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Braden Duncan: Tangled Marionette

Posted in anatomy, art with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

While there’s plenty of nice art on Braden Duncan’s website, Clockwork Art,, I’m most drawn to her Tangled Marionette series.

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These images remind me of the subtle ties that bind. Her subjects are bound only by the finest gossamer filament…yet they are nonetheless pulled or fixed in place, in fragile reciprocity with their surroundings. The webbing also implies at least some passage of time (or maybe I just read into everything with my Jungian imagination).

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What do these images conjure for you?

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Braden Duncan’s

Aitch

Posted in anatomy, art, surreal with tags , , , , on September 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Years ago, I remember reading about Romanian artist Aitch’s “rebellion against academic anatomy.”

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Her quote from the source went as follows:

I chose to work on this project because I always had an issue with the human anatomy. All those years in college and at the university made me so bitter to the academic/strict ways of dealing with the human form in such a degree that, now, my whole style is based on avoiding realistic body shapes and embracing awkward proportions and weird-fun characters.

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I love the traditional Romanian style that comes through in much of her work as well. A beautiful fictional anatomy deserves a beautiful coffin, no?

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Nikolay Valchev

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 7, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I came across this incredible piece by Nikolay Valchev on Pinterest, and it transported me to a world of ancient illuminated manuscripts and alchemical texts.

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The online portfolio is on the small side, but contains remarkable work like this:

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Such a lost art…

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Nikolay Valchev

C7

Posted in anatomy, art, death, nature with tags , , , , on September 6, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I could find no biographical information for the artist known as C7, but I did find a delightfully intricate collection of enigmatic bones and mysterious figures.

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Ah, we know I love a good artist who can intertwine nature, life and death in thought-provoking clusters of archetypes.

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Christophe Gilland

Posted in art, surreal with tags , , , , on September 4, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Christophe Gilland has a very interesting history indeed.

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From his artist bio:
Christophe is an Irish-born Czech-Canadian yet French citizen; and after having lived in Orlando (Florida) and Vancouver, (British Columbia) he moved to Prague in 2009. The son of a classical animator, Christophe enjoyed a somewhat fairy-tale childhood spent behind the scenes at Walt Disney Worldโ€™s animation studios, which played a significant part in his early artistic influences.

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Themes since explored range from esoteric phenomenon and fairytales to science and alchemical practices. From childlike curiosities, monstrosities and psychology, to manโ€™s relationship with nature, the archaic and the otherworldly.

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I especially love his wildly creative take on the “anatomy” of common plants and creatures.

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Aaron Smith

Posted in art with tags , , , on September 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Aaron Smith is clearly inspired by Victorian and Edwardian portraiture, in which the subjects possessed a kind of austere masculinity.

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Yet he belies this stark virility with the use of broad impressionist strokes and vibrant colors. Life force emerges from these stoic poses.

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Smith’s work seems to simultaneously conjure deeply rooted masculine archetypes, and surpass the cultural constraints generally superimposed on these archetypes.

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Subway Doodle

Posted in art, monsters, street art with tags , , on August 30, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I don’t know anything about the identity of Subway Doodle since I only have an Instagram handle (@subwaydoodle).

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The artist takes photos and draws over them with his iPad. The results are rather brilliant, and often hilarious.

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Keep in mind, our eyes and ears can only perceive a relatively narrow range of stimuli. Can we really be certain these creatures aren’t sitting next to (or looming over) us?๐Ÿ˜‰

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Subway Doodle