Kenneth Lee Flannery’s Stunning Ballpoint Pen Art
While some artists spend thousands of dollars to buy the best art materials money can buy, artist Kenneth Lee Flannery has no such luxuries as he is currently incarcerated in a facility in California. He has access only to the ink cartridges of pens provided by an officer, which have had their casings removed, to create his beautiful, monochromatic pieces.
Using only the cartridges and art paper that (rarely) gets allowed past the facility’s mail room, Kenneth spends countless hours on his intricately detailed works. And getting his art out is easier said than done, as a lot of his pieces have been destroyed in the mailing process, either by “an officer” or by rough handling in the postal system.
Born in 1968, Kenneth is a self-taught artist, and is equally at ease with using chalk, pencil, color pencils and pastels as artistic mediums. His illustrations, “The Longing” and “Missing Pieces” were featured by The Arts United San Antonio Magazine, and were also displayed at the R Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.
If you are interested in his artworks, please contact the artist’s wife, Linda Mansfield at this email address – email@example.com.
• 18 October 2012 • 5 notes
Surreal Sketches by Danelly Liz
Check out some select illustrations from the portfolio of Danelly Liz, a self-taught artist based in Miami, Florida, who creates her surreal works using ink, graphite and charcoal, Danelly says that her youthful, sleepy-eyed figures exude a kind of dark, yet innocent allure, and draw the onlooker with their eyes.
• 3 October 2012 • 6 notes
Stephane Dillies’s Garbage Art
French figurative artist, Stephane Dillies’s oil paintings may be about trash, but they are good enough to hang on your wall. His paintings are based on photographs of trash bins found in different cities around the world. They are almost hyperealistic, and a beautiful statement on society’s overwhelming appetite for consumption. Dillies uses his works to elevate ordinary trash to a completely different level.
Via his site:
His paintings are modern vanities. Stephane Dillies makes paintings of garbage of different countries as landscapes or still life. His compositions are made by fortuity by every consumers of those cities. They represent the massive consumption of the developed world. His paintings reminds us that development can’t be without consequences, however his works can be seen as luxurious trophy of modernity. It’s also a subtle game of lights, colours, and material. Finally, they can be seen as the real reflect of our lives; as a soda can, you’re born, you live, you will die..
Dillies is a graduate of Fine Arts (MFA), and lives and works in Brussels. His works have been exhibited in numerous cities in France and Belgium.
Link to Stephane Dillies’s site.
• 25 September 2012 • 5 notes
Asia’s Tallest Mural by Hendrik Beikirch
German artist Hendrik Beikirch is the creator of this huge mural on the Haeundae I‘Park building in South Korea’s largest city, Busan. The 70 meter (230 ft.) mural, said to be the tallest in Asia, is a monochromatic hand painted rendering of a local fisherman, and is representative of the stark contrast between the haves and have-not’s in South Korea.
Though Beikirch’s take on the fishing community may look overly sympathetic, he actually has a lot of admiration for these hardworking men and women.
The mural presents a local fisherman in his 60’s, staring into an intangible space with his face marked with wrinkles, still wearing long plastic gloves – a sign that there are still men and women like him at this age working for a living. This dying profession entails six to seven days of work in a week, under difficult circumstances, while just receiving a mini- mum amount of financial support, just enough to buy certain needs.
However, despite the story behind the portrait, the painting conveys a positive message seen in the emotion shown by the fisherman. In addition, underneath it, Beikirch added a statement in Korean letters which roughly translate to “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”
Beikirch’s large monochromatic works, with their distinctive reduced color palettes, can be found all over Europe, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Russia, among other countries. His ongoing series, “Faces of Hope and Struggle” is inspired by the people whom he encounters on his travels.
• 20 September 2012 • 1 note
Sophia Loren Simpson and Abraham Lincoln
Two new surreal paintings by Mario Soria, a genuinely talented artist from Barcelona, Spain. Mario, whose works have been regularly featured on JazJaz, taught himself to paint by studying the works of artists like Velazquez, Rembrandt and Leonardo Da Vinci.
• 19 September 2012 • 2 notes
Alain Delorme - Totems (2010)
“Totems features the acrobatic stacking feats of Shanghai’s bikers.
Delorme explains, ‘Cardboard and chairs seem to be the new totems of a society in transformation, both the world’s factory and new Eldorado of the market economy.’
The series is not presented in a documentary style. Instead, Delorme plays with color editing to create an ‘augmented reality’ that ‘puts light on the paradoxes of the most dynamic city in China.”
“They show the reality of the migrants and their small jobs, the reality as well of the expansion of Shanghai, with all these skyscrapers rising up. It is some kind of augmented reality, though [the ‘totems’ are photoshopped]: you do see these workers carrying their impressive loads throughout the city. I just exaggerated the piles to draw attention to them, while still trying to remain believable. There are also some incoherent details left on purpose, to encourage questioning on what is true or not. For instance, one of the workers drives with flowers in front of his eyes. How could he do that in real life?”
• 14 September 2012 • 1,279 notes
Tasha Lewis’s Butterfly Swarm Sculptures
Artist Tasha Lewis has spent the last month traveling around the US to install her ephemeral butterfly swarms onto metal objects in public urban spaces. Her lovely butterflies seemingly liven up the drab landscape, just as their real life counterparts do.
Each of her 400 butterflies were made by printing double sided cyanotypes on cotton fabric. After cutting the images, she stiffened them with glue, before hand sewing a small but powerful magnet on the bodies of the butterflies. As she uses magnets, there is no harm done to the objects which she has chosen to attach her sculptures to. Tasha says that this is very important, as for many of her installs, she does “pan-temporal collaborations with artists who create sculptures for public spaces.” She also adds that she hopes her installations will turn into public performances and events, while the swarm grows even more bigger in size.
Tasha is currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit her Tumblr where she features an ever growing photo collection of the sculptures.
• 13 September 2012 • 5 notes
Something Somewhere - Surreal Illustrations by Boris Pelcer
I just fell in love with these dreamy and surreal illustrations by Boris Pelcer, an artist and designer based in Idaho, USA. Using just mechanical pencils and white gel ink on Bristol Paper, Pelcer takes us on an exploratory journey through the deepest recesses of his subconscious.
Via his artist’s statement:
I can sense the presence of enclosed spaces within my psyche. A hidden collection of obscure moods & thoughts that I can’t quite comprehend. In attempt to better comprehend some of it, I’ve developed this series. It is a stroll of curiosity in search of something insightful, somewhere within the hidden valleys of my psyche.
Boris was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, but emigrated to the USA with his family. He teaches graphic design and typography at the University of Idaho.
• 8 September 2012 • 1 note
Fashion Photography By Nico Elzer
“Rose,” a fashion photography series by Nico Elzer, a young beauty and fashion photographer based in Germany. The series was featured in January 2012 edition of blurArt magazine.
• 8 September 2012 • 2 notes
Gavin Worth’s Steel Wire Sculptures
Multi-faceted artist Gavin Worth makes his beautiful sculptures out of steel wire by bending them into “freestanding line drawings.” His sculptures are a testament to his mastery over the human form, and he has the ability to coax out stories and emotions from cold steel.
Seen above is “Thirst”, his first large scale metal work, which was commissioned by the town of Matha, France. The anamorphic piece changes its shape depending on the angle from which it is viewed from. The piece is installed on the top of a public fountain, and is meant to emphasize the importance of water in our lives.
• 4 September 2012 • 6 notes