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Between art and craft

Oleg Pankov wood mosaic paintings

Oleg Pankov wood mosaic paintings

Puppy made in intarsia technique. Oleg Pankov wood mosaic paintings

Oleg Pankov wood mosaic paintings
Born 16 March 1968 in Orekhovo-Zuevo of Moscow region, Oleg Pankov is a talented wood artist who works in the intarsia technique. He has created the whole gallery of beautiful wood paintings that leaves no one indifferent.
In fact, the art of making wood paintings has a long history. For the first time such wooden items appeared in ancient Egypt. Since the Nile Valley is not rich in forest, all the valuable wood was imported from afar. Therefore, wooden products were luxury items, craftsmen used wood with beautiful texture and unusual color for inlaying wooden products along with ivory, precious metals and stones.
Today, after almost a century of fascination with synthetic materials, the wood is again at the height of fashion. Breathable, warm, alive, wood products can become real luxury items, if you decorate them with intarsia. Like centuries ago, intarsia today is painstaking manual work with a figurative image created from plates of wood, different in texture, color, embedded in a wooden surface.
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Tatyana Biota realistic flower brooches

Tatyana Biota realistic flower brooches

Delicate yellow Chrysanthemum brooch. 11 cm. Foamiran, plastic suede, stamens, Japanese accessories, paints. Tatyana Biota realistic flower brooches

Tatyana Biota realistic flower brooches
Moscow based artist and jewelry designer Tatyana Ivanovna is a biologist, she graduated from Biological Faculty of Moscow State University. Having worked for many years in her specialty, she decided to create, fantasize and experiment. According to Tatyana, she constantly learns. And her main teacher is Nature – with an endless and unique variety of shapes and colors. Although she doesn’t strive for naturalism in her work, yet the fact is her flower brooches look very realistic. For her, images and associations are more important, so that each created composition has its own character, its own “zest”, and its own history.
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Beautiful gourd carving art by Jane Mawson

Beautiful light fills the room with magical illumination. Gourd carving art by Jane Mawson

Walls literally come to life thanks to the desk lamp illuminating the room with its magical shadows and intricate speckles. Gourd carving art by Jane Mawson

Gourd carving art by Jane Mawson
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia based artist of applied art Jane Mawson graduated from Washington College in Chestertown Maryland. A third generation artist, Jane works mostly in interior design, home decor and sculpture art. Inspired by the Bauhaus tradition, her artworks include a whole gallery of beautiful hand carved gourd lamps.
Noteworthy, Jane successfully exhibited her art works in the Abington Art Center and Accent Gallery in Ocean City, New Jersey. Also, the book ‘Creating Gourd Lights’ by Susan Nonn (published in 2017) features some of Jane Mawson’s works.
According to Jane, she considers herself more artisan than artist, using old world manual skills. In particular, wood working and pyrography, carving and sculpting, thus blurring the line between craft and art. Jane sells her wonderful works through her Etsy shop “Unique Handcrafted Gourd Lights”. So, if you want a unique and magical design of your home, visit her Etsy shop (the link below the post).
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Japanese artist Meetissai Internet Meme sculptures

A walking cat photo (left), which has become the Internet meme and sculpture of walking cat (right). Japanese artist Meetissai Internet Meme sculptures

A walking cat photo (left), which has become the Internet meme and sculpture of walking cat (right). Japanese artist Meetissai Internet Meme sculptures

Japanese artist Meetissai Internet Meme sculptures
Undoubtedly, the Internet loves memes, especially when the focus is on funny animals. From time to time, scrolling through the pages of your social networks, you can find a viral image that seems to defy the limits of reality.
Traditionally, made for entertainment purposes, Internet memes spread through social networks, the blogosphere and forums. However, later memes can go beyond the Internet, for example, becoming material and inspiration for artists. One of them is a talented Japanese sculptor known as Meetissai. An enthusiast of sculpting, he decided to implement the popular memes of animals. Cats, dogs, raccoons and hares, photographed in very unusual, but at the same time funny situations, inspired the artist. He began to spend his free time making funny and realistic sculptures that he found in the dark depths of the Internet.
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Blue Rider Impressionist artists 1911-1914

Wassily Kandinsky. Blue Rider Impressionist artists 1911-1914. Almanac cover

Wassily Kandinsky. Blue Rider Impressionist artists 1911-1914. Almanac cover

Blue Rider Impressionist artists
Artistic Association “Blue Rider” – one of the most stellar and rapid, bold and short-lived in the XX century. It existed only 3 years (1911 – 1914). Initially with enthusiastic whisper, and later in a loud voice, talked about the synthesis of all the arts and non-objective paintings. Here talked about the value of the painting of crazy and children, about colors and shapes, self-sufficiency and spiritual content of painting. Meanwhile, it united the unique versatile artists working equally brilliantly with brush and pen. Besides, the best representatives of the “new art” wrote revolutionary almanac “Blue Rider”, and without requiring fees and promotions.
Recalling the three years before the First World War, Kandinsky said: “The Blue Rider” is the two of us, Franz Marc and me.”
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Yellow color for Vincent Van Gogh

Cafe Terrace at Night, 1888. Yellow color for Vincent Van Gogh

Cafe Terrace at Night, 1888. Yellow color for Vincent Van Gogh

Yellow color for Vincent Van Gogh

In fact, Yellow was a favorite color of Vincent Van Gogh. Indeed, Yellow color lives in most of his paintings – sunflowers, wheat ears, landscapes at harvest time, and in the light of the sun. Since the stay in Arles, the yellow color is becoming increasingly important in the paintings of the artist. On the one hand, he was assigned to it by the nature of southern France. But on the other hand, he was an eccentric artist. In Arles, Van Gogh rented a small house that he wanted, and in reality painted in yellow.
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Patricia Buckley Moss porcelain brooches

Patricia Buckley Moss porcelain brooches

Vintage “Chorus Line” oval brooch. Gold tone jewelry alloy, porcelain, enamels. 6 cm. Patricia Buckley Moss porcelain brooches

Patricia Buckley Moss porcelain broochess
Talented American artist Patricia Buckley Moss has created a whole gallery of paintings, brooches, and Christmas-tree decorations that you cannot confuse with any others. Country landscapes, people, animals, children, and, of course, her unique geese – they are so wonderful!
Patricia Buckley Moss began to produce brooches in limited quantities for her foundation engaged in helping children with learning difficulties. Each year, she produced one or two kinds of brooches, and each of them has a serial number.
Born on May 20, 1933 in New York, Patricia Buckley Moss attended the fine arts school in Manhattan. Diagnosed with dyslexia and having difficulty communicating and teaching in high school, she struggled with both diagnosis and problems. Shortly after graduating from college in 1955, she married a chemical engineer Jack Moss and moved with her family to Virginia. By the way, she and her husband has six children.
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