One of my earliest childhood memories is watching my older brother draw. He'd have a sketch pad and pencil all the time, and as he'd sit with his head slightly cocked to one side, desperately trying to figure out the angle or shading of an object off in the distance, unbeknownst to him, I was often sitting with my head cocked watching him with an envious curiosity. I'd wonder what he was seeing that I did not. I'd peek over his shoulder and think, "He's lost it. That is not going to work. He's shading in an area that is not related to the thing he's drawing. He's ruined it." But he never lost it and only occasionally did he ever ruin it.The world was a visual puzzle and he knew how to put it together in his own way. I was and am envious of that. Artists see the world in shapes and shadows and angles and depths and colors and details the rest of us cannot see and certainly cannot capture. But we can appreciate their artistry and embrace how much better our lives can be because of the art they create. How boring a world without the artists like my brother...and these artists featured in today's post: Better Living Through Artistry. Cock your head and enjoy.
Better Living Through Artistry
This past winter, Brooklyn based artist, Zaria Forman had the opportunity to be side-by-side with Antarctica's towering icebergs, observing their magnitude aboard the National Geographic Explorer during a four week art residency.
The residency gave her the opportunity to further embody the natural formations, providing a new perspective to create her large-scale drawings.
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colored ballpoint pen, 8x10in, 2017 by Michigan native, painter and sketch artist Nicolas V. Sanchez
California native Nick Sullo blends surrealism and his own unique color palette to create abstract works reminiscent of Heavy Metal.
For 'Destruction,' Berlin-based photographer Polina Efremova actually ran digital video through an old PC.
Seeing Double with Japanese Sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki
“Los Angeles-based Korean artist Joanne Nam paints softly colored girls posed awkwardly in a blend of realism and surrealism. A city girl and self-described horror movie-aficionado with a childhood spent near Korea's lush forests, Nam is also an artist that paints from experience.” – excerpt from Hi-Fructose interview.
Swedish artist Mikael Takacs creates brilliantly distorted paintings by dragging paint across the canvas using various tools like sticks and combs.
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