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.
This is the work of American based artist Kirsten Tradowsky. Her paintings are her way of travelling back in time to another space and time, for inspiration she collects old photos and visits places that are slowly being engulfed by the new world.
I think her work is great, it makes me feel like I’m paging through an old family album made up of memories of a world that has long since been forgotten.
Nina Torr is one of my all time, most favourite South African artists. I own a couple of her pieces and a few weeks ago I got to add to my collection. Nina had a solo exhibition called Again and Again, which consisted of a series of gouache paintings which came together to form a large cyclorama around the gallery – I have never seen a show like that before, it was so amazing.
2 days ago I posted about a piece of art that I had commissioned for Shane for our 6th wedding anniversary. What I didn’t know was that Shane had also secretly commissioned another brilliant local South African artist, Emily Jane Long to create a piece of art for me as a gift. It was so awesome when we both pulled out these 2 flat wrapped gifts and almost immediately we both realised what they were.