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The hallmark of our time: Purposefully bizarre and wonderfully ridiculous

The phrase suspension of disbelief is a literary term in which the audience accepts fiction as reality to experience a catharsis. We can think of it as putting aside our rationality and doubts for the sake of a good story. Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the term in his 1815 Biographia Literaria, where he referred to it as “poetic faith”. What does the willing suspension of disbelief look like in 2014?

Young artists on the front lines of technology encompass the wonderfully ridiculous, meaningful though inexplicable nuances of our generation. It is the hallmark of our time: a beguiling, hyper-literary, dense stream of consciousness that goes beyond the humdrum of the everyday. Their artworks are purposefully bizarre, they distill reality and show where humanity has been. In 2014 we want art filled with nonlinear adventure, we love artists that ratchet up the weirdness meter and those who honor the silly and the absurd!

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Why buy art prints: The thriving relationship between art and the internet, Framing ideas and more!

Why should I buy art prints?

People have loved prints since time immemorial. During the Renaissance, Rembrandt’s etchings were keenly collected and circulated around Europe. In Japan, Hokusai’s image of a century The Great Wave off Kanagawa sold around 5000 copies, avidly displayed in peoples’ homes. We treasure it because the climactic wave represents something inside all of us: courage and perseverance. During the Belle Époque Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints yielded vivacious, provocative images of modern life. They celebrated life in Paris with a tinge of melancholy. They were so popular, people ripped them off the streets before they could dry!

Acquiring art is the one of the most gratifying and therapeutic things you can do. Artworks on Stew follow our pace of life and reflect the times that we live in, with vivid graphical details and intense emotional impact. Buying art prints instantly immortalizes things worth celebrating.

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Cartoon anthropomorphic cityscapes: Ann-Kathrin Nikolov from Cologne

The colorful paintings by Ann-Kathrin Nikolov have a casual, nonchalant vibe with a street art edge. They reveal a charming array of cartoon-like characters intermixed in anthropomorphic cityscapes. The architectural entities have a personality of their own as we see them infused with each other and consume the other characters. She contemplates the connection of the mind to the city, commenting on the sometimes entangling relationship between people and their environment. We love the way she considers the patterns and grains of the wooden canvas as part of her narrative.

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Nostalgia and Retrofuturism: Let’s do the time warp again!

Nostalgia is an ambivalent mix of emotions: fondly remembering the past and confronting a time that’s gone and unattainable. From Instagram filters to vinyl records to Sylvester Stallone as a reboot — we can’t get enough of it! The feeling of nostalgia reminds us of the hallmark of youth, a testimony to our adventures, a time when we took our imaginations to the ultimate limit…just for the fun of it!

Retrofuturism is looking back to see how yesterday viewed tomorrow, Javier Puyou celebrates (and parodies) the stories past generations told about the crazy world of tomorrow. His wildly witty super cars and jet-packs commemorates a time when our grandfathers obsessed over innovation, remembering golden tomorrows that never came to pass. In contemporary culture, no decade is as iconic as the 80′s! We love the work of Gavin Dias, inspired by the action thriller movies of 1980′s. We can hear the synth music in the background, with 3am neon lights and the adrenaline rush of a car chase. Awesome! Paul Loubet examines pop culture through a sci-fi geek lens. His work is a throwback to 1990′s video games and the epic bygone comic book era. His enthusiasm is infectious and makes you surrender to your inner teen.

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More Than Beautiful: Between Art and Design

Our niche is art with a strong graphical nature. We are proud to present artworks that are vitally engaging, persuasive with urgent subject matters, electric colors and striking atmosphere.

“There is no difference between a designer and an artist. They both work with form and content.” — Paul Rand, one of the most famous and philosophically outspoken 20th century designers.

Design is intended to accomplish a task, changing your view on something important in the world, the role of art is to metaphysically transform the viewer — artists on Stew do both. They have two things that are indispensable. The first is intuition, the ability to grasp life’s little mysteries then articulate them in intelligible ways, shedding light on the nuances of our generation. The second is ambition, they execute their intuition with hard, hard work, their goal is to have their voices heard, to move us, highlighting the ills of our world and identifying things that are truly worth rejoicing. These artworks provoke different ways of seeing, feeling and makes us more aware of our environment and the times that we live in. Characters are quirky and witty as if they’re protagonists from modern day Picaresque novels.

We need art close to us, art is a powerful mechanism for any culture:

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Melancholy — The Sweetest Melody

Sorrow, anguish and despair are part of the human experience. Tragedy tugs at the heart, a kind of feeling we want to keep undisturbed, it matures us. Melancholy is necessary in gaining wisdom and helps us understand beauty and joy. Young artists around the world address the complicated set of causes for our unhappiness: a mismatch of who we are “deep inside” and the way we live in this generation. Works of art are symbols of the human condition, cheers to our own solitude and reminds us, with dignity, that we are not alone in our suffering, that it’s possible for us to endure life nobly. Art helps bring people closer, it’s there when you need it.

“Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.” — Victor Hugo

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NEW works! Life enhancing art that’s witty, energetic and philosophical.

Collect art about life. Our favorite works have the perfect blend of odd and whimsical. Stew is a showcase of young artists who are thoughtful, analytical, and have a lot to say about how we live today. Artists on Stew are energetic, unpredictable and wise. They are interested in human sensitivities, moments of joy, and turning our anxieties into witty, hopeful memorabilia.

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