DALeast is a 29-year-old Chinese artist who currently lives and works in Capetown, South Africa. He has recently been unleashing his talent on unsuspecting walls all over Capetown. His street paintings are huge in scale and can often be hundreds of feet across. DALeast’s signature style is to make his paintings look like thousands of metal shavings. He studied Sculpture in the Fine Art Institute in his hometown of Wuhan in China but dropped out a year before graduation. He spends at least half the year just traveling and has left his mark in New York, London, Miami, and his native China.
Nomad Patterns is a series by Livia Marin which features more than thirty ‘melted’ China cups, vases, and teapots. It was exhibited at the Eagle Gallery in London in 2012. Interestingly, each piece retains its pattern even though it’s melted. The patterns in the pieces is the Willow Pattern motif. A pastiche of Chinese landscape decoration created by the British in the late 1700s. According to Livia, “the objects appear as staged somehow indeterminately between something that is about to collapse or has just been restored; between things that have been invested with the attention of care but also have the appearance of a ruin.”
Mary O’Malley makes delicate china cups, pots, and saucers decorated with authentic-looking sea creatures. Her tea things look like they were salvaged from long-forgotten shipwreck. Mary calls the series “Bottom Feeders”. She said: “I’m never exactly sure how anything’s going to turn out… In the end, one type of beauty is enhanced by complementing its foil, resulting in two completely different aesthetics existing harmoniously as one piece… The dance that results from trying to find a balance between what we can control and what we cannot is where I believe true beauty lies.” Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Since then, she has moved to a barn in the south shore of Long Island, New York where she practices her craft.
Bakonyi Bence is a Hungarian photographer who is known for his strikingly crisp and realistic images with a surreal twist. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in photography at Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. In his series “Nameless”, a bunch of objects (plus a rather small dog) is captured as they fall. The whole series elicits a feeling of wonderment. Bakonyi currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.
“Burnout” is a collection of gigantic matchsticks with burned-out human heads. Pieces of the matchstick men are strewn all over the floor or framed in their very own matchbox coffin. The exhibit is the work of German artist Wolfgang Stiller. It was displayed at the Python Gallery at Zurcich from March 8 until April 20, 2013. The pieces are a reference to overworked (and most likely underpaid) employees.
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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Mu Boyan was born in the Shangdong province of China. In 1997, he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in Fine Arts. He obtained her Master’s degree in 1995 from the same university. His work has extensively been exhibited throughout the world. One of his more recent work tackles the touchy subject of obesity by featuring an adorable, but undeniably fat Sumo wrestler. Fat is fat, but there are two ways of looking at it. While an excess of adipose tissue may be unattractive to Westerners, in the East, it’s a sign of decadent wealth. After all, only people who can afford to be fat are those who can afford to eat more food than they absolutely have to.
Lin Bo is yet another of those immensely gifted undercover artists. Not much is known about these mysterious undercover artists. Of Lin Bo, we know the bare minimum, to wit: a) He/She is a gifted digital artist, and b) He/She is from China. Not much to go on, and Lin’s website is in Chinese. The fact that Lin Bo is a common name in China doesn’t help either. That being said, Lin’s creative and imaginative work more than makes up for the mysterious identity of the artist. Children, children-at-heart, and even full-blown adults can’t help but be drawn to Lins’ work. The viewer automatically wants to know the story (if there is one) behind each of Lin’s digital renderings.
Xu Jing’s is a Chinese photographer who takes such great pictures of snow-laden trees, they almost look fake. Rest assured that the trees are real and in no way digitally altered to look like they have icicles for leaves. Jing chooses his shots well and has captured quite a few breath-taking winter landscapes. Anuo is his nom de guerre in the art world.
Scratchboard illustrations are created by etching a design on thin China clay covered with black India ink using a sharp knife. Multiple layers of colored clay may be used along with aluminum foil. The result is highly detailed, precise and even textured artwork. Michael Halbert’s work is an expert in this field and has created more than 500 scratchboard illustrations. He has had extensive experience as a lay-out artist for Geisz Advertising as well as an artist and illustrator for Hanley Partnership and The Sporting News. He is now a freelance illustrator who gives his own tutorials.