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Classic Hollywood Paintings, Now in 3D Acrylic

September 25, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Freelance art director, designer, and painter Stefan Da Costa Gomez has been working on a series of 3D acrylic paintings featuring a number of Hollywood personalities who each met a tragic fate, the idea being that when viewed through anaglyph 3D glasses the celebrities come back to life, so to speak. The series includes paintings of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, and the wildly popular but ill-fated animated character Oswald who was scrapped due to a contractual fallout between Universal Studios and Disney, giving immediate rise to none other than Steamboat Willie. See many more detail shots of Gomez’s work here. Can’t wait to see more from this series.

 

 



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Paco Pomet Updates

September 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Absurdist painter Paco Pomet (previously) has updated his website with eight new paintings (my favorite three above). Many of the new paintings are enhanced with the addition of, well, Muppets. Make sure to click the thumbnails for detail, as the surprise of each painting is often in the smallest of details.

 

 



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Conrad Botes

August 5, 2011

Christopher Jobson

For my first guest post here at Colossal, I have to share the work of one of my favorite artists of all time, Conrad Botes. Growing up in South Africa under Apartheid, Conrad’s work tackles serious issues of race and the human condition with a twist of post-pop cartoon imagery. As one-half of the brain behind Bitterkomix (the other being Anton Kannemeyer), Botes also used the format of the comic as a critique on Afrikaner culture and policy, branching into criticism of South African society in general (resulting in being banned in his own country at one time). Taking printmaking beyond simple decoration and comics beyond simple entertainment, Botes is a true example of what an artist should be.

 

 



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Amy Casey

July 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

New work from Cleveland-based artist Amy Casey who paints delicate networks of roped and towering cityscapes. Casey currently has a show at Zg Gallery in Chicago through August 6. I definitely intend on stopping by. You can see much larger and detailed versions of these paintings here. (via new american paintings)

 

 



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Pixelated Animals by Laura Bifano

July 15, 2011

Christopher Jobson

These lovely pixel animal prints by Victoria B.C.-based artist Laura Bifano seem to be selling almost as quickly as she adds them to her shop. She’s releasing a painting a day for 10 days and you can keep up with them on her Tumblr. Who doesn’t want a pixelated Honey Badger? (via drawn)

 

 



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Before I die I want to

July 13, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A few months ago I wrote about Candy Chang‘s Before I Die project in New Orleans that engaged passersby to complete the prompt “Before I die I want to…” on the side of abandoned buildings using provided chalk. As an extension of the project she’s created a limited edition set of painted chalkboards with a similar prompt. Via her web site:

Each Before I Die painting is 48″x12″ on birchwood ply and individually handmade with care. The wood is sanded, primed, and coated with a layer of black chalkboard paint, and the back is stained with a natural finish and handstamped and signed by yours truly. Also includes three brass plated D-Ring hangers attached to the back, a 4″ hardwood chalk holder, and a colorful stick of chalk.

The boards are $150 each. Check ’em out at the Civic Center. (via plenty of color)

 

 



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The Ridiculous Pool: Spraypaint Skateboarding

July 5, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Based on some of the comments I saw on Twitter and Facebook it seems a few were a bit upset by this morning’s post about Dtagno’s train graffiti device. To swing the vandalism/art pendulum back in the other direction check out D*Face’s Ridiculous Pool Paint Attack where a couple of skateboarders use remote controlled spraypaint cans mounted to the base of their decks to create an enormous spirograph in an empty swimming pool. (via neatorama)