Mystery and Fantasy Veil Black-and-White Illustrations by Artist David Álvarez

 Art Illustration #black and white #drawing #graphite #surreal November 1, 2021 Grace Ebert “Pinoccio.” All images © David Álvarez, shared with permission Continually fascinated by the potential of the human figure, Mexico-based artist David Álvarez (previously) illustrates richly textured scenes with a dose of fantasy and surrealism: a bird’s perch transfixes a character who’s sprouted a branch nose, a man writhes on the ground as he grows from a gnarled stump, and a Cheshire cat lifts a blanket to unveil a moon hidden beneath. Underlying many of his works…

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Wild Animals Occupy Suburban Nights in Nicholas Moegly’s Mysterious Illustrations

 Illustration #animals #drawing #light November 4, 2021 Grace Ebert “An Escape Plan.” All images © Nicholas Moegly, shared with permission In Nicholas Moegly’s shadow-laden illustrations, wild animals descend on backyards and unoccupied streets illuminated by artificial lights. The Cincinnati-based artist largely focuses on the quiet, mundane landscapes of Midwestern suburbia, although each of his works features surreal details that shroud the scenes in mystery: a lamp with no apparent electricity source lies haphazardly on the sidewalk, an empty car veers off a driveway with headlights still shining, and deer…

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Derek Paul Jack Boyle – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of recent paintings by artist Derek Paul Jack Boyle (previously featured here). Of the work he says: “I am painting objects as characters within scenes, evoking allegory. Narratives arise from elements of fantasy, where imagination supplants observation. Everyday things become metaphors of a moment, locking time within a portrait. I am reimagining things as larger than themselves, a play of object events.” Derek Paul Jack Boyle is represented by Smart Objects and based between Los Angeles and Landers, California. See more of his work below! Source link

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A Cube of Scaffolding Encloses a Glowing Red Sphere That Looms 25 Meters Above Madrid

 Art #climate crisis #installation #light #public art November 16, 2021 Grace Ebert Photos by Ruben P. Bescos, © SpY, shared with permission As a visual metaphor for the intensity and urgency of the ongoing climate crisis, urban artist SpY erected a luminous orb that towers nearly 25 meters above Madrid’s Plaza de Colón. The large-scale work, titled “Tierra,” features a cage of construction scaffolding that encloses the massive sphere, creating a contrast between the two geometric shapes and casting a brilliant red glow on the surrounding area. Set against…

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“Fifteen Seconds” by Artist Jessica Lancaster

“Life is full of small moments of clarity and compassion that we hold onto to get through to the next day,” says New York, New York-based artist Jessica Lancaster. “However, social media has redefined our 24-hour march through time into ephemeral communications and gestures.” Lancaster’s series of paintings, “Fifteen Seconds,” immortalizes the fleeting documentation of ordinary beauty made by friends, colleagues, and acquaintances within her online social network. “Based on screenshots saved to my phone in 2018 and 2019, I returned to this collection of images during the lockdown in…

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Ákos Ezer – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Hungarian artist Ákos Ezer describes his process of painting as a game, where the main objective is experimentation: trying out diverse painterly roles and exploring different aspects of the medium. “A picture is never homogeneous, because I never think alike about the various elements which build up my paintings,” he explains. Populated by young male characters embellished with contemporary and pop-cultural references, his eye-catching canvases contain jumbled masses of elongated limbs and brightly colored details. “The surreal depictions of the painted bodies often take up the entire picture surface and…

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Two Curious Rats Endure the Disastrous Effects of an Experiment Gone Haywire in an Animated Short

 Animation #humor #rats #short film #video December 1, 2021 Grace Ebert What happens when a pair of curious (and hungry) rats find themselves in a kitchen of potions, tonics, and jars of strange preservatives? “Experiment” is a short film by Zoé Berton-Bojko and Susana Covo Perez—they produced the piece as part of their graduation project at the School of New Images—that follows two dueling rodents as they spar over a single dried mushroom. Once they each finally take a bite of the magical fungi, glass-shattering, fiery chaos ensues in…

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Parallel Fields of Color Align in Daniel Mullen’s Precise Mathematical Paintings

 Art #abstract #acrylic #color #geometric #painting December 7, 2021 Grace Ebert “Future Monuments 10.” All images © Daniel Mullen, shared with permission What are the visual impacts of converging planes of color? This question is central to Scottish artist Daniel Mullen’s most recent series of paintings, which displays stacks of thin, rectangular sheets in exacting, abstract structures. “I am looking more at Rothko’s body of work and studying the vibrations of color and the almost alchemic effect that his work has on the sense,” the Rotterdam-based artist tells Colossal.…

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An Illustrated Children’s Book Is a Sensitive Retelling of a Timber Elephant’s Role in WWII

 Illustration #animals #books #children’s book #drawing #elephants November 1, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Flying Eye Books, shared with permission Meet Bandoola, an Asian timber elephant the British Army enlisted in WWII. Purchased as a calf, the lumbering creature was shipped to a teak plantation where he was forced to drag and push logs across the landscape to construct bridges and other structures. Bandoola’s life, while fictionalized by London-based illustrator and author William Grill in his forthcoming children’s book, is based on the true story of Elephant…

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Beth Parker – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Like many, the pandemic forced Brooklyn, New York-based artist Beth Parker to confront thoughts and emotions that the rhythms of daily life had long allowed her to ignore. Her latest series of paintings explores this experience through the act of self-portraiture. “I was watching a global crisis alone in my apartment, torn between the desire to help and the fear that my very presence would make things worse,” she explains. “I started painting my own figure, as I could not in good conscience project this feeling of inadequacy onto anyone…

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