Articles by Venus Emma Marigmen

Art

From paintings to sculptures to furniture: artist Sean Talamini just can’t stop creating!

Sean Talamini is a freelance illustrator and fine artist from Philadelphia. He studied Illustration at University of the Arts. He creates paintings for galleries. Most, if not all, of his paintings, are made of acrylic on wood. His love for painting on wood started way back when he was just a child and would create art on his grandmother's wooden wall with a crayon. Obviously, not much has changed except he uses oil and acrylic paint now instead of crayons. These wood paintings have a certain texture that adds life to his works regardless of the coloring material he uses. Whenever he's not painting, he's sculpting. Though his sculptures are made with Super Sculpey, he uses wood to frame and hang them. If Sean is not sculpting, he builds furniture. I guess it's safe to say this artist just can't keep his hands from creating. For more of his beautiful works, visit his website and Instagram. ...
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Matthew J. Levin’s fantastical and eerie sculptures that will hunt your dreams

Matthew J. Levin is a sculptor and concept designer based in Los Angeles, California. To quote the Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist Guillermo del Toro: “Mr. Levin’s portraiture is both quirky and mesmerizing. Each of his little sculptural sketches becomes a three-dimensional snapshot of the bizarre. Just as the eyes in a classical portrait are meant to “follow” you through the room, so will these disquieting Homunculi.” His love for this art started when he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to work as a digital sculptor. A year later, he chanced upon a box of Super Sculpey, a unique polymer clay, and that's when the affair began. Since then, his work has been shown on TV, displayed in different galleries, and commissioned by film directors like del Toro, among others. To know more about this artist and to see more of his sculptures, visit his website, Facebook, and Instagram. ...
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Insane finish of illustrator’s patterned drawings shows us her exquisite process and influences

Daria Hlazatova is an artist from a small town near the Carpathians in Ukraine. She loves drawing and creating handmade collages. We have recently featured artists whose arts were inspired by the very environment surrounding them and Daria is no different. True enough, she admitted to an interview with Talenthouse that her work and style are syntheses of everything she has seen, enjoyed, and dreamed of. Her illustrations, in all their intricacies and patterns, show most of her influences, from Slavic folklore and fairy tales to modern day pop culture icons. She obviously loves myths and legends so much but the main things that inspire her to create these masterpieces are music, traveling, gardens, ocean, people, and theater. It’s quite phenomenal how she is able to create drawings with hundreds of shapes, patterns, colors and details, yet is still able to maintain a sense of balance and peace. Visit her website, Facebook, and Instagram to see more of her arts.  ...
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‘Memorial Stitches’ artist creates embroidered heirlooms that are seamless, even without formal training

Carrie Violet of Memorial Stitches studied both fashion design and illustration. Because of this, it makes most sense that embroidery becomes second nature to her as it allows her to apply both skills seamlessly. Although she did not have any formal embroidery training, her style never stopped improving until her works became a flawless tactile version of what is normally a paint on canvas and pen on paper for other artists. Carrie is from North of England and her pieces are inspired by the Victorian era, particularly the aesthetics and mood of that time in history. She describes her style as delicate, dark, and ethereal. Aside from Victorian sentimentality, she has repeated doing several themes like locks of hair, dainty hands, or love notes. Most of her works are purchased as an heirloom, wall decor, or a memorial piece. For more of her amazing works, visit her website, Facebook, and Instagram. ...
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The prominent nose of Zan von Zed’s fierce females

Unlike other artists, Zan von Zed, a doodler and painter from Sydney, Australia does not usually have back stories for her art. Most, if not all, of her masterpieces, are pencil-drawing of fierce females. In an interview with Beautiful Bizarre, she admitted to drawing without a plan. She generally just begins with a face and let the drawing evolve. As for the prominent noses, there's not much of a message she wants to send. It's just her plain liking for faces with prominent real noses, contrary to the whittled-down, Hollywood cookie-cutter ones depicted everywhere. Needless to say, this adds an extra oomph to the strength and dignity these females offer. For Zan, drawing is an outlet. And interestingly, she gets inspiration from Pinterest and Tumblr. She usually completes a painting within two 2 days if using watercolor, one day for colored drawing, and weeks for an oil painting. For more of this artist's beautiful creations, visit her website, Facebook, Tumblr,...
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Fashion photographer takes cinematic images that embody melancholic symbolism

