Tag: Portraits

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...
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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...
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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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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...
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Naotaka Hiro’s exhibit is filled with revealing artwork, captivates his audience’s minds and eyes alike

The Box in L.A. plays host to Naotaka Hiro's current exhibition of artwork. Hiro's concept is to have one work reveal something about what the other piece of art conceals. It is as if you are watching an essay come to life, filled with contradicting action and constraint - having limited information versus understanding its entirety. And for all of the pieces, the artist's focus is on the human body. Other pieces are works made using bronze, which extends the artistic legacy of Bruce Nauman, Hiro practices precision and elegance, as he realizes the notion of the human body as a way to create representations of itself. Truly, each and every artwork in this show by Naotaka Hiro is able to captivate the mind and the eyes. You won't just appreciate art in its beauty - your mind will also go through a journey of not knowing and then fully understanding. Hiro's show is currently at The Box, 805 Traction Ave., L.A. It will run until January 28, 2017. For more information, visit TheBoxLA.com....
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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Jean Jullien is back with new book, illustrates modern life in the funniest ways possible

If you get your hands on Jean Jullien's new book, Modern Life, you will absolutely catch yourself laughing out loud more than a few times. It's not hard to relate to his illustrations, because - as always - his humor is spot-on for the modern man or woman. What most people don't consider a big deal, he is able to observe intently. He is so keen on the tiniest details that he is able to create art and comedy out of these. This will be the artist's fifth book, and it carries the signature grumpiness and humor that the French illustrator has been known for. Hollywood actor Jesse Eisenberg was commissioned to write the book's introduction, and he exclaims that Jullien is one of a kind; and that his drawings are "difficult to describe because he is funnier without words than most are with." Jean Jullien's Modern Life is available on teNeues. ...
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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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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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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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Check out these crazy (good) Santa fan art pieces that shine a new light on Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus is one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas spirit. Dads and grandpas even dress up like him to spread the holiday cheer to kids and families. So it'll come as a (pleasant) surprise to see these rather unconventional depictions of Santa from various artists across the web. From ass-kicking Santa to sexy to rockstar, there's one for every picture you may ever have in mind. The first piece is from James Wolf Strehle, a truly gifted digital artist from the United States. He depicts Santa as an ogre-zombie hybrid slayer, for some reason. We love it! The second one is rather unfit to show to kids, as it may drastically change their views about the beloved Father Christmas. It is from Veli Nyström, an artist from Finland who is very good at digital drawings and illustration. Next, we have a rather steampunk-esque Santa, courtesy of Israel A. Carrion, a gifted artist from Spain. We also see some crossovers - the first comes in the form of the new Star Wars cast...
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Talented artist plays with pencils, creates realistic drawings of celebrities and animals

Tal Giat is an artist, illustrator, and designer from Israel whose profile on Dribble.com says that he enjoys "playing with vectors". His earlier posts definitely show this, although his more recent pieces show him dabbling with pencils and realistic drawings. You can see his Rihanna piece, which took him 20 hours to complete; his Lana del Rey piece (on brown paper, using white pencil), which took about 15 hours to finish; a crying kid, which took about 12 hours; and an American Gothic Christian Bale (with and without blood); among many others. If you are a fan of portraits or sketches of celebrities (or actual persons, in general), then you would be amazed by his work. You can see more of him and his work on his website, which is quite a unique and interactive page filled with design aspects. He is also on social media - Instagram and Facebook. ...
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Lui Ferreyra’s colorful portraits defined by striking geometry

Putting a whole new shine on the art of portraiture, Lui Ferreyra uses polygonal and circular shapes to add depth to colorful works. Hands and faces are glamorously captured by Ferreyra in a series of portraits that aims to explore the connection between seeing and speaking. Every inch of the portraits is defined geometric edges and shapes that clearly differentiate the various parts of the subject. The artists writes, "The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself," and poetically adds, "Surface and window, at and through, like language which points both at the world and back at itself." Check out some of Ferreyra's works below and find more on Instagram and Facebook. ...
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Multimedia artist taps into the powerful effects of ‘Transformational Makeovers’

