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Hyper-Realistic Wall Paintings by David Jon Kassan

30 Giu

If you were to round a corner in a building you thought empty and come face-to-face with one of these figures, you might experience a moment of heart-thumping fear before realizing that there’s nobody there. Painter David Jon Kassan has not only mastered an incredible 3D effect in his wall paintings, but manages to capture the true essence of his subjects rather than a flat but finely rendered likeness.

Based in Brooklyn, Kassan leapt into full-time painting after being laid off in the aftermath of 9/11. Determined to find a way to do what made him happy, he put himself through art school and emerged with an even bigger thirst to learn and improve. His signature style of realism is multi-layered, with a darkness influenced greatly by his urban environment.

The grit of the wall itself – grit of the city – is subtly incorporated into the image in a way that gives it more than just a bit of extra physical substance. It speaks to the subject’s environment and how they interact with it. Kassan combines the imperfections of the wall surface with a keen eye for nuances in each model’s facial expressions and posture for highly emotionally charged results.

“My work is a way of meditation, a way of slowing down time though the careful observation of overlooked slices of my environment,” Kassan says in his artist statement. “It is the subtlety of emotion in my acquaintances that inhabit the aforementioned environment which intrigues me. My paintings strive for reality, a chance to mimic life in both scale and complexity. The viewer is given an eye level perspective of the subject. A view that is unbiased and in its most raw condition.”

“It is my intent to control the medium of oil paint so that it is not part of the viewer to subject equation. The image stands alone without evidence of the artist. I displace textures from their naturalenvironment by moving them out of the context they exist in. Taking the abstract form from the streets where they get lost and moving them into the gallery space where they can be contemplated as accidental abstractions.”

Larger than Life: 10 Giant Portraits and Sculptures

30 Giu

Portrait artists all have their own ideas about what makes for a great portrait: something that glorifies the subject, something that shows it in harsh realistic detail, or something that reflects the essence of the subject. Others take all these options, and add one more: make it big. Whether for effect or out of necessity because of the size of the canvas, here are 10 of the most interesting and mind bogglingly large portraits:

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Ron Mueck likes his portraits to be incredibly realistic, and big. He creates titanic pieces out of cutting edge materials that lend an eerie affect. His self portraits are detailed to the point that he includes stubble and the pores in their skin. Small wrinkles and incredible expressions make the subject feel like they’re viewing a giant, not a sculpture.

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Chuck Close is a phenomenon. With his hyper realistic and larger than life portraits, he forces the viewer to examine the subject in closer detail than they would ever in everyday life. Due to this close examination, the viewer ends up seeing the subject more than they would if they’d actually met in person. Chuck Close loves to experiment with his own style, but even after years, he hasn’t tired of portraiture.

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Rems182 and Truly design have created a series of beautiful murals that incorporate with their environment. With the use of a paint roller, Rems182 is able to create emotionally stirring works that capture the essence of their subjects, and elevate the environment around them.

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A Kenyan photographer has created a gigantic exhibition of his work that’s so large it’s hardly visible from the ground. The photographer has taken portrait shots of his subjects and blown them up to the point that low flying planes would get their own art show.

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Evan Penny fell in with the hyper realism portraiture crowd, but he’s well known for exploring a different facet than most: he creates three dimensional portraits out of silicone and other high tech materials that are typically only seen on film sets. His creations are so lifelike, that if they weren’t hanging on the wall, one might accidentally strike up a conversation with one.

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The Face 2 Face Project is an attempt to help cool hostilities in the Israeli / Palestine conflict by showing both sides that the other are not the faceless enemy they’d like to believe. Artists take photos of people from both sides of the wall and then display them on the same wall that’s separating the groups, so both sides can still see the other.

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President Obama stirred a lot of sentiments with his speeches on the campaign trail, and his motto of “Hope.” Many artists took this to heart, and created portraits that reflected the size of his persona and influence. One such exhibit was so large that it can not be seen from ground level. This art is only for the clouds to see.

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The renowned artist Jorge Rodriguez Gerada has gained a worldwide reputation for his hyper realistic portraits created on some of the largest canvases possible – buildings. His murals manage to maintain quality despite an uneven work surface and a scale that doesn’t allow him to concentrate on anything but the smallest facial feature at a time.

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Ancient cultures would often create works of art of such a grand scale that they make our typical pieces seem trivial in comparison. There are more modern artists who like to follow in these civilization’s footsteps, however, by carving their art out of an entire rock face. It is extremely difficult to see the big picture when your entire body is smaller than the nose of your art.

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Portraits don’t just have to be painted, as a lot of innovative artists enjoy using unique, recycled materials for their art. The portraits featured here are made of discarded nokia phones, post it notes, and even paintbrushes.

Camouflage Art by Liu Bolin

30 Giu

Camouflage Art by Liu Bolin

Inspired by how some animals can blend into their environment, Liu Bolin from China uses camouflage principles to create amazing contemporary art.

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Incredible Paintings by Tetsuya Ishida

13 Giu

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Tetsuya Ishida was a talented Japanese painter whose paintings were known for their dark portrayal of Japanese life.

The characters in his painting appear unhappy and often their bodies are in pieces or part of some machine or other object.

The artist died in 2005 after being hit by a train leaving behind around 180 works created during his 10 year art career.

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Weird and Unusual Artworks by Saddo

11 Giu

Saddo is a very creative artist from Germany, He is doing mind-blowing work and has created lots of weird and unusual artworks, Illustrator and Graffiti Artist. In this post we are going to showcase some creative artworks from the portfolio of Saddo, we hope that you will like them, feel free to give your feedbacks.

Brasilian Nature by Talita Hoffmann

30 Mag

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All he does is in Brazil at the time the London area. Wallpaper * magazine dedicates entire edition of June to the country, drawing a profile of a nation that is in a time of transition.

The new Brazil, also part of the young artist Talita Hoffmann, who recently exhibited some paintings at LAVA Collective.

The style, which evolves from art city, is dominated by hybrid figures, especially animals. A dream vision with a central nature is not always good, but powerful, as it should be in the reality of Brazil.

Two things characterize it: the bright colors and light towers, returning frequently on the canvas.

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Living Paintings

24 Mag

There are many artists of great talent out there that are doing everything to make their paintings more realistic as possible, mimicking the nuances of three-dimensional shape and ‘s lighting.But it is rare that the opposite is true – in which an artist tries to look reality as a painting. Meet Alexa Meade, who painted subjects on canvas, but just above themselves.

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