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ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Fantasy - Mag­gie Ivy

lo­ca­tion: US Web: www.mag­gieivy.com email: ivy.mag­gie@gmail.com media: Acrylic

Mag­gie knew she was go­ing to be an artist from the ten­der age of eight, and her de­vo­tion to paint­ing never fal­tered. She at­tended the Florence Academy of Art at 17, then moved on to study il­lus­tra­tion at TAD fol­lowed by an ap­pren­tice­ship with Vanessa and Ron Lemen at Rev Art Academy.

“Be­ing from the Ozark Moun­tains of Arkansas, I pull in­spi­ra­tion from my eerie walks in the woods, and bike rides around the lake at night,” Mag­gie says. “I’m also some­one who gets easily smit­ten with sto­ries, es­pe­cially hor­ror, faerie sto­ries and folk tales.”

1 tthe Red Lady

Ac Acrylic, 9x12in “The cov­ers of vintage pulp nov­els inspired this piece. The femme fa­tale theme has al­ways been in­trigu­ing."

2 MUM­MI­FIED

A Acrylic, 12x24in “This was painted for the group show GUTS at Light Grey Art Lab. Artists were asked to paint a re­search topic of their choos­ing. I picked the mum­mi­fi­ca­tion of cats in an­cient Egypt.”

3 HANG­ING AROUND

Acrylic, 4.5x7in “I’ve been a fan of Dy­lan Dog for many years, and man­aged to get a guest art spot in one of the Swedish re-re­leases of the Dy­lan Dog se­ries.”

4 WOOD­LAND

Acrylic, 7x10.5in “I’ve I’ve been get­ting into tak­ing long bike rides in the woods. Tak­ing in the sol­i­dar­ity and morn­ing mist re­ally inspired this piece.”

heather Shirin

Lo­ca­tIon: US Web: www.heather­shirin.com eMaIL: info@heather­shirin.com MedIa: Acrylic, pa­per and gold leaf Heather paints Art Nouveau por­traits of women, in­flu­enced by the works of Al­phone Mucha and Gus­tav Klimt. She works out of her home stu­dio in Asheville, North Carolina, and her cur­rent se­ries fo­cuses on us­ing fine art pa­pers, me­tal­lic paints and gold leaf to cre­ate the woman’s hair, cloth­ing and the back­ground de­signs.

“I’m in­ter­ested in ab­stract­ing the fig­ure into the back­ground.” she says. “I also want to in­cor­po­rate the idea of be­ing in outer space – us­ing neb­u­las as a colour­ful and in­ter­est­ing place to find some­one think­ing.”

1 n net­ted by the dancer’S touch

Acrylic, fine art pa­per and var­ie­gated gold leaf on birch panel, 60x48in “Painted in Golden OPEN Acrylics with lay­ers of paint wa­tered down to soak right into the raw wood, like wa­ter­colours. I built up the skin tones and then ap­plied a thicker paint layer for the hair with me­tal­lic paint added, and fine art pa­pers used for their dresses.”

2 She Keeps Me warm

Acrylic and gold leaf on birch panel, 40x30in “This was inspired from a photo by Matt Sch­midt. I changed the girls’ hair, back­ground and tat­toos us­ing Pho­to­shop and a pro­jec­tor. Tat­toos and pierc­ings, cou­pled with an erotic theme, was push­ing the lim­its for me to see how brave I could be as a fine artist.”

3 Heav­enly view

Acrylic and gold leaf on birch panel, 40x30in “My nude fig­ure se­ries fo­cuses on women in an Art Nouveau style, usu­ally in space. This woman is born into a ne­bula, and has a highly dec­o­ra­tive styling done to her hair. This piece was re­ported on Face­book for nu­dity last week. Fine art is still find­ing its way into the main stream with­out be­ing per­ceived as of­fen­sive.”

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