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.
While on a solitary voyage through Europe and Asia, renowned photographer Rémi Chapeaublanc stumbled upon Mongolia. This wild and sparsely inhabited place where men and animals are mutually dependent on each other for survival inspired him to create the series “Gods and Beasts”. The implication being: on the most basic level, man is still an animal. On the other hand, animals have no concept of right or wrong and can therefore do no wrong. These raw portraits made outside the studio leaves the viewer to judge the animal and the divine.
In Malo’s “Un jour, mon enfant tu seras” (One Day, You Will Be, My Child) series, he dresses up an adorably appealing infant in different costumes. Matador, monk, boxer, and butcher are just some of the professions that this baby might get into someday. As with every photograph, the line that separates the mediocre form the great is determined by the amount of detail. Surfer baby above even has the requisite necklace and tattoo. I do hope that’s just make-up on the baby boxer’s eye.
Robert Longo is a New York based painter, sculptor, and musician. Needless to say, he’s no mediocre artist with middling talent who uses controversial subjects as a claim to fame. It doesn’t take an art critic to see that his work is extraordinary, both in detail and in execution. Most of his recent works are done with charcoal on mounted paper. He also uses ink and graphite in some of his pieces. His work are displayed in museums and galleries all over the world. One of his pieces from his famous “Men in the Cities” series is even prominently displayed in the apartment of fictional character Patrick Bateman in the film American Psycho.
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.
The Hamburg ballet also known as the Hamburg State Opera Ballet, is an internationally acclaimed ballet company located in Germany. To boost ticket sales, they launched their “Moving Movements” advertising campaign. Ballet is all about grace, movement and fluidity and the ads look like they were shot with a kaleidoscope and, true to its slogan, features a LOT of movement. The success of their advertising campaign can be credited both to Scholz & Friends as well as the great number of on-hand talents they have.
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.”
Alberto Seveso is a self-taught Italian artist who wowed the world with his wonderfully detailed photographs of ink dissolving in water. It might not sound very exciting but these macrophotographs established him as one of the premiere young artists of digital media. A number of magazines and advertisers has recognized his burgeoning talent and his work has appeared in Playboy Magazine, Popular Science, and Natural Geographic. He is also responsible for the psychedelic poster of Olmeca Fusion and the artistically stylized male models of SuperBum Roundwear.
Tim Flach is a London-based photographer best known for his highly conceptual portraits of animals, particularly horses. A lot of hard work went into his series-turned-book “Equus”. Unlike humans, you can’t just flat out ask an animal to pose for you and the best pictures are often taken after a long period of waiting for just the right moment. The images in Equus fall into three sections. The first contains a range of close-up studio portraits. The second explores how location has played a part in shaping the horse and features different horse breeds, including the only remaining undomesticated horse in the world, the Przewalski’s Horse from Mongolia, shown in their natural environment. The third examines the myriad ways humanity has shaped the horse, including photographs of cross-bred horses such as the Zonkey, a collection of images of horses wearing headgear ranging from armour to respiratory masks, and a series of photographs shot at Cambridge University showing the development of a horse from embryo to fetus.
Mark Powellis a London-based artist who journeyed on the road less traveled by choosing to draw his portraits on the backs of old envelopes. These envelopes traversed the European postal system more than a century ago. Mark uses nothing more than a standard Bic Biro pen to create these delicately rendered portraits. Most of his portraits feature the elderly wearing rather unusual expressions. He also has one with a hovering hummingbird and another with an adorable owl.