Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Al-Hadid’s sculptures, hanging works, and works on paper are built up with layers of material and history.
Her rich, formal allusions cross cultures and disciplines, drawing inspiration, not only from the history of distance civilizations, but also from histories of the materials themselves.Her work borrows from a variety of sources ranging from Old Master paintings to the innovative works of the Islamic Golden Age.
Described by Al-Hadid as “somewhere between fresco and tapestry,” her unique process is entirely additive.Holes and gaps form not from puncture, but through controlled dripping, methodically reinforced such that the image dictates the structure.
These works have been made as hanging objects, architectural interventions, and most recently as outdoor installation.
More of Diana Al-Hadid‘s incredible work can be found at http://www.dianaalhadid.com/.
Susanna Bauer uses the beauty of nature around her to express what is universal and enduring in our world.
She works with the everyday, inconspicuous details of our natural surroundings, fallen leaves, tiny branches, often edged with amazing cotton yarn.
Intimate marks add detail to small patches or the complete outline of browned leaves, drawing our attention the natural growth patterns found in their interior.
The artist tries to pay homage to nature as well as showing the detail and beauty of the world that surrounds us.
“As you can imagine, working with fragile leaves requires a lot of patience and a steady hand, but the focus of my work for me lies on the effect it has on the viewer, on the ideas that flow into the compositions and the thoughts the pieces can evoke,” she noted.
More of Susanna Bauer’s delicate, amazing work can be found at www.susannabauer.com.
Sculptor Johnson Tsang pushes realism’s boundaries in his sculptures of faces that are stretched and opened up in surreal ways.
The Hong Kong-based artist’s work features surreal contortions that squish, wring, melt, and stretch.
His creativeness suggests an exploration of the limited space between the conscious and subconscious.
Between the self and other.
Tsang uses plain, unglazed clay, letting go of such typical details such as hair and skin color to focus the viewer’s attention on the expressions of his imagined subjects.
Although Tsang grew up poor and worked both in the trades and as a policeman, he says he has always been in love with art.
“The clay seemed so friendly to me, it listened to every single word in my mind and did exactly I was expecting. Every touch was so soothing. I feel like I was touching human skin.”
More of Johnson Tsang‘s wonderfully imaginative art can be found across the Internet including Instagram and Red Seas Gallery.
Ana Teresa Barboza creates colorful embroidery art that depicts natural forms found in plant life and landscapes.
Barboza has been drawn to creating full landscapes with yarn and thread, embroidering large tapestries with rivers, valleys, and waves that spill out from the wall and rest on the floor.
Born in Lima, Perú in 1980, Barboza lives and works in her native city.
Her use of manual crafts became the means to convey a meditative and powerful observation with the environment and her relationship with reality.
Barboza’s work pushes the boundaries of embroidery by incorporating different disciplines, such as illustration and photography.
More of Ana Teresa Barboza’s amazing tapestries can be found at http://anateresabarboza.blogspot.com.
Gabriel Dawe (born 1973) is a Mexican-born artist living in Dallas, Texas whose work is based on investigations of the visible spectrum of light.
He has gained renown for his large-scale Plexus series of installations of sewing thread, though he also creates works on paper as well as other media.
In search for creative freedom he started experimenting and creating artwork, which eventually led him to explore textiles and embroidery — activities traditionally associated with women and which were forbidden for a boy growing up in Mexico.
Because of this, his work is subversive of notions of masculinity and machismo that are so ingrained in his culture.
By working with thread and textiles, Dawe’s work has evolved into creating large-scale installations with thread, creating environments that deal with notions of social constructions and their relation to evolutionary theory and the self-organizing force of nature.
More of Gabriel Dawe’s amazing thread/string work can be found at http://www.gabrieldawe.com/.
Montreal-based artist Guy Laramée created sculptural works, highlighting his evolving ability to excavate mountainous landscapes, cavernous hollows, and sloping watersheds from the dense pages of repurposed books.
One of his favorite mediums are bound stacks of old dictionaries and encyclopedias which he carves using a method of sandblasting to which he later applies oil paints, inks, pigments and dry pastels, crayon, adhesives, and beeswax.
When photographed up close the works appear almost realistic, as if the viewer is looking at aerial or satellite topographies of Earth
Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures.
Laramee says, “I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romntic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains.
They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS.”
More of Guy Laramée’s work can be found at http://www.guylaramee.com
Yulia Brodskaya, an artist and illustrator born in Moscow, creates stunning works of art using the quilled paper technique.
She uses two simple materials, paper and glue, and a simple technique that involves the placement of carefully cut and bent strips of paper to make lush, vibrant, three-dimensional paper artworks.
Soon after discovering her passion and unique style, Brodskaya has swiftly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations.
According to the artist, “Paper always held a special fascination for me. I’ve tried many diferent methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me: now I draw with paper instead of on it”.
Yulia’s art is time consuming and meticulous, yet the results are amazing.
You can find more of Yulia Brodskaya’s amazing quilling art can be found at https://www.artyulia.co.uk/.
Sometimes an artist’s description by others is as mesmerizing as their art.
Motohiko Odani (1972-) was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, and received his MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1997.
According to one creative description, “Odani, who possesses a keenly critical understanding of sculpture, has resisted (or taken advantage of) the medium’s conventional image of weightiness or substance.”
“Instead, he has given physical representation to ‘phantoms’ – entirely ephemeral sensations or amorphous phenomena.”
Odani’s works are comprised of complex layers of meaning that defy a singular interpretation, as the artist draws inspiration from various sources including horror and sci-fi films, Japanese folklore, Buddhism, and Futurism.
This last description matches Motohiko’s intrinsic art: “With Odani’s artworks transcending the conventional idea of sculpture and seeking to give visual representation to existence itself, this exhibition pursues new possibilities for artistic expression.”
I think that’s a perfect description.
More of Motohiko Odani‘s amazing art can be found at http://www.phantom-limb.com/ and http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2011/01/motohiko-odani/.
These gorgeous papier-mâché dogs are made by UK-based artist Lorraine Corrigan in Hounds of Bath.
Lorraine adores sight hounds with their sleek lines, grace and elegance.
She loves to introduce the surprising concept of rolled paper art to those who have never seen or heard of quilling.
Lorraine began sculpting dogs with paper around four years ago and has now developed a sophisticated technique using wires and layers of fine papers from recycled books.
Each piece is individually made to order and develops a unique personality as the finishing touches of the expressive eyes and fine ears are added.
At the end process, due to the use of the text, the piece is almost stone-like in texture.
Each piece is then finished with two layers of sealant wash to preserve it for many years to come.
More of Lorraine Corrigan‘s amazing art can be found at All Things Paper and http://houndsofbath.tumblr.com/.
David Kracov studied at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and began his career in animation with the Brad Pitt feature, Cool World.
During his time as an illustrator, David began to experiment with different types of clay, and started sculpting the characters from those films he animated.
Kracov’s magical touch with a vibrant color palette turned into unique steel wall sculptures.
Each in a limited edition of only 55 works that begin with hundreds of small sketches that are then hand-cut from a single sheet of steel and then finished with detailed painting in a high-grade, water-based, acrylic polymer paint.
The meticulous steel work along with his scrutinizing attention to detail allow these sculptures to take on a life of their own.
More of David Kracov’s fantastic sculpture work can be found at
Edgar Artis is an Armenian fashion illustrator who is using everyday objects and paper cutouts in order to complete his beautiful drawings.
He draws women and in dresses them in something from the real world.
Edgar uses flowers, feathers, burnt paper, fruit and all sorts of other materials to make beautiful dresses.
His illustrations are full of grace, imagination, and playfulness.
These are not just your average fashion designs, but real works of art.
Edgar’s art makes you realize that anything in life can be modeled into a beautiful moment of art.
You can find more of Edgar Artis’s amazing creations at https://www.instagram.com/edgar_artis/.
“Everyone must have had similar thoughts at least once.”
“Broccoli and parsley might sometimes look like a forest, or the tree leaves floating on the surface of the water might sometimes look like little boat.”
