These awesomely intricate layered cut paper sculptures are the work of Virginia-based artist and professor Eric Standley. We shared some of his beautiful creations here last year, but these photos provide a much better look at just how astonishingly delicate and intricate Standley’s creations are. They’re incredibly complex stained glass windows without the glass.

Visit Eric Standley’s website to check out more of his awesome paper art.

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American artist Michael Mapes reinterprets famous portraits by the Dutch Masters by creating intricately detailed collages using hundreds of collected specimens. Each complex piece is comprised of a long list of items such as photographic prints, insect pins, pinning foam, gelatin capsules, glass vials, painted canvas, cast resin, pill organizer, plastic specimen bags, cotton thread, costume jewelry, and sequins.

"Deconstructing photos of actual paintings by such masters as Rembrandt and Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy, Mapes recreates the original picture piece by piece, using countless collage materials and even biological findings like eyelashes and hair. The painstaking detail is almost unimaginable; tiny fragments carefully positioned on the tops of pins are compiled closely next to each other. From close range, the dissected pixels can be discerned for their type and texture, while at a distance, the entire human likeness becomes clear."

Three of Michael’s pieces will be shown as part of the Face to Face exhibition opening at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana on March 20, 2014.

Visit designboom to view more of Michael Mapes’ extraordinary artwork.

Kansas-based origami artist Joel Cooper creates awesomely intricate three-dimensional masks and geometric shapes, each using a single sheet of paper. In keeping with origami tradition, no cutting or glue is used to make these paper sculptures. Some of his pieces are hand-painted, dyed, or stained both before and after the complex folding process. As a final touch, each piece is treated with polyurethane, acrylic or shellac to make it sturdy enough to display.

Head over to Joel Cooper’s Flickr stream to view more of his beautiful origami art. Original pieces are available to purchase via his Etsy shop.

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The first time we posted about the wonderful work of origami artist Matthieu Georger (previously featured here) it was to share his incredible cobra. Last month Mattheiu created this awesome T-Rex Skeleton based on a design created by the late Japanese origami master Issei Yoshino. It was folded using 2 sheets of mc [Methyl Cellulose] treated tissue paper.

Check out Matthieu Georger’s Flickr page for more of his amazing origami creatures.

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Japanese paper artist Nahoko Kojima (previously featured here) recently unveiled her latest work of paper art at the Jerwood Space in London. Entitled Byaku (Japanese for White), this awesomely delicate and intricate piece is a life-sized depiction of a swimming polar bear. It was made using a single 3m x 3m sheet of white Washi paper.

"Before she started to cut the animal figure, she crumpled the paper by hand to give it an uneven texture, creating a more faceted form than the smooth surface would have allowed.

The artist revealed to Designboom that she, ‘chose this particular Washi because it has less then 100% Kouzo content and this means that it subtly turns warmer in colour over time – this mimics the fur of the polar bear which based on my research goes through a similar change over the span of its life.’”

The ends of the bear’s fur form shapes of carp and waves, enhancing the appearance that the animal is swimming through water. Byaku hangs from the gallery ceiling and spotlights positioned overhead cast shadows onto a white plinth below, creating swirling patterns like reflections on water.

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Paris-based art director Jonathan Bréchignac uses simple ballpoint pens, something most of us use to doodle in the margins during meetings and class, to create awesomely intricate geometric illustrations.

Bréchignac used blue Bic pens and and ultraviolet ink to create the mesmerizingly complex piece seen at the top of this post, entitled The Blue Carpet.

The labor-intensive piece features a detailed, fairly symmetrical pattern filled with a variety of complex geometric shapes, forcing Bréchignac to map out every minute area of the 115 x 73 cm illustration.

The Blue Carpet will be on display in a group exhibition at the Villa Empain in Brussels. Entitled The Blue Route, the show opens September 27th and runs through February 4, 2014.

Photos by Hamus Jageland

Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more examples of Jonathan Bréchignac’s amazing ballpoint pen drawings.

Japanese paper artist Nahoko Kojima creates awesome works of cut paper art using single sheets paper. Her incredibly delicate pieces depict animals, textures, and other natural phenomena. Some of them are exhibited encased between acrylic sheets, while others, like her Cloud Leopard [see top two images] are hung from wires for display as 3D pieces. To give you an idea of just how painstaking these pieces are, Nohoko spent five months cutting the Cloud Leopard.

"The artist is currently working on a new piece titled Byaku that will be unveiled at the Jerwood Space in London next month, an ambitious artwork of a life-sized swimming polar bear made using a single sheet of white Washi paper.

You can see much more of Kojima’s work in this online gallery, and learn more about her work at Solo Kojima, a design studio she founded with Shari Solo.”

And if that’s not enough, you can also visit Nahoko Kojima’s Flickr page to view more of her work.

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Russian paper artist and graphic designer Yulia Brodskaya uses a technique called quilling or paper filigree (previously featured here) to create beautiful and expressive illustrations.

"Her highly detailed pieces are constructed of rolled, folded, and carefully placed strips of color paper. The intricate curls of paper are intriguing in themselves while creating a larger image…"

Yulia lives and works in the UK, where her lively style and colourful palette have attracted an impressive list of clients, including Starbucks, Anthropologie, Penguin Press, and HOW Magazine.

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