Anna, 2012, oil on linen, 20 x 16 inches, private collection.
Philip Barlow (born in 1968 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) creates these wonderful hyper-real blurry and hazy oil paintings of landscapes, daily and city life, allowing the viewer to create their own stories and meanings behind the images. Is this how people suffering from myopia see the world? Or are these out of focus photographs? While looking at the paintings I raised a hand to adjust my glasses, only to remember I was wearing contact lenses :)
Ahh I’m so frustrated by these!!
It’s actually mind-blowing how accurately these capture vision without corrective glasses/contacts. This guy sat down and perfectly recreated that blurry world look with PAINT
Wang Yue, a senior at Dalian Industry University, uses her paintbrush to turn ugly tree holes into lovely views in Shijiazhuang, capital city of Hebei Province.
Wang Yue calls the tree-hole paintings “meitu” which means “beautiful journey.” The paintings on the trees have brightened the city during the dull, grey winter.
all of my love for this artist
Tang Wei Min
Tang Wei Min was born in 1971 in Yong Zhou, Hunan Province of China. In 1991, he graduated from the Art Department of Hunan Standard College, where he majored in oil painting. In 2001, Tang Wei Min was accepted into a graduate study program in the Painting Department in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
Tang Wei Min’s “Girl with Fan” was honored with second prize during the exhibition organized for the prestigious “Charles B. Wang” scholarship. This acclaimed painting was selected for the May 2001 issue of “Chinese Oil Painting” and now resides in a private collection. An additional work titled “Peeping” was shown at the Present-day Oil Painting Exhibition in Hunan Province, China. In 2003, Tang Wei Min was honored with his work being purchased and exhibited by The Beijing Museum of Fine Art. A small group of exclusive galleries in the United States and China represent his works. [Lotton Gallery]
Alyssa Monks (American, b. 1977)
Smirk, 2009, oil on linen, private collection.
“When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself” - Alyssa Monks
A Birch Grove, 1901, oil on canvas, 163 x 115 cm, The Art Museum of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus.
Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi was a Russian landscape painter. He was born in (Ukraine), but then his family moved to present-day Russia. He studied painting mainly independently and in St.Petersburg Academy of arts. Kuindzhi painted romantic landscapes and sought to render the highest expressiveness in illuminating states of nature. He used intensive colours and unusual perspectives to achieve a decorative vibration within the painting. He was co-partner of mobile art exhibitions Peredvizhniki, a group of Russian realist artists who in protest to academic restrictions formed an artists’ cooperative.
THIS IS AN OIL PAINTING HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE
god you are missing so many details from this tiny version click the link for full size
In this self portrait, Vincent van Gogh distorts his own face with his signature style, which may increase its appeal. Research has shown that blurry images may connect more directly with the emotional centers of the brain than normal ones.
“American Royalty” - Illustrations by Sam Spratt commissioned by Childish Gambino
Limited Edition Prints Available: royalty.samspratt.com
So, I’m pretty excited to finally share with you my full project with Actor/Writer/Rapper Donald Glover. What began as cover art for his last album “Royalty” evolved into a series of Rockwell-esque vignettes on Americana meant to highlight the side of hip-hop that tends to take a back seat to “money, cars, and jewelry” – where you come from.
The collection of 10 illustrations cover a wide-spectrum of the little moments – the struggles, the simple pleasures, the risks, the irony, the humor, the hopes, and the realities of the American life that maybe isn’t quite so cookie cutter. For me, this was a rare privilege to both work with an insanely talented person as well as learn an IMMENSE amount in the process of creating scenes completely outside of my bubble. All of these are available as extremely limited edition, signed, numbered, archival art prints at royalty.samspratt.com and a video interview on the project with Complex/Masked Gorilla is here.
A huge thanks to Funfere Koroye, who assisted and modelled for me on “Summer” and “Royalty”
Photorealism - Unbelievable, but these are no photos, these are super realistic looking oil paintings by the American artist Doug Bloodworth.
I was like “wait what’s so photorealstic about comic books” and then
THE SPONGEBOB THO
I AM FUCKIGN CRYING
Hawaii-based photographer Christy Lee Rogers specializes in creating dreamlike photos of people underwater. Her project Reckless Unbound shows people swirling around one another while wearing colorful outfits. The photos are reminiscent of the paintings of old Baroque masters, who would often paint people floating around in heavenly realms.
Rogers creates her photos in swimming pools at night. The scenes are illuminated with bright off-camera lights, and the shoots often last two to four hours each.
Christy Lee Rogers reshapes the boundaries between contemporary photography and painting, with her series Reckless Unbound. While provoking the audience with vivacious movements and purpose, she also stirs the viewer’s memories of baroque painter Pieter Paul Rubens and his Massacre of the Innocents.
Without the use of post-production manipulation, Rogers’ works are made in-camera, on the spot, in water and at night. She applies her technique to bodies submerged in water during tropical nights in Hawaii. Through a fragile process of experimentation, she builds elaborate scenes of coalesced colours and entangled bodies that exalt the human character as one of vigour and warmth, while also capturing the beauty and vulnerability of the tragic experience that is the human condition.
You can see more of her work over on her website.
Words are obsolete.