Ed Fairburn Draws Delicately Detailed Portraits On Vintage Maps And Star Charts

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Artist Ed Fairburn is using maps and star charts as a base to draw detailed portraits. Inlaid in the weave of the roads, signs and lines, the faces appear textured and emotional.

Ed Fairburn draws dashes or fills up a specific area on the map. Playing with the existing colors symbolizing lands, water or housings. It takes him a couple of days to a month to complete a drawing. The artist draws on vintage road maps looking forward to discovering uncommon names or places he once visited in the past. The star charts drawings confer a different atmosphere, a poetic mood to the faces trapped in the constellation. He chooses his ‘canvas’ himself. The patterns and orientations are key for him to start drawing. In terms of details, lines, names printed on the maps; the more cluttered, the better outcome. 

The more contrast exists between the lines, shapes and shadows on the portraits, the more depth it creates on the overall drawing. Not two inches are ever the same, and yet the accumulation of dashes and small lines create a pattern inherent to a part of the face. For either the road or star maps; the association of a land, a space with a human face resonates with evasion and travel. The possibility for the viewer to escape from reality and dive into a foreign land, a dream destination. ( via Booooooom)

Ed Fariburn’s drawings will be displayed at the Mike Wright Gallery in Denver, Colorado until December 19th 2015.

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A Series Of Distorted And Realistic Portraits That Appear Confusing And Uncanny At First Glance

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In Lee Griggs’ pictures, each face has a different shape yet the same human features. The Madrid-based artist is playing with distorted skin and exaggerated stretches by using 3D scans. He is a digital sculptor not afraid to shock. The renderings appear bizarre yet close to reality and open the door to multiple interrogations. 

The artist creates his faces by using Arnold for Maya, a program allowing subjects to be twisted and contorted digitally. In his series ‘Deformations’ he uses Maya to deform and Arnold to apply shade and light. The purpose of Lee Griggs is only empirical. Never knowing where his experiments on his software will lead him; he keeps on adjusting, erasing and reapplying the tools on the portraits indefinitely. 

The final result is intriguing, the features of the faces are kept as close to reality as possible. The wrinkles, eyebrows, expression of the eyes and the skin tone remain intact. But the character’s expressions are dead serious. The duality between the exaggeration of the faces’ shapes and the stern looks demonstrate the artist’s will to communicate irony and to question the meaning of norms. By creating realistic looking anamorphic portraits Lee Griggs creates a space for introspection. (via Sweet Station)

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Made With Color presents: Bart Exposito’s Geometric Paintings Are Graphic Bliss

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Made With Color is an online platform that allows artists to showcase their work without having to set up a complicated portfolio site. It helps create clean and sleek websites that are responsive for smart phones and tablets and best of all you can have your site up and running in minutes! Each week we, at Beautiful/Decay, pick a Made With Color user and share their artworks. This week, we present the exquisite work of Bart Exposito, an artist raised in Los Angeles and currently working in New Mexico.

Harmony between the graphic lines and the soft color schemes on the background. Bart Exposito’s paintings look like pure abstraction that hints at representation. The ‘Strange Alphabet’ series depict a gathering of lines that come together to weave a geometric alphabet that only the artist can decipher.  A subtle combination of shapes and colors speak to the viewer while enticing their imagination to wander and interpret the meaning.

Exposito is inspired by locations. His recent move to New Mexico has unleashed a new vision of the land and the sky. Transferred onto the canvas, his experiences are singular to his story. “The language of painting can occupy a space inherent to its own, affected by its surroundings, allowing me to conflate such disparate visual tendencies to create a personal, idiosyncratic, and nuanced body of work that could not have been produced in any other environment than New Mexico itself”. An invitation to the viewers to relate and share their story through the interpretation of his vivid paintings.

Artist Carves Life-Size Skull Out Of A Rare 4 Million Year Old Meteorite

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The first life size skull hand made from a rare crystallized meteorite ‘Gibeon’. This unique piece has been realized by Lee Downey; an American jeweler artist, whose purpose is the celebrate the mystery of the human skull and its numerous symbols and interpretations. The astonishing piece will be auctioned by Bonhams on November 24th 2015 and has already been estimated at around $400,000.

The process started out by cutting and carving down a block of meteorite (617 lbs) into a 46 lbs skull. The precious artifact is called ‘Gibeon’. A meteorite of 4 million years old, dating from the prehistorical era and founded in the Namibia region. The coveted material is renowned for his crystal structure and its singular ‘Widmanstätten’ pattern. A motif unveiling  a repetition of matte and glossy stripes imitating metal.
The intricate work of polishing and washing the carved skull revealed an unexpected insertion on its forehead classified as ‘Tridymite’, a rare component.

Lee Downey, now residing in Bali, through his work, has brought out never seen before features on the texture of this particular meteorite. The reflection of the light onto the multi-faceted inclusions creates a shimmery luxurious aspect. The fact that the surface, including the gold insertion, is pure; confers to the skull an exceptional uncommon value. “Of any material I could think of to fashion an accurate human skull out of, this Gibeon meteorite best embodies the “mystery” most acutely. I call him The Traveler… a true time traveler”. The artist’s intention in presenting the symbol of death with an ageless, immortal material is to focus on spiritual consciousness and the definition of eternity.

