Amazing, Ethereal Photos by Weerapong Chaipuck

It’s hard to believe that Weerapong Chaipuck only started taking up photography after retiring from his career in medicine. I am fascinated by artists who paint images that are so real, they are mistaken for photographs. I have posted several blog entries on such art pieces. Yet, I am also fascinated by photographs of real, accessible places, people and things that are so beautiful they seem like they could only be the product of an artistic imagination and talent. Chaipuck’s photographs fall into this category. They are breathtaking, beautiful and mysterious. His images capture the spectacular beauty of Asian landscapes and traditions in stunningly atmospheric shots.

Check out his 500px page for more.

Unbelievable Sculptures!

I am almost at a loss of words for these detailed sculptures by Li Hongbo, a Beijing based artist, book designer and editor. What appear to be plain porcelain busts and skulls reveal their true design when twisted and pulled like taffy. The sculptures are created by gluing together thousands of layers of honeycomb-like paper and intricately carving desired shapes. Li transforms the paper into two distinct forms, a fully shaped solid piece and captured movement, undefined and surrealistic. The sculptures in motion will amaze. See the video below!

DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY, Sydney presents: Li Hongbo demonstrating how his paper sculptures work. from Dominik Mersch Gallery on Vimeo.

Lifelike Sculptures by Sam Jinks

These sculptures are so lifelike, I keep expecting them to move. After seeing more, I’m rather glad that they can’t. The Australian visual artist’s sculptures amaze, impress and leave you slightly uncomfortable. He uses silicone, resin and fiberglass to create his hyper-realistic art.

Many people feel that Sam’s work produces a creepy effect by existing in the “uncanny valley.” This is the idea that when human features are close, but not exactly, like natural human beings, it causes a response of aversion or revulsion. For example, the sculpture of a face without eyes or a mouth may fall into this category.  No matter how you feel about his work, it’s truly incredible and worth sharing.

Source: Sam Jinks via Viral Nova

Astounding Self-Portraits by Eloy Morales

Spanish artist Eloy Morales has created eye-catching self portraits. All is not as it seems with the paint covered faces below. What is so impressive about someone covering his face in paint? Scroll through to the end and find out for yourself.

Morales painstakingly painted each one of these hyperrealistic pieces by hand. His work combines an astounding technical mastery of his art with an emotional understanding and depiction of his subject.

Mister Finch’s Fairytale Fantasies

Tea making spider

Mister Finch, from Yorkshire, has no formal training. After years of attempting different medium, he found a love of sewing. His main inspirations come from nature, such as flowers, insects and birds. He draws from the wealth of fabulous and beautiful British folklore rich with morals and warnings, such as “shape shifting witches, moon gazing hares and a smartly dressed devil ready to invite you to stray from the path.” His ability to humanize animals, adding shoes and clothes, makes them come alive.
Finch uses recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but to add more authenticity and charm to his work. “Velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts looking for new adventures. A story sewn in is a story woven.”

Toadstool Spirits

Textile Moths in Courtship Dance

Moth Pulling a Tiny Coach

Textile Crows

Textile Moth and Table

Yellow Textile Bird

Masked Fox Textile Art

Flying Owl Made from Fabric

Soft Sculpture Snails

Textile Moths

Textile Mushrooms On Vintage Metal Bases

Large Velvet Spider

Soft Sculpture Fish Made From Textiles and Translucent Plastic

Caterpillar and doll head

Textile Fairytale Toadstools

Hooded Fabric Hair

Mister Finch with an Extra Large Moth