You probably remember “Paint-by-Numbers” kits from your childhood, but do you know the history of how they came to be? A mix between a coloring book and painting on a canvas, painting by numbers allows anyone to create a detailed work of art, even if they’ve never taken an art class. The simple art sets were first invented in the 1950s and they still remain popular for both kids and adults today.
Watercolor painting is one of the most accessible forms of art.
New York-based artist Xiao Wang masterfully sets the mood in his portraits with uncanny environments.
Vibrant blues and yellows collide on Samantha Keely Smith‘s canvases. These abstract paintings resemble stormy oceans and turbulent skies, sometimes inhabited by enigmatic figures who sink into the pathways of the brush strokes. Rather than depicting the places we see, Smith is portraying our internal landscape—where consciousness and unconsciousness meet. This ongoing series is titled Imagined Landscapes and focuses on personal and existential feelings that can also be universally applied.
Always wanted to learn how to paint, but were afraid to enroll in a class?
The climate crisis is unavoidable, and it seeps into nearly every facet of our lives.
Looking at one of Damian Lechoszest‘s paintings is like taking a trip to a museum. His traditional approach to portraiture evokes the style of the Old Masters and gives each piece a timeless quality. When a painting is complete, he showcases the realism of his subjects by having the real-life models pose beside their likenesses. The resemblance is uncanny.
Netherlands-based artist Martina Johanna uses her distinct, expressive style to explore women's roles in society.
Artist Kehinde Wiley draws inspiration from the past to inform his contemporary portraiture.
You’re a savvy internet shopper because you read the reviews. Well, the ratings are in for My Modern Met Academy‘s online course titled Abstract Realism: Introduction to Mixed Media Painting. Students love it! Taught by art wunderkind Dimitra Milan, the course shares techniques to create your own piece of beautiful abstract realist art. She combines vibrant color and free-flowing inks with a tighter drawing style that produces a singular alluring image on the canvas.
Made in a distinctive graffiti style, Jasmin Siddiqui's paintings look as though they were plucked straight off the streets.
Of all the invited guests to the 2023 Met Gala, there was one infamous party crasher.