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Rik Garrett Transforms Two Bodies into One

Artist Rik Garrett explores physical relationships in his series Symbiosis.  By painting directly onto the photograph, Garrett literally fuses two bodies into one.  Two writhing bodies seem to become one organism.  It’s a nearly a literal interpretation of “two becoming one flesh”.

Garrett says, “Symbiosis is a new series exploring ideas regarding love, relationships, magic, Alchemy and mutually beneficial partnerships in nature.”

While the idea sounds romantic the imagery can appear otherwise.  The single masses almost appear to be struggling against itself, perhaps alluding to the complexities of sexuality and relationships.

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Oat Montien’s Mystical Illustrations

 

Central Saint Martins MA grad Oat Montien does some really nice illustration work that’s filled with fantasy. He often features young, isolated male figures in his work positioned in and amongst quietly rendered, slightly dark alternate worlds. Also, his stuff is stylistically on point. I particularly like the trees in the work pictured above. Montien, who’s worked with Universal Music among other clients, probably arrived at his mystically-oriented approach naturally. He grew up in a “superstitious family” and is the great grandson of a “heroic shaman”. More images of Oat Montien’s work, including a few from his MA project, Journey of a Mystic Lost, after the jump.

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The Many Male Profiles of Stef Cook

America artist, Stef Cook has produced a series of wonderful watercolor portraits of men. The subjects are painted in their everyday clothes in profile. Take a look and study those jawlines!

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Steve Spazuk’s Drawings Created With Fire

Artist Steve Spazuk creates drawings with a medium usually reserved for destroying things: fire.  Using a candle or torch Spazuk works the flame much like a pencil drawing with the soot left behind on the canvas.  In a way akin to automatic drawing, he doesn’t direct his hand but accepts the chance images  that appear on the surface.  Spazuk then “sculpts” the soot left on each canvas into its final image.  Speaking about his unique flame drawn process he says:

” This in-the-moment creative practice coupled with the fluidity of the soot, creates a torrent of images, shadows and light. Fueled by the quest of a perfect shape that has yet to materialize, I concentrate in a meditative act and surrender to capture the immediacy of the moment on canvas.”

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David Imlay’s Royal Dog Portraits

In America we treat our pets like royalty, showering them with constant treats, toys, and love. That’s why it’s no wonder that San Francisco based illustrator David Imlay created this hilarious body of dog portraits that reference Flemish and Dutch Golden Age painting. With their elaborate golden frames and distinguished poses you know that these cute pups are the ones running the show at their homes!

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Intern At Beautiful/Decay And Become A Star!

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Do you stay awake at night dreaming of the day when you can interact with artists and designers from around the world? Do you get a warm & fuzzy feeling every time you walk by a bookstore or magazine stand? Have you always wanted to work side by side with the an elite group of creative minds who only use the finest office supplies such as golden staples? Do you enjoy nothing more than resizing and cropping a pile of photographs as tall as a 3 story building?  If you answered yes to any of these (or none of these questions) then this just may be the internship for you!

Now that you feel excited about our internship opening read the fine detail after the jump!

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Martine Johanna’s Fairytale Muses

Martine Johanna is a Dutch artist with a beautiful portfolio of illustration work. While being heavily influenced by Art Nouveau, Johanna’s work is decidedly modern, juxtaposing organic, undulating waves of hair with geometric shapes, and delicately wrought shading with surprising peeks of color. Her drawings often depict seductive modern muses in fantastical worlds, proving that fairytales aren’t just for children anymore. 

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Shen Shaomin’s Beautiful And Terrifying Bone Sculptures

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Bones automatically insinuate death, and often are the only physical remnant that insinuates life once existed. Shen Shaomin‘s bone works are equal parts terrifying and fascinating, man-made memorials to human intervention on the planet. Creatures that never have been or should be are pieced together from human and animal skeletons. The bones are carved and relief-carved with text taken from several sources, including the Bible, the Koran, and various sources. Inscribed in English, Arabic, and Chinese, the texts serve as warnings to the two largest industrial nations in the world of the damage being caused to the planet.

Related to the Chinese practice of bonsai, or long-term manipulation of a living tree to one’s will based on aesthetic and stylistic choices, Shaomin has also used bonsai in past works as a metaphor for human intervention upon nature.

In an interview with the University of Sydney’s ARTSPACE CHINA, Shaomin explains the terror he hopes to evoke in his skeletal works, “China’s current situation is very much like my bonsais. At first glance you will find it beautiful, but once you look more carefully you’ll see there are terrifying things behind that beauty. China has over a billion people, but over 800 million of those people are peasants. A peasant’s standard of life in China is still pretty basic. They say that if every one of those 800 Chinese peasants showered every day it would take more than all the water on the planet. That’s a scary thought.” (via myampgoesto11)

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