Category: Inspiration

Art

Renowned artist from Myanmar was destined to become a painter from childhood

“My father ordered us to play music, paint, and more until we were 10 years old. After we turned 10 if we didn’t have any interest in the arts we were allowed to choose something else. But I took an interest in art. I created art and music, I became a movie director… Directing is the art of storytelling." These were the words of Myanmar icon Win Pe. Throughout his career, he has become an award-winning director and filmmaker, as well as a radio producer in other Western countries. He is now 82 years old - and has dabbled into various fields of art, including working as a cartoonist, writer, and editor. However, painting seems to be the core of his interests even after all these years. “I have always created paintings. I read painting books. I even dream of paintings,” he says. Learn more about his work. Win Pe's latest exhibition is at the Yangon Gallery. ...
Art

Celebrate love in a brand new way for your special ones with these striking paper hearts

At once striking and minimal, these framed hearts by FROM PAPER WITH LOVE on Etsy accentuate your V-Day celebrations. The Russia-based graphic designer launched the project as an ode to Valentines Day. The paper creations come in the shape of polygonal hearts fixed inside of a frame. The best part about them is that they're actually meant to be assembled by a couple. The very act of putting the hearts together and then framing them is part of the experience and is sure to foster affection. Check out some of the hearts below and gift one to your significant other, Valentines Day or not! Pick 'em here!      ...
Art

Artist breathes new life into found objects by placing them in unrelated drawings

Have you ever found yourself seeing or regarding something as an entirely different, and much bigger, thing? Neuroscience PhD student and artist Desirée De León most certainly has, and her online project "100 Days of Tiny Things" sprang right out of an instance in which she gave life to a found object by treating it in a way that only someone with artistic inclinations would. “I remember noticing the disembodied head on the coins,” she says, “and I impulsively drew a speech bubble coming out of the coin’s mouth.” De León's series is a collection of minuscule objects that she has put a spin on and, thus, given a new existence to by situating them in drawings that point to an entirely different context. One work features a real orange segment that took on the image of the sun after De León drew a tree and giraffes beside it. Another work shows a dried flower heading in the direction of a drawing of dinosaurs, suggesting that it was the asteroid that killed the creatures....
Culture

Israeli girls photographed at age 15 and 20: See the powerful transformation unfold

Comparative photography has successfully been embedded in today’s modern culture. From scrawny then-and-now pictures to memorable “Throwback Thursday” posts, the new technology-crazed generation has become more creative in sharing photos that show interesting and, most of the time, funny comparisons. A young Israeli, however, managed to take the whole "flashback" trend into new, powerful heights in just one photo series. Neta Dror, a Tel-Aviv-based photographer, started her project back in 2011 by taking photographs of Israeli girls – all aged 15 but came from different backgrounds. In 2016, she followed up on the girls and took again their photographs expecting to document some kind of change. The series was named, fittingly and simply, “At 15 & 20” – and the results of the photographic analysis were stunning. From innocent poses to defensive gazes, the evident changes in their body languages were perfectly captured by Dror. Some had...
Art

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,...
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.   ...
Architecture

Homogenous restaurant designed “like a fallen tree” takes shape in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Primarily designed for a competition back in 2015, the Oberhulz Mountain Hut, a restaurant made entirely out of locally-sourced wood, has just opened to the public. The winning cantilevered design is constructed 6500 feet high in the Dolomites Mountain Range, one part of the Italian Alps identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant structure is true to its main concept – purposely following the mountain’s slope and spreading out like three branches of a fallen tree. The interiors of these branches are just as significant and expressive as the façade. Each section is separated from the other with protruding wood trusses that extend their lengths from the ceiling down to the walls. This classic structural design, in turn, transforms the three sections into intimate pockets and, with the use of a glass wall façade, offers users uninterrupted views of the surroundings. All furniture used is made of local oak. The homogenous architecture is a nod to the...
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. ...
Art

Becoming the truest form of yourself is the best way to express and create art, a young man realizes

