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Alexandr Kumpan
Alexandr was born in Ukraine, lived for a long time in Moscow, and now lives and works in Kazan. From childhood he was fond of creative work: he drew, collected insects, was a radio amateur. After finishing his studies at the Kazan Art College, he devoted his time to his favorite occupation - drawing. The artist writes both oil and creates works in graphic programs. Alexander draws exclusively for himself, nevertheless, his work is often purchased by various musical groups for the design of their covers. Some of his works serve as decorations for books and games. At the same time, the artist does not work to order, because he does not want to turn his passion into a professional occupation - this would put a cross on a hobby, he says.
According to the artist, computer graphics, unlike traditional art, gives an indisputable advantage in saving time and space for creativity. Using only a tablet, he basically avoids 3-dimensional graphics in order not to lose the skills of traditional creativity. Alexander is looking for images and stories for his paintings in the world around us, a great influence on his style was the work of Polish surrealist Zdislav Beksinski. Of the other artists he singles out Laurie Lipton, Wayne Douglas Barlowe and Santiago Caruso. Nevertheless, the task of Kumpan is to search for his own unique style, which, in my opinion, does him well.
Amber Michelle Russell
Born on August third, 1984 in St. Paul Minnesota Amber Michelle Russell is a self-taught artist that specializes in emotionally captivating paintings which challenge the viewers appreciation for the atramentous side of beauty. Amber combines a unique blend of watercolor, coffee, and ink while focusing on fine details within the face and eyes. Amber's work has been showcased in galleries throughout the United States, including display in Europe.

"Functioning without art as a constant in my life would be like living without water. I would become lifeless."- Amber Michelle Russell.

Bahrull Marta
Bahrull Marta (1989, Jakarta) is a self taught artist. He start the art journey with drawing, painting and photography as a hobby when he was in college, which has no relation with his formal education. His first published work was a retouch photograph for death metal band Funeral Inception - H.A.T.E album records in 2008, at the same time he’s being recognized by another artist from Singapore who interested to collaborate in selling artwork for metal bands and labels. Since then he developed his own exploration of various medium and techniques through the years from painting to digital photo manipulation. His personal works are tend to describe an abstracts and dark nuances with mixed mediums. He also known as Abomination Imagery for his work in heavy metal music as album cover artist. His artwork has been published in album cover for metal bands, art books and magazines.
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Bahrull Marta (1989, Jakarta) is a self taught artist. He start the art journey with drawing, painting and photography as a hobby when he was in college, which has no relation with his formal education. His first published work was a retouch photograph for death metal band Funeral Inception - H.A.T.E album records in 2008, at the same time he’s being recognized by another artist from Singapore who interested to collaborate in selling artwork for metal bands and labels. Since then he developed his own exploration of various medium and techniques through the years from painting to digital photo manipulation. His personal works are tend to describe an abstracts and dark nuances with mixed mediums. He also known as Abomination Imagery for his work in heavy metal music as album cover artist. His artwork has been published in album cover for metal bands, art books and magazines.
Gabriel Karagianis
I began drawing when I was a kid as a both a means of escape and because I was told I was good at it. I received a BFA from the American Academy of Art with a Multimedia major. Shortly after graduation, I took a painting studio space in Harvard, IL in a building now known as Starline Studios and Gallery, which I played an early role in developing. I sell my original as well as commissioned work. Starline still serves as my home base though over the years I have embarked on multiple art tours and residencies. My most recent work is in illustration. Along with a series of commissioned illustrations, I am currently working on up to 40 pieces depicting Cervantes' "Don Quixote de la Mancha", which I intend to complete by fall of 2019.
Jay Ferguson
Jim Pavelec
Drawing is more to me than a hobby or a career, it is a ritual. Like my occult predecessors who used words and props to channel their magical intent, I use pencils and pigments to channel mine. I believe our goal is the same; to call forth the power and influence of demonic entities for a particular purpose. That purpose for me is to make you believe. I want you to believe that what I have presented on the page is something that exists. What its existence means may vary from person to person, but once an impact has been made then my spell has been successful. Something that you had never seen before is now embedded in your conscious mind. How much it impacts your conscious mind is dependent on how successful I was during my ritual.
 