“Everyday occurrences seen from a pygmy’s perspective can bring us lots of fun thoughts.”
“I wanted to take this way of thinking and express it through photographs.”
“It would be great if you could use it to add a little enjoyment to your everyday life.”
How could we not be fascinated by such work?
More of Tatsuya Tanaka‘s amazing work can be found at http://miniature-calendar.com/.
Copy quoted from Tatsuya Tanaka website.
Jen Stark (1983 -) is a contemporary artist whose majority of work involves creating paper sculptures.
Her artwork mimics intricate patterns and colors found in nature while exploring ideas of replication and infinity.
Stark takes construction or acid-free colored paper and intricately cuts each sheet with an X-acto knife, layering the paper into a topographical landscape of color and bold shapes.
Stark’s works have been inspired by many things around the natural world such as infinity, topographical maps, fractals, designs in nature, microscopic patterns, wormholes and sliced anatomy.
In her own words, “I love thinking about how enormous shapes out in the universe can have the same patterns as tiny microorganisms under a microscope.”
“How geometric shapes and certain spiraling patterns apply to designs in nature big and small.”
More of Jen Stark‘s work can be found at http://www.jenstark.com/.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~Michelangelo Buonarroti
More of Bathsheba’s fantastic steel sculptures can be found at http://www.bathsheba.com/
Riusuke Fukahori is known best for his resin-based studies of Japanese goldfish.
Riusuke Fukahori does it so realistically you never imagine that this is just his 3D art form of goldfish, captured as if time stood still.
Fukahori alternates between pouring resin into a vessel and painting goldfish with acrylic paint, giving the resulting work a three-dimensional optical effect.
Most of his works are contained in conventional household items, such as cups and bowls.
The artist was initially attracted to his goldfish because he admired them and viewed their domestication as a metaphor for the stifling conditions of modern life.
Though he infamously keeps dozens of fish around his studio for observation, Fukahori prefers to execute his works from his impressions and memories, and depicts both existing species of fish and invented hybrids.
As Fukahori states, “I didn’t invent resin and not the first to use resin. I am not a resin artist. I am a goldfish artist.”
And as one can see, Riusuke Fukahori does so in exquisite beauty and detail.
More fantastic art by Riusuke Fukahori can be found on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RiusukeFukahori. A fantastic video of Riusuke performing his art can be found at Riusuke Fukahori.
Face Off is a competition/elimination series in which special effects make-up artists participate in elaborate challenges for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood’s next great effects artist.
I know that the premise is television based, but the fascinating art that comes from amateur artists transcends the medium.
Each week, the artists create monsters, aliens, goddesses, and other imaginary characters, and come up with strange and often nightmarish creations.
If you can get past the bizzarre end product of the art, take a closer look at the talent it takes to create beauties and monstrosities.
Like an art show competition, artists compete not only with each other but with their own creativity.
Everyone has the same tools, the same timeline, yet they must come up with a design that has never been seen before.
As writers and painters take images from the mind and bring them into the second dimension, prosthetic artists must bring that same vision into the third dimension, giving it depth, weight, and height.
There are no computer generated effects here — only pure, hard work, deft fingers, and the drive to create something magnificent.
Face Off is can be found on the SciFi Channel and at their website, http://www.syfy.com/faceoff.
Bořek Šípek (June 14, 1949 – February 13, 2016) was a Czech architect and designer.
After studying furniture design at the Art School in Prague, architecture at the Art School in Hamburg, and philosophy in Stuttgart, Šípek finished his doctorate in architecture.
He taught industrial design and architecture, then started his own studio for design and architecture in Amsterdam and Prague.
Bořek Šípek has always felt like an architect more than a designer.
Šípek explains, “I try to interpret new contexts in a new way. It is much closer to me to newly explain something that has roots than to experiment.”
His fantastic works can be found in important museums in Europe, Japan and America, among others.
Bořek Šípek is a master of glass, chandeliers, lamps, carafes, wall hangings, all manners of creative art.
But for this round, I treat you with his tables.
More of Bořek Šípek‘s beautiful work can be found at http://www.sipek.com and http://www.borek-sipek-design.com.
Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity.~~ Eric Knight
English artist Richard Stainthorp captures the beautiful energy and fluidity of the human body using wire.
Wire is not automatically what one would consider as a ‘material’ for creating solid, three dimensional sculptures.
But Stainthorp has been making wire sculptures since 1996.
The life-sized sculptures feature both figures in motion and at rest, expressed in the form of large-gauged strands that are densely wrapped around and through one another.
Stainthorp also allows the bent wires to shine by keeping their metallic appearance free from any obvious painting or additions.
The breathtaking spirals add a depth to these structures made of thick-gauged strands that are densely wrapped around and through one another.
More of Richard Stainthorp’s wonderful wire sculptures can be found at
http://www.stainthorp-sculpture.com/, and http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/richard-stainthorp-wire-sculptures
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Dale Chihuly (born September 20, 1941), is an American glass sculptor whose work in glass led to a resurgence of interest in that spectacular medium.
Chiluly graduated in 1965 from the University of Washington where he first was introduced to glass while studying interior design, then an M.S. in sculpture in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied glassblowing with Harvey Littleton.
He received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, then worked at a renowned glassblowing workshop in Italy where he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today.
In 1971, Dale Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State.
The technical difficulties of working with glass forms are considerable, yet Chihuly uses it as the primary medium for installations and environmental artwork.
Although Chihuly lost the use of his left eye in a car accident in 1976, his work with assistants has been nothing short of phenominal.
The artist professed, “Once I stepped back, I liked the view,” and pointed out that it allowed him to see the work from more perspectives and enabled him to anticipate problems faster.
More of Dale Chihuly‘s fantastic glassworks can be found at http://www.chihuly.com.
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A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere ~~ Joyce A. Myers
Sculpture artist Jennifer Maestre, born 1959 in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a Massachusetts-based artist, internationally known for her unique pencil sculptures.
Her sculptures were originally inspired by the form and function of the sea urchin.
The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact.
According to Maestre, there is true a fragility to the sometimes brutal aspect of the sculptures, vulnerability that is belied by the fearsome texture.
To make the pencil sculptures, Jennifer take hundreds of pencils, cut them into 1-inch sections, drills a hole in each section (to turn them into beads), sharpens them all and sews them together.
Jennifer Meastre’s fantastic art is a tribute to her eye for nature, its fragile state, and the magical way it protects itself.
Jennifer Maestre’s sculptures can be found at http://www.jennifermaestre.com/.
I have heard that life is nothing but an illusion.
Then what would you think of Optical Illusion..ism?
Ramon Bruin, born in 1981 in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, graduated in 2010 from the Airbrush Academie in Lelystad, The Netherlands. In 2012 he made a worldwide breakthrough with his own invented style which he calls ‘Optical Illusionism’.
Optical Illusionism is a combination of drawing and photography. Bruin creates drawings that come to live when photographed from the exact right angle.
Ramon Bruin makes you want to reach out and touch his creations. As if they existed in your own three dimensions.
It takes incredible hand and eye coordination to bring a creation to life. To give it breath and depth.
But it takes less than a moment to appreciate the same. Less than a flash to marvel and appreciate.
And all the while you wonder — how does he do that? And like the true magician, the truth will be always elusive.
And that is the beauty of it.
To find more intricacies of Ramon Bruin, I encourage you to go to his website, http://www.ramon-bruin.com/art/ .
The imagination is so much bigger than the mind can conceive.
Do you let your eyes tell you what is real? What is make believe? And in the reality of this universe (and, undoubtedly others), does it matter?
I am swept away by the street art of Kurt Wenner. This fantastic artist attended Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design, worked for NASA as an advanced scientific space illustrator, and in 1984, invented an art form all his own that has come to be known as anamorphic or 3D pavement art. A form of perspective, his art is depth and illusion wrapped up in classical dimensions.
This is street art. Street Art! I can’t imagine the time and talent of a genius such as Kurt. But I can marvel at his magic.
You will find yourself spending hours at his site. Or returning again and again. Have a good time! Find him at http://kurtwenner.com/.