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Featured Artist: Vakseen

Our friend, Vakseen, has been a Featured Artist on Artcast for awhile now, but we thought it was high time we give him a proper introduction. Vakseen paints with a distinct collage-influenced painting style (Vanity Pop) that fuses elements of cubism, photorealism, fashion design and pop surrealism into vibrantly alluring, abstract portraits. While most viewers assume they’re viewing collage or mixed media art, each creation is in fact meticulously hand painted directly on canvas. Drawing distinct inspiration from our fascination with popular culture, his gallant paintings are a celebration of women, beauty, duality, insecurity and self preservation.

 

2am Innocence, Vakseen

He explains, “My creations pulsate with feminine energy. Women are God’s greatest work of art and I believe life as we know it, evolves around them. Although I couldn’t fathom being a woman in this patriarchal world we live in, I open my creative process to the allure inherent to women. I aim for my art to celebrate the acute imperfections and endless perfections that exist within every woman.

Vakseen’s abstract portraits are a visual dialogue about our society’s idolization of beauty, the cosmetic enhancements endured to meet the status quo and the potential impact this has on women. Although his work looks like collage, it’s in fact, meticulously hand painted to blur the boundaries between perception and reality. The juxtaposition of his subjects and diverse “perfect” features, speaks to the fragmentation within us all as we strive for acceptance. Vakseen’s works ignite discussion, captivate the senses and most importantly, question the importance we place on outer appearances.

 

Apathetic Me, Vakseen, 2016

 

Ebony Fleece, Vakseen

 

Gold Lives Inside You, Vakseen

 

Have It All, Vakseen

 

You can stream Vakseen’s work, as well as that of all our other Featured Artists, on Apple TV and Roku. Learn more HERE.

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