Scrap Metal Animals
Japanese artist, Sayaka Ganz, describes the motivation behind her art:
“Scrap metal pieces themselves are ultimately what trigger my imagination to create these animal sculptures. Every piece has its own history and memory, bent, torn and rusted from being used outdoors for a long time. They are lifelike and organic in that sense. Looking at them inspires me and almost instinctively I see, for example, a dog’s head, a bird’s leg, or a deer’s back. Then in response I go and find other pieces that could fit to create the whole animal.”
Dr. Seuss’ Secret Art Works
For over 60 years, (Theodor Seuss Geisel) Dr. Seuss’s illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page, as in his Secret Art works – the paintings and sculptures he did at night for himself that he rarely exhibited during his lifetime. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. Audrey, too, believed the work deserved further recognition and that Ted himself would one day be evaluated not only as an author, but also as an artist in his own right. Click on each picture to see its title and click here to see his collections and read his full biography.
The Victorian Fantasy Author and Illustrator Ahead of his Time
Paul Karl Wilhelm Scheerbart (1863 – 1915) born in Danzig, Berlin was a German author of fantasy literature and an amazing illustrator. He was also published under the pseudonym Kuno Küfer and is best known for the book Glasarchitektur, 1914.
Scheerbart was associated with expressionist architecture and one of its leading proponents, Bruno Taut. Whereas most people thought Scheerbart eccentric, it’s more likely that he was just ahead of his time and, therefore, misunderstood. He composed aphoristic poems about glass for the Taut’s Glass Pavilion at the Werkbund Exhibition in 1914. He decided to starve himself (to death, some say) instead of living through WWI. “I became a humorist out of rage, not kindness.”
Amazing Life-like Paintings of Book Spines
At first sight, these look like four photos of some books on a shelf, but they aren’t. They are four paintings. Amazingly detailed, incredibly like-life, paintings (click on each to see separately). They display all of the minute details, the tiny tears and faint creases, that well-loved books acquire over time. The artist is Paul Beliveau from Quebec, Canada.
Hand-Built Diorama of a Hanoi Apartment in Vietnam
Vietnamese artist Nyuyen Manh Hung has meticulously hand-built a diorama of his childhood home in Vietnam. He made the three-meter tall sculpture based on his experiences and observations of the Vietnamese life. The piece is titled “Living Together in Paradise”.
“Femme Fatale” Vampires, Part 2
Bolesław Biegas (1877–1954) was a Polish surrealist artist (painter and sculptor), best known for his “vampire-as-femme fatale” style of painting as seen above. Biegas created a small museum for his art in Paris, France, called the Musée Boleslas Biegas.
- The Third Vampire Metamorphosis, 1916 - 1917
- The Vampire in the Form of the Serpent, 1916 - 1917
- Ironic Fight Vampires, 1915-1916
- The Vampire in the Form of the Elephant, 1915 - 1916
- Humanity’s Victory Over the Vampires, 1918
World in a Light
An Albanian artist is creating his own miniature world and he’s capturing it inside light bulbs. Adrian Limani, 21, from Presevo, Serbia has produced a series of innovative photographs which he believes give the same effect as ships in a bottle.
(Source: Daily Mail)
The Amazing Art of Felix Labisse, 1905-1982
French painter, illustrator and stage designer. He was of Flemish and Polish descent and worked in both France and Belgium. He was a highly-known figure in the art community and was primarily a surrealist painter. He was famous for his depictions of “blue” women and altering the anatomy of his figures. Click on each painting to get a better view of this. My favorite is the little frog wearing a black priest cloak with an upside-down cross. The upside-down cross does not symbolize the devil or anything evil as many people mistakenly believe.
The Strangely Beautiful and Bizarre Art of Alessandro Sicioldr
Sicioldr is an Italian self-taught artist born in 1990. His visionary style is influenced by the study of artists like Giraud, Bosch, Bruegel, Serafini, Seba and by his interests toward the relationship between alchemy and psychology. His uncanny subjects are images coming from the unconscious, represented by the author through a rigorous and elegant style of drawing.