Francisco Luis Candeias paints life in warm coffee tones

Francisco Luis Candeias paints life in warm coffee tones

 

Francisco Luis Candeias, originally from Mozambique, now living in Portugal, is a self-taught painter who during his artistic journey discovered his love for coffee painting art. Drawing, painting and photography have always been a part of his life. Francisco’s inspiration arises from every day experiences, impressions and his own emotions. His motifs are full of wonderful expressions in warm sepia tones. Perceiving Francisco Luis Candeias’ art leaves a peaceable impression, no matter if he captures a facial expression, a dancer’s couple or, as depicted, a sleeping woman. His paintings are full of life in warm tones. Delightful!

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The Walking Silverback by Nichola Theakston

The Walking Silverback by Nichola Theakston

 

The English artist Nichola Theakston has become a widely recognized and highly esteemed sculptor in the animal genre. Her works are collected and exposed internationally. We have chosen one of the largest and unique works to present Nichola Theakston’s art: the walking “Silverback” made of Terracotta with applied slips, with 74cm in length and 50cm in height. The artist reveals that her unique works are more freely conceived and evolve over weeks. In this time Nichola pays special attention to emphazise emotions or exressions of the sculptured creature. Expressing sovereignty in mightiness, the walking Silverback is a magnificent example of Nichola Theakston’s outstanding achievment in ceramic sculpture art.

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Porcelain Storytelling by Kirsten Stingle

Porcelain Storytelling by Kirsten Stingle

 

Kirsten Stingle, from Georgia U.S., has an intriguing approach creating her artworks. Her figurative ceramics follow narrative concepts which tend to be overarching. Thus Kirsten gives herself the opportunity to fully explore themes, nuances and polarities. Each ceramic piece is made by hand and elaborated in detail before it’s fired. After this process Kirsten applies mixed media elements. Such can be welding, carpentry, sewing, felting, encaustic, fabric staining or fabric manipulation. “Over Indulgence” exemplifies Kirsten’s art and how she, very successfully, searches for revealing the story and inner psyche of the character she creates. Impressive!

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Magic mosaic art by Phoenix Handcraft

Magic mosaic art by Phoenix Handcraft

 

The artist couple Johannah and Kyle Willsey, from Richmond, Virgina, USA, merge blacksmith & mosaic art under the brand Phoenix Handcraft. Working with mmosaic, metal and wood they design and create wonderful handmade and sustainable artworks. Although Kyle’s originally accomplished skills focus on metal and wood works and Johannah’s speciality is mosaic art, the couple loves to create and design together. They form a great joint venture. The depicted mosaic was a commissioned interior design artwork, titled “Magic Carpet Ride”. It is a spectacular example of the outstanding art Phoenix Handcraft offers. Each work conveys the authenticity of the artist couple’s passion. Take a second look at the mosaic and the special night sky feeling – it’s a magic carpet ride indeed!

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Gina Adam carves a Tom Thumb Purse

Gina Adam carves a Tom Thumb Purse

 

The German leather artist, Gina Adam, is well-known for her urge to learn and try new things. Gina’s latest endeavor has focused on carving tiny motifs in leather. It’s not the easiest task, but for an experienced leather crafter as Gina it represents just another challenge. She brings this approach to perfection at different kinds of items. Exemplary is the depicted work which shows western motifs embellishing a small and handy Tom Thumb purse along with a double-loop lacing, that conveys a even more traditional look. For those observing Gina’s artistry it is a hard task not to admire her wide range of leather works.

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Hazel Glass enhances her craftsmanship with kinetic art

Hazel Glass enhances her craftsmanship with kinetic art

 

Hazel Glass, from Portland, U.S., is known for her spectacularly complex and fragile paper-cut art. But not only the outstanding accomplishment in her field is worth mentioning, also her curiosity which sets path for new approaches and results of her artistic talent. The depicted metal Octopus piece with kinetic function is one of her, as she calls it, “first-time doing this” kind of projects. As many times before she was inspired by her photography. In this case when she was taking pictures of large illustrations featuring one of her favorite creatures. Soon she tested new tools, techniques and materials with the amicable support of her metalworking friend, Granet Bugbee. Hazel’s experimental endeavors led her to design and create this wonderful kinetic Octopus Pendant. Truly exceptional.

