Andreas von Chrzanowski is a street artist from East Germany. He is also one of the four members of the Maclaim Crew. The group is known for their photorealistic spray can art scattered throughout Germany. Andreas’ work usually involves animals, or people, or . He likes to take them out of context and change them into something new. The texture of the surface he uses also makes his work stand out. It’s usually made with bits and pieces of cardboard and wood held together by tape, glue and staples. The result is a rough, and unique surface in perfect contrast with the realistic images he makes. His ‘handle’ in most atr circles is “Case”.
Fabien Merelle graduated from the Beaux-Arts. He is also a former resident of the prestigious Casa Vélasquez in Madrid. ‘Pentateuque’ is part of the 2013 Art Stage Singapore exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands. It’s a lighthearted attempt to translate the maxim ‘to have the weight on one’s shoulders’ into a sculpture. Fabien loves using whimsy, humor, and storytelling to direct the spirit of his pieces. The man in pajamas found in most of Fabien’s work is actually a sort of self-portrait. a man who lives in his dreams out to wear appropriate garb after all.
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”.
At four millimeters in length, the Peacock Spider is hard to find. Once found, dedicated searchers will be rewarded with what is perhaps one of the most colorful, if not, the most colorful of all the arachnids.It is not just the brilliant coloration that earned the spiders their name. The male’s elaborate mating dance starts with a little leg-waving, segues into some abdominal gyrations coupled with displays of bristled back legs. The finale is the raising of the two magnificently colored flaps done with a little jig. It’s the final act that justified adding “peacock” to their common name. Dr. Jurgen Otto, an arachnologist, delights in capturing the Peacock Spider’s antics with his camera.
Juliano Lopes is a visual artist currently based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts at the local Federal University in California. His work toes the fine line between contemporary graphics and painting. The human form, while superbly depicted, are all incomplete. His subjects are faceless, sometimes lacking an upper body altogether. A person, after all, is not merely a set of limbs, torso, trunk and head. The humanism in Juliano’s work is highly moving through its Renaissance-like honesty and love for man.
Julien Palast is a photographer based in Paris, France. In his series “Skin Deep”, beautifully proportioned people appear to be engulfed by brightly colored rubber-like substance. It’s a tight fit as the people appear to be completely naked.
Bathing in Ultraviolet light
Typically, when I pick up my camera I’m shooting in natural or available light. Additionally, many shoots lead me into my studio, under the bright lights of the strobes.
Last year I began looking for alternative ways to paint with light. I started reading about ultraviolet, or black light. Much of the in-depth science of how the light waves behave was certainly lost on me, but I feel I absorbed at least enough to proceed.
In my UV series, I attempted to create photographs that reveal a human-alien hybrid. Something that we can relate to on some levels and gaze upon with curious eyes on another.
I can’t help but wonder if we are alone in the universe.
If there is life beyond our tiny blue dot, what will it look like?
Jonathan Ducruix is a Lyon-based digital artist who goes by the pseudonym Me&Edward. For him, photography is not an end but merely a source, a potential for creation. He is fascinated by people’s existence and of their emotions captured in a snapshot. In his “Metamorphosis” series, people are grotesquely altered in such a way to show the unlimited transformations of human body. Some of his digitally altered images are rather creepy because they look absolutely authentic. Who knows, there really might be horned people out there.
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Ileana Hunter is a Norwich-based graphite artist whose realistic drawings are inspired by the hidden lyricism of mundane objects and the fluidity of the human body. What’s amazing is that she has had no formal training whatsoever. She’s completely self-taught and yet her art speak volumes about her talent. She started whimsically, while she was studying Psychology, and she never looked back since. When asked what inspired her to draw, she answered: “My own inner life, people and objects around me, simplicity.”. Her evocative pieces sought by art collectors all over the world.
Some artists can take expressive art to an almost surreal level. Adam Martinakis is one of them. With 3d digital renders of sculptures with a somewhat disturbing yet subtle feel. Each piece definitely creates a mysterious story that is left to the viewer’s level of creativity in imagination. There is such an odd force of attraction and wonder that doesn’t leave right after one looks away from the artwork.
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