Dating back thousands of years, miniature art had its heyday during the 16th and 17th centuries when tiny paintings were often enclosed in jewelry cases and given as gifts. Today, contemporary artists continue to create incredible, itsy-bitsy masterpieces—some of which are no bigger than your finger tip. In celebration of these present-day painters, crafters, and makers, Chronicle Books has recently published an art book called Think Small that features “the tiniest art in the world.
Singapore-based artist Grace Ciao creates fashion illustrations that combine hand-drawn lines and watercolor brushstrokes with real, three-dimensional flowers.
Since 2011, Californian artist Ashley V. Blalock has been creating site-specific installations filled with gigantic, hand-crocheted doilies.
Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates mesmerizing, laser-cut wood relief sculptures that feature layers of intricate swirls and abstract patterns. A myriad of geometric lines and ancient symbols take the shape of human silhouettes and mandala-like designs. Some pieces look like the pulsing inner cogs of a mechanical clock, while others resemble ornate, cathedral ceilings.
Artist Ramon Bruin creates striking anamorphic illusions on paper.
Most people balk at mold, like the type that appears as spores on old loaves of bread.
A post shared by Vinie (@viniegraffiti) on Nov 4, 2016 at 7:25am PDT French street artist Vinie Graffiti is celebrated for her larger-than-life portraits of women. Characterized by “volume,” these mesmerizing murals feature cartoon-like characters with extreme proportions, expressive faces, and swirls of stylized hair. Inspired by the playfulness of pin-up models and the bold graphics of manga illustrations, each eye-catching piece showcases the artist's distinctive approach to portraiture.
If you like art with an edge, you'll love Paul Jackson‘s illustrations.
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Proving that “pretty can be powerful,”Australian artist Jessica Watts produces floral paintings with a feminist focus. In her series, Wallflower, Watts employs playful patterns and brightly-colored blooms to accentuate the strength and beauty of the self-possessed woman. Each expressive painting in this series features an anonymous female figure standing before a backdrop inspired by a real-life wallpaper pattern. In most depictions, the subject's nudity is concealed by bouquets bursting with textured blossoms.
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Throughout the history of art, certain subjects have resonated particularly strongly with artists and audiences alike.