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Min Klementiev stone painting

Min Klementiev stone painting

Red landscape. Min Klementiev stone painting

Min Klementiev stone painting
By cutting and polishing variegated stones, such as jasper, marble, porphyry, and layered chalcedony or agate, master stone-cutters reveal the amazing world inhabited by real and fantastic images of bizarre lines and spots. Lilac winter morning and red autumn sunset, blue silhouettes of snow-capped mountains and olive expanses of the steppes. Russian artist Min Klementiev from an early age loved the beauty of a polished stone. Original compositions, images, stories were constantly before his eyes. Gradually, the idea to create a painting of the stone from the beginning to the end by himself captivated him.
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Hermann Hesse landscape watercolors

Hermann Hesse landscape watercolors

Hermann Hesse landscape watercolors

Hermann Hesse landscape watercolors

Nobel laureate 1946, Hermann Hesse – one of the most widely read authors of the XX century. According to him, all his art was a “protracted attempt to tell the story of my spiritual development”, and “a biography of the soul.” And one of the main themes of the writer – the fate of an artist in a hostile society, and a place of true art in the world. Hermann Hesse began painting with great enthusiasm since the First World War. Meanwhile, being self-taught, the artist dabbled in different styles: from the naive art and modernism to the graphics. However, the main theme – landscape motifs in lush iridescent colors. Indeed, nature inspired Hesse and helped restore internal balance. Rich colors and soft light emanate from the pictures. As a result, longing for harmony and happiness, Hermann Hesse has created the most significant legacy of 3000 watercolors. His paintings transfer the rainbow colors and beauty of Ticino – his chosen dwelling place on earth where he lived from 1919 and until his death in 1962.
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Russell Powell painting on palm

Russell Powell painting on palm

Stunning realistic portrait. Russell Powell painting on palm

Russell Powell painting on palm
California based artist Russell Powell creates realistic portraits on unconventional surface – his own hand. Painting on the palm has its own characteristics and originality. Incredibly, the textured surface does not keep him from adding intricate detail and dramatic shadows that give the impression of three-dimensionality of the picture. After Russell Powell finishes portrait, he puts his painted palm onto blank paper. This process is called “hand-stamping”. His signature paintings are intricate portraits, mostly of celebrities. With his brush strokes, he incorporates colors, textures, and fine details onto a very unusual medium.
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Hyper realistic painting by Rick Pas

A painting featuring downtown Ann Arbor, MI. Hyper realistic painting by Rick Pas

A painting featuring downtown Ann Arbor, MI. Hyper realistic painting by Rick Pas

Hyper realistic painting by Rick Pas

First of all, American artist Rick Pas works in the direction of Contemporary Realism. A passionate artist, experiencing all the highs and lows he considers creating to be an addiction. Meanwhile, Rick Pas is interested in the surface textures of nature and creates paintings that portray every insect, or a bird in detail. Undoubtedly, this hyper realistic effect that makes viewers run a hand over the feathers and moss, or grasp an object in the painting. Noteworthy, the subjects of his paintings – human interaction with nature. And he often finds inspiration for paintings in remote wilderness of the world, local parking lots, as well as his own backyard.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rick Pas graduated from Eastern Michigan University. In addition to numerous exhibitions throughout the USA and internationally, art works by Rick Pas were featured in numerous art magazines, from “Wildlife Artist of the Year” in Michigan Out of Doors, December 1982 (article & cover illustrator) to “Abuzz About Bugs,” and The Artist’s Magazine, July/August, 2015.
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Miniature painting on butterfly wings

Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci. Madonna Miniature painting on butterfly wings. Mexican artist Cristiam Ramos

Inspired by iconic paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci “Lady with an Ermine” and “Mona Lisa”. Miniature painting on butterfly wings by Mexican artist Cristiam Ramos

Miniature painting on butterfly wings
Interestingly, Mexican artist Cristiam Ramos uses real butterfly wings as canvas for his miniature paintings, which are mostly reproductions of paintings of Renaissance masters. Noteworthy, Cristiam Ramos is a multimedia internationally recognized innovative artist. His truly unique works decorate different museums in the United States, Britain, Japan and other countries in the world. Meanwhile, in the art gallery of Cristiam Ramos – real spider web paintings, nail polish paintings, candy-used artworks, and amazing miniature paintings on the wings of butterflies. In addition to fifteen awards, the artist’s creations entered the Guinness Book of World Records. Besides, the sculpture of a motorcycle made of candies was certified by the Ripley’s “Believe it or not” international firm.
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Paul Gauguin flowers

Paul Gauguin flowers. Vase with Peonies, 1884

Vase with Peonies, 1884. Paul Gauguin flowers

Paul Gauguin flowers
French painter, sculptor, ceramist, and graphic artist Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – 1903), along with Cezanne and Van Gogh, was the largest representative of post-impressionism. In the early 1870s he began to paint as an amateur. And this early period of creativity is associated with impressionism. Since 1883, he became a professional artist. Unfortunately, Gauguin’s art works were not in demand during his lifetime, the artist was poor. However, fame came to the artist after his death, in 1906, when 227 of his works were exhibited in Paris.
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Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver’s Travels. Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin

Born in 1948, in Orekhovo-Zuevo, Russian Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin studied at the Academy of Arts, and then at Stroganov University in Moscow. Noteworthy, over the years he has developed his own unique style, combining the Russian artistic technique with the traditions of the Renaissance. Undoubtedly, Spirin is one of the best illustrators recognized in the world. His watercolor illustrations for children’s books have received numerous awards for his vision of fantastic worlds. Most of his works are in the public, private and corporate collections, including the Museum of fine arts in Milan (Italy), and the library at Princeton University (United States). Currently, Gennady Spirin lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three sons. Friends say: “his idols – two medieval Russian genius icon-painters, Andrei Rublev and Dutchman Pieter Bruegel“.
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