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.
The images are clearly digitally manipulated but showing the devastated that the 1906 San Francisco earthquake wreaked. Unhappy with the usual then-and-now photos, photographer Shawn Clover made his own. He meticulously recreated the angle, the focus, and the lighting of his modern-day point-of-view. Blending the two together created a much more attention grabbing then-and-now comparison.
The perfect shot is a combination of patience, timing, and talent. Amateur photographer David Chambon spent a whole year amassing a whole series of those perfect perfect shots. He captured a whole range of arthropods with morning dew still on their bodies. The glistening effect makes each insect look like they’re encrusted by diamonds.
One of the most recent works of photographer Daniel Kukla is his “The Edge Effect” series which features perfectly square mirrors propped up on an easel and angled to reflect the horizon. The easels were strategically placed around the Joshua Tree National Park. The viewer has the distinct feeling of looking at a photograph of a hyper-realistic painting. Daniels also has a background in both biology and anthropology.
Lana Khavronenko is yet another one of those gifted young artists who seemingly pop up from out of nowhere. We know she’s Ukrainian, and that’s about it. There is a maddeningly little information about her but her work speaks volumes about her talent. Her watercolor paintings are vividly arresting. Her use of use of contrasting hues bring out the character of her subjects.
Sarah Harvey is a British artist who loves capturing the interplay between light, color and water. Most of her work features submerged in water. The accompanying ripples, distortions, and bubbles are faithfully reproduced on canvas. According to her: “My paintings of figures floating are predominantly self portraits. I aim to create paintings that arouse both a sense of well being and pleasure, whilst simultaneously suggesting notions of insecurity, fantasy and sexuality.”
If his deviantART account is to be believed, RHADS is a 25-year old artist who lives in Antarctica. His isolation in one of the most remote places on our planet might explain the subjects of his work. His subjects include, but are certainly limited to: The Kraken, an alien Predator, winged horses, a soon-to-be-wrecked-ship, a military stronghold in outer space, and many others. He brings to life the parts of our imagination we couldn’t adequately visualize.
PSHoudini is the nom de guerre of Brazilian artist Miguel P. His career as a digital artist began in 2010 when he discovered the miracles of Photoshop. He hasn’t stopped manipulating images to his heart’s content ever since. His digitally manipulated images are as imaginative as they are meticulously made. This is one digital artist we should watch out for.
This award-winning outdoor campaign to promote walking instead of driving was launched by DBB China and China Environmental Protection Foundation. Jody Xiong, the artist behind this installation, hoped to urge everyone to do their bit for the environment by placing the huge 12.6×7 meters canvas in busy intersections. Sponge cushions soaked in green, environmentally friendly paint was placed on either side. The installation was placed in seven thoroughfares in Shanghai with more than three million people participating in the campaign.
At first glance Ysabel Lemay’s work may seem a bit chaotic but it slowly starts making sense the longer you stare at it. Her work is actually an amalgamation of photography and painting. She calls the process ”Photo-Fusion”. First, she takes hundreds of photographs and attunes their visual and light properties. A composite image is then created in the manner of a painting. The result is attention-grabbing artistic chaos. Ysanbel currently lives and works in Naples, Florida.