Fine Art


As the two-time winner of the Food Network’s Challenge: Outrageous Pumpkins, Ray Villafane is best known for his expert artistry in food carving. However, he’s now recognized for more after accepting to take on a sand sculpting project in Jesolo, Italy. Despite not having any experience in creating sand sculptures, Villafane challenged himself and took part in the annual holiday project. He did such an exceptional job in November 2008, that he was invited the next summer to masterfully sculpt a giant “Dante’s Inferno” on the beach. My hat is off for Ray… (via Design You Trust)

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Florida-based artist Doug Bloodworth is a photorealist painter whose works are influenced by American western classics. His oil paintings are unbelievably realistic and feature old-school snacks together with classic comics that are sure to bring back a sense of nostalgia. Bloodworth begins his painting on a blank canvas, without the help of grids and each artwork can take him over two months to complete. (via Design You Trust)

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In collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Club, New York-based artist Cory Arcangel has rediscovered digital paintings made by Andy Warhol on vintage floppy disks stored in the archives of the The Andy Warhol Museum.

These paintings were commissioned by Commodore International, who wanted to demonstrate the graphic arts capabilities of the Amiga 1000 personal computer. The quest to find these paintings started when Arcangel chanced upon a YouTube video of the Amiga product launch, where Warhol is seen using Amiga prototype hardware and imaging software to create his art.

As the famous pop artist has saved his data in completely unknown formats, it was a struggle to extract information from the disks—however, the team managed to pull out 28 digital images, of which 11 bears Warhol’s signature. (via DesignTaxi)

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Armed with only paper and pen, CJ Hendry creates magnificent, photorealistic black-and-white images in large format. Her subjects are generally high-end fashion objects, such as a Hermes scarf or a Louis Vuitton horse head, but they can also be other inanimate objects including sculls and guns. CJ Hendry’s creative process starts with selecting an object, or in some cases the objects selects her and she becomes obsessed with it to the point of having to create an image of it in ink. She then photographs the object in different positions and lighting, sometimes taking more than 100 images. She looks for a strong contrast with negative space that then draws the focus onto the object itself. She selects the image that evokes a sense of simplicity and balance, or that in her words “shows off” the item the best. She then prints a black-and-white image and creates a grid on a large sheet of Arches paper. She spends sometimes more than 200 hours painstakingly creating the final piece using only black UniPin pens. CJ explains: “The main reason I am so obsessed with expansive white backgrounds and highly detailed objects was through my early years of studying architecture. I was completely obsessed with the large plans with perfect lines, and this is where I was introduced to the black UniPin pens. I was not very good on the computer so I drew all my plans for all the assignments and drew detailed renderings of the buildings. The lecturers were not happy with me because I wasn’t using CAD and said I better learn, so I dropped out.” (via The Cool Hunter). Always been fascinated by people whio can draw photorealistic images. Love this.

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