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.
Awesome Pop out art with just a few strokes of a pencil or a paintbrush and a careful manipulation of perspective and shadow.