Salvador Dali ~ “Girl With Curls”, 1926
Painted three years before joining the Surrealist movement, “Girl with Curls" demonstrates three key methods Dali used to create mystery: scale distortion, anatomical exaggeration, and anonymity. The painting’s blend of realism and distortion, combined with its erotic content, anticipate the Surrealist style for which Dali would become famous. <source>
This is unique film of the father of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), working in his studio in Paris in 1915.
What is particularly interesting in the various pieces of footage is seeing — close up - the artist’s process with marble.
There are four segments of film:
 The artist walking up and down the steps of a monumental columned building, and inspecting the structure
 Rodin posing top-hatted in a garden
 The sculptor coming out of the then derelict C18 Hôtel Biron, which the artist used as his studio
 Rodin sculpting in his studio
Mermersing Paper Art Made From Strips Of Colored Paper by Yulia Brodskaya
There are a million and one ways to make art of paper (as we proved in our paper art post), but there’s one artist who recently caught our eye (again). Yulia Brodskaya, an artist and illustrator born in Moscow, creates stunning works of art using the quilled paper technique.
While quilled paper seems simple at first glance, we’ve never seen someone whose work matches Brodskaya’s in terms of detail, color and expressiveness. This art is create by rolling or bending strips of paper and gluing their side to the surface. This makes them essentially lines, but the paper’s width gives these “lines” a depth that 2d art can lack.
Max Gasparini was born in Rovato (Brescia), Italy, in 1970. He currently lives in Bergamo Province. Self-taught, he has been paining since he was really young without the urge to show his work.
Max Gasparini’s artworks
His studies of Classic Painting are reflected in his intimate subjects: portraits, still lives, landscapes realized with oil colours and egg based watercolours on wood. In 2007 he “meets” the packing cardboard which frees him from the use of the easel and from the orthodox techniques. Max discovers the big brushes, the action freedom, the colour smearing and several other techniques, sometimes by chance, getting to the paradox of realizing his paintings with the paint remover. The female face as a whole, representation of the Universe (from Plato) and intended as a figuration of the Mother Earth is the subject of his work of the last 2 years. White paintins disappear, replaced by old rusty metal, yute, used sacks. No more word unknow, but a backward glance, using materials inspired by those who have already benefited.
Adeline de Monseignat Sculptures
Adeline de Monseignat is a Dutch-Monegasque artist who lives and works in London. Her project-based sculptural work investigates ways in which inanimate objects can trigger emotional responses and even hold a sense of presence and life. Since completing her MA in 2011 she has shown with Victoria Miro, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and at the Bleecker St Arts Club in New York, as well as winning the Visitor Prize of The Catlin Art Prize and being awarded a Royal British Society of Sculptor’s Bursary.
“ In my sculptures I am interested in finding harmony in the contrasting qualities of strength and fragility, with the aim of making the viewer reflect and smile, as my approach is one of an optimistic and playful artist. I like to incorporate qualities to my work inspired by Surrealism, the artistic movement that has inspired me the most. Surrealism has often proven to trick the viewer with visual illusions, which fascinates me. Through my art, I like to defy gravity. The main figurative subject of my pictures always seems to float within the canvas, without any help of a background to place the subject in either time or space. This also translates in my sculptures where gravity illusions are even more enhanced, as working three-dimensionally enables me to do so. These latter are often brought to life thanks to natural materials such as wood, metal and even eggshell. When it comes to inspiration, imperfections in nature are what trigger my curiosity - a drip, a drop, a crinkle, a wrinkle - an imperfection is the sole evidence of life. I am always on the hunt for the perfect defect; the thought or sight of something challenging - shades, lighting and reflections - will immediately arouse my craving for creating. Idioms, expressions, puns and play-on-words are also often the starting point of my work, such as the “˜chicken or the egg’ or “˜wild life’ Last but not least, I’m interested in building a dialogue between the art and the audience who I expect to respond instinctively through their impressions, feelings and senses. My aim is to make people live a unique experience through my art.”
I’m always so surprised that Dave McKean doesn’t have a bigger web presence. He has been one of my biggest artistic influences since a friend first loaned me a Sandman comic in the early 90s. His work is dreamlike, dark, disturbing, mysterious and deeply gorgeous. His work has always found a place deep inside of me where it connects. And in my opinion, he helped pioneer an aesthetic and style that is still found frequently in all creative outlets today, from fine art down to music videos and tv commercials.
McKean is a true mixed-media artist. His work combines drawing, painting, sculpture, found objects, digital art, photography and collage. He began as a comic artist, working with Neil Gaiman on such early projects as Violent Cases and Black Orchid. And then came their collaboration on the Sandman series, the greatest comic book/graphic novel series ever, in my humble opinion. McKean has also dabbled in film as well, directing the visually stunning film MirrorMask (a film so imprinted with his artistic vision, it looks like his art come to life), and the short films The Week Before and N[eon]. He is in post-production of another feature length film, Luna, which does not have a release date at this time.
McKean has worked on countless other projects, including the Batman graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, the graphic novel Cages, CD covers for such musicians as Tori Amos and Skinny Puppy, and designed sets and directed film clips for the Broadway musical Lestat to name a few. He even is an accomplished jazz pianist. Seriously, I can’t even begin to list all what the guy does.
Sarah A. Smith’s Corroded Gold Leaf Drawings
Sarah A. Smith creates shimmering gold drawings with a combination of gold metal leaf, corrosive, ink, and pencil on paper. After she arranges the metal leaf that was mined and manufactured in China, she brushes it with copper sulfate, causing a chemical reaction that tarnishes and corrodes the gold metal along the surface of the . In the natural environment, this erosion process can take hundreds of years to complete. “The oxidation illustrates pollution, disintegration, transformation of elements, changes, and the passage of time,” Smith says. The result is an incredibly detailed and textured series that while extravagant is also evocative of restraint because it emerges from a process of decay.