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Sloth facebook friends by Hector Janse van Rensburg

Sloth Facebook friends by Hector Janse van Rensburg

Sloth Facebook friends by Hector Janse van Rensburg

Hector Janse van Rensburg is a 20 year old pop artist from the United Kingdom. He became famous for his caricature drawings of random people from Facebook, as sloths. Hector himself calls his art “Shitty Watercolor”, and it seems even Mark Zuckerberg himself enjoys the creativity of a young British artist. Hector confesses that he started doing the paintings out of boredom. For those who believe him to be none other than the illustrator Quentin Blake (once Hector counted over 50 messages telling him this in a single day), he says – No, unfortunately, I am not Quentin Blake. The comparison between his work and that of Quentin Blake is definitely not something to be annoyed about. Some people criticize his art, others adore – Sloth me, please!
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Russian genre painter Firs Zhuravlev

Russian genre painter Firs Zhuravlev. 'Before the Wedding', 1874. State Russian Museum

Firs Zhuravlev. ‘Before the Wedding’, 1874. State Russian Museum

Russian genre painter Firs Zhuravlev (10 December 1836 – 04 September 1901) was an academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts, member of the “revolt of fourteen”, one of the founders of the St. Petersburg Artel of artists. Firs Zhuravlev was born in 1836 in Saratov. He studied painting at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. While studying at the Imperial Academy of Arts was repeatedly awarded medals “For success in drawing”: in 1858 and 1860 – small silver, 1860 and 1862 – large silver. In 1862 he was awarded a small gold medal for the painting “The lender takes the property of the widow.” In 1863, refused to participate in the competition for the Grand Gold Medal of the Imperial Academy of Arts (“revolt of fourteen”), filed a petition to withdraw from the Academy and received the title of class artist of the 2nd degree.
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Moonlight Painter John Atkinson Grimshaw

Moonlight Painter John Atkinson Grimshaw

A Lane In Headingley, Leeds. Painting by John Atkinson Grimshaw

True to the Pre-Raphaelite style, Victorian-era artist John Atkinson Grimshaw was known for his city night-scenes and moonlit landscapes painted with vivid detail and realism. It is noteworthy that the artist’s works are often used in the context of Jack the Ripper, ie they are the background and an illustration of mood and atmosphere of London of that time. In the autumn of 1888, a serial killer with the skills of a butcher or a surgeon murdered five prostitutes within a matter of weeks in a small area of Whitechapel in the teeming East End slumland. He was dubbed Jack the Ripper, and his crimes turned into urban legends, which still continue to fascinate us. John Atkinson Grimshaw was a contemporary of Jack the Ripper, whose crimes caused genuine historical research, folklore, and pseudohistory of the citizens. Impressionable nature of the Moonlight Painter John Atkinson Grimshaw, could not miss this fact.
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Gold Leaf painting by Gabriel Burchman

Gold Leaf painting by Gabriel Burchman

Reeds. Gold Leaf painting by Gabriel Burchman

Rich with earthen colors Gold Leaf painting by Gabriel Burchman produces a luminous antique effect. Californian innovative artist Gabriel Burchman belongs to a generation of painters, where parents and grandparents were successful artists. Gabriel Burchman studied Fine Art at the University of Santa Cruz, from which he graduated in 1997. Since 2003 Burchman has been painting professionally, trying various styles, including gold leaf technique, which he had learnt from his mother. Gabriel Burchman finds inspiration in the beauty of nature – the ocean and the Laguna Mountains, where he spent his childhood. His paintings hang in Laguna Galleries in California, Sargent’s Fine Art in Maui, and Genesis Gallery on the Kona coast of Hawaii.
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Feel the line painting by Tatyana Markovtseva

painting by Tatyana Markovtseva

‘Feel the line’ painting by Russian artist Tatyana Markovtseva

Feel the line painting by Tatyana Markovtseva. Russian artist Tatiana Markovtseva (Tatyana Markovtsev) was born in Moscow, immigrated to the USA 15 years ago, and now she lives in Chicago. She is a self-taught artist, her main profession is Software Engineer. As a child, she loved to paint with colored pencils. Tatiana Markovtseva began to paint seriously two years ago, unexpectedly for herself. Just felt a sudden compulsion to capture everything, miss nothing. Started with a simple pen and paper, and later began to draw with ink on large format paper.
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Illusion painting by Octavio Ocampo

Illusion painting by Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo

Illusion painting by Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo

Illusion painting by Octavio Ocampo. Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo was born on 28 February 1943 in Celaya, Guanajuato. He had studied art since childhood, as he grew in the family of designers. At art school, Ocampo constructed papier mache figures for floats, altars, and ornaments that were used during carnival parades and other festivals. In high school, Ocampo painted murals for the Preparatory School and the City Hall of Celaya.
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Wool painting by Lyubov Khitkova

The pull of the Earth. Wool painting by Lyubov Khitkova

The pull of the Earth. Wool painting by Russian artist Lyubov Khitkova

Wool painting by Lyubov Khitkova. Talented Russian artist of applied art Lyubov Khitkova was born in the old city of Rybinsk. She graduated from Graphic Department of the Vladimir State Pedagogical Institute. Lyubov Khitkova worked with tapestry, batik, Vladimir sewing. In the gallery of Lyubov’s art works are also paintings, illustrations, watercolors. After the Institute she taught fine art and sketching. Since 2005 she has worked and exhibited in the artist’s technique of wool paintings, mosaic of wool, she calls it “fredpoint”. Lyubov Khitkova’s artworks are in private collections in Russia, Europe, Middle East, and Australia.
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