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The Cherry Train by Clive Head

The Cherry Train by Clive Head

 

Clive Head, a British artist, living in Yorkshire is considered to be one of the most important realist painters of Great Britain and Europe since the 1990s. His art documents his interpretation of a modern world and is therefore with good reason a considerable testimony of our times. Clive Head, with numerous exhibited works worldwide, explores his artistic approach by constantly practicing and challenging his curiosity and critical engagement. The selected artwork, “The Cherry Train”, offers a small insight of his oeuvre demonstrating the many perspectives one perceives outgoing from one place, one perspective, one depicted figure. It is a significant and original approach Clive transmits through his art.

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Mary Derkach felts spectacular cats

Mary Derkach felts spectacular cats

 

Mary Derkach from Kharkov, Ukraine, has a passion for creating felted toys and characters. It’s great fun for her to imitate characters from well-known cartoons and games. Using preferably sheep’s wool and polymer clay she creates, among commonly known characters, also unique animals. Her felted cats are simply spectacular and original. With their exaggerated whiskers and cat like postures one perceives not only Mary’s talent but the joy of the creating artist. The depicted artwork is a wonderful example of it. We look forward to seeing more of Mary Derkach’s felted interpretations.

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Paper-cutting illustrations by John Ed De Vera

Paper-cutting illustrations by John Ed De Vera

 

The multidisciplinary designer John Ed De Vera from Manila, Philippines, performs outstanding paper-cutting art. His three-dimensional paper-cutting illustrations involve the observer into his artistic world. The choice of topics are quite wide and range from beautiful nymphs, novel’s characters, to magazine’s illustrations just like the depicted work. Whatever John is bespoken to create or his imagination tells him to. John experiments with lettering, paper-cutting and different new media to create his artworks. His approaches are wonderfully multi-colored and multi-layered arrangements. Exciting.

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The delicate porcelain flowers of Anri Irene

The delicate porcelain flowers of Anri Irene

 

Anri Irene is a self-taught artist from Hungary with a devotion for nature. From her early childhood Irene has been fascinated by creativity, art and the world’s mysteries. Her grand passion, besides porcelain, are fragrances and herbal essences which she explored for over 20 years. She understands that plants, flowers and essences are gifts of nature that she emphasizes by creating botanical porcelain sculptures. Over the years, Irene has improved and professionalized her techniques in such a way that has induced many observers to call her a magician. Her porcelain creations resemble the beauty of nature to the extent that one bends over to smell her flower’s fragrances.

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OWL Paperlamps illuminates spaces with creative designs

OWL Paperlamps illuminates spaces with creative designs

 

The brand “OWL Paperlamps” was founded by Hugo Formiga and Teresa Almeida in Lisbon, Portugal. The two creators and designers invite people to take part in the creation process of their own paperlamp. Their appealing designed products come in a Do-It-Yourself kit to be assembled by the customer and can be found in different paper colors. By making design accessible to everyone they evolved a great business idea. Their designs are inspired by the origami art of folding paper figures and are definitely an eye-catcher. The depicted hippo is exemplary for OWL Paperlamps’ original approach and unique design.

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Surrealistic stone pouches by Hirotoshi Ito

Surrealistic stone pouches by Hirotoshi Ito

 

The Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito playfully combines contradictory materials in unique stone sculptures and creates appealing surreal effects. Hirotoshi Ito applies an optical opening effect on different kinds and sizes of stones in a very artful manner. Often by implementing a zipper or suture. The surrealism lies in what he reveals. One can find many surprises such as teeth or cogs. The depicted artwork for example depicts a glimpse of flowers as delicate and fragile as they can be, lying beneath the stone surface only revealed by a small, perfect color-matching zipper. Unique! 

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Anna Whitehouse challenged herself with 100 clay bottles

Anna Whitehouse challenged herself with 100 clay bottles

 

Anna Whitehouse is a ceramist. Based in North Yorkshire, U.K., she finds nature to be her most inspirational source. But the inspiration also lies in herself: with the challenging approach of creating one clay bottle a day during 100 days, Anna Whitehouse has proofed creativity and perseverance at an outstandingly aesthetic level. Having to create under a certain time pressure over a longer period opened new paths of experimentation for her. From searching in old sketch books for unexploited treasures to inventing new tools for her design. The collection has become a workof art itself. The depicted bottle Nr. 8 “Henry’s dragon” is exemplary for the fabulous art of Anna Whitehouse.

