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Reflected in You | 24” x 30” | oil on linen

"The central theme that unites all my paintings examines how seemingly separate and isolated life experiences actually disguise the extent of our individual and communal bonds. The ‘masks’ and the accompanying identities we all assume depending on the life role we must play, obstructs the conscious mind from acknowledging what truly unites us through the isolation and chaos: our shared encounters of pain, loss, desire, and longing for serenity and acceptance. The false facades we all manufacture to adapt and belong also renders most blind and lost in a world where the meaningless has somehow become meaningful and the idea of a shared honest self devoid of hidden agendas all too infrequent.

I focus on combining traditional oil painting techniques with surrealist symbolism to explore the presumably dystopian landscape of emotional and physical scars carried all too often amongst the female characters. However, the subject of my paintings refuse to fall into victimhood or self-loathing; instead, the women that often preoccupy my paintings figuratively and literally wear their wounds with resounding pride and empowerment. The mistakes of their pasts, the festering wounds of pain and loss, and the hauntingly icy stabs of betrayal, none of these spectres weigh them down or define their destinies.” — Alexandra Manukyan

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Phantom Limbs | 18” x 36” | oil on canvas

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Fatal Attractions | 30” x 30” | oil on linen

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Trapped Melody | 18” x 24” | oil on linen

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Impaired Affection | 20” x 30” | oil on linen

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Beautiful Disaster | 16” x 20” | oil on canvas

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A Man Apart  | 30” x 30” | oil on linen

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Chasing Shadows | 24” x 36” | oil on linen

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Queen of Sorrow | 24” x 36” | oil on canvas

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Animus | 24” x 18” | oil on canvas

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Undying Death | 18” x 24” | oil on canvas

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A Rebel Romance | 30” x 30” | oil on canvas

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In the Absence of All | 18” x 36” | oil on canvas

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Breathe Again | 24” x 24” | oil on canvas

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A Dead Refrain | 24” x 36” | oil on linen

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Silence of Solstace | 18” x 36” | oil on canvas

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For the Jar of Hearts | 24” x 30” | oil on canvas

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Come Sail Away | 12” x 24” | oil on canvas

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visit Alexandra Manukyan’s site to see her process and more…

Alexandra Manukyan | fine art

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  • 06.02.2014
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"For British illustrator and print designer Abbey Watkins, drawing has always been the primary form of expression. Her work is grounded in realism created in graphite, but pulls on the strings of surrealism with it’s mix of human, animal and spiritual worlds. From her studies in Textile Design for Fashion, where she achieved first class honours in 2011, Abbey developed her work from functional illustrations to a more uncertain and personal place, often drawing on mythology and archetypal themes. The fight between the conscious and the subconscious is boiling beneath the surface of her most recent work. Where her print designs are concerned, a language between the pencil and the digital world has been developed to create both simple and elaborate pieces.”

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Mythological Portrait Series

"An on-going personal series of portraits inspired by pieces of mythology that strike something with me."

In Death, We Live

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"There are piece of symbology concerning life and death scattered across this drawing. The knives in the collarbones were inspired by Chibs of Sons of Anarchy."

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Achiyalabopa

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"Achiyalabopa is a bird of Native American legend. It is said to be rainbow coloured and have feathers like knives. In some instances it is linked with the creation of the world."

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Skull Warp Prints

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Heads

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Confuse the Spirit

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"The illustrations were inspired by the myths and legends of  Native American culture; confusing the bad spirits by not being able to pin point the body to infiltrate the mind. I was also inspired by their use of peyote and transcendent spiritual visions. "

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Abbey Watkins | illustration

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  • 04.14.2014
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Andrew Haines is…
A production obsessed, sleep enemy from southern New Jersey. A constantly evolving creative mind working overtime to help improve the aesthetic of the design world, he is armed with an arsenal of traditional, digital and people skills, the approach and execution of projects are hit full speed with the highest levels of expectation for any client’s satisfaction. Over a short yet exciting career, he has created t-shirt, poster, identity, typography, editorial, album art and even including fishing lures. There isn’t any project that is too involved or too challenging to this ever-evolving creative mind, which strives to deliver something that will go beyond expected each and every time he is called upon.”

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Miamimayan Est.1980

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"I had this idea in my head for a little while which quickly became one of my favorite projects. I used a slightly different technique during the stippling process that used a little more hard lighting than usually. The color palate was meant to reflect the stereotypical 80’s Miami style to stand out with the darker subject matter."

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Wandercrustation

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"I really enjoyed drawing flower pieces in the past and was looking through old flower seed package covers when I found one that I really liked compositionally. I decided to use that inspiration and went from there."

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Black Eyed - Hopscotch

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"This piece is the result of a random sketch that I decided to run with. I was practicing some animal skulls and this particular one just kept being added to."

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Luna

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"This one is loosely based off of Hindu myths and legends. I was researching some of the human animal hybrids and found the multiple arm elements all something that I wanted to combine and I’m really happy with the result."

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Sleepspeak VS Andrew Haines

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"The ever talented Sleepspeak and myself collaborated on this piece recently. I drew the right side (summer) while he drew the left side (winter.) Neither of us showed the other any progress until the end and they came together perfectly!”

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check out Andrew Haines’ website and blog for more…

Andrew Haines | illustration

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Straw Castle | Print

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Kikyz 1313 | fine art

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Gaks Designs | illustration

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  • 02.05.2013
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