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Issue 39 of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, with Jana Brike’s evocative and impassioned painting “Dusk in the Garden” is on sale now! Contact one of our Stockists or Shop Online, but don’t miss this special Issue.

Inside this Issue, we enter the artist’s garden of Kelsey Beckett, whose fashion-laden portraiture manages to balance beauty and power: femininity as strength, not fragility. And no matter her medium of choice, her technique remains flawless, almost airbrushed in effect.

In these troubled times of pandemic, wars, climate change-induced disasters and runaway inflation, we all need something to lift our spirits and lighten our hearts. Let us introduce you then, to the perfect panacea for what is occurring in the world today, the uplifting and joyful works of the Grand Prize winner of this year’s Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, painter Kristin Kwan.

It’s easy to get stuck in your head with all the fears of failure and vulnerability that come with creating art.

Kristin Kwan

Cover artist Jana Brike forges an emotional connection with the chapters of our life, which have shaped and defined us. Each painting is imbued with intensity, depth, and rawness of the emotional meaning. This is art which deserves to be understood and cries out for interpretation. There are intentional meanings here to be deciphered. Jana’s brushstrokes are the runes in which her life’s diary has been written. The landscapes are transportive and evocative of another realm and another time, one in a perpetual Spring: an Eden where nature reigns supreme and uncorrupted.

Jana Brike

I personally practice traditional herbal lore, foraging for wild foods like my grandmother taught me, and practice our traditional steam bath rituals. These are typically done in a wooden hut and involve spiritual cleansing in a ritualised way which is different for every important rite of life, like births and marriages. It can be a powerful experience. On occasion, I have had very strong perception-altering visions and out-of-body experiences.

Jana Brike
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Denis Sarazhin

We also take a keep dive into Ukrainian artist Denis Sarazhin‘s painting practice, and speak to him about how the war in his home land has affected not just his art but also his life. “I wish that nobody knew what war felt like.”

My wife and I travelled to America on the evening of February 23, 2022 for the opening of my wife Victoria Kalaichi’s solo show in Tennessee, only taking enough with us for a
two-week trip. After landing in the states, we learned that Russia was invading our home country.

Denis Sarazhin

In this Issue’s Artist + Artist editorial artist couple Senju Shunga & Anna Maia share an intimate conversation about life, love, and living and working together. Even though both artists are heavily influenced by Japanese art and aesthetics, they life on the other side of the world in Sweden where they have carved out their own little piece of Japan. Theirs is a fascinating tale of two gentle souls clashing against the cultural norms, and, as you’ll see, their conversation brings up many insights into what it is to be an “outsider” within your own home country.

Transport your imagination as Teresa Oaxaca takes us through the creation process of one of her incredible paintings. We discover her vision and watch it unfurl like a flower in this issue’s Path To Creation.

We learn what Esther Koch and Hans Bos, Founders of KochxBos Gallery, would like to add to their personal collection, in this Issue’s Curator’s Wishlist.

Guillermo Lorca – From Esther Koch and Hans Bos Curator’s Wishlist

Take a glimpse into a world where four-legged creatures are unbothered by the hardships of life. Only joyous expressions of curiosity and playfulness exist in this realm. To a cat lover, there is nothing more spectacular than laying one’s eyes upon the wonderful paintings of Phoenix Chan.

I can feel Hannah’s paintings under my skin, in my guts, and on my tongue.

helena aryal, from Hannah Flowers’ article

We also dive into Australian artist Hannah Flowers’ creations on canvas, wood, and skin. Moved by her delicacy, textures, and depth, our eyes eagerly following each curvature and contour in the cabinet of curiosities she summons. However, the love for her work reaches much deeper than the first subcutaneous layer of our bodies: Hannah triggers all the viewers’ senses, and travels from our brains to our hearts, causing a bizarre sensation in our guts with every brushstroke.

melis buyruk - porcelain sculpture
Melis Buyruk

Next we are welcomed into Turkish artist Melis Buyruk’s world. Melis wants to be close to nature, and in order to achieve this proximity, she is willing to sculpt nature itself out of clay, copper or porcelain.

