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High-brow art, low-brow art, somewhere in between brow-art. Hmmm. We wear our brows firmly on our face, thank-you. Oh, that’s a photorealistic line drawing of a cat riding a bicycle, you say. Right? No, well, it looks kinda cool so we’ll say it’s art anyway. And we’ll dig it more if it actually has some meaning.

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Beautiful Bubble Art by Tomoya Matsuura

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 18 February 2014

Conduction is a series of photographs by Japanese artist Tomoya Matsuura which shows the science of conduction at work with the beauty of bubbles. In the series, numerous bubbles appear to be trapped and intertwined with thread as they are captured on camera, creating an incomprehensible and mesmerizing image.

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Royal cats in classical oil paintings! We interviewed the artist behind the series

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 18 February 2014

Cats in classical oil paintings? How the internet didn’t completely breakdown when these came out is a complete mystery. But for those amazed and enamored by this cute and artsy-fartsy series, guess what, we interviewed the guy who did it. Read on to find out the bigger story of the artist, Eldar Zakirov and the cats immortalized on canvas. [read our original post about these royal cat paintings here]

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Surreal large-scale installations by Pavel Platonov

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By Mareike Muller in New Art on Saturday 15 February 2014

Young Russian artist Pavel Platonov literally faced many obstacles before he started to delight us not only with his dark and intense photography, but also with his large installations made from used mirror, metal and other sharp and raw materials. His art is wonderful because it creates such an exciting clash between the real and the unreal, the future and the past by still capturing the distinct Eastern European-style that you can see in the origin of his work.

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Hundreds of strands of polymer clay combine to create amazing portraits

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 15 February 2014

Polymer Clay is a material generally used to create figurines and sculptures through various techniques of molding, baking, sanding, drilling, carving, and painting. But Washington DC-based illustrator Joseph Barbaccia has come up with a unique way of using the material to make portraits with a vibrant twist. He rolls the polymer clay into hundreds of […]

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Strikingly delicate anatomical structures of fish, inside-out

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 15 February 2014

Adam Summers, the principal investigator of University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories, as well as its associate director, conducts a lot of work on cartilaginous fishes, as well as amphibians and reptiles. These breathtaking pictures reveal the anatomical structure of marine specimens for research and learning.

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‘I could have painted that’: Brilliant children’s book pokes fun at pretentious art

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 14 February 2014

In late 2013, artist Miriam Elia launched a successful fundraising appeal on KickStarter for We Go To The Gallery, a children’s book with the look and feel of these Ladybird Books for birds. The book mocks the art world, as well as takes on decidedly un-kiddy themes like sex and death.

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Whiskey bottles that have rad tattoos

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

Some whiskey bottles just got some rad tats, what’s your excuse? To celebrate their period of origin – the late 19th century, a time when tattoos were becoming popular – J&B partnered up with tattoo artist Sebastien Mathieu of Le Sphinx in creating these 25 limited edition tattooed bottles of J&B blended scotch whiskey.

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Steely and slick: Animal lifeforms with mechanical makeovers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

Architecture and design firm Paperna-Yaniv has given the likes of mussels, birds and even mozzies a complete steel makeover, while keeping their overall essence in place. The 2D templates were first etched in stainless steel before they were expanded into 3D forms.

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A turntable that works even while submerged underwater

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

Submerged Turntable is an installation in which a record player defies the laws of electronics by actually playing music while submerged underwater. Turns out, if you seal your audio equipment well enough, you can prevent water damage and listen to some good tunes while you’re at the pool. Sculptor Evan Holm created this well-tuned, visually-appealing installation, and you can see how he put this all together at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. And the icing on the proverbial cake? Beyonce.

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Flighty sculptures getting ready for lift-off with hundreds of butterflies

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

David Kracov’s works — he sculpts, paints and animates — commonly include butterflies. To him, the winged insect symbolizes the fragility and value of a child’s life, so it is no surprise his butterfly-propelled sculptures are especially inspiring. One such work, Reflections, was created in memory of the lives lost in the 9/11 tragedy and […]

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The secret doodles of Kafka: Surprisingly free of doom and gloom

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

Whenever poet Gustav Janouch — who penned the book Conversations with Kafka — happened to chance upon Franz Kafka while he was doodling away, the Metamorphosis author apparently preferred to tear up his drawings than let Janouch see them. According to Kafka, these doodles were ‘not as harmless as they look’: ‘These drawings are the remains of an old, deep-rooted passion.

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Japanese colour Woodcuts by Kitagawa Utamaro

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 12 February 2014

‘Ukiyo-e’, translated as ‘pictures of the floating world’, are prints and paintings that recorded everyday scenes during the Tokugawa Shogunate of the Edo period (1614-1868) in Japan. Usually, the subjects would range from celebrated courtesans of the Yoshiwara district, Kabuki theatre actors, sumo wrestlers, and average people doing their everyday activities. So it’s much like […]

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City life and vibrant colours drawn onto sheet music

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 12 February 2014

UK-based illustrator and designer Mike Lemanski has breathed life into otherwise ‘normal’ sheets of music by illustrating miniature people doing their daily routines amongst the notes and bars on the page.

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This dad coloured-in his kids’ art to kill time on business trips – we interviewed him

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Redditor Tatsputin, or Fred Giovannitti in real life,  wowed us all with his superior dad skills by simply colouring in his kids’ artworks to kill the time on his business trips. The Internet picked up the story and the rest, as they say, is history. We spoke to the Super Dad about how it all started and what he’s been doing since [read our original post about Tatsputin here and here's a Facebook Q&A our readers did with him]

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Tony Montana loves that white powdery stuff called flour

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Say hello to my little friend. And by ‘little’, I mean it literally. Scarface’s Tony Montana – or should I say Toy Montana – is one of the many toy characters Tumblr artist VSE OK uses to create tiny world scenarios. In this episode, we see Montana looking to get some of that addicting white […]

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