Black Light Bodyscapes is a body art series by artist John Poppleton. Bodyscapes combines the beauty of the female form with gorgeous nature scenes and phenomena. Using temporary fluorescent materials the scenes are painted directly on the skin and photographed under UV light in modest poses to create pieces of art.
Large scale pastel drawings that document Earth’s shifting landscape and the effects of progressive climate change.
Inspired by her childhood travels, Brooklyn-based Zaria Forman has taken recent trips to places like the NW coast of Greenland- retracing the 1869 journey of American painter William Bradford and documenting the rapidly changing arctic landscape- and Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, and arguably the most vulnerable to rising sea levels.
Artist Patrick Commecy heads up a team of muralists that transform boring blank walls throughout France, into vibrant scenes full of life. In his hyper-realistic paintings he incorporates popular figures who belong to the town that he’s painting in. According to him urban frescoes improve the quality of life of residents, enrich the cultural heritage of the town and enhance its brand image .
Chris Slabber‘s Destruction / Creation series of paint in water sculptures was inspired by the works of Alberto Seveso. The idea behind this series was to show that from Destruction comes Creation. As the paint falls there is a constant point of creation, but at the same time it destroys itself.
Fintan Magee is an Australian street artist known for his murals throughout Queensland and later in New South Wales.
Moving away from traditional graffiti in recent years his guerilla murals often inhabit the isolated, abandoned and broken corners of the city. Mixing surreal and figurative imagery his paintings are deeply integrated with the urban environment and explore themes of waste, consumption, loss and transition and contain a sentimentality and softness influenced by children’s books.(via)
Oil on canvas paintings depicting people walking in the rain by Igor Mudrov.
The illusion paintings below are part of Ben heine‘s “Pencil Vs Camera” series, full of magic, illusion, poetry and surrealism. Heine draws his sketches freehand using a mixture of charcoal sticks and graphite pencils before they being retouched in post-production.
(Photos by Ben Heine/Barcroft Media)
In his latest work, artist and a former world body painting champion Johannes Stötter has transformed a female model into this colourful bird. It took him only four hours to paint her body with breathable paint, adding great detail and dark shading.
Hong Yi is known as the artist who ‘loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush’. In this series she has used makeup to create landscapes, portraits and chinese art.
Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina created 27 “paintingsprojects” which represent 27 different artists. ARCHIST is a playful interpretation of the expressive language and aesthetic of some of the most popular artists.
As Babina explains:
Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other, the definition and function of the architecture are changing constantly with the development of contemporary art. In this exercise of style I took pleasure imagining architecture steeped of art, designed and constructed through the interpretation of an artist’s language..It is easy to find the art hidden behind an architectural shape or see reflected a geometry of a building painted on a canvas. It is impossible to conceive of the history of art in exclusion from that of architecture.
Visual artist Cynthia Greig collects everyday objects and whitewashes them with ordinary house paint to devoid them of color or label. Then draws directly onto their surfaces with charcoal to create visual hybrids that appear to vacillate between drawing and photography, black-and-white and color. No digital manipulation is involved, but the camera’s monocular point of view is imperative.
My series of photographs, Representations, explores the concept of photographic truth and its correspondence to perceived reality. As a kind of playful homage to William Henry Fox Talbot’s treatise, The Pencil of Nature, the images combine color photography and drawing to create what I like to call photographic documents of three-dimensional drawings.
“Feral Creatures” explores connections between the human spirit and the animal kingdom. This exhibition presents 10 contemporary artists whose inherent aesthetic employs beasts both fierce and docile as allegorical vehicles for life’s struggles and bliss. Each artist was chosen based on their natural mystique and ability to render beauty and grace with a skillful hand. By shining a spotlight on the wild, these artists allow the viewer to examine our reality through a broad tapestry of myth, imagination and animal behavior.
Artists include: Michael Alm, JAW Cooper, Peter Gronquist, Michael Page, Caitlin Hackett, Anita Kunz, Christina Mrozik, Jason Wheatley, Zoe Williams, and Kikyz1313.
Fabienne Rivory is an artist who explores interactions between photography and painting, real world and imagination, memories and reality.
