Nicolas Delort strives to tell stories both big and small through his intricate and evocative, black and white illustrations. He started doodling as a hobby during high school, but the hobby turned into a full-blown passion when he reached college. He built up a portfolio, got into some art classes, and never looked back since. Nicolas shared his process: “I work on non-inked scratch board. I use three tools: a 0.05 pigment marker, a sable brush and a scratch board nib. I’ll hatch/crosshatch the lighter areas with the marker and I’ll fill in with Indian ink the darker areas and scratch away. I don’t really plan the whole process though, I make it up as I go.” Nicolas is based in Paris, France and is currently represented by Shannon Associates.
Yang Yongliang was born in 1980 in Shanghai, China. He is well-known for his black and white photographic collages depicting the devastating effects of uninhibited industrialization and urbanization. At first glance, his work looks like a peaceful traditional Chinese painting, a closer look would reveal mountains chock-full of factories, buildings, and machinery. Three of his most recent collections: Silent Valley, Moonlight, and a Bowl of Taipei were displayed over at the Galerie Paris-Beijing.
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Shay Armstrong describes herself as “an artist working in the photographic arts and the world of body paint and body art”. She used to call herself a “bodypainting photographer” but found out that the label didn’t really cover the multi-faceted media she works with. Her signature style are nude, body-painted figures photographed in the modernist effect. Shay still works with a traditional wet darkroom and uses a 35mm manual camera, which is a refreshing change in this digital age. She is also known by her devientArt handle “Purplesea”.
Tom Hoops is a self-taught British photographer who has been shooting professionally since 2008. He has worked with prestigious names such as Vogue Italia talents, Readers Digest, Vaseline, DT menswear, and many more. Tom’s photos are akin to psychological thrillers. Deep, dark, and compelling, he has an almost instinctive talent in using black and white photography.
Charles Thomas “Chuck” Close is an American photographer and painter who achieved worldwide fame as a photorealist. Though severely paralyzed since 1988, he has continued to produce art. Each piece is highly sought after by collectors and museums all over the world. His latest work involves large-scale portraits made with his own fingerprints. Chuck also has ‘prosopagnosia’, a disorder that impairs his ability to recognize faces. This, according to him, explains his deep fascination with portraiture.
Movement, grace, sensuality – words that come to mind when looking at Anton Surkov’s yet untitled series featuring dancers perfectly captured while in motion. The liberal use of chalk dust accentuates the outline of the dancers. Well-toned bodies are shown to their best advantage with the contrasting use of light and dark. Judging from this series, this Ukrainian photographer will soon rise through the ranks of photography.
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.
It may be difficult for today’s generation to imagine a world where all the photographs are in black and white, but until recently, this was so. Freelance artist Sanna Dullaway went out of her way to fix that. She took iconic photos in black and white and with the help of digital technology, restored them and added color. It may seem such a small thing, adding color to black and white photographs, but it takes a lot of time and a keen eye for shading to achieve a near-flawless conversion. The photos she restored all look like they were taken yesterday.
Black and white — If this theme is used in a photo, the focus with be on the emotive power of the subject itself and not on how well-contrasted and eye-catching the colors are. Alfred Pleyer uses such method to emphasize on the beauty of his subjects, in their smiles and the sentiment captured in their eyes — something that is very human in all nature and appreciation.
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Few of my black and white ink on paper drawings. More can be found on my website: www.rae-chichilnitsky-artistwebsites.com