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Transforming everyday objects into art holds a special place for us. It harkens back to childhood thoughts, when our minds wandered while staring out the car window at cloud formations that looked like other things. Or when we’d doodle with no purpose other than to document our own whimsical musings. These days, artists apply conceptual thinking to this cherished pastime, and the results are often special and surprising (here and here and here). Included among those artists is German-born, Australian-based Domenic Bahmann (aka Domfriday). What started as a personal exercise in creative thinking has since populated his Instagram page, which piques the interest of almost 60K followers. And, in turn, has even led to retail opportunities due to popular demand (here and here). In his own words, Bahmann explains: “In 2013 I started my own creative challenge called ‘Stop, Think, Make’. I had to come up with a new image or illustration at least once a week. Since then I try to see the world in the way I used to when I was a child. Staying playful and curious isn’t always easy in our busy modern world.”

Via Instagram

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Sure, we’ve seen paper cut art before (here and here and here), and we’re very fond of it, by the way. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this. London-based artist/photographer Rich McCor (otherwise known as @paperboyo) brilliantly pairs his paper cut skills with his keen eye for photography. And the results are clever, playful and unexpected. McCor’s carefully crafted silhouettes are brought to life against sometimes familiar and iconic backdrops. While his work may seem simple in concept, there’s no doubt in our minds that these smart compositions require much more skill than one may think. Needless to say, we are thoroughly impressed and inspired. And his growing base of 175,000 Instagram followers would surely agree.

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Hyper-realistic drawing and painting is an incredible skill that really gives us pause. Especially in the age of high resolution cameras on just about everyone’s phone, and the proliferation of Photoshop-aided art. We sort of take realistic and surrealistic views for granted, but when we look at super-realistic art done by hand, like the work of Australian artist Joel Rea, we ponder the extraordinary artistic dexterity involved. Rea’s breathtaking work clearly draws much inspiration from nature, particularly the ocean. And for anyone who has tried, depicting water realistically is no small feat. Never mind clouds, sand and the human form. Rea’s masterful paintings are not only visually precise, but also do a fantastic job of conveying emotion, whether it be a sense of fear, hope or liberation. These contemporary surrealist works have some real substance, and we look forward to what the future holds for this phenomenal young artist.

Via joelrea.com.au

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Irish artist Eoin O’Connor (best known as simply Eoin) has a few passions that inspire his art. Surf culture references dominate his large scale work, but he has recently also been experimenting with these visually stunning eyes. Eoin describes his ongoing quest to establish his own unique style: “I mainly paint ocean inspired scenes in which I try to capture some of the energy experienced while in and around the water. Over the past year I have been working towards merging the 3 areas in which I draw inspiration – surfing, street art and fine art. My goal is to create something that can bridge the gaps between genres and stand alone as my own style.” We’d say he is well on his way.

Via artbyeoin.com

Brazilian artist Tom Veiga is passionate about surf culture, and that’s reflected in his vibrant, illustrative work. “My art is the union of design and waves, in my artworks I always try to translate in lines, shapes, colors and contrasts all the inspiration I get from waves.” Veiga was recently commissioned by Australian clothing and surf wear brand Billabong to create a collection called “Tom Veiga for Billabong”, with fantastic results.

Via seriewaves.com

 

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