Subtly influenced by Greek mythology, photographer Petros Koublis waits for scenes to unfold rather than push preconceived concepts onto the natural environments that surround him. This patience gives him access to moments of complete serenity on the outskirts of Athens, snapshots of wheat being pushed softly by the wind and singular animals caught by chance in the center of the frame.
“It’s all a matter of openness, letting everything flow through my soul undisturbed,” Koublis told Colossal about his process. “The olive groves, the pine forests, the sea, or even the peacefully grazing animals in the meadows—they’re all part of a very intimate experience with nature. They are part of us on an emotional level that goes beyond our present state as it reaches back to a forgotten memory of our origin.”
The Greek photographer does not attempt to transform his subjects, but allows them to alter his own approach to each image. Beginning his artistic practice originally as a painter, Koublis began to explore the medium of photography in 2000, studying in Athens, Greece. Koublis’s first photobook INLANDS was published early last year by Black Mountain Books. You can keep updated on his photography on his Facebook page here. (via Feature Shoot)
DREAMS-Crocodile, 2013. Copper & paint, 120×46×120 cm. Photo by Zou Shengwu.
Beijing-based artist Wang Ruilin (previously) is known for his gentle depictions of animals both real and fictional that appear to carry the heavy weight of mountains, oceans, and entire miniature worlds on their backs. The smooth and sinuous copper sculptures borrow from elements of Eastern classical painting merged with Ruilin’s personal experiences and interpretations of his dreams. The artist frequently shares a mix of old and new artworks on Behance, and you can see more on his website.
DREAMS-Crocodile, studio view.
DREAMS-FAWN, 2015. Copper & paint.
DREAMS-FAWN (small size), 2015. Copper & paint.
DREAMS-Mountain&Sea No.2, 2013. Copper & paint.
DREAMS-Mountain & Sea No.1, detail.
DREAMS-Mountain & Sea No.1, detail.
DREAMS-Mountain & Sea No.1, 2013. Copper and paint.
Horse.Play – No.3, 2011. 120×95×35 cm, copper and paint. Photo by Zou Shengwu.
Horse.Play – No.3, detail.
Indonesian artist Elicia Edijanto (previously) has long been fascinated in the bond between animals and children. In her stark black watercolor paintings she depicts predatory beasts like cheetahs and bears as having a direct and intimate bond with children who accompany the animals as companions in misty, haze-filled landscapes. “Nature inspires me. My subjects are often children and animal because they are sincere, unprejudiced and unpretentious. There’s an innate relationship between them,” says the Edijanto.
Collected here are a few of her most recent paintings, several of which are currently on view at Snap! Orlando through the end of the month, and a number of her paintings are available as prints through Lumarte.
With just a few strokes of his calligraphy pen, illustrator Andrew Fox creates everything from animals and insects to people and robots—figures that seem bristling with personality despite their simplicity. We explored Fox’s work here on Colossal last year, and if you’re tempted to try these yourself he’s since published a book: Learn to Draw Calligraphy Animals. You can see more of his work over on Behance and Society6.
Winner, Julian Rad / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
There are quite a few annual wildlife and nature photography awards these days, and it’s nearly impossible to keep up with them all, but if there’s room for just one more distinction, I suppose it’s the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Founded this year by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, the competition is open to anyone with outrageous and weird photos of animals doing, well, funny stuff. Collected here are some of the winners and highlights of the 2015 competition, you can see more here. (via Photojojo, My Modern Met)
Silver Runner Up, William Richardson / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Highly Commended, Alison Buttigieg / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Highly Commended, Charlie Davidson / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Highly Commended, Graham McGeorge / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Highly Commended, Julie Hunt / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Highly Commended, Marc Mol / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Tony Dilger / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Highly Commended, Yuzuru Masuda / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Ellen Jewett (previously) effortlessly blends animals with elements from their environments, creating ceramic pieces that often balance unexpected species together in a singular piece. Each work is highly detailed—flowers, leaves, and vines wrapping themselves around animals from coyotes to chameleons.
By focusing on negative spaces within the animals’ bodies, Jewett strips away the weight of her objects, a quality that is usually inextricably linked to the medium of sculpture. She constructs her ceramic pieces using an additive technique, beginning with the innermost parts of the sculptures and layering outward. As periphery components of the animals’ surroundings are added to the piece, a narrative begins to form. These additional pieces Jewett describes as being beautiful, grotesque, or fantastical and add to the object’s exploration of domestication, death, growth, visibility, and wildness.
Jewett’s materials are just as important as her process—only using clay, paints, finishes, and glazes that are free from toxic properties. In addition to being toxic free, she also attempts to source locally and naturally whenever possible. You can keep updated on the Canadian artist’s new work on her Facebook page, and several new pieces are currently available.