New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio D’Ospinaby

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New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio D’Ospina

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Cattedrale di Milano (2014). Oil on canvas, 40 x 40in.

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Manhattan (2013). Oil on panel, 35 x 48in.

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Driving on Madison Avenue (2013). Oil on panel, 48 x 24in.

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Broadway and West 25th (2013). Oil on panel, 24 x 16.5in.

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Duomo di Milano (2012) Oil on linen, 39 x 56in. / Facade (2012). Oil on panel, 24 x 30in.

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Bivio (2011). Oil on panel, 40 x 24in.

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La Strada (2014). Oil on panel, 48 x 40in.

It’s hard not to get lost in these dramatically blurred architectural renderings and cityscapes of New York and Italy by Italian painter Valerio D’Ospina (previously). The artist transforms the street The Pennsylvania-based artist most recently had a show last year at Mason Murer, and you can now follow him on Facebook and Instagram. (This Isn’t Happiness)

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Picture of the Day: Rice Terraces from Above

Photograph by Jialiang Gao | http://www.peace-on-earth.org In this breathtaking aerial photograph by Jialiang Gao, we see the amazing terraced rice terraces of Yunnan, China. Yunnan’s Yuanyang County is a popular destination with photographers due to the vast areas of nearby mountains which have been cultivated into terraced rice paddies for at least the past…

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Geometric Line Tattoos By Chaim Machlev Elegantly Flow Across The Human Body

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Geometric Line Tattoos By Chaim Machlev Elegantly Flow Across The Human Body

The incorporation of modern art into tattoo design is gaining steam world-wide, and one of the tattoo artists at the forefront of this movement is Chaim Machlev, whose beautiful line tattoos often look like complex geometric simulations that we’d normally expect to see on a computer screen.

Though he also creates beautiful geometric tattoos and tattoos with traditional artistic elements, the Berlin-based artist’s signature tattoos are broad and sweeping ribbons and lines that trace the bodies of their clients like trails of cigarette smoke. He previously worked as an IT manager, beginning his tattoo work in 2012, so we’re wondering if his designs might have been influenced by coiled cabled or bouncing screensavers.

For other great modern tattoo work, check out thesecubist tattoos tattoos by Expanded Eye!

More info: dotstolines.com | Facebook | Instagram (h/t:mymodernmet)

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10 Most Clever Examples of Shadow Street Art

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10 Most Clever Examples of Shadow Street Art

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French street artist OakOak has a gift for placement. He can intuitively find images in ordinary life that most of us would never see without his help. For example, the shadow of a parking meter in Saint-Etienne, France form Snoopy’s doghouse. (Source)

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Here’s a clever use of shadowing by photographer Joe Baran. All that’s necessary is the right spot at the right time and a little bit of graffiti. (Source | Via)

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In 2013, American-born street artist Above appeared with a new work on the streets of Shoreditch in East London. The new multi-layed life size stencil piece, titled “Timing Is Everything,” took the artist nearly 7+ months of searching the streets at night for a fixed shadow that was positioned perfectly against a wall to work with the piece. This breakdancing figure comes to life at night when the city street lights casts the shadow across the wall on which the dancer is balanced.


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This is a monument called the Star Sower, erected in 1939 in Kaunas, Lithuania. In September 2008 photographer Morfai posted photos showing stars painted on the wall behind the statue and the statue illuminated at night with the resulting shadow. Unfortunately, the stars were considered graffiti and were ultimately painted over. (Via 1 | Via 2)

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Peter Gibson (aka, Roadsworth) is an amazing road painting artist in the city of Montreal. In 2004, the artist was charged with 53 counts of public mischief, after which he received considerable public support and was let go with a slap on the wrist. Since then the artist has created artwork for municipalities, exhibitions, and arts festivals around the world. This is his Bible Bench. (Source | Via)

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More street art by Roadsworth utilizing shadows. (Source)

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More Banksy than Futura, Singapore-based Trase One uses shadows and physical surroundings in the execution of his full-time street artwork. From graffiti writing to fine art, his unique style has him regarded as one of the leading young artists in the local graffiti art movement. (Source)

