Smoldering Urban Landscape Paintings Show Beauty in Decay


Artist Brian Mashburn's exquisite oil paintings of broken cities and decaying lands are as beautiful as they are haunting. Mashburn illustrates tangled, leafless branches against a smoldering landscape and heavy sky. Sometimes, we see an animal or person trying to make sense of what's around them. It seems bleak, but the artist does offers a glimmer of hope, and we see patches of blue sky and white clouds among the sepia tones, blacks, and grays.

Mashburn's work explores themes of excess, overpopulation, and the expanding urban environment. Curator Steven Matijcio analyzes his work, writing "Between grandeur and the grotesque, he presents post-apocalyptic visions of the modern world where nature, culture, and industry engage in an ambivalent endgame."

Inspiration for Mashburn's paintings came from his travels to places like Hong Kong, Thailand, and China, where he found their dense populations and concentrated urban environment problematic yet sublime.The consequences of this type of overabundance not only informs his work conceptually, but in his visual style as well. Mashburn likens his methodical brushstrokes to mass production in factories, and remarks, “In the end, they both produce a polluted, drab landscape.”












Brian Mashburn website
via [Artchipel]



January 22, 2017

15 Marvelous Must-Haves for Modern Adventurers

Attention explorers and modern adventurers! If you’d love to set sail around the world, believe that “not all who wander are lost,” and often find yourself yearning for the great outdoors, this curated compilation of goodies for traveling adventurers is sure to float your boat. Fueled by an enthusiasm for exploration, this eclectic compilation of treasures puts a colorful and contemporary spin on a traditional travel tool kit.

Read Article


January 21, 2017

Stunning Photos of Trains Roaring Through Picturesque Landscapes

There’s something romantic about train travel. As you sit and watch the world pass by, it offers a firsthand look at a landscape that’s both intimate and fleeting—truly a moving picture. Many routes take passengers (or cargo) through otherwise desolate lands with adventures along the snow-capped mountains, tall grasslands, and dense forests. Through stunning train photos, photographers pay homage to these journeys. Their awe-inspiring portraits capture the hard-working locomotives among grandiose settings.

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter