Brushstroke rich oil painting of Scotland by Scott Naismith

Tuesday, 5 July, 2016

Artwork by Scott Naismith

Glasgow based artist Scott Naismith captures images of his native Scotland, by way of heavy brushstrokes and bold colour palettes.

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8-bit style movie scene paintings by Adam Lister

Thursday, 9 June, 2016

I’ve linked to the artwork of US artist Adam Lister a couple of times before, and now that he has created a new collection of his signature eight-bit works, this time of scenes from well known films, here we go again.

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The space age art of Michael Kagan

Thursday, 3 September, 2015

New York based artist Michael Kagan’s depictions of the space age, rockets, astronauts, and flight decks, have a gritty, industrial, and pioneering feel to them… what better way is there to present such paintings?

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Last night I saw a classic on the train to the coast

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015

Image by Alexey Kondakov

A couple of times now I’ve thought I’ve seen a Mona Lisa on the bus or the train. Now I know I wasn’t imagining things. Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov blends elements from classical works of art with contemporary photos, creating a surreal collection of images in the process. See more of his work on his Facebook page (login required).

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Suburbs, as seen by Florida artist Matthew Cornell

Friday, 27 March, 2015

Artwork by Matthew Cornell

The work of Florida based artist Matthew Cornell brings to mind an idealised notion of suburbia that lurks in my mind… in a serenity of the neighbourhood in the cool evening air, sort of way.

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The matte paintings of “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Monday, 16 February, 2015

The other week I linked to a collection of mattes, or background scene paintings, that were used in the production of the early “Star Wars” films. This week I’m doing likewise for 2001: A Space Odyssey, although here it’s not solely a collection of paintings, but also meticulously constructed spacecraft models.

Latter day filmmakers, though computer-generated imagery, or CGI, have much to be thankful for methinks.

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The matte artworks of the original “Star Wars” films

Friday, 6 February, 2015

Matte painting by Frank Ordaz

Before filmmakers were able to rely on CGI to create backdrops for some of the scenes they needed, artists used to paint matte pictures of the required vistas. Such works were used extensively throughout the original “Star Wars” trilogy of films for instance, and a collection of these images is featured here.

I knew some of the backdrops in these movies, such as this one by Frank Ordaz, were paintings, but didn’t realise just how many there actually were.

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The pixel art like painting of Ian Davis

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014

US artist Ian Davis’ “Little Men” works remind me of pixel art. Of course they’re nothing of the sort, but that doesn’t make them any less fascinating.

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Another look at Adam Lister’s artworks

Friday, 10 October, 2014

Artwork by Adam Lister

I first discovered the work of US artist Adam Lister about a year ago, and was happy to recently uncover a more extensive collection of his pop culture, eight bit, inspired artworks.

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Look at those masterpieces, that’s art in motion

Thursday, 30 January, 2014

Milan based animator and director Rino Stefano Tagliafierro offers us a new way of looking at classic artworks.

Possibly NSFW, if you think classic art nudity, or painted depictions of violence/gore, are in that category.

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