Mike Ellis Illustrates Tiny Rooms in a Tiny House

Mike Ellis - Room For Rent

This is a great little project from Canadian illustrator Mike Ellis. Entitled Room For Rent, the work was part of an experimental installation show in Toronto and consists of a large three-dimensional miniature house filled with illustrated bedrooms. The house allows viewers to peer inside and scoop out the rooms. According to Mike, the piece uses multicolored LEDs which make the illustrations “come to life” – exposing things that may not be seen under normal circumstances.

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June 2, 2014 / By

INSA Turns His Street Art Into Mesmerizing GIFs

INSA Turns His Street Art Into Mesmerizing GIFs

UK artist and designer INSA has taken street art to another level. He’s taken the idea of photography, street art, and GIF making and combined them all, creating what I’d say is a rather labor intensive new form of art. As the artist states himself, he’s making “cutting edge art for the Tumblr generation.”

You can see more of these pieces over on designboom.

May 15, 2014 / By

‘My Famicase Exhibition’ Turns Video Games into Art for its Tenth Year


It’s that time of year when Tokyo based game culture shop METEOR hosts their annual My Famiscase Exhibition, an art show unlike any other, featuring custom Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge designs. Entrants not only design original artwork, but also the creative concept behind the imagined video game. This year’s show marks the exhibitions 10th year and features talent from across the globe. It’s an interesting mishmash of video game culture and design with a unique twist on the traditional gallery experience.

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May 14, 2014 / By

Fragmented Narratives in the Dream-like Paintings of Amy Bennett

Amy Bennet

I was talking with a friend the other day about miniature sets and dioramas and it reminded of how great the work of artist Amy Bennett is. Bennett has an unusual method of working which involves building small 3D models which she then translates to canvas, thus creating beautiful narrative paintings in the process. It may seem a little unorthodox approach at first but it’s a process which I feel really brings a whole new dimension to both the dramatic and the emotional power of her work. I think these paintings are incredible.

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May 6, 2014 / By

Humphrey Ocean’s Portraits of Everyday People

Humphrey Ocean

I recently discovered the work of Humphrey Ocean, an English artist who has been painting since the early 70’s. His first major solo exhibition was at London’s National Portrait Gallery in 1984 and he has since shown at the Tate Liverpool and the Whitechapel Gallery.

While perhaps best known for his iconic etching, Black Love Chair, which appeared on the cover of Paul McCartney’s Memory Almost Full in 2007, it is his recent collection of portraits which I want to share with you today.

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April 17, 2014 / By

Jacob Hashimoto’s ‘Gas Giant’ at MOCA

Jacob Hashimoto’s ’Gas Giant’ at MOCA

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the photo I took of the Jacob Hashimoto exhibit at MOCA entitled Gas Giant. It’s a massive installation taking full opportunity of the entire space, filling it to the brim with over 30,000 paper kites which took 25 days to install.

Influenced by ample sources that range from sacred architecture, post-war abstract painting, the Light and Space movement from the 1960s in Southern California, and the 1990s generation of Los Angeles painters, Hashimoto expands painting and collage strategies in an ongoing exploration of abstraction and landscape through color, repetition, association, and even simple marks and gestures that when combined together, result in the infinite layers of complexity that characterize his work.

You should definitely watch the video below which shows the installation of Gas Giant which must have been an extremely stressful, arduous process. You can also click here to read and see more about the installation.

April 14, 2014 / By

Kim Byungkwan’s Monsterized Versions of Hollywood Starlets

Kim Byungkwan Art 1

Kim Byungkwan is a South Korean artist who takes images of Hollywood stars, namely beloved and iconic starlets, and breaks their image with scribbles and smears of paint. He creates them with acrylic on paper, giving you what you need to “get” who the person is—and then he rips it apart. They remind of monsterized and zombified depictions of celebrities but done in a frightening and manic way—but they retail a fascinating beauty. They’re like caricatures made by a crazy person.

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April 11, 2014 / By