Tag: Painting

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Contemporary Islamic art as a means to connect the past, present, and future

Islamic art's parameters have gone beyond the traditional definitions over the past few years. Museums, private collectors, and gallery curators have paved the way towards a more contemporary age of works coming from the Middle East. Islamic artists have started to garner inspiration from a variety of sources: their own culture and traditions, as well as modern life. They use techniques, ideas, and imagery that date back to past centuries. In the images that you'll see below, you'll see these conventional methods almost "reinvented" by expressing more modern subjects and ideas. Doing this, in a way, "frees" the artists from Islamic patronage and functionality, as their predecessors were once constrained. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been active in acquiring and preserving these pieces of contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic art, believing that the art's relevance lies not simply as "art", but also as a means to explore the culture and...
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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. ...
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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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Sir Anthony Hopkins’ colorful paintings on display in Las Vegas and San Diego

The veteran actor, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in the movie franchise, is also a world-renowned painter and artist. His latest collection is now on display as part of permanent exhibitions. These can be viewed at the Jeff Mitchum Galleries, at the Bellagio and MGM Grand (Las Vegas) and in La Jolla (San Diego). His pieces are acrylic paintings on canvas, selling between $4000 to $80,000. The 79-year old started painting 12 years ago, thanks to the encouragement of his wife. He admits there is "no meaning" in his paintings. He just creates them and discovers the art along the way - he does not like thinking or analyzing them. He uses paints, acrylics, oils, pens, markers, canvasses, brushes, and tempera bottles. He loves making super colorful art since he was a child, which started from his fascination for church stained glass windows when his father took him to hear mass. See more of Sir Anthony's work on display at Jeff Mitchum Galleries. ...
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Massive otherworldly portraits comprised in the classic impasto style

Globs of oil paint can do the trick sometimes in portraiture and Salman Khoshroo's paintings showcase just that. The Tehran-based painter creates massive portraits that can be several feet tall at times. Each painting depicts a human form performing different gestures. With a palette knife, Khoshroo goes about spreads globs of thick oil paint, defining the shape of each form in the impasto style. The paintings below were created for a 2015 show at Azad Gallery. Check out some of the mysterious portraits below and find more on Facebook and Instagram. ...
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Collaboration proves that hand-painted mail gives a more personal touch to getting holiday cards

Wouldn't it be amazing to go back to the time when everything was made by hand? Handwritten and sealed letters say so much more about a person's emotion and sentimentality than a text message or an email. Fortunately, we are here to know that all of this old school style isn't completely lost. Lucy Halcomb is a Brooklyn-based artist who specializes in hand-painting her crafts. Her latest projects include customized, hand-painted mail in the form of greeting cards. She sent this to her friend, Nimrat Brar, who happens to be an art director. But instead of simply saying thanks and appreciating the cards, Nimrat returned the favor and "realized" some of the mail. She even responded with a hand-painted letter of her own. Below are some of these hand-painted mail from the collaborators - but you can also check out Lucy's Instagram account for more of her amazing art. ...
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Unique cover art by legend M.C. Escher for most beloved classic books

M.C. Escher is one of the rare left brain-inclined artists of all time. Even long after his passing, his works continue to grace the cover of books, magazines, nonfictions, and even albums. For this reason, many publishers use his art for books that they think can be marketed towards the more "logical" of the reading audience, since the artist spent half of his career in mathematics and the other half in art. His pieces depict possibly unseen worlds through his lithographs, mezzotints, and woodcuts - using concepts from math to reflect "infinity" in ways no other artist has been able to. He made the viewer think and ponder, not just appreciate aesthetic. This Dutch artist has been published in who knows how many nonfiction publications, fantasy and sci-fi magazines, and of course, has had his work used as cover art for the most renowned books of our time. These include one edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland, Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game, and George Orwell’s 1984...
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Artistic culinary treats and more in the 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Disney plays host to this year's Epcot International Festival of the Arts. You might have heard of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival or the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This one, however, stems out and creates its own brand of taking food beyond your imagination. Aptly named, it will take place in the "Food Studios" inside the Epcot World Showcase promenade. It will begin from January 13 through February 20. Audiences can expect art that marvels the eyes, the ears, as well as the taste buds. You will certainly see food that is treated as art on a plate. Get ready to take your Instagram snappers. Each day will feature a different interactive activity or workshop. For the schedule of workshops, take a look at this list. And starting on January 6, 2017, online bookings can be made. But if you can't wait that long, you can pick up the phone and dial 407-WDW-PLAY right now. All workshops and activities will be held in the Odyssey Festival...
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Post-election anxiety finds its way through art

Art Week Miami is one of the biggest art events every year. In fact, over 70,000 fans, critics, and artists attend the celebration to get some inspiration and marvel at the year's best. 2016 is a lot like the previous years, but there has been an overwhelming sense of consolation, as well. The past election has caused much anxiety to many people, and in more than a few ways, people feel saddened because of the issues it has raised: gun violence, terrorism, immigration, national security, discrimination, and sexual abuse. These things trigger some bad memories in most people, especially with those who are personally affected by them. So it was not a big surprise to see a common theme in this year's Art Week. Sam Durant was one of the biggest exhibitors from the Blum and Poe booth. His screaming art was aptly entitled End White Supremacy. Although it was an old piece (2008), the recent elections surely gave it meaning in a new light. Aside from Durant, many other artists also exhibited...
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Illustrative acrylic works created on wood cut pieces

