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.
In 2003 the 90-year old Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) was due to be demolished to make way for newer facilities. Anna Schuleit was the artist commissioned to create an unforgettable memorial. She is a visual artist who studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence and Rome. After seeing the drab and somewhat depressing interior of the building, Anna decided to cover most of the facility’s floor area with a sea of flowers. The installation entitled “Bloom” was opened to the public for four days.
My name is Marie Wengler (born 1992). I have been interested in and working with photography and art since a young age, and at the age of only 20 years. Even though I’m still very young and completely self-taught (so far – I’m checking out different artistic educational options at this moment), I have been contacted by a recognized exhibition house in Copenhagen, Denmark, in order to establish my first solo exhibition from the 3rd of May – 5th of August 2012. The exhibition will also become a part of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2012. The images featured in the exhibition, which is called ‘Generation Y?’, thematizes the life issues of the post/late modern youth generation, which I belong to myself. I have experienced the issues of the post/late modern existence myself, I have learned to understand the new living condition for our new post/late modern era.
Booktography is fast becoming a viral fad all over the web. The best ones are those which seamlessly integrates the book’s cover with the live person. A dead person may also be used for the purposes of this meme but that’s rather macabre. Much like photobombs, and jumping-in-the-air photos; the originator of this concept is unknown, but the concept behind his/her creative idea will go on to spawn many more memes.
Gamers are a breed apart. Timothy Saccenti did a great job capturing their game faces when Sony commissioned him for their ad campaign for Sony PlayStation 3. Every grin of triumph, frown of frustration, and grimace of anger was perfectly captured. The mood lighting and the contrast is simply wonderful and highlights the emotions of the players. Saccenti is a director and photographer whose high quality work can be seen in many other ads and music videos.
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Inspired by the YouTube video showing a chain-smoking Indonesian toddler, Belgian photographer Frieke Janssens decided to create a series highlighting the seemingly contradictory concept of a child smoking. Her series entitled ‘Smoking Kids’ garnered quite a controversy when it came out. But don’t worry, no cigarettes were harmed in the making of this series. Chalk, cheese, candles, incense , and a loads of misdirection and photo manipulation were used to make it appear that the children were indeed smoking.
With the advent of full color photography, the popularity of black and white has sharply declined. Taking great shots in this medium has become a challenge for photographers. Not so for French photographer Nicolas Evariste, his gallery is simply chock full of great black and white photos. A graphic designer by trade, Evariste is passionate about everything related to images.