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Born in rural Pennsylvania to a cemetery caretaker and coal miner’s daughter, designer, illustrator, and fine artist FLuX began drawing at age 5. He later earned a background in old masters painting and design, and has since been self-taught in fine art, illustration, design, and comics.

Clients include The Internet, Diesel, Focus Features, Evite, Paste Magazine, Monster Energy, Dawn Richard, Minus The Bear, Apple, and more. His illustration is featured in Illusive and the Big Book of Contemporary Illustration. His paintings have been exhibited at La Luz de Jesus, Thinkspace, The Cotton Candy Machine, Gallery Nucleus, Spoke Art and others.

Statement (from his website): “My fine art and paintings are a combination of classical realism and illustrative art. With a background in old masters’ style painting, I have since been self-taught. After my training I spent the first few years creating work that relied heavily on the work of those whose work had influenced me, including Egon Schiele, Barron Storey, Lucian Freud and others. Fearing my work was too derivative I spent a few years simply drawing for myself and consuming and gaining inspiration from art in many forms including illustration, graffiti, sculpture, music, comics, art house films, and installation work. The result was a painstaking rework of everything. It pushed me find new venues of self expression that continue to drive my work. Many of the themes behind my work address addiction, consumerism, and the pace of our ever-changing and ever-connected/disconnected society, while others tell a story in metaphor, at times addressing personal feelings about or reactions to the world around me. I work in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, sumi ink, graphite and digital and continue to explore others. Stylistically I am inspired by Alfonse Mucha, Winsor McCay, Alberto Vargas, Eyvind Earle and Mati Klarwein, in addition to the above. The work that drives me takes me outside of my general way of thinking. I hope that in some similar way my work moves others as well.”

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Houke de Kwant is a 28 year old communication & multimedia design graduate from the Netherlands and the creator of TheArtHunters (former Daily Inspiration, which was started as part of his study). He is currently working as a front-end developer at Ivaldi, an internet agency in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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