Art is Alice Newberry’s passion. She is a freelance graphic designer with fifteen years worth of work under her belt. She is one of those infinitely lucky people whose love their job. Her work is usually described as digital paintings. The term is a bit misleading as there is no actual paint involved in the process, nor is canvas used. Yet the end result is, at times, even better than the real thing.
Anna-Maria is an elusive Swiss artist whose pencil portraits of Hollywood personalities are as stunning as they are sexy. It also helps that she features Hollywood hotties like Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Anyone can make a portrait but hers capture the raw sensuality of the actors, without descending into nudity. Anna captures their pose, expression, and faraway like no other artist can.
Guillaume Bresson is a Paris-based French painter who uses the old technique of grisaille in most of his paintings. Grisaille is the term for paintingexecuted entirely in monochromeor near-monochrome, usually in shades of grey. Bresson’s paintings are inspired by compositions of Poussin and deal with urban violence. Every detail of his paintings are carefully planned. From the clothes and accessories of the models, to the backdrop and poses.
Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is the founder of the New York Culture Jamming movement. He like to challenge the controls imposed on public space, the role models designated, and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory. He does this by replacing the faces of cultural icons chosen by advertisers with the faces of anonymous people. His large-scale murals avoid imposing a negative impact on the environment. They make the viewer take a long second look at a face that seems to be out of place on a wall, yet perfectly belong.
Trust me, that’s no photoshop. Bored with all the usual poses, Tadas Černiauskas (a Lithuanian photographer), decided to do something completely different. What’s more surprising, is that a lot of people decided to go along with him. The exercise was simple enough, yet produced unique results. Each model was made to stand before a really strong current of air which proceeded to mutilate their faces in hilarious ways.
We’ve heard of blue grass, but blue trees? Konstantin Dimopoulos the artist behind these unusually blue trees, was hoping to make a statement. Trees are everywhere and most of the time and their presence is taken for granted. Konstantin feels that something so essential to our survival should never be taken for granted. Instead of hugging a tree, he painted the trunks with biologically safe pigmented water that will degrade over time. The eye catching effect will surely make anyone look twice.
Ron Ulicny is a Portland-based sculptor whose work awes and amuses in equal measure. His sculptures are thought provoking despite being amusing. He describes himself as a contemporary sculptor, fine artist, & craftsman that works for a living and has an inherent tendency to make “stuff “. This one-of-a-kind artist does not believe in curriculum vitaes or artist statements. He wants the viewer to feel and think for themselves.
Armin Mersmann immigrated to the United States in 1965 with his parents. His father, a famous oil painter, was responsible for raising him in an artistic environment. He feels as if his career as an artist was simply inevitable. According to him, he never made a conscious choice to be an artist, it’s just what he does. His medium of choice is graphite but he also does a few oil portrais on the side. Critics call his style of drawing graphite realism.
Victor Portugal is a Poland-based tattoo artist who is renowned for his dark and surreal approach to tattoo design. Born in Uruguay, he lived in Spain for some years before settling down in Krakow, Poland where he operates his own tattoo studio, Dark Times Tattoo. Its one thing to create a design on paper, another thing entirely to imprint it on a piece of living material that may someday stretch or wrinkle. Skin is a very difficult medium to work with, yet talented artists like Victor manage to convey depth and dimension to their designs.