Lee Downey’s meteorite skull will be auctioned at Bonhams on November 24th 2015.

Go Monster Project- An International Cast of Artists Bring Kids Wacky Monster Drawings To Life

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Frightening monsters, gentle monsters and funny monsters. The kids and artists working on the monster themed project  ‘Go Monster Project’ welcome any kind of creatures. This project raises awareness for children’s imagination as a mean to shape their adult personality and future.

Elementary students are asked to draw a monster, that’s the starting point of the project. No rules or conditions have been set. They are asked to let their imagination wander and to draw literally anything that comes through their minds. Once they are done, the drawings are transformed into paintings, 3D illustrations, animations; digitally or manually by mini-sculptures. The kids are able to see their creatures come to life, and most importantly they are getting the validation that their creativity, taste and talent is significant.

There’s no right or wrong. The fact that they won’t be graded or judged from their creations help the children recognize the power of their imagination. This project aims to encourage kids to grow their potential within an environment ruled by ‘like’ buttons and a permanent search for social approval.
The excitement shared is twofold. The kids are having a great time drawing and the artists are exploring their imagination by taking over the simple yet creative drawings into visually elaborated and detailed designs.

The ‘Go Monster Project’ has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help develop the project.

Made With Color Presents: Lost In The Paintings Of Edith Beaucage, With A Ballerina And Her Entourage At A Rave

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Beautiful/Decay is pleased to introduce online website building platform Made With Color, which empowers artists artists to build a professional website in minutes. Made With Color allows artists to build a sleek website and share their art without having to code and spend hours on lay-outs. The simplified and responsive navigation is made to be functional. Giving both the artists and the viewers the possibility to explore some of the best contemporary art in a pleasant environment. This week, we are sharing Edith Beaucage’s latest work ‘Chill Bivouac Rhymes’ series.

California based Edith Beaucage translates an atmosphere onto the canvas, using the painting as a snapshot. Her work involves characters, a scenario and a scene. Allowing the imagination of the viewers to go beyond the painting and envision their own story. The ‘Chill Bivouac Rhymes’ series is built as a loose leaf narrative. A ballerina, her entourage, her Russian lover, a rave and a specific, yet invented location: Yellow Boa Canyon.

The paintings depict the characters interacting with each other in the fantasy land created by the artist. Edit Beaucage’s strokes are ‘broad, fluid and relaxed’. Translating a world of floating moments and effortless motions. The characters are blended with the landscape. The same tonality of colors and the same brushstrokes are used for each of them. The artist captures a couple kissing, a girl dancing, a men smoking and a teenager sleeping. Never omitting to add-on the wandering, lingering rhythm which ends up altering the mood and spirit of the viewer.

Georgia Russell Uses Her Scalpel On Images Of Naked Bodies To Bring Them To Life

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A naked body lacerated by regular and organized cuts. The paper sculptures of Georgia Russell are full of expression and poetry. Using just her scalpel to create motion on two dimension pictures.

She collects magazines and newspapers. And browses flea markets to find books to cut. Originally from Scotland, she moved to France after graduating and that’s when she started tearing out books she found on the docks of the Seine in Paris. The artist found in the act of cutting that she was liberating the books from their sculptural forms. Humanizing and creating a connection between the books and the viewers.

Georgia Russell is drawing with her scalpel. The repetitive patterns she designs on the paper look like brisk brushstrokes. Blending with the background, creating texture mimicking feathers blown by an imaginary wind. She gives a voluptuous movement to the cutouts. Circles and waves are embracing the position of the naked bodies.
The artist thinks of cutting paper as a mean to express her feelings. A freedom of speech she uses to captures strong emotions into her pieces. The notion of destruction is omnipresent in her interpretation of the use of the scalpel. However, it’s a positive one. From an abandoned piece of paper and her scalpel, she transforms her turmoil into an organic and vibrant art piece. (via INAG)

Ballet And Geometric Patterns, And A New Sound Collide In This Awe-Inspiring Music Video

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A performance combining digital lines, monochromatic backgrounds and two individuals. The collaboration for ‘Sparks’ music video, between composer/producer Ralf Hildenbeutel and filmmaker Boris Seewald has created a dynamic choreography shrewdly synchronized with the music, a track from the composer’s new album, ‘Moods’.

The geometric motifs are shaped in lines, cubes, circles and appear sporadically while the two women dancers perform. The electro/classical sound is giving the tempo to the intertwined duo and extremely thin traced patterns. At some point, a hidden shape is moving under a black matte outstretched piece of fabric. The choreography is enhancing the voluptuous ballet moves of both dancers. They appear in order. Black, white and then together. The opposition of colors symbolized by the two dancers is unsettled by the lines, triangles and circles.

The music is leading the game. The staccato tempo in the beginning goes along the fast forwarded gestures of the first dancer. Possibly a few milli-seconds ahead of the choreography; the music is giving us the impression that our intuition is predicting the appearance of the geometric lines and the acceleration of the movements.
Taken apart, the 3 concepts (music, patterns and performance) wouldn’t have made any sense. Put together, they create a perfect synergy. (via The Creators Project)

Ralf Hildenbeutel’s new album ‘Moods’ is available for purchase.