January 16, 2020

Tiny People Swim, Surf, and Ski Within Each Brushstroke of This Artist’s Paintings

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.

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January 8, 2020

Surreal Paintings Reimagine NYC Subway Passengers as Half-Human, Half-Animal Hybrids

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.

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December 15, 2019

Vibrant Painting of Tortoise With an Entire Ecosystem on Its Back Features Tons of Easter Eggs

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.

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