391 posts tagged Painting
391 posts tagged Painting
Reading is awesome, which means that libraries are already awesome places because they enable people to read books. However the Kansas City Public Library is super awesome because a portion of the library’s parking garage has been decorated with an enormous trompe l’oeil mural that makes the wall look like shelf full of gigantic books. It’s called the Community Bookshelf:
"It runs along the south wall of the Central Library’s parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. The book spines, which measure approximately 25 feet by 9 feet, are made of signboard mylar. The shelf showcases 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees."
Thanks to Snopes we even have a list of all of the books on the Community Bookshelf:
"One day my log will have something to say about this. My log saw something that night."
We simply can’t get enough of the artwork by our friend Cuddly Rigor Mortis (previously featured here). Entitled Lady Log, this adorable role reversal of two Twin Peaks characters was created for In Dreams, a group art show tribute to the inimitably awesome David Lynch taking place at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The show features work by over 50 artists from around the world and opens this Saturday March 8th and runs through March 29, 2014.
We know what the log says to the Log Lady, but now we have to wonder, what would the lady say to the log?
We’ve featured all sorts of unbelievably convincing examples of photorealistic art, but Pennsylvania-based artist Joshua Suda takes the deception even further. His paintings aren’t just awesomely photorealistic, they also break the fourth wall.
Suda’s subjects peer out from behind frames or through torn sheets of paper or cardboard with the confines of the painting’s actual frame. Beautifully rendered hands reach out and half-hidden faces make eye contact with the viewer, “pushing us to question the boundaries between art and ‘real” life.”
Visit Joshua Suda’s website to check out more of his astonishing artwork.
This awesome Gif-fiti mural is the work of Cheko, a street artist based in Granada, Spain. Follow him here on Tumblr to check out more of his beautiful artwork, created both on the street and indoors.
Bertha is one of 30 original paintings being shown at Cuddly Rigor Mortis’ first solo exhibition at Gallery 1988 (East) in Los Angeles, CA. Entitled I’m Not Hungry, the show runs through March 22, 2014.
Reblogged from g1988
Relentlessly cheerful artist James Hance (previously featured here) painted this incredible “Adventure Timey-Wimey” mural on his 9-year-old daughter Maddy’s wall. From the Gunter Daleks to the BMO TARDIS to the Ice King as a Weeping Angel, it’s almost unbearably wonderful.
But wait, it gets even better because the whole concept was Maddy’s to start with:
"She had the idea for an Adventure Time / Doctor Who crossover, and had all the characters mapped out (You can see where I get my ideas from!)"
Prints of this awesome mash-up are currently available via James Hance’s website.
English artist Craig Davison creates series of paintings that beautifully illustrate the awesome power of childhood imagination and our limitless ability to play pretend as our favorite movie characters. He draws from a wide variety of movies, but the pieces seen here all revolve around Star Wars.
Kids play their hearts in the foreground while their shadows loom larger than life in the background as the fictional characters they’re pretending to be. Tree branches have become light sabers, cardboard tubes and a hair dryer work equally well as blasters, a garbage can and a colander are all you need to be R2-D2 and C3PO, and a pair of headphones serve as Princess Leia’s cinnamon bun hairdo.
Visit Craig Davison’s website to check out more of his delightful and nostalgic artwork. Then go grab a tree branch and meet us at the park for a light saber duel.
[via Nerd Approved]
German graffiti artist Martin “MEGX” Heuwold transformed the grey exterior walls of a drab municipal utility building in Wuppertal, Germany into the Super Mario Bros.-themed wonderland you see here. There’s a 20-meter-deep water reservoir beneath the building, so this geektastic makeover was a great choice. We can’t look at these photos without hearing the game’s sound effects in our head.
Visit MEGX’s website to check out more of his playful public art projects.
Salvador Dalí would’ve loved these dishes. German artist Evelyn Bracklow of La Philie uses beautiful pieces of vintage porcelain as her canvas for one-of-a-kind works of art that are as likely to delight as they are to repulse. With a skilled and delicate hand, Evelyn paints swarms of tiny ants crawling all over the otherwise pristine plates, cups, and containers.
"The idea for this work resulted from pure chance, when the sight of a carelessly placed plate—by then wandered by ants—fascinated me so much that I felt the urge to simply conserve this image. Fear, disgust, fascination and admiration: this very interplay of feelings constitutes the charm of the work. Furthermore, to me, the ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail."
Some of these pieces are currently available for purchase via the La Philie Etsy shop.
Visit Colossal to view more.
Here’s one last awesome piece of anamorphic artwork for 2013. Artists Daniel Siering and Mario Shu wrapped a tree in Potsdam, Germany and then spray-painted it using a deceptively simple trompe l’oeil technique to make a large section of the trunk disappear. When viewed from the right direction, it appears that most of the tree is hovering in the air above its stump.
Click here for a brief video that gives an even better sense of just how convincing Daniel and Mario’s floating tree illusion is.