Sometimes the grandeur of nature can make us feel really small. That exact feeling seems to resonate in the colorfully whimsical, mixed-media paintings of Iranian artist Golsa Golchini. Each of her canvases feature an impasto landscape of water or snow, with tiny figures often swimming, surfing, or skiing through it. Unlike the textured backgrounds, the miniature humans are painted digitally and added to the canvas by ink transfers, resulting in a vivid, three-dimensional environment.
Japanese artist Akie Nakata, who simply goes by Akie, has a unique way of looking at the world.
Animals are among the best creative muses.
Most of us know that riding public transportation is like entering an entirely different world. Whether it’s subways or buses, we’re surrounded by interesting strangers going about their usual lives like ourselves. Nowadays, we typically occupy ourselves with our phones to block out the crowds. Artist Matthew Grabelsky explores this phenomenon in his series of uncanny paintings entitled Passengers.
In the 19th century, Impressionists found constant inspiration in their bucolic surroundings.
Artist Jon Ching is mesmerized by the beautiful plumage of birds.
The European countryside has served artists and writers alike as a rich source of creative inspiration. Many Impressionist painters like Monet and Pissarro have captured delicate gardens, bucolic hills, and serene lakes in their paintings. Contemporary artist Anastasia Trusova looks to her surroundings in a slightly different way.
Like many artists, past and present, San Francisco-based painter Jacob Dhein is inspired by the world around him.
Artist Dave Pollot takes otherwise overlooked thrift store paintings and transforms them into his own masterpieces.
A shell acts as a protective shield for land and water dwelling reptiles like turtles and tortoises, making it one of the most important parts of their anatomy. Berlin-based artist Felix Schäfer celebrates this species’ armor in his painting, Treehouse Tortoise, by reimagining it as its own miniature ecosystem. The epic artwork depicts a tortoise roaming through the dry desert, carrying a lush, whimsical woodland on its back.
Ever since he was a child, Canadian artist Nick Sider has had a fascination with tigers.
Artist David Ambarzumjan ruminates on our world through his ongoing collection of surreal paintings called Brushstrokes in Time.