Photographer Ed Jones offers us a peep at the serious regimen that over 40 bodyguard trainees in China wake up to daily before dawn, like braving sub-zero temperatures and martial arts bootcamps under former Portuguese special forces bodyguard Marco Borges. They will eventually go on to provide security for Chinese investors in places such as Africa and the Middle East.
Andrew Myers is screwing art … literally. Lying somewhere between painting and sculpture, Myers creates portraits by painting the heads of screws and drilling them into backing boards made from telephone book pages. Each work of art usually takes between 8,000 and 10,000 screws, but produces amazing textures. Perhaps more people should screw art. In the nicest possible way, of course.
Japan-based artist Xhxix creates these amazing digital portraits that have a uniquely surreal quality to them. The use of vibrant colors and dull skin tones creates a beautiful emotional juxtaposition.
Christian Faur’s crayon art exemplifies a unique and exciting new technique. Instead of utilizing traditional medium Faur turns to a material from our childhood: the crayon. He uses individually hand cast wax crayons to explore the complexity of the pixel in digital photography. Using each crayon like a pixel, he arranges thousands upon thousands of colorful handmade crayons into beautiful and elaborate works of art that allude to aspects of Pointillism and digital photography.
Just when you thought every material had been used to create an amazing piece of art, here is Korean artist Seung Mo Park who cuts layer upon layer of wire mesh to create a portrait. He starts with a photograph then superimposes it over layers of wire with a projector, and then starts snipping away. I saw them at Scope in Miami and they are incredible, and certainly one of the top pieces of what I saw during the Basel week.
There’s something about Brendan Danielsson’s portraits that you just can’t look away from. They are beautiful in a grotesque and thought-provoking kind of way. Danielsson’s portraits can be seen in the Beautiful/Decay Book: 9.
Photographer, journalist and filmmaker Lalage Snow shot this series of portraits of British soldiers over a period of seven months, before, during and after their operational deployment to Afghanistan on Op Herrick 12. They speak of fear, being injured, losing a brother soldier, missing home, excitement, coming home, and what life is like on the frontline. Snow, who trained with the soldiers prior to their deployment to Afghanistan, found that being a woman had some advantages and helped the soldiers relax. ‘They didn’t have to be super macho around me or feel threatened’. [read more about this series at Feature Shoot]
Ever wanted to know a little bit more about the person in the painting? New Zealand illustrator Monique Revell creates portraits that explore the outside and inside (metaphorically!) of her subjects through intricate drawings laced across their skin.
Leaving This Life is a new series I have created and will be exhibiting later in the year. It is a voyeuristic and sensual portrait series exploring the fragility of life in relation to murder, violence and dying before our time. The images reflect the moment where youth, beauty and raw sexuality transition into death. I explore the futile fight against the elements, the spirited struggle to maintain a foot in this realm and the calm surrender of returning to the earth.
I came across this work while searching on Google for how the Borgia family would look in real life, and not their portrayals in paintings and movies. The genius behind these portraits is George Stuart, a talented artist who has created numerous portrait statues of historical figures.
Charis Tsevis’s editorial illustrations of famous people are colorful, detailed, and capture the personality of each person. The portraits are mosaics of items and icons which give a kind of biography about each person.
This playful yet lovely series of paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Jason Bard Yarmosky will put a smile on your face. In this series, Elderly Kinder, he plays with the idea of still being a kid even when we’ve become old and wrinkly. From his grandma dressed as Wonder Woman, to a couple shot in which the grandpa is a boxer with his bunny lady on his side, these oil paintings are truly cute.
Showing that there are indeed two sides to a coin, Dutch photographer Herlinde Koelbl’s double portraits of people in and out of uniform holding the same gaze to the camera are deliberately framed against drab walls for that simple, understated coolness to them. Priest and chimney sweep included.
The intricacies of Brett Manning’s drawings pull you right into her warm and fuzzy world. Sacred geometry, textures, patters and forest creatures make repeated appearances amongst her portraits. She has a way of making the esoteric accessible, the spiritual right down to Earth. Manning has picked up contracts with Obey and is already picking up fans and followers from around the globe.