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If you are looking for creative inspiration, look no future than Instagram. There are so many wonderful creative accounts inspiring us everyday. One such feed belongs to artist Hong Yi, also known as Red.

Red Hong Yi was born in Malaysia and studied Architecture in Australia. Her transition to artist is an interesting story. She created a portrait of Yao Ming using a basketball dipped in red paint. Red then made a video of her process and posted it on Facebook. It went viral and an artist was born!

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Teh Tarik (Malaysian pulled tea) Man portrait – made with 20,000 tea bags

Red Hong Yi

Adel portrait – made with 1,500 melted candles and inspired by “Set Fire to the Rain” song 

Red Hong Yi

Singer Jay Chou Portrait – made with coffee stains

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Filmmaker Zhang Yimou portrait – using socks and pins hanging on bamboo sticks

What’s great about Red’s work is that she uses everyday materials in her art. She is “inspired by her surroundings and the range of affordable materials available from wholesale markets. The use of materials in bulk in her project alludes to the globalization and mass production in China and Asia.”

Her more popular works are her portraits and food art. She has done portraits of people like Adele using melted tea lights, Aung San Suu Kyi made with dyed carnations, Jackie Chan using chopsticks, Mark Zuckerberg made out of books and Tyler Florence using food. 

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To find out more about Red Hong Yi’s work go to her website or catch her on Instagram.

All images by Red Hong Yi

The first time I saw Marine Crosta’s work I thought “how clever”. Marine is a French artist living in England. She is inspired by the sea and paints beautiful oil seascapes. The clever part is how she displays her art.

Marine frames her work in a round antique frame with a convex glass. The result is a ship’s porthole! Looking at it, you would think you’re looking out of a porthole, not a painting. How awesome is that?

Of her framing process she says, “It involves a lot of restoring, glass cutting, polishing, drilling, screwing, unscrewing. It’s not easy and I’m still learning but at least I can proudly say that I do everything myself.”

To claim your part of the sea, checkout Marine Crosta’s website. For a behind the scenes look at her process, catch her on Instagram.

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Painting seascapes – round oil on panel 

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Framing seascapes – antique frame with convex glass

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Finished seascape display

Images by Marine Crosta

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Our featured artist today is Kim Zeluck. Kim is based in New York but sometimes call Hong Kong home. She paints in oil, watercolor and mixed media. She is best know for her dreamscape paintings (paintings inspired by dreams). Her latest collection is my personal favorite.

Kim Zeluck’s latest collection is called The Happy Introvert Collection. It is a collection of oil and mixed media on canvas. The collection “attempts to justify the often-misunderstood concept of introversion.”

Kim says of the collection, “Introversion is only one way of living and thinking, but it provides those who embody it with a compelling and refreshing point of view. The mind of the introvert is where stars are born, where magic is made.”

Kim Zeluck

Kim Zeluck

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I always tell people that my oil and watercolor paintings are what you would see if you were to examine a little piece of my mind under a microscope. My artwork is my own mythology. From a young age, I began doodling faraway lands and fantastic creatures, finding refuge in my overly active imagination. My paintings reflect my dreams and are a product of my introversion.

I like to paint detailed scenes that inject some whimsy and fantasy into reality, such as a floral painting full of hidden creatures, or a rainy day scene with all sorts of characters underneath their umbrellas. A few years ago, I began gathering images and writing taken from my dream journal and created my Dreamscape paintings, using overlapping and oftentimes disjunctive narratives to create a larger illustration of the surreal nature of dreams.

I am most inspired by the way our minds can naturally bend and distort reality – sometimes in the most lovely but bizarre way – and allow us to forever travel to new and unexpected places that are intrinsically within us.

Kim Zeluck

Kim Zeluck

For more information on Kim Zeluck check out her website or catch her on Instagram.

Images by Kim Zeluck

Art

It’s officially Spring on Sunday! To celebrate spring, I’m showcasing the colorful art of Kim Keever today. Kim is an engineer turned photographer. Before finding his current creative outlet, he was a painter and print maker.

At first glance, you might think his work is an original painting. But, Kim doesn’t use a canvas or paintbrush. He uses a 200 gallon tank of water and a camera!

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kim keever

kim keever

His abstract photos are created by pouring paint into water. The results are colorful clouds which he captures with his camera. He has about 5 to 20 minutes before the paint diffuses. In that time, Kim takes thousands of photos before choosing the best one.

He also photographs landscapes and sculptures in water. Kim builds his own miniature landscapes. He places the landscape in the tank and then floods the tank. He then uses lighting to depict things like outdoor light or sunset.

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kim keever

kim keever

Kim uses plaster to make his sculptures of people and animals. The sculptures are placed in the tank of water. Kim then captures the sculptures as they decompose in the water.

Keever’s work can be found in museums around the country. You can catch his latest exhibition at the Waterhouse Dodd Gallery in New York City. To see more of his work, checkout his website.

Images by Kim Keever

Art

Painting is fun, no doubt. But, the splatter and drip painting technique is a whole lot of fun! No one does it better than Tilen Ti, a Malaysian artist living in Singapore. His paintings are vibrant and colorful and seems to explode with life.

 

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Tilen Ti

Tilen is known for his beautiful animal watercolors. He mostly paints tropical and exotic animals but has painted the everyday as well. Tilen has painted dogs, cats, rabbits and even buildings and people. When he’s not painting, you can find him teaching one of his workshops.

 

Tilen Ti

Tilen Ti

Tilen Ti

To learn more about his work and workshops catch him on Instagram or Etsy.

Images by Tilen Ti