Fine Art


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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Rocking.

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Cool.

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Based in New Orleans, performance artist Heather Hansen specializes in ‘kinetic drawing’, a technique that uses her entire body to create large scale drawings on paper. Treating her body just like a paint brush, she creates amazing symmetrical shapes and patterns by tracing her body movements with charcoal. According to My Moder Met, her expressive dance-art works are being shown in a group exhibition titled ‘The Value of a Line’ at The Ochi Gallery in Idaho. The exhibition will run through to 31 March 2014. (via Design Taxi)

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London-based painter Andrew Salgado creates expressive portraits that convey raw emotion and deep sadness. Salgado explores color and form in his work, using broad, quick brushstrokes and bold colors against solid backgrounds to produce beautiful abstract images of people. He prefers to focus on metaphors and suggestive meanings rather than literal representations to tell a story.

“Through my treatment of form and content, I ask the viewer to consider the technical aspects of my paintings, but also the metaphorical role that media assumes in my work, and finally the relationship of my paintings to a greater narrative and mythology,” says Salgado. (via Design Taxi)

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Beautiful.

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Working out of London, England, artist Isaac Cordal has been placing his cement miniatures all around Europe. In his recently published book Cement Eclipses: Small Interventions in the Big City, Isaac explores the urban landscape, placing his magical little sculptures in unassuming locations. Many will miss these miniature life scenes, but for those that do discover them, it brings a little intrigue to our fast-paced lives. (via Twisted Sifter)

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Matthew Picton is a British artist who has made intriguing cartographic paper sculptures called “Map Sculptures”. They represent various cities, such as San Francisco or Jerusalem. (via Fubiz)

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