Fashion has worked side by side with photography to give the audience a complete experience visually. Artists like Elizaveta Porodina is one of those who brings success to these collaborations bringing the spectators to a whole new level of understanding of the art. Porodina was born in Moscow. In her experimental fashion and fine art photography, she travels through time and space, extracting the underlying emotions in her entrancing productions. She studied clinical Psychology and this could just be the biggest influence on her masterpieces. Her melancholic symbolism sets connotations, sometimes ambiguous, sometimes honest and obvious. Her imagery range widely varying between cinematic, fashion and almost documentary. This artist had a couple of exhibitions in 2016. She had worked with magazines like Vogue, Elle, among others. She also had collaborations with Louis Vuitton, BMW MINI, and others for commercials. More information about Porodina can...
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Artist makes amazing portraits by gluing bits of junk together, forming incredible images in the process

Zac Freeman graduated cum laude from his degree of Fine Arts at Jacksonville University, Florida in 1997. What might seem to be useless for others, this Florida-based artist turns into a thing of beauty. He creates artworks made entirely of collected junk, found objects, and general trash. He started collecting these materials in 1999. He glues the bits of junk to a wooden substrate to form an image, usually faces, which only can be seen at a distance. His art communicates through visual representation in apparent 2-dimensional space and through the actual objects used for the medium in 3-dimensional space. He values the importance of incorporating actual object or junk in the finished product as he believes it carries energy in itself. Freeman's work has been commissioned for use in commercials for Absolut Vodka. In 2010, he won the Art Chicago award and has been exhibited at major art fairs in London, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Houston and the Hamptons, New York. To get...
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Artist intricately illustrates flora and fauna as album art, print ads, and other forms of media

Erica Williams is an artist from Colorado but is currently based in Minneapolis. She went to Kansas City Art Institute for a year before becoming a freelance illustrator. Although her major influences are history, fiber arts, tattoo culture, folklore, fables, and mythology, it is her love for nature that significantly impacts her art. Growing up, she used to spend summers in rural Georgia where she was surrounded by forests and farmland. Years later, she is known for creating stunning, meticulous illustrations of anything found in nature -- mostly plants, flowers, and animals. Interestingly, although she has clients from different industries, her style also brought her a lot of clientele from the entertainment scene -- musicians and theaters, among others. She usually creates posters, album arts, print advertisements, and even t-shirt designs for her clients. She also accepts hand lettering projects. To know more about Erica and her works, she's on Facebook,...
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CAPTURED: Split seconds between dreaming and waking

Martin Stranka is an award-winning professional photographer from Prague, Czech Republic. Stranka's approach to photography never fails to capture his audience as he tries to etch a unique space located in balance and serenity resulting to images that seem to exist in that narrow window of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening. For a self-taught artist, Stranka has gone quite a long way. His solo and group exhibitions have been seen from South and North America, through Europe, all the way to Asia. His photographs have been exhibited in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Milan, London, Miami, Paris, Prague, Hong Kong, Kiev and many more. He has created book covers for the biggest New York publishers, such as Harper Collins Publishers and Sterling Publishing. In addition, he has collaborated with other book publishers, music publishers, and artists around the world. Visit his website, Facebook, and Instagram for more of his stunning...
Creativity

This designer creates exquisite costumes and headdresses for the stage

Agnieszka Osipa, 30, is a designer of headdresses and stage costumes. She was born in Nowa Sarzyna, a small town in southeastern Poland. Based on her works alone, it is obvious that she's a master of doing designs and actually creating them. Because of this, she has the rare advantage of transforming her stellar ideas to real masterpieces to the delight of the client, the wearer, the photographer, or whoever sees her works. She draws influence from music. She prefers to listen to dark folklore, ambient pagan, and folk metal which, needless to say, is the reason her pieces have the same dark appeal. One notable favorite material that she uses is leather due to its armory vibe. Some of the basic processes she does are leatherwork, sewing, and beading. Interestingly, this artist is not a fan of showing herself to public. So let's just feast on her art, shall we? Visit her website, Facebook, and Instagram. ...
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Yayoi Kusama and the interesting story behind her art

