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Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

When first viewing the artwork of Shintaro Ohata up close it appears the scenes are made from simple oil paints, but take a step back and you’re in for a surprise. Each piece is actually a hybrid of painted canvas and sculpture that blend almost flawlessly in color and texture to create a single image. The cinematic figures are sculpted from polystyrene while the backgrounds are made from traditional painting techniques. Via his artist statement:

Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world. He says that it all started from when he wondered “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”. Many viewers tend to assume that there is a light source set into his work itself because of the strong expression of lights in his sculpture.

Ohata will have work later this year at the Akita Museum of Modern Art, and you can see much more of his work online here. (via toxel)

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The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight

The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight painting optical illusion camouflage

The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight painting optical illusion camouflage

The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight painting optical illusion camouflage

The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight painting optical illusion camouflage

The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight painting optical illusion camouflage

The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight painting optical illusion camouflage

The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight painting optical illusion camouflage

The Invisible Man: Artist Liu Bolin Hides in Plain Sight painting optical illusion camouflage

Artist and camouflage extraordinaire Liu Bolin just opened a new exhibition at Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris featuring a number of new works that depict the artist perfectly hidden amongst urban backdrops. Remarkably the effect is achieved without the use of special effects or Photoshop, rather Bolin is painstakingly painted head-to-toe by a group of assistants using photographs of the area behind him as a guide. “My intention was not to disappear in the environment but instead to let the environment take possession of me”, he says. Bolin’s intent is not to simply hide himself as an individual but suggests the works are statement regarding damage caused by economic and urban development. The show runs through March 10th. (via designboom)

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Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris

Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris watercolor portraits painting illustration

Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris watercolor portraits painting illustration

Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris watercolor portraits painting illustration

Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris watercolor portraits painting illustration

Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris watercolor portraits painting illustration

Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris watercolor portraits painting illustration

Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris watercolor portraits painting illustration

Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris watercolor portraits painting illustration

Deconstructed Watercolor Portraits by Henrietta Harris watercolor portraits painting illustration

Do not adjust your web browser, these distorted watercolor and gouache portraits were painted just as they appear by New Zealand-based illustrator Henrietta Harris who says her style “can only be achieved by having occasionally dipped one’s paintbrush accidentally in one’s coffee.” A pretty apt description for these dreamy portraits that seem to convey the precise moment when one becomes lost in thought or memory, an ethereal wind of distortion whirling temporarily through the subjects’ mind. Harris graduated in 2006 from the Auckland University of Technology and his since done work for Amnesty International, Vice Magazine, and BITE. She has a number of prints and several of the original paintings you see above available for sale through her website. (via flavorwire, ignant)

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Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska

Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting architecture

Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting architecture

Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting architecture

Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting architecture

Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting architecture

Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting architecture

Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting architecture

I’m really enjoying the use of structure and color by Poland-based watercolor artist Maja Wrońska who has captured some lovely scenes from Paris, Venice, Prague, and elsewhere. Catch more of her work over on DeviantArt and Behance. (via my darkened eyes)

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The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker

The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker street art portraits painting

The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker street art portraits painting

The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker street art portraits painting

The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker street art portraits painting

The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker street art portraits painting

The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker street art portraits painting

The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker street art portraits painting

The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker street art portraits painting

The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker street art portraits painting

Without aid of stencils or brushes London-based artist David Walker creates elaborately explosive portraits using directly applied spray paint. Even as the colors drip and mix on large outdoor walls it’s hard to imagine the level of control and detail the artist must possess to create the shadows, lines, and textures that create each piece. The top and bottom pieces in this post are recent works seen in London and Paris, and you can see much more on his Facebook page and in his shop where he has nearly a dozen portraits available as high quality prints. (via street art utopia)

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A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

Trying to categorize or summarize the genre of Alex Andreev’s (previously) digital paintings is nearly impossible. Part science fiction, part dystopian future, the scenes are equally disturbing and beautiful, his characters inhabiting a world Andreev tells me is deeply influenced by Soviet-era literature, music and movies. Based in St. Petersburg, Russia he works primarily with Adobe Photoshop and Corel Paint and relies only on a small selection of brushes and colors to create each illustration, meaning there are no special effects or 3d-rendering of anything. Andreev recently published an art book, A Separate Reality, which is available through Blurb.com.

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New Portraits by Andrew Salgado

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado portraits painting

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado portraits painting

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado portraits painting

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado portraits painting

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado portraits painting

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado portraits painting

New Portraits by Andrew Salgado portraits painting

One of my favorite portrait artists, Andrew Salgado (previously) who lives and works in London has completed a number of new works in advance of his second solo show, The Misanthrope, which opens at Beers.Lambert on October 11, 2012. You can see see much more of his recent work on his website.

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