As a third-year student, Matthew Bateson never thought that the time would come when his life would revolve around art. When he was younger, all he ever cared about was "guy" stuff, like sports and skateboards. Of course, these activities led to more than a few physical injuries. He reached a certain point where he realized that he was mortal - and he cared enough to preserve his health and life. Unknown to him, then, was the opening of another opportunity: the window of art expression. “I want my art to be the truest manifestation of myself,” according to him, “It’s hard to verbalize the style or feeling behind my work so I would say that I have a loose style. My sculptures, my prints, they all have this fluid quality. I’m inspired a lot by spontaneity and whatever feels right. The most important thing is to just work really hard at what you’re doing and not care what other people think of you.” You can find more of Bateson’s work on Instagram. ...
Art

#CompulsiveCharcoal advocate inspires people with Dermatillomania to face their compulsions and seek refuge through art

Liz Atkin, now of global fame, is a renowned artist who lives in London. For the most part of her life, she has battled compulsive skin picking (CSP) - clinically known as dermatillomania - and uses art to cope with this debilitating condition. She says, "Picking at skin is a very normal human behaviour, but CSP is categorised by the repetitive picking at skin to the extent that significant damage is caused, and it impacts on a person’s daily functioning. It’s not known why humans develop this disorder. For some, environmental factors influence the development of skin picking or hair pulling disorders, others have hereditary links where family members may pick. Drawing has become one of the best ways of all to channel the disorder and transform it. I’m now an advocate for the disorder, and speak and present about my work around the world. Making art about skin picking is not a ‘project’ but an essential tool in my life to work with the disorder and keep well....
Culture

New NSW exhibition features Warhol’s lesser known work, signifying that he always was ‘a commercial artist’ by heart

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has a new exhibition featuring the lesser-known career of Andy Warhol in the field of advertising, entitled "Adman – Warhol Before Pop". Nicholas Chambers, the exhibition curator, tells us, “He found New York at this incredible moment – the end of the 40s and start of the 50s, when ad land was on the rise. He was meticulous about keeping everything. He held on to all these things. The mono-printing technique is a distinctive aspect of Warhol’s early work. You can make multiple images – but all are unique. Between 1955 and 1959, go to page 93 of the New York Times and there would be a large-format Warhol illustration, signed of course. One thing I think is really important for Warhol around this time is the interconnected practices – commercial art and fine art. In his last interview, he said, ‘I was always a commercial artist.’ He was always crossing between high culture and low culture and doing it in a way that’s unashamed....
Art

Inspirational and rare ‘rock art’ found in Burrup Peninsula may be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site soon

There are but a few remaining natural places in the world that are fully safe from any form of destruction. Case in point: Burrup Peninsula's aboriginal rock art. The area has been the center of many a political controversy, which has put off the petitioning of it to become a renowned World Heritage site for many years. Greens MP Robin Chapple said, "it is unfortunate that he has waited this long to do so, given I first nominated the place in 2003 and was met with overwhelming opposition from both sides of politics. Mr Barnett was given an opportunity to nominate it again just 12 months ago; that he is doing so now just smacks of political opportunism." Adding to this, former Greens leader Christine Milne, who was active in pushing for the site to be listed as a World Heritage site, said, "we want UNESCO protection because it is one of the world's truly great cultural sites. However, we should be under no illusion that on its own it will fully protect the rock art. We are concerned...
Architecture

Historic plans and drawings from the Nazi era available online at the Library of Congress

Roman Totenberg, a Polish violinist, was an immigrant who came to America in 1938. At the time, Europe was widely antisemitic, thanks to the influences of Nazi Germany. Totenberg put in a lot of effort to make sure his family is kept safe from the inevitable force of cataclysm. Previously - in 1935 - his mother joined him until she was also able to escape to the US when the Nazis took over France (1940). Totenberg's efforts, however, were not enough to save his sister Janina Ferster and her family, who were trapped in Warsaw as the war broke out. Janina lost her husband but survived together with her daughter until the Allies won the war. Janina's daughter, Elizabeth Wilk, now gifted the Library of Congress with some of the family's papers to be part of the Totenberg Collection. Vital materials such as documents, drawings, photo albums, letters, and telegrams are proof that they were in Poland before and during the Holocaust. These also serve as evidence of Totenberg's efforts...
Art

