Artist Dennis Wojtkiewicz paints enormous portraits of sliced fruit, often scaling four feet across or more. Each oil on canvas painting focuses exclusively on the edible subject, with dramatic backlit lighting seeming to light up the melons, citrus, apples, and kiwis. While Wojtkiewicz focuses on tiny details like individual segments of juice, striations, and the fuzzy skins, the realism is tempered by a slightly hazy, impressionistic finish.
Raku Inoue, the Montreal-based creative uses flower petals, stems, and leaves to form creatures ranging from owls and tigers to beetles and butterflies in his ongoing Natura series. Inoue takes advantage of the natural curvatures and shapes of his source materials to create lively interpretations of animals. By using largely intact plants, the artist heightens the aliveness of his creations, bridging both flora and fauna.
In Noche Antigua (Ancient Night) an opossum and a rabbit work together—and against each other—to create and maintain the sun and the moon. The book, written in Spanish and illustrated by Mexico-based artist David Álvarez is based on elements from ancient myths in several Central American cultures. Álvarez captures a sense of quiet magic with the simplified forms and hushed tones of his illustrations, which seem to glow from the illumination of the moon.
Are you going to watch the Super Blood Wolf Moon rise and eclipse this weekend?!
“The golden couple,” Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands, Grand Title Winner 2018, Animal Portraits
Last fall Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten was the overall winner of the 54th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition after being selected from over 45,000 submissions! In total there were 19 category winners from the tens of thousands who submitted images of wildlife and natural environments from all corners of the globe.
Thomas Medicus is a master of illusion. The Austria-based artist builds sculptures from segments of painted and hand-cut glass which present a different image depending on which angle you view the rotating cube. In his most recent work, Head Instructor, concept follows form. The piece presents several viewpoints of an androgynous human’s head, showcasing the hidden thoughts and viewpoints that might occupy one’s mind.
Congratulations to Artist of the Month, Tien Phan! You can check out Tien's artwork in person on the Artist of the Month bulletin board in the library, on our school TV’s, and of course, right here on the Literary Magazine website!
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