Steven Mason

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Ornate Surreal Sculptures Formed From Thousands of Ordinary Objects

Plucked from ordinary life, the items used to create artist Kris Kuksi‘s surreal assemblages are transformed into high art. Since 2004, the American artist has focused on his sculptures, each tinged with a slightly Gothic, dark feel. Using railway model kits, figurines, jewelry, wedding cake parts, …

The profound message behind the 84 sculptures of men on top of London buildings

Londoners woke up to a jarring sight today (March 26). Standing on top of the buildings owned by one of Britain’s biggest broadcasters, ITV, 84 sculptures of men loomed over the UK capital. Dressed in ordinary, casual clothes, they don’t look like statues from a distance—they look like a big group …

Sculpture

Two rarely seen works by Salvador Dalí reach market for first time

Two drama-filled Salvador Dalí paintings, sold by the artist direct to an Argentinian countess in the 1930s, have been rediscovered and are to appear at auction in the UK. The paintings are, Sotheby’s said, important works by the Spanish surrealist going on to the market for the first time.<p>“These …

Art

David Kroll’s Elegant Still Lifes Offer Memories of a Magical World That Never Was—See Them Here

On View<p>Show of the Day: “Bouquets” is on view at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago.<p>,<p><b>DAVID KROLL</b><p>“Bouquets” <br>Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago<br>Through …

Art

Add vibrancy to your oil paintings with these top tips

Materials<p>Drawing animals is one thing – but what about birds, or flowers? Painting in oils means you can capture bright colours by gradually building …

Graphics

Misery Doesn’t Seem to Improve the Quality of Art

Under scrutiny, the image of the tortured genius appears to fall apart.<p>After Pablo Picasso’s friend Carlos Casagemas committed suicide in a Paris …

Art

Guy Takes Slow Mo iPhone Vid of Passing Birds from a Train and It Looks Surreal

On a train from Orlando to Miami, a passenger took this surreal slo mo video on his iPhone 8 (at 1080p and 240 fps) of passing birds at Florida’s …

6 Stranger Things from Art History

This is the time of year to either welcome monsters in our homes or to transform into them as we approach Halloween, which makes the timing of the …

How to Keep a Sketchbook

Ideas for Getting Your Sketchbook Started<p>Keeping a sketchbook is a great way of keeping track of creative ideas and getting in the habit of regular …

For Old Masters and Art Students Alike, Drawing Is a Way to Unlock Creativity

RISD drawing class. Courtesy of Jo Sittenfeld.At a recent exhibition opening at the RISD Museum, visitors could be seen with magnifying glasses …

The Renaissance Painter Who Made Fantastical Portraits From Food

Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted surreal art unlike any of his contemporaries.<p>Looked at one way, Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s “The Vegetable …

Snakes, Violence & Grace?

Snakes, Violence & Grace?By Paul BaumannOctober 11, 2017“From Colonial Mexico, a Towering Vision of Grace” was the headline for the <i>New York Times</i> …

8 Things You Should Know About Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi,’ His Holy Mona Lisa

Art World<p>The painting gave da Vinci experts goosebumps at first sight.<p>,<p>With the news that Christie’s will sell Leonardo da Vinci’s long-lost painting</i> …

Christie’s Unveils a Lost Leonardo da Vinci in New York

In what is being billed by Christie’s as “the biggest discovery of the 21st century,” the auction house unveiled in New York this morning its previously top secret and “most thrilling acquisition to date”: <i>Salvator Mundi</i> (“Savior of the World”), a formerly lost masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci that …

Google’s Newest Feature Is Great for Art Lovers

<i>This article originally appeared on TIME.</i><p>It’s already possible to explore museums like the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian National Art …

Museums

Painting Glazes: An Acrylic Painter Reveals His Glazing Secrets

Painter Brian Rice explains his success with painting glazes using acrylics.<p>I think the secret to successful glazing is a combination of several …

Sandpaper

Louise Bourgeois: Imagination Unfolds in All Dimensions

As an artist and a brand, Louise Bourgeois was a force of nature. She was a prolific if not obsessive maker of art — sculpture, drawings and especially prints. There was — and probably still is — plenty of product.<p>Bourgeois also had the advantage of a long life: from 1911, when she was born in …

5 Famous Artists Who Lived With Mental Illness

The idea that mental illness somehow contributes to or enhances creativity has been discussed and debated for centuries. Even the Ancient Greek …

The Thrilling Story of Egyptian Surrealism

September 9, 2017<p>A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.<p>As the world inevitably slid towards the …

20th Century

The Two Best Dutch Anatomists of the 17th Century Hated Each Other

They had dramatically different ideas about how to depict dead bodies.<p>When two people share the same passion, that passion may draw them together, …

Enter the Nightmarish Realms of an Iconic Illustrator

No one does darkness quite like Marshall Arisman, an artist whose work explores the macabre in a way that is as emotionally arresting as it is technically impressive.<p>Marshall Arisman is a towering figure in the world of commercial illustration. He rose to prominence in the 70s, a time when color …

Copying Paintings of the Masters and Other Artists

One of the tried and true techniques of classical art training is to copy the work of the Old Masters, those who painted before the 18th century. …

Lights, Camera, Paintbrush - The Plus Paper

<b>These Unfocussed Monochrome Paintings Mix Cinema with Canvas</b><p>Is an empty forecourt therapeutic? Does it unsettle you? What about a delicate porcelain …

Rediscovered a few years ago, an illustrated manuscript from 1550s Augsburg, Germany, shows awe-inspiring tales of the Old Testament, the Book of Revelation and contemporary events. Taschen’s new edition adds historical context

New Testament

Weeds and Flowers Recast as Shadowy Subjects in Daniel Shipp’s Dramatic Photographs | Colossal

<p>In Daniel Shipp's series Botanical Inquiry, the Sydney-based photographer explores how plants and flowers found at the edges of urban infrastructure …

Artist Reimagines Renaissance Era Paintings with Powerful Women

Enter a magical world where beautiful women dance with severed heads.<p>Wipe <i>The Garden of Earthly Delights</i> clean of couples and men, and it's a few nude women, dancing across a fantastic pastel landscape. Sanam Khatibi paints a magical world, just ever-so-slightly detached from reality and rooted in …

You can now download 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints online

The United States’ national library have made 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints available to download in an effort to make art accessible to the public.<p>The prints include the work of Katsushika Hokusai, whose famous “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” (1832) print inspired the little wave emoji on your …

Maggie Chiang’s Dreamy Paintings Explore a Miniature Watercolor World

The LA artist navigates the beauty of her surroundings with intentional forms and calming washes of color.<p>Streaked stone designs seem brushed by the current, leaving an elegant pattern of markings across miniaturized peaks. Maggie Chiang, an LA artist originally from Taiwan, creates delicate …

Photograph Light, not “Things”

<b>When I started studying photography seriously, I was a slow learner when it came to light. I spent too much time photographing things instead of</b> …

Tishk Barzanji’s Dreamlike Illustrations

Tishk Barzanji illustrations are inspired by ancient history, the Modernism movement, and personal experiences.Tishk Barzanji is a Kurdish …