Art and creativity from our readers

Reader’s Showcase | Nadees Prabou | Stunning Colours of India

Watercolour artist Nadees Prabou lives in Pondicherry India, where he captures the beautiful drama and colour of Indian Street life…

“My work represent the daily life activities of the people on the way in my life.

Mostly I captured the changing monsoon whether its summer or winter or heavy rainy in the busy streets of India. It’s beautiful.”

 

nadees prabou

Visit Nadees’s website nadeeswatercolours.blogspot.com for many more images of his beautiful and stunning work.

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Reader’s Showcase | Casper Johansson | Rubber Stamp Artwork

Untitled

 

I am a full time artist from Sweden working in Burma since 2007. My works are all made in ink using rubber stamps. A technique that I have been working with for 2 years.

A vandal had written ´Destroy Power, Not People´ on the electric transmission building. In 1988 or -89, when my perception of power was limited to a source of energy I went home from school and started to scribble down my first piece on paper, attaching a yellow circle with the symbol of radioactive radiation. The style of the letters had already been introduced from the stickers inside Danish bubblegum packages. Two decades later, the power remains but my interpretation has changed, so has the style, today I use it as confrontation which intends to open up dialogue, a dyslexic language targeting the alleged veracity using unpressured paint as the core in my artistic expression.

Nutritionfact Kryptonite 2012

 

Contradictions, pronounced colouring and sharp outlines, using the urban landscape as a point of departure I want my art to stir up questions with the audience. The range of colours, shapes and style are rooted in graffiti which blends with everyday testimonies of feelings, beliefs and experiences. The result is a visual debate, a sphere between private and public, assumed truth and the untold, processed and enCAPsulated in the magnetism of art.

Because I am worth it

 

As art is a necessity and a common good, whether legal or illegal, my work is not strictly limited to canvas bounded by defined frames for an advantaged audience. Consequently your investment is my playground and I’m coming live in 5, 4, 3, 2…….

See more of Cap’s intriguing work on his site – http://capism.se or follow him on Twitter @duelling_banjos

 

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Reader’s Showcase | Weets | Unbounded Thought


Eric G. C. Weets was born on 3rd August 1951. He is a self taught, multidisciplinary, contemporary artist.

Weets has no academic training. It was denied when he was young and later, when he was old enough and had a chance, he refused because by then he read a lot about art and came to believe that formal training destroys creativity. Weets’ quest to create timeless work, made him negate all his other works on canvas, prior to the year 2007.  Because he felt those works miss that something, which makes the work exceptional, original and thereby timeless.

Presently, Weets has retired from public life completely and is almost living in solitude.

These paintings are about the purity of unbounded thoughts, most probably more subconscious than conscious, than a painting painted in a classical way. I feel these works have to be seen, enjoyed and thought about, if only to gain a different perspective on ordinary, daily living. And is not that, the purpose of art?

Insight into why Eric G. C. Weets is creating his art.

“I don’t think I can really talk about art or talk about why I do it or how I do it. I think it is not necessary even. I say art, I mean painting, for me. I did it, always. There was never a question why I do it, I could not leave it. There were times that I didn’t want to paint anymore and keep myself busy with other things but even with year long pauses in between, I have always come back to painting. So, for me, it’s a part of who you are. I cannot really figure out why it is like that. It shall be born in. (They say it is a gift. But I think it is not really a gift, it is simply something you have it within you. See gift is something like a present which is given to you but this is not a gift, this is something that belongs to you, it is a part of who you are, your identity.)

But the question stays, why art? Now, most probably, it is because I had no other choice. We carry that in us and in the end, it had to come out. It’s like, it has to take birth, because it is there. It cannot be otherwise than to come out”.
Eric G. C. Weets.

See more of Weets work here

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Reader’s Showcase | Zhenlian | Meditative Paintings

Evening Romance

 

My name is Zhenlian. I am an artist from China. I  graduated from Teachers Training College in Hong Kong as a qualified art teacher.  I have worked as art teacher in both Primary and Secondary schools in China.    I have retired from my work since 2002, since then I have devoted myself to painting.

