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Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley

Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract

Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract

Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract

Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract

Chicago-based artist Bruce Riley fills canvases with abstract organic forms made from layer after layer of dripped paint and poured resin. While looking at images of his work online, it’s difficult to grasp the depth and scale of each piece which can be penetrated by light from multiple angles, casting shadows deep into the artwork. Riley works using a number of experimental techniques, frequently incorporating mistakes and unexpected occurrences into the thick paintings that appear almost sculptural in nature. Filmmakers Jason Stanfield and Jordan Olshansky recently stopped by Riley’s studio and shot this brief studio visit. You can see more of his paintings on Flickr, and at Packer Schopf Gallery. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

British artist Nick Gentry (previously) created a new series of portraits by painting on cut film negatives, part of an ongoing effort to repurpose obsolete media—he’s widely known for his paintings on floppy disks—which he uses as a backdrop for his portraiture. The new pieces are part of an upcoming show titled Synthetic Dreams at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami in November. You can see some of Gentry’s most recent work in his online gallery.

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New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

Russian street artist Rustam Qbic (previously) just completed a new 9-story mural in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia for the New City festival. Titled “Blossom” the mural depicts individuals whose heads are literally “blooming” while reading books, an irony not lost on the artist who worked through 11 days of frigid cold and snow to complete the work. The mural is just one of many surreal paintings and walls created by Qbic since we covered his work here last year. You can see more over on his website. (via StreetArtNews)

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Artist Steve Spazuk Paints with Fire

Artist Steve Spazuk Paints with Fire smoke painting fire etching

Artist Steve Spazuk Paints with Fire smoke painting fire etching

This is a lovely video profile of artist Steve Spazuk (previously) who has developed a unique way of “painting” using the soot left behind from candle smoke. While it seems like he just holds a candle to paper and draws with the smoke, his range of techniques are a bit more subtle. Spazuk often doesn’t know what images he intends to make but instead explores patterns and shapes found in the soot to guide the artwork. He also employs stencils and a reductive process akin to etching, where he scrapes images into the soot with feathers and paint brushes. You can see more of his recent work on his website. Directed by Patrick Peris. (via iGNANT)

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The Bigger Picture: A Life-Size Animated Short Blending 2D Painting and 3D Stop Motion

The Bigger Picture: A Life Size Animated Short Blending 2D Painting and 3D Stop Motion stop motion painting animation

The Bigger Picture: A Life Size Animated Short Blending 2D Painting and 3D Stop Motion stop motion painting animation

The Bigger Picture: A Life Size Animated Short Blending 2D Painting and 3D Stop Motion stop motion painting animation

The Bigger Picture: A Life Size Animated Short Blending 2D Painting and 3D Stop Motion stop motion painting animation

The Bigger Picture: A Life Size Animated Short Blending 2D Painting and 3D Stop Motion stop motion painting animation

The Bigger Picture is a new animated short from filmmaker Daisy Jacobs and animator Chris Wilder about two brothers struggling to care for their older monther. The film is notable for its animation technique that blends life-size wall-painted characters who inhabit full-size sets, interacting with real objects. Included here is the trailer and a nice making-of video that goes behind the scenes. The Bigger Picture is currently screening in film festivals around the world and has won more awards than you can shake a pair of leaf-covered sticks at. I seriously can’t wait to see this.

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Postcards for Ants: A 365-Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants is an ongoing painting project by Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots who has been creating a miniature painting every single day since January 1, 2013. The artist works with paint brushes, pencils, and bare eyes to render superbly detailed paintings scarcely larger than a small coin. After the first year, Loots relaunched the project in a second phase inspired by Cape Town’s designation as World Design Capital 2014. On her website you can “reserve” a future painting (it’s all booked up for this year), and she’s also printed five limited edition postcards for each day. You can watch her work and hear a bit more about her inspiration in the video below by Gareth Pon, and she also regularly updates on Facebook. Hopefully we’ll see a 2015 project? (via Lustik)

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

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Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Their Refinement of the Decline, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Their Refinement of the Decline, detail

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Diminishing Returns, oil on canvas, 48 × 60 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Diminishing Returns, detail

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Witching Hour, acrylic on paper, 34 × 42.5 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
A New Religion, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Hollow Pursuits, acrylic on canvas, 54 × 54 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Fool’s Gold, oil on canvas, 60 × 48 inches

Michael Kerbow is an artist based in San Francisco who works in a variety of mediums including painting, assemblage, drawing and digital photography. Of particular note are his large oil and acrylic paintings that depict surreal and at times nightmarish visions of the future, where industry and human development has grown without regulation or care for the environment. Kerbow shares via email:

My work explores the way in which we engage with our surroundings and the possible consequences our actions have upon the world in which we live. Through my work I attempt to question the rationale of our choices, and try to reveal the dichotomy that may exist between what we desire and what we manifest. Recently my work has focused upon the mechanisms that power our society and examines how they may influence the construct for a possible future.

Kerbow will have work at an upcoming group show called “Real Surreal” at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco.

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