Saturday, February 26, 2011

Incredible & Hyper Realistic Oil Paintings by Linnea Strid

While looking at some online art galleries, I came across the incredibly well done, beautiful and astonishingly realistic oil paintings of the Swedish artist Linnea Strid displayed at Think Space Art Gallery.

Linnea Strid has an impressive talent in portraying water in a realistic way that truly captures the essence of water and makes each droplet almost jumps out of frame toward the viewer. The realism of the portrayed water in Linnea's paintings grasps one's attention and forces the observer to re-examine the details of the painting in an effort to determine whether the displayed work of art is a rendered photograph or an oil painting.

All the below images are from Linnea's website and Think Space Art Gallery web page on Linnea (click on each for larger size)

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neither here nor there...but If you take a close look at this photo and try to imagine what these two guys are looking at, i dare you not to laugh.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

3D Paintings by Xia Xiaowan

I have recently discovered the astonishing art work created by Chinese artist Xia Xiaowan. His work is very creative and different in a way that sets him apart from all other artists. 

Using his own unique technique, Xiaowan creates layers of 2D paintings on multiple thin transparent layers of glass, which, when stacked together, give the original painting an extra dimension and depth; which, in turn, makes the original painting appear holographic and sculpture-like.

The shape of the painting changes depending the direction from which an observer views the installation; thus maintaining the illusion of the extra added dimension and its holographic perspective. 

Several works by Xiaowan are offered on ArtNet here. To know more, please read the interview with Xiaowan here.

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