Tag: Surreal

Art

The beautiful world of frozen Baikal Lake

During the winter, the world’s deepest lake (1,642 meters) freezes over to a thickness of 5 to 6.5 feet. The ice forms are stunningly beautiful and many visitors go to the Baikal Lake just to experience a breathtaking nature in front of their eyes.  Ice cracks all the time and this makes for some creepy sounds. Photographer Kristina Makeeva walked the lake and made incredible photographs. Through her lance, Baikal looks like a place from the winter fairy tale. For Makeeva's experience during the adventure in the frozen Baikal, read here. ...
Art

Adventurous egg-like creatures in surreal digital illustrations

If you were enamored by the Humpty Dumpty fairytale as a child, these surreal illustrations by Antanas Gudonis will serve as a dose of nostalgia. The Helsinki-based illustrator has a portfolio full of these wonderful illustrations part of a personal project. Each digital work features round, egg-like characters seemingly midway through an adventure. The works combine surrealism and a hint of nostalgia as you see the little Humpty Dumpty-inspired critters walking around like penguins. Check out some of the illustrations below and find more on Gudonis' Behance. ...
Art

Digital artist reenacts her own dreams using conceptual photography

To digital artist Paxton Maroney, dreams hold a deeper meaning than what they seem. Art has always been in the fabric of her being since she was young. It wasn’t until photography became accessible to her that she was able to really express her art and creativity. For years, she had experienced surreal dreams that rival even the crispness of reality. This has often caused her to wake up in the middle of the night, disrupted with the images that she has taken with her in the waking world. Today, with her work as Conceptual Fine Art Photographer, she is able to tell the story of her dreams while letting her audience form their own representation of her art. She even lets herself go on lucid dreaming in the day to create new and captivating material. We have collected below a few of her works. But if you’re in Dallas, you can catch a glimpse of Paxton Maroney's solo exhibition centering on her extraordinary, magical art from February 4-27, 2017 at the Jen Mauldin Gallery. ...
Architecture

‘The Art of the Brick’ is on a global tour, rated by CNN as one of the world’s ‘Must-See Exhibitions’

THE ART OF THE BRICK is redefining what it means to create art using Lego bricks. Artist Nathan Sawaya is making sure that the audiences are given an art experience unlike any other. Sawaya has won a lot of awards in the past, and this time, he is offering several exhibitions - each unique and made from nothing bu Legos. There are usually new sculptures that are crafted for the sole purpose of the exhibition. Each exhibition in the tour is different from the next. It doesn't matter which show you see - because every one of them features thousands of colorful Lego bricks, transformed into inspiring, breathtaking, and inconceivably surreal creations. Sawaya is one of the few, if not the only, people who can make a common child's toy into an art form of its own: a meaningful piece of work that exhibits perfect space - the ideal embodiment of contemporary art. For more information about Nathan Sawaya, please visit NathanSawaya.com.  ...
Art

Freaky, strobe-animated sculptures by John Edmark

John Edmark has created a series of animated sculptures that you won't believe are real, physical objects! Each complex sculpture is 3D-printed and is part of Blooms 2, a collection of strobe-animated sculptures. After being programmed in Python, the pieces are printed and then set in motion upon a table. Edmark describes the project, "Blooms are based on the same geometry nature uses in many plant forms, including artichokes, sunflowers, and pinecones, all of which share the same underlying mathematical pattern." The film, created by Charlie Nordstrom, uses freeze framing techniques and a short shutter speed to provide the fantastic motion seen below. Check it out! ...
Architecture

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is back, and 2017’s sculptures are bigger than ever

We have previously covered a story about the very same festival, back in 2013. The annual festival is coming soon this year, and the sculptures are crazier and bigger than ever. Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a tourist attraction for both local and foreign vacationers because it provides something completely new. Sure, we've all seen snow and ice one way or another, but what about ice sculptures that are bigger than life? Probably not. As you can see in the photos below, the festival takes a LOT of manpower, planning, and preparation to execute properly. And topping the previous years' already successful runs can be a humongous challenge to take. This festival isn't just about sculptures and lights towering among us, however. The very first ice lantern and sculpture dates back to ancient China, so this event is somehow giving us a glimpse of what life was back then. Today, people from all over the world come together to bask in the culture, art, and festivities...
Art

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...
Art

More heads are certainly better than one in this Japanese artist’s sculptures

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki is accustomed to abnormal figurative sculptors, seeing as how wonderful some of his latest creations are. The Japanese sculptor produces sculptures that feature various facial abnormalities and deformities. Some figures feature multiple faces while others seem to defy gravity with jelly-inspired postures. The sculptures vary in scale with some even being life-size and have been carved out of camphor wood, then chiseled into form. Check out some of the sculptures below and find more from Kanemaki on his Behance and Facebook. ...
Creativity

