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Based in Vicenza, Italy, genius glassblower Simone Crestani conjures up his fragile sculptures using organic shapes found in nature as his inspiration. Crestani uses a technique called flameworking to melt and manipulate glass into impossibly-detailed forms of trees, animals and other creatures.

Crestani credits a childhood spent growing up near Venice, “the capital of the glass world” for igniting his love for glassmaking. He was able to turn his passion into his profession after learning and practicing the art for 10 years under master glassblower Massimo Lunardon.


The artist’s select works have been exhibited at various art shows in Italy and the USA. Besides making decorative and conceptual sculptures, he also makes beautiful light fixtures and other household objects with his favorite medium. You can visit his site to see more of his unique sculptures.

[via Asylum Art]

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Continue reading ‘Wonderful Nature-Inspired Glass Sculptures by Simone Crestani’

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‘Гелла’, an illustration submitted to the JazJaz Flickr pool by artist Georgi Tandashvili.

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In his “Inkteraction” series of illustrations, Chicago-based artist Alex Solis fights his own ink-drawn creations in increasingly violent ways.

[via Laughing Squid]

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You will be relieved to know that no animals were harmed in the making of these paintings / sculptures. Colombia-based artist Yosman Botero is well known for his realistic 3D optical illusions, which he constructs by assembling multiple sheets of painted Plexiglas. His latest ‘Taxonomy’ series depicts the heads of wild animals being suspended in a clear liquid or just floating in air.

To make each piece, Botero painstakingly paints every layer of glass with a different detail of the animal’s head. And later, he stacks the sheets together to create the final illusion, which is given its realism by the illusion of depth and shadow.

[via Asylum Art]

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Michael Aaron Williams explores the ephemeral nature of humanity as well as its authority structures in these sublime paintings. The Knoxville, Tennessee-based painter and street artist creates his artworks by painting coffee and a bit on ink (for the darkest shades) on century-old ledger paper, which he found in an old, rural Appalachian store that was closed for decades.

Talking about his paintings, Williams states, “the paper has an immense amount of character that can only come from the wears of time, and the coffee just melts into the history of the paper.” The motifs and fauna that inhabit the works also reveal his deep connection to his Appalachian heritage.

You can visit his site to see more of his paintings and also his street art pieces from around the world.

[via JazJaz Submissions]

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Christopher Schulz, Blue AK, 2013, marine grade stainless steel, 17 x 44 x 18 inches, $28,600


Christopher Schulz, White Tip Uzi, stainless steel, 24 x 13 x 7 inches, $8,800


Christopher Schulz, Leopard AR, 2014, marine grade stainless steel, 16 x 36 x 11 inches, $13,600


Christopher Schulz, Raygun, 2014, edition no: 1/27, marine grade stainless steel, 14 x 8 x 8 inches, $4,250


Christopher Schulz, Grease Gun, 2014, marine grade stainless steel, 24 x 16 x 8 inches, $8,400

With his surreal ‘Sharkgun’ sculptures, Los Angeles-based sculptor and painter Christopher Schulz draws parallels between the huge backlash against firearms and the irrational dread humans feel about sharks. The sleek sculptures, made using marine grade stainless steel, will be on exhibit at the George Billis Gallery, NYC, until February 21, 2015. Continue reading ‘Amazing Shark Gun Sculptures by Christopher Schulz’

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Over at his Etsy store, freelance illustrator Will Pigg is selling his hand-cut papercraft silhouettes of the Millennium Falcon rising over the spaceport town of Mos Eisley. Each gorgeously-framed piece is made from a single sheet of 12” x 16” black paper, and is priced at $70.

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The Goonies for the show Crazy for Cult in gallery 1988 (LA)



"Wes Anderson family" for "Bad Dads V" in Spoke Art gallery (San Francisco)



Pulp fiction "Coffee break" for the show "Quentin vs Coen" in  Spoke art gallery (San Francisco)



Leon the professional for the show "I am the law" – Hero Complex gallery (LA)



Pink Floyd "Animals" for gallery 1988 (LA)



Morrison Hotel inspired by The Doors album for gallery 1988 (LA)



Beach boys for the gallery 1988 (LA)



Crash Bandicoot for the show "8 bit and beyond" for Bottleneck gallery in Brooklyn, NY

Maria Suarez Inclan, an illustrator and graphic designer based in Madrid, Spain, shared some of her wonderful new posters based on cult cinema, music albums and video games. Maria, who is studying Graphic Design at Universidad Complutense of Madrid, says that she derives inspiration from “films, 60’s music, social psychology,  50’s publicity and Franco-Belgian comic books.”

You can check out more of her illustrations and graphic design on her website, Tumblr and Behance.

[via JazJaz Submissions]

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Seoul-based illustrators Alberto Rodriguez and his childhood buddy Moo Hyun Chung launched a website called the “Daily Critter” five years ago. The Dominican-born creative duo wanted to illustrate a pun in the form of a fictional creature every day and post it on their site (for the rest of their lives!). Though it proved to be a tough task, they managed to draw over 500 “critter” puns over the years.

The two artists have now put together a deck of 54 playing cards which features their watercolor creature illustrations, and have created a Kickstarter project to print them in larger quantities. Depending on the amount being pledged, backers of the project can get their hands on the playing cards and even get visual pun illustrations made out of their names and photographs. There are also options to buy the 9” x 12” original watercolor pieces along with larger 16” x 20” acrylic on canvas paintings of select illustrations.

Link to the Kickstarter project.

[via JazJaz Submissions]

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Chungkong, a Netherlands-based designer, has been creating some terrific pop-culture-themed artworks for quite some time now. His awesome new art project is a mash-up of the iconic Volkswagen T1 camper van with popular comic book superheroes. Chungkong has brilliantly incorporated several signature design elements from the costumes of the superheroes on the exteriors of the vans. Even the license plates of the vans have been cleverly given personalized numbers, which just so happen to be the year in which the particular superhero character was created by its maker(s).

The artist, on his project:

Superman is fortunate. He can fly without the need of any kind of vehicle. Other superheroes aren’t quite as lucky, having spent their childhoods as mere mortals before getting a spider bite or having their parents murdered. Most of them required something a little extra to transport them around the world.

And let’s be honest, there are some awesome rides around in the superhero universe. But what if their rides weren’t as cool like the Christian Bale Batmobile or the kickass Mark 3 Iron Man Suit, what if their rides were ragged T1 Volkswagen Vans…

You can check out more fun illustrations on the artist’s website. Select prints of his works are available at his online store.

[via JazJaz Submissions]

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