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Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting

Using self-portrait photographs and watercolors, artist Aliza Razell has been exploring several abstract narratives by merging the two mediums in Photoshop. Her first series, Anesidora , involves the story of Pandora’s Jar (Pandora’s box was actually a jar, a detail misinterpreted in the 1400s), while the second is inspired by the Finnish word ikävä, meaning the feeling of missing someone or something. You can see much more of her work over on Flickr, and you might interested to know Razell is the older sister of young photographer Fiddle Oak, featured here last year.

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Loving Vincent: The First Feature-Length Painted Animation Will Explore the Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh

Loving Vincent: The First Feature Length Painted Animation Will Explore the Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh painting movies animation

Loving Vincent: The First Feature Length Painted Animation Will Explore the Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh painting movies animation

Loving Vincent: The First Feature Length Painted Animation Will Explore the Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh painting movies animation

Currently in production at Oscar-winning studio BreakThru Films, Loving Vincent will be the first feature-length animated film made solely through hand-painted canvases. The movie will examine the life of post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh and the circumstances surrounding his violent and mysterious death some 123 years ago. Understandably, the production for Loving Vincent is no easy task and requires the help of 70 (!) painters who will help create the numerous hand-painted oil canvases required to bring the story to life. The team is currently appealing to the public on Kickstarter to help raise funds to complete the movie. (via The Awesomer)

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Artist Paco Pomet Subverts Vintage Vacation Photos and Historical Landscapes in His Surreal Oil Paintings

Artist Paco Pomet Subverts Vintage Vacation Photos and Historical Landscapes in His Surreal Oil Paintings surreal painting humor

Artist Paco Pomet Subverts Vintage Vacation Photos and Historical Landscapes in His Surreal Oil Paintings surreal painting humor

Artist Paco Pomet Subverts Vintage Vacation Photos and Historical Landscapes in His Surreal Oil Paintings surreal painting humor

Artist Paco Pomet Subverts Vintage Vacation Photos and Historical Landscapes in His Surreal Oil Paintings surreal painting humor

Artist Paco Pomet Subverts Vintage Vacation Photos and Historical Landscapes in His Surreal Oil Paintings surreal painting humor

Artist Paco Pomet Subverts Vintage Vacation Photos and Historical Landscapes in His Surreal Oil Paintings surreal painting humor

Artist Paco Pomet Subverts Vintage Vacation Photos and Historical Landscapes in His Surreal Oil Paintings surreal painting humor

Artist Paco Pomet who lives and works in Grenada, Spain posesses a wonderfully bizarre sense of humor that manifests itself in each of his oil paintings which contain a strange or humorous visual twist. His subverted landscapes and portraits often borrow from sepia-toned photographs that look like historical documents or vintage vacation photos. Pomet opens his second solo show, Scapelands, at Richard Heller Gallery on January 11, 2014.

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Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Beneath the Surface: Sublime Underwater Portraits by Samantha French swimming portraits painting

Artist Samantha French was born raised in Minnesota where she attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and now lives and works in Brooklyn. Her current body of work explores nostalgic memories from her childhood spent swimming in lakes of northern Minnesota. The underwater portraits portray people both in and out of water in the midst of perfect tranquil moments captured gracefully with oil paints. She says of her work:

My current body of work is focused on swimmers underwater and above. Using vague yet consuming memories from my childhood summers spent immersed in the tepid lakes of northern Minnesota, I attempt to recreate the quiet tranquility of water and nature; of days spent sinking and floating, still and peaceful. These paintings are a link to my home and continual search for the feeling of the sun on my face and warm summer days at the lake. They are my escape, a subtle reprieve from the day-to-day. At the same time, I am drawn to an idealistic time before my own, where swim caps and wool swimsuits were commonplace. This combination of memory, observation and photography has allowed me to preserve the transitory qualities of water and remembrance.

You can see many more of her works in this gallery, and prints are available in her shop. She also opens a solo show at Groveland Gallery on January 25th, 2014 in Minneapolis. (via This Isn’t Happiness, My Modern Met)

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Ethereal Oil Paintings by Meghan Howland

Ethereal Oil Paintings by Meghan Howland painting birds

Ethereal Oil Paintings by Meghan Howland painting birds

Ethereal Oil Paintings by Meghan Howland painting birds

Ethereal Oil Paintings by Meghan Howland painting birds

Ethereal Oil Paintings by Meghan Howland painting birds

Ethereal Oil Paintings by Meghan Howland painting birds

Ethereal Oil Paintings by Meghan Howland painting birds

I’m really enjoying these oil paintings by Portland-based artist Meghan Howland, who often depicts people caught in swarms of birds, flowers or bunches of fabric. It’s never quite clear if the figure is in a safe or dangerous situation, an ambiguity that leaves each piece open for interpretation. Howland is represented by Bowerstock Gallery where you can see much more of her work. (via I Need a Guide)

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Urban Cityscapes Emerge from Haphazard Brushstrokes

Urban Cityscapes Emerge from Haphazard Brushstrokes  urban painting acrylic

Urban Cityscapes Emerge from Haphazard Brushstrokes  urban painting acrylic

Urban Cityscapes Emerge from Haphazard Brushstrokes  urban painting acrylic

Urban Cityscapes Emerge from Haphazard Brushstrokes  urban painting acrylic

Urban Cityscapes Emerge from Haphazard Brushstrokes  urban painting acrylic

Urban Cityscapes Emerge from Haphazard Brushstrokes  urban painting acrylic

Urban Cityscapes Emerge from Haphazard Brushstrokes  urban painting acrylic

Urban Cityscapes Emerge from Haphazard Brushstrokes  urban painting acrylic

When first discovering these paintings by Korean artist Jieun Park, either on a distant gallery wall or on a small website thumbnail, you might first mistake them for nothing more than thick abstract brushstrokes on on a large canvas. A closer look reveals entire nighttime cityscapes embedded in the blots of paint, glimpses of Paris, Hong Kong, Prague, and other cities from Park’s travels. The artist has numerous prints and originals available over on Saatchi Online.

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An Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye

An Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

An Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

An Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

An Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

An Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye sculpture painting octopi

Artist Keng Lye whose work we explored earlier this year recently completed a new painting that blends sculpture and layers of acrylic paint to create this near lifelike red octopus. Lye often uses an egg shell to form the body of his cephalopods which then merges seamlessly with alternating layers of resin and acrylic to create an incredible sense of depth and dimensions. If you liked this, also check out the work of Riusuke Fukahori. All photos courtesy the artist. (via My Modern Met)

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