Friday, March 20, 2020

Sculpted Functional Pieces Decorated With Patterns and Gold

These adorable little guys are sculpted by Normantė Naruševičienė a ceramic artist from Lithuania. She makes a variety of functional ceramics including planters, cups, soap dishes, bowls, pencil holders, and plates. Each piece is handmade and decorated with lovely patterns and illustrations inspired by nature. After the pieces are finished with glaze and underglazes the artist accents them with 18k gold glaze that makes the details "pop".

You can find the ceramics shown above and more in her online store Mante Ceramics.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Juan Travieso's Unique Style of Painting Endangered Animals

Juan Travieso is a street artist born in Cuba in 1987 and now lives in New York. He earned his graduate degree from New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, and recently received a Masters of Fine Arts from The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston.

His subject matter ranges from human as well as animal portraits painted in bold colors, geometric shapes, and three dimensional effects. His birds look as if they are a part of a collage that has been re-stuck together. His work is inspired by Surrealism, abstract expressionism, and his Cuban origins mixed in with his life experiences with shapes and colors while growing up. Animals are the primary theme of his work and his aim is to spread the awareness about the preservation of wild species through his work. He has been focused on endangered species for the last 7 years.

"Wildlife protection is so important to me. If we don’t do anything what will we leave to our children? Just memories? I don’t want that! Animal species such as tigers, wolves, birds … are a part of a whole called earth and they are endangered. Everyone needs to be involved now, as very soon it will be too late, my art is my contribution to this fight” - via.

The artist has exhibited his work in different museums in the US and internationally including Berkshire Museum, MOAH Museum, Naples Museum of Art, Ft Lauderdale Museum, Honolulu Museum Art School, Orlando Museum, and Cornell Museum. He has worked in collaboration with French sparkling water brand Perrier in designing limited edition cans and bottles. You can visit his online store for originals, limited edition art prints, and phone cases.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tissue Paper Hand-cut Into Highly Detailed Illustrations


Stacey Elaine is a paper artist and an illustrator from Connecticut where she lives with her husband and their two sons. Stacey creates hand-cut illustrations with multiple layers of tissue paper which she carefully assembles and seals onto watercolor paper.

She shares in her bio "The idea to work with tissue paper came to me as I was falling asleep one night, and since I started working with this medium it has felt more natural and effortless than anything else I’ve ever made. "

She uses an x-acto knife, and cuts tissue paper with intricate patterns and designs that form the animals surrounded by floral and water elements. The fur and the feathers of her subjects are made with hundreds of tiny cuts into paper that give so much rich texture to her art. Her work generally has a plain white background that works as a bold contrast against the colored images upon which they are glued.

You can find the originals and art prints on her website. To learn more about her work and to get updates on new work join her on Instagram

Monday, March 16, 2020

Artist Captures Behavior and Movements of Wildlife in Wire Sculptures

Candice Bees is an award winning sculptor based in UK. She has worked with wire for last 7 years, specializing in life sized wire sculptures of wild and domestic animals. She works with stainless steel with both thicker gauge of wire, to represent movement which is suitable to depict animals with flowing coats, and finer wire which allows the artist to add details such as eyes to her creatures. Using a bundle of metal wire she is able to capture the behavior, and movements of her subjects in the natural world. Candice's animal menagerie includes life size owls, rats, hares, wolves and deer.

Candice has been participating and showing her work at several galleries including Art Gallery in Bath, UK, Curwen Gallery in London and at exhibitions like The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition. At the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition, Candice won the Urban Wildlife category for Unnatural Selection for her life sized Fox wire sculpture.