The artwork of Mike Stilkey


Los Angeles native Mike Stilkey has always been attracted to painting and drawing not only on vintage paper, record covers and book pages, but on the books themselves.

Using a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer, Stilkey depicts a melancholic and at times a whimsical cast of characters inhabiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales. A lingering sense of loss and longing hints at emotional depth and draws the viewer into their introspective thrall with a mixture of capricious poetry, wit, and mystery.

His work is reminiscent of Weimar-era German expressionism and his style has been described by some as capturing features of artists ranging from Edward Gorey to Egon Schiele.
His work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally. (mikestilkey.com)

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Fugitive arrest shootout in NYC

Authorities say a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that left the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police officer wounded.

The U.S. Marshals Service says it happened in the West Village when a fugitive apprehension task force tried to make an arrest. The mayor and police commissioner say the suspect is dead. (AP)

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Photos of the day - July 28, 2014

An Indonesian Muslim offers Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jakarta, a fisherman is silhouetted against the lit skyline of Wonsan, North Korea and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III takes a selfie with a group of fans after practice are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Photos of the day - July 27, 2014

Stephen McDonagh takes part in the Irish Bog Snorkeling championship at Peatlands in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, Kenya’s Denis Okoth lands a punch on England’s Samuel Maxwell during their men’s Light Welterweight boxing fight at the Commonwealth Games and a man competes at the Tough Mudder event in Germany are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Getty/Reuters)

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Nude models, artists take to NYC streets

New York really is “the naked city.”

Artists in Manhattan painted the bodies of 40 nude models on Saturday, turning the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park into an outdoor celebration of the human form.

Artist Andy Golub says New York was the only city in the country that would allow his inaugural Bodypainting Day. And he says that only happened after a legal battle.

Golub and a model were arrested in 2011 during a body-painting project in Times Square.

The city paid model Zoe West a $15,000 settlement after she sued over the arrest. Public nudity is legal in the city if it’s part of a performance, exhibition or show.

Golub’s event Saturday included a post-painting march down Broadway and a return to Times Square for a photo shoot. (AP)

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Fire crews battle fast-moving wildfires

Fire crews were battling two fast-moving wildfires in California that threatened many homes and forced hundreds of evacuations, officials said.

A fire in the Sacramento region had mushroomed to about 4,000 acres by late Saturday, while a blaze that began in the afternoon around Yosemite National Park threatened a small community.

The so-called Sand Fire began Friday in the Sierra Nevada foothills and has since raced through more than 6 square miles of drought-stricken grasslands east of Sacramento. (AP)


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Photos of the day - July 26, 2014

Fireworks explode over high-rise buildings and Tokyo’s Sumida river during the Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo, a young Palestinian man stands in his bedroom which was hit by an Israeli tank shell in east Gaza City and Chad Le Clos is seen underwater as he swims in the men’s 200m Butterfly heats during the 2014 Commonwealth Games are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Pretty power plants

You wouldn’t normally associate power stations with beautiful scenic shots but one photographer has traveled nearly 2000 to track down the ugliest energy plants and show them in a whole new light. Czech snapper, Radek Kalhous, uses Google Earth to find the perfect locations for his unique pictures and arrives at each site after sunset to create the atmospheric shots.

The 40-year-old uses nothing more than clever lighting and a tilt-shift lens to capture the ugly power stations in a series of dreamy photographs which resemble something from a model toy world. Radek has clocked up almost 2000 miles so far in his quest to create the thought-provoking photos. (Caters News)


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Worldwide demonstrations against Israel’s military aggression in Gaza

Across the globe demonstrators call for a stop to Israel’s offensive in Gaza.
Here’s a look at some the best photos of the protests.

(Photos by REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom, REUTERS/Lucas Jackson, Spencer Platt/Getty Images, REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom,  REUTERS/Steffi Loos, REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

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Air Algerie crash


Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, the officials said, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack.

"French soldiers who are on the ground have started the first investigations. Sadly, there are no survivors," French President Francois Hollande told reporters. (Reuters)

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