Butterflies are one of nature’s most beautiful creatures, but with a lifespan ranging from a few days to a year (for migrating Monarch), but on average a few weeks, their beauty is ephemeral. Russian artist Vadim Zaritsky immortalizes the magnificence of butterflies by using their wings in his paintings. No butterflies are harmed in this process, for he only uses the wings of those that are already dead, which he gathers on the roads in his hometown of Lipetsk or gets from collectors (if the wings are imperfect). A former police officer, Zaritsky has created over 100 butterfly pieces in the last five years. Each work can take anywhere from a week to several months to complete. [Read more...]
Coffee beans, grape seeds, matchstick tips- it seems no surface is too tiny for Hasan Kale to transform into a work of art. The Turkish artist achieves a mind blowing amount of detail in his miniature paintings of his hometown of Istanbul, portraits, and Renaissance beauties. He uses the most peculiar objects such as nuts, seeds, single grains of rice, teeth and butterfly wings for his canvas yet still finds a way to make his subjects distinguishable in their nanoscale size.