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.
Christy Lewis is an award-winning face and body painter from Kapiti Coast, Wellington, New Zealand. Anyone can draw a pug nose and a few side whiskers and call the result a cat, but Christy takes this children’s art to the next level. Her work is simply exquisite and given that her clientelle are usually children, she has to work quickly too. Her studio, Daizy Design is booming. Christy uses her own gear and high-quality face paint. The cosmetics she uses are all hypoallergenic and approved for use around the eyes. She also does pregnant-belly paintings and is more than willing to paint other body parts on request.
Antonio Cazorla’s artistic ability manifested itself at an early age. He began painting at ten years of age and by the time he was eleven, he was already exhibiting his work. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Seville and was awarded the prestigious Landscape Grant of El Paular (Madrid). After successfully completing a doctorate, Antonio spent nearly three years living in England. During this time, his techniques and painting style continued to mature. Antonio uses a combination of tonality, color, and form to reflect a sense of calmness in his paintings. He lives and works in Spain.
Jim Zwadlo grew up on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin. He has worked in the skyscrapers of New York City for many years. To Jim, the aerial view of the Manhattan landscape became a map of itself. He said: “… the urban pedestrian symbolizes a complex social milieu. I paint each figure as a detailed individual portrait, familiar yet anonymous. I construct the crowd from thousands of photographs, arranged randomly to suggest patterns, and in patterns that suggest randomness.” He also added that imagery from the aerial point of view is instantly recognizable in contrast with traditional perspective, with the added arrogance of “looking down” versus “looking at.”
David’s wall paintings are so it’ll take more than just a second glance to figure out they’re paintings. David Jon Kassan is a well-known contemporary American painter whose life-sized realistic paintings combine figurative subjects with abstract backgrounds. According to him, “my effort to constantly learn to document reality with a naturalistic, representational painting technique allows for pieces to be inherent contradictions; paintings that are both real and abstract.”. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Dran is one of the most exciting emerging street artists in the UK this century. He sculpts, draws, paints, and has six published art books under his belt. He insists that he he not a street artist but art critics are already dubbing him as ”the French Banksy”. His art delivers hard-hitting messages presented in a rather childish way. Deforestation, vandalism, marriage, and freedom of speech are some of the topics he presents in a very effective way.