Yayoi Kusama could just be one of the, if not the most, legendary living artists we have today. This 87-year-old Japanese virtuoso has worked in a variety of media including painting, collage, sculpture, installations, performance art, film, and writing. Most, if not all, of her works revolve around her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition, and pattern. Kusama's inspiration in creating is quite unusual. Her art is largely influenced by how she wants her viewers to get a glimpse and understanding of how her reality looks like. Interestingly, this artist has experienced hallucinations and severe obsessive thoughts since childhood which often is suicidal in nature. This can be due to the physical abuse she suffered from her mother as a small child. It was earlier in her career that she discovered what eventually became her trademark -- polka dots, or infinite nets as she calls them. For her, art is therapy and she describes herself as an obsessive...
Inspiration

Anna Ådén makes you fall in love with beautiful Nothern Sweden

We know artists to have different styles and different niche. Some have a long back story for their choice -- a coming-of-age life event or a significant memory. Anna Ådén need not have a story. She did not have to bring her camera far as the masterpiece is already surrounding her, waiting to be captured. And she did. Anna is a 27-year-old freelance photographer from Umeå, a city in the Northern part of Sweden. She takes amazing photographs of the beauty of nature, landscapes, and lifestyle in her home throughout the seasons. She has participated in several group exhibitions in Sweden and Germany. Her work has also been featured in different local magazines. Just a mere scan of her photography in her blog and website gives you the ultimate Swedish experience. Makes you want to pack your bags and book that flight. For more of her stunning works, visit her on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr.   ...
Creativity

#GandalfTheGuide: Photographer documents his tour of Middle Earth

Akhil Suhas is a photographer who was blessed enough to live and study in a country with an endless amount of scenery and landscapes to offer -- New Zealand. Of course, we know this country to be the very place where J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings took place. In the novel, he calls it the Middle Earth. Naturally, Suhas took advantage of this privilege, went to a 15,000-kilometer adventure and documented it using photos. With so many people already touring the country due to its LOTR fame, this photographer wanted to stand out. He first tried taking photographs of himself in a Gandalf costume using a tripod but it didn't work for him. He then decided to ask people he met along the way to put on the outfit and surprisingly, they agreed. This cross-country tour was life-changing for Suhas and if you follow him on Instagram, and see his photographs and stories, it could change your life, too. His website is also worth checking out. Enjoy! ...
Digital

Bea Nagy captures dreamy Amsterdam after a snowfall

There is a broad spectrum of attractions for recreational and cultural sightseeing in Amsterdam. The main tourist attractions are museums. The city has over fifty museums which attract millions of visitors every year. However, Hungarian photographer Bea Nagy, who is currently based in the city, didn't need to go far or visit a particular tourist spot to use as subject to her photography project. She takes photos of Amsterdam often but her favorite season is when it snows. For her, the white blanket makes the entire city look pure and innocent. Bea tries to tell stories in each photograph with the intention of evoking emotions to her viewers. She aims to capture events as they happen so as to leave amazing memories when the moment is gone. If you haven't been to Netherlands, let alone Amsterdam, these images will surely make you consider it. Visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see more of her works. ...
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The many colors of street artist Locustsongs

LocustSongs is the pseudonym to this San Francisco-based artist who has taken his art from the canvas to the streets. This self-admitted punk-influenced artist was born and raised in Michigan and left as soon as he finished high school. He thought he won't be the artist he is today had he chosen to stay in his hometown. He calls himself a weirdo and admitted that smoking weed made him creatively compulsive and optimistic. Locust is known for his artworks on the street walls of San Francisco. In an interview with StreetArtSF, he expressed early aversion to art in galleries saying it did not feel right and it was not his scene. It was in 2009 when he started painting on walls, both indoor and outdoor. He believes in the importance of scale and that sometimes art should be bigger than the person, or bigger than the frame, or even beyond the gallery. He mainly uses house/mural paint for street arts and acrylics and markers for paintings. For more about LocustSongs, visit his website,...
Architecture

From the young boy in the backyard to “rattan’s first virtuoso”

A multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Philippines, Kenneth Cobonpue made a name both in the local and international for his unique designs and roster of clientele that include names such as Queen Sophia of Spain and Brad Pitt.  Cobonpue’s trademark is the integration of locally sourced materials with innovative handmade production processes. His craft is recognized by different award-giving bodies around the globe like the American Society of Interior Design and French Coup de Couer to name a few. His designs have also appeared in films, music videos, and US TV series. In 2007, Kenneth was named by TIME magazine as “rattan’s first virtuoso”. Kenneth was born in a Chinese family and was initially encouraged by his father to take up a business course. But his love for designing was developed at an early age when he used to play with various materials and create furniture pieces at his mother’s backyard factory. Although he followed...
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Photoshop artist creates fascinating portraits of women grounded on reality

