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Mattress Sheep

The gift of found object artists is the ability to see forms in discarded objects that most of us would never consider. Take this mattress that Sophie Marsham found in an alley. With a bit of decoration, it looks just like a sheep! She writes: It was bought from an exhibition I had, by a client [...]

Throne of Games

Aaron Jasinski, the master of mashups, warns us to not rest easily upon the Mushroom Throne. He made this acrylic on wood planel painting for a Gallery 1988 show. Link -via it8Bit

Rothko in Rice

Mark Rothko’s defaced painting inspired photography Henry Hargreaves (previously on Neatorama) to recreate the artist’s famous artwork. Hargreaves told us that after hearing the story, he found that Rothko [...]

13 Disturbing Pieces of Art from History

The media gets a lot of criticism for violent and disturbing imagery. Movies, TV, video games, tabletop RPGs, comic books, and various other things have all gone through periods where they’re blamed for exposing children to dark and unsettling things. What people forget is that the media of yesterday — fine art specifically — were [...]

Honest and Creepy, Satire and Homage: Grant Wood’s American Gothic

Getty Images No American artwork has been parodied more than American Gothic. Zombies, dogs, Beavis and Butt-Head, the Muppets, Lego figures, and even Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have taken a turn with the pitchfork. But the painting itself is no joke—American Gothic is as recognizable as the Mona Lisa and The Scream. During the Great Depression, [...]

Fanny/Fingerpainting by Chuck Close

This ain’t fingerpainting you did in kindergarten! That’s artist Chuck Close "painting" a portrait of his grandmother-in-law with his fingertips. From The National Gallery of Art: Fanny/Fingerpainting, a portrait of Close’s grandmother-in-law, [...]

What Happened to Bob Ross’ Paintings?

Bob Ross said he made over 30,000 paintings in his lifetime. He didn’t sell them, and he never put them in a gallery. Where did his army of happy clouds go? We’ll let Bob explain: “One of the questions that I hear over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these [...]

UV Glow Painting Made With RC Cars

(YouTube Link) Typically when art and advertising collide the result is annoyingly shameless, like a door to door salesman selling magazine subscriptions. But this glowing work by Ian Cook doesn’t smack of in your face advertising, and he created parts of the painting by using RC cars to apply the paint, four wheel streaks at a time. –via [...]

Hokusai’s The Great Wave Painted Using Coke

(YouTube Link) Who knew that Coke and traditional Japanese art were the two great tastes that taste great together? Watch Phil Hansen go to work on a gigantic reproduction of Hokusai’s painting “The Great Wave of Kanagawa” using a most refreshing medium-Coca Cola! He will even show you how you can try your hand at painting with Coke, [...]

The Most Mysterious Painting in the Pentagon

This cloak and dagger story has got everything: a mysterious painting, the headquarters of the world’s most powerful military, and a clandestine operation known only as "The Project." In a Pentagon hallway hung an austere [...]