archiemcphee:

American oil painter Donald Roller Wilson combines the polished realism of the Old Masters with a cast of eccentric anthropomophized animal characters, including dogs, cats and plenty of primates - many of whom are smokers - to create awesome pop surrealist portraits. His regular characters include Cookie the Baby Orangutan, Jane the Pug Girl, Jack the Jack Russell “Terror,” Loretta the Actress Cat, Miss DogAmerica, and Patricia the Seeing Eye Dog of Houston.

According to the New York Times, “Donald Roller Wilson’s goofy, hallucinogenic, Old Master-style painting of monkeys, dogs and cats dressed up in antique costumes may be kitsch, but it’s high-quality kitsch, like good beach reading.”

One of our favorite things about his paintings is that Donald Roller Wilson creates a brief narrative for each of them, much like Travis Louie (previously featured here) does for his own ever-expanding cast of characters.

We recommend visiting Donald Roller Wilson’s online gallery to view many more of his wonderfully strange paintings and read the stories that go with them.

[via Faith is Torment]

montereybayaquarium:

Can’t stop watching this strolling cephalopod? Don’t be fooled by its delicate movement—the mimic octopus can easily scare off potential predators. In a flash, this master of mimicry changes its color and shape to hover like a lethal lionfish or slither like a poisonous sea snake. Learn more

montereybayaquarium:

Can’t stop watching this strolling cephalopod? Don’t be fooled by its delicate movement—the mimic octopus can easily scare off potential predators. In a flash, this master of mimicry changes its color and shape to hover like a lethal lionfish or slither like a poisonous sea snake. 

Learn more

tweedlebop:

“Story Time" 
Another new print I’ll have at San Diego Comic Con!
Booth 5250 with Mr. Toast

tweedlebop:

Story Time

Another new print I’ll have at San Diego Comic Con!

Booth 5250 with Mr. Toast

Sneak peek from Auguste Clown Gallery of my little showcase, Cutaneous Horns, opening July 19th.
If you hurry you can sign up for their newsletter and get the full preview (and first dibs too) http://www.augusteclown.com

Sneak peek from Auguste Clown Gallery of my little showcase, Cutaneous Horns, opening July 19th.
If you hurry you can sign up for their newsletter and get the full preview (and first dibs too) http://www.augusteclown.com

archiemcphee:

These nightmarish images feel like scenes from a B-movie, but they’re really photos of a powerful traveling art installation by Colombian artist Rafael Gómezbarros entitled Casa Tomada (“Seized House”). Giant ant sculptures swarm across urban exteriors and gallery walls. As if the idea of monstrous ants wasn’t already freaky, these 2-foot-long specimens feature tree branches for legs and segmented bodies made of joined pairs of fiberglass resin skulls and fabric. These hair-raising urban interventions are meant to draw attention to the uprooting, immigration and forced displacement of peasants and migrant workers in Latin America.

"When placed on the facades of government buildings and blank gallery walls alike, the ants give off a chilling sense of foreboding and encroachment. By placing them in swarms, Gómezbarros makes the insects even more strikingly representative of the peasants displaced by war and strife in Gómezbarros’ native Colombia."

Click here to learn more.

[via Design Taxi and Beautiful/Decay]

gameraboy:

cooltreats
Do I want the THICKA SHAKE or the BIGGA SHAKE?

gameraboy:

cooltreats

Do I want the THICKA SHAKE or the BIGGA SHAKE?

archiemcphee:

Do you follow Wink Books? They only review 5 star books that need to be printed on paper. Today’s book is about “aggressively cute” Japanese pop culture. 

winkbooks:

Kawaii! – A catalog of the aggressively cute in Japanese pop culture

Kawaii!: Japan’s Culture of Cute

by Manami Okazaki and Geoff Johnson
Prestel
2013, 224 pages, 7.9 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
$20 Buy a copy on Amazon

The exquisite subtlety of traditional Japanese art and design is legendary. But on top of that subtlety, the Japanese have an odd affection for the aggressively cute. Cute as in Hello Kitty, anime manga, pulsating TV game show graphics, wide-eye-popping color packing and over-the-top cosplay costumes; the kind of extreme poptomistic cuteness that outsiders either find head-scratching ridiculous, or completely captivating. I’m in the latter camp and find myself delighted and made happy by the explosive sensibility of Japanese cuteness. Here is a mighty fine catalog of the full range of “kawaii” – or cuteness – in Japanese food, maps, fashion, toys, and love, and a bit of how it came to reign in Japan. – Kevin Kelly

July 14, 2014

supersonicart:

Stephanie Kunze’s Haunted Drawings.

Several very haunting black and white works by artist Stephanie Kunze (Previously on Supersonic):

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darksilenceinsuburbia:

Studio Markunpoika, run by Finnish designer Tuomas Markunpoika, created a series of vessels carved from hundreds of hexagon-shaped pencils glued together and carved out using a machine lathe.

Pencils are utilized when giving form to our thoughts, illustrating our wishes and ideas. They are inseparably fused with craft and arts,” writes Markunpoika. “‘Amalgamated’ is a collection which explores the relationship of a mass produces ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. The beauty of the pencil an object seems to go unnoticed if utilized only for their primary purpose.

More info: Website

gameraboy:

This was one of the first Disneyland collectables, the 1955 Disneyland Fun Box by Whitman. Via ha.com

archiemcphee:

Something awesome, surreal and possibly even a little bit magical is happening on a quiet street in the Toxteth district of Liverpool, England. Every night, when the clock strikes 10:00pm, the sliding storefront shutter on a derelict building opens to reveal a radiant blue tank of water filled with live, luminous jellyfish silently swimming around the space.

This dreamlike scene is a site-specific art installation created by artistic duo Walter Hugo & Zoniel for the Liverpool Biennial. Entitled The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Someone Living, the piece was not promoted in advance in any way. Instead it simply started happening and will continue making its punctual 10pm appearance until July 27, 2014.

If you can’t make it to Liverpool before the end of the month, you can click here to watch some video footage of the installation, which was shared by Neal Bryant.

[via designboom]

bargeist:

nickanimationstudio:

We’re at the grand opening of the “Heroes in a Half Shell” TMNT Art Tribute Gallery at Gallery Nucleus in LA!!

So many of our artists have pieces in the exhibit…it’s amazing how many of the folks that work on the show are also HUGE fans!

Come check out the gallery if you can! The exhibit will run til August 3rd.

So beat! Here’s a look at the Nucleus x Nickelodeon TMNT 30th Anniversary exhibition I helped put together! It was my first time working on a large studio exhibition, and it was so amazing! The Nickelodeon crew did a phenomenal job at transforming the gallery into an ultra-green fan cave, and we had an incredibly talented roster visualize the tmnt universe and share their favorite aspects with us.  

If any Nick people are reading this, I’d like to give a big thanks for helping make the event a really big success. There was a tremendous turnout of gracious and passionate fans, and I’m grateful for the huge support the artists and event team provided.

The exhibit will be up until August 3rd, so if you’re in the LA area, I highly recommend checking it out.

enochliew:

House in Vitacura by Izquierdo Lehmann

Designed for an older couple and their large family, located on top of a hill overlooking the Andes and the valley of Santiago.

cookiecarnival:

Mickey’s Garden (1935)