Doodled Patterns Transform Magazine Photos Into Psychedelic Meditations

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Alana Dee Haynes has taken the doodles that most of us do while we’re talking on the phone to new heights. Creating detailed repetitive patterns on top of photographs for a wide assortment of magazines, Haynes has transformed these striking photographs into psychedelic and psychological images that haunt and intrigue. It would be interesting to see how this work progresses in the future as setting up her own shoots and fully creating a new world for her images surely would be the next logical evolution . We’re excited to see where Alana Dee Haynes goes next!

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Made With Color Presents: Frank Ryan’s Paintings Investigate The Everyday With A Psychological Twist

Frank Ryan Painting

Frank Ryan Painting

Frank Ryan Painting

It’s Tuesday and time once again for our exclusive artist feature in partnership with premiere website building platform Made With Color. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most compelling artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and elegant websites. MWC is helping artists everywhere build beautiful looking websites without any coding, helping every artist get the maximum exposure for their work. This week we are happy to share the film noir influenced paintings of Frank Ryan.

Most of us walk past billboards, drive through city tunnels on our way to work, and don’t think twice about our messy bed that we just can’t seem to make in the morning. However  Los Angeles based painter Frank Ryan see’s these mundane scenes as incredible moments to freeze in time through the magic of painting.

Focusing on the everyday, Ryan wields his brush and elevates the mundane to new heights in his psychologically charged and sometimes somber images. Using a direct style of painting Ryan’s process is economical, maximizing the effect of each brush stroke to create dreamlike states for us to get lost in and contemplate.

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Incredibly Realistic Paintings Investigate Visual Intoxication In The City

ALEXANDRA PACULA painting

ALEXANDRA PACULA painting

ALEXANDRA PACULA painting

Alexandra Pacula’s  work may look like blurry photographs taken after a wild night out in the city but they are in fact hyperrealistic paintings. These paintings investigate a world of visual intoxication; it captures moments of enchantment, which are associated with urban nightlife.  She is fascinated by the ambiance of the city at night and its seductive qualities.  The breathtaking turbulence of speeding vehicles and hasty pedestrians evoke feelings of wonder and disorientation. The vibrant lights become a magical landscape with enticing opportunities and promises of fulfillment.

In our seemingly content society there is a struggle to achieve greater levels of enjoyment. We explore various environments and activities in search of pleasure.  Extravagant lights of night environments seduce us to participate in curious events, enticing us to experience new forms of satisfaction.

Discussing her work she states: “I recreate the feeling of dizziness and confusion by letting the paint blur and allowing shapes to dissolve.  I suggest motion in order to slow down the scene and capture the fleeting moments, which tend to be forgotten.  The sense of motion is intensified with the use of quick vigorous lines and sharp perspectives.  By interpreting lights in graphic or painterly ways, I create a sense of space, alluding to a hallucinogenic experience.  I want the viewer’s eye to travel within my composition and experience a familiar, exhilarating event of an actual nightly excursion.” (via)

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Made With Color Presents: Justin Waugh Breaks Down Painting

Justin Waugh painting

Justin Waugh painting

Justin Waugh painting

Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website building platform Made With Color  to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color helps artists create gorgeous websites without any coding. This week we’re excited to bring you the work and website of Los Angeles painter Justin Waugh.

With a desire to break painting down to its fundemental components of color, line, form, and surface, Justin Waugh creates a restrictive set of criteria that has a rich dialogue with minimalism and post minimal abstraction.  Using those movements as a starting point, Waugh working to engage the language of  minimalism with a contemporary sensibility that is both familiar yet subversively fresh. Justin had this to say about this series:

“This series began as paintings that address the repetitive horizontal grid, a hallmark of minimalism, and the use of industrial materials. Instead of a consistent, mechanized application of paint there is evidence of a hand painted surface; the use of oil paint and graphite, traditional painting materials; and a bold use of color. As the series progressed I began working on handmade paper, further giving the work an organic quality that created an interesting tension with the rigidity of the pattern. I am also interested in the overall compositions being made up of repetitions of two inch bands of color, rendering them in a sense without focal point, and egalitarian in composition. I’m fascinated by the use of repeated forms and patterns, and how one can take a very simple gesture and scale it up into something greater than the sum of its parts. “

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Made With Color Presents: Scott Anderson’s Paintings Walk The Fine Line Between Abstraction And Representation

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Scott Anderson Painting
Once again we’ve teamed up with premiere website building platform Made With Color to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers who use Made With Color to create their beautifully designed and user friendly websites. Made With Color doesn’t just help artists create gorgeous websites but allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code. This week we are excited to bring you the work of midwest painter Scott Anderson whose work balances on the fine line between representation and abstraction.
The source material for Scott Anderson’s paintings are preexisting images – found photographs, his own snap shots, drawings or collages – that fall within broad archetypal categories such as portraiture, landscape, iconography, and still life.  The common denominator of these source images is distance, either due to authorship, such as in the found photographs, or time, as in the source imagery of Anderson’s own making.  The act of making new paintings from these images allows Anderson to understand them in new ways and to develop a idiosyncratic visual vocabulary.  In this sense, Scott Anderson is a translator.  What is foregrounded in his work is the way he perceives, organizes, scrambles, and prioritizes the images he makes the paintings from.  The delivery of the message IS the message.  Scott Anderson’s paintings establish an alternate reality in which they are safe to exist as ordinary illuminations of their surroundings.

Although relatively abstract, Anderson’s paintings have their origins in representational imagery.  This dependence on the objective along with his overall motivations put him in dialogue with early Modern art movements, particularly Dada, Surrealism, and Cubism.  Scott Anderson is interested in the continuation of this art historical conversation as a means to change the rules of the game as it were.  Where Modernists of all stripes were largely interested in winning the game by ending it (to paraphrase the critic, Jan Verwoert), Anderson sees this mode of objective / non-objective hybridity as one way among many in which to view the world.

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Joel Rea’s Paintings Collide Natures Wrath With Human Relationships

Joel Rea painting

Joel Rea painting

Joel Rea paintingFascinated by the natural world, Joel Rea paints the pulsing elemental forces of our planet interplaying with human relationships formed in our society and consciousness. Driven to explore universal meanings around the human condition, Joel is also interested in depicting the underlying inner forces which drive human behaviour. He presents these narratives visually through the use of vivid surreal landscapes, seascapes, animals and self portraiture. Joel also harvests ideas from his dreams and draws subject matter from his life journey and his own personal struggle to become a professional painter, a life long ambition which was many times nearly derailed by the unpredictable turmoil of his years coming of age as a young man. (via)

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