Category: Art (Page 2 of 5)

Grand scale mountain art

To bring the world closer to the live action at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships that took place in St. Moritz, Switzerland, UNIT9 programmed autonomous robots to craft messages from fans in the snow. The result was an alpine artwork masterpiece – the size of 16 soccer fields. See the video of the amazing process!

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia, reverse side

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia, reverse

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia, reverse

These amazing portraits are all created with embroidery. For each artwork, what you see here is, the front and back of the same embroidery. Cayce Zavaglia is an Australian artist, who originally trained as a painter, but switched to embroidery a few years ago. The work is all hand sewn using cotton and silk thread or embroidery wool.

She says: “A few years ago, I turned one of my embroideries over and for the first time saw the possibilities of a new image and path for my work that had been with me in the studio for so long but had gone unnoticed.  It was the presence of another portrait that visibly was so different from the meticulously sewn front image…but perhaps more psychologically profound.  The haphazard beauty found in this verso image created a haunting contrast to the front image and was a world of loose ends, knots, and chaos that could easily translate into the world of paint.”  

She then decided to return to painting and trying to render these very interesting “reverse” images.

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Luscious art pieces created with thick oil paint

under heaven circular xu zhen, thick oil paint, oil techniques, art, chinese

Xu Zhen, “Under Heaven -2808TR1601”

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Xu Zhen, “Under Heaven – 2808TV1512”

under heaven, closeup, xu zhen, thick oil paint, oil techniques, art, chinese

under heaven, closeup, xu zhen, thick oil paint, oil techniques, art, chinese

This is the work of multi-disciplinary Chinese artist Xu Zhen, who lives and works in Shanghai. It looks like ceramic, or cake frosting, but it is actually oil paint. Dried oil paint. I am thinking, these luscious artworks must take, literally, years to dry…

“The paintings from Xu’s ongoing Under Heaven series are a voluptuary dream. He applies a thick layer of oil paint to a canvas and then forms delicate petals and flowers using a cake decorator. The resulting impasto creates a striking relief, tempting the viewer to touch or even taste. The expansive title, Under Heaven, is a literal translation of a Chinese word meaning “the whole world.” The sumptuous surfaces as well as the allusive title make the works an intense sensual experience.”

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The curious art of Travis Louie

Uncle Arthur / the curious art of travis louie

Uncle Arthur

The conversation of beards / the curious art of travis louie

The conversation of beards

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Oscar and the giant tarsier / the curious art of travis louie

Oscar and the giant tarsier

Oscar and his cane toad / the curious art of travis louie

Oscar and his cane toad

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How amazing is the fantastic world of Travis Louie, an American artist from New York! Inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian age, the artist’s characters – humans, animals, weird beasts and otherworldly creatures – are depicted like having their formal portraits taken, but in unusual circumstances.

The artist says about his work: “I think the human race is full of misunderstandings based on people holding too close to their own cultures and being unable to embrace the idea that people can believe in other things and still get along in a reasonable sort of way.”  He adds that he created these characters as a sort of “veiled commentary on racism and the immigrant experience”.

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