For the results of any ritual to be successful, it must be practiced repeatedly. Preparation is eminently important. Considerable research and study of the natural world and of the techniques of spellcasting must be done in order to expand the influence of the ritual. For the mastery of my spellwork, this means I must draw or paint daily. I must study my subjects thoroughly. Examine the way light interacts with objects and how the resultant shadows play out. Study the masters, both past and present, and decode their lessons. Dedication to this artform is the only way to achieve success, and that success cannot be measured by dollars or accolades. It can only be measured by the feeling of liberation that comes when a corner has been turned on a journey, and the enjoyment of walking the path has taken the place of the pettiness that threatens to overwhelm our daily lives.

John Santerineross

John Santerineross is an American photographer with a background in ceramics and painting. He is considered to be a "neo-symbolist", an artist that continues or reinterprets the 19th century art movement Symbolism. Like its predecessor, neo-symbolism focuses on the spiritual, the subconscious, and dreams. Santerineross’ unique style and content has inspired an entire new generation of artists; his complex aesthetic is derived from a combination of his exposure to Catholicism and Santeria and by his fascination with Greek mythology, world religions and iconography.
Born in 1955 in New York City, he lived most of this life in the north east and now works out of Athens, Georgia. He is known for his dark, erotic images and has been shown both nationally and internationally, from the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival to the Galleria de-Arte Moderna Contemporanea in Bondeno, Italy.
Throughout John’s artistic career, his refusal to be limited by any one medium has lead him to master multiple artistic disciplines; he has been a ceramist, sculptor, painter, and mixed media artist. He has recently delved into the world of moving images and has already directed several short art films. Currently, Santerineross is in the preproduction phase of an adaptation of an avante-garde short story entitled “Ningyoushi”.
Santerineross has been influenced and inspired by image-makers such as Irina Ionesco and Jan Saudek. He started taking photographs in 1994, and his first 5 years of work resulted in the 1999 release of his first book, Fruit of the Secret God. Published in a limited number and filled with the dark, erotic images that would become his signature, it is now a collector's item. His second book, Dream, was published in 2004 and serves as an exploration of John's dream imagery and iconography through the use of the photographic medium.

He is now concentrating on his miniature still life images which he began to experiment with in 1999 which he included in DREAM. While all of his early photographs were all taken with a medium format Mamiya RB67 traditional film camera, John now shoots digitally with a Nikon D800.
John Santerineross’ artistic career is based on commitment, integrity, passion and dedication. He is an artist who does not like to be classified or categorized and prefers to let the viewer decide and define. This open-ness has allowed viewers to interpret his work in every manner imaginable. Hailed “the world’s leading Neo-symbolist artist” by PROFIFOTO, Germanys leading photography magazine, John has also been called an “artistic assassin who wants to artistically assassinate Christianity, especially Catholicism” in Bill Donohue’s newest book “Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and Culture in America”, in which Santerineross is mentioned along with several other groundbreaking artists including Andres Serrano, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cindy Sherman.
Despite the wide range of responses to his art, John never elucidates his imagery for fear of limiting viewers’ personal interpretation. He is influenced by the early symbolists’ belief that “the creation of a mood is as important as the transmission of information; (it must also) seek to engage the entire mind and personality of the viewer by appealing to the viewer’s emotions and unconscious mind, as well as to their intellect”.
Journeyman
Journeyman is a multimedia artist that works traditionally. He started painting on Twitch as a partnered streamer over two years ago, and the pressure of producing for an audience has helped him grow greatly as an artist.  He recently released his first comic, "Emerald Alley," and is now working on a second comic, a graphic novel called The Burlap Daughter.  In addition to comics and fine art, Journeyman have also designs tattoos and t-shirts.
Karen Sako
Karen Sako is an award winning mixed media artist, graphic designer, and art instructor with a BFA in Visual Communications from The Illinois Institute of Art. She enthusiastically tackles life with an optimistic outlook and continually invests her time, trade secrets and findings with her students at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL. Her goal is to ignite the next generation of pioneering creative visionaries and thinkers. Karen’s unique artwork hangs in private collections around the world. She is a member of the Midwest Collage Society.
Constantly conflicted between being a graphic designer or a painter, I realized I could fuse the two together and found each discipline complimenting the other. I challenge myself as an artist by melding traditional art principles with exploratory techniques and materials overtaking the unexplored foot paths of contemporary artwork. This process allows me to create a unique connection with each work of art expressing a glimpse into one of my adventures and the people I have met along the way. It is my intention to show you not only how it looked but how it felt to be there experiencing the moment. By using soulful marks and energetic colors I can direct my imagination into existence.

