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February 22, 2018

How Henri Matisse Revolutionized Traditional Art and His Influence on Modern Art

As art history tells us, it was American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko who revolutionized and redefined art in the 1940s and ‘50s. They pioneered the abstract art movement, and paved the way for most contemporary installation, sculpture, and performance artists we know today. However, some might not realize that the first artistic innovators came even before them.

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February 22, 2018

Barber Tells a Shy Insurance Guy to Grow a Beard and It Completely Changes His Life

A post shared by Gwilym C Pugh (@gwilymcpugh) on Feb 15, 2018 at 10:32am PST It sounds hyperbolic to say that growing a beard can change your life, but for Gwilym Pugh, it’s the truth. By the time he was 21 years old, Pugh had established an insurance company in his bedroom. While it was successful, the sedentary lifestyle (compounded by a bad knee) caused him to weigh 280 pounds.

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February 22, 2018

Nigerian Artist Creates Realistic Oil Portraits Incorporating Colorful Local Fabrics

Nigerian artist Clement Mmaduako Nwafor works with oil paints and collage to create stunning, large-scale paintings on canvas. His love of art started as a child, when he would spend hours drawing with crayons and colored pencils. This led the African artist to seek out an apprenticeship, and he spent two years working under two master sculptors.

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February 21, 2018

Young Student Nicknamed “Trash Girl” Defies Bullies And Continues to Pick Up Litter

Like most high school students, Nadia Sparkes dedicates much of her time to extracurricular activities. While her peers prefer clubs and sports, however, the 12-year-old has adopted a unique hobby: picking up litter. And, though this unconventional interest has resulted in an unfavorable nickname—”Trash Girl”—Sparkes is committed to “fix[ing] the planet's problems before it becomes unfixable.” Every day, Nadia collects plastic refuse on her commute to-and-from school.

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