These image mix-ups will make you look twice

Stephen McMennamy is a creative photographer that will wake up your sense of wonder. He takes pictures, of object or places that don't belong together, but with suitable colors and shapes. Seamlessly, he mashes them together and the results are this simple and fun images, that will make you take a second look. If you enjoy his work see more imaginative picture combos on his Instagram to cheer up your day. ...
Architecture

Architect designs the best treehouse we have ever seen

24-year-old architect and environmental advocate Aibek Almassov from Kazakhstan has been looking for the optimal solution to create homes without destroying trees and forests. After more than three years of hard work, the young founder of A. Masow Architects and Design Studio has finally come up with his version of saving the future generations: a unique "tree in a home" design. This is not your typical treehouse. The eco-home will involve modern and futuristic elements, but the biggest wow factor is, of course, the large tree found at its very center. The exterior walls are not just regular glass - they are coated with transparent solar cells which power the entire home and provide heat, using nothing less than a Tesla battery. Aside from solar energy, the home will also collect and purify natural rainwater for bathing and other needs. All drinking water will be recycled and purified, too. The roots will collect water naturally, which is made possible by the narrow...
Art

Mutated rugs bridge ancient and moderns worlds with age-old weaving techniques

Ancient and modern worlds collide in Faig Ahmed's intricate carpet patterns. The artist's fascination with carpet patterns, particularly ones found on rugs originating in Turkey, Persia, India, and Caucasus, led him to produce unconventional designs. The carpets seem to drip, break apart, and pixelate over the walls they're suspended on. Utilizing age-old weaving techniques, Ahmed's rugs depict  the rare instances of finding symmetry in nature. The rugs have been featured in various places such as at the Museum of Fine Art Boston, and the Bellevue Art Museum. Check out some of his distorted rugs below and find more on his website. ...
Creativity

This artist has been creating beautiful sci-fi illustrations everyday for 9 years

It's 2016 and I'm still waiting for those flying cars I was promised years ago. But that doesn't stop creative minds like Mike Winkelmann from thinking far ahead. The graphic designer and digital artist has been creating one digital illustration everyday for nine years now and each of them is pure eye candy. From full-fledged sci-fi landscapes to purplish metal blobs, Winkelmann shares his illustrations' creation live through uninterrupted streams on Tumblr, Facebook and more. It's amazing how one artist can create consistently beautiful work every day. It's truly a testament to his skill. Check out some of his illustrations below!    ...
Art

Abnormally long variations of everyday objects by the Dufala Brothers

If you're weirded out by oversized objects, the Dufala Brothers' new creations will either scare you or make you laugh! The Philadelphia-based creatives have been capturing the world's surreal side through modern sculptures for years. Their latest series features everyday objects like shoes, padlocks, and more, styled with exquisite details. What's different about them are their odd sizes. The shoes, for instance, are abnormally long. The same goes for the padlock and key, which are unbelievably long! You can't help but find these hilarious, if not a little creepy. Check out their new sculptures below and find more on their website.  ...
Art

Curious black and white characters take to the streets in Italian artist’s work

You've got to give it to Francesco Camillo Giogino for coming up with some of most intriguing characters ever found on murals. The Italian artist, also known as Millo, has made quite the name for himself and his cast of quirky characters. With pops of color here and there, his works are largely in black and white. Color, in his latest series of murals, is used to highlight hearts, thermometers, and vegetation with hints of red and green. Check out some of the murals below and find more on his website, and Facebook. ...
Art

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! ...
Art

These unusual digital animations will creep you out!

Prepare to be amazed and amused by Hayden Zezula’s unusual animations. The visual artist and animator shares some crazy animations on his Tumblr, going by the name Zolloc. Eerie babies, amorphous blobs, and symbols that appear to be right out of the occult are the norm at Zolloc's blog and have been mass-shared on Facebook and Vine. Zezula explains that merging animation with creepy images and putting them in a constant loop that evokes feelings of discomfort. Ain't that the truth! Check them out for yourself below! ...
Art

Red yarn and boats a sight to behold in Chiharu Shiota’s installation

Yarn and boats have never before worked so well together. Chiharu Shiota's new installation is one for your eyes to behold. The installation was created for Blain|Southern in Berlin and features a twisted network of red yarn emanating from series of boats. The installation, called "Uncertain Journey," aims to remind the viewer of red neural veins that reach out in every direction. Uncertain Journey is the spiritual successor to Shiota's 2015 piece, "The Key in the Hand" for the 56th Venice Art Biennale. Check out some images from her latest installation below and head on over to her website for more. ...
Illustration

Tiny graphite illustrations explore surreal, terrifying dreamscapes

Size doesn't matter to Mateo Pizarro. His graphite illustrations are hardly larger than a match. The Colombian artist's latest series, called “Micro-Barroque”, is all about telling stories through tiny graphite scenes that are sometimes surreal and other times, terrifying. Each drawing packs incredible detail. In another series, “Bestiary of Improbable Animals”, Pizarro tackles the more macabre and unsettling nature of mythical creatures. Check out some of his illustrations below, and find more on Instagram and Behance. ...
Painting

