Amok Island Paints Modern Minimalist Murals of Native Flora and Fauna
A native of The Netherlands and now based in Australia,Â Amok IslandÂ depicts flora and fauna that can be found in the locations of his colorful murals. The artistâs distinctive minimal style is reminiscent ofÂ recent trends in digital design. However, his analog use of flat fields of color and geometric shapes to interpret the nuanced forms of animals and plants is a fresh take in the current mural scene.
Amok writes on his website that if werenât an artist, he would be a biologist. He takes many of his own reference photos (including underwater), and titles each mural with the name of the plant or animal. The artist describes his passion for the natural world:
The theme of natural exploration and conservation is a strong and constant undercurrent of Amok Islandâs artistic practice. His lifelong fascination with nature and her relationships and history with mankind drive the artistâs obvious appreciation and obsession with his subjects and his urge to direct the attention of his audience to them.
Amok has finished murals in twenty five countries and counting, and also creates smaller paintings, which he sometimes editions as prints. You can see more work on hisÂ website, as well as onÂ FacebookÂ andÂ Instagram.
You Can Construct Your Own Sculptures With Special Clay That Bakes in the Oven
We often think of ceramics as being made with porcelain clay and, a lot of times, that is the case. But did you know thereâs another way to create sculptures without a kiln? Oven bake clay is a popular way for crafters and professional artists alike to build ceramics. Using the same construction techniques as conventional clay, you can bring your artistic vision to life in a regular kitchen ovenâthatâs right, from the comfort of your own home.
What is oven bake clay?
Oven bake clay, commonly known asÂ polymer clayÂ orÂ Sculpey, is made from synthetic materials that include PVC powder, plasticizers, binders, fillers, lubricant, and pigments. When placed in the oven, the powdered PVC softens into the plasticizers and forms a solid plastic mass.
Polymer clay is an accessible material to work with. Itâs relatively inexpensive and can be manipulated to form figurines, beads for jewelry, decorative vases, and much more. Many artists like to combine Sculpey with other materials into mixed media creations. And unlike conventional clay, the oven bake version is sold as solid colorsâso rather than glazing your sculpture after the fact, you can form your sculpture in your chosen hue and not have to paint it afterward. If you do choose surface adornments, however, thatâs easy, too. You can use acrylic paint to add detail to your work and glaze it using special mediums.
Sculpey comes in a variety of colors.
This sampler is a great option for trying out many colorsâŠ
âŠ but if you prefer neutrals, these are available, too.Â
Starting a sculpture with oven bake clay is fun and easy.
One of the best things about oven bake clay is that you can practice the same techniques youâd use if you were molding clay from the earth. Before you begin building, you must âwarm upâ the Sculpey by kneading it with your hands or pinching it between your fingers.
Try some of these materials!
Rolling pin. Use a rolling pin to flatten your Sculpey into a disc and to ensure that you get rid of any air bubbles in the clay.
Sculpting tools. If youâve ever worked with conventional clay, great newsâyou can use the same pottery carving tools on Sculpey! ThisÂ set by WINCANÂ includes a staggering 30 pieces in all shapes and sizes. They are well-regarded for being great tools for carving, modeling, cutting, and scraping.
Bamboo skewers. These work well if youâre trying to poke tiny holes in your clay, such as for beads and other jewelry.
Wax paperÂ to protect your work surface. Polymer clay can affect certain finishes. If youâre not working on marble or glass, youâll want toÂ tape a sheet of wax paper to your table to protect it.
Bake & Bond adhesive. Use this special glue to attach two raw pieces of clay together. Once they are baked in the oven, they form a strong bond.
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Artist Paints Imaginary Ecosystems Bursting With Colorful Flora and Fauna
Portland-based artistÂ Yellena JamesÂ creates kaleidoscopic, biomorphic artworks that resemble colorful ecosystems, filled with imaginary flora and fauna. With an aim to illustrate places that are âhypnotically familiar and yet hauntingly exotic,â Jamesâ most recent ethereal universes explore delicate organic forms and textural terrains.
Rendered in her distinct, vibrant color palette on large canvases and round panels, James uses a combination of pens, inks, acrylic, and gouache paint. Intrigued by microscopic worlds, James reveals that she tries to âcreate new living shapes based on what [she] imagines to exist within the unseen world around us.â She explains, âI trace the origins of these luminescent forms back to the depths from which they emerge and bring them vividly to life.â Her drawings, paintings, and murals are never planned in advance; instead, she allows the dazzling scenes to take a life of their own. James tells My Modern Met via email: âI simply start with one element and keep building on it and around itâŠThroughout the process I think about balance and composition and how to connect all the elements into one entity.â
If youâre in Portland, you can see Jamesâ incredible works for yourself at theÂ ARISEÂ exhibition currently on view at theÂ Stephanie Chefas ProjectsÂ gallery until March 31st, 2018. Alternatively, find more of Jamesâ work on herÂ website, and check out herÂ Etsy shopÂ to buy her artwork as prints, cards, and even printed scarves.
Portland-based artist Yellena James creates kaleidoscopic, biomorphic artworks that resemble colorful ecosystems, filled with imaginary flora and fauna.
Jamesâ most recent ethereal universes explore delicate organic forms and textural terrains.
Rendered in her distinct, vibrant color palette on large canvases and smaller, round panels, James uses a combination of pens, inks, acrylic, and gouache paint.
h/t :Â Â My Modern Met.