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“Nothing Can Replace a Tree” Shadow Campaing
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Houtlust, now known as Osocia, is a non-profit advertising and marketing agency that focuses on social issues. In 2005, Houtlust and the Auckland Regional Council of New Zealand painted shadows of trees as part of the Big Clean Up Campaign, to freeze a moment in time where a tree once existed. The shadow of the tree connected the viewer to a pole that read, “Nothing Can Replace a Tree. Plant More Native.” (Source | Via)

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A Graffiti artist made this shadow into a robot. (Source)

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Picture of the day: Ice Grill

Picture of the Day: Ice Grill

Photograph via WITN How wild is this? A viewer sent this picture to WITN of a perfect ice imprint of the front of a Jeep Cherokee. The ice remained after the car had driven away from the visitor’s parking lot at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina. The flawless ice mould of…

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29 More Awesome Things You Might Not Have Seen Yet

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Picture of the Day: Canadian Gothic

Picture of the Day: Canadian Gothic

Photograph by Bethe (@PuzzleBethe on Twitter) In this fun photo, twitter user @PuzzleBethe and her husband recreated Grant Wood’s famous 1930 painting American Gothic, with a Canadian twist. The real painting is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fun fact, although many believe the man and woman to be husband and…

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THE AMAZING ART OF FRANK KORTAN

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Frank Kortan (born in Prague, Czech Republic 1964) is a German painter, who works in style of surrealism, fantastical realism andtrompe-l’oeil. He started his professional artistic career as a musician and in 1984 he migrated to Switzerland, and then to Germany. Since 1990 he has been studying painting intensively, during studies he joined the German Trompe-l’oeil scene and then he started the professional carrier of a painter.

Fabulous Delicious Looking Meals That Are Actually Cakes!

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18 Delicious Looking Meals That Are Actually Cakes

 

For the last 10 years, Debbie Does Cakes has been creating custom sculpted cakes for customers in the San Francisco Bay area. By Debbie’s account, “a sculpted cake is a cake carved by hand to resemble anything other than cake”. Debbie does not design traditional cakes of any kind, focusing strictly on one of a kind centerpieces; works of art designed exclusively for her clients and their events.

After learning the ropes at an erotic bakery, Debbie has gone on to create incredible food artworks which you can find online at the links below. In 2012, Debbie even released her first book “Twisted Cakes, Deliciously Evil Designs for Every Occasion“.

Below you will find a selection of Debbie’s sculpted cake designs that look like other foods and meals. You can find much more of her work (including non food-related pieces) at the links below.

 

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Abandoned Relics on the Cape of Good Hope

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Abandoned Relics on the Cape of Good Hope

 

Dillon Marsh is a professional photographer currently living in Cape Town, South Africa. Since graduating in 2003 with a BFA from the University of Stellenbosch, Dillon has focused on landscape photography. He chooses objects that can be found in multitude within their environment. He then depicts a family of objects in a series of photographs. By displaying each project as such, he is able to show both the character of the individual members, and the characteristics that make the objects a family.

In his series Relics, which was recently featured on Photography Served, Dillon says the following:

“The Cape of Good Hope on the south western tip of Africa is also known as the Cape of Storms, and bearing testament to this dangerous coastline are numerous shipwrecks. By using long exposures I was able to present an artificial calmness to the scenes and highlight the steadfastness of the wrecks. I photographed these ten between Robben Island and Cape Point.”

 

Be sure to check out more from Dillon on Behance as well as his personal website dillonmarsh.com

 

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Picture of the Day: A River Runs Through It

Picture of the Day: A River Runs Through It

Photograph by Manuel Vidal Seen here is the breathtaking city of Ronda, Spain, located in the province of Málaga. The popular tourist destination is characterized by the gorge that divides the city where the Guadalevín River runs through. The gorge is spanned by three bridges, Puente Nuevo, Puente Viejo and Puente Romano. American artists…

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Colorful New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska

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Polish watercolor artist Maja Wronska continues to paint explosively colorful depictions of European architecture, most recently in Poznań, Poland. Wronska is an architect herself, a skill that greatly enhances her artwork. She first renders each piece as a detailed drawing and then adds layers of watercolor, an unpredictable medium that can be difficult to control, making her paintings all the more incredible. You can see much more over on Behance, and several of these are currently available as prints.

10 Of The Most Colorful Places On Earth

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Posted: 02/27/2015 4:07 am EST Updated: 03/02/2015 8:59 am EST
 Hi. These places exist. No, not in dreams or hallucinations or Wes Anderson movies, but right here on this beautiful, mysterious planet. We just thought you should know.

