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Painting on silk by Elena Prudnikova

Walking in London

Walking in London. Painting on silk by Elena Prudnikova

Painting on silk by Elena Prudnikova
Inspired by the beauty of London and its attractions, architecture, streets, the artist has created a series of remarkable paintings on silk. Smolensk based artist Elena Prudnikova graduated from Moscow Pedagogical University (graphic arts faculty) to become a teacher of Art. Her favorite technique of painting is batik, or painting on silk fabric stretched on cardboard, with acrylic paints. Many of her works have participated in international exhibitions and are in private collections in Russia and abroad. Elena Prudnikova is a member of the International Association of Art. Elena lives and works in Smolensk.
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Exquisite Nautilus jewelry art masterpieces

Exquisite Nautilus jewelry art masterpieces. Nautilus snail, c. 1630, German, Nuremberg

Riding Snail, c. 1630, German, Nuremberg. Exquisite Nautilus jewelry art masterpieces

Exquisite Nautilus jewelry art masterpieces
The Golden Ratio is widely used in art, architecture and religious symbols. Great artists have used the golden ratio in their paintings. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed, has the shape of a nautilus shell. Scientists came to the conclusion that people find beautiful work of art, buildings and even a person who meets the proportions of the golden Ratio. Nautilus shell symbolizes The Golden Ratio. The proportion of golden section is known as the phi number – 1.61803 … to infinity number after the decimal point – the “key to the physics of the cosmos” (Plato).
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Matchbox holder Art

Matchbox holder Art

Scene from every day life in the village. Matchbox holder Art

Matchbox holder Art
A relatively recent invention of mankind, matches have replaced the flint about two centuries ago, and safety matches appeared only in 1844. However, match holders have neither an inventor nor a homeland, as they appeared simultaneously in several countries, in the era before 1900. Matchbox holders were made for the living room, office, bedroom, and of course, kitchen. They were in the form of figures and grandiose compositions and made of different materials, such as gold, nickel, silver, brass, aluminum, bronze, iron and even porcelain. And some unique memorable “Match Safes” are a real work of art. Even nowadays, the same as previously, these cute little things are passed as heirlooms. Besides, they are popular among connoisseurs and collectors of antiques. Undoubtfully, vintage matchbox holders, carrying the spirit of others and passing time, beauty and grace, will be always valued.
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Exquisite Meenakshi Amman Temple

Exquisite Meenakshi Amman Temple

Colorful sculpture decorates Exquisite Meenakshi Amman Temple

Exquisite Meenakshi Amman Temple in India can impress anyone who ever saw it, without making exceptions. Even such experienced and sophisticated traveler as Marco Polo could not help praising its delightful architecture. The Temple listed among New Seven Wonders of the World is true work of architectural art. 33 thousand magnificent sculptures, painted in bright colors cover the walls and pillars from top to bottom. Besides, the temple is the center of education, culture, literature, art, music and dance for Tamil people. Among the prominent people depicted in carved figures – Rati (wife of Kama), Karthikeya, Ganesha, Shiva, and many more. And of course, alongside with them – endless number of mythical figures of yali – beast with body of lion and head of an elephant. The Temple includes Art Museum exhibiting icons, photographs, drawings, and other exhibits of the 1200 years old history of the temple. And among the most interesting objects of the temple are the Musical Pillars, which produce a different musical note when struck.
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Soo Kim pencil drawings

Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's. Colored pencils, pen and marker. Soo Kim pencil drawings

Iconic image of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Colored pencils, pen and marker. Soo Kim pencil drawings

Soo Kim pencil drawings
Los Angeles, California based Graphic artist and web designer Soo Kim prefers old ways of creating art – drawing with a pencil and pen, instead of using Photoshop. The talented young illustrator has created a gallery of wonderful pencil portraits of iconic faces of the last century – Audrey Hepburn (series of portraits), Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, and Brigitte Bardot. In addition, her gallery includes characters of our favorite films, such as The Great Gatsby and Game of Thrones (celebrities and movies series). In her work, Korean artist Soo Kim uses graphite, colored pencils, pastels, Conte and charcoal. Among her favorite artists – Pablo Picasso, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh and her compatriot Lee Chul Soo – woodcut artist depicting humble life in rural Korea.
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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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Victoria Chernysheva miniature toys

Victoria Chernysheva miniature toys

Sphinx. Sculpted by hand, without the use of mold, painted with acrylic paints. Victoria Chernysheva miniature toys

Victoria Chernysheva miniature toys
Russian mixed media artist Victoria Chernysheva has created a wonderful gallery of life-like realistic toys of dogs, teddy bears, cats, ferrets, mice and birds. Traditionally, the artist works in a variety of techniques. These cute miniature toys are not more than 3 cm tall!
Born 3 October, 1977 in Rostov-on-Don, Victoria is currently living here with her husband and their two wonderful children. Before she started making teddy bears and dolls, Victoria tried her hand in different directions of applied art, but miniature has conquered her completely. According to the artist, the world of miniature captivates. Noteworhy, she creates her detailed miniature works manually, and very carefully, so every work is unique.
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