If the renaissance took place in modern times, and the models were famous pop culture celebrities, what would the artwork have looked like? This was the theme for Worth1000′s photo manipulation contest and the results were quite hilarious. Master Photoshoppers let their creative juices flow as they imagined how Renaissance artists would have painted the pop icons of today. From Leonard DiCaprio starring in Van Gogh’s last self-portrait to Angelina Jolie as Rogier van der Weyden’s Portrait of a Lady many artists found the perfect fit and then there was Keanu Reeves as Edouard Louis Dubufe’s Portrait of Madame F… [Read more...]
In a world often obsessed with minimalism, Julie Heffernan gives us the fantastic gift of intricate masterpieces – in the form of surreal paintings that harken back to the masters of old. Her work, which is often influenced by the heavily ornamented and ornate Baroque period, is a collection of fanciful environments filled with carefully arranged elements from roses and temples, to skyscrapers and power lines. These later, modern elements of society are easily overlooked on first glance – the classic form and execution of the paintings taking precedence. On closer inspection (a must with these explorable works), we are treated to the realization that these paintings are far more recent than it first seemed. [Read more...]
Perhaps we shouldn’t call them freaks… these are just normal citizens trying to fit into everyday society. Or are they? From the Edwardian era to the Victorian, these characters are all a bit odd, but they’ve shown up to have their formal portrait taken in their finest clothing; with their hair and beards neatly combed and their individual characters written all over their face (even if that face has only one eyeball). Where did these creatures come from? [Read more...]
Her work rides a fine line between the grotesque and the beautiful, at once begging us to explore deeper and at the same time frightening us with what we find. Korean born, Paris based Jung-Yeon Min creates elaborate landscapes filled with organic, globular forms that resemble things as lovely as clouds and as revolting as innards. Like multiple worlds layered on top of each other, geometric forms and elements of reality weave their way into the scene – from polar bears and humans, to distant mountain ranges and lost luggage. It’s a world of the strange and the familiar. [Read more...]
When I first ran across the paintings of Jordan Piantedosi I was really having trouble nailing down how to define them. Her central female figures are made from a smattering of color in all kinds of shapes… and sometimes interwoven into the mix are playful elements like Can-Can dancers, seashells and superheros. Where does such work fit when there’s so much going on at once? It helped me out a lot when I found out Piantedosi considers herself a “maximalist” painter, which as you’d guess is the exact opposite of a “minimalist” painter. For Jordan Piantedosi it’s “more, more, more!” [Read more...]
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With stark contrasts of organic and geometric form, Sairah Ali paints a world of colorful animals. Each of her paintings features a central animal figure – realistically rendered – while the background pops into bold multicolored pattern. Although not organic in form, the backgrounds are hued to inspire visions of nature: fields, the sky or the jungle. In this way, what could be two clashing elements form a beautiful and inspired whole. [Read more...]
With the aim of showing how fragile the human body can be in ever complex urban environments, Melbourne based artist Jeremy Geddes creates surreal paintings. In his recent series titled Exhale, Jeremy painted his subjecs in desolate environments, often experiencing some form of impossible levitation or dynamic explosion. Viewing the works, one can acknowledge the fine brushwork, layers of glaze, tones and color he puts into each piece. [Read more...]
Archan Nair is a New Delhi based visual artist, illustrator and Art Director who specializes in mixed media, illustration, and digital art. Before becoming a full time artist, he was involved with fashion and various entrepreneurial ventures, themes which find themselves woven through his dynamic pieces. He began painting in 2006 as a 24 year old and today mixes both digital media and physical paint into his work. [Read more...]