Category: Painting

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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...
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...
Architecture

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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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...
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Painting in an abandoned soap factory, French artist Seth takes on Rome’s urban planning problem

Artworks created in decaying spaces are nothing new. We’ve all seen sprawling graffiti on the walls and floors of abandoned buildings, haven’t we? Untended structures seem to have some sort of an irresistible allure that beckons artists to create something in them. However, French street artist Seth’s (real name: Julien Malland) colorful paintings and installations in Mira Lanza, a long-since-deserted soap factory in Rome, Italy, make use of the space to pose a sobering question: Why do we just leave things to rot? Art organization 999Contemporary mounted the project, which consists mostly of paintings of children, to put Rome’s problem with urban planning in the spotlight, as well as juxtapose innocence (represented by the children in the works) with decomposition (symbolized by Mira Lanza). “This place [built in the 19th century] has been abandoned since the factory closed in 1957. Since I was a little boy there have been plans to turn it into a museum,...
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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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‘Overwatch’ game character Bastion becomes a popular muse for many artists across the web

In the game Overwatch, many characters have become the subject of interest for many artists. Bastion is one of the favorite muses for many artists all around the world. Today we're lucky to enjoy the perks of interconnectedness, allowing us to revel at the beautiful pieces of art from the web. Bastion is a dynamic character, a dependable sentry who hunkers down to defend using a hail of bullets against opponents who step on a capture point. Aside from his immense skill, there is also a ton of fiction written about him. Bastion simply is this: the balance between machinery and nature. He is a programmed bot for war who is realizing his love for nature. Credit goes to the following artists, whose artwork follow below (from top to bottom): Jarold SNG, Snatti89, Wizyakuza, Quirkillicious (Drake Tsui), AyyaSAP. Feel free to visit their pages and support their work or share these to other Overwatch fans and players! ...
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David Hockney’s life’s works on display at Tate Britain, creates record-beating history

Tate Britain will house the biggest ever collection of works by David Hockney. It will be a retrospective exhibition, with more than 250 pieces of art from the artist. Hockney, who was born in Bradford, has produced many influential works during the length of his career. Most of these stayed in private collections and were kept from the public eye, until now. One of his more famous pieces is A Bigger Splash, which has inspired the movie of the same title, starring Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. A lot of Hockney's pieces include water and swimming pools. He kept revisiting to these themes over the years. This is probably because of the influences he caught from living in Los Angeles on and off for decades. Another style he is accustomed to is the use of multi-panel paintings, often depicting scenic countrysides. You can learn more about this exhibition from Tate Britain. ...
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The complex and innovative art of Kari Bienert

Kari Bienert is an Australian painter who investigates visual planes, the volume inside a two-dimensional structure, and the boundless probability of chromatic and tonal scales. Her artwork is in various private and open collections around the world including Artbank and Macquarie University. Kari Bienert's color palette is mind-boggling and in its creative scale. To make each shading in her canvas, she blends at least 25 distinctive oil paints. Bienert's utilization of both natural shapes and pixelated frames serve as references to living creatures and the universe of innovation. Music assumes a vital part in Bienert's wellspring of motivation. Her inventive procedure incorporates a staggering level of inborn exactness and suddenness. She depends on impulse to convey the crisp assorted qualities that are now inherent to her pieces. Bienert refers to her brush as an extentionof her body that is guided by the beat of her heart in addition to the peaceful song...
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Iconic portraits by legendary artists re-imagined as LEGO paintings

Many artists have showcased their artwork using Legos in the past, but Stefano Bolcato has found yet another new way to express his creativity using the famous children's toys. He was able to re-imagine some of the most iconic paintings in history by interpreting them as Lego people. The Italian painter admits, “LEGO were always my favorite toy as a child. The fascination is a holdover from my childhood that I brought into adulthood. One day I thought about how the figures could become characters, and that they would have the ideal features to take on a story and tell it effectively.” Below, you'll see some of his interpretations, which were inspired by the following masterpieces, in chronological order: (1) Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940; (2) Andy Warhol’s Four Marilyns, 1964; (3) Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of an Unknown Woman (La Belle Ferroniere), 1490; (4) Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of Dante, c....
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Kickstarter campaign features candid takes from body painting photo shoots into new book project

Paul Roustan is no newbie when it comes to finding success on Kickstarter. He is now well underway in his third campaign, which will include showcasing unique photos in a new book. The images will be unplanned and unposed - in other words, candid shots. This will definitely give a fresh look into body painting as an art. Roustan is a body painter himself, as well as a professional photographer, for over a decade now. For this project, he aims to give something new and special to his followers and backers. It will be a limited (first) edition copy that will feature behind-the-scenes takes from the models and the photo shoot set. Because we're used to properly tailored photos, creating this book has been difficult, according to Roustan, mainly in terms of capturing the most natural essence of the images. Backers can pledge for a copy of the new book, or for the book plus original sketches by Roustan. ...
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Silver linings: Botched restoration of sentimental art piece boosts town’s tourism

