Tag Archives: Painting

Speed Painting Illusion

February 27th, 2013 | Brain

Speed Painting is a little-known niche of the art world.  However, this performance by D. Westry on the Anderson Cooper Show is fantastic!  He has 1 minute and 30 seconds to impress the judges, and it looks to be off to a pretty disappointing start, but as with most activities, it’s all about the finish.

It’s interesting how our brain uses gravitational, up-down reference frames to process images.  Here’s a few optical illusions of upside-down art:

El Cosaco y El Burro

“This reversible optical illusion image on an old matchbox also contains a sly joke. The Spanish word “El Cosaco” means a mounted policeman, but it also refers to an elite Russia cavalry corps, who were thought to be heavy drinkers, so “El Cosaco” means someone who drinks heavily.

When it’s reversed, of course “El Burro” means burro or mule in English, but it’s also someone who’s an ignorant or pompous ass.

So might this be a little satirical dig at stupid drunken Russians or pompous policeman? Ponder that while you take out a match to light up your smoke.”


You can find a lot more of the matchbook art here.

Garibaldi and Stalin

This image was part of the Italian Anti-Communist propaganda. When the face of the politician Garibaldi is turned upside-down, you see that he was devoted to Stalin.

It would be cool to see a speed painting that works just as well right-side-up as upside-down.


World War Robot by Ashley Wood

August 14th, 2012 | Robot

World War Robot

World War Robot

Ashley Wood is an accomplished Australian artist who has worked with several companies including Dreamworks, Marvel Comics, and Konami.

The paintings above are from a graphic novel titled, World War Robot, which was released back in 2010.  Here’s the Amazon blurb:

It’s total robot war! In development to be a major motion picture, Ashley Wood’s World War Robot tells the tale of a dwindling band of humans and robots who face off in a battle that will likely end humanity as we know it – on Earth, on the Moon, and on Mars, too! Badass battles, really intense human/robot drama, and even a little black humor and political intrigue are the order of the day in this oversize epic that collects both previous books in one deluxe hardcover volume.

Sounds like a pretty cool story to me, and I’m a big fan of the muted colors and loose style he uses in the paintings.  You can pick it up here if you’d like:


Electric Anatomy

July 4th, 2012 | Brain

Wow!  Here’s some 4th of July Fireworks for you!  This painting comes from artist Alex Grey — a renowned spiritual/psychedelic artist & practitioner of Tantric Buddhism.  Alex actually spent five years at Harvard Medical School working in the Anatomy department, studying the human body and preparing cadavers for dissection.  His mastery of anatomy is clearly displayed in his painting.

The New York Times described his work:

“Mr. Grey’s paintings present man as an archetypal being struggling toward cosmic unity. Grey’s vision of a flawed but perfectible mankind stands as an antidote to the cynicism and spiritual malaise prevalent in much contemporary art.”

And while his works may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it would be hard to argue against the pure energy flowing off the canvas.  One can only wonder what the bottom half of this painting would look like…

Alex and his wife are holding a Visionary Art Intensive at the Omega Institute in New York from July 29th to  August 3rd, 2012 if you are interested.

Find more of Alex’s work here.


Dan Quintana

April 27th, 2012 | Brain

The art of Dan Quintana, who hails from Los Angeles, CA, has a certain kind of evil to it. He paints dark and twisted visions of humanity that make you feel a little bit uncomfortable, and his work can get pretty risque.

But on a another note, I don’t feel as much of that in the first piece, titled “Diffuse 2012.”  It’s a bit more of a silent killer.  I really like how he shows the layers of anatomy beneath the beautiful woman.

For more of his work, head over to his blog.


[via Anatomy UK]

The Paintings of Pavel Tchelitchew

March 29th, 2012 | Brain, Space

Russian-born Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957) created most of these surrealist paintings toward the end of his distinguished career.  Tchelitchew was influenced by cubism and constructivism, but he reacted against the cones and cubes and began working in curves, a decision that led to his representational style, which used every traditional device of anatomy and perspective.

Tchelitchew was also known for his predilection for outrageous blues and pinks, calling himself the “Prince of Bad Taste.”  Maybe this is why his paintings have an 80’s feel to me — the lines look like lasers!


[via But Does It Float]

Astronaut Paintings by Gregory Manchess

March 20th, 2012 | Space

These astronaut paintings are by Gregory Manchess, a renowned illustrator from Kentucky.  Manchess is an artist whose works combine a love of fine art and science fiction.  Professionally, he has contributed to Time, Atlantic Monthly, spreads for Playboy, Omni, Newsweek, and Smithsonian, and numerous book covers.  I really like these new astronaut paintings he created for a recent personal project. The abstract brush strokes look great contrasted with the eyes piercing through the helmets — pretty powerful stuff.

From the artist:

I’ve started a new series of paintings, just for me. Astronauts, past, present, or future, doesn’t matter. I was intrigued by Scott Carpenter’s face looking out from behind bright reflections bouncing off his face mask [1st painting, above]. And [in the second painting], a shuttle crewman stares with that timeless look.

As a kid, I was always looking skyward, staring out into interstellar space from behind the atmospheric face mask of Earth. I feel a kinship with these explorers. Perhaps it’s the promise of all that discovery.

There’s just something so fascinating about people in space suits.

And I couldn’t agree more.


[via Letsdolaunch]

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