Beautiful faces peer from the pages of discarded vintage books. The printed word forms horizontal patterns in contrast with the curving forms of lips and hair, while giving each figure a certain fragility… “as if the wind may blow them away at any moment.” These are the ink drawings of Loui Jover, a Queensland Australia based artist who has been perfecting his craft since childhood. [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...]
With vibrant color splashes, drips, and splotches, Rowan Newton creates paintings as gorgeous as they are colorful. The UK-based artist has been drawn to street art since he was a young boy growing up in the city of Brixton. Much like graffiti artists transform unlikely spaces into art, he likes to use wood or cardboard as the canvas for his paintings, and stylizes them in a similar fashion.
If there’s one photographer who is making a splash, it’s definitely Tim Tadder. Last year he made us laugh with underwater funny faces in Fish Heads and Water Wigs for bald men and now he’s extending his fancy ephemeral wig line to women. By using razors to pop water balloons over the ladies’ bald heads and capturing that moment of explosion perfectly with colorful lighting, he creates unique futuristic runway hairstyles. [Read more...]
Just the subject of cars and pin-up girls has a retro flare to it… add the distinctly old school stylings of Florence Italy based designer Simone Massoni, and you have one tasty morsel of sexy vintage wheels. His series Chicks & Wheels features just that, fantasy women with fantasy cars, done up in a style somewhat reminiscent of the swinging illustration king of lead sleds and cocktail hour, Shag. [Read more...]
If you’re looking for portraits which literally leap from the page with unique color and textural stylings, look no further than art student Ariel Stater. Everything she puts her pencil or paintbrush to simply exudes well thought out creation… yet she mostly works on the fly, creating her works as inspiration strikes. Her elements come together with sharp, collage-like borders, intermixed with perfectly placed textures and detailed painterly highlights. Her characters, despite their many dissimilar elements, peer out of the canvas with a depth of personality which is strikingly lifelike and personal. [Read more...]
Jasper Goodall is a well known name to some. His illustrations have helped shape the evolution of how the female form is represented and influenced other artists in a major way, all while providing consistent inspiration to fans worldwide. Born in 1973 in Birmingham, England, he is the son of two artists: his mother a fine artist and photographer, and his father an architect. Throughout the years Goodall provided a body of work for the now closed The Face magazine and has done a number of commission based artworks in the UK. Here at Visual News, we decided to focus on his recent work involving the female figure. [Read more...]
When I ran across these old 50′s pin-up gals the other day, I couldn’t help but hear some lonely Korean War soldier remarking, “wow, will you look at the gams on this dame!” If these did make it to that war, they came all the way from the advertising pages of America. These classic examples of the mid-century feminine ideal were created by legendary advertising painter Gil Elvgren during his long and successful career. Each image features his original photograph, mocking up the scene to be painted later. His models pose in campy and sometimes awkward positions, doing their best to emulate the scene and demonstrating what must be some of the earliest examples of the dreaded “duck face.” [Read more...]