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The artist, who hails from South Korea and studied Visual Communication Design at the Hongik University of Fine Art & Design in Seoul, also teaches keen young artists some of the tricks of his trade.
Helnwein is concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. As a result of this, his work is often considered provocative and controversial. His paintings walk the line between upsetting and beautiful but are always provocative. While his subject matter isn't for everyone (it usually revolves around violence and children), his skills with a brush are undeniable. Plus he paints with sunglasses on. How badass is that?
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Dascanio was born in Garbagnate Milanese in 1983. After graduating from art school, he worked alone for five years, then was an assistant to the famous Italian painter Gianluca Corona. Corona taught the young artist the oil techniques of the great old masters of the Renaissance. Dascanio has since won prizes for his paintings in northern Italy, including the prestigious national painting prize—Le Segrete Di Bocca.
The Christlike subject of the portrait above is actually Dascanio's father.
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Eley spends around five weeks on a painting, working around 90 hours a week. He tries to explore the perception of isolation in the modern world, and the plastic wrap in his pictures works as a medium for this, since “it is something you can see through, but not feel through."
The effort that goes into his paintings means that each takes around a month to complete, with the artist working eight-hour days in his studio.
Morales, 40, has exhibited his art around the globe from Spain, Italy, and France, to England, Mexico, and New York.
Born in 1989 in Lamezia, Italy, this emerging talent is self-taught. He only began drawing in 2007 but has already won numerous awards.
To get such realistic looking waves, Ortner insists on using old-fashioned lead white, because of its superior translucency. He mixes it himself, using oxidized lead and walnut oil that he's cooked on low heat for three days. His other colors—grays, blues, and greens but also vermilions and umbers—are derived the old-fashioned way too, from minerals combined with oils of linseed, poppy seed, or walnut.
In October 2009, Ortner won the first ArtPrize, a now annual competition founded by entrepreneur Rick DeVos, grandson of the co-founder of Amway. At a half million dollars, it's the largest cash prize for art in the world and is awarded by popular vote. After more than 334,000 votes were cast, Ortner's Open Water No. 24 won the $250,000 first-place prize out of 1,260 works. Before winning the prize, Ortner had been struggling to get by, sometimes borrowing money to pay his bills.
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The incredible likeness was created by US-based airbrush artist Dru Blair and took more than 70 hours of painstaking work using ultra-thin lines of paint. He uses mini spray guns to deposit fine lines of paint on a board to produce the lifelike pictures—right down to skin pores.
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