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.
What looks like an unwashed pair of underwear is actually a wood carving by Mary Leu. Her laundry list of carvings also include: a filthy pair of socks, a lacy bra, a brown hand towel, a pair of gardening gloves, and a remarkably detailed handbag complete with wooden zippers. Leu’s attention to the finest details in her life-sized carvings sets her work head and shoulders above the competition. It takes her anywhere between tree months to a year to complete a single piece. Leu also owns and operates her very own Fine Carving Gallery.
David Edwards describes himself as a full-time miniaturist. He has been pursuing his craft since 1983 and now has an impressive collection of teeny, tiny, everyday household objects. Among them are: hairbrushes have real bristles in tufts, combs with teeth accurately scaled, a Victorian breadboard with the word “BREAD” carved in relief, a “cut-throat” razor, and what is perhaps the world’s smallest violin with real catgut strings and a soundpost inside. What makes it even more remarkable is that there are no cast or moulded parts in any of David’s pieces, all are “scratch-built” using the finest materials available. He’s now in his med-seventies, and while he has slowed down production, he has no plans of putting aside his craft.
David Stooke calls himself the NewAgeTraveller on deviantART. Relocation had him busy for a while, when he came back, it was a pleasant surprise for him to find his 2500+ visits to his account. He had been selected as one of the daily deviations, which increased the traffic to his account. The quality of his paintings helped as well. They could be described as a cross between photorealistic and classic.
Art is Alice Newberry’s passion. She is a freelance graphic designer with fifteen years worth of work under her belt. She is one of those infinitely lucky people whose love their job. Her work is usually described as digital paintings. The term is a bit misleading as there is no actual paint involved in the process, nor is canvas used. Yet the end result is, at times, even better than the real thing.