Ken To made his first bonsai wire tree as a Christmas present for his wife. Poor material and craftsmanship notwithstanding, his loving wife was thoroughly impressed with the concept. He spent the next three years improving his wire-bending skills. In 2010, he made his wife a second bonsai wire tree for Valentine’s which was infinitely better than the first. After finding the perfect wire as well as inspiration in Kevin Iris’s work, Ken became an unstoppable bonsai wire tree – making machine. Ken believes that the only way to get better is through perpetual practice. He now has a LOT of miniature wire bonsai trees, some of which are for sale.
A Natural Happening – Art Installations by Julian Jones-Pittman, Tisha Boonyawatana, Satsuki Atsumi and Hai Pham
A “happening” is a performance, event or situation that is intended to be an art piece. Natural Impression is a happening is a project by four promising students of California State University – Long Beach. Satsuki Atsumi, Tisha Boonyawatana, Hai Pham, and Julian Jones-Pittman put their heads together and came up with the novel concept behind Natural Impressions. Unfortunately, ‘happenings’ are fleeting in nature and their carefully wrought experimental typography are preserved only in photographs.
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.
Marta Nael had always known what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her extraordinary aptitude for drawing and painting manifested itself quite early. She found her true love in matte painting and concept art after completing her Fine Arts degree. Her considerable talent allows her to create almost any kind of art using any multimedia applications. Her versatility has enabled Marta to work freelance.
Shannon Maer is the founder and creative director of Balance GFX. Balance GFX is an animation and design studio in Manhattan specializing in visual development, concept, and theme for casino video slot games. They develop and create an exciting world of heroes and heroines for the ultimate casino slot gaming experience.
Illustrator and matte painter Marta Nael creates fictional characters with a surreal touch and painting feel, complemented with the expression perfect for a template of an art exhibit of a fantasy game or movie. The women in her artworks show her passion in matte painting and concept art, beautiful and captivating as it is.
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Myoung Ho Lee is a young, South Korean artist who has produced an elaborate series of photographs that is simple in concept, nut complex in execution. It poses unusual questions about perception of reality, art, and the environment. Lee simply picks out a likely tree, sets up a white canvas backdrop (with the help of a few assistants of course), and takes a picture. The idea is to mess with the viewers’ perception of depth, reality, and size. According to Lee, “Seeing trees in a refreshing way or restoring the value of trees is to awaken all beings on earth in my work.”.
Cecilia Paredes is not just another painter. She doesn’t just paint, she paints herself. Specifically, Cecilia, with the help of a few assistants, paints herself to blend into the wall behind her. She has a deep and abiding love for body paint and in the past, she has transformed herself into animals, plants or her surroundings using just that. This novel concept of blending with the background is part of her “Landscapes” series.
When one is both hungry and bored, sometimes it can result to more than an ounce of high-end imagination. Vanessa Dualib takes humor into food art and uses creativity to pose a story or a scene. Combined with believable expressions marked on the subjects is her perfect timing with the capture of each shot, imposing that it was as if these lifeless objects are actually animated.
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Concept artist Albulena Panduri from Albania concentrates her art on imparting surrealism on objects that don’t necessarily go together had they been seen from a normal perspective. She takes things a step further away from reality by playing with one’s prospect, expressing different concepts that at times will provoke questions in one’s mind such as “What if I had looked at the world at this angle?”
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