Petrykivka is a style of painting which originated from the small Ukrainian Petrykivka village. This style of painting utilizes thousands of small brushstrokes, blending together to present a seemingly seamless element within the painting. The brush used for these paintings are in themselves unique, being hand-made from cat hair. Olena Skytsiuk, a renowned Ukrainian painter is one of the few artists who are preserving this dying art. She has been a member of the National Artists Union of Ukraine since 1978. Her work can be found in museums and private collections all over the world.
Steampunk as a sub-genre of science fiction that glorifies steam and its possible applications to modern-day technology had electricity not been discovered. German painter Vadim Voitekhovitch;s work is saturated with poignantly anachronistic images of steam-powered dirigibles set in the Victorian era. Realistically drawn, future generations just might think his paintings are historically accurate.
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Since starting her professional way of being artist, Bulgarian painter Mariana Kalacheva amplifies her experience through the curiosity to the details beyond the ordinary world. In 2003 she graduates the AMDFA/ Academy of Musik, Danse and Fine Arts/ – Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Master Degree – Speciality Graphics under the guidance of Prof. Vladimir Genadiev and Pedagogy of Fine Arts under the guidance of Prof. Bisser Damyanov. Her debut in 1998 is exhibition with drawings made with ink and dry brush on paper.
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Michael Zavros is an Australian printer and painter whose work has already won several prestigious awards including the The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, the Kedumba Prize, and the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. He also won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2010. He has a bit of a passion with horses as evident in his work which features equine hints here and there. Unicorns, centaurs, and racehorses are but a few of his subjects. He also creates surreal landscapes and animal portraits from time to time.
Watercolor is a medium most artists take for granted. Most people lump it together with modeling clay and crayons as a medium for beginners. Painter Marc Allante has other ideas. His portfolio is a collection of colorful watercolor paintings literally dripping with color. His subjects are usually silhouettes riding a wave of color or taking shelter under an umbrella from a colorful deluge of biblical proportions. Marc is self-taught and currently based in Hong Kong.
David Stooke calls himself the NewAgeTraveller on deviantART. Relocation had him busy for a while, when he came back, it was a pleasant surprise for him to find his 2500+ visits to his account. He had been selected as one of the daily deviations, which increased the traffic to his account. The quality of his paintings helped as well. They could be described as a cross between photorealistic and classic.
If there’s anything that distinguishes men from the Victorian era, it’s their mustaches. For Aaron Smith, a mustachioed gentlemen himself, these men represent a masculine ideal. Their serious expressions, stiff poses, and spectacularly bearded faces does a great deal to mask an inner vulnerability. The extremely colorful palette which he uses to portray these gentlemen were drawn from Bird-of-Paradise and the extravagantly decorated Huli Wigmen of Papua New Guinea. Aaron wanted to draw parallels between the rituals of initiation practiced in tribal cultures and those found in western culture.
Literature and music are Danny Malboeuf’s greatest inspirations. He works mainly with acrylics. Danny’s style may be described as a combination of surrealistic and Pre-Raphaelite sensibilities. He has had numerous one-man exhibitions in the past two decades. His work can be found in various private collection around the world. Some might be offended by the quasi-religious references in his work, but most will simply give a shrug and take a closer look at the big picture itself.
Wlodzimierz Kuklinski is a self-taught Polish painter and illustrator. His work is found on more than a hundred books. He also designs posters, book covers, trademarks, wrappings and CD covers. He works primarily with oils and his paintings often depict young women in thoughtful contemplation. Wlodzimierz loves illustrating fairy tales, historical books, and detective stories.
Fire tempers the finest steel, they say. The porcelain dolls in Chen Hongzhu’s portraits have certainly gone through the forge. Chen Hongzhu graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts. The subject of her surreal portraits are just a wee bit cracked, but stronger for all that. With their large, unseeing eyes and well-hidden flaws, they subtly hint at inner strength showing itself through tragedy.