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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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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 in the technique of Florentine mosaic. In particular, boxes, icons, desk sets, clocks, candle holders, sculptures and paintings. According to sources, mosaic artists all over the world work in the technique, known as Florentine mosaic, for more than 400 years.
Thus, in 1580 in Florence, the Medici family founded the first workshop of mosaic artists who 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. The artists used natural stone patterns: layers, veins, dendritic (tree-like patterns), stains and 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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