Artist Atsushi Takahashi

Graduating from Tokyo's Tama Art University in 2004, it wasn't until after working for several years as a caretaker that artist Atsushi Takahashi started painting his densely-worked portraits. Using a technique that involves building up layers of carefully-controlled swirls, Takahashi illustrates the faces of people he has met with the multitudinous looping lines symbolizing their stories. Recently on display with the Edel Gallery at Aqua …

Artist Jason Yarmosky

Direct and intensely intimate, Jason Yarmosky's figurative paintings are emotional studies of his subjects. On the heels of "Orpheus", a painting we took a look at here earlier this year and that Yarmosky recently showed at the 25th annual "New Directions" exhibition at The Barrett Art Center in Upstate NY, Yarmosky moved into a new studio on the Lower East Side. He invited me over …

Kehinde Wiley: Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II

by Ariston Anderson This year's Art Basel Miami Beach features myriad homages to the deceased King of Pop, including works by David LaChappelle, Jeff Sonhouse and Jonathan Monk. By far, the most powerful piece on display is a semi-commissioned work by renowned Brooklyn artist Kehinde Wiley at Deitch's booth. The massive Rubens-inspired oil, called "Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II," swaps out the Spanish monarch's …