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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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4 Lessons From the Life of Orson Welles

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Orson Welles has a varied reputation depending on who you ask. He lived many lives. Some cite his egotism and success as a Broadway theater director during the Depression. Others mention his War of the Worlds broadcast which, according to legend, scared the living daylights out of the American people and convinced many that they were truly being attacked by aliens. Some cite his genius directorship of the ‘greatest movie ever made,’ Citizen Kane. Finally, others mention his uneven and difficult later years; his battles with studios, his ads for California wine and weight gain, and his lack of finished projects. [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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Florentijn Hofman’s Gigantic Lounging Bunny Meets a Fiery End

Monday 09.15.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve definitely seen the work of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman before. He’s the creator of the world’s largest rubber duck that’s been slowly floating to harbors around the world. Now he’s created a bunny sculpture that is no less gigantic. Called “Moon Rabbit” the sculpture was part of the Taoyuan Land Arts Festival located at Dayuan Town Naval Base in Taiwan. The piece was made as a homage to East Asian folklore, which talks of a rabbit that lives on the moon (you’ve seen that before right?). Here the bunny gazes up at the sky, perhaps dreaming of getting back home. [Read more...]

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Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture from a Photographer Accused of Espionage

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not every day people go urban exploring in Russia, but English photographer Rebecca Litchfield did it. Over 10 trips into previously Soviet regions she ducked behind fences, risked radiation exposure, was arrested, interrogated and even accused of espionage – all in the name of documenting the relics of the fallen Soviet Union. Her collection of images and the book she recently published are titled Soviet Ghosts. [Read more...]

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Intricate Quilled Paper Illustrations from Yulia Brodskaya

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Talented Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya continues to experiment with her illustrative quilling style. Since we covered her work previously, she has continued to explore portraits of the aged, using her curled paper to portray the deeply creased faces of the older generations (it’s a surprisingly good fit). Her latest work doesn’t stick to the page either – many elements climb out of the scene in sculptural 3D. [Read more...]

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Exquisite Illustrations Blend Biology and Technology

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Seattle-based artist and textile designer Olivia Knapp creates exquisite illustrations influenced by European line engravings from the 16th to 18th centuries. But, unlike the scientific drawings that inspired them, the work includes choice examples of modern technology amongst her surrealistically rendered biological features. [Read more...]

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Flower Eyes Gaze Out of the Canvas

Tuesday 09.09.2014 , Posted by
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Take a peek at Italian artist Beniamino Leone’s fantastic series ‘Fioriture.’ Here, women’s faces peer out of his large canvas’ with floral eyes that lend them a truly surreal visage. I haven’t decided yet if these are beautiful or unnerving, but somewhere in between is perfect too. [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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That’s Amore! Famous Pop-Culture Couples Illustrated by Ale Giorgini

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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Whether it’s an upside down Spiderman kiss planted on Mary Jane Watson, or a warm nuzzle from Snoopy for Charlie Brown, it’s not hard to be nostalgic about pop-culture icons – but Italian illustrator Ale Giorgini makes it even easier. His brand of Jetson’s-esq line-work give any character or scene a delightfully retro flavor, and his new series ‘That’s Amore!’ is a tasty example. [Read more...]

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