Abstract Acrylic Paintings by Matt Relkin

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Matt Relkin (previously on JazJaz) is a 38 year old artist and photographer, who is based in Brooklyn, NY. He uses acrylic to paint his abstract and surreal images on panels.

In his paintings, monstrously huge monolithic /geometric-shaped structures seemingly hover in space, or have sprung up in the most desolate of landscapes. We are given no clue about how these objects appeared, or in what point in mankind’s history have they been placed.  Some of the settings may seem distinctly North American — but is this on earth or an alternate dimension altogether?

The artist says:

I paint with the hope of inspiring thought and emotion in those who view my work, to reach some deeper inner-space within the mind, to touch on memories and feelings that might have been lost or forgotten, and ultimately, to bring myself closer to my fellow man through a visual dialogue with them. I want to inspire hope in others in order to show me where to look for it within myself. 

You can visit his site to see more of his works.

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A Temporary Andy Warhol Art Museum Built with 1,500 Metal Cans

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Portuguese studio LIKEarchitects used 1,500 metal paint cans to build “Andy Warhol – Icons,” a temporary art museum inside the atrium of Lisbon’s Colombo Shopping Mall. The museum displayed 32 original art works by the iconic pop artist, over a three month period.

Inspired by Warhol’s usage of humble household objects in his paintings, the architects eschewed the typical white walls of galleries, and purposely used the empty cans to create a simple, but memorable structure to frame the works.

[via Junkculture and Dezeen]

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Beautifully-Detailed Drawings of Insects by Paula Duta

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Locusta Migratoria, 100 x 70 cm

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Paula Duta is a Romanian interior architect and self-confessed “happy person,” who says that she is really dedicated to her work. This young architect also has a keen interest in drawing, amongst many other things, bugs. She captures the likeness of the insects onto paper with the passion and commitment of an amateur entomologist. As you can see in these images, her illustrations are incredibly detailed and gorgeously textured.

Duta first began by drawing small sketches of these winged beauties, then progressed to small portraits. Her latest piece, Locusta Migratoria (seen above), is a larger work measuring 100 x 70 cm.

You can visit the artist’s Behance / Tumblr to check out more of her works.

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Superheroes – Past/Present

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The most memorable superheroes are not just those with almost-supernatural powers or fantastic gadgets, but the ones with whom we empathize with the most. Comic book writers cleverly give these powerful beings wonderful origin stories, which not only lend them a touch of poignant vulnerability, but also justifiable reasons for their single-minded pursuit of justice.

Khao Ho, an illustrator from San Francisco, California, created this minimalist poster series to show us that “despite the trials of our past, what we choose to do moving forward is much more important to us and the world we share.”

Link to the artist’s site | Behance.

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Alan Derrick’s Fantastic 3D Metal Pop Art

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Alan Derrick, a master artist and sculptor based in Gurley, Alabama, makes awesome 3D metal artwork, which pay tribute to iconic figures from pop culture. His layered pieces look like paintings, but with the added three-dimensionality of sculptures.

Derrick, on his creative process:

Each portrait is produced by layering two abstract steel cut-outs against a third solid back panel. I cut and stack the floating layers of metal in a way that creates the illusion of depth, dimension and underlying shadows not found with a flat sheet of paper or canvas. Here’s a little video to illustrate. When viewed from several feet away, the arrangement of layers yields a three dimensional likeness of the subject.

I splatter colors onto each layer using a technique that is both uniform and random in nature. This enhances the 3D effect. The resulting patterns and texture are designed to create an illusion of light washing over the subject.

Derrick’s love affair with metal started at an early age. He says that as a teen, one would find him puttering around his parent’s garage, making things out of metal. In the year 2007, he decided to become a full time artist cum sculptor.

Link to Alan Derrick’s website | online store.

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