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The living illusions of John Pugh

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Trompe l’oeil artist John Pugh creates large scale murals giving the illusion of a three-dimensional scene behind the wall. “I have found that the ‘language’ of life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked.”  His particular mural style sparked the term “Narrative Illusionism” and his paintings can be seen all over the world.

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Taxidermy Fairies by Cedric Laquieze

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Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze has created a fantastical series of taxidermy fairies. Composed of bones, plants, feathers, and insect parts Laquieze’s otherworldly creatures may not look like the typical fairies but they are technically brilliant and visually intriguing.
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Blue Iceland by Andy Lee

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UK-based photographer Andy Lee on his first visit to Iceland returned home with a photo series titled “Blue Iceland”. Shot in the infrared spectrum these photos bring out even more of the beauty in the country’s scenic landscapes. As Lee puts it on his website, infrared and Iceland are “a match made in heaven.”

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Surreal Juxtapositions

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London-bases artist Nancy Fouts produces weird objects, a strange fusion of opposite components which brings a whole new look in the compounded material. Such as a money purse with teeth or thorns on a balloon. Everyday objects, animals or symbols are being rearranged to change its original character.
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Cardboard Flying Machines by Daniel Agdag

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Melbourne-based artist Daniel Agdag’s work with a material as mundane as cardboard is nothing short of magical. He creates painstakingly intricate cardboard sculptures of unbelievably delicate and complex industrial flying machines. Agdag describes his process as ‘sketching with cardboard’,  as he makes no detailed plans or drawings of the pieces he creates.
These beautiful sculptures from the series “The Principles of Aerodynamics” are on now at MARS Gallery. The exhibition presents six fantastical machines – there are flying hot-rods and Jules Verne-style air balloons – as well as a larger hanging mobile.
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Animal Murals by Fiona Tang

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Fiona Tang draws amazing large-scale animal murals that seem to have a life of their own. Tang uses a technique called trompe l’oeil, to create the optical illusion of depth. This technique, combined with Tang’s realistic imagery skills, make for impressive, eye-popping artworks.

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Paintings suspended in mid-air

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Colourant is a series of floating paintings by the New York art duo Floto+Warner. Artists threw up cocktails of colour until their camera caught just the splashy, fluid, stilled moments they wanted to record. Creating shapes of nature not experienced by the human eye, these short-lived anomalies are frozen for us to view at 3500th of a second. (more…)


The Forest of No Return

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The historical town of Bear Creek is situated approximately 12 km outside of Dawson City and was the former company town for Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation (YCGC). It has been abandoned since the mid-1960s and is now maintained by Parks Canada as a National Historic Site. Many of the YCGC residential buildings have been transported from their original site  to Dawson City.
In her outdoor installation The Forest of No Return / The Homecoming, Sarah Fuller , integrated five YCGC buildings into sites related to their former place of residence via large-scale photographic prints on linen. The prints were manipulated using theatre techniques once used by Daguerre in the Paris Diorama in the mid 1850s, and saw the houses shift from dusk to night. This created a sense of home in the structures, as well as a visual play on memory, ghosts and history.
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Scientific Illustrations by Noel Badges Pugh

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Noel Badges Pugh creates scientific illustrations as well as artwork with a more psychedelic perspective. Inspired by nature and dreams, all’s created with an utmost appreciation for the details and structure of each subject. One of his more recent series is a field guide on different kinds of bees and wild flowers.

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Daily Life in Congo Reflected in Puddles

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Un Regard“, a photographic series by Kiripi Katembo Siku, set in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The quick, vast and subtle eye of the photographer grasps with sharpness the daily life of the people of Kinshasa and offers us a strikingly singular point of view, both rooted and off-beat.

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