Humorous paintings depict vintage vacation photos and historical landmarks

Vintage vacation photos are artworks in their own right but when they are replicated in the form of paintings, they’re something else. Spanish artist Paco Pomet refers to the aesthetics of vintage vacation photos and historical landmarks in his latest series of oil paintings while blending humor and surreal elements. Abnormally elongated tubes and hints of neon green and orange make for a sense of dissatisfaction. With this, Pomet tries to depict a world in the distant future where humans are forced to seek shelter away from radioactive waste. He recently had his third exhibition with Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Check out more of his work in his portfolio. ...
Illustration

Psychedelic paintings explore deep relationship with humans and nature

Psychedelic artwork can be likened to a doorway that leads to the exploration of our relationship with nature and the universe. Illustrator James R. Eads has been keen to explore these philosophical relationships in his latest series of paintings. The works are comprised of psychedelic scenes made using a technicolor palette in the form of swirling patterns. The LA-based artist’s work is inspired by music and often finds himself creating gig posters for Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, and Iggy Pop. Some of them are available as art prints, and if you’d like to see more of his work, follow him on Instagram. ...
Painting

Surreal, dream-like paintings depict carnival rides in space

Eric Roux-Fountaine captures magical moments that appear to be taking place in between the real and the unseen. His paintings feature starlight, ghostly orbs, and even carnival rides in space. The French artist talks about the people appearing in each painting, “People depicted in paintings are more like actors. They appear in a scene then, it is up to everyone to put together the movie!” The works are inspired by the artist’s travels through Central America, India, and Eastern Europe, and if you'd like to see more, head on over to his website.    ...
Digital

Bizarre GIFs blend science fiction with surrealist environments

NYC-based digital artist and animator Carl Burton creates bizarre GIFs blending science fiction elements and surreal environments. Tentacles with illuminated ends, a ceiling fan suspended over viscous water are just two examples of what’s lurking in his blog. His software arsenal includes Cinema 4D, Photoshop, and of course, After Effects. Check out some of his surreal GIFs below, and head on over to his Tumblr for more. ...
Photography

Landscapes curl in on themselves in physics-defying photos

That trippy scene from Inception with the city bending in on itself? Laurent Rosset just mastered that in his new photography collection. The architect and digital artist creates landscapes that defy all laws of the universe and look stunningly surreal as they curl in on themselves. The sky is literally not the limit in these photos, it’s just another element that Rosset plays with as he manipulates compositions and meaning of his own photographs. Check out some of his digital photos below. and find more of his work on Instagram. ...
Illustration

Dark illustrations show the other side of society

In a series of dark and creepy surreal illustrations, Polish illustrator and artist Igor Morski has shown us a different side of society. Each image displays a darker, smart look into our society and how things aren’t always how they appear. He was inspired to create these after working at Wprost magazine. “This, I must admit, made a great impression, because people were not familiar with Photoshop, and many illustrations were taken literally, as if what was shown in the illustration was really true. This was especially true of photomontages with politicians. The fact that since then I have worked on photographic material has caused realism to appear in my work. The mere fact of depicting everything upside down has made me a surrealist.” For more of his work, check out his website or Facebook page. ...
Photography

Amazing images of elegant models underwater with sharks

In yet another amazing photo series created by Benjamin Von Wong, beautiful models dressed in elegant dresses are posed underwater among sharks. And no, there’s no Photoshop involved!  This project, titled “Shark Shepard”, was shot in Fiji. The crew had two hours a day to shoot, when the sharks would be active and the light would be visible. “Similar to squirrels at a park, the white tipped reef sharks would hover around us curiously only to scamper off if anyone got too close. Once one of them got deep enough into the cave and we thought there was a good chance of us capturing a shot, Amber would take a deep breath, rip off her mask and strike a couple of poses for as long as she could,” he said on his blog. ...
Sculpture

Copper animals and mythical creatures carry the weight of the world

Wang Ruilin is an artist residing in Beijing who has made a name for himself with his marvelously detailed copper sculptures of animals and mythical creatures that appear to carry the weight of mountains, oceans, and worlds. The sculptures feature smooth and seamless surfaces and curvatures. Ruilin also cites his dreams as a source of inspiration for the figures. Check out some of his beautiful sculptures below, and head on over to his website for more. ...
Illustration

Surreal illustrations mimic microscopic organisms

Scottish artist Cosmic Nuggets has created a fun series of surreal illustrations. Each of these images seems to mimic organisms you might study in a high school science class. The artist has an interest in biology, specifically in species and evolution. Depending on what your imagination thinks, you might see these designs as science class organisms coming to life, a a childlike monster or just simply a creative, surreal doodle that came right from Cosmic Nuggets brain. For more of Cosmic Nuggets' work, check out his website, or his page on Etsy. ...
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