German photographer Alexandra Klever does something wholly unconventional when she photographs kids who are NOT smiling. These are kids who are on the verge of tears, crying, just finished crying, about to throw a tantrum, and thinking of the pros and cons of throwing a tantrum. To highlight their expressions, she placed her subjects against a blank background and clothed them identically in a sleeveless white undershirt.
Shintaro Ohata is a Japanese artist who flawlessly merges two-dimensional art with 3d by placing sculptures in front of his paintings. His innate talent of perfectly capturing light. Looking at his work, one might incorrectly assume that there is a hidden light source somewhere in his installation.When asked about the unique sculpture and painting combination he said: “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”.
Li Wei is a performance artist like no other. With his photos, what you see is what you get. No Photoshop, no helmet, just balls. There is zero digital manipulation involved, he may use wires from time to time though. Still, he shoots in dangerous places like high buildings, lakes, and ice holes and his self-portraits involve the risk of losing life or limb.
Not much is known about the mysterious Russian photographer Lena Dunaeva. Her work, on the other hand, has been lauded and praised by critics the world over. Browsing though her portfolio, one gets the sense of nostalgia. Her subjects are mostly female and the portraits tend to have and old-timey look about them. This, however, doesn’t diminish the sensuality of her models.
Josh Adamski has lived most of his life in the UK. He lives near a beach and takes his inspiration from the sea. His digitally enhanced images have a distinctly surreal feel about them. The colors are bold, the lines are striking, and the perspective is a tiny bit skewed. He’s currently based in Israel.
A man of many talents, David Boni is a self-taught graphic designer as well as a director and photographer. Years of experience in his chosen field has honed his artistic talents to perfection. His animal portraits are breathtakingly detailed. Each animal seems to be captured while wearing a very human expression. A smug duck, a shy zebra, an amused antelope, a pensive horse, and a startled rooster. The cattle are especially nice. See for yourself.
Flying is a skill we had at birth but gradually lost as we grew older, at least that’s what photographer Rachel Hulin would like us to believe. Her “The Flying Series” features shots of adorable babies seemingly floating in midair. Lest you think these babies were thrown and shot while in midair, don’t worry. The people holding the babies were simply edited out of the picture. When asked how she gets
the inspiration for her other photos, Rachel said: “I generally have a camera with me whenever I’m at a family function or away for a weekend with friends, and sort of lie in wait for a moment to capture.”
Let there be light and DAVID LLOYD GLOVER will find it. A prolific painter, David uses the difficult medium of water-colour and deftly achieves a multi-layered emotional — and for some, transcendental experience. White light, if you will, becomes the portrait path of self- exploration and fulfilment and the illumination of truth and echoes of eternity are shared by both artist and audience.
Glover’s paintings are on 300lb, T.H. Saunders, Waterford-series cold pressed paper. Always, a detailed under drawing is executed in 2B pencil which is a discipline learned from Illustrating. He uses Winsor & Newton transparent water-colours and Winsor & Newton brushes as he believes that superior quality materials is so important when marketing your work through top level fine art galleries.
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Su Blackwell is a UK based artist who loves working with paper. She hunts around second-hand bookshops for her raw materials. Su actually reads the book first once or twice before proceeding with the cutting, folding, and shaping. Her work tends to lean towards the realm of fairy tale and folk lore featuring young girls in haunting, fragile settings. Su feels that this expresses the vulnerability of childhood while conveying a sense of childish wonder.
Designing three soccer fields worth of sow is no easy feat but Simon Beck does it and loves doing it. He fashions geometric shapes in the snow simply but walking around with a pair of snowshoes strapped to his feet. This means anywhere around 10-20 hours of walking. Using snow as a medium when its existence is fleeting may be a waste of time for some people but for Simon, that’s where the beauty of his art lies.