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Pic of the Day: Intricate Floral Pattern

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I bought a photo album to keep a sample of this pattern. Enjoy and be inspired!

Street Art by Buff Monster

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Buff Monster is an artist living in Hollywood. He began as a street artist, putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles and further afield. He now exhibits in galleries, producing fine art paintings, limited edition toys and other select design work. The colour pink is something of a trademark of his work, along with the influence of heavy metal, ice cream and Japanese culture. This is a selection of his earlier street work, you can see more of his art here.

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The Lonesome Puppy, A Children’s Book by Yoshitomo Nara

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In his first book for children, renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara tells the charming story of a puppy so large that no one notices him—until a determined little girl climbs high enough to meet him and become his friend. A sweet tale from an artist for whom childhood holds a magical appeal, The Lonesome Puppy is sure to delight young readers and Nara fans of all ages.”

It seems to have received quite a bit of press, but I couldn’t resist posting images from Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s first children’s book The Lonesome Puppy. The pictures are from Chronicle Books, while the excerpt is taken from the cover flap. You can buy The Lonesome Puppy from Amazon.

 

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Manga Spotlight: D[di:]

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D[di:] is a multi-talented artist who has worked as a singer, model, novelist, manga artist and illustrator. Her debut work was the comic  Fantastic Silent, which was created while she was still a student of an art college. The project took the form of a one meter long tempera painting, which was subsequently photographed and published in a magazine, a sublime example of traditional fine art turned popular culture.

Since then, D[di:] has established herself as an artist creating  experimental and unconventional work that combines different art forms. In Kigurumi she combined the novel with a manga format, filling all the frames with nothing but text. Similarly, before her debut as a singer, she included a free music CD with her manga Angel Meat Pie. As a mangaka, D[di:] describes the dark side of human nature with fascinating insight, but it is the unusual forms her work takes which really intrigue. This is her official website, blog and amazon shop.

Gorgeous Installations by Clive van den Berg

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"Family Tree" by Clive van den Berg, 2003, cement,wood and lightbulbs.

"Family Tree" by Clive van den Berg, 2003, cement, wood and lightbulbs.

These light sculptures are probably my favorite works from South African artist Clive van den Berg. The installations were produced for his 2003 exhibition “Love’s Ballast”, and the “Personal Affects” group exhibition held in New York in 2005.  I wrote my dissertation about his work, which deals largely with his homosexuality, but you can forget the theory because these images need no explanation. Van den Berg works in a variety of media so take a look at his official website.

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