Karl Jahnke
​As an artist I often feel as though I am taking the long way home. Every piece represents a different journey, provoking questions and new lessons, each fueling a desire to see what comes next. This anticipation, this discovery, is what above all else drives my art and produces works that are woven with affection and passion. Each sculpture or painting is more than a piece of art - it is an intimate reflection of a newly discovered adventure.
Kurt Kreissl
Organic change is erratic in a fluid way.  The variations of nature are continuous.  While the whole of transformation is an unstoppable force, points in its continuum are able to be marked; observed; impressed; apprehended.  These points are forms, perceivable and definable.  Defining forms; naming them, calling them- opens the great occurrence of transformation.  Our definitions abstract from the assembly of things moving together in time and space.  It can be said that we stop what we articulate.
I call out and stop pieces of transformation.  I look at the space between emergence and drift and choose moments to seize, develop, and relay.  I reflect senses from the whole world of change and refract them into our own- light becoming breath; response becoming sensuality; lust becoming intimacy; physicality becoming spiritual ecstasy.  I explore the properties of sensate life in mixed media:  oil & acrylic paint, graphite, and digital.  I celebrate the realm where what is moves to what may be.

Kurt Kreissl is a painter whose work focuses on organic form and fluid movement often incorporating figurative elements and portraiture.  Utilizing various mediums, including oil, acrylic, graphite, and digital formats, his vision comes to fruition. Kurt was raised across the United States, finally settling in Chicago, IL where he earned a BFA from DePaul University specializing in graphic design. During this time, Kurt honed his artistic talent discerning his passion for painting, both in acrylic and oil. He was awarded a private student gallery show at DePaul. Since graduation, he has been doing primarily commission works for private clients and collectors.  In addition, he has been a part of various group and juried exhibitions.


Matt Lombard
I have been working in photography and digital format for the past 20 years. I currently reside in Wisconsin with my wife and our four cats. My work has a surreal and strange element to most of the themes I explore. I have always been attracted to extremes in all forms. I believe this inevitably leaks out of my subconscious and is reborn in my imagery like some sort of dark spiritual voice looking for a doorway to sail through.  I find a lot of inspiration in lighting and textures, especially in black and white photographic work. I began as a photographer but the digital field seemed an inevitable progression for me. I envisioned so much more for the photographs I captured and found working digitally a perfect fit for what I needed to do to get the image to its final resting place so to speak. Projects for 2017 include a few collaborations and the release of my latest book “The God Beneath the Scars”. There will be three different editions which will include work from the past 8 years.
 “Lombard births these mythical creatures, each as their own entity, each with their own function and perspective. Each representing and commenting on another aspect of horror. One must attempt to assume those perspectives to understand their aesthetic intent. (Despite that being an impossibility. Since there can only ever be silence between artist and audience. Silence and misunderstanding. Each side wishing to impose their perspective on the other, when each perspective is autonomous and self-contained. The attempt at perspectivism saying more about the critic than the artist.) But the notion that each image connects to a specific horror only adds to the aesthetic appeal. As Bataille wrote in the introduction to his story Madame Edwarda: "Horror increases the attraction." -- We yearn for suffering and abjection, debasement and decay, and are overjoyed when we find it in art. As Ann Radcliffe argued: horror "contracts, freezes and nearly annihilates" those who perceive it, and the experience of that annihilation is what we seek in art. We want art to negate everything we are. We want art to dissolve us and ruin our lives. Because without extreme experiences, why even bother?”
 
Except from “The God Beneath the Scars” (Kevin Pinkerton 2016)

Mitch O'Kinley
Mitch O’kinley is a Tattoo Artist and Oil Painter. He discovered the art of tattooing at a young age, through a friend that was going through an apprenticeship. It wasn’t until he started his apprenticeship, that it would become his first passion in life.
In 2013 Mitch O’kinley discovered a passion that would set his goals and ambitions higher than he could ever image. Mitch O’kinley received a severe concussion that sent him into a psychosis like state of mind for a short time. After many attempts at trying to truly find himself and his meaning, it was oil painting that found him true peace of mind and a new found love for art.
In the summer of 2016 Mitch O’kinley decided to start pushing his art into the world, and submitted his work into a group show at Ars Memoria Tattoo and Art Gallery. It was at that time he would instantly become good friends with Menton3 (His biggest inspiration in the art world). Since then, Mitch has been pushing himself harder than ever, to reach higher goals and limits in his ability to create. He now works at a tattoo shop in Wisconsin that he’s able to call home. He currently has goals on becoming a sponsored Tattoo Artist, starting a clothing brand and taking a new turn with his oil painting.

