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Archive for the ‘Paintings’ Category
Zhong Biao was born in 1968 in the middle of the Chinese Sichuan Province. After graduating in from China’s Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied oil painting, his work has been exhibited all over the world. Actually it might not be over the top to call him China’s most famous contemporary paintor and over the years he has been taking on the visual experiences of an era as the image source of his works, including sculpture and china representing China’s past glories, the labor models of the Cultural Revolution, and such symbols of modern life as McDonalds and Boeing aircrafts.
Canadian artist Martin Ouellette’s paintings are inspired by photos of common objects decaying in the urban landscape. With his work he has set out to find the beauty in the banal as he observes the transition from mass-produced objects to trash. His vibrant paintings are full of details; worn out magazines, wires, rusted nails or wooden poles layered with staples and torn up paper, but one thing is sure, if anyone can make decayed objects look like a work of art, it’s definitely Martin Ouellette.
Dutch artist Tamara Muller‘s faces are almost always her own. They are stylized but rendered with an uncanny realism. Other parts of the canvas may be blocked with simple brushwork or even left unfinished, because it is those faces that matter.
Nop, these are not photographs, they are paintings. Pakayla Biehn is the artist who has created them and she uses her friends and colleagues as models. The first step in her work process is experimenting with double and sometimes triple exposure photographs which she then transfer onto the canvas and the result is beautiful photorealistic paintings as seen above. Pure love…
French artist Antoine Helbert excels in both painting, illustration and Photoshop. During his long artistic career he has worked within the world of fashion and advertising as well as created an endless amount of posters for exhibitions, music festivals and cultural events. But no matter what he does the result is always so real that it’s almost to good to be true.
Steven Tabbutt was born in Maine and spent the majority of his childhood on military bases in North & South Carolina. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2002 and received his MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2006. Today Steven has exhibited work with galleries nationally and internationally, in cities like New York, Paris, London, and Tokyo including regular exhibitions with the Yukiko Kawase Gallery.
The fine art of Japanese painter Takato Yamamoto explores themes of darkness, bondage, vampires, metamorphosis, love and death. The perspective is always calm and serene – never depicting violence – rather, it is impending or just completed. Yamamoto was born in Akita prefecture in 1960 and after graduating from the painting department of the Tokyo Zokei University, he experimented with the Ukiyo-e Pop style. Later on he further refined and developed that style to create his ‘Heisei Esthiticism’ style. His first exhibition was held in Tokyo, in 1998.
This is not the first time we feature Dan Witz, but he is one of those artists we like keeping track of as well as bringing you new pieces of his astonishing work every now and then. We are simply in love with this man. Born in 1957, Dan Witz is a Brooklyn, NY based street artist and realist painter. He grew up in Chicago and in 1981 (when we were still in diapers), he graduated from Cooper Union, on New York City’s Lower East Side. Witz, consistently active since the late 1970s, is one of the pioneers of the street art movement and his paintings have been shown in galleries throughout the US and Europe. In June 2010 a monograph, “Dan Witz. In Plain View. 30 Years of Artworks Illegal and Otherwise”, was published by Ginkgo press.
Installations, photography, video, music, performance, painting, drawing, texts… There doesn’t seem to be a single medium that German artist Theo Altenberg isn’t familiar with, but what we like the most are his candylicious oil on cardboard paintings.