Tattoos may be a sign of creativity, rebellion, or self-expression, depending on your culture. Some people simply let it be but Shawn Barber, on the other hand, has a bit of an obsession with tattoos. All of his work involve tattoos in one way or another. He has published and illustrated at least two books on the subject. His distinctive style of rendering tattooed people in the most colorfully vivid way has made his work stand out from other artists. Unsurprisingly, Shawn is also a tattoo artist.
Looking at her paintings is like drinking genius from a glass of harmony.
Her works of art and the features of their characters diffuse vibrations of eternity. An eternity that grasps beauty with its arms, but not typical beauty, but rather an indescribable beauty that is disguised as death and radiates the most intense emotions, emotions that make your bones tremble and leave you breathless in a world without time, returning to a world begotten of pure white.
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Don’t worry, your eyes are fine. Ho Ryon Lee’s paintings are intentionally making you look twice at something any hot-blooded male would take a second look. Lee’s unique technique of painting an image as if it was a badly taken photograph is quite distinctive.The popularity his work is not, in any way, hurt by the act tat his subjects are women wearing short, flimsy skirts.
There are many talented painters out there who can easily fool you into thinking their paintings are photos. Jason de Graaf on the other hand, is in a class of his own. His talent is simply Olympian. Jason loves to play with perspective and light. Most, if not all, of his paintings highlight spheres, water, reflections, refractions, and shadows. According to him “My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs.”
Cristina Penescu was born in Bucharest in the late ’80s. Her love for art and nature began during early childhood. This love of nature is reflected deeply in her paintings, sketches and portraits of animals. Her work is so realistic that it takes a closer look to determine that they’re not black and white photos. Recently, she was accepted as a Signature Member of the world-renowned Society of Animal Artists.
Jacek Yeerka’s paintings are what I would imagine Tim Burton’s dreams to look like if you mated it with Stephen King’s musings. Detailed, thought provoking, and creative, yet slightly disturbing. It is these qualities that make Jacek’s work highly sought-after by collectors and galleries all over the world.
Casey Baugh is is one of those rare painters who can capture the realism of his subject without making it seem like he was trying to hard to replicate a photograph. One of his more recent work features a series of realistically rendered paintings of women. In this day and age where digital manipulation is norm, Casey’s work stands out as a fantastic throwback to a bygone era of oil and canvas. His background in web design may have inspired him to create these breathtaking portraits. He is a finalist in the many competitions he joined in America and currently teaches his unique painting techniques to students.
A glance at the rest of his work and you’ll be sure of several things: 1) Kim Sung Jin is one of the best photorealistic painters out there and 2) He’s a bit obsessed with painting lips. Kim Sung Jin graduated from the Hongik University for Fine Art in 2003. This Korean artist works primarily with oils on canvas and his sensually stimulating subject sets him apart from the rest. Painting is easy, even elephants can do it. Painting something so well that it can routinely be mistaken as a photograph is painting on another level. Kim is one of the rare breed of painters that can capture the realism of an image and translate it into an oil and canvas creation without losing an ounce of the sensuality.
Matthew Small is a London-based street artist who works mainly with mixed media on found metal. “Found” metal is simply recycled metal and mixed media could be anything from traditional oil paint to human hair to rubbish. Street art may be defined as art on the street that’s not graffiti. In this respect, Matthew work certainly qualifies. When asked of his opinion on street art, Matthew replies: “I think it’s always going to be out there. It’s always going to come and go. It began at the grass roots level and it’s a pity that some of the people it was intended for no longer have access to it. Very rarely does an art scene live forever but I think street art is always going to be around in some form.”
Scott Belcastro is a Los Angeles based painter who grew up in upstate New York. Perhaps because of this, most of his acrylic paintings have nature inspired themes. The subjects of his work (mostly animals) express a certain feeling of loneliness and hope. They are set against a dramatic backdrop of oppressing skies. His most recent series “Brighter Doom“, explores “the vivacity and chaos pulsating through all entities” as one gallery put it. According to Scott, “I wanted to capture an imaginary essence or spirit that moves with things, whether it be a gun, an animal, or a building. The depiction of guns and animals together have nothing to do with any sort of violence or harm. Brighter Doom delves into my internal reactions to beauty and what it would look like as energy….motion ….and a bit of chaos.”