Take a close look: ‘This is clearly a painting’. That’s what you’ll most likely expect, wouldn’t you? Now, take a further look and imagine that these are real life people with paint on them. ‘Wow’, right? Alexa Meade, from D.C, has created a new art form it seems. She likes to blend people into her creations in a pretty unusual way. With her aesthetic, she manages to play around skillfully combing paint, portraiture, photography and performance.
A finger painting that doesn’t look like a huge mess. Who knew? New York-based artist Judith Braun has drawn directly onto the wall with her fingers dipped in charcoal dust to create a 50-foot mural, currently on show at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia.
Influenced deeply by the wonders of nature makes Dia Elhamawi’s colours come alive. You feel the flowers, birds, trees and the calligraphy in vital combinations and it makes you feel as if you have stepped into natural surroundings. Even more so with the larger works. He is one of Syria’s leaders in modern art and has participated in an array of domestic and international art exhibitions.
I wish had the patience of Colin Chillag when it comes to painting. I read in an interview that he can spend up to a day just painting an eye. I also find his work intriguing in that the unpainted areas seem to heighten the realism.
I came across Tanaka’s artwork by chance. All it took was a flyer for her first solo exhibit at a local coffee house in Denton, Texas. When visiting the show, I found well-calibrated, intense watercolors, bloody fantasies of dreamland escapes, and multi-faceted characters. Between daydreams and nightmares, I will choose to die in her world.
Casey Diebold is a very good friend of mine and I had the pleasure of doing a show with him at Sacred Gallery NYC in 2010. Diebold lives in another time and place. I feel like crawling into his head for a single day would be like strapping yourself into a classic American muscle car and going on a 12 hour car chase. His work is full of energy and he has a great way of depicting an underworld from generations past in a cinematic fashion.
Colorado-based painter Anna Charney’s latest series of work is a conceptual examination of the human body at its core. Charney endeavors to explore the intrinsic relationship between the forms of nature and of the human body. The series of work is visually fluid, and at times, even spiritual.
Antoine Corbineau is a great illustrator and also a great painter. Awarded at the Montrouge Art Fair, he has recently taken part in a collective exhibition at Gallery LJ in Paris. Check out more of his fine painting at his Cargo Collective page.
It’s easy to get lost in the depth of colors and broken light across these heavily painted scenes. Jessica Bottalico’s dedication to recreating every detail of an advertisement-strewn, heavily shadowed wall is inspiring and lends a new perspective to the nature of overlooked objects in our daily surroundings.