delfin Finley

In Kohshin's piece Camouflage For The Modern Man you see a black man with white paint on his skin, representing a need to camouflage his blackness in order to stay safe in today's world. Similarly in Only Way To Make The News At 25 you see Kohshin actually as a self-portrait also covered in white paint for protection. 

Delfin's piece Dead Man Walking shows a young man crumpled onto the pavement. 

I think you will find their work as powerful as I do! I can't wait to see these two young talents take over the art world! 

 

KOHSHIN FINLEY, CAMOUFLAGE FOR THE MODERN MAN

KOHSHIN FINLEY //   Camouflage for the Modern Man , 2015  // Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas  

KOHSHIN FINLEY // Camouflage for the Modern Man, 2015 // Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas
 

KOHSHIN FINLEY //   Only Way to Make the News at 25 , 2015  // Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas

KOHSHIN FINLEY // Only Way to Make the News at 25, 2015 // Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas

ABOUT KOHSHIN FINLEY

@kohshin_nn

@kohshin_nn

Kohshin Finley is a contemporary painter based in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Kohshin utilizes traditional oil painting techniques and contemporary text-based imagery to communicate a character’s emotional travels; where they were; where they are; and where they will be.
Kohshin explains his work by saying, “Los Angeles’ graffiti covered walls and sign-lettered awnings are as artistically inspiring to me as the classic works of the Renaissance. Just as a songwriter tells stories through rhythm and melody, I tell my stories with brushes and paint. The subjects of my paintings are captured in a vulnerable state of being, at their most honest and revealing. Poems and short tales are written in diaristic scrawls throughout the paintings as if the characters wrote them. I utilize traditional oil painting techniques and contemporary text-based imagery to communicate a character’s emotional travels; where they were; where they are; and where they will be. I create paintings in this way to showcase my own vulnerabilities, and to give the viewer permission to discover something about themselves when viewing my paintings. I utilize traditional oil painting techniques and contemporary text-based imagery to communicate a character’s emotional travels; where they were; where they are; and where they will be.”

DELFIN FINLEY, DEAD MAN WALKING

DELFIN FINLEY //   Dead Man Walking // O  il on Polyester

DELFIN FINLEY // Dead Man Walking // Oil on Polyester

ABOUT DELFIN FINLEY

@delfinley

@delfinley

Delfin Finley grew up in South Central Los Angeles and always felt a great connection to the art that sprouted around him. Instead of letting his spirit sink with the chipped paint and broken windows of the abandoned buildings, he saw beauty in the vibrant colors and lines of the graffiti embellishing the alleys. He found even more inspiration in the people that found their voice through a spray can.
He was born with a need to journal his experiences through drawing and later through oil painting. He speaks through his images, which flow more easily than words. His portraits convey the emotion and angst of love lost, the pain of depression, racism and ultimately the joy and beauty of a moment forever captured on canvas.
THE ART OF KOHSHIN AND DELFIN FINLEY via Swirl Nation Blog

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AMIT SHIMONI'S 'HIPSTORY'


I love art. Like LOVE, LOVE, LOVE art. The walls of my apartment are overflowing with pieces from amazing artists, many of whom I discovered online or on Instagram. Recently I came across an artist's Instagram profile that instantly caught my attention!

Let me introduce you to the work of Isreali illustrator, Amit Shimoni.

AMIT SHIMONI'S 'HIPSTORY' via Swirl Nation Blog

His series HIPSTORY has reimagined world icons such as Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Queen Elizabeth II, Che Guevera, and of course Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump into technicolor hipsters!

The pieces are amazing! Barack all tatted up, the Dalai Lama in a hoodie and a mohawk, Martin with the flat brim, and Hillary rocking purple ombre hair- each one has special details and I love the bold, colorful style. 

