Johannes Stötter was born in south Tyrol, Italy. He is also a msician who plays the violin, guitar, and the bouzouki. Johannes won the Bodypainting World Championship last 2012. It’s not at all that surprising given his talent and the level of skill he has applied to his work. He usually paints his subjects to perfectly blend into their surroundings. His work is so detailed that it would take an observer a moment to figure out where the human is in the picture. Often, the only telltale sign would be an open eye, or a pair of slightly open lips. One of my favorites is a frog on a leaf. The frog itself is composed of five carefully arranged and strikingly painted women.
Lisa Adams is a self-taught realist painter from Queensland, Australia. She paints for six hours a day, six days a week. Even at that pace, it takes her months to finish a single piece. She averages three to five paintings per year. Lisa begins with a crystal clear mental picture of the painting which she then tries to transfer onto the canvas. She utilizes detailed photographic references, usually her own, or the ones taken by her husband, photographer Kim Guthrie. She said: “I never paint from just one photograph, it sometimes takes hundreds of separate sources.”
Iris Scott is a Seattle-based painter who has taken finger painting to new heights. Watching her at work is like watching a virtuoso piano player. She dips her gloved finger into high-grade oil paints and swirls them around the canvas to create beautiful portraits. She discovered her passion for finger-painting when, too lazy to leave the comforts of her cool room to clean her brushes, she started applying yellow paint with her fingers. Ten strokes later, she knew that she would spend the rest of her life finger painting with oils. She said: “I paint what I see. Finger paintings are hiding everywhere, sometimes I catch them when I’m walking down the sidewalk, or lounging in a living room. I search for color relationships, and intriguing forms. I see the world through ‘finger painted’ colored glasses.”
John Holcroft is a prolific illustrator from the UK. His work has a vintage look and feel but with modern undertones. John studied Graphic Design at Sheffield, England. He started working with illustrations in the early 1990s. Unlike most artists who stick with one style, John has reinvented his more than half a dozen times since he started painting with acrylic on canvas. His list of clients include prestigious names like Reader’s Digest, BBC, The Guardian, Financial Times, and The Economist.
Hong Yi’s previous work was a portrait made up of socks hanging from bamboo poles as well as a coffee cup-stained canvas portrait. She calls her latest body of work ‘creativity with food’. According to her, the series has helped her push the limits of her creativity by forcing her to churn out new designs every day. It has taught her to not be too serious about what she does, but also to pay attention to detail and to work within the confines of a very small area. “I keep a sketchbook with me where I jot down every idea that comes to mind. I shoot all photos with natural lighting, around 4-5PM when the light’s really nice and soft…this means I need to have my idea ready by around 3PM, so I’m usually rushing up on work like a mad woman in the afternoon.” Hong Yi admitted.
Steampunk as a sub-genre of science fiction that glorifies steam and its possible applications to modern-day technology had electricity not been discovered. German painter Vadim Voitekhovitch;s work is saturated with poignantly anachronistic images of steam-powered dirigibles set in the Victorian era. Realistically drawn, future generations just might think his paintings are historically accurate.
Dead Moon is an epic story of two clans set in an oriental atmosphere rich with violent and mystical undertones. It’s a 128-page series combining canvas painting, pencil illustration, and large-scale painting. It’s Luis Royo’s most ambitious work yet. Luis Royo is a Spanish artist who, as a young boy, discovered that prefers drawing the characters in his imagination rather than geometrical shapes.
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.
Ben Schonzeit better serve the hors d’oeuvre away from his work, or there will be holes in his canvas. Ben specializes in realistic paintings of food. Fruit, vegetables, desserts – he’s got a delicious array of them on canvas. He was born in the middle of the second World War in Brooklyn where he still lives and works today. He numerous one-man shows have been extensively lauded by critics.
Let me introduce myself with a few examples of my recent work………
These flamenco dancing paintings are produced using oil on high quality stretched canvas…. Also available as high quality limited edition prints on textured paper…….