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Old Retired Surfboards Get a New Life as Artwork

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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What happens to old surfboards when they’re old, leaky and ready for retirement? If they’re really lucky, they’re given to Australian artist Jerryn Dower who gives them a new life as slick wall art… or hey, stick it in the sand. [Read more...]

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Paintings for Ants: One Tiny Painting Every Day for One Year

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re looking at these images on a computer screen, they’re far larger than life. Lorraine Loots has a phenomenal talent for creating paintings so small they’re dwarfed by the tools used to make them. The Cape Town-based artist created these pieces as part of a long running 365-day project, making one new illustration per day in her series “Paintings for Ants”. [Read more...]

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Artist Reaches Out and Touches His Hyperrealistic Paintings

Tuesday 09.16.2014 , Posted by
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Venezuelan artist Gustavo Silva Nuñez paints people so realistically it looks like he can reach out and touch them. In fact, he’s been posting pictures that look just like that. His recent hyperrealistic paintings are an exploration of people in water – swimming, floating, exploding from the surface – with each tiny droplet rendered so believably you would think the canvas was wet. In his whimsical progress shots, Nuñez reaches out, seemingly holding his subjects in place as he puts on the finishing touches. Be sure to check out his fantastic work on Instagram and Facebook. [Read more...]

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Get Lost In The Never-Ending Details Of A Joshua Mays Mural

Tuesday 09.09.2014 , Posted by
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In the next couple of months, a few of Oakland’s buildings will be getting a beautiful face lift. Talented painter, artist, and muralist Joshua Mays will be working on a series of 4 murals which he calls BEACON and hopes to finish by October 1st, 2014. In his signature dreamlike style, with soft colors, rich details, and luscious layers ripe with feminine energy, Mays will transform old buildings into conversation pieces. From his drawings to his paintings and especially his murals, there is so much to see that even after 10 minutes of deep stares, you can still discover new things. Mays also has murals up in Philadelphia, Denver, Washington D.C., Portland, and Mexico City. [Read more...]

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OsGemeos Transform Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants

Tuesday 09.09.2014 , Posted by
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Renowned Brazilian street artist twins, OsGemeos have lent their signature ‘Giants’ to a series of six huge silos for the Vancouver Biennale. Located on Granville Island, the 70-foot tall towers perfectly match the duo’s work, even including small legs at the bottom. [Read more...]

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Mommy Transforms Her Toddler’s Sketches Into Beautiful Paintings

Sunday 09.07.2014 , Posted by
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One of the greatest challenges for any fine artist who has developed the technical skills to create anything is to paint like a child again, but Canadian artist Ruth Oosterman has found the perfect way. She creatively collaborates with her 2 year old daughter, Eve to produce beautiful paintings. Each one starts out with the toddler sketching with an ink pen. Eve’s mother gives her no direction and lets her do whatever she feels, then let’s her daughter’s creativity inspire her and uses her own imagination to quickly transform the scribbles into art. [Read more...]

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Window Silhouettes Play with the World Outside

Tuesday 09.02.2014 , Posted by
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Spanish street artist Pejac is no stranger to the art of the silhouette. Even when doing highly detailed paint work his pieces often incorporate some form of clever black and white figure or shape. One way he’s experimented with silhouettes is on the windows of his apartments, most recently creating a playful tribute to French high-wire artist Philippe Petit. Here, in an imaginative use of forced-perspective, the tightrope walker balances on a jet’s vapor trail. [Read more...]

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Digital Paintings Using Google Maps as Reference

Monday 09.01.2014 , Posted by
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Christian Lonsdale has a different way of painting the world – he does it from his home, traveling the globe using Google Maps and digitally painting the fantastic places he finds. After locating a suitable place captured in panoramic form (it could be anywhere from Iceland to Tasmania), he selects a good perspective, sits down with Photoshop and a pen tablet, and paints what he sees. It’s a far cry from painting in situ, but it does demonstrate a creative way to get a custom view of the world, regardless of your location or frequent flyer status. [Read more...]

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Ricardo Solis Shows How the Zebra Got Its Stripes (& Other Animals Too)

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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Like a bizarre scene out of Gulliver’s Travels, Mexican artist Ricardo Solis illustrates animals being climbed over – and created – by Lilliputian figures. Gigantic zebras have their stripes airlifted onto their back by airship, flamingos have their color applied by paintball cannons, and pangolins have scales applied to number-assigned locations. In each image, the workers bring colorful reality to an incomplete chinese ink illustration. [Read more...]

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This Street Art is Obviously Trying to Escape the Wall: Anamorphic Paint from Odeith

Wednesday 08.27.2014 , Posted by
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Lots of street artists create 3D writing, but Portuguese street artist Odeith creates work which seems to literally jump from the walls. His form of anamorphic painting is often tucked into the corner of a room, playfully interacting with the 90 degree walls as if it were hung between them. To bolster the effect, he paints reflections and shadows onto the floor and wall. It’s highly convincing. [Read more...]

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