Krisztian Tejfel is a Hungary-based painter and photographer. He began digital painting a few years ago. He mainly paints realistic portraits of women. These women are often looking at the viewer which draws the audience more into his mesmerizing works. Before sticking to painting, Krisztian first explored different branches of art such as drawing, tattooing, and even some airbrush techniques. When he eventually got involved in photography, he learned a lot about the elements of lighting, composition, and conveying emotion which led him into making good digital portraits. His main tool is Photoshop where he just plays around with brushes which he has a lot in his digital toolbox. The interest in digital painting started in the 90s when he saw someone in an exhibit, drawing and painting using Paint and a mouse. He never stopped improving his craft since then. Visit his website and Instagram for more of Krisztian's works. ...
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Artist uses fastfood paper bags to send a message to viewers

Don't we all like it when artists are witty enough to use their craft to send a message? In his project Notice-Forest (What Victory Tastes Like) in 2012, Okinawa-born artist Yuken Teruya sent quite a message using mainly fast-food paper bags. This New York-based artist started this Notice-Forest movement in 2005. On his website, he explained: "In my Notice-Forest series, a tree stands inside either paper bags or shopping bags. While it seems like the bag is holding the fragile tree inside, the bag actually combines with the tension of the tree to hold the bag up. It is a microcosm of the initial tree’s strength. The trees are “portraits,” with each referencing a specific, existing tree from a photograph." It's noticeable how Teruya uses commonplace materials to make his art relatable. His intention is to remind his viewers to slow down from their busy lives to experience and appreciate even the little things. This artist has a lot of other interesting works on his...
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Sculptor uses matchsticks and hangers to create large scale installations

David Mach is a Scottish sculptor and installation artist known for his dynamic and imaginative large-scale collages, sculptures, and installations using diverse media like coat hangers, matches, and magazines, among others. The Scotsman, a local online newspaper, describes his work as "big on gesture and big on proportion, it demands your attention and gets it". Many of his installations are temporary and constructed in public spaces. He studied arts and specialized on sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. He chose this art because he considered it to be the most demanding, physically and intellectually. He first had his solo exhibition in 1982 at the Lisson Gallery in London. You can say The Scotsman is right. His huge presentations got the world's attention and quickly established his reputation. That exhibition was followed by countless international exposure. In his matchhead series, Mach re-imagines portraits using the colored...
Interior Design

Paper sculptures refresh the eyes with kaleidoscopic color palette

Jen Stark is an artist who creates intricate sculptures made of paper. Her pieces often remind the audience of kaleidoscope visions because of the bright colors. Born in Miami, Florida in 1983, Jen currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She got her Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. She majored in fibers and minored in animation. Her artworks are three-dimensional pieces which take the paper to a whole new level of sculpture. Since the process of making her pieces are very tedious, she hired a few assistants to help her. It usually takes her a few days to a couple of months to complete a piece depending on the size and complexity. The largest project she has done so far is a mural and a sculpture she made for a mall in Chicago. For more of her work, visit her website or follow her social media accounts, Facebook and Instagram. ...
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My Heart is an Animal by Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarek

My Heart is an Animal is an ongoing photography project based on surrealistic imagery. It is made by photographer couple, Katarzyna and Marcin Owczarekwho, currently live and work in Belgium. The couple started working together in 2015. Katarzyna is a fashion/product designer and has a Master's degree in Arts while Marcin has been into photography since he was 20. Their brainchild, My Heart is an Animal, put their passion for digital photography to a whole new level when it was launched in 2016. It brings the viewers to the world of dreams, symbols, metaphors, allegories, legends, and myths. The process of hybridizing human and animal bodies is a rare kind of art that captures the audience's emotion regarding humanity, its power, passion, and state of mind. The couple aims to explore the infinite possibilities of human imagination, in search of a connection between reality and otherwise. Visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. ...
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Ali Harrison makes amazing hand-cut paper art

Ali Harrison is the founder of Light & Paper and the success of her art has an interesting back story. On her website, Ali shared how one fateful day in December when, in search of a unique Christmas gift, she decided to try a new craft. Using a borrowed box cutter and her kitchen cutting board, Ali created her first papercutting. After falling in love with cutting paper, she armed herself with a sharper blade and an actual cutting mat, and Light & Paper was born. At first, all Light & Paper items were hand-cut originals - but when it was near impossible to keep up with orders, Ali decided to begin lasercutting her designs. This success brought her to opening an online store and a physical shop in Toronto, Canada. Ali never considered herself as the artsy one. In fact, she admits being 100% self/internet-taught. To see more of her works, visit her website, Facebook, and Instagram. ...
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This child prodigy started painting before she could walk

Aelita Andre is a child prodigy. She learned to paint before she could walk. Born to parents who are both artists themselves, she grew up seeing them work on canvases on the floor. At age 9, she is considered to be the youngest painter to ever have her work featured in a solo museum exhibition. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Andre started painting at the age of 9 months. Her first solo exhibition was held at BSG Gallery in Melbourne. Since then, she has had 4 New York solo shows, 3 solo shows in Hong Kong, and a solo show in China. Her most recent solo exhibition was in 2016 entitled Music of the Infinite which was held at the Russian Academy of Fine Art Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her painting style is categorized as magical expressionism. Her art mainly revolves around painting, soundpainting, music, drawing, sculpture, and installations. To see more of her works, visit her website and Facebook. ...
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L.C. Armstrong takes New York by flowers

Marlborough Gallery launched another art exhibition for L.C. Armstrong newest work entitled Signals at Sunset. The exhibit opened on February 8th and will run until March 4th. As announced, Signals at Sunset continues Armstrong’s explorations of the surreal and the hyperreal. Expanding upon the language of Magic Realism these flowerscapes, a term coined by writer Luanne McKinnon, depict bright, intensely detailed flowers over maximalist landscapes both real and imagined. This artist's practice of layering acrylic on linen panels imparts a luminosity and a pearly, otherworldly glow to her works. Radiance often comes from an imposing sun and the flowers that populate the paintings loom larger than life and are often improbably bright. Armstrong was born in Humboldt, Tennesse. She worked multiple jobs to be able to send herself to school. She finished Fine Arts both from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in '82 and San Francisco Art Institute in San...
Architecture

San Francisco: the street mural haven

San Francisco is not labeled the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California for nothing. Have you been to the city? It's a popular tourist destination not only because of its cool summers, steep rolling hills, fantastic architecture and landmarks (hello, Golden Gate Bridge!) but also because of its incredible street art. For the art-loving tourists, a visit to Haight Street, 24th Street, Balmy Alley, Osage Alley, Cypress Street, Lilac Alley, and Clarion Alley will be the best part of the tour. These streets and alleys are highly concentrated with murals and graffitis. The history of this public art in San Francisco goes a long way back. It was Diego Rivera who first took a brush and used the city walls as a canvas for his arts in the 1930s. Other artists followed suit which eventually made the city a global hotspot for outdoor public art. Today, these arts are used as a medium to either send a message (mostly political and social) or to simply...
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Embroidered textile art gives “meticulous” a new meaning

Rachel Wright took fashion and textiles at Birmingham City University and finished both Bachelor and Master's degree there before starting up a business in 1994. Just a mere glimpse at her work says a lot about how passionate she is about embroidery. She takes inspiration from landscapes and cityscapes. Her favorite subjects are the sea, harbor towns, boats, and lighthouses. The shapes, colors, and details of these are then borrowed and echoed in delicately hand or machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto papers and fabrics. The signature skies in her landscapes are often dramatic and expressive. Embroidery enables her to draw and paint using fabric and stitch as a medium. What makes her embroideries different is their striking colors which she uses to captivate and draw the viewer in. More than anything, her main goal is to delight the eyes of her audience. Aside from her website, you can learn more about Rachel Wright and her art...
Books

Artist gives life to stories through cute illustrations

Home is Homeless by Hava Nissimov, Poems for Amalia by Dafna Ben Zvi, and Wings by Gogo and Sunshine are just some of the books that illustrator Ofra Amit made artwork for. While she mostly works side by side with these books' authors, there are occasions she has to work alone - especially for classic literature. One example of this is The Gift of the Magi where the author, O. Henry, has already passed away. This Tel Aviv-based artist studied Architecture but eventually graduated in Visual Communication in Wizo Academy of Design in Haifa, Israel. She worked as an animator for a while before becoming an illustrator. She mainly uses acrylic on paper or board. She currently teaches illustration and once in a while lectures about her work in design schools. For more information about this artist, visit her website and Facebook. Some of her works are available for sale on Etsy.  ...
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