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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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Modern Magazine Covers Superimposed on Classic Paintings

Monday 08.25.2014 , Posted by
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This is a mashup of layered iconography if we’ve ever seen one. Multimedia producer and writer Eisen Bernard Bernardo has been superimposing modern magazine covers on classical paintings. Here the figures in paintings from the likes of Boticelli, Picasso and Waterhouse are mashed up with modern covers featuring current stars like Miranda Kerr, Penelope Cruz and Pharrell. [Read more...]

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Fish, Frogs and Turtles Painted in Layers of Resin

Tuesday 08.19.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve covered Singaporean artist Keng Lye before, but his new work is even more astounding. It’s hard to believe these fish, frogs and turtles aren’t really alive, but each is created using carefully applied layers of acrylic paint locked in layers of clear resin. We wouldn’t be surprised if the frogs and fish jumped. [Read more...]

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Serene Desolation: Hyper-Realistic Paintings of Small Town America

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes the most simple of scenes can make the most poignant of paintings. Artistic interpretations of small town America have documented the journey of the country through the years, recording societal changes in the familiar landscape as it transitioned into the modern era. Artist Rod Penner continues this tradition by painting small towns in the great state of Texas. It’s part photojournalism, part photorealism. [Read more...]

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“Handimals:” Guido Daniele Paints Strikingly Realistic Animals on Hands

Saturday 08.09.2014 , Posted by
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Body painting seems to be everywhere at the moment, but Guido Daniele focuses on just one part of that canvas: the hands. After working as a hyper-realistic illustrator, he took a pioneering leap and applied his airbrush skills to the body throughout the ‘90s. Then in the 2000’s he narrowed his focus to just the hands – creating a series he calls “Handimals.” [Read more...]

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An Enchanting Body Art by Moran Newman

Monday 07.21.2014 , Posted by
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In the world of body painting a dynamic artist is emerging, turning the skin of a human body into magical realms of color and form. Based in Ein Vered, Israel, her name is Moran Newman and is widely considered one the best body painters in the country. She recently participated in the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria and is currently on a painting tour in Europe. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Baby Bump Paintings Pamper Mom While Welcoming Baby

Sunday 07.13.2014 , Posted by
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Children love having their faces painted, but why should they have all the fun? There would be no children if it weren’t for their mothers, so UK based artist Carrie Preston has found a way to celebrate the miracle of life that happens inside of a mother’s belly. She explains, “I paint bumps! It may seem completely mad to some people, in fact some even go as far to describe it as vulgar. I personally see it as beautiful. Painting a pregnant bump allows you to freely express yourself, it’s fun and relaxing.” Based in the UK, Preston has painted over 130 baby bumps and counting. From Disney movie scenes to kangaroo pouches, the cosmos, and special holiday themes she spends around 2 hours on each bump. [Read more...]

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Personal Mythologies Explore the Banal & Bizarre

Thursday 07.03.2014 , Posted by
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Ben Smith’s paintings take the ordinary, even the banal, and transforms it into something curious and unique. Many of his works are portraits, but far from recording reality, they touch on the surreal by adding multiples of the subject, other strangely placed characters, or even conjoined creatures that are obliquely interacted with. In short, his subjects are experiencing something pretty far out. [Read more...]

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The International Buffalo Bodypainting Festival in China

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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Later this week, the World Bodypainting Festival begins in Austria, but last month a similar competition took place in the southern hills of China: Buffalo Painting. Located in Jiangcheng county, the annual International Buffalo Bodypainting competition coincides with the region’s founding. This year marked the 60th anniversary for Jiangcheng, and a total of 48 water buffaloes got “dressed” for the occasion. [Read more...]

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Get Back in Black With Fluorescent Paintings By John Poppleton

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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Many go to great lengths to achieve a healthy glow, and the models behind John Poppleton’s “Bodyscapes” get a little extra help. In his special blacklight studio, the artist uses fluorescent pigments to paint dramatic au natural landscapes on female bodies. When illuminated with a blacklight, the illustrations emit an eerie, majestic glow, powerfully evoking the drama of radiant sunsets, crashing waterfalls, and shimmering constellations.  [Read more...]

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