Painting

June 4, 2022

Restaurateurs Trade Sandwiches for a Painting That Ends up Being Worth Over $250K

What would you trade for your favorite meal? Back in the 1970s, a family-owned restaurant in Ontario, Canada, used their homecooked cuisine to make trades with other makers in their community—and unknowingly collected a valuable work of art in the process. In exchange for warm grilled cheese sandwiches, Irene and Tony Demas received a rare painting by Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. Today, that painting is worth over $250k.

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May 7, 2022

Contemporary Paintings Look Back at the Historic Titanic 110 Years After It Sank

On April 15, 1912, the world-famous Titanic crashed into an iceberg and sank into the Atlantic ocean. The scale of this passenger liner and the tragedy of the event made the vessel a world-famous piece of history. Over a century after the ship met its end, artist Eliott Sontot looks back at the Titanic's fascinating past, capturing its size, grandeur, and calamity in a series of expressive digital paintings.

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April 30, 2022

​​Atmospheric Forest Paintings Look Like There’s a Glitch in Their Pixels

Polish artist Luiza Niechoda simplifies landscapes with her pixelated style. Inspired by the Pacific Northwest and Romantic artists like Friedrich and J.M.W. Turner, she creates striking renditions of verdant forests and misty mountainous backgrounds. Instead of focusing on the details, however, she prefers to use abstraction to home in on specific feelings. Originally from a marketing and graphic design background, Niechoda decided to pursue painting full-time in 2018.

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April 23, 2022

Big Cats Come Alive on the Canvases of These Large-Scale Hyperrealistic Paintings

While you may rarely come across a big cat in real life, lions, tigers, and leopards appear to emerge from the canvases of Nick Sider. The New York City-based artist creates large-scale depictions of big felines that resemble close-up photographs. Through many hours of work, he renders all of his subjects with hyperrealistic detail. Originally from Canada, Sider did not pursue painting until he was 25 years old.

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