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DREAM_SEQUENCE_Sylwana Zybura_surface and surfaceSurreal images from a new photographic book project called Dream Sequence by London based creative Sylwana Zybura aka Madame Peripetie. These images were made using body painting, prosthetics, wigs and 3D make-up techniques with only minimal computer retouching and the book is available here.

www.madameperipetie.com

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Jimmy Nelson - surface and surfaceBritish photographer Jimmy Nelson has been documenting secluded vibrant tribal cultures around the world since leaving school in 1987 to traverse the length of Tibet on foot. ‘Before They Pass Away’ is a book documenting Jimmy Nelson’s work of portraits and landscape photography and is available through TeNeues.

www.beforethey.com

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The video below is a short interview by the BBC with Northern Irish Artist Colin Davidson on the making of his portrait for Nobel Laureate, the late Seamus Heaney.  This painting is part of his 30 odd large head series which began with a portrait of the musician Duke Special and later went on to include a number of portraits for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. It’s an interesting insight into the process behind these amazing works. Colin will be in conversation with BBC NI arts broadcaster Marie-Louise Muir  Friday 13th December at 1pm as part of the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition season.

www.colindavidson.com

Dana Schutz - surface and surfaceWe ran a competition for BLOW photo magazine last month and the winner chose Dana Schutz’s ‘The Sneeze’ as their favorite portrait.

‘Sneeze does everything a portrait shouldn’t: contorted and unflattering, Schutz sets up the serene stillness of memento just to interrupt it with high-velocity drool and repulsive gobs of snot. It’s a comic take on painting that’s just fundamentally wrong. More akin to an unfortunate photographic snapshot than honoured art tradition, Schutz uses her medium to embellish the horror of embarrassment, exaggerating a moment of inopportune affliction to a permanent monument of public ridicule.’ The Saatchi Gallery

More of her work below. WARNING, pretty gruesome birthing image at the end of the post.

www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/dana_schutz

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