Blurred Lines

We always find it interesting when artists figuratively blur the lines of media, and in this case literally. The work of South African artist Philip Barlow appears to be one thing but is actually another, and we are utterly intrigued. What looks like beautifully composed out-of-focus photographs are actually masterfully created oil paintings. Barlow focuses…

Read More

Rice Paddy Art That Takes a Village

Autumn is finally upon us, and time for all things pumpkin spice (don’t get us started), as well as corn mazes and such. Which got us thinking… have you ever seen rice paddy art? Originating in Japan, rice paddy art is achieved when people plant rice of various types and colors to create giant pictures…

Read More

High Regard for Aerial Photographer Bill Yates

Aerial photography has always intrigued us. The vantage point from high above presents so many opportunities to see things differently. But, when you think about it, it’s still a relatively small portion of photography. The rise of Google Maps aside, aerial photography is often something one must seek out. One terrific aerial photographer worth knowing…

Read More

Alone

It is often said that artists and writers reflect on their own lives and experiences through their work. If that’s the case here, French illustrator/designer Belhoula Amir has felt lots of isolation in his life. Or he’s just very adept at telling stories that put our place in the world in a unique perspective through…

Read More

Paper Landscape

We’ve seen the work of Russian artist Eiko Ojala before, and it’s really special. His latest piece, a landscape, certainly qualifies. He’s clearly expanded his repertoire from colorful portraits to a more detailed and illustrative style, complete with shadows. Simply awesome. Via Behance

Read More

Deceiving Landfill Landscapes

Chinese photographer/artist Yao Lu has a lot to say in his sophisticated digitally manipulated landscape series. What look like traditional landscape paintings are actually landfills, clearly commentary on rapid urbanization going on in China right now. Lu digitally blankets these mounds of garbage in a green mesh to mimic idyllic scenery, complete with mist, often…

Read More