Mike Dargas was born in 1983 in Cologne and he responsible for these huge photo realistic oil paintings. They are so good, at first when I saw the photos of him painting on the canvases they confused me a bit, because I didn’t realise how big they actually were. I can’t believe how much detail and accuracy goes into each one. You would think on a bigger scale it would be more obvious that they were paintings and not photographs, but that is not the case. They are so well done they almost bring tears to my eyes.
Check out these absolutely bizarre, but really interesting paintings by Taipei based artist Shih Yung-Chun.
- Shih Yung-Chun paints surreal re-imaginings of everyday scenes, where adults occupy themselves with strange activities like bored kids creating their own games during summer vacation. Puppets, dolls, animals, and figurines are recurring motifs in Shih’s world, which seems believable yet slightly off balance. The Taipei-based artist inserts autobiographical snippets in many of the paintings: Some of his scenes are set in his own house and he and his white French bulldog make occasional appearances. Shih has referred to his works as “soap operas,” hinting at their highly fictionalised nature. Take a look at some of his work below.
Dani Loureiro is a freelance illustrator, letterer and graphic designer living and working in Cape Town. Dani designs the most amazing type pieces both on paper and in 3D. I commissioned her a couple of months ago to make me one of her custom made wooden typography pieces for Shane for our anniversary and what she sent over was beyond awesome. It’s seriously one of our most favourite things in our house.
Sanda Anderlon is an artist/illustrator who lives in Zagreb, Croatia. She makes both static and animated works, ranging in style, from metaphorical eye-candies, childish cartoons or old-school pen on paper studies to collaged XL narrative visual feasts, like the one below.
This giant collage is entitled Party, which describes as a drunken jungle in a two-storey collage. I just think it’s pure magic. There is so much going on, it’s like a modern day ‘Where’s Wally?’ Would love to get lost in this piece in real life.
Found this artist by the name of Joel Penkman who says that he loves food and he loves to paint so combining the two seemed like a good idea. I think he may have been right. Check out his awesome paintings below of all things nice to eat and pretty to look at and if you’re keen to see more of his work, including a series of 100 different teacups, click through to his site. I would love the painting of Lyle’s Golden Syrup tin, too awesome!
I have some great news for you art lovers. A while back Lara Meintjes had an exhibition at Wolves that showcased her ‘peculiar creatures’ as she likes to call them, her quirky watercolor paintings of half animals and half humans. By the end of the show not one half animal/human was left hanging on the wall, they had all found homes because they were so super awesome.