‘Maker Faire Kuwait’ exploded with technology and art, featured some of the country’s brightest talents

Maker Faire Kuwait took place at the Kuwait International Fair, the largest event space available in the country, last February 9 to 11. It was a grand event that highlighted "makers" to share their work, collaborate with each other, and inspire younger generations of makers. Many of the participants used everyday objects as well as recycled materials to create astonishing works of art. This event is only one of the series of Maker Faire exhibitions. Be sure to watch out for the next destination to be included in the series. Below are some of the artists who participated in the Maker Faire Kuwait event. Check these out and be inspired to CREATE and MAKE! (From top to bottom: Pottery and Sculpture by Sara Al-muail, E-buru Paper Marbling Demo by Wael Al-saleh, Model Ships by Ali Mohsen, Art by Omer Al-hamed, and Scroll Saw Art by Faten Fahad.) ...
Art

Los Angeles-based artist creates inspiring and chic art from nothing but rope and metal fragments

For most of us, art requires a lot of fancy materials and resources. If we were given nothing more than rope, pieces of tiny metal fragments, and some watercolor, we'll probably stare at it and do nothing much. But for L.A.-based artist Cindy Zell, this is not the case. Given these items, she is able to create not just art, but magic in its rarest form. Zell is gaining a nice following because of her sophisticated taste and hands-down raw talent. Her sculptures are "material-driven" and have been decorating Los Angeles recently. She tends to lean towards pastel-washed and light-hued pieces, which reminds us that delicate isn't always weak. It can give us the balance that we all need, especially is such a fast-paced and competitive world. Minimalists and art lovers, in general, will love her work. Find out more about her by following her on Instagram. Her current exhibition is entitled "ROPETITION" and is on display in San Francisco, CA right now until March 7th.  ...
Art

A silent revolt: Using images and art to address our culture’s most critical issues

Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change is an exhibition that is more than fitting, given our current societal cloud. The display of various artwork tackles six crucial issues that have been transformed by visual culture: #BlackLivesMatter, gender fluidity, climate change, terrorist propaganda, the right-wing fringe and the 2016 election, and the refugee crisis. It is a movement that proposes that a revolution is ongoing with regard to our politics and society - including technological innovations that allow the creation and spread of images - all of which have massive impact on social change. Over the past years, the transformation in our country's politics and culture have been epic and require our utmost attention. Perpetual Revolution takes a hard look at the image world that we are facing. It challenges us to explore the ever-changing and often-violent behaviors that come with it. This exhibit is truly mirroring the tradition of ICP in looking...
Art

Photos tackle importance of play to children in hostile environments

Mark Neville's photographs often focus on difficult circumstances, such as hazardous waste dumps and war, as well as the latter's offshoots like post-traumatic stress disorder. In his new exhibition, titled "Child's Play" and which features works collected over a 15-year period, children and the importance of play in their lives stand front and center. The theme may sound like a respite from the unpleasant realities Neville usually tackles with his art, but the catch is many of the children in the photographs are pictured in hardly livable places: a refugee camp in Kenya and a war-torn region in Ukraine, among others. In these dangerous environments, play is a breathing space, according to Neville. Play is "an outlet, a release, a kind of therapy,” the photographer said. "It allows children “to make sense of the horrors going on in the adult world and deal with them." "Child's Play" was launched on Feb. 3 and will run until April 30 at the Foundling Museum in London....
Animation

Award-winning animation ‘Simorgh’ claims numerous awards and high praise from all over the world