Dragonfly Attractions

 

I like to experiment with new medias which I have not had much experience before, such as acrylic and Chinese paintings. I am fired with inspiration in whatever I paint, in fact, I am more inspired now than when I was young.

Fairyland Tales

 

I am often inspired by nature, flowers,waters,trees,fruits etc, I don’t paint what I see but express what I feel, I often see the theme of a subject before me, and I choose to express it in colors and forms. My paintings are meditative and poetic.

Bornfree

 

I enjoy painting animals too, especially cats, I usually add a humorous touch to my animal themes. Most of my paintings are conceptual realistic in style, that is to say my paintings appear very realistic but there are always some imaginative elements in the composition of my works. I think I would rather call this Conceptual Romanticism. My paintings are integrations of the real and the imaginative.

You can see more of Zhenlian’s beautiful work here.

 

 

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Reader’s Showcase | Olga Gouskova | Women of the Imagination

My name is Olga Gouskova. I have been a professional contemporary fine artist and painter since 1998.

I was born in Moscow, Russia. But I spent my childhood and youth in Belarus between Vileyka and Minsk.

In 1996 I immigrated to Belgium. Today I live, love and work in Bruges.

Orla Gouskova

Eden

I create in a variety of media and techniques – often mix drawing with painting. In my female portraits you can clearly recognize the representation of a person. Yet, this is not the main motive of the painting. The portrait merely serves as reason to make the painting. It is the imagery concept. My paintings greatly appeal to the beholders. Conscientiously and with a great sense for beauty I portray my models. The resulting portrait is not an exact copy of reality, but instead a visual impression of it. By including things like a flower or a butterfly or putting a lace on the model’s eyes I try to add an unusual or artificial character to my portraits. I learn about myself depicting images from my imagination. I don’t expect to find answers, rather look for questions. The choice of colors stimulates energy, emotions and appetite for life.

Orla Gouskova

Lost

My work reflects my own story – a theatre where one is an actor and a viewer at the same time. It is possible to find there everything: beauty and grotesque, silliness and seriousness, happiness and nostalgia, the antique and the modern…

Orla Gouskova

Pansies

With my paintings I participated in different solo shows and group exhibitions in Belgium, UK and Netherlands.

My artworks can be found in private collections in Belgium, UK, USA , United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Russia, Belarus.

My goal is to continue to create beautiful works of art fueled by passion and imagination. I’d like to further expand my paintings into art collectors and art lovers, museums and galleries.

Orla Gouskova

Thinking of You

Find out more about Olga and her work here.

Interview on momardi

www.olga-gouskova.be

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Reader’s Showcase | Harriete Estel Berman | Intriguing Post Consumer Recycled Art

Harriete Estel Berman uses post consumer, recycled materials to construct artwork ranging from jewelry and teacups to entire lawns and sculpture with social commentary.

Sculptures include domestic appliances remarking on the roles of women, the influence of advertising and commentary about our consumer society. Recent work includes a bell curve 15′ feet tall and 28′ feet as a commentary about the impact of standardized testing.

Judaica by Harriete focus on the concept of Tikkum Olam “repair the world” with the use of recycled tin cans.

This Seder plate was designed for the invitational exhibition titled Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art and Jewish Thought, The Dorothy Saxe Invitational at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. San Francisco, CA

Berman’s work has shown throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. Her work has been acquired for the permanent collections of 13 museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Institute of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Harriete says…

All of my work uses  post consumer recycled materials for the past 24 years (starting way before the current rage for recycled materials.) At the time I started it was actually embarrassing to be working with trash. Now this movement has considerable momentum.”

“My primary material is recycled tin cans to make jewelry, sculpture, installations and Judaica. 

The Recycle Fushia Bracelet above is from a premium quality shampoo that came in a brilliant colored plastic bottle. The black is take out trays.

