Manuel Di Rita, known as Peeta, is a graffiti artist and sculptor who brings public art to a whole new level, or should I say dimension? Peeta's work turns masterful shading and color technique into three-dimensional art, which appear in many public spaces around Europe. You can see more of his work at the Ayden Gallery and on Peeta's Flickr.
Norman Rockwell's work is a deeply sentimental and sometimes kitschy view of the rosier side of things, and his name has become synonymous with the romantic views of America, traditions that make your parents ambitiously invite your whole, weird family to Thanksgiving dinner even though they won't stop being weird. But did you know that Rockwell's work was carefully staged? In an interview (below) with some of the painter's earliest subjects, NPR reveals that in fact, Rockwell carefully constructed still images before painting them. Critics differ on whether this makes him more or less legitimate, but Rockwell once explained that in photographs, he was able to capture "details and accidents of light" that he would have missed otherwise.
The beauty of painting is the ability to create anything that comes to mind, regardless of if it could happen in real life and not limited to the technical and budgetary constraints of installations, exhibits or films. But in the case of Rob Sato, I could not be happier that these landscapes of architectural chaos aren't real. His works are destructive and beautiful, putting deconstructed buildings out of context as they float around in air like some sort of lego nightmare.
The work of illustrator Jay Fleck is bold, beautiful and bursting with imaginings of faraway lands and fantasy playgrounds. His graphics are universal and full of heart: inspired by the literature of his childhood and the supportive internet communities of today. Jay Fleck talks to us about his designs, his process, and his own youngsters.
Brian Despain finds beauty in tin, sorrow in rust. Weather-beaten, worn, falling apart, inorganic but very much alive, his robots make up in spirit what they lack in polish.
In the Summer of 2012, Ceilia Giménez of Borja, Spain retouched a classic painting of Jesus Christ with the best of intentions. The finish product was such a disaster that churchgoers, city officials and the global press all responded in outrage. The botched fresco, originally named "Ecce Homo," inspired many comments and online parodies of the monkey-like Christ picture, but none as creative as this curry designed by Japanese blogger Takeda Take.
"When I stumbled across these paint rollers in a market in Romania I was so excited I bought the lot and spent the next two months of the hiking trip regretting my cumbersome purchase. They have been used there for the last 100 years or so as an alternative to wallpaper. As an ardent upcycler I have been using them ever since to bring unloved fabrics and wonky old walls back to life. I have adapted the traditional roller system for use in fabric printing particularly; there is also a more simple foam roller for paper and walls." - Clare Bosanquet, the founder of The Painted House