The stencil artist Kris Trappeniers from Belgium, creates fascinating portraits using only a scalpel and a single piece of paper. Initialy, he creates loose portraits on paper and then he cuts each paper-cut by hand with an X-acto. Afterwards he uses spray to paint them. The use of various line weights and the mixture of positive and negative space are the main elements of his art creating really vivacious images.
Chuck Close suffers from Prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness, he is unable to recognize faces. Painting portraits, helps him to recognize and remember faces. He records minute close up detail. Photographic quality of his work. To create his work Close puts a grid on a photo and on the canvas and copies cell by cell. Each square within the grid is filled with roughly executed regions of color which give the cell a perceived 'average' hue which makes sense from a distance.
Amanda Nelson composes pictures from thousands of pieces of junk mail, folded and string-bundled into 2 inch cubes to create colored pixels. www.amandanelson.com
New York artist Michael Mapes creates elaborate specimen boxes by dissecting photographs and then compartmentalizing individual fragments within plastic bags, glass vials, magnifiers, in gelatin capsules and on insect pins. The boxes exist in an uncanny area between photography and sculpture, functioning both as portraits and as fascinating scientific canvases that make you question the the logic behind the organization of each piece.
Peter uses a comprehensive collection of found papers as his palette which are coloured, patterned or textured by their printed, written or worn surfaces, with this media he 'paints' his collages. He shades with density of print and creates substance and movement with lines plucked from old maps or manuscripts. His pieces use mark-making in an innovative and humorous way.
British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster are a creative team known for their experimental art including these mind-boggling light and shadow sculptures. The duo forms abstract works from, which upon first glance, look like nothing other than straightforward piles of trash. The excitement for the viewer comes when a single light illuminates the pile and creates an entirely new piece of art—usually portraits of themselves—formed with the combination of light and shadow projected onto the wall.
sing carefully cut fragments of printed skin from the photographs of celebrities in popular magazines, artist David Adey creates elaborate, pinned collages reminiscent of the most complex entomological displays. In some instances he reconstructs the original photos using component pieces cut into myriad geometric shapes and symbols, each placed perfectly on the canvas with a single pin. Other times he creates giant whirling textures as with his piece Swarm, a process that can take 300 hours.
Discarded coffee cups, used batteries and tin containers become the canvas for Paul Westcombes work. Does a canvas have to be flat, a sketchbook rectangular or square? How could you use discarded elements from your own habitat to express yourself?
Jeanette Barnes. My work consists of drawing. Cities are my inspiration, their people and architecture. I love the energy, buildings, people rushing about, traffic speeding by. I make many sketches outside, then go back to my studio and begin to build up large pieces through trial and error, trying out various combinations. These drawings aren't about 1 single moment, but a combination of ideas and experiences, bringing together interesting aspects from different sketches to create final pieces.