James Doran-Webb, an artist based in the Philippines, imagined dragons perched atop trees while in the act of seemingly preparing to take off or breathe fire. He didn’t just leave this to imagination, though, as Webb brought his fantasy to life by creating remarkable sculptures of driftwood dragons.
Pottery is a beautiful, yet challenging, art form, as it demands absolute meticulousness from the artist. With that said, even the larger and more conventional pottery pieces are by no means easy to build. But when you create ceramics that’s roughly the size of a penny, then the degree of difficulty is upped tenfold.
What most people sees as just a pile of trash, to Cyrus Kabiru, is a treasure trove of eye-wear possibilities. Transforming electronic refuse into detailed works of art, each unique bifocals, or what the Kenyan visual artist fondly refers to as “C-stunners,” are a reflection of his highly individualistic style.
Part anamorphic sculpture, part poetry, Fred Eerdekens bends and manipulates metal into what looks like an unrecognizable tangle of mess. But with light in hand and just the right angle, one would be more than convinced of the technical aspect that went into creating one of his sculptures.
Tom Lynall came into his art serendipitously as he sat in his workshop, picked up a pencil and thought he’d try carving a heart on its tip. Several months later, he’s found himself hooked and has since carved landscapes and even pop culture icons into the sides and gaping holes of the fragile and delicate graphite.
No, it’s not what you’re thinking. The result of the fusion of the male and female organs are Jason Briggs’ grotesque yet beautiful sculptures. Yes, some may find these porcelain works of art weird, but one has to appreciate the amount of detail in each piece. Check out the artist’s official website for more of his work and his thoughts on his unique compositions.
One man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure. Michael, a.k.a. Moerkey, is an Australian craftsman who collects discarded keys and coins and turns them into works of art that would make for great living room or dining room ornaments.
Artist Artur Bordalo’s (a.k.a. Bordalo II) has figured out the best way to recycle: to turn trash into gorgeous sizeable sculptures. Bordalo II piles on trash over one another, creating a collage of junk finished with paint that is simply awe-inspiring. The canvasses that this street artist uses differ, but you could see his trademark style in each of his works.
Latvian sculptor Aniko Koleshnikova creates detailed engraved and embellished book covers that are inspired by fantasy and supernatural stories. From dragons and owls to skulls and roses, her custom creations are made with incredible care and detail.
A delicate mixture of the grotesque and whimsical, Sarah Louise Davey’s clay sculptures challenge our ideas of beauty. Her nymph-like beasts are crafted to be grisly and ugly but also lovely in a visceral way. Davey says, “I question my own experience of these through the various personalities that emerge with each hybrid portrait.”