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Category Archive: Mosaics

Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings

Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings

Scream – Iconic painting by Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch made in pebbles. Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings

Stefano Furlani Pebble mosaic paintings
Born in Fano in the north of Italy, Stefano Furlani grew in a place famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and rocks. Since childhood Stefano walked along the beach, collecting rocks and created from them a variety of pictures. Now the artist shares his pebble mosaic paintings on his social page (Facebook), receiving lots of positive comments, likes, and, of course, new subscribers.
Meanwhile, Stefano Furlani is trying to pass the passion for pebble art to his son David. Besides, they both enjoy walks and finding stones with strange shapes or resembling something.
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Nikolai Svyatitsky Photomosaic portraits

Maya Plisetskaya. Nikolai Svyatitsky Photomosaic portrait

Brilliant dancer Maya Plisetskaya. Nikolai Svyatitsky Photomosaic portraits

Maya Plisetskaya – a brilliant dancer, the whole epoch of the Soviet ballet. Photo mosaic Portrait assembled from 312 photos (1800 items) of the ballerina, her husband – composer Rodion Shchedrin, her partners – Nikolai Fadeyechev and Maris Liepa, her family and fans.
Moscow based artist Nikolai Svyatitsky – works in the technique of Photomosaic. He creates mosaic portraits of famous people, as well as ordinary people, working on commission. Nikolai doesn’t use Photoshop, and his art is not a computer-created type of montage (it would be too simple and uninteresting). He builds a mosaic of elements as a puzzle, that has been divided into tiled sections, each of which is replaced with another photograph that matches the target photo.
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Jane Perkins junk art

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Jan Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Jan Vermeer. Jane Perkins junk art

Jane Perkins junk art
This artist does not mind if you call it junk art: Jane Perkins creates amazing portraits of the things that are on dumps and flea markets. 55-year-old British artist skillfully recreates famous and legendary faces from buttons, pieces of cheap jewelry, shells, old toys, curtain hooks, and more. The idea of making portraits of buttons and found materials came into her head ten years ago, when she started recreating “Portrait with Green Stripe” – a famous Matisse portrait of his wife, which she had always liked. The creative artist not only finds things at the flea markets and the trashcans – something is brought by her friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Sometimes she finds packages with things on her doorstep, and then she is happy to examine them all. Two local charities also collect material for her future work, and Jane then donates them part of the earned money.
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Arranged nature by Emily Blincoe

Flowers, petals and leaves. Arranged nature by Emily Blincoe

Flowers, petals and leaves. Arranged nature by Emily Blincoe

Arranged nature by Emily Blincoe
American photographer Emily Blincoe was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She has become known worldwide for her creative series called “Arrangements.” The project features photographs of different things, from everyday objects, like tooth brushes and burned matches to eggs and stones, organized by color and size. Most beautiful photos in her collections are nature arrangements – leaves, flowers, fruit and vegetables. According to Emily, she finds inspiration in nature, wandering in the fields and meadows with her dog Eleanor in her native Texas. The talented photographer says that her art is “all about finding beauty in the every day.” And the result of such coordinated beauty is breathtaking, and even therapeutic, for those who enjoy positive messages and get peace of mind and a sense of clarity from structured order.
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Ural House Masters Florentine mosaics

Baby wolf. Ural House Masters Florentine mosaics

Baby wolf. Ural House Masters Florentine mosaics

Ural House Masters Florentine mosaics
The main activity of the company Ural House Masters – creating highly artistic stone products: boxes, icons, desk sets, clocks, candle holders, sculptures and paintings in the technique of Florentine mosaic. More than 400 years mosaic artists all over the world work in the technique, known as Florentine mosaic. In 1580 in Florence, was founded a workshop owned by the Medici family. The workshop created the best examples of mosaic works, that caused imitation throughout Europe and in Russia. Finally, the Florentine mosaic technique was formed in the XVII century. It is based on the use of natural stone pattern: layers, veins, dendritic (tree-like patterns), stains, strokes. This mosaic is called “shadow”. For Florentine mosaics, usually used hard stones: jasper, lapis lazuli, flint, porphyry and others. Well, today, Florentine mosaic has gone far ahead, and Russian mosaic artists from Ural House Masters achieved tremendous success in this work, unique and exclusive.
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Vietnamese Rice grain painting

Vietnamese Rice grain painting

The map of the country. Vietnamese Rice grain painting

Vietnamese Rice grain painting
Talented artist Duong Huu Cuong has his own rice painting art studio ‘Ngoc Linh’ in Ho Chi Minh City, where alongside with him work 10 artists. The team of talented artists have been working on rice mosaics for more than ten years. The main subject of their art – portraits, traditional landscapes, animals. Each work of art begins with the choice of palette, which consists of basic four colors – white, yellow, brown and black. Rice grains are selected carefully according to colors and size. Masters can achieve subtle transition from one color to another by frying rice grains under the proper heat. Creating a beautiful rice painting requires lots of devotion and patience. It takes from six to twelve days to create a rice grain painting of 80cm x120cm. Of course, the larger picture, the more time is spent on it. Plots variety: .

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Millennium Faces Mosaic Portraits

Rhianna, 2014. Millennium Faces Mosaic Portraits

Rhianna, 2014. Millennium Faces Mosaic Portraits. Work by St. Petersburg based artist Tatiana Smirnova

Millennium Faces Mosaic Portraits
Based in St. Petersburg Russian artist Tatiana Smirnova is the author of these beautiful mosaic posrtraits. First, it all began when Tatiana founded a mosaic art studio. Then, she invited artists and restorers led by Vladimir Ignatiev. As a result, the team of talented artists have created the beautiful gallery of mosaic portraits from smalta. And inspired by vintage beautifies of the past Tatiana Smirnova prefers working in mosaic technique too. The result is impressive – the series of mosaic portraits of most famous actresses of the past, and icons of style. In particular, Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Rhianna, as well as a Portrait of her daughter, and more. As for male celebrities, their portraits included in the mosaic series “Faces of the Millennium”. Among them portraits of Michael Jackson, Bonaparte, Pierre Cardin, Kevin Costner, Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), Joe Cocker, Justin Timberlake and others.
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