Lavender Fields, France
In the summer months, the rolling lavender fields of Provence teem with bright purple blooms as far as the eye can see. View Panoramic.

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Procida, Italy
This tiny island is stacked with charming candy-colored homes set against the brilliant blue backdrop of the Mediterranean. View Panoramic.

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Caño Cristales River, Colombia
Also referred to as “the river of five colors,” this biological wonder turns a striking red color every fall thanks to a rare plant species that flourishes on its sandy floor. View Panoramic.

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Lake Retba, Senegal
This bubblegum-colored lake gets it’s otherworldy hue from a human-friendly bacteria that thrives in the salty waters. View Panoramic.

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Tulip Fields, Holland
Throughout spring’s prime months, the immaculately manicured tulip, daffodil and hyacinth fields of Holland bloom into a stunning and precise array of colors. View Panoramic.

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia
This wonder of the world is home to more than 400 coral species, 500 seaweed species and 1,500 fish species–and it’s got the color palette to prove it. View Panoramic.

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Luoping, China
The sprawling farmlands of this dramatic, mountainous county in Eastern China become a “golden sea” when canola blooms are in season. View Panoramic.

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Valley of Flowers National Park, India
This World Heritage Site, set against the wilderness of the Himalayas, is covered in vibrant flowers. Add in a sunset and this view takes the cake. View Panoramic.

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Shibazakura Hill, Japan
In springtime, the fields at the base of Mount Fuji errupt with hundreds of thousands of moss blooms, or “shibazakura”, in varying shades of pink. View Panoramic.

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Lake Natron, Tanzania
This shallow salt and soda lake is so saline that it’s completely inhospitable for most flora and fauna. The trade-off? The amazing red water color and electric orange shores.View Panoramic.

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ArtQuench Presents Eric Demattos

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ArtQuench Gallery Announces 

Eric Demattos Winner of the

October Vibe” Art Competition

Eric uses the light in such a way that creates a dramatic image that tells its own wonderful story. Eric moves from photomanipulation to painting on birch adding photo transfers that can only be described as originality at it’s finest.

Eric has won one year with ArtQuench Gallery

 We welcome Eric to the ArtQuench Family!

We are proud to represent such a gifted artist. View Eric’s Gallery profile Page Here

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I was born at a very young age in Glendale, California. Right from the start I had a wonderfully diverse upbringing by being blessed (because its better to think of it that way) with parents who seem to have a nomadic streak in their blood. I moved from California to Mexico where I learned English (yes English) in Mexico from an American friend. My parents…

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Crystallized Sculptures by Alexis Arnold

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Books, Magazines and Computer Manuals Turned Into Crystallized Sculptures by Alexis Arnold

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It’s become a fairly common sight: boxes of discarded books, abandoned on the sidewalk. As the onset of digital publishing brings reading material to handheld devices, physical books have become less important. Struck by scenes of shuttered bookstores and books rendered as garbage, San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold embarked on her Crystallized Books project.

By combining borax crystals with weathered books, magazines and computer manuals Arnold grows them into wonderfully organic forms that become artifacts or geological specimens. “The books, frozen with crystal growth, have become… imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia,” says Arnold. In selecting books to turn into aesthetic, non-functional objects Arnold revealed that she tries to use found books. But she will sometimes purchase titles, or use books from her own library if she finds them conceptually appropriate. (via The Creators Project)

Fabulous New Mind-Boggling Photo Manipulations by Erik Johansson

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Swedish-born photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson is an undisputed master at photo manipulation, as can be seen from his mind-boggling depictions of everyday scenes with major twists. Part surreal wonders, part mind-boggling optical illusions, the Berlin-based artist’s images depict impossible situations that transcend our experiences of daily life. Looking at his impressive creations, it’s no surprise to learn that the 29-year-old is inspired by the likes of M.C. Escher and SalvadorDalí.For each work, Johansson begins with a simple sketch of a concept. Once he determines if the idea is good enough, he starts planning and finding places to capture the raw photographs. Next, he collects the materials needed to construct the final image by shooting hundreds of photos while maintaining similar lighting and perspective. Finally, he combines all the pieces like a puzzle with the help of image manipulation software like Photoshop. The final results are astounding, multilayered compositions that fit together so seamlessly it’s impossible to pull apart each illusion.

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