“Recently I have been expanding into using pencils and post consumer plastic waste.   

Pick UP Your Pencils, Begin is a gigantic bell curve 28' wide and 15' tall about the impact of standardized testing on our educational system.

Womanizer, Kitchen Queen 1982 - Blender body and lid are a painted copper construction. Carefully constructed using sheet metal these appliances are not found objects. Ballerina inside the transparent plastic blender container pirouettes in conjunction with the music by wind-up mechanism.

You can find out more about Harriete and her work on her website: http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info

A Flickr Set detailing the design and fabrication of Harriete’s amazing Seder Plate

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Reader’s Showcase | Branimir Jaredic | Haunting Photography

Branimir Jaredic

Branimir Jaredic is an amateur photographer from Rijeka(Croatia),currently living in Limerick(Ireland)

Branimir Jaredic

Branimir says… My work is based on the theme ‘Man and his position in the world and nature’.

On one hand, I’m trying to express my feelings about the loneliness and unimportance of human beings in this world and on the other, I like to celebrate the beauty of nature. My inspiration comes from everyday life, music, films, games ..

Branimir Jaredic

Branimir’s work has been published in the following:

  • Photographize arte magazine and Photographize fan page (3x)
  • B creative blog
  • Elements magazine(interview+photo presentation)
  • Re foto magazine (3x)
  • Brainstorm on line magazine
  • Get inspired! Magazine
  • Musetouch magazine(blog)
  • Жанна_BITEofJeanne(blog)
  • LinesWorld Zine
  • final selection Photo France competition
  • final selection  Saatchi gallery competition “Art Paris Showdown” amongst 3777 entries

Branimir Jaredic

You can view more of Branimir’s work in the locations below.

Facebook page:

Twitter:

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Reader’s Showcase | Dan Avenell | Illustrator & Laser-Monkey Maker.

Dan AvenellHi, my name is Dan Avenell, and I’m an artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, UK.

Dan Avenell

This is some of the art and design I’ve done over the years. I usually create my art with pen and ink, then scan it into Photoshop and finish digitally. I also work in traditional media such as acrylics, oils, and the silk-screen process.

Dan Avenell

I enjoy working on a wide range of different projects, and if I am not working for a client I am probably doing something for my own amusement – as such, the pieces on this site are a mix of commissioned work and things I did for fun that I thought were worth putting on the site or selling as prints.

Dan Avenell

You can view more of Dan’s work {and his fabulous Laser Monkeys} and get in contact with him via his website www.danavenell.com or here on Facebook

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Reader’s Showcase | Sam Dunford | Magical Landscapes

Commission

My name is Sam Dunford, I am a Landscape Oil Painter from Poole in Dorset. My style is very traditional yet quite simple.

Commission

I aim with my art to help people viewing it to realise the beauty in our world and to hopefully inspire them to travel and witness this beauty first hand. I enjoy experimenting with my art to try and evoke a real emotion. By looking at my paintings you get the sense of how it would feel to really be there…

Blar Jokull

Sleepy Mountains

View more of Sam’s peaceful paintings on her website www.samsart.co.uk

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Reader’s Showcase | Jordan Conlin | Rising Games Designer

Jordan Conlin Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime

Jordan Conlin is a young 18 year old artist from Stockton-On-Tees in the north of England. Having started drawing from a very young age, his passion was reignited by purchasing a graphics tablet for use with Adobe Photoshop software.

Jordan Conlin Masterchief

Masterchief

All of the work shown here was drawn using Adobe Photoshop CS3/4 and completed in less than five hours.

Jordan Conlin Bumblebee

Bumblebee

Jordan Conlin Forest Gump

Forest Gump

Jordan is studying Game Design at Middlesbrough College and hopes to be a full time artist in the gaming industry working at drawing and 3D modelling.

 

You can see more examples of Jordans fabulous speed paintings on his YouTube Channel Contact Jordan at jord_conlin{at}hotmail{dot}co{dot}uk

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