The choreographical piece Simorgh is Iranian-born Meghdad Asadi Lari's own elucidation of a customary Sufi ballad. The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar is an extensive and praised ballad written in Persian exploring the delicacy of self-esteem. Every bird speaks to a human blame, for example, self-image, covetousness, excellence and power. The birds must cross seven valleys to achieve the residence of the unbelievable Simorgh bird, whom they trust will be their leader. Meghdad's animated adaptation incorporates the peacock, which symbolizes the fallen soul in partnership with Satan, the songbird symbolizing the lover, and the parrot looking for the wellspring of eternity, not God. As the enlivened story depends on writing, Meghdad devoted all the visuals – the fowls and their surroundings - to Iranian culture, art and history. It's been broadly perceived at a universal level, winning a few global film and movement...
Art

Exceptional artwork uses color manipulation to create reality from artist’s innermost ideas

Pawel Nolbert is an artist, illustrator, and designer. During the previous decade, he picked up experience making visual work, design, and art for brands like Google, Apple, Nike, Sony, Microsoft and more. His work has been highlighted in various printed and advanced productions, such as Taschen's “Illustration Now 3” and Springer's “Digital Da Vinci”. Nolbert worked for OPPO and made the brand's wallpaper for their ColorOS 2.1 - the OPPO Android-based operating system. The wallpaper needed to highlight the OPPO mark hues and demonstrate a vivacious, dynamic composition. One of his designs has been incorporated into an arrangement of the default framework wallpaper and now accompanies Android 4.4 devices. He took the human battle to comprehend reality, too. Pawel's "Constructed" series is a cluster of his travel photographs that have been changed to make his ideas a reality. You don't have to scroll exceptionally far through Pawel's work to...
Art

Psychedelic, grungy, retro music art that will take you back to the 60’s and 70’s

Edwin Servaas is an illustrator and designer based in Curaçao, but his roots are from Northern Amsterdam. His novel style is crisp and influenced by the previous decades, particularly the mid 60's to the late 70's. He said that he adores making art and does it constantly, whether it's for a paying client or not. Consolidated with expansive agency involvement (with enormous name customers) and a couple of years acting as a studio chief, Servaas is able to work in either professional or personal levels. His affection for music led him to take a shot at album artwork and fine art for a London-based band.  At first, when he started doing art, he constantly fantasized about re-imagining The Beatles' epic "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". He describes his style as grungy, psychedelic meets punk, grungy, dirty and retro. See some of his music artwork here. ...
Art

Havana hosts ‘Fashion Art’, becomes a destination for fashion lovers and art fans alike

Fashion Art Havana is the latest event in the Fashion Art series, spearheaded by Manuel Fernandez, a Spanish designer who has traveled the world and worked with more artists than he can count. His goal is to create one-off garments that meet at the crossroads of art and fashion. In an interview, he said that "art doesn't have to always be hung on walls, it could also be on floor tiles, earrings, tights or many other places." Adding to that, a participating artist, Jorge Perugorria, also said that "fashion is also art, and this is a concept we need to start understanding here." All of the artists that participated had very positive hopes for the event, and for the objective behind it. They pray that this will help the rest of the world see Cuba as a fashion destination and an art haven, not just a mere communist territory where consumerists and capitalists can indulge as they please. ...
Art

Museum of Modern Art stands up against the travel ban by featuring works by artists from Muslim-majority countries

We've all heard the news. New President Donald Trump has ordered a travel ban for people (even legal US citizens) who come from Muslim-majority countries. While this is happening, massive disagreement is taking place, and MoMA is doing a silent protest in its own way. The Museum of Modern Art in NYC (merely two blocks from Manhattan's Trump Tower) changed its usual displays overnight. Now, it features and highlights works created by artists who came from Muslim-majority nations, specifically those affected by the ban. On February 2, seven art pieces were installed on the fifth floor. Next to Iraninan artist Siah Armajani's sculpture, an accompanying wall text makes it clear where they stand. The text reads: "This work is by an artist from a nation whose citizens are being denied entry into the United States, according to a presidential executive order issued on Jan. 27, 2017. This is one of several such artworks from the Museum’s collection installed throughout...
Architecture

