Anders Gjennestad is the artist responsible for these awesome, gravity-defying kids playing on the wall. Anders specializes in creating shadow people using his own photographs. The stencils he uses are hand cut and layered to create a detailed and complex photorealistic images. It also helps that his work is perfectly placed to fool the eye. The installation above was part of Memorie Urbane, a street art festival in Italy. Anders is currently based in Norway where his street handle is Strøk.
Gesine Marwedel is a brilliant German body painter whose creations are like nothing else out there. She can either emphasize the human form or eliminate it all together to bring out her design. Her living canvasses are often positioned in a variety of graceful poses to accentuate the design. Most of her work feature animals but her most jaw-dropping on features what eppears to be a woman being ripped in half with her heart and innards showing. Gesine also believes in the therapeutic qualities of body painting and has even published a book on how it can be used as a form of therapy.
David Chong is a Singapore-based artist whose pencil and ink illustrations are fast gaining a following on the internet. Davis is self taught and what started as an idle hobby soon grew to be an abiding passion in illustration. He started off with realistic pencil and pen portraits and has recently ventured into making digital finger paintings.
Lee Cross, otherwise known as Wood Splitter Lee, is a talented sculptor from Alaska who has elevated the craft of creating stuffed animals into fine art. Her creations are not only adorable, they’re also incredibly realistic. Lee starts with a skeleton (nope, the plastic kind, not bone) which she then wraps in stuffing and covers with cloth. The final stage involves painstakingly hand-decorating it with synthetic fur and paint. Lee guarantees that no animal was ever harmed in the making of every piece. Each critter sells for up to $910 on ebay.
J Henry Fair has made it his life’s mission to document the atrocities that mankind has inflicted on mother nature. He has even published a book called The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis. It’s filled with picture after picture of shocking yet beautiful images of pollution. Some may doubt the authenticity of Fair’s color palette but he has repeatedly confirmed that “what one sees in the photos is what was there.” He started taking photographs at the age of fourteen when he nicked his father’s camera. He admits during an interview: “I always had a big mouth, and pretty much always tried to use photography to express myself.”
Internationally renowned graffiti duo Pichi & Avo were invited over to Werchter, Belgium to create a a massive, site-specific installation for the North West Walls Street Art Festival. The installation consisted of stacked up container crates upon which the artistsweregiven free reign to exercise their creativity. The result featured their trademark signature of Greek gods superimposed over a mishmash of loud and vibrant colors. According to event curator Arne Quinze; “When they work together they create breathtaking figurative detail and quality. Their work is very striking and always commands the spectator’s full attention.” The festivalmay be over, but theGreek godsin all their glory still stand.
Those aren’t magnified mineral samples you’re looking at up there. Sarah Schoenfeld, a German photographer and artist, had the bright idea to produce shoot drugs. She put a drop of different drugs (both legal and illegal) onto some pre-exposed negative film before subjecting the said film to the normal photographic processes. The chemical reaction of the drugs to the film has resulted in surprisingly pretty images. Sarah has blown-up the images and compiled them into a 96-page photobook. She said: “Each drop altered the coating of the film and the outcomes are surprisingly amazing.”
William T. Hornaday was a celebrated American zoologist, taxidermist, conservationist, and author. After deacades of dedicating his life to science and nature, he died in 1937. There has been a recent slew of pictures from an anonymous Flickr user who is definitely NOT William T. Hornaday. Nevertheless, the awesomeness of his/her animal portraits pays homage to the real William T. Hornaday. Whether he/she is a professional photographer or a an avid hobbyist one can’t really say, but one can surely tell that NOT William T. Hornaday is definitely a talented photographer.
Yumi Okita is the artist responsible for these exquisitely crafted members of the Lepidoptera family. She uses a wide variety of textiles and embroidery techniques to achieve a realistic feel. Most of her work is on a large scale with some specimens measuring almost a foot from wingtip to wingtip. She also crafts a variety of other insects but nowhere is her talent more evident than with these fragile, winged creatures. Yumi is currently based in North Carolina.
Robin Wight is the artist behind FantasyWire. FantasyWire is an England-based studio that specializes in creating custom-made wire fairies. Their sculptures are primarily made with stainless steel wires and can be placed outdoors, but they also make galvanized steel versions. Eachfairy is carefully handmade and crafted according to the customer’s design and installation requirements. FantasyWire have their offices in Staffordshire, England near Alton Towers. It is said that Robin was inspired to make these sculptures because of an inexplicable real life encounter.