Studio Works offers the chance to collect original artworks by emerging global artists. The second instalment features Katie Hector, Kpe Innocent, Pablo Tomek and Minhee Kim - four artists we were excited to meet earlier this year.
Katie Hector rarely uses paint. Instead, she sprays dye and bleach onto canvas with an airbrush gun. The results are intimate, glowing portraits that quietly reflect on love and loss. The larger-than-life faces are painted as if the artist knows them well.
Kpe Innocent transforms his faith into art – but without the usual symbolism of Western Christian art. His quirky acrylic on canvas paintings show bulbous humanoid figures. His work combines contemporary aesthetics like streetwear and modernist architecture, with Christian theology.
Pablo Tomek dropped out of school for graphic design because he found it boring. He didn’t like following strict design guidelines and working to client’s briefs. It was very different to the freedom he felt doing graffiti in the streets of Paris with his friends as a teenager.
Minhee Kim is nostalgic for the futurism of the ‘80s. Her works are largely monochromatic, with subtle nods to the cyberpunk aesthetic of films like cult classic Akira (1988). Kim’s work explores the connection between humans and technology but in two-dimensions rather than sculpture.
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