On his Facebook page, Amit shares this philosophy about his work:

I am Shimoni, a young designer, illustrating is my love. I think anything can be turn into an illustration, seriously anything, whether it is scenery or a feeling; and I believe an illustration has a place anywhere, seriously anywhere, whether it is in the Louvre, or on coasters, if it is illustrated I love it.
I see my creation process as a game of "Ping-Pong" with the reality, I capture things that
arouse thoughts and feelings within myself, and through my filters, I bring it back to world as a drawing. I hope that after going through my filters, these final outcome will light something in you, or at least give you something to contemplate about, but not less important I hope you will find them beautiful.
Click here to check out his Instagram!

Click here to check out his Instagram!

Amit told the Huffington Post:

“When I started ‘HIPSTORY’ I only wanted to deal with the dead leaders,” he said. “But with today’s personification of politics, you see how leaders are being iconized already in the process of their election. And Trump is a good example of that.”

I can’t wait to see who hipster-izes next! I also need to figure out a way to clear some wall space so I can start my own HIPSTORY collection! 

 

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SWIRL ART: RUUD VAN EMPEL


I first encountered Ruud Van Empel’s work during Art Basel Miami in 2009.  I turned a corner and in the center of the wall was a little black girl, her skin as rich as chocolate, in a beautiful sequined chartreuse dress, daintily holding a little purse with her lace-gloved hands. The colors were so vivid, the environment was so utopian.  The texture of the dress seemed so tangible and the artwork seemed like a more beautiful, perfect version of real life.  I was hooked.  The work of art was Ruud Van Empel’s World #27.

His subjects are all so interesting.  His models are as diverse as the color palette he uses and they are styled to perfection.  The settings are always interesting and idyllic. Every time you look at one of his pieces, you find something new, so much thought and detail have gone into Van Empel’s work.  All of this detail and beauty comes from a technique Van Empel developed after graduating from Art School in the Netherlands in 1981.  Van Empel photographs models and nature, taking the most perfect aspects of all, then cuts them out and pieces them together through Photoshop.  None of the models he uses is a real person, but an amalgam of features from many models.  The environments he creates are created from a perfect leaf photographed maybe five years ago and a perfect flower photographed yesterday, pieced together to make a heavenly forest. 

A great interview with Van Empel can be found HERE.  He explains his thought process and why a boy who grew up in a small, mostly white, Catholic town in the Netherlands decided to use very diverse subjects.


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SWIRL ART: HUEMAN


This week on Obsessed we are all sharing artists that inspire us. Some of us are sharing fine artists and others musical artists. I was especially excited about this topic because I am literally OBSESSED with art and street art. I am the person who pulls over the car multiple times a week to snap photos of new murals that have popped up. Luckily for me I live in Los Angeles and am exposed to numerous artists. My office is in Downtown Los Angeles, near the Arts District, which is heaven for people like me who appreciate the endless walls full of street art.


My favorite artist is Hueman. I discovered Hueman’s work a few years ago when I saw a mural she has on Rose Avenue in Venice, CA. I was very drawn into the colors and the femininity of this piece and had to know more about the artist.

Allison Torneros, who paints under the moniker ‘Hueman’, grew up drawing and painting in Northern California, and received her degree in Design | Media arts from UCLA in 2008. Whether she is creating delicate visions on canvas, or crushing massive walls with a spray can, she often draws on the human condition to create colorful mashups of the abstract and figurative, and the beautiful and grotesque. Hueman’s unique freestyle process involves creating tightly refined compositions from a spontaneous beginning of paint splashes, drips, and sprays. Through this methods she is interested in creating motion and dimension on flat, two-dimensional surfaces, and her layered works can be seen on public walls and in galleries worldwide. Her work has caught the attention of media outlets and publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, CNN, the History Channel, Complex, and the LA Times.

 

Since seeing the original mural in Venice, I started noticing other Hueman works around town and started stalking her Instagram page on the regular to see her creativity in action. The colors she chooses are intoxicating. I am a person that loves super colorful art and her pieces all just have such an amazing depth. I also love that women are central in her work and they often appear to be in a dreamy, inspired state.

 


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