Working with thick brushes and palette knives, artist Scott Naismith carefully reveals the interplay of light and clouds over his native Scotland. The Glasgow-based painter travels the country extensively, drawing inspiration from the glens, lochs, and islands of the West coast in particular. Many of Naismith’s paintings are available as limited edition prints and he shares process videos on his YouTube channel. (via My Modern Met)
Despite our humble opinion that Vincent van Gogh’s works are stunning as is, we were pleasantly entertained by the simple shift in focus made to his paintings by Reddit user melonshade. By placing the works into Photoshop and adding a bit of blur to the painting’s backgrounds, they were able to bring a new perspective to the century-old images, simulating the effect of a tilt-shift lens.
Melonshade’s interventions were inspired by image manipulations previously created by Serena Maylon on Artcyclopedia. You can also view Maylon’s altered works on Imgur. (via Laughing Squid)
Swiss-based artists duo Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni are the artists behind NEVERCREW, a street art collaboration that now spans over two decades. Through artworks that primarily take the form of large-scale murals, the artists seek to highlight and ask questions about some of the largest issues facing humanity from climate change, immigration, and humankind’s exploitation of nature. Seen here are a collection of murals from the past few years including a recent mural seen at the Grenoble Street Art Fest in France and others from Cities of Hope in Manchester. You can see much more on their website.
An ex-military photographer, Aaron Ansarov retired from the Navy in 2007, transforming his skills to create commercial work for magazines and focus on his own practice. Fascinated with marine life since his days growing up in Central Florida, his series “Zooids,” focuses on detailed images of Portuguese Man o’ War. Ansarov photographs the creatures on a homemade light table while alive, then immediately releases them back into the wild where they were found.
Once shot and the Man o’ War are returned, each image receives minimal manipulation, as Ansarov makes only slight adjustments to the photograph’s exposure, contrast, and vibrancy to highlight the vivid details of each venomous siphonophore. The completed works are otherworldly, appearing like alien illustrations rather than portraits, with deep blues, purples, and pinks unfurling in every direction. You can see more of Ansarov’s illuminated images on Facebook and Instagram. (via Fubiz)
Amoeba. Fish. Sea anemone. Aliens. These are all fair interpretations of Korean artist Sui Park's sculptures and installations made from interlocked cable ties. Weaving together the plastic fasteners she creates undulating organic surfaces or swarms of creatures that swim in schools and cluster together like eggs. Park recently had a solo exhibition titled ‘Playing with Perception’ at Denise Bibro Fine Art and currently has work on view at Summer Sculpture Showcase 2016 in Connecticut. You can see more of her work on Behance.
Australian digital artist David McLeod creates amazing animations and renderings of moving particles trapped within invisible spheres or cubes. “I think we all find the flocking behavior as seen in a school of fish or flock of birds a little hypnotic,” he shares with Colossal. “The Colourflow pieces are a set of motion experiments inspired by this type of collective motion. I set out to explore different properties of the flocking motion and how to break apart and then collect the group in ways that felt organic.” McLeod pushes the surreal quality of each pieces even further by creating iridescent treatments and various color changing filters. You can see more of his recent work on Instagram.