Wood and paint seem to blend well together as seen in Meni Chatzipanagiotou's fabulous paintings. The Greek illustrator produces wood cut painted illustrations with acrylic, gouache, and pens as part on an ongoing series. Her work carries a particular aesthetic that can be likened to those elaborate ones found on old archived parchment paper, while also combining a little bit of expressionist style. The paintings span a variety of subjects from fantasy and surrealism to science fiction. Check out some of her paintings below and if you're interested in purchasing a few of her wonderful woodcut pieces, they available in her shop. ...
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Artist shares work on potential Harry Potter magazine cover

Abi Daniel, an artist based in Texas, is sharing some previews for her work that may end up in a "potential" and "future" Harry Potter magazine. Fans of the franchise will fall in love with these pieces - and not just because of the context (Expecto Patronum!) but also since they are just exquisite paintings. Daniel used watercolor on the pieces and was given the suggestion of adapting the particular scene (when Harry conjured a stag Patronus using the Time Turner). Incidentally, she had already been thinking of the same scene even before they suggested it to her - so she naturally got on board right away. She loves watercolor. However, she admits that she made a pre-paint composition prior to making sure there are no necessary paint-overs or take-backs during the process. You can see her works on Instagram. She also has her own website for her art. ...
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Cuban artist fills Havana with melancholic street art

If you want to see some haunting street art, then you better take a look at the old buildings of Havana, Cuba. An artist is filling the country's capital with amazing art. Yulier Rodriguez is a craftsman with his subject of choice being alien creatures. But these aren't your typical sci-fi baddies - they give out a certain air of melancholy. It's almost terrifying to a point. Because the city has a lot of abandoned buildings, Rodriguez took them as a blank canvas of sorts. This sort of derelict graffiti is common in nearby cities, but this is more novel to Havana. Rodriguez signs his artwork with "Yulier P." You'll find several alien-like work featuring gigantic heads and beamy eyes. The artist claims they are fables, or "souls" - suffering and wandering and wondering. Are they in pain? Are they contemplating over their life? Who's to say? It's up to the audience to create his own interpretation. One thing is for certain - they are definitely not too happy. See his work on Instagram...
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Artist spray paints intricate floor patterns to mimic traditional Catalan works

Awesome tiles in rundown places. That's how you get someone's attention. Javier De Riba is an artist with a knack for spray painting over floors and walls with intricate geometric patterns. It's amazing how perfectly crisp the patterns are at the edges because they're nearly indistinguishable from ones traditionally found in Catalan homes. Strategically placed in derelict, abandoned places, De Riba's pieces effectively impact the viewer upon first sight. Check out some of his works below and find more on both his website and Etsy. [caption id="attachment_74456" align="alignnone" width="950"] [/caption]  ...
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LA County Museum of Art to host exhibit works from Picasso and apprentice Diego Rivera

Pablo Picasso had a friendly relationship with fellow painter Diego Rivera. The latter was a younger artist from Mexico at the time, and he had spent a lot of time discovering Europe. He even lived in Paris for many years. Picasso and Rivera were neighbors at one point. The two artists will be the painters of focus for the next exhibition hosted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This exhibit will highlight the two artists' lives, how Picasso acquired a still life painting by Rivera - and what he got in return; their experiments with various painting techniques and art materials; and how they both reenvisioned representational painting in their unique ways. The exhibit is called “Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time” and will be sponsored by Christie's auctions. Tickets and admission are free for members all year long. More details on the exhibit are posted on the official event page from the LACMA website. ...
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This “mandala artist” spends between 8 and 54 hours to complete her works

UK-based artist Asmahan A. Mosleh currently has 130,000 followers on her Instagram account and the pictures below will explain to you why. She makes absolutely gorgeous mandalas with amazing details and balanced color combinations. The process is complicated and the artist needs several steps to accomplish her vision. That’s why it takes her between 8 and 54 hours to complete the painting. Mandala is an essential part of Tibetan Buddhist tradition. They became a symbol of patience and balance. They also symbolize the art of “letting go”. Mandala painting is a spiritual act. And one can say that Asmahan A. Mosleh is a monk of modern art time. ...
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Seeing the best of representative painting at Art Basel Miami Beach

Many detest the Art Basel events in Miami Beach, claiming them to be overly commercialized and expensive. Audiences who are able to see past that, however, might find that it is worth going on a trip for - especially if you're only ever concerned about the actual art. The show will feature the works of various artists from around the globe. These artists use all kinds of media, but painting seems to be among the more prevalent ones. To be precise, "representational painting" is a huge trend for this year's event. More than paintings, fans of film, art installations, sculptures, and even magazine collectors will find something interesting. The event is also a prime spot for critics and collectors from all around the world. Considered as the premier art fair in the US, the exhibit is expecting a total of 70,000 visitors this year. ...
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Creative duo pokes fun at painting outdoors with parodic series

