New Portraits of Fashionably Dressed Wildlife and Floral Bouquets by Miguel Vallinas

In his long-running portrait series Second Skins, artist Miguel Vallinas (previously) uses photographic portraits of wildlife as a starting point to construct fictional wardrobes that he imagines each animal might wear if it were dressed as a human. Vallinas has an uncanny ability to select the perfect colors and textures…

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Photographic Images That Weave Moments in Time by Jason Chen

Detail of “K,” hand-woven archival inkjet print, 22.75in x 28.75, all images via Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia Moving beyond traditionally static methods of portraiture, Jason Chen creates movement through the weaving of multiple images into one. Chen’s works use separate images of the same subject to explore mutation and…

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Artist Felice House Reimagines Scenes from Classic Western Films with Female Cowboys as Leads

Julia Dean in “Giant”, 2013. Oil on canvas, 54″ x 68″. Angered by the gendered division perpetually seen in classic Western films, painter Felice House decided to create her painted series Re-Western. The collection of works are a re-imagining of her favorite Western films cast with female leads instead of…

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Found Photographs Embroidered With Colorful Thread by Julie Cockburn

“The Conundrum” (2016), hand embroidery on found photograph, all images courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York London-based artist Julie Cockburn transforms vintage photographs by embroidering across their surfaces, adding bright pops of thread to portraits that are either black and white or have faded over time. Using found images…

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Larger-Than-Life Hyperrealistic Portraits Rendered in Graphite and Charcoal by Arinze Stanley

Till He Comes, 2017. Progress photo. Graphite and charcoal pencils. Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley works with graphite and charcoal pencils on large sheets of cartridge paper to render enormous portraits of his subjects. Spending upwards of 200 hours on an artwork, Stanley agonizes over the most minute details of each…

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