There is a violinist, a farmer tilling his field, and a cockerel with a propeller for a head. All were once rockets, artillery shells, or bullets falling on Lebanon’s battlefields. Artist Charles Nassar has been transforming their dark, wrangled remains into sculptures to celebrate tradition and memory. “I hate shrapnel, but I also love it
Some artists draw with their left hand and some with their right, but Dutch artist Rajacenna van Dam manages photo-like accuracy drawing with both simultaneously. “I can go faster and it’s also less boring,” she says of her ambidextrous artistry. It has also been a success, with views piling up on a YouTube time-lapse video
Bernardo de la Cruz casts his eyes around the nearly silent workshop where he used to toil overtime hand-painting custom decor on jeepneys, the singularly Philippine minibuses facing the scrapheap. These rolling art galleries adorned with images of everything from Batman to babies, as well as disco lights and chrome wheels, have for decades provided
As a fibre artist working with deadstock fabric and vintage tufting tools, Svetlana Shigroff has an acute appreciation for what she describes as “old-school women’s work”. “There is something so special about using your hand with these old tools,” Shigroff says of her hand-tufted tapestries. “I don’t want to become mechanised.” After working as a
Jamaliah Morais works her deft and talented Oriental brush painting strokes at her studio within a Torpedo factory – yes an actual, former torpedo manufacturing factory that was refurbished to become what is now the largest arts centre in the United States. The Malaysian-born artist has been painting for more than 35 years. The late
Not only is she a top model, Malaysian beauty Sheena Liam has made a name for herself as an artist. Using her Internet moniker Times New Romance, the 27-year-old has released contemporary embroidery works that have won her acclaim. Two months ago, Liam held her first solo exhibition at the Item Gallery in Paris. The
After rolling pyramid-shaped dice, Iraqi Kurdish artist Hoshmand Muwafaq shifted his pebble around an ornate board, his handmade recreation of one of the Middle East’s oldest and most popular games. Originating nearly 5,000 years ago in what would become Iraq, the Royal Game of Ur mysteriously died out – until Muwafaq resurrected it by making
At Libby Smith’s Magical Beings at downtown Orlando’s CityArts Factory, there is a 12-foot triptych. The three paintings together comprise a 12-foot landscape of lifeless tree trunks after a hurricane. “I saw these gorgeous dead trees,” said the artist. “And the art teacher I was with looked at me and said, ‘What are you doing?
A lot of people get emotional when they first see the dollhouse-sized figures that Lucy Francis makes. “I cried. It took my breath away,” said Carol Bryant, about opening the package Francis sent her. Inside was a tiny sculpture of a dog, a replica of Bryant’s beloved pet, a cocker spaniel named Brandy Noel who
Clickety-clack, clickety-clack, ding rings out from a home in India’s Mumbai where Chandrakant Bhide is creating his latest artwork – on a typewriter. The 72-year-old thumps the keys of the bulky, manual machine to draw portraits of famous people, all bearing an unmistakeable resemblance to their subject. From politicians and film stars to cricketers, animation
Retired film production house co-owner Audrey Lim Yoke-lin, 54, had a hard life in her younger days. When she was 17, her mother became an invalid and, two years later, her father passed away. She is the youngest in her family, and has an elder sister and brother. But her athletic skills stood her in
Nawwar Shukriah Ali might be a name that you won’t immediately recognise. But if you have been paying attention to the homegrown names in the design and multidisciplinary art community in the last few years, then you might have heard of Bono Stellar. For the day job, Nawwar, 33, goes by the moniker Bono Stellar.
Penang-born visual artist Ken Ooi Chee Kheng, 45, isn’t someone to give up so easily in finding his way in the art scene. It has been a long route but he has managed to keep going. Early on, he knew he couldn’t study art abroad when he finished high school. His family didn’t have the
Many of Beijing’s traditional alleys, or hutong, used to offer a plethora of sights, smells and sounds including the distinctive din of man-made pigeon whistles, and hawkers selling snacks. Yet as the capital has developed and technology marches on, the sounds emanating from these alleyways have gradually diminished as people tend to ignore goings-on a
They are hidden in plain sight just about anywhere you might wander in north-eastern Ohio, in the United States. In an exam room at Akron Children’s Hospital. Just outside the entrance to Marc’s in Cuyahoga Falls. Tucked on a shelf in the dog food aisle of Walmart in Brimfield Township. They are rocks, but not