Creating a sense of nostalgia one brushstroke at a time, Doug Bloodworth recreates tasty treats and good old paperback entertainment with his hyperrealistic old paintings. Inspired by artist Duane Hanson, famous for his incredibly life-like fiberglass sculptures of common people, the Florida-based artist paints amazingly realistic close-up images of beloved sweet and salty snacks, paperback comics, crossword puzzles, coloring books, and even board games.
Daniel Mackie’s beautiful watercolor paintings add a new dimension to the animals he draws. Each animal’s body is illustrated by a lush and detailed landscape. According to his website, “Daniel is a big fan of the printmakers of the Ukiyo-e period, which was between the 17th and 20th centuries.”
Inspired by a painting he saw at The Louvre, Julien de Casabianca sets out to bring classical paintings to the streets where common folks like us can have access to historical paintings without having to visit a museum.
Most tourists preserve international coins from their travels as mementos to be stowed away in some keepsake box never to be seen again but for Andre Levy, they provide the perfect canvas for some fun disguises.
Amy Casey paints urban images that are far from the typical city skyline littering souvenir shops at tourist traps. The entangled structures and stacked high-rises is a surreal take on orderly chaos and her personal interpretation on the resilience of her city’s community.
Reminiscent of her Communist East Germany upbringing, Kathrin Longhurst’s paints propaganda-inspired posters in the series ‘Children of the Revolution.’ The provocative images of helmeted women are a stark juxtaposition of the nature of propaganda art.
Merging her love for coffee with her art background, illustrator Maria A. Aristidou creates images of some of her favorite things using water paint paper and up to five different coffee blends. From a charging elephant to a frolicking mermaid, the range of what can be done with a coffee stain is impressive.
Hella Jongerius’s detailed, hand-painted animal-filled porcelain bowls were commissioned by Bavarian porcelain manufacturer, Nymphenburg. The 3D creatures—foxes, birds, and hippos—are lovingly placed in delicate ceramic environments.
North Park University graduate, Erica Elan Ciganek, creates beautiful and realistic portraits in oil on canvas, wood panel and MDF. Her impressive style and attention-to-details indicate she’ll be an artist to keep tabs on.
Darren Pearson creates unreal glowing images against a natural background with nothing but a light source and his camera. The Los Angeles-based artist has been honing his craft since 2008 with store-bought flashlights at first and now with his own customized flashlights to create finer lines and brush attachments which allows him to change light colors and to paint bigger figures.