Category Archives: Art

The art of finger painting

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Judith Braun
Judith Braun creates her ‘Fingerings’murals by dipping her fingers in charcoal or graphite. Symmetry and abstraction play are an important role.
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William Boyer
William Boyer is a self-taught artist who uses acrylic paint to make his finger paintings, a style he calls Acrylic Abstract Impressionism.
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Chuck Close
This incredible masterpiece is a portrait of Chuck Close’s grandmother-in-law, made by thousands of fingerprints put on an enormous canvas.
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Iris Scott
Iris Scott hasn’t used a brush since 2009 and makes all of her colorful paintings by using just her fingertips.
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Paolo Troilo
Paolo Troilo is a self-taught artist who started painting in 2005, doing so by dipping his fingers in black and ivory acrylic paint.
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Amsterdam Light Festival

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From December 7th 2012 until January 20th 2013, the historic city centre of Amsterdam was lit up by brilliant light art installations from artists all over the world during the first annual Amsterdam Light Festival.

Amsterdam Light Festival
Photo by Arjen Dienske [source]

Christmas Canal Parade
Amsterdam Light Festival
Photo by Alphons Nieuwenhuis [Source]

‘OVO’ by ACT Lighting Design and Odeaubois
Amsterdam Light Festival
Photo by Janus van den Eijnden [source]

‘1.26 Amsterdam’ by Janet Echelman
Amsterdam Light Festival
Photo by Janus van den Eijnden [source]

‘Projectie’ by Mr. Beam
Amsterdam Light Festival
Photo by Janus van den Eijnden [source]

Magere Brug
Amsterdam Light Festival
Photo by Alphons Nieuwenhuis [source]

‘Flower from the universe’ by Titia Ex
Amsterdam Light Festival
Photo by Janus van den Eijnden [source]

‘Wishing well’ by Wilhelmusvlug and Patrick Avontuur
Amsterdam Light Festival
Photo by Janus van den Eijnden [source]

‘Signs’ by Claudia Reh
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Incredible book carving

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Take a look at the work of these amazing artists turning old books into wonderful pieces of art.

Guy Laramee

“[…] I carve landscapes out of books […]. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS.”
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Brian Dettmer

“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. […] I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest.”
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Alexander Korzer-Robinson

“[…] an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. […] I make book sculptures / cut books by working through a book, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others.”
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Miniature People

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How would miniature people deal with our world? Some artists have simulated this by creating tiny detailed human figures and placing them among general items like food or in tiny installations and thus creating a wonderful look into the world of perhaps-existing-because-nobody-knows-for-sure miniature people. Here are some of the wonderful miniaturized scenes made by the artists Christopher Boffoli, Slinkachu, Audrey Heller, Jason Barnhart and Matthew Carden, in which they try to make the world a tinier place.

Christopher Boffoli – ‘Big Appetites’




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Jason Barnhart – ‘Curiouser And Curiouser’




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Matthew Carden – ‘Small World’




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Slinkachu – ‘The Little People Project’

Slinkachu actually abandons his small figurines on the streets to be (un)noticed by the public. The project emphasizes the unawareness of one’s surroundings and the loneliness of living in a big city despite always being surrounded by other people.

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Screw Art by Andrew Myers

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I guess today’s post goes well with my previous one, Amazing 3D Wall Murals, except that this time the art is in actual 3D.


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Andrew Myers uses screws to make his incredible 3D portraits. He first makes a portrait drawing on a wood panel. Then he drills screws at different depths into the wood. Each portrait is made up of thousands of screws. Every single screw is then painted with oil paint to make the portrait come alive even more. The background is made up of phone book pages.


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This last portrait is called ‘Faded Thoughts’. Andrew Myers didn’t want his portraits to be “dead” anymore, so he decided to experiment and add some motion into it. Worked out pretty good I think! On his website you can find a short documentary about the process of making ‘Faded Thoughts’.

Amazing 3D Wall Murals

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3D wall murals can give a place an extra dimension by giving it texture, a spacious look and entertainment value. Today’s post features a couple of those extraordinary wall murals made by trompe l’oeil (‘fools the eye’) artists. Often painted on dull, gray buildings they can really liven up the neighborhood!

The Dirt On Bishop


This 3D mural called The Dirt On Bishop is painted by artist John Pugh on a wall in Bishop, California. This layered core sample of Bishop earth represents a sedimentary survey of the town’s heritage.

Green Treasure


Another one of John Pugh‘s creations, this time assisted by artist Marc Spijkerbosch. This mural on the wall of the main library of the Rotorua Arts Commission in New Zealand portraits a previously seamless hatch that has louvered-open through a mosaic of Lake Rotorua behind which a secret world resides.

Mana Nalu Mural Project


Mural of a giant wave on the Lani Nalu Plaza building in Honolulu Hawaii, made by John Pugh with the help of several other artists.

Collonade


Beautiful 3D mural by John Pugh on a wall inside an office building.

Academe


Optical illusion on the wall of Taylor Hall in Chico, California. One of John Pugh‘s old works.

Great American Crossroad


This 3D wall mural is painted by artist Eric Grohe in Bucyrus, Ohio, called Great American Crossroad. It serves as an entrance to the city as well as backdrop for numerous concerts and civic events.

55 Diamond Court


Another artwork by Eric Grohe, this time in Massillon, Ohio. It’s designed to add life and dignity to a previously nondescript corner of town.

Lions Gate Gorge


Street artist Qi Xinghua (Michael Qi) painted this enormous mural which not only is painted on a wall, but also on the floor, giving an even deeper 3D effect. With Lions Gate Gorge Xinghua set a new Guinness World Record for largest piece of street art.

Dragon Boat Festival Dragon


The dragon appears as if to be coming out of the wall. Painted by Qi Xinghua.

Nike Mural


3D Wall mural by Qi Xinghua.

Yangpu Mural


From this angle it looks pretty realistic! Made by Qi Xinghua in the Yangpu District in Shanghai.

Fresque des Québécois


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This wall mural, made by CitéCréation in Quartier Petit Champlain in Old Québec, tells 400 years of Québec’s history and portraits several of Quebec’s historic figures.

Fresque du Petit-Champlain


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Fresque du petit-Champlain is depicted on a wall in Rue du Petit-Champlain in Old Québec, one of the oldest streets in North America. This one recounts the history of Cap-Blanc, Québec City’s working-class waterfront neighborhood. Designed by CitéCréation.