Given their aesthetic diversity, expressive faces, and graceful movements, birds have become a popular artistic muse. Animal-loving creatives often turn to these winged creatures for inspiration, finding new and innovative ways to capture their unique coloring, fascinating patterns, and distinctive silhouettes. As evident in this striking selection of birds in art, artists approach this iconography in a myriad of ways. The pieces that compose this collection of avian art range from stunning works on paper to mesmerizing three-dimensional sculptures.
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Since 1925, The New Yorker has graced newsstands with its conceptually clever and creatively illustrated magazine covers.
Artist Dan Cretu has put a pop culture twist on the trend of transforming age-old masterworks into modern works of art.
In 1987, artists Ann Wood and Dean Lucker formed Woodlucker, a collaborative studio that creatively “combines a love for illustrated paper art and forgotten histories into engaging objects full of sentiment and longing.” While this nostalgic mindset to art is evident in the artists' individual oeuvres and joint projects, it is particularly apparent in Wood's collection of paper flora and fauna. Reminiscent of antique illustrations and age-old cabinets of curiosities, Wood's natural specimens are both naturalistic and fanciful.
Blurring the line between performance art and functional design, the striking Schiphol Clock features hands drawn on in real time.
The Captain Boomer Collective, a Belgian activist art group, is back with another incarnation of its beached whale installation.
Skilled in animal depictions and with a penchant for pops of color, tattooist Joanna Świrska creates distinctive inked illustrations of the earth's living things. Each of the Poland-based artist's characteristically colorful animal tattoos exhibits her exquisite and versatile approach to body art. Impressively, Świrska's tattoo animals are rendered in a wide range of styles. Some, like her whimsical watercolor tattoos, showcase an attention to detail through delicate lines and meticulously stippled shading.
Every year, the beaches that line the resort town of Søndervig, Denmark are transformed into a sandy spectacle for the highly-anticipated Søndervig Sand...
As an experimental yet age-old approach to art, using negative space is a creative way to depict subject matter and craft intriguing compositions. By unexpectedly employing the untouched space surrounding the central figure or object of a work of art, artists can create pieces that are both aesthetically balanced and eye-catching. Since negative space is inherently present in every medium and genre of art, artists across all disciplines are able to take advantage of its great potential.
Celebrated as a key figure of 20th century American art, lifelong New Yorker Edward Hopper held that “great art is the outward expression...
To explore the diversity and share the beauty of America's beloved National Parks, a group of nature-loving artists and designers has...