The 7th Room is a 33-foot tall treehouse in the Swedish woods

The 7th Room puts a whole new shine on the concept of tree houses. The structure is one of seven cabins available from northern Sweden’s Treehotel and offers a stunning view of the Aurora Borealis. The 7th Room was designed by architecture firm Snøhetta and features a base with black and white images of pine trees that give the illusion of reflection. The 33-foot tall cabin camouflages itself into the surrounding woods and floor-to-ceiling windows provide gorgeous views at all angles. Check it out below and find the other six cabins, like The Mirror Cube, on their website. ...
Art

Various groups pushing effort to redress long-standing gender inequality in art through powerful initiative

The Uffizi Galleries in Florence will open an exhibition on March 8 until April 30 to coincide with International Women's Day. Aptly so, it will feature more relevant works from female artists in an effort to address the gender imbalance in the art world which has been around for quite a while. The initiative will be a long-term effort together with other galleries and organizations. In fact, just two weeks after their exhibition, the Pitti Palace (a sister museum of Uffizi) will showcase self-portraits by Maria Lassnig, a late Austrian feminist and artist. The two museums will be the primary headers for an "open-ended" series of female-centric exhibitions which will focus on artworks from the past and present. This series is projected to become an annual celebration. The initiative has been in part an answer to the conversation the museums' director had with the US group Guerrilla Girls, an activist collective who have been fighting for the past three decades...
Art

New gallery opens in Rhinebeck, gives the art community a new chance to come together and connect

The [email protected] new destination for art lovers and aficionados. Technically, it is a non-profit organization and will be available for members who have registered. On a larger scale, the gallery will serve as an economic platform to help boost the community's tourism, while adding more opportunities for business and employment for the locals. It also is a chance for weekenders to get outside, enjoy some art, and come together and connect as a community. The Gallery will feature various types of art - installations, sculptures, and paintings hung on walls. On top of this, it will also serve as a home for many other forms of art, such as spoken word, theatric plays, poetry slams, and poetry readings. Live jazz and classical music performances will also frequent the new venue, giving musicians and songwriters a new hub to flourish their talent. There will also be fashion shows, fundraisers, and other events that will benefit Rhinebeck in many ways. See some of...
Architecture

Artists come together in clever and touching fundraising effort to help restore the burned-down Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building

From Grayson Perry to Anish Kapoor to Antony Gormley and several other artists (including Simon Starling, Cornelia Parker, the Chapman brothers and Sir Peter Blake) - there has been an immense number of individuals who stepped up in the Ash to Art project to restore the historic Mackintosh building, which has been gutted by the May 2014 fire. The artworks cleverly use the actual ashes and debris that were left in the wake of the burned-down portions of  Glasgow School of Art. Perry says, “It’s a tragedy. It’s the most famous art school building in Britain. It’s also the masterpiece of [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh. It’s a double tragedy. I was very excited when I received the box of charcoal. I had an idea almost immediately and the idea of making an urn was an obvious thing to do. The idea of memorializing or celebrating the difficulty – honoring the wound. It’s something I’m trying to do. Move on and make the most of it.” Each artist was...
Art

Filipino celebrity hand-paints designer bags

Heart Evangelista is a Manila-based Filipino actress. She joined the entertainment industry in 2000 and has made quite a name for herself since then. Aside from being an actress, singer, and VJ, Heart is also a painter. Also known as Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero, it was only in 2014 when Heart launched this facet of herself as an artist through a solo exhibit that was held in Ayala Museum entitled "I am Love Marie: The Art and Works of Love Marie Ongpauco". It was a huge success that it was followed by 9 other exhibitions and collaborations. Although her earliest works comprise of traditional paintings in a canvas, she became particularly known for her hand-painted designer bags. She first took a risk by painting on her Hermes Birkin bag with an acrylic for leather. It scared her the first time but the finished product was great and she never looked back since then. Aside from handbags, Evangelista has also been painting on clutches, dresses, collars and even children’s...
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