Johannes Stötter was born in south Tyrol, Italy. He is also a msician who plays the violin, guitar, and the bouzouki. Johannes won the Bodypainting World Championship last 2012. It’s not at all that surprising given his talent and the level of skill he has applied to his work. He usually paints his subjects to perfectly blend into their surroundings. His work is so detailed that it would take an observer a moment to figure out where the human is in the picture. Often, the only telltale sign would be an open eye, or a pair of slightly open lips. One of my favorites is a frog on a leaf. The frog itself is composed of five carefully arranged and strikingly painted women.
Patrick Kramer is a painter by profession and a perfectionist by nature. It’s no wonder he got drawn to realism where everything and to be ‘just right’ in order for it to be convincing. As his technique and style improved, his work started putting photographs to shame. After all, oil paints doesn’t pixelate when you look at it closely. Bu why paint when you can simply click? In response to this question, he said: “I came to realize that the appeal of representational painting since the advent of photography is due in a large part to the painting process. Although the image itself may come to resemble an ordinary photograph, a psychological intensity can be felt in the handmade work, as the artist’s laboriously slow method, intense concentration, and myriad of artistic decisions lie behind the creation of the image. In my work, I hope the viewer senses this tension between photography and the handmade — the instantaneous and the prolonged, the ubiquitous and the unique, the impartial and the personal.”
Brenoch Adams, if his description of himself is to be believed, is inhumanly tall, a baseball player, a gifted musician, and a numerically-gifted-dog owner (his dog Toby happens to have a furry, white number ’5′ over his right eye) whose right shoulder is an eighth of an inch lower than the left. His first name means “wounded but not dead” in Gaelic. Brenoch obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Animation from the San Jose State University in California. He was hired by Nihilistic Software directly after graduation to work on the video game Conan which came out in Xbox 360 and PS3.
Daryl Feril is a Philippine-based designer & illustrator whose work in watercolor is fast becoming an internet sensation. Daryl has always had a passion for art. He has spent time working with both traditional and digital medias. He has even done a bit of typography and fashion work. Daryl’s work may be described as an eclectic mix of curves, flowing lines, and hand-drawn sketches. He has been working freelance for various brands since 2012 and a list of his clients include Tiger Beer Singapore, Le Fourquet, Line Skis USA, Digital Arts Magazine, and Ecoya.
Lisa Adams is a self-taught realist painter from Queensland, Australia. She paints for six hours a day, six days a week. Even at that pace, it takes her months to finish a single piece. She averages three to five paintings per year. Lisa begins with a crystal clear mental picture of the painting which she then tries to transfer onto the canvas. She utilizes detailed photographic references, usually her own, or the ones taken by her husband, photographer Kim Guthrie. She said: “I never paint from just one photograph, it sometimes takes hundreds of separate sources.”
Iris Scott is a Seattle-based painter who has taken finger painting to new heights. Watching her at work is like watching a virtuoso piano player. She dips her gloved finger into high-grade oil paints and swirls them around the canvas to create beautiful portraits. She discovered her passion for finger-painting when, too lazy to leave the comforts of her cool room to clean her brushes, she started applying yellow paint with her fingers. Ten strokes later, she knew that she would spend the rest of her life finger painting with oils. She said: “I paint what I see. Finger paintings are hiding everywhere, sometimes I catch them when I’m walking down the sidewalk, or lounging in a living room. I search for color relationships, and intriguing forms. I see the world through ‘finger painted’ colored glasses.”
Chris Woods uses his own friends as subjects and paints them against a backdrop rife with belligerent branding, pop-culture, and omnipresent advertising. His work has appeared in Naomi Klein’s book No Logo as well as magazines like Saturday Night , and Adbusters. Chris’ painting ‘McDonald’s Nation’ (1996) has become a popular icon of the anti-corporate movement. It has been featured in guerrilla media around the world. He is represented by Gallery Jones in Vancouver, Canada.
Keng Lye is a Singapore-based artist who produces one-of-a-kind three-dimensional sculptures using acrylics and epoxy resin. The technique he uses was actually pioneered by Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori. The realistic image is produced by pouring resin into a bowl and then painting on top of it layer by layer. HE said: “I started on the octopus and it was purely an experiment; I just wanted to see whether I could push this technique to a higher level. ”
Maja Wrońska is a Polishb artist and architect who has painted an amazing series of watercolors featuring famous landmarks from around the world. She has quite an impressive following on devianART where she uses the handle ‘takmaj’. First, she sketches her work with a pencil before proceeding to fill in the details in watercolor. Maja loves combining the color blue and purple with a random slpash of red here and there. According to her, her work usually starts ‘with an impulse that pushes her towards drawing’. For inspiration, she turns to a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and music.
Gottfried Helnwein grew up in post-war Vienna. As a young boy, he was surrounded by somber people haunted by a very recent past they refuse to speak of. The young artist took solace in the fictional universe of cartoons where, according to him was “…a decent world where one could get ﬂattened by steam-rollers and perforated by bullets without serious harm. A world in which the people still looked proper, with yellow beaks or black knobs instead of noses.” Most of his work is considered controversial since he focuses primarily on political topics, historical issues, as well as psychological and sociological anxiety.