Since graduating from the Florence Academy of Art in 2016, Spanish painter Elena Gual has continued to develop her artistic practice. She’s been building on and evolving from more academic techniques to establish her own bold, painterly style. Now based in London, the talented artist channels much of her output towards portraiture and images of the female form—transmitting the strength, power, and beauty of femininity with thick impasto upon her canvases.
Abstract Expressionism developed in New York in the 1940s and 1950s among artists who focused on visualizing the subconscious.
Chinese silk painting has enchanted art-lovers for centuries.
German artist Gerhard Richter is considered one of the most important contemporary artists alive today. He was originally trained as a realist painter, but he later developed a more abstract style that captures a mix of the movements that influenced him. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, and Conceptualism are all inspirations for Richter.
Artist Elyse Dodge translates the world’s natural beauty into colorful geometric forms.
Russian artist Georgy Kurasov creates abstract paintings of women that vibrate with energy and color.
These images might look like double exposure photographs, but they’re actually works rendered in oil paint. Spanish artist Cristian Blanxer expresses his subjects’ movements, inner thoughts, and environments by painting them as surreal, multi-layered portraits. In some works, Blanxer captures the movements of his subjects, showing both their past and present positions at once. One painting depicts a dancer as she bends her body towards a chair and kicks her leg upwards.
Throughout art history, artists have played with optical illusions to trick the viewers' eyes with mind-bending complex compositions.
Painting en plein air, or “in the open air,” was first adopted by the French Impressionists in the 1800s.
Have you ever come across discarded objects on your otherwise scenic hike? Well, outdoor educator and part-time artist Mariah Reading has found a new purpose for those unwanted items. She uses her masterful painting skills to transform trash into stunning works of art that seamlessly blend into the landscape where it was found. Originally from Bangor, Maine, Reading developed a passion for the environment at a young age.
Self-taught artist Josie Morway immortalizes different species of birds in hyper-realistic portraits.
There's a myriad of unique creatures living deep underwater and between blades of grass.