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An Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye

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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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The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund

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In his ongoing series of photorealistic oil paintings called the Aging Superhero, Swedish artist Andreas Englund takes us into the candidly humorous life of an anonymous superhero who has probably seen better days. Though he still puts up a tough fight, the wear and tear of battling crime has taken its toll on this elderly action figure. From a statement by Philipp Windmüller:

In a kind of tender comic on a huge canvas, Englund describes the hero who is slowly but surely spending his remaining years with human traits as a link between the artist himself and the viewer. It was extremely important to Englund to portray the aging process with an intensified presence. If you want to accord credibility to a character, the character himself needs to face up reality and the aging process. He has to acknowledge to himself that he cannot live up to expectations and that the “perfect life” is nothing more than wishfulness. Englund’s artworks are focused on the maturing process. Even in the old age it is still possible to achieve something valuable although someone’s drive and vigour won’t bluster out explosively. Nevertheless everybody in his advanced age deserves to be recognised and respected for what he has achieved in life.

Many of Englund’s original paintings are available through his website, and almost everything you see here is also availble as a limited edition print. (via Juxtapoz)

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Dreamy Paintings of Women on Buildings by Tran Nguyen

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Sleeping With Nostalgia, 2013. Acrylic & colored pencil. 20″ x 26″

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Bedridden Mementos, 2013. Acrylic & colored pencil. 14″ x 18″

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Taste For Bittersweet Beds, 2013. Acrylic & colored pencil. 13″ x 16.5″

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A Place We Once Homed I & II, 2013. Acrylic & colored pencil. 13″ x 16.5″

Artist Tran Nguyen was born in Vietnam but now lives and works in Georgia. These are just a few of her latest acrylic and pencil works from an exhibition at Roq La Rue gallery late this summer. Nguyen says she is “fascinated with creating visuals that can be used as a psychotherapeutic support vehicle, exploring the mind’s dreamscape.” You can see a full gallery of her latest work right here.

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New Portraits by Andrew Salgado

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Artist Andre Salgado (previously here and here) wows us again with a new body of work completed in the last few months for exhibitions at Le Petite Mort Gallery, and an upcoming solo show titled The Acquaintance at the Art Gallery of Regina. Salgado’s large-scale figurative paintings are comprised of deftly placed smears and drips of spray paint that charge each work with gritty, almost intangible hints of energy. You can see much more over on Saatchi Online and Facebook.

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Whirling Human and Topographic Forms of Color Painted by Brendan Monroe

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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

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Paris, France

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Oxford, UK

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The Whitehall street entrance, London

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Dongseo elevated highway, Busan

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Harrods, London

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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

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Autumn by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Winter by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Spring by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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Summer by Robert Mudie / Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa

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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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