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‘8-Bit Watercolors’ Explore the Intersection of Pop Culture and Retro Video Game Graphics

April 30, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Inspired in part by the 8-bit graphics of old Atari and Nintendo video games from his youth, artist Adam Lister paints quirky watercolor interpretations of pop culture icons, art world happenings, and famous paintings. Trying to describe his style can be difficult as it’s not quite digital and it’s not quite Cubism (though maybe it’s a tad Etch A Sketch?). While all of Lister’s works are distinctly humorous, many are also strangely nostalgic, recalling moments from the recent past including comic book characters, Star Wars references, and even numerous interpretations of iconic TV painter Bob Ross.

Lister has several limited edition prints available on his website, and his work most recently appeared as part of a group show at Catalyst Gallery. He’s also turned several pieces into 3D printed objects. (via Yatzer, Huffington Post)

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Bob Ross

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Mona Lisa at the Louvre

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Mona Lisa

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The Selling of “The Scream”

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Wonder Woman

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A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

 

 

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Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith

April 28, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Samantha Keely Smith paints abstract oceanic landscapes that are at once menacing and serene, a clash of light and color that she refers to as “internal landscapes.” Using oil paint, enamel, and shellac, Smith uses an additive and subtractive process by partially destroying her progress several times before completion. This cyclical process, much like the timeless crash of ocean tides against the shore, adds an additional level of texture to her work. She shares in a 2013 interview with NeverLazy Magazine:

My images are not at all real places or even inspired by real places. They are emotional and psychological places. Internal landscapes, if you will. The tidal pull and power of the ocean makes sense to me in terms of expressing these things, and I think that is why some of the work has a feel of water about it. My work speaks of things that are timeless, and I think that for most of us the ocean represents something timeless.

Currently based in New York, Smith generally doesn’t work with galleries but instead interacts directly with collectors. You can see more recent work on Tumblr and Facebook. (via My Modern Met, Incomplete)

Update: Smith now offers limited edition prints through her website.

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New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio D’Ospina

April 28, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Cattedrale di Milano (2014). Oil on canvas, 40 x 40in.

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Manhattan (2013). Oil on panel, 35 x 48in.

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Driving on Madison Avenue (2013). Oil on panel, 48 x 24in.

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Broadway and West 25th (2013). Oil on panel, 24 x 16.5in.

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Duomo di Milano (2012) Oil on linen, 39 x 56in. / Facade (2012). Oil on panel, 24 x 30in.

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Bivio (2011). Oil on panel, 40 x 24in.

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La Strada (2014). Oil on panel, 48 x 40in.

It’s hard not to get lost in these dramatically blurred architectural renderings and cityscapes of New York and Italy by Italian painter Valerio D’Ospina (previously). The Pennsylvania-based artist most recently had a show last year at Mason Murer, and you can now follow him on Facebook and Instagram. (This Isn’t Happiness)

 

 



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Birds Painted on Unfolded Pharmaceutical Boxes by Sara Landeta

April 25, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Madrid-based artist Sara Landeta is currently working on a series of birds painted on the backs of unfolded medicine boxes. You can follow her work on the ongoing series on Facebook and on her blog. Landeta is represented by 6mas1.

 

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Gritty New Cityscapes by Jeremy Mann

April 11, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Rooftops in the Snow

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The Last Light of San Francisco

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The Market Street Steamvent

It’s almost impossible for me to select a favorite piece when looking at paintings by San Francisco painter Jeremy Mann (previously). Each of his works seems so wholly genuine, a mix of mystery and grit that brings a sublime light to iconic cities like New York and San Francisco. Above are a selection of paintings from the last two years or so, and you should also check out his recent Figures series. (via one of my favorite new art Tumblrs, Anita Leocadia)

 

 



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Oil Landscapes Transformed into Mosaics of Color by Erin Hanson

April 3, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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While doing undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, artist Erin Hanson took some time off from studying art to obtain a degree in bioengineering. After graduating she moved to the outskirts of Las Vegas where a climb at Red Rock Canyon inspired her artistic career yet again. She decided to commit to creating a new painting each week, a process she continues today, eight years later.

Hanson transforms landscapes into abstract mosaics of color using an impasto paint application, where thick globs of paint create almost sculptural forms on the canvas. She tries to use a few brush strokes as possible, without layering, a process that’s been called “open impressionism.” Hanson is represented by too many galleries to list here, though she does have a number of available paintings listed on her site, as well as prints.

 

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