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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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These creative log pilers turned boring piles of logs into art

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 11 September 2014

Can you make mundane, laborious, and possibly back-breaking work fun? Well, these log pilers could, and some, like yours truly, may even view what they did as masterpieces of art. These unsung artists have patiently reviewed the different types, cuts, textures and colors of logs they have at their disposal and instead of merely dumping […]

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Artist creates awesome anime artwork on a single Post-it note

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Monday 8 September 2014

I hate Post-its as they were often scrawled with ‘I want this by 10 am tomorrow’ when they arrived at my work desk, stubbornly stuck on top of a stack of files. If only they came in the form of Akira Nagoya’s beautifully cut artwork. The China-Born Japanese artist is a kakmikiri (loosely translated as paper cutting) master, and many of his designs are inspired by centuries-old imagery, such as the phoenix, or nature’s flowers.

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2D drawings on the beach turns 3D with humans in them

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 4 September 2014

Public sand art on beautiful beaches has been amazingly done by many but they have always been about patterns and geometrics. Until Jamie Harkins, an artist and musician from New Zealand, came ashore and created these cheeky optical illusions and 3D images on beaches that makes us go WOW!

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These erotic images of lips are actually hyper-realistic paintings

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 4 September 2014

I never knew paintings of lips could turn me on this much! Paris-based artist Hubert De Lartigue expresses his fascination with the female form through hyper-realistic paintings that will make you believe you’re looking at a photograph.

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Large-scale surrealist graphite drawings by James Jirat Patradoon

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Wednesday 3 September 2014

We’re buzzed about the new exhibitions by Australian artist, James Jirat Patradoon. Hydra, the first exhibition in Melbourne which opened at the RVCA Corner Gallery last week, channels the manic energy of the way we experience imagery online to create a series of large-scale surrealist graphite drawings.

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Dali authored a cookbook in 1973 and it’s as surreal as it gets

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 3 September 2014

Salvador Dalí was best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work, but did you know he was also the author of something as practical and down-to-earth as a cookbook? Published in 1973, it’s a big, gold cookbook with very old-school classic recipes, like lobsters glazed in aspic. Add a healthy dose of his signature surrealism via some intensely erotic paintings and you’ll get an idea why this is such a collector’s item.

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Artist uses feathers as canvas for her paintings

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 2 September 2014

Talk about an unconventional canvas! Indiana-based artist Jamie Homeister paints the portraits of birds using their very feathers! As a tribute to her Canadian heritage and to Native American culture, Homeister meticulously paints, parrots, eagles, owls, and sometimes other animals like foxes and bears, on the medium that she says is no easier than ‘painting on blades of grass’.

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These are the sexiest rolls of foam you will ever see

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 2 September 2014

I never knew rolls of foam could turn me on… until today. Previously, we featured French sculptor Etienne Gros’ series ‘Les Mousses’, wherein he bends, tucks, and pinches foam to look like the gorgeous curves of a woman’s body. Since then he’s expanded his collection, adding more of the unconventional material resembling classic nudes.

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We never knew surrealism looked so good as tattoos!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 2 September 2014

Most tattoos have underlying messages that require the observer to ask the owner what they mean. But in this case, I don’t think the owners themselves even understand what their tattoo means! Milan-based tattoo artist Pietro Sedda uses surrealism to ink the flesh of his clients, painting faceless portraits that show what they feel rather […]

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Finally, a colouring book for grown-ups to ease the pain of … growing up

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 1 September 2014

Let’s face it-life isn’t half as good as we thought it’d be when we were kids. We don’t get to play all day. Nobody makes our meals and cuts off the crusts of our sandwiches (right?). And most of us have to work tedious jobs just to survive. All those magical nursery books we read as children were rubbish.

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Miniature-ception: tiny animals carrying tiny worlds on their backs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 30 August 2014

‘SEKAI’, which means ‘world’ in Japanese, is a series by artist Maico Akiba, wherein she places miniature ecosystems on the backs of toy animals and dinosaurs. Using materials often used for model train sets, the artist creates scenes of humans with shops and homes going about their normal day, oblivious to the fact that they […]

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Sticky fingers! This artist paints with different flavors of ice cream

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Saturday 30 August 2014

How artistic can one get with ice cream? If you are talented like me, you wipe your gooey fingers onto your tee and call it abstract art. For Baghdad-based artist, he waits for his ice cream to melt and then uses them as paint. If he requires more colors, he adds more ice cream flavors […]

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Street art that makes more sense as you come closer

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 29 August 2014

Street artist Pejac’s latest works in Paris involve you having to give them a detailed examination, because if you don’t come closer, you might not even notice they’re artworks at all! One of his street art involves a seemingly ordinary door on a wall, but upon inspection, it’s actually just a clever painting on a thick wall crack.

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Ukrainian artist creates unbelievable recreations of famous paintings using nothing but plasticine

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Friday 29 August 2014

Svitlana Postelga is an artist with a refreshingly unusual talent. Most of us are familiar with plasticine as a children’s toy (and an awesome one at that!) but Postelga uses the versatile substance as a medium, from which she creates her own versions of iconic paintings.

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This is what music looks like vibrating in threads of wool

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Thursday 28 August 2014

Demonstrating the hypnotic power of simultaneously hearing, touching and seeing sound, two different installations by Paris-based artist Bertrand Lanthiez engage with the impact of music on the entire body. Sounds of Threads was exhibited in Reykjavik, Iceland, in June 2013, where visitors interacted with the immersive work by both feeling and creating music.

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