Erica Prince is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn. She is the genius behind Transformational Makeovers, the product of exploring her real-life experiences of making over her friends. It all began as an honest, simple hobby. In the end, she began considering herself as a creator of inanimate images and objects. After a long time, she realized that make-up can become a BIG part of her art, especially when she saw how her friends acted and felt differently after she made them up. This reaction made her understand that this was something powerful. So, she started experimenting with different colors and materials on human flesh. She found herself lost in the psyches of the subjects, letting her find a clearer perspective on that very person. Prince clarifies that the process is "not about beauty" but instead, it is a project that acknowledges the humanity of the participant by letting their guards down and letting an artist make them her blank canvass. See more of her...
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An altar of self-professed ‘junk’ becomes a source of introspective art

It is always said that art depends on the eyes of its viewer. With that being true, many will disagree on what constitutes art - and what is merely trash. However, a lot of fans and critics have come together to behold Huffer Collective's recent work: a towering pyramid of various knick-knacks. It is comprised of random things, from detritus lights to bootleg videotapes to ribbons to Star Wars figurines to photos of known personalities (hello, President Bush!) and a whole lot more. The piece contains an altar-like installment at the center, titled Save Your Selves. While the artwork is amazing seen as one whole body, many find it equally awesome to try and process each nook and cranny that makes it up. This artful heap of 'trash' - which goes all the way up to the ceiling - is now available for viewing at Locust Projects. ...
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Hobby between friends turns into promising magazine venture with eccentric prints

Introducing Buffalo Zine, the brainchild of Adrián González-Cohen (creative director) and David Uzquiza (graphic designer, art director). The two men were friends since 1999 when they met as students. Over the years, their friendship led to one of the most fascinating magazine ventures of today. Buffalo Zine is a totally hands-on process. Each issue is made from scratch and takes years to complete. In fact, the two artists did not think that they would be publishing at all. It simply was a humble hobby shared between the two of them. After producing thousands of copies, they decided to distribute... and the rest was history. Now on its fourth issue, copies of Buffalo Zine can be bought online. It follows a classic newspaper format - one that is almost extinct in our modern and digital age. What once was kept in the garage is now a real and flourishing venture between childhood friends. /...
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Catholic congregations ‘look good’ in new collaborative art project highlighting clothing of nuns

The Pink Sisters, formally referred to as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, are only one of more than 40 Catholic nun groups made as subjects in "Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit". The project is a collaborative effort between Veronica Bennett (theologian), Ryan Todd (illustrator), and GraphicDesign& (publisher). It is a book which showcases the evolution of religious clothing all over the world. GD& is a one-of-a-kind publishing house that envisions the exploration of the possible connections that graphic design can have with any other subject. Usually, their projects involve subjects that most other publishers won't dare touch - including those deemed too "risky" or "eccentric". Aside from Catholic nuns, GD& has also worked on projects about literature, mathematics, and social sciences. Still, it is undeniable that "Looking Good" appears to be their most personal and unique project to date.  ...
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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. ...
Animation

David Beckham’s tattoos speak up against child abuse and violence in PSA Video

David Beckham has had a long-standing partnership with Unicef. Over the years, he has worked with them on various humanitarian campaigns. Recently, the soccer great signed on to promote the #ENDviolence campaign. It features a 60-second film, which - in spite of its short length - is very moving and powerful. The film conveys strong messages against violence directed towards children all over the world. This will be part of his Unicef 7 Fund. According to the organization, about one in every ten girls under 20 years old has been through some form of sexual abuse. Another one in every five children dies because of violence. During the film, Beckham is in the spotlight, shirtless. His tattoos come to life - but not his actual ink. Instead, we see tattoos telling dark, real stories of how children go through psychological and physical abuse. We hear them scream and cry. In the end, the message is clear: "Violence against children marks them forever. It's wrong. End it."...
Design

Studio creates print campaign featuring strong visualization of political personalities and current issues

