Shadows on the Wall – Paintings and Installations by Anders Gjennestad

By on September 16, 2014, in Design

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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.

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Greek God Graffiti by Pichi & Avo

By on September 11, 2014, in Design

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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.

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Wings – Embroidered Creations by Yumi Okita

By on September 8, 2014, in Sculpture

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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.

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Magical Fairy Sculptures by Robin Wight

By on September 7, 2014, in Sculpture

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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.

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Rail Art by Artur Bordalo

By on September 2, 2014, in Design

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Artur Bordalo is a graffiti artist whose work has definitely raised the bar on railroad art. Using the parallel lines of a railroad as a canvas, Arturo has managed to convey both humor and cynicism into his minimalistic work. His often uses bright neon colors in his work to make it stand out against the gray backdrop of gravel and rail. He goes by the handle Bordalo II as a tribute to his grandfather whom he saw ‘painting the city of Lisbon’. Arturo’s work has been cropping up all over his homeland of Portugal and train officials don’t seem to mind since spray paint doesn’t seem to do the rails themselves any harm.

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Melted – Glass Sculptures by Jeff Zimmerman

By on August 29, 2014, in Sculpture

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Jeff Zimmerman was raised by artist parents in Anderson Ranch Arts Center of Colorado. His original dream was to become an anthropologist but found his passion in glass blowing. He studied classical Venetian glassblowing and mastered centuries-old Italian techniques while being apprenticed to master glass blowers. These days, Jeff himself is a master glassblower who loves to move glass into realm of contemporary, relevant art. His pieces are all bent and melted out of shape but still retain their usefulness and aesthetics.

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Nature and Art Collision – Conceptual Sculptures by Hubert Duprat

By on August 27, 2014, in Sculpture

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Caddisfly larvae are anything but cute. They wriggle around in river bottoms making cozy cocoons twigs, pebbles, and sediment. Artist Hubert Duprat had a brain wave immediately after learning of the caddisfly larvae habit. What if the critters were surrounded by nothing but gold and precious stones? He hen proceeded to do just that. He took a bunch of caddisfly larvae and raised them in aquariums with nothing but gold flakes, pearls, and other precious stones. The resulting cocoons are tiny and fragile gold sculptures held together with silk. If you didn’t know the real creatures of these bejeweled masterpieces, you’d have thought they were made by a master jeweler.

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A Close Shave – Paper Blades by Nadeem Haidary

By on August 25, 2014, in Sculpture

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Sorry to disappoint you but Nadeem Haidary’s Paper Razors are fictional products that playfully challenge the notion that paper cuts are evil. Also, disposable razors are not really disposable. Nadeem turned the concept of an ordinary paper cut into something useful. His imaginary product comes in four different colors: red, gray, black, and white. It even has its own clever packaging and logo. He said: “I think of design as applied experimentation. To prototype ideas, build things, visit a foreign land, to be curious about everything is to set yourself up for the possibility of discovering new solutions.”

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Realistic Glass Paperweights by Paul Joseph Stankard

By on August 22, 2014, in Sculpture

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Paul Joseph Stankard is the brilliant artist behind these floral glass paperweights. He is a pioneer of the studio-glass movement and considered by many as the father of modern glass paperweights. He started out as a glassblower, creating specialized glass instruments for chemical laboratories. He made glass paperweights on the side to support his growing family. His expertise as a artist was first recognized by Reese Palley (an internationally respected art dealer) who saw his work at a craft display in Atlantic City. The rest, as they say, is history. His work is currently on display at more than sixty museums all over the world. He said: “I am interested in integrating mysticism with botanical realism, giving the glass organic credibility. Through the work, I reference the continuum of nature, by portraying and exploring the mysteries of seeds, fertility and decay. The work celebrates the primal beauty of nature on an intimate level.”

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Cranio Nacre – Sculptures by Gregory Raymond Halili

By on August 21, 2014, in Sculpture

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Gregory Raymond Halili was born and raised in the lush and tropical country of the Philippines. His family moved to the USA in the late 80s when he was in his teens. Gregory earned his B.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. One of his most recent series feature skulls delicately carved into gold and black-lipped mother of pearl shells. Mother of pearl is also known as nacre. It is the inner shell layer of most molluscs and it’s what the outer layer of pearls are made of. Gregory hand bases his carvings on an anatomically correct moel and changed the proportion according to the size of the shell he’s carving. He is currently based in New Jersey.

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