Greg Dunn studied neuroscience, but he uses the materials that he encounters in his work to create some of the world’s most unusual works of art. He admits “It was a fine day when two of my passions came together upon the realization that the elegant forms of neurons (the cells that comprise your brain) can be painted expressively in the Asian sumi-e style.” “The microscopic world belongs in the world of Asian art,” Dunn said. “There’s no distinction between painting a landscape of a forest and a landscape of the brain.” Here are a few of his dazzling creations.
Moki Mioke in her acrylic paintings merges humans with nature, cloaking them in green meadows or calm waters. The Berlin-based artist finds inspiration in Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki’s work (Spirited Away) as well as in nature. As Moki explains the paintings depict lonely northern landscapes: isolated Scandinavian and Icelandic terrain, a subarctic frozen lake continent, untouched caves and moss meadows, and mountains sculpted into anatomical shapes by wind and water.
Many of Moki’s works can be found in her book, a 128-page hardcover called How to Disappear.
Trina Merry body paints people to blend with their surroudings. Her models have been photographed near famous landmarks around New York City, including the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Central Park, the Guggenheim Museum and the iconic towers of downtown Manhattan.
“Bodypaint creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience.” Merry says she came up with the idea for the series after moving to New York from the San Francisco area this year.
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.
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…)
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)