New and Beautiful Paintings by Stephen Magsig. City Views Opens At George Billis Gallery.

new paintings by stephen magsig
above: Stephen Magsig, 68 Mercer St., Oil on linen, 30 x 24″

I’ve been a longtime fan of Stephen Magsig’s work having introduced you to his Urban Alphabet paintings and his Postcards From Detroit back in 2009. (more…)

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Consider Your Mind Blown. The Phenomenally Realistic Graphite Drawings of Kelvin Okafor.

Kelvin Okafur pencil drawings
above: graphite drawing in progress by Kelvin Okafor

Kelvin Okafor describes himself as a “Passionate penciled artist. Highly interested in detail and precision.” I’d say that’s an understatement once you see the phenomenally realistic graphite drawings created by this UK Illustrator. As astounding as the finished pieces are (it’s truly difficult to discern whether or not they are photographs until you look extremely closely), the evolution of the drawings shown on his blog, and as videos on his YouTube channel, will blow your mind. (more…)

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Paintings That Are Truly Gems. Realistic Crystals and Minerals Rendered In Oils.

Carly Waito Realistic Gem Paintings

These amazingly realistic oil paintings on masonite by Carly Waito are really precious. Literally and figuratively. The small scale works range in size from 4.5″ x 6″ to 11″ x 12′ and impressively capture the way crystals and rocks reflect and refract light. Given the healing properties of many stones and minerals, these works have appeal in both their craft and subject matter. I’d like to own several of them and hang them together. As you can see, they sell quickly (almost every single one shown in this post is sold). (more…)

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Two Different Artists Paint The Same Unusual Subject: Rubber Band Balls.

Paintings of Rubber Band Balls

It may seem like an odd subject to you, but clearly not to artists Canadian Joanna Strong and Sandy Wilcox of the U.S., both of whom were separately inspired to paint a series of the same exact subject: Rubber band balls. (more…)

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