Painter Tom French just posted a number of new paintings in preparation for his upcoming exhibition titled Don’t Look Back at Zero Cool Gallery in London later this month. French’s acrylic works often depict couples in seemingly amorous relationships that create the optical illusion of a skull, pieces that walk the line between beautiful and unsettling. Just squint or take a few steps back from your monitor for maximum effect. You can see much more of his work on Flickr, and prints are available at Zero Cool.
Since first discovering the work of self-taught Italian painter Silvia Pelissero aka Agnes-Cecile (previously) earlier this year, I’ve become a huge fan of her drippy, ethereal watercolor paintings. I just now learned that she’s recorded several timelapse videos showing how she creates each piece. The recent clip above shows a painting she completed over 1.5 hours as part of the 1000drawings project last month. How anyone can gain control over little pools of water like this is completely beyond me. (via booooooom)
I first discovered the work of Judith Braun about a year ago and wrote a short piece about her beautifully symmetrical finger drawings that she refers to as “fingerings”. Braun’s work recently exploded in both scale and complexity, shifting from the abstract to the literal in this new mural entitled Diamond Dust. The piece was painted over several days in February in front of a live audience at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia using fingerprints created from the fine powder of ground charcoal. Diamond Dust is on display through June 1. (via job’s wife)
A number of wonderful new portraits by French painter Françoise Nielly who is absolutely prolific, posting a new works to her website every couple of days it seems. Nielly grew up in the South of France and now lives and works near Montmartre in Paris and her latest exhibition was at Villa del Arte in Barcelona earlier this year.
Connecticut-based artist Michael Shapcott creates wonderfully colored portraits by starting with graphite underdrawings that are then painted with washes in oil and acrylic. He currently has work at Thinkspace in Culver City through March 24th, and you can buy prints at Society6. Shapcott also shoots detailed process videos and makes them available via YouTube.
Artist Markus Linnenbrink was recently commissioned to paint the visitors tunnel at the new Justiz Vollzugs Anstalt (Prison) in Düsseldorf, Germany. According to Linnenbrink the prison is a model institution and has been designed to deal with security and humanity as best as possible, thus the desire for a unique approach to a common entrance for family, lawyers and police.
Visitor access has to be underground by law in newly constructed prisons in Germany. This tunnel covers the 40m (about 132 feet) between the security check in the front building and the visitors area in one of the inner prison buildings. Concept for the installation was to create a 3 dimensional painting that follows and surrounds the visitor during the walk through the tunnel. Two sets of diagonal stripes that both grow wider while covering the distance build two different perspectives.
Born in Germany, Linnenbrink now lives and works in Brooklyn. You can see many more of his paintings, sculptures and installations on his website. (via black tangled heart)
Brookyln-based painter Alexandra Pacula is fascinated by nightlife, and in her words, “a world of visual intoxication.” She paints very large canvases that look like blurry long-exposure photographs of hectic urban scenes, the photos you might capture accidentally on your digital camera while using the wrong setting (or probably that’s just me). See much more of her work here.
Over the past few years I’ve probably encountered dozens of terrible, kitschy animated interpretations of Edvard Munch’s The Scream or Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, but this interactive version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night seems to be something wholly different and wonderful. Greek digital artist Petros Vrellis used openFrameworks to convert the post-impressionist painting into an interactive artwork, where touch-sensitive gestures change the direction of the wind, sprout new buildings, and create ambient background tones. I bet if Van Gogh rolled over in his grave to look at this, it might make him smile a bit. (via creative applications)