(Anna Whitehouse – Photo credit – David Lindsay)

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Beautiful ceramic art by Luciano Polverigiani

Beautiful ceramic art by Luciano Polverigiani

 

The Argentinian ceramist Luciano Polverigiani started dedicating his life to ceramic art over 25 years ago, which he presents in San Telmo, Buenos Aires. His artistic medium and technique is heating clay at very high temperatures making it gain a compact and brilliant effect at the same time. In his designed figurines, which he creates with a certain endearment, Luciano Polverigiano searches for the simple forms and plays with the effect of highly polished surfaces. His art is always an invitation to take a second look to find the dual intention he loves to play with. Beautiful art with a singular interpretation.

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Rosa de Jong creates aesthetical miniature art from Amsterdam

Rosa de Jong creates aesthetical miniature art

 

The art of Rosa De Jong, a Designer based in Amsterdam, focuses on the creation of miniature living sites and objects never disregarding its spectacular presentation. The depicted work out of her “Micro Matter” series show tiny, hand-made buildings and natural objects arranged in large glass test tubes. With this effect Rosa de Jong creates an equally amazing as aesthetical illusion of suspended gravity force. Her involvement with perfection in tininess and illusionary arrangements succeeds by creating a lasting impression on the observer of any of her artworks. Outstanding!

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The sculptures of Gaelle Weissberg carry a message full of hope

The sculptures of Gaelle Weissberg carry a message full of hope

 

The artistic fascination of the anthropological sculptor Gaelle Weissberg from New Zealand is directed to the indigenous cultures which she does not underestimate. To the contrary she puts them in the center of her creations. Her exceptional artworks portray her personal interpretation of the beauty of each and every lifestyle. Gaelle Weissbergs’s art stands for an optimistic vision of Mankind. Hope for our civilization is a ponderous and substantial message at the same time. Her unique sculptures shall remind us not to overestimate our technological advancement. Thus Gaelle Weissberg’s art captivates by beauty and approach. One of kind!

(Gaelle Weissberg – Photocredit – Studio Photo Jm2)

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Sublime porcelain sculpture by Kate MacDowell from Portland

Sublime porcelain sculpture by Kate MacDowell

 

Kate MacDowell based in Portland U.S., creates porcelain sculptures which demonstrate the juxtaposition of the natural world’s struggle with our current lifestyle exploiting the same. She does not dread the deterrence impact by demonstrating the high grade of vulnerability of our environment through her figurative sculptures. Furthermore Kate MacDowell chooses porcelain explicitly for its luminous, ghostly but strong and fine textural features. She plays with contrasts and their extreme. “Daphne” is an emphatic example for Kate MacDowell’s remarkable artistic approach. Sublime in every sense!

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Fiona Francois draws a bombshell of emotions

Fiona Francois draws a bombshell of emotions

 

The Australian artist Fiona Francois catches our attention with a phenomenal new work. In „Until the Last“ we find the characteristic style of raw expression, of sadness and beauty in the guise of withered trees as in her most popular drawing, „The Fallen“. Moreover, in the depicted pencil and powdered charcoal on paper artwork, Fiona Francois converts thin lines over thinner drawn lines into a bombshell of emotions. It’s the contradiction and embrace between withered material and the thought of feelings’ indestructibility that captivates the observer. „Until the Last“ is a powerful and astonishing artwork at the same time. Amazing!

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Limerence by Beth Cavener

Limerence by Beth Cavener

 

“There are primitive animal instincts lurking in our own depths, waiting for the chance to slide past a conscious moment”, says Beth Cavener, a North American sculptor, about what inspires her to create her delicate clay figures. As an observer of human psychology, Beth conveys to her amazing sculpted animals the least admirable human emotions and the animal instinct that lies beneath the human condition. At the same time she captures the human tendency to cruelty and misapprehension. It’s truly outstanding how Beth Cavener transforms our darkest side into such delicate beauty.

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Michael Rohner and his Songcatcher

Michael Rohner and his Songcatcher

 

Michael Rohner is a self-taught artist who has always been keen on drawing. It took him some time to be able to quit everything and dedicate his life to drawing and painting. Inspired by comic books, anime, graffiti and surrealism, this North American artist focuses on expressing ideas and feelings that are sometimes difficult to express by words. Michael uses mostly pen and ink on paper, creating color contrasts with other painting means. He conveys with his whimsical yet realistic paintings a form of meditation which aims to create uplifting feelings of comfort and inspiration to its observers. “Songcatcher” is a wonderful example for Michael’s art.

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