Why Michael Dergar is Fighting For Inclusivity in Art

Why Michael Dergar is Fighting For Inclusivity in Art

Orgánico gallery in D Emptyspace by Michael Dergar

Michael Dergar is an impressionist modern artist, who’s made a significant impact on the lives of disabled artists in the US.

His passion for transformation and inclusivity are represented both by the work he does and the artwork he creates. Using colorful, rhythmic patterns, he creates impactful acrylic pieces that communicate his vibrant desire to create more inclusivity in the art world. His work truly is for the community he serves, with 50% of exhibition profits going back into creating more inclusivity.

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7 Self-Improvement and Productivity Tips From Incredible Artists

7 Self-Improvement and Productivity Tips From Incredible Artists

Photo by Pedro Sandrini from Pexels

Have you noticed how everyone seems obsessed these days with being better today than yesterday? It’s true! It’s such a hot topic that I’m writing this article because “self-improvement” and “productivity tips” are two of the most clapped-for tags on Medium. (Jokes, real reasons include a love of famous quotes and badass artists).

Rather than looking to the usual sources for life hacks — you know, famous CEOs, world leaders, cult leaders — It’s time to look to a profession that often gets a tough rap (yet requires more grit and determination than most): Artists.

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Creating Contemporary Portraiture Through Analog and Digital With Jonnie Turpie

Creating Contemporary Portraiture Through Analog and Digital With Jonnie Turpie

Screen Bed by Jonnie Turpie

Jonnie Turpie makes a range of art from a shared studio in Birmingham, UK. His current calling? A deep dive into contemporary portraiture by mixing digital and traditional media to dramatic effect.

As a teenager, Turpie drew, painted and experimented with photography. Contemporary art was new to him as he entered Art College, but he learned with “great students and teachers that encouraged innovation.”

Following a career in film and television, these days he’s going back to his conceptual roots and working on multiple projects that explore the relationship between digital and analog in a modern world.

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Painting Blind With Visually-Impaired Visual Artist John Bramblitt

Painting Blind With Visually-Impaired Visual Artist John Bramblitt

John Bramblit is a visually impaired visual artist based in Denton, Texas. To put it bluntly, he’s blind, but he’s also a painter.

Bramblitt paints by raising lines on the surface of a canvas and altering the consistency of paint so he can ‘feel’ the colors. He’s worked with internationally acclaimed museums like the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to run popular workshops that teach people to see the world as he does and paint using their senses and imagination.

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Making Eco-Friendly Art with Digital Painter Zach McCraw

Making Eco-Friendly Art with Digital Painter Zach McCraw

Gallery in D Emptyspace by Zach McCraw

Zach McCraw is one of those rare people who spends every moment fired up to discover and create. Since late 2018, he’s painted day in and day out, creating over 4,000 digital works of art.

“I’m pushing for the future. I have to be daring. I have to feel wild.”

McCraw lives in the woods, often choosing to immerse himself in his garden while painting. His love of the natural world pushed him to seek ways to turn his love of painting into an eco-friendly endeavor, and he now exclusively paints with digital media.

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Why You’re Wrong if You Think VR Art is a Gimmick

Why You’re Wrong if You Think VR Art is a Gimmick

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Most artists — at some point in their creative journey — fantasize about creating their own world… their own reality. A place born from their imagination and will.

“I paint flowers so they will not die.” — Frida Kahlo

Humans have been fascinated with the concept of virtual reality since 1935 when American science fiction writer Stanley Weinbaum presented the idea in his short story “Pygmalion’s Spectacles”. And since the Oculus Rift (a popular VR headset) was launched in 2012, VR is becoming more immersive and more prevalent with every passing year.

Cover of Pygmalion’s Spectacles short story

And with software like Google’s tilt brush becoming more intuitive and easy to use, artists are starting to create works that live exclusively in the digital realm.

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Uncovering the Real Politics of Art with Dalibor Polivka

Uncovering the Real Politics of Art with Dalibor Polivka

Indoor Ideas by Dalibor Polivka

Society has a tendency to ignore smaller countries. And considering that there are 195 countries out there — it’s not a big shock. Despite this, there’s still a massive imbalance in the amount of attention society gives to artists from the UK and US. Which is exactly why this interview is worth your time, attention, and even participation.

When I discovered that Dalibor Polivka was a US-based artist who grew up in Slovakia during the communist era, I was intrigued. Polivka is a painter, graphic designer, conceptual artist, and a “man of theatre”. His preferred medium of expression is the art of installation, but his latest project opens the conversation between traditional and digital art. (More details on that further into the interview).

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6 Amazing New Artists to Follow in January

6 Amazing New Artists to Follow in January

Artists all over the world have been hard at work, filling their galleries with incredible works of art. We love to spotlight talent, so we rounded up this month’s top-viewed galleries to give you a boost of artistic inspiration!

From screen printers, to photographers, to fine art painters, to digital artists — artists across all mediums and techniques have raised their profiles and grown their followers on D Emptyspace. The variety is truly astounding.

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Exploring Timelessness With Painter Freya Purdue

Exploring Timelessness With Painter Freya Purdue

Artist Freya Purdue next to her work “When there is no more”

This week, we catch up with the award winning Freya Purdue, a UK-based oil painter whose work draws from a wide range of sources — from the most obvious classical themes in painting to the subtlety of philosophical and mystical thought.

“From childhood I knew I was going to be an artist,” but it wasn’t until she was 26 that she enrolled in Saint Martin’s School of Art (now Foyles). She then earned an MA at Chelsea School of Art, and was awarded the Cardiff Junior Fellowship in Painting.

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