Among the many hilarious ways out there that you use to make fun of traditional painting methods, this is by far the best one! Since 2009, Hank Schmidt in der Beek and Fabian Schubert have been delivering laughs through their parodic photography series called "Und im Sommer tu ich malen" (“And in the Summer I do Paint”). The series follow the duo poking fun at plein air painting. The two travel to locations that have inspired the works of painters like Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh. Gazing at the beautiful scenery ahead, der Beek stands in front of his canvas with a paint brush, proudly imprinting the patterns of his attire. Check out some of the photos below and head on over to Edition Taube for more.    ...
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Dreamlike landscape paintings inspire discussion about disasters and distress

Paintings that are so good that you forget about how complicated they were to make are sure to astound us at DesignFaves. So, we just had to talk about artist Julie Heffernan. Her paintings of dreamlike landscapes feature layers of detail in canvases as large as five feet. The scenes appear to be something right out of an epic fantasy novel like Lord of the Rings. Heffernan's paintings discuss disaster and distress and our collective thoughts on situations like Hurricane Katrina or the BP oil spill. In her artist statement, she writes, "We are slowly making our world unlivable, and I want to bring to the surface the destructive action, waster, and contamination that is generally invisible to us." Check out some of her work below and find more on her blog, Painters on Paintings. ...
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‘Point of Origin’ exhibition in NYC features paintings made on palettes

The many shapes and sizes of an artist's palette can tell you a lot about their work. For Dina Brodsky, this led to a series of paintings on palettes. Brodsky had been experimenting with tools that artists use in their work when she discovered the creative potential in her paint palette itself. Then, a studio visit further intensified this discovery until it led to a series of paintings upon palettes. Brodsky invited friends and strangers to come join in and the resulting works are nothing short of amazing! Brodsky writes, "It grew from there, almost like a conversation that was happening via palette paintings and social media amongst artists all over the globe." Check out some of the paintings below and learn about Point of Origin, an exhibition bringing together the works at The Lodge Gallery in New York City. ...
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Rare Dalí-illustrated version of Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland tale

Salvador Dalí, the undisputed champion of dreamscape paintings took on one of the most prolific pieces of literature. In the 1960s an editor at Random House commissioned Dalí to illustrate a limited edition of Alice in Wonderland. Each copy was signed by Dalí and featured numerous illustrations in the style we've all come to expect from the famed painter. On the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland by writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll, the limited Dalí-illustrated edition was published by Princeton University Press. Dalí's connection with Caroll is first explained by Lewis Carroll Society of North America President Mark Burstein at the start of the book followed by an explanation of the mathematics in the book and illustrations by mathematician Thomas Banchoff. Check out some images of the illustrations below! ...
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Bunnie Reiss transforms old leather gloves into funky works of art

Transforming old things into something new and fresh isn't easy. Bunnie Reiss has been a collector her whole life and knows this better than anyone. The artist has a knack for taking old things and making them into totally unexpected pieces of art that you'd want to own. She has an ongoing project that involves turning a collection of old leather gloves into artistic creations complete with symmetry and images to reflect its past, present, and what it might bring for the future. The gloves feature elegant  eyes, noses and ears to provide personality. Check out the funky little gloves below and find more of her works on her website and Instagram. ...
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60 artists welcomed to exhibition in Poland by paint-splattered stairs

How do you welcome 60 artists to an exhibition hall full of their fabulous work? Ask artist Leon Tarasewicz. In 2006, Warsaw’s National Gallery of Art, Zachęta, held an exhibition featuring about 60 artists. The exhibition, called “Polish Painting of the 21st Century,” welcomed the creatives with a staircase stained by paint Leon Tarasewicz's choice of red, yellow, and blue. This created a dramatic entrance while doing away with the age-old red-carpet we've all grown accustomed to. Check out some images of the work below and click here to learn more. ...
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These LEGO wall paintings and sculptures will bring out your inner child

We've covered LEGO sculptures on DesignFaves countless times but David Hughes brings along a fresh, and welcome twist. Hughes is originally an architect by trade but now spends his time creating wall mosaics and sculptures from LEGO. His wall pieces are playful and have a retro feel to them while being visually dynamic and modern. The sculptures bring the three-dimensional glory of LEGO into the same dynamic light as the wall art Hughes has managed to depict movement with the rigid blocks.  ...
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Alien ecosystems depicted in mysterious gouache illustrations

Who said planets had to be round? Why can't they be nice and angular like in Nicole Gustafsson’s work? Her newest collections, titled “Celestial Spaces” and “Fantastic Spaces,” were inspired by her interest in space and minerals. These interests seep through in her vibrant illustrations featuring mysterious galaxies, angular ecosystems with luminescent waterfalls, and extraterrestrial plant life. The works were made using Acryla Gouache and are available for purchase in the form of postcards and prints on her Etsy shop Nimasprout. Check out some of the illustrations below, and learn more on her blog. ...
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