Check out these unique and controversial prints from a new 3D print/CGI campaign project. Featuring President Obama and President-Elect Trump, these bring forth issues that are currently storming the news - but in a rare, design-centric manner. The aim is to captivate the essence of the news stories and these personalities, almost in an op-ed type of format. A new design studio was commissioned to head the first ever campaign for Upday. The studio, FOREAL, is the brainchild of Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. Their projects are directed towards creative and unique designs that give the audiences a popping "eye candy" every time. You can check out the prints on their website. Upday is the latest app from Samsung which focuses on bringing personalized news to its users. The content will be curated from a wide range of trusted sources, bloggers, and brands - streamlined into a very simple and easy format for everyone to understand. It combines technology and  journalistic...
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15th century sculptures re-imagined with bits of modern life

Sculptor and artist Gerard Mas is very serious about his art. And he well should be, because they are beautiful. Still, one can't help to have a smile - perhaps even let out a giggle or two - with his latest artwork. Imagine a classic Florentine portrait of a woman, all dressed accordingly -  now, add a microphone headset to the picture, or a bubble of gum ready to pop, or a tattoo of a skull on her chest. The Spanish artist does bring out the most tasteful flavor of humor with his work. However, the artist does manage to amusingly create 15th century Florentine sculptures re-imagined with glimpses of various aspects that come from modern life. Mas uses alabaster, resin, wood, and marble with his contemporary busts. At first sight, they look like they were fished straight out from the Renaissance - until you get a closer look. Sucking on lollipops or picking noses while posing for a sculpture surely is no way for a 15th-century woman to behave. Gerard Mas is a Spanish sculptor from...
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Vibrant portraits tell personal narratives through layers of yarn

Adding color into black and white portraits without digital aid is not an easy task. Couple that with embroidery and you've got an amazing series by Danielle Clough. The Cape Town-based artist creates embroidered portraits extracted from black and white photographs of friends and family. The works are part of Clough's upcoming book "Queer Africa II," which explores love in the African continent. Editors of the book, Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin, were amazed by Clough's works because of her use of layered yarn to tell personal narratives. This, Zaba explains, "adds meaning and speaks to the zigzagging nature of our lives." Check out some images of her works below and find more on her Instagram and blog. ...
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Layered papercut art creates a dynamic 3D effect

John Ed De Vera is an artist that with a steady hand, a refined technique and a lot of creativity. He creates art of layered papercut, giving you the feeling that these pictures were just taken as the figures in the sculpture were moving. He creates these little pieces using an X-ACTO knife, 260-300 gsm paper, and each piece takes around 4-5 hours. To see more of his delicate work, check his  website, or follow him in Instagram,     ...
Creativity

Colorful images of fruit and flower vendors captured from above in Hanoi, Vietnam

There's no set angle from which color can be viewed perfectly, but these top-down aerial views work very well. Netherlands-based photographer Loes Heerink climbs onto different bridges around Hanoi in Vietnam and waits for street vendors to pass by with colorful arrangements of fruit and flowers in their baskets. These pops of color are wonderfully captured by Heerink as part of a photography collection called, "Vendors from Above." Heerink is currently trying to raise funds through her new Kickstarter campaign to create a photo book out of the series. Check out some images of vendors below and find more on her website and Instagram. ...
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Vibrant three-dimensional paper sculptures depict beauty in old age

Beauty and old age are represented marvelously in Yulia Brodskaya's colorful portraits. The artist/illustrator uses heaps of color paper to create three-dimensional portraits that depict beauty in old age. Each portrait features a unique color palette that is used throughout. The portraits have taken on a rather painting-like aesthetic in recent years. "I mix strips of paper as I would mix paints on a palette. These artworks are all about color and the unique, tactile feel that paper strips add to it. The portraits resemble oil and acrylic painting (especially from a distance), but with a textured paper twist," said Brodskaya while describing her process. Find more on her blog and Facebook! ...
Design

Hyperrealistic, photo-like drawings

Charles Laveso is a Brazilian designer, and he specializes in drawing hyperrealistic graphite portraits. He has been teaching realistic drawing for over two decades, face to face, and in online courses. You can see more of his work on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. ...
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