Wang Yue, an innovative artist from Shijiazhuang, China, harnesses nature as a canvas for her art. Yue creates paintings of beautiful sceneries on the bare inner layer of tree barks as well as animals looking out from the tree trunks. Wang consulted with the Shijiangzhuang Bureau of Landscape and Forestry to ensure the paints wouldn’t harm the trees. It’s likely summer rains will fade and eventually wash away her artworks.
Mixed media artist Andy Kehoe‘s paintings have a fantastical, dark and detailed aesthetic that reminds us of the presence of shadows always lurking just beneath the surface. Even though these paintings feature a ton of otherworldly monsters, they still have a very friendly feeling as they lurk amid towering trees and shimmering skies.
Pang Yun’s works of oil on canvas inspire quiet reflection and a sense of resolute control with detailed and technically precise brushstrokes. Her latest series Portrait of Trees is inspired by the natural order and structure of trees with their upward-reaching illimitable branches that stand still and tranquil against surrounding storms. At once earthly, grounded, and spiritually transcendent, her style of painting offers a freedom from tension based on the power and serenity of the natural world. With an atmosphere akin to meditation, Pang Yun layers canvases with an abundance of repetitive yet expressive strokes.
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To create her unusual paintings, Madeline von Foerster uses a five century-old mixed technique of oil and egg tempera, developed by the Flemish Renaissance Masters. Although linked stylistically to the past, her paintings are passionately relevant to the present, as such timely themes as deforestation and endangered species find expression in her work.
Executed in the oil and egg tempera mische technique developed by the Flemish Masters, these paintings allude to Renaissance sources in both method and style. A strong influence from the School of Fontainebleau loans an aura of mystery and otherworldliness to the artworks. The paintings often resemble Wunderkammern – Enlightenment era “cabinets of curiosities,” where the wonders of nature were collected and displayed. Surrealistic elements also often occur, though in the service of meaning and metaphor, rather than for oddity’s sake…
© Madeline von Foerster
Shang ChengXiang‘s paintings are inspired and intrigued by his dreams. He compares the illusionary quality of dreams to the evaporating quality of clouds and smoke, therefore thick colored clouds often accompany his work.
Rubén Fuentes‘s landscape paintings entitled Mind Landscapes are an expression of his love of nature, of his homeland Cuba full of greenery, but also of his sympathy for all the ecosystems of our planet. The series was influenced by Chinese shan-shui and Japanese sumi-e paintings with a combination of spontaneous brush work and a detail-oriented brush work.
Colombian artist Yosman Botero constructs his realistic 3D optical illusions by assembling multiple sheets of painted Plexiglas. His Taxonomy series depicts the heads of animals being suspended in a clear liquid or just floating in air.
To make each piece, Botero painstakingly paints every layer of glass with a different detail of the animal’s head. And later, he stacks the sheets together to create the final illusion, which is given its realism by the illusion of depth and shadow.