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.
Those aren’t magnified mineral samples you’re looking at up there. Sarah Schoenfeld, a German photographer and artist, had the bright idea to produce shoot drugs. She put a drop of different drugs (both legal and illegal) onto some pre-exposed negative film before subjecting the said film to the normal photographic processes. The chemical reaction of the drugs to the film has resulted in surprisingly pretty images. Sarah has blown-up the images and compiled them into a 96-page photobook. She said: “Each drop altered the coating of the film and the outcomes are surprisingly amazing.”
William T. Hornaday was a celebrated American zoologist, taxidermist, conservationist, and author. After deacades of dedicating his life to science and nature, he died in 1937. There has been a recent slew of pictures from an anonymous Flickr user who is definitely NOT William T. Hornaday. Nevertheless, the awesomeness of his/her animal portraits pays homage to the real William T. Hornaday. Whether he/she is a professional photographer or a an avid hobbyist one can’t really say, but one can surely tell that NOT William T. Hornaday is definitely a talented photographer.
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.
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.
Julie Fletcher left everything behind to take stunning photographs of the untamed Australian outback. Twelve years ago, Julie packed up and left Sydney behind to embrace her dream of capturing the heart-stopping images of the Australian outback. Her images range from barren deserts to beautiful beaches to endemic wildlife. Her work has received accolades from the National Geographic andother prestigious organizations. In an interview with the Daily Mail, she said: “There is nothing out there but at the same time there is so much if you just see and not just look. This area has made me a better photographer by challenging me all the time. I am constantly looking for a different approach on the same subject.”
Japanese artist Makoto Azuma collaborated with JP Aerospace to capture these no-longer-earth-bound bonsai and bouquet. JP Aerospace is a Sacramento-based volunteer organization that makes and sends vessels into orbit. Makoto and the JP Aerospace team captured these amazing shots of a white pine bonsai and a flora bouquet using helium balloons, styrofoam, a light metal frame, still cameras, six Go Pro video cameras, and a helluva lot of creativity. In an interview, Makoto said: “I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space. I always wanted to travel to space. This is a dream come true.”
Jose Emroca Flores is a California-based artist who spent much of his youth on a skateboard. When not building makeshift ramps from scrap wood he could usually be found drawing while listening to his favorite music. Jose attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco where he learned to develop his skills in making his imagination come to life through art. His talent allowed him to accumulate a prestigious list of clients including: EA games, Nike, Paramount, Universal, Marvel, FHM, and Maxim to name but a few. Jose is currently based in Carlsbad, California.
Eyan Higgins Jonesis a master airbrush painter whose animal portraits are as breathtaking as they are majestic. Born in North Wales, her connection with the natural world began at a very early age. She earned her degree in Illustration from the University of Central England where she started selling her art in many commercial establishments including bars, restaurants, and shops. She also dabbled in theatre, film, advertising, fashion, publication, and mural painting. She said: “My work is aspired to bring a unique perspective on the relationship between Humankind and Nature. My aim is to portray the diversity these two forces of awe share within the World, from the marvelous to the malevolent.”
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.