Efren Isaza - ginger Haired Frida Wtih Blue Macaws
Efren Isaza

No, we didn’t accidentally put a few pages of the latest runway fashion magazine between the pages of this issue of Beautiful Bizarre. You are actually looking at the work of Colombian artist Efren Isaza, who not only is an excellent fine art photographer, but also skilfully wields brushes and paints. Just look closer.

Efren paints luxury, vanity, and the consumption of excess which mirrors our own reality, where fast fashion, brand names, and the newest gadgets can define one’s social standing. In his world, people have evolved to adopt new beauty standards.

Efren Isaza

As well, in this Issue of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, let us introduce you to Hiroshi Hayakawa’s muses, brought to life by his graphite and coloured pencils. They offer the viewer an opportunity to reflect on their own mortality as well as sensuality. The Ohio-based artist’s Vanitas series teeters the line between tradition and contemporariness, borrowing to each side its ability to depict the female form in its most vulnerable state.

Hiroshi Hayakawa - Spring - drawing
Hiroshi Hayakawa

As recognisable as the cheerful plants, happy-go-lucky insects and diverse wildlife species of this terrene appear to be, they look positively beige the moment that John Walker’s haberdashery loving animal-hybrids come into focus. Learn more about John and his practice and inspirations inside Issue 39.

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John Walker

Inside this special issue we also share the winning artworks from this year’s Beautiful Bizarre 2022 Art Prize:

  • Grand Prize Winner of the 2022 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize – Kristin Kwan
  • Winner of the RAYMAR Traditional Art Award – Ron Hicks
  • Winner of the INPRNT Photography Award – Jenny Boot
  • Winner of the Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award – Chie Shimizu
  • Winner of the iCanvas Digital Art Award – Jennifer Bruce

Plus we enjoy full page reproductions of Ramon Maiden’s captivating mixed media and ink drawings on found objects in this issue’s Lookbook editorial.

In our Snapshot series, we ask six artists: Jennifer Parks, Bénédicte Voglio, Clare Toms, Kristen Egan, Elizabeth Blair Stephenson, and Jenni Pasanen answer the same quick questions:

  • What is your favourite part of the creative process and why?
  • What are your thoughts on the use of AI technology in art?
  • What do you want the viewer to feel when they view your work?
  • How do you feel about the recent changes to Instagram, I.E. reels, deprioritizing photos?

In her Letter from the Editor, our Editor-in-ChiefDanijela Krha Purssey speaks on the strength and resilience of the feminine – which is particularly important during these times of escalating oppression and violence against women and female identifying people around the world.

Sadly we are seeing a huge escalation in violence against women all over the world. The United Nations Women reports that “most violence against women is perpetrated by current or former husbands or intimate partners. Globally, an estimated 736 million women—almost one in three—have been subjected to physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both at least once in their life (30 per
cent of women aged 15 and older)”. Intimate partner violence is, of course, not the only violence women face globally.

We also highlight more of the artisan fashion designers that have caught the eye of our Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief, in this Issue’s Some of our Favourite Things editorial.

And last but not least, enjoy a collection of the amazing hash tagged #beautifulbizarre artwork from our social media community of over 1 million followers!

All this inside Issue 39 // December 2022, which showcases some of the best and most inspiring emerging and mid-career artists of our time.

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About Author

Internationally exhibited artist and creator of Wooden Ophelia, Bella Harris is not only the Online Editor at Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, she also oversees all staff writers and helps support website functionality and development. As a contributing writer for the website, active copy editor, and editorial photographer, she plays a vital role in the growth of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine while working closely with advertisers and artists. Wooden Ophelia is a contemporary collection of original moon designs, handmade woodwork, artwork furnishings, and sacred crystals... all to enchant your home.

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