Teodosio Sectio Aurea is a Greek artist whose sculptures are nothing much to look at in the light of day. His genius becomes evident only when the his pieces are strategically placed behind a correctly angled light source. His art isn’t the sculpture he assembled, it’s the shadow they cast. His subjects include: elegantly posed women, the Vitruvian man, and masterpieces of Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci.
Martin Hill is an environmental artist with a passion for photography. He became involved with the problem of sustainability in the early 90s. His specific concern centers on the unsustainable design of consumer products. Martin’s award-winning work has been featured in galleries across the world. He said: “By creating and publishing environmental art my message of sustainability by design now reaches millions of people each year.”
This intricately carved tree trunk is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest continuous wooden sculpture in the world. It’s over forty-feet long and took over four years of dedicated carving to complete. Zheng Chunhui, the artist responsible for this extraordinary piece of art, based his carvings on a scroll painting by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan. The scroll, which translates to “Along the River During the Qinming Festival” shows how the rich and poor celebrated the annual Qinming Festival a thousand years ago. It’s is not merely the scale of the sculpture that’s impressive, the extremely detailed trees, rivers, boats, bridges, clouds, houses, and people will wow anyone who ever sees this carving up close. The piece is currently on display in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China.
Edouard Martinet is a gifted sculptor who uses cast-off pieces of bicycles, automobiles, and typewriters to make incredibly detailed and physiologically accurate insects. Edouard’s pieces are not welded or glued together in any way, instead, each part is meticulously attached with screws, giving the whole piece a vintage steampunk look. Unlike most sculptures made of recycled objects, Martinet’s pieces do not merely approximate the look of the insect upon which they were based. His sculptures look exactly like the insects themselves. To have a closer look at his work, you can check out his ongoing exhibition at Sladmore Contemporary in London which will be open until the end of January 2014.
These days, vegetables and fruit aren’t just food – they’re also artistic medium. Dan Cretu, a professional photographer, created food-based imitations of real-life objects like radios, motorbikes, matches, soccer balls, bicycles, 8-track tapes, and old-school film cameras. Each piece was prepared and photographed in less than four hours and no digital alterations were made on the finished product. Dan describes himself as someone who specializes in eco art, blending food sculpture with photography. If you like his work, you can get prints in Etsy. Dan lives and works in Romania.
Douglas Smith is a true blue New Yorker who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. His freelance career blossomed in Boston where he worked for local magazines such as New England Monthly, Boston Magazine, and Boston Globe. Smith’s style is reminiscent of the illustrated woodcuts found in ancient texts. Each piece tells an interesting story which any viewer with a modicum of imagination would have no trouble figuring out. Douglas is also a staunch advocate of Greenpeace. He has drawn numerous projects for them including a famous anti-seal pup hunting T-shirt design. He also illustrated an anti-whaling children’s book. He currently lives off the coast of Maine in a house full of odd stuff, art, and three friendly felines.
It’s no Seastone Chair but it will do. Jeffro Uitto, is the artist responsible for that elegant driftwood throne you see up there. He makes all kinds of driftwood furniture. Jeffro has been sculpting with wood since he was in high school. The wood he uses is authentic driftwood he has ‘rescued’ from the shores of creeks, rivers, and oceans. He takes them back to his shop near Willapa Bay for cleaning and curing before putting them together into artistic pieces of furniture. Jeffro has also made some beds, a burl-topped bar, and a rose bud made from cedar shavings. He has been commissioned to create driftwood installations in places as far as Hawaii and Alaska.
Liza Lou is really into glass beads. She spent five years sticking them into every conceivable surface of a life-sized kitchen. Liza painstakingly placed each one of those glass beads with a pair of tweezers, making sure that the color of the glass bead matched the surface of the object. Everything in the kitchen – curtains, sink, stove, floor, cereal – is smothered in beads. Her work is inspired by traditional African bead crafts, which is still very much alive today. Liza is currently based in South Africa.
Johan Scherft is a very talented artist whose extaordinary talent in sculpture and drawing gained him admittance to the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague. There, he perfected his technique in both disciplines. He’s now a master of his mediums and has created numerous life-like paper sculptures of boats, animals, dinosaurs, and birds. These days, Johan is aided by a computer program in creating a blueprint for his sculptures. The rest – painting the details, coloring, and gluing the whole thing together – he does entirely by hand. The sculpture may take up to months to complete. He even has a solar-powered hummingbird!
Wes 21 belongs to an elite group of street artists called the Schwarzmaler. Wes 21’s real name is Remo Lienhard and his work basically leaps out at you. I’ts packed chock-full of details and brilliantly executed with a gritty sense of humor. Remo has also dabbled in sculpture and illustration. This Swiss multimedia artist is definitely someone to watch out for. His dynamic approach to street art is a refreshing change from the mainstream style.