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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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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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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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Mommy Transforms Her Toddler’s Sketches Into Beautiful Paintings

Sunday 09.07.2014 , Posted by
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One of the greatest challenges for any fine artist who has developed the technical skills to create anything is to paint like a child again, but Canadian artist Ruth Oosterman has found the perfect way. She creatively collaborates with her 2 year old daughter, Eve to produce beautiful paintings. Each one starts out with the toddler sketching with an ink pen. Eve’s mother gives her no direction and lets her do whatever she feels, then let’s her daughter’s creativity inspire her and uses her own imagination to quickly transform the scribbles into art. [Read more...]

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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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