Clusters of crowds as pop figures

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 18 June 2013

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 […]

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Superhero portraits of people

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Wednesday 12 June 2013

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.

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Portraits of celebrities by Carmine Bellucci

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By Carmine Bellucci in New Illustration on Tuesday 21 May 2013

To do a portrait of a person is to dig deep into his or her soul, to understand what they do and why they do it, and then make it visible. When this person is a celebrity, the job is harder because they’ve already gone through many interpretations. Still, you have to find something new. […]

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Incredible portraits created from strangers’ DNA

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Monday 20 May 2013

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is on the prowl to collect your DNA. Like a forensic detective, Hagborg has learned to find traces of strangers’ DNA on common rubbish such as cigarette butts and chewed gum. Sounds a little gross, right? But trust me, it’s all worth it in the end when you see the incredible life-like portraits she creates from […]

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Watercolour Skype portraits by Gabrielle Bell

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By Luigi Campi in New Art on Monday 6 May 2013

Skype is mainly for mums who miss their study-abroad kids­, or for long-distance lovers. But Gabrielle Bell, the mind and hand behind alternative comics Lucky and Voyeurs, and collaborator of Michel Gondry, has found the best use of the software yet. She’ll do a tiny watercolour portrait of you over Skype. The results are gorgeous.

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Mike Mitchell’s amazing movie character portraits

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Illustration on Tuesday 30 April 2013

Illustrator Mike Mitchell created this stunning series of portraits of characters from famous movies where his subtle use of colour accurately captures the personality of each character. Recognise your favourite amongst them?

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Vulnerable chalk pastel portraits by Brett Williams

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Saturday 13 April 2013

Brett Williams’s chalk pastel portraits celebrate the vulnerable, broken side of being human. These intimate pieces show us a side of the subjects that is normally hidden. The South African artist spares no details no matter how unflattering. The nudes are honestly scared and creased. His self-portrait feels tired and bruised. And that’s the beauty […]

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Portraits of people, before and after ageing

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 19 March 2013

Photographer Ana Oliveira has a photo series with subjects re-enacting their portraits from decades ago with similar lighting and camera angles. So, this is how we all age.

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Portraits made by injecting bubble-wrap with paint

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 18 March 2013

Bradley Hart, who currently has a solo exhibition running over at Gallery Nine5, basically takes bubble wrap and patiently injects every individual bubble with acrylic paint to create photorealistic portraits. They are amazing.

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Hauntingly beautiful animal portraits reveal their inner souls

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By Zolton in New Photography on Friday 15 March 2013

These portrait shots by Dutch photographer Morten Koldby capture our furry and feathered friends in much the same way you’d snap a particularly photogenic human. With the animals all staring straight into the lens, you get a sense of the wisdom and insight the lurks just beneath the eyes. Beautiful? Yes. But hauntingly so.

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New Illustrations by Brooklyn’s Jonathan Zajdman

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By Reese Vaccarezza in New Illustration on Thursday 14 March 2013

Jonathan Zajdman is an illustrator based in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. He’s worked for a handful of ad agencies and small publishers, but it’s his portraits and story book-styled illustrations that are really worth checking out.

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Photographs by New York’s Mark Hartman

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By Mareike Muller in New Photography on Thursday 7 March 2013

Manhattan-born Mark Hartman takes photographs that are so balanced and genuine that you actually relax while looking at them. Seeing is peaceful shots of mother nature as well as his beautiful portraits of people of all different kinds cultures gives you the feeling of being there yourself; no filter, just real life.

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Free Crappy Portraits

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Websites on Wednesday 6 March 2013

Free Crappy Portraits is an awesome site where you can send in a photo and some information about you or the people in the picture and get back a crappy, yet hilarious, reinterpretation of it. There are dozens of artists, so the portraits vary in style and personality. Seriously, who doesn’t want a free crappy […]

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Secondhand gum portraits

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 6 March 2013

It’s that moment when you reach under the table and immediately regret it when your fingers touch the crusty, dried out secondhand gum stuck to the underside of the tabletop. Old gum is repulsive, right? Think again. Artist Anna Sophia Matveeva has completely re-invented the “medium” of secondhand gum. She used the sticky substance to […]

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Women with money in Mexico: a photo series by Daniela Rossell

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By Eugenia Viti in New Photography on Wednesday 6 February 2013

Starting in 1994 Rossell, the daughter of a member of the PRI Mexico’s ruling party, started photographing women with money in Mexico. She says she started with family members and moved onto friends of friends. She explains that these women were easy to photograph and already had this ‘role’ in mind that they would play in the photos, which are objectifying to the women, but at the same time draw the eye and are beautiful to look at.

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