C.J Hungerman – Visual Riot

C.J Hungerman is a fine artist who creates vibrant and eclectic painting work. Here is what the artist says about his artistic practice:

“I call my art Visual Riot. It is composed of patterned, kinetic, color chaos. The personal icons I create represent humans, human emotions, and their interaction. The layers, shapes, and color choices evolve into an electrified, surreal landscape that engages the viewer with new optic riddles each time the art is explored.

My studio is an old space void of ventilation, windows, heat, or air conditioning. I know that the extremes of my creative environment have a major influence on the direction of my art. The isolation and darkness of my studio has bound me to be as bright as possible in my art, with harmony and dissonance being constant companions.”

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Travis Lampe – Various Illustration

Travis Lampe grew up in a small town in Kansas. After earning a degree in Graphic Design, he took a job in advertising as an art director in Chicago. While making ads for breakfast cereals and well known purveyors of inexpensive furniture over a period of several years, he secretly began “developing his illustration style,” which is not the same thing as “procrastinating.” Finally, when he felt the world was ready, he began his slow explosion onto the art and illustration scene, as it were. He currently lives and works in Chicago.

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Amuse126 – Mural for Big Walls Chicago

Graffiti artist Amuse126 is always killing it on the streets and recently he went bigger than ever on a new wall for the Big Walls Festival. The Chicago native used an aerial lift to paint an intense monochromatic graffiti inspired mural near the tracks of the CTA.

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Ruben Aguirre x Victor Lopez – “Paintings” @ Matthew Rachman Gallery

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce the first full-length exhibition of their 2016 season, “Paintings by Ruben Aguirre + Victor Lopez.” The show features abstract works by Chicago artists Aguirre and Lopez. The gallery will host an opening reception Friday, March 25 from 6 – 9 pm, at which both artists will be in attendance. More information and images after the jump!

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E.LEE – The Weight

Muralist E.LEE recently got busy out in Chicago where he painted a new mural entitled “The Weight.” The piece features the obscenely strong Incredible Hulk holding back the ruin of a collapsed ceiling. This amazing piece can be found in the Logan Square Neighbourhood.

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Max Sansing – Various Paintings

Max Sansing, a Chicago native, was raised on the Southside in the Avalon Park community. His parents were artists, and so he naturally grew to love painting at an early age. Fueled by the desire to create art, Sansing taught himself oil painting and later completed two years of formal college training at The American Academy of Art from 1999 to 2000. In addition to painting full time, Sansing has expanded his creativity and artistic talents into creating murals across Chicago and translating art into electronic media as a graphic design artist. Sansing’s work has been displayed at art galleries and special events in Chicago and in New York. His current art influences include Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Gustav Klimt, Thomas Blackshear, and his late father, Ellis Sansing. Max is the Co Founder of RK Design an art consulting group that specializes in mural and graphic design.

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Art Institute of Chicago – The Bedroom

The Art Institute of Chicago is celebrating their launch of new exhibition featuring paintings by Vincent Van Gogh by recreating one of his famous bedrooms. The recreation will not only be a beautiful homage to the Dutch artist, but it will actually be available to rent through Airbnb at only $10 a night. If you’re heading out to the windy city soon, we’d suggest booking asap!

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