For me, Kiki Valdes’s work is the perfect combination of tradition and well-mastered craft, with the vision of a contemporary mind. His work travels through a number of references, from expressionism to TV cartoons, twisting them, playing with them in a very powerful way. His paintings scream out loud, struggling to escape from the constraint of the frame.
Every morning I wake up and have this hazy half recollection of a series a dreams the night before. The linearity doesn’t follow, the settings and props are spontaneous, space and time are surreal. However, something inside me lets me know that it all makes sense. Fred Stonehouse’s painting and works on paper take these […]
East German born, London-based artist Super Future Kid takes us on an artistic trip down memory lane. His work is an explosion of intense colours with many of our childhood cartoon figures put together in a grab bag of talent and imagination. He calls himself a visual thinker who melts things together and replaces realities. […]
After leaving his illustrious career as an award-winning advertising creative director a few years ago, Milan-based self-taught artist Paolo Troilo has gone on to make these hyper-realistic human portraits with so much fluidity and movement, it’s hard to imagine that all he does to paint these is dip his fingertips into jars of acrylic, black […]
So Austria just hosted the 16th World Bodypainting Festival with a huge turnout of over 29,000 curious onlookers as well as participants from 45 countries. Naturally, a number of enthusiasts creatively re-interpreted the theme ‘Planet Food’ as ‘Really, WTF?’. Here is indisputable evidence.
Ever since the computer began to conquer our private space, there’s very few areas which have remained untouched. Even the arts got fascinated by these little machines and the possibilities they offer, experimenting with binary codes, algorithms and randomly generated patterns. These abstract pieces by Siebren Versteeg seem different, though, because his ever-evolving algorithm considers […]
Greek artist Nikos Gyftakis’ series of self-portraits are simultaneously playful, dynamic, and intimate. His portraits are made up of a series of colorful curved strokes, giving his paintings an impressionistic feel. The results are rhythmic and textural, with each painting giving insight into the artist’s character.
What happens when a colour blind painter picks up a camera? Actually, some quite amazing things, at least if your name is Chris Friel. The British artist has a remarkable sense for the nuance of gradients and minimalist compositions. It’s hard to believe that these photos are actually real.
If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty big fans of unconventional art and artists. Take Andrea Bergart, for example. After noticing that cement trucks are a large, spinning, mobile canvas, Bergart decided to take advantage of this untapped resource. Inspired by Ghana’s vibrant geometric patterns, Bergart transformed these mundane trucks into incredible works of art.
As a representational painter, one of the key ingredients one has to master is the behaviour and interplay of light in space. For artist Lynne-Marie Eatwell, this forms the basis of her incredibly vivid works of oil on canvas, which possess a luminous quality, almost as if they were lit from within. Hailing from Cape Town […]
Noah Erenberg, from Isla Vista, California, recently created a series of expressionistic paintings of faces from his imagination. Noah (challenged with autism) has a vivid sense of colour and form and recreates his beachside neighborhood in paintings, drawings and text work. He was recently asked to join the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery in Santa Barbara. More […]
I chanced upon Indonesian artist Syaiful A Rachman’s 153 x 153 cm portrait of Michael Jackson at OdeToArt gallery recently, and it was amazing to zoom in on the acrylic painting and see how crowds of tiny little anonymous people make up the big picture. Rachman has used a similar approach and point of view […]
Portraits of people with superhero-inspired logos, illustrations and comic panes imprinted all over their faces? We are all living a bit larger-than-life these days. Artist Sandra Chevrier wields quite a bit of magic with watercolor, acrylic, pencil and collage.
While the majority of the British public are lamenting the loss of Summer from the seasonal calendar, Anthony Garratt is experiencing a proliferation of painting subject matter. ‘In a world where we are seemingly obsessed with ownership and control, it is humbling and important that we are reminded to respect the weather, sea, hills and […]
Is an image a photograph if it wasn’t made using a camera? Photographer Alexander Harrington questions just that with his series Untitled I, comprising images that originate not via a camera, but via a computer with Photoshop. His reasoning: “If you ask most people what the difference between a painting and a photograph is, they […]