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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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The elderly are introduced to urban art in Lisbon, Portugal

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 25 May 2015

It looks like Lisbon, Portugal, is the place to grow old. In this city, the elderly are able to discover the fine art of graffiti through LATA 65 – an organization dedicated to introducing the older generation to urban art.

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Hand-painted skeletons reflect on consumer culture across the world

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Saturday 23 May 2015

This is art you don’t see everyday! Gurt Swanenberg has hand painted skeletons and skulls of animals with the logos of major brands across the world.

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Accurate body painting shows how a baby fits inside a pregnant woman’s belly

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 22 May 2015

Ever wondered how an entire human could fit inside another human for 9 months? Dutch maternal and infant photographer Leonie Versantvoort shows us how using something as simple as body paint.

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Teeny tiny miniature hand blown vases and wine glasses

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 21 May 2015

If you’ve ever tried your hand at glassblowing, you’ll know all too well how incredibly difficult it can be to achieve a perfect finished piece. Even artists experienced for decades make flops. So to see these miniature wine glasses, vases and beakers standing just centimetres tall is quite astounding.

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Classical paintings superimposed on modern-day settings make everyday life more interesting

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 21 May 2015

Angels, deities, and other scantily-clad classical figures make modern-day settings, such as subways and bus stops, their new homes in the series ‘2 Reality’.

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Creative duo creates 3D paper illustrations of spaceships, animals, and everything else

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Nancy, France-based Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of creative agency ‘Zim & Zou’ breathe life into paper by turning it into 3D illustrations of food, animals, and even spaceships.

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Currencies around the world look better with superheroes on them than politicians

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 20 May 2015

While politicians might not exactly be superhero material (super villain material, perhaps), Italy-based artist Alessandro Rabatti nonetheless shows us what they’d look like in masks and capes.

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Maple leaf skeletons are given new life by turning them into bowl sculptures

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 20 May 2015

89-year-old artist Kay Sekimachi takes the skeletons of ordinary maple leaves and turns them into extraordinary works of art. Using Kozo paper (a thin Japanese paper made from Kozo trees), watercolor, and Krylon coating, she is able to turn the leaves into elegant bowl sculptures. Although due to the delicate nature of the artworks, it […]

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Western Australian grain silos get a creatively cool makeover

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 19 May 2015

Award-winning artist Alex Brewer aka HENSE, was commissioned by FORM for PUBLIC 2015 to paint over grain silos in the small town of Northam.

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Ordinary plates become artworks after they are painted with images of people and food

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 18 May 2015

Canadian artist Jacqueline Poirier treats a plate much like how everyone else does: as a canvas. Only difference is, she doesn’t decorate it with culinary art. She creates another kind of art instead.

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In China, a giant panda statue with its own Iron Man suit

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 18 May 2015

As if pandas weren’t cool enough! In Shenyang, China, local artist Bi Heng has put up a 9-metre high, 7-metre wide panda statue that would give Iron Man a run for his money.

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These glass sculptures appear to have real jellyfish swimming inside of them

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 18 May 2015

While on a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium many years ago, artist Rick Satava became entranced with a tank full of pacific coast jellyfish. Looking at them up close felt like admiring art at a museum. From then on, he set about dedicating his life’s work to recreating these beautiful creatures in glass form.

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Wry comic paintings by Brooklyn artist, Dave Ellis

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By Kate Farrall in New Art on Saturday 16 May 2015

Brooklyn artist, Dave Ellis turns his comic-style sketches into large paintings that reveal many wry truths about his life. His sarcastic sensibilities shine through as he pokes fun at the way he lived when sex, drugs and rock-n-roll were his anthem.

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Kate McCarthy’s colourful artwork is coming to Hobart’s Penny Contemporary gallery

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 15 May 2015

A brand new art exhibition is bringing tons of colour and imagination to Hobart’s Penny Contemporary gallery, and you’re invited to this lively show.

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20,000 sheets of paper and four tonnes of stone create a Bridge in the Lake District

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By Perspective in New Art on Friday 15 May 2015

20,000 sheets of poppy red paper and 4 tonnes of stone drawn from the river bed are all that environmental artist Steve Messam is using to create PaperBridge, a stunning intervention into one of Britain’s most dramatic landscapes. This remarkable, weight-bearing paper bridge, resplendent in red, has straddled a flowing waterway in the beautiful Lake District as part of Lakes Ignite since early May.

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