Awesome Paintings

Rememory Stencil Pack

Rememory Stencil Pack

If you love Javier de Riba’s floor graffiti and prints, check out Nisnas Industries’ Rememory Pack. It’s a set of four paint patterns, each made of two recycled plastic stencils, based on antique tile patterns in Wadi Salib, Israel.

Cuyler Smith: Trading Cards

Cuyler Smith: Trading Cards
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Artist Cuyler Smith’s series Trading Cards are retro-style cards of fictional athletes from popular movies and TV shows, including Sidney Deane, Daniel LaRusso and… Goldberg?! Each card is limited to 80 copies. Also available as a framed set.

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Carla Hananaiah’s Landscapes

Carla Hananaiah’s Landscapes

The prolific artist Carla Hananiah loves to paint landscapes of New Zealand and Australia, often at dawn and dusk. Speaking about Carla’s latest collection, Arthouse Gallery says they “form existential ruminations on human fragility and finiteness.” We just find them calming.

Emergence Lab

Emergence Lab

Thomas Medicus’ sculpture Emergence Lab is a translucent cube with six different paintings, each visible only from one of the cube’s sides. The paintings are on 216 strips of acrylic glass, which are arranged in a grid and suspended in silicone oil inside the cube.

Distinct: Micah Ganske

Distinct: Micah Ganske

Micah Ganske’s art is inspired by technology and the future: space stations looming over old factories, a ghost town in an orbital colony, spaceships that form a giant humanoid structure, etc. Video by Alex Amoling and Anchor Light for Distinct Daily.

Where the Shark Bubbles Blow

Where the Shark Bubbles Blow

Wilfried Grootens’ mesmerizing cubes are made of painted glass slides laminated together. The resulting hybrid of painting and sculpture invites you to check it out from different angles. Videos by Norbert Heyl.

Painting with Fire

Painting with Fire

Artist Steve Spazuk lays out the dark areas of his images using the sooty residue from an open flame, then manipulates what’s left behind on the paper using feathers, brushes and other tools to bring out detail from the darkness.

Simon Stålenhag: Tales from the Loop

Simon Stålenhag: Tales from the Loop

Simon Stålenhag’s retro futuristic digital paintings somehow combine dread and nostalgia. He’s currently raising funds for English language versions of two art books annotated with short stories about the world he created.

Coffee & Ink Paintings

Coffee & Ink Paintings

Artist Michael Aaron Williams creates amazing images by painting coffee and ink on sheets antique ledger paper. We’re particularly smitten with the image of the women with buildings and trees for hair, and the bears are truly awesome.

Re-Directed Paintings

Re-Directed Paintings

David Irvine loves to get paintings from yard sales, thrift shops or from the street and then paints in pop culture elements to humorous effect. On one hand, this makes the original art stand out. On the other hand, ceiling cat.

Shark Cats

Shark Cats
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Illustrator Brynn Metheney was doodling on her sketchpad when a monster arose from her pages: the Shark Cat. She ended up making 12 different Shark Cat breeds and compiled them on a 2015 calendar. Expect a call from SyFy, Brynn.

Gundam Anime Illusion Figure

Gundam Anime Illusion Figure

Believe it or not, that’s not a painting. Gunpla hobbyist mumumuno53 painted a Gundam action figure to make it look like a retro anime illustration. The cardboard props are nice touches. Or are they cardboard?

Pejac: Window Silhouettes

Pejac: Window Silhouettes

Spanish artist Pejac’s simple acrylic paintings creates illusory silhouettes that use windows as frames and the view outside as the background. The painting is completed when it’s photographed in certain angles.

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Alex Gross: Future Tense

Alex Gross: Future Tense

Alex Gross’ Future Tense series consists of paintings with a shallow and saccharine beauty, expanding upon “themes of consumerism, industrialization and the omnipresent media” and “our inability to exist in the present moment.”

Antonio Santin: Rugs

Antonio Santin: Rugs

Antonio Santin’s ongoing series Rugs is composed of hyperrealistic oil paintings. Antonio distorts the patterns and simulates shadows to make it appear like there’s a body hidden underneath each carpet.

Pixeli.st

Pixeli.st

While there are digital filters to make images look like paintings, Pixeli.st does it so much better, where real live human artists will handmake an oil painting of your digital image. Simply upload your image and they’ll do the rest.

Blue Sky Painters

Blue Sky Painters

Established by Mehdi Ghadyanloo and backed by the government of Tehran, Blue Sky Painters turns drab buliding facades in Iran’s capital into murals with eye-catching illusions or drawings that interact with their surroundings.

Painting Changes Perspective

Painting Changes Perspective

YouTuber Benjamin Dalsgaard Hughes shares this trippy painting in Windsor, England that reveals a different perspective depending on how you look at it. The trick is simpler than you think. We wonder if it works just as well in person.

Black Light Body Painting

Black Light Body Painting

Artist John Poppleton has created a series of body paintings wherein he uses fluorescent painting and then photographs the finished work under ultraviolet light, making the fluorescent pigments stand out. More here and here.

19th Century Painting in 3D

19th Century Painting in 3D

Gyula Benczúr’s The Recapture of Buda Castle in 1686 painstakingly recreated in 3D by graphic artist Zsolt Ekho Farkas. It took him a total of about two months to complete. Learn more about how he made it on Behance.

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Soundwall

Soundwall

Wall-hanging artwork which doubles as a speaker. Soundwall streams music via AirPlay or UPnP and also has RCA inputs. Choose from Soundwall’s stock artwork, upload your own photo or order a blank canvas for you to paint on.

OMG Who Stole My Ads?

OMG Who Stole My Ads?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had beautiful paintings in urban areas instead of ads? That’s exactly what Etienne Lavie did. The street artist covered advertisements in Paris with prints of classical paintings.

Nobilified

Nobilified
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Have a custom-made oil painting of yourself done in the style of classical masterpieces. For some reason, we’re reminded of the episode of The Sopranos where Paulie has the image on Tony’s discarded horse painting turned into a General.

Optical Illusion Paintings

Optical Illusion Paintings

Ukrainian artist Oleg Shuplyak creates surreal portraits which double as optical illusions. Each image offers at least two completely different perspectives on its subject matter thanks to his clever composition.

Gag Me with a Toon 5

Gag Me with a Toon 5

60 artists re-imagine the cartoons of their youth spanning the 60’s-90’s, ranging from The Smurfs to Squiddly Diddly to South Park in the Gag Me with a Toon 5 exhibit opening 5/4/13, at LA’s WWA Gallery.

Mike Mitchell’s Movie Portraits

Mike Mitchell’s Movie Portraits

Mike Mitchell shows his love of the movies by creating his digitally produced collection of favorite film characters; if you’re in Austin 4/26-5/25/13, check them out in person at Mondo.

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