My images are built around photographs that are picked in my personal collection: landscapes, nature, silhouettes… These are individual memories but, through the choice of the photos , the way they are processed, and the minimalism of the resulting pictures, they become more universally evocative…
2D or not 2D is a series made by photographer Alexander Khokhlov and make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan. The team was increased with Veronica Ershova who had leaded the process of retouching and post-production. The authors were inspired by two-dimensional posters. The key-idea of the project was to turn the models faces into the 2D images. Valeriya used different techniques of face painting so you can see a lot of variations – from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings. This is a combination of interesting make-ups, studio photography experiments and careful retouching.
French street artists Ella and Pitr have created a series of anamorphic murals to bring awareness to the worn out and abandoned buildings in the city of Saint-Étienne. Whimsical and playful, each piece in this public art series features a gigantic illustrated picture frame that appears to be a portal to another world that is more colorful and fantastical than our own.
Vietnamese artist Phan Thu Trang takes the landscape as her subject, simplifing individual elements to their bare essentials. With a limited palette, the artist prefers the use of texture to define her subjects. Smooth areas of bright monotone paint together with the lush, painterly impasto used to define tree leaves. Works in gradations of blue appear as pre dawn or early evening with their soft, cool tones. Works in green and white are akin to mid morning light, while works in shades of yellow, orange and red exude the searing heat of the mid-afternoon sun. Her paintings depict her passion to showcase the radiance and freshness of the landscapes in Vietnam.
Sunga Park works in South Korea as a mural wallpaper designer. Her architectural watercolors selection features buildings from cities around the world, including London, Paris, Busan, Venice, and Oxford. The buildings are painted in a fade out manner that gives them a floating essence and leaves imagination to fill in the rest.
Italian artist Paolo Troilo doesn’t use paint brushes to create these amazing and powerful artworks. Instead of paintbrush he dips his fingertips in black and white paint and guides them across the canvas.
Troilo tries to express the uncomfortable condition of being trapped in a void where the rules of society don’t apply. There are no dresses, colors, or objects, and we are liberated from useless accessories. His style developed one day, when attempting to translate his drawings into paintings. He found himself using his fingers when he couldn’t find any brushes.
Azerbaijan-based artist Rashad Alakbarov uses suspended translucent objects and other found materials to create light and shadow paintings on walls. Alakbarov carefully positions transparent and solid objects of assorted shapes and then projects light upon them to create shadow images of beautiful beaches, cities, people, and even words.
Amy Guidry is a Louisiana-based artist and currently resides in Lafayette. Amy uses acrylic on canvas to create surreal narrative images. Her paintings explore the connections between different life forms and the cycle of life through a vivid and really captivating way.
My work stems from two loves – Psychology and Art. With Surrealism being the grand marriage of the two, I was naturally drawn to every aspect behind the movement. Using images conceived from dreams and free association that I catalog in several sketchbooks, I stitch together whole series from countless thumbnail sketches. Themes I explore involve the human psyche – who we are and how we interact with each other, including our relationship with other animals and the natural world.
More at amyguidry.com.
Quebec-based painter Rafael Sottolichio creates dream-like portraits using vivid colors. His characters appear to float through space while abstract swirls of color surround them. Take a look at some of Sottolichio’s work below. His sense of perspective is dazzling (as his palette).
Johannes Stoetter spends up to five months painstakingly planning and perfecting each of his amazing creations. Each work of art then takes up to eight hours to complete using special breathable paint. The stunning creations, which include a frog made up of people, fruit, animals and trees, have earned Johannes the world body-painting title in 2012.
Andrzej M. Karwacki‘s figure paintings explore ideas of fashion, feminism, human desire for love and beauty. It is Andrzej’s goal to present women not within an objectified framework but women that constitute a dominant key symbol within a wider cultural context.
His figure painting works use variety of media. They are composed of written stories, which by use of newspapers and non-fiction book material and words create background and content to an overall theme. They add a second dimension to the composition and to the personal life story of the model.
Museum Anatomy is a collection of photographs of works from museums around the world that have been recreated onto the human body. Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector use body painting to recreate the masterpieces of the 19th century paintings using the human body as canvas.