This New Printing Process Lets Blind People “See” Art Masterpieces

In Spain’s Museo Del Prado, new technology lets blind people—and everyone—touch art masterpieces. Think of it as braille for paintings. They aren’t the original paintings themselves, of course, but rather detailed high-resolution replicas. Thanks to a new 3D-printing process called Didú, which creates physical objects the way a 3D printer would but applies particular chemicals that allow for more sensory detail when touched, viewers can experience the paintings in a new way.

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Developed by printing studio Estudios Durero, the process begins with a super high-resolution of the painting itself. According to the studio’s homepage:

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Dreams You Can Almost Touch. Paintings by Finnish Artist Samuli Heimonen

Finnish artist Samuli Heimonen creates surreal paintings which explore humanity’s big questions, using metaphor, and his love for animals and nature as a way to tell the story. His dreamlike imagery is highly atmospheric, yet is still able to communicate deep human emotions with near physical impact. Like any dream, the line between reality and illusion is remarkably thin.

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It Took Over 1000 Light Paintings to Create This Impressive Video

Darren Pearson, aka Darius Twin, takes us on a trip to the Photon Zoo in his mesmerizing video Lightspeed. The last time we featured the Los Angeles-based light artist he was creating glowing dinosaurs in mid-air. Now he’s put his art in motion, which is no small feat when you consider how it’s made. For each frame you see here, Darius Twin takes a long exposure photograph and draws the entire camel, snake, dolphin, etc. Think about drawing something repeatedly, in mid-air, in darkness, and you get how impressive that is.

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What Is Real and What is Magic? Masterful Illusions Painted by Robert Gonsalves

Almost nothing is as it seems in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves’ surreal paintings. Look at them from one perspective and they’re one thing, but from another an entirely different scene emerges. His witty and inspired creations are filled with masterful illusions that keep you guessing at what is real.

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The Animal Kingdom, Hidden on the Form of the Human Body

We have done our share of posts on body painters, from Moran Newman, to Cecilia Paredes and Johannes Stötter, but Shannon Holt brings out the animal in us like no one else. The Florida-based artist embarked on a painting exploration that involved testing different surfaces on which to paint animals – and it was her last experiment that revealed her final destination.

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Portraits of World Leaders as Hipsters

Artist Amit Shimoni often found himself thinking about the motivations and beliefs of the world’s leaders, past and present. Then he wondered, how did they compare to the millennial generation? Taking particular notice of a millennial’s consideration for fashion and style, and decided to create a series of some of these famous leaders from the past in “hipster” fashion.

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Amy Bennett Builds Miniature Worlds, Then Paints The Life of the People that Inhabit Them

If you’re wondering how artist Amy Bennett achieves the unusual appearance of her paintings, it’s because she has an incredibly unusual technique. Bennett creates expansive 3D models using cardboard, foam, wood, paint, glue, and model railroad miniatures, then photographs the tiny worlds and paints the results in oil on panel.

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Kevin Peterson Paints Innocence in a Sometimes Difficult World

Children are so innocent when they are young, but as they grow up in the wild world, they discover the behaviors of the humans who have lived longer. It’s hard to hold on to that sweetness once possessed. Artist Kevin Peterson explores this contrast, painting the innocence of a young girl growing up in a broken world. On his large canvases, we see young girls in their pretty dresses against a harsh backdrop of concrete walls covered with graffiti and worn posters.

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Nick Gentry Paints Striking Portraits on Old Film Negatives

If these images look familiar, it’s because you’ve seen the media remixing work of Nick Gentry before. The last time we featured the London-based artist, he’d painted impressive portraits on discarded floppy disks, perfectly matching each figure to the square/round shape of the digital format. Now he’s created a series of portraits that continue his passion for repurposing defunct media, using old film negatives as a striking gossamer canvas.

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Window Illusions on the Streets of Istanbul

Spanish street artist Pejac recently took a trip to Istanbul, using his time there to give the city a few new windows (in his own illusory street art style of course). His work fits seamlessly into the local architecture and would probably be missed if they weren’t so interesting and different. While in the ancient city, he created a piece that looks like a keyhole, a gothic arched window, and a tiny window with massive wooden shutters.

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