  1. Unfortunate Momentum
  2. Hive Mind
  3. Poison
Nathan Ryan

Nihil
Nihil is a french artist living in Norway. Inspired by indian and nordic sacred texts, medieval religious art, psychedelic trips and life experiences in hospitals, his work reflects on transcendence, identity and individuality. His images are portraits of saints and martyrs who lost their humanity to drown in divine serenity. They use the codes of religious art to illustrate the sanctification processus through and beyond suffering and sickness.
Three personal exhibitions have been dedicated to his work in Paris, Berlin and Dublin. His artworks are also part of the permanent collection of the Contemporary art museum in Sicily and were featured in numerous art shows in USA and Europe along with artists like David Lynch, Marilyn Manson, Ernst Fuchs, H.R. Giger, Alejandro Jodorowsky etc. His first artbook [VENTRE] has been published in 2016. His images are routinely used as reference or inspiration by artists C215, Daria Endresen, Brooke Shaden and many others.

REMO
Bahrull Marta (1989, Jakarta) is a self taught artist. He start the art journey with drawing, painting and photography as a hobby when he was in college, which has no relation with his formal education. His first published work was a retouch photograph for death metal band Funeral Inception - H.A.T.E album records in 2008, at the same time he’s being recognized by another artist from Singapore who interested to collaborate in selling artwork for metal bands and labels. Since then he developed his own exploration of various medium and techniques through the years from painting to digital photo manipulation. His personal works are tend to describe an abstracts and dark nuances with mixed mediums. He also known as Abomination Imagery for his work in heavy metal music as album cover artist. His artwork has been published in album cover for metal bands, art books and magazines.
  1. Descent
  2. Lafayette Cemetery No.1
Sara Samolitis

Sarah Troia
Sarah M. Troia lives on the edge of the forest. She uses the lens of her camera to capture the mundane, natural, and innocent, and with the use of angle, focus, and editing, filters these subjects into the macabre, unnatural, and sinister.  She specializes in twisting the natural world around her into a place of eldritch wonder and occult.
Sophia Rapata
Sophia Rapata is a full-time artist and graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Most of her days are spent in her art studio/dungeon, located in White Ripple Gallery & Co. in Hammond, Indiana. She paints using watercolor, ink & coffee to create creepy cute clowny creatures. Witches, cats, moons, and all things magical are her specialty. Her characters all come from a sacred land buried deep within the soils of her soul. Everyday one of these characters will escape, via a doll she sews, a song she sings, a video she films or a drawing she scribbles.
Her lack of interest in socializing has turned her into an ancient cat lady, so now she just paints and sells all over the globe online. On a rare occasion you will find her in costume roaming the local art festivals and fairs. You can follow her daily adventures on Instagram @sophiarapata

  1. Deep Home
Trevor Best
Trevor A Best  is an artistic omnivore.
Primarily an oilpainter working on a wide range of subjects  from landscape to portrait.
He is experienced in digital art as well as experimenting in woodwork and other 3d materials as a supplement to the rest of his work.

Zmiya Mochoruk
Born 1976 Chicago IL
He began painting at the age of 12. He has shown at several galleries worldwide over the years and appeared in magazines, album covers, books, news-print and online for both, fine art and horror painting as well as tattooing. Currently the owner of Aeon Gallery (Illinois) and Arkane Ink (Illinois) he divides his time betweem his businesses, painting, tattooing and family. While he seems to enjoy a classical aesthetic and figurative approach to oil painting, the main focus is always to explore the magickal or occult formulae from within the frame of the human figure and layer the underlying message in a way that can be understood by everyone, albeit differently. While enjoying limited notoriety from his small but distinguished following, the socially reclusive painter strives mainly to maintain the integrity of the message existing just beyond the canvas veil.