Category: Painting

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William P. Chappel’s paintings offer glimpse of life in early 19th-century New York City

If for any reason you've wondered what New York City was like in the 19th century, you might want to look to William P. Chappel's (1801–1878) paintings to get both broad and specific ideas. Chappel, who was a tinsmith by profession but was also an amateur -- and accomplished -- painter, depicted life and happenings in New York, which, if the artist's works are any indication, seems to have always been lively and animated. Twenty-four of his works whose subject is the city are currently on view at the the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in an exhibit that will run until May 14. The paintings show the many facets of life in New York City, including how the dwellers plied their trade, what they did for pastimes, what technologies were present at the time, what the traditions were like, and what happened at night, among other subjects. The 24 paintings by Chappel that are on display at the Met may be viewed here. ...
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Instagram artist makes lip art to die for, paints pregnant Beyonce on her mouth!

Jazmina Daniel is not your ordinary woman. She is not just talented. That would be an understatement. Her canvass of choice? Her lips! She has been posting amazing lip art on Instagram, and her latest work involved her painting Beyonce's pregnant photo on her lips. Without a doubt, Queen Bey's fans went crazy. The Australian artist captioned her photo: “I know I have a lot of Queen 🐝 Fans out there! This one is for you! @beyonce Tag the Queen if you think she’d approve 🐝,” She explained, “I chose to recreate Bey’s pregnancy announcement because everyone was so excited about it. There were a lot of people recreating it in pictures and I know that a lot of my followers were Beyoncé fans so it just seemed right to do. I felt inspired in the moment to do it!”  Some people can't even put lipstick on properly! Check out more of her amazing works below: ...
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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. ...
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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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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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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...
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Tray tables of Delta Airlines aircraft come alive with colorful drawings of vibrant cities

Passengers of one of Delta Airlines' Boeing 767 planes will be in for a treat when they assume their places on the aircraft. Right on the tray tables in front of the, they will see vibrant drawings by a number of artists commissioned by the airline as part of an initiative to celebrate the liveliness and culture of several cities around the world. The artworks in the project, which was mounted in cooperation with Coca-Cola, feature the artists' interpretation of life in London, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Paris, Mexico City, and Seoul, among others. Some of the artists who took part in the campaign are Stevie Gee, who depicted Los Angeles; Alex Yanes, who drew Sao Paulo; Ping Zhu, who tackled Shanghai; Pedro Campiche, who made an artistic representation of New York City; Sac Magique, who submitted a collage-like drawing of Amsterdam; and Yulia Brodskaya, who took on Seoul. Their drawings appear below in the order that they were mentioned. The original trays are...
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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. ...
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The coolest PR firm in the entire world, Freuds, is beaming chock full of art

Have you ever wanted to work in a "cool" office? I bet that you have. Well, if you are any one of the employees in the London-based PR firm Freuds, then you're probably pretty contented with your workplace. As it turns out, this seemingly regular office from the outside is filled with eccentric and vintage artwork inside. The firm was founded by Matthew Freud (yes, he is related to Sigmund Freud). Once you get inside, you'll find everything from dinosaur remains to motorbikes to paintings to vintage furniture. There's an Obama painting, as well as art pieces by Banksy and Damien Hirst. When you view the office from the Fitzrovia side street where it is situated, you would never for a second mistake it to be uber exciting indoors. Whether you're in need of public relations services or not, you will surely want to take a peep inside their unusual offices. ...
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....
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Hundreds of artists create chalk paintings on the streets, turning Lake Worth into a temporary “outdoor museum”

The 23rd Annual Lake Worth Painting Festival was another resounding success this year. Last February 26, the final day of the festival took place. Hundreds of artists flocked to create an "outdoor museum" of sorts on the street, catching the attention of passers-by, both local and tourists. Located at the Lake Worth downtown area, the streets were paved with colors and shades using chalk to create art that can captivate the hearts of art lovers anywhere. This festivity is unique because the art was ephemeral, lasting for a mere few hours or until the rain and traffic has washed it off of the streets. It is thanks to the photographers who can keep these temporary moments eternal, for everyone to see. The street Painting Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. all proceeds raised produce the street Painting Festival event, and benefit the street Painting Festival scholarship and community projects associated with the arts. ...
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2017 Oscar noms get pop poster treatment thanks to amazing design team

It's awards season once again! Just last year, we saw amazing poster art for each of the Oscar-nominated movies from the amazing design team at Shutterstock. This year, they are at it again! Featuring fan favorites such as La La Land and critically-acclaimed masterpieces such as Manchester by the Sea, Fences, and Hidden Figures, the Shutterstock design team are creating "pop" posters, taking inspiration from a handful of artists and icons (Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, to name a few). It may be hard to believe, but every element used in creating these fantastical posters came from their collection of stock photos! If you haven't seen these movies yet, you can bet that after browsing these posters, you'll get your interest piqued in no time. Whether you're a fan of the movies or just the poster art, you will be in for a real treat. Check out the collection below:  ...
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HoloLens will bring together artworks and buyers in mixed reality at The Armory Show 2017

Do you want to know how a painting looks on your wall before you even bring it home? Do you wish to pore over different artworks in a gallery without actually being there? The Armory Show can make that possible. Online art resource Artsy is teaming up with Microsoft this year to mount the fifth iteration of the annual art fair in order to bring a mixed-reality experience to art lovers and collectors. Happening at Piers 92/94 in New York from March 2 to 5, The Armory Show will bring works by different artists to buyers with the help of technological innovations, particularly Microsoft's HoloLens, touted to be world's first self-contained holographic computer. "By bringing art online and experimenting with the latest technology, including VR/AR, Artsy connects a global network of collectors and art enthusiasts to art from thousands of galleries, museums, auction houses and art fairs located around the world," said Elena Soboleva, Artsy's curator of special projects. ...
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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,...
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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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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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Julian Schnabel’s long-awaited return to painting celebrated with a larger-than-life exhibition

Julian Schnabel returns to painting after almost a decade of making a career shift towards filmmaking (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, nominated for an Oscar last 2007). Now, a full collection of plate paintings will be on display at New York's Pace Gallery. This will, in fact, be one of the most anticipated social and cultural events this February - and perhaps this year. When you get a chance, take a stroll down West 25th Street and see the show, which will run from February 24 until March 25. Schnabel says about the new series, “the fragments and colours make it feel like they’re made of leaves and that you’re not looking at a painting but at nature. Yet as soon as you step back from them, they assume a pictorial quality.” “Julian is one of the seminal artists of the 20th century, and he was a huge force for change in the 1980s and ’90s. And although he has been out of the spotlight for a number of years, people recognise him as a truly great artist who is rising again,”...
Architecture

Ancient and modern cultural symbols blend in Cairo’s City of the Dead

At the sight of graffiti amid a historic site, the usual, or expected, reaction is one of disdain or anger, right? The huge colorful paintings of cartoon characters on the walls of an ancient necropolis in Cairo's City of the Dead, however, are instead drawing interest from locals and tourists alike because of the creative blending of the ancient and the contemporary. And that's exactly the aim of "Outside In: the Art of Inclusion," a project mounted within the 15th century complex built by Mameluk Sultan al-Ashraf Qaitbey which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site . "What we want to do is to bring together the old heritage, the traditions of this particular place, with creative contemporary art and with various cultural events to promote diversity. Old meets new, death and life come together in the city of the dead, where we can exchange ideas and culture between East and West," Agnieszka Dobrowolska, the Polish architect who leads the project, told Reuters....
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‘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.) ...
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Revisit WWI in an exhibition that highlights the impact of the Great War on American artists

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host a thoroughly in-depth look at how WWI has affected American artists and their wok. Entitled World War I and American Art, the event will showcase 173 works by 80 different artists. Popular contributors to the exhibit include John Singer Sargent, Horace Pippin, Ivan Albright, Georgia O’Keeffe and more. The exhibit is not limited to one form; it will host various kinds of artwork such as paintings, photographs, animation, sculptures, and many others. We shall be able to get a closer look at the evolution of American art, probably contrary to popular belief. The World War art genre has often been overshadowed by pieces that came from Europe rather than America. This show gives us a comprehensive examination from the perspective of our American artists. History and art lovers will appreciate this opportunity. It may even change public perception about the evolution of American Modernism. The event...
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Takashi Murakami’s works re-imagined through glorious and breathtaking face paintings

Takashi Murakami is one of the most talented artists who can create art from the bizarre and eccentric. His works have spanned across various media platforms, using different techniques and materials along the way. But perhaps the most impressive of his work are those done with vivid colors and bold hues. Many artists are inspired by this kind of statement, so imagine what happened when the Make Up For Ever makeup school took it upon themselves to recreate Murakami's works using face paint! The results are very unlike what we've seen out there so far. And this is all in a good way. The apprentice artists who took the project definitely proved themselves worthy and ready to take the makeup world by storm, because if Murakami was to see their work, he would truly be honored and happy with how they interpreted his works of art. Check out their face paintings below. ...
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Breathtaking artbook based on Norse mythology by award-winning illustrator makes waves on Kickstarter

Milivoj Ćeran is back on Kickstarter and is garnering excessive amounts of backing and support from loyal fans and brand new admirers alike. His new project is about Norse mythology art. Unlike most mythology books, though, this will focus more on the artistic expressions of the stories and the characters that create this magical realm. We'll get a nice reminder about the long-forgotten gods, giants, monsters, heroes, and other creatures that inspired Vikings. See trolls, elves, dwarves, giant wolves and snakes - as well as the rest of the inhabitants of the nine Viking worlds. Norse myth makes everything possible, magic a common happening, and weaponry an everyday ritual for everyone. In this book, Ceran gives brilliant illustrations and paintings which are followed up by subservient captions. By looking at these images alone, we can instantly feel nostalgic to the lost heritage of Norse myth. Find out more about Ceran, the book, or the Kickstarter project...
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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...
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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...
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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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Frames and mirrors are more than just boring implements for French artist Mathias Kiss — they’re the artworks

Frames are objects of utility, there to fulfill practical functions rather than serve any more noble purpose, such as inspiring one to reflect on a given subject, as art is designed to do. But that's not the case for designer Mathias Kiss. For him, a frame, presented in a certain way, can be more than a material used to define the realm of an artwork; it can also be a thing of artistic value in itself in that he can use it to provoke thought. For the French artist, frames -- as well mirrors, which are equally mundane in their existence as implements --  can be artworks, ones that can decidedly go against classicism, as one might expect. "My inspiration comes from a reaction to my historical past, which I confront with fashion, music and with contemporary culture," he told The Globe and Mail. Kiss, born in Hungary, uses his training in painting and classicism as a counterpoint for what he intends to achieve with his art. "It’s the materials and codes of French classicism that I use...
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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...
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