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Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe

Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe painting

Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe painting

Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe painting

Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe painting

Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe painting

Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe painting

Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe painting

Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe painting

Oakland-based artist Brendan Monroe has been on a tear lately a solo show and several group exhibitions featuring his delightfully strange human and topographic forms composed of whirling rivers and swarms of color. The artist says his artwork is mostly rooted in science and then executed through painting and sculpting, which is not hard to see given the flow of energy found in each piece that seems influenced by the flow of water, tornadoes, or the grouping of microorganisms. Many of the paintings shown here are from a solo show at Richard Heller Gallery last May, and you can catch several new pieces at Galerie L.J. in Paris later this year.

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Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park

Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park watercolor painting architecture
Paris, France

Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park watercolor painting architecture
Oxford, UK

Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park watercolor painting architecture
Oxford, UK

Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park watercolor painting architecture
The Whitehall street entrance, London

Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park watercolor painting architecture
Dongseo elevated highway, Busan

Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park watercolor painting architecture
Harrods, London

Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park watercolor painting architecture
Sacre-Coeur church in Montmartre, Paris

These architectural watercolor studies by Sunga Park seem to drip and fade out of focus like a memory or a dream. The graphic designer and illustrator currently lives and works in Busan, South Korea as a wallpaper designer but it seems her true passion is for watercolor and other artistic endeavors. See much more of her work on Behance and Flickr. If you liked this, also check out the work of Maja Wronska.

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Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books
Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

A few days ago Colleen Theisen who helps with outreach and instruction at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa shared an amazing gif she made that demonstrates something called fore-edge painting on the edge of a 1837 book called Autumn by Robert Mudie. Fore-edge painting, which is believed to date back as early as the 1650s, is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out. There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction.

When I realized the book Theisen shared was only one of a series about the seasons, I got in touch and she agreed to photograph the other three so we could share them with you here. Above are photos of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter which were donated to the University of Iowa by Charlotte Smith. How much fun are these? Keep an eye on the University of Iowa’s special collections Tumblr as they unearth more artificats from the archives.

Update: Because this post is getting so much attention, here are some more amazing fore-edge paintings found on YouTube.

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Speed Painting Timelapse by Lora Zombie

Speed Painting Timelapse by Lora Zombie watercolor timelapse painting

Lora Zombie is a self-taught artist from Russia who mixes street art and grunge influences in her watercolor paintings. This recent timelapse video shows the creation of a new work called Coffee and Milk. Music by Youth Lagoon.

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Manifest Station: A Transparent Utility Box Painted by Mona Caron

Manifest Station: A Transparent Utility Box Painted by Mona Caron trompe loeil street art painting optical illusion murals

This fun piece was painted by illustrator and muralist Mona Caron on Duboce Avenue at Church Street in San Francisco. Titled Manifest Station, the small mural was painted on a standard utility box and has to be viewed from a specific spot so that the horizon lines of the artwork match those of the actual intersection. As an added bonus, a mural in the background which was repainted in part on the utility box is actually an older piece by the same artist. Caron is currently working on a surprisngly great series of weeds and just painted a giant wildflower in Union City. (via CJWHO)

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Portraits Painted with Coffee on Century-Old Ledger Paper by Michael Aaron Williams

Portraits Painted with Coffee on Century Old Ledger Paper by Michael Aaron Williams portraits painting coffee

Portraits Painted with Coffee on Century Old Ledger Paper by Michael Aaron Williams portraits painting coffee

Portraits Painted with Coffee on Century Old Ledger Paper by Michael Aaron Williams portraits painting coffee

Portraits Painted with Coffee on Century Old Ledger Paper by Michael Aaron Williams portraits painting coffee

Portraits Painted with Coffee on Century Old Ledger Paper by Michael Aaron Williams portraits painting coffee

Artist Michael Aaron Williams has been working on a beautiful series of portraits painted with coffee on found sheets of used ledger paper that dates back to the 1920s and 30s. This is just a small collection of his current work, you can see more in this gallery and over on Facebook. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Cleopatras Feast, after Jordeans, Detail Eyes Open Detail

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Cleopatras Feast Detail

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Cleopatras Feast Detail

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Cleopatras Feast after Jordeans Assembled

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Water after Archimboldo

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Leda and the Swan, after Correggio

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Madeline de France Queen of Scotland, after Corneille de Leon

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Salome after Solaria

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Judith with head of Holofernes, after Cranach

Ultimate Facepainting: Historical Paintings Recreated on Human Skin by Chadwick & Spector painting faces
Wishbone, after Gysis / Lanna Woman (Wat Umong)

Artists Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector of Chadwick & Spector create detailed reproductions of historic artworks by painting them on the human body. While both artists collaborate on each artwork, Chadwick is generally the canvas while Spector does the painting. The resulting body of documentary photographs form their ongoing body of work titled Museum Anatomy. Via their artist statement:

Museum Anatomy is a collection of documentary photographs of works from museums around the world that have been recreated onto the human body. The artwork goes through a significant process until reaching the final outcome, a photograph of Chadwick, sometimes unrecognizable as a human form, with an elaborate, detailed painting covering a portion of his body. The recreated paintings of these historic portraits recapture the subjects in their own moment in history. The resulting photographs reveal a unification of art combining antiquity, history and technology in a contemporary context.

What initially starts as a bizarre attempt to visually untangle the artwork from Chadwick’s body becomes a strangely rewarding exercise as you look from piece to piece. It’s an uncanny feeling when you think an area of the artwork is a human body part but you eventually realize the opposite is true.

If you want to see some of the pieces up close you can stop by The Big Show at the Lawndale Arts Center in Houston, Texas starting July 12th, or see their first solo show in the U.S. since 1999 at the Georgetown Art Center opening October 4th. All imagery above courtesy the artists. (via juxtapoz)

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