Hyperrealistic Oil Painting Reflects Our Lack of Anonymity

Artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyan was first exposed to oil paints at the tender age of five and quickly adopted the art of painting, perfecting his skills in his youth. The time and effort the Armenia-born painter, who currently lives and works in New York, has put into honing his craft has certainly paid off, allowing him to not only paint hyperrealistic renditions of people, but to peer into their souls with a few masterful layering techniques. Tsitoghdzyan’s painting titled Mirror is especially effective at exhibiting this type of artistic translucency.

In Mirror, we’re able to see every defining attribute of a woman’s visage through a pair of hands that are placed over the subject’s face, attempting to cloak her physical identity. However, there is no way for this young woman to conceal herself. It is reflective of internet culture in the world we live in, today, where it continually becomes exceedingly difficult to reach any level of anonymity. The large-scale mural, measuring at 100″ x 70″, is part of Tsitoghdzyan’s Millenium collection that criticizes the tech-reliant culture we live in, which he refers to as a “technology renaissance.”



Tigran Tsitoghdzyan website
via [My Amp Goes to 11, Saatchi]



December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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