Cecilia Giménez was once the laughing stock of the Internet community when they discovered her "botched" restoration of the Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), a sentimental artwork of Jesus Christ. She is by far no artist, but she had the best intentions when she took it upon herself to restore the deteriorating fresco, a process which proved to be more arduous than she expected. Because it took her so long, she took a bit of vacation before she continued working on it. However, before she was able to take a second look at her unfinished restoration, others have already discovered and swarmed over it. It was instantly viral news, and before she could defend herself, thousands of memes about her "botched" work have flooded the web. What would have been an unfortunate story ended on a positive note. Because of the fame that the art restoration garnered, the tourism of her little town, Borja, Spain, has skyrocketed. Now, locals are finding income in making and selling various...
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British East India Company School of Painting’s artworks on display at The Met once again

History tells us that the British East India Company influenced the world in terms of diplomacy and governance, but many of its officers and their families were also great purveyors and supporters of the arts. Soon enough, the Company School of Painting came to be, creating art during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their art was distinguishable because of the patrons' influences: their love for European trends, for science and discovery. The artists even trained in late-Mughal painting techniques. You can see the evolution of their methods into flora, fauna, landscape, and people. Other styles include picturesque landscape views and architecture. The works from the school and its era is on display at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464, entitled "Company School Painting in India (ca. 1770–1850)" from April 10 to October 1, 2017. (This same exhibit was also on display last September 2016.) For more information, visit the official The Met website. ...
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Marco Melgrati: The art of conceptual illustration

Marco Melgrati is an Italian artist presently situated in Mexico, working in news media as an illustrator. His style is fundamentally centered around what he calls conceptual illustration. A great deal of his work discusses the topics of war and social media since war is constantly present in man's history and web-based social networking and the web are one of most pervasive societal changes ever. For Marco Melgrati, drawing is the most straightforward approach to exploring and associating with the world. He generally begins with pencil and paper. Once the work is dispatched, he utilizes a portfolio so that art directors can pick the best image to accompany upcoming news publication topics. The artist believes that working this way gives him more flexibility. You can check all his work and conceptual representation in his Salzmanart's page. ...
Creativity

Body painter creates amazing visual effects that won’t let you sleep at night

The Amazing JIRO is a Japanese face and bodypaint artist that can pretty much turn any face in the stuff of nightmares. This man has the gift of taking something innocent such as doll eyes or a ribbon and present it in an extremely disturbing way - not everyone's cup of tea. With only painting can achieve great detail on visual effects. If you dare to be amazed and slightly terrified with more of his work, follow him on Instagram. Beware, there are things you can't unsee! ...
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Fire department chief moonlights as exceptional portrait artist, paints famous icons as a hobby

So much can be said about Scott Ferguson, the chief of Murrieta's Fire Department. For over 34 years, he has served in fire protection for seven different departments. Although he isn't retiring anytime soon, we might have a good idea what he'll be doing when he has all the time to spare. Ferguson was recently named Artist of the Month last December 2016 by the Murrieta Arts Council. This honor is aptly given because his talent, although only very little people know about it, is unprecedented. Ferguson has painted icons such as Tom Selleck, Johnny Depp, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali, Morgan Freeman, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Wayne, Jay Leno, Demi Moore, Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Robin Williams. However, his all time favorite, according to him, is that of his wife Maria in a pirate costume one Halloween. He says his next portrait is going to be of Johnny Cash. ...
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A new era of feminist art emerges as a response to Trump’s electoral win

Last January 12, 2017, the first of the thirty Nasty Women art exhibits was opened in Knockdown Center, in Queens, NY. More than 700 female artists hung their work on walls. The show was spearheaded by a 12-foot-tall series of block letters that spelled out N-A-S-T-Y W-O-M-E-N, clearly playing on a Trump reference from the previous presidential debates. There are many pieces of art included in the show, such as a Trump voodoo doll by artist Sandra Koponen, a portrait of well-manicured middle fingers, a bracelet that is etched with the word UNGRABBABLE, a painting of flaming high heels, and more. All of the pieces were on display and for sale for $100 or less. Over 2200 people attended the event on its opening night. The show was able to achieve $34,950 from art sales, and all of these proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. Angel Bellaran, the exhibition’s curatorial advisor, has been an active protester in many political issues in the past but says that...
Architecture

A novel way of displaying art: hanging frames on bookcases and (virtually) any flat surface

Say goodbye to minimalism. The new year comes in with a bang when it comes to interior design and architecture. It seems that simply hanging paintings on your wall is too passé these days. The shift began towards the end of 2016 and is carried on to the dawn of 2017. The trend that would make you think it came only from hipsters and wannabe designers is actually making a statement in the design world. Thanks to underground indie photographers and illustrators, we are now acknowledging the fact that any and all flat surfaces are acceptable venues for displaying art. So if you've got bookshelves or even an entire library in your home, hanging framed paintings, landscapes, or even your own portraits on the shelves' partitions might actually mean that you're on your way to modern creativity. What once was considered as "too much" is now possibly along the tenets of reasonable style. Either way, this way of displaying art can definitely attract they eyes of any visitor that...
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The role of Art Deco in fashion and textile designs over the years

During its conception, Art Deco was the newest style of its kind while boasting of strong attachments to other art styles and periods. It nurtured elements but at the same time reacted and even turned away from others. It gets a lot of similarities from its predecessor, Art Nouveau, such as geometric forms, exotic elements, as well as multiple dimensions and perspectives. During the Art Deco period, a lot of attention was given to textile design. At the time, fashion was the second biggest industry in export and carried heavy importance in the recovering economies right after WWI. Furthermore, Art Deco associates the technological innovations of the machine age, carrying with it a tendency to lean towards the urban and industrial scenes, which are prevalent in the metallic color palettes and the clean ergonomic lines of vehicles and objects. All of these were seen clearly in the evolution of textile and fashion design. The images below show the evolution of Art Deco design....
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Amazing paintings by passionate French artist and designer that can wow you

Damien Geminard is a French designer, graphic artist, motion designer, and painter that is skilled with illustration, web design, and motion graphics. For years, he has worked with so many companies as a graphic designer. He has provided services for almost every conceivable client - print shops, web agencies, stickers shops, and more. He's also freelanced for over a decade. Geminard is a family man who is as passionate about his art as he is about his kids. So whenever he gets some free and uninterrupted time on his hands, he goes back to his original love: painting. He paints, he paints, and he paints some more. Below are some of his amazing works using paint. You can contact him through his email or see more of his work on his website, Artisteprint. On his site, you can also see his other work in graphic design, motion graphics, and a lot more. ...
Creativity

When art gets under your skin: photos show people who tattoo famous paintings on their bodies

Those who fall in love with the paintings of the great artists, sometimes decide to honor their art by tattooing it on the skin. By tattooing these famous paintings, art lovers are able to forever carry their favorite pieces with them. In the pictures bellow, you can see some of the famous paintings and the way they look on human skin. Picasso, Klimt, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Schiele, Matisse… Sometimes it is not enough to wear the art in your soul, but under your skin too. ...
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African mask-inspired chrome paintings by Brooklyn-based artist

Drawing inspiration from historical African sculptures, Kip Omolade's latest series of oil paintings is all about chrome and solid backgrounds. Titled, "Diovadiova Chrome," the Brooklyn-based artist's new works discuss contemporary identity, luxury, and immortality. Each piece features a mold taken from a model which is then produced in resin. Then, layers of chrome-y goodness are applied coupled with artificial eyelashes. The process ends with tall, hyperrealistic oil renderings that serve "as a conduit between the spiritual and natural world," writes Omolade. Check out some of the works below and find more on Instagram. ...
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Artist creates commissioned paintings using watercolor and the final results are simply lovely

Renee Pulve is a graphic designer and artist from California who recently started commissioned painting services. In the photos below, we can see how her process works. Each of these paintings is for different clients or purposes, but we can appreciate the technique and color palette similarities for them. The first photo features a monstera leaf using watercolor, which was created for a tropical planner. The second photo shows a favorite of the artist herself. You can purchase this flamingo creation on Minted. Next, we see a simple pineapple subject. Pulve admits that there is some difficulty drawing and painting leaves while maintaining some dimension in the end. Finally, there is a pretty seahorse painting, where Pulve used masking fluid to create a degree of texture. Brighter paints were used to bring life to the creature's face, fin, and tail. Check out more of Pulve's work on Dribble or on her website. ...
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Artist gives tutorial on how to make landscape paintings using watercolor

Jem Bowden teaches us how to create landscape watercolor paintings by showing one of her own pieces. We see the actual photo of the artist's subject. In this case, it's a scenic image of a beach shore with boats and other elements. If you look closely, the watercolor painting looks more artistic and creative than the reference photo. Bowden advises that even with reference photos, it's nice to get "creative" and feel free to paint with some freedom. Bowden also says that in impressionistic painting, detail is not as important as a good composition. A nice atmosphere with verve and directness will go a long way. The artist aims to captivate the entire sense of a specific setting or scene while allowing the chosen subject to stand out. In this particular project, the painting was done outdoors. They may be subtle, but working around the actual weather, smells, and sounds of nature can create important influences on the painting itself. ...
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Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
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