Classic Paintings, With All The Humans Replaced With Playmobil Toys

I always used Playmobil figurines to reenact my favorite movies, but artist Pierre-Adrien Sollier recreates famous works of art with Playmobil shapes, painting images of the plastic toys in the place of people and animals. » 1/08/15 3:00pm 1/08/15 3:00pm

Dogs Playing Poker Just Got Owned By Dogs Playing Dungeons & Dragons

Hey, "Dog's Playing Poker," you're great and all, but "Dogs Playing Dungeons and Dragons" is the best dog painting in the history of all dog paintings. The end. » 11/13/14 3:06pm 11/13/14 3:06pm

"Mummy Brown" Paint Was Made Of Mummified Cats And Humans

There was a group of British painters called pre-Raphaelites who liked using a particular shade of brown in their masterpieces. To get just the right hue, they ground up ancient Egyptian human and cat mummies. » 4/03/14 11:18am 4/03/14 11:18am

These Charming Paintings Celebrate Female Firsts In Space

In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, and to celebrate 50 years of female astronauts, artist Ciaran Duffy has painted a series dedicated to these space pioneers. » 3/24/14 11:30am 3/24/14 11:30am

Light Paintings That Make the Real World Look like Tron

You'll never ride a lightcycle, or compete on the Game Grid. But the most dazzling "light paintings" use slow shutter speeds and other tricks to create light trails, giving the illusion that the real world has become a luminous virtual space. Here are the greatest light paintings of the past and present. » 2/17/14 3:17pm 2/17/14 3:17pm

Dinosaurs face new challenges in these beautiful watercolors

Morgan O'Brien's water color and coloring pencil dinosaur pieces are not only gorgeous, they show the beasts in interesting confrontations. There are whole stories to be read into each one. » 1/19/14 7:00am 1/19/14 7:00am

How to Understand Why an Awesome Book Cover Became Expensive Fine Art

Yesterday, we shared with you the news that Glenn Brown's painting, which is very closely based on an Isaac Asimov book cover by Chris Foss, sold for $5.7 million at auction. Now, over at Scientific American's Symbiartic blog, Glendon Mellow provides some essential context for this. » 1/09/14 9:56am 1/09/14 9:56am

Energetic Oil Paintings of Our Solar System's Planets

Most of the space porn we come across is constructed from recorded images of objects in space. But painter Erik Olson prefers to interpret our solar system through his own lens, rendering our celestial neighbors with oil on canvas. » 9/29/13 3:00pm 9/29/13 3:00pm

Dramatic paintings of gathering storm clouds

Clouds are clearly the stars of Michelle Manley's landscape paintings. By exaggerating their peaks and curves, and pulling from the full spectrum of cloudy colors, Manley creates ominous scenes of looming, almost monstrous storms. » 8/25/13 8:30am 8/25/13 8:30am

The ram-skulled god is ready to invade your nightmares

Jeff Christensen paints oil portraits from a more macabre dimension, spotlighting fearsome gods, tortured monsters, and animals engaged in vicious magic. They would serve as fabulous concept art for a surreal horror fantasy film. » 5/18/13 1:00pm 5/18/13 1:00pm

Voltron, Kermit, and Donatello sit for their portraits like true…

We can't get enough of Hillary White's mashups of classic fine arts with pop culture. In her latest series, she turns her wily brush to portraitures, with monsters, Muppets, villains, and superheroes as her subjects. » 2/16/13 8:00am 2/16/13 8:00am

Paintings of an Astronaut Exploring the Strangest Planet of Them All:…

The NASA astronaut who stars in Scott Listfield's ever-growing series of paintings explores a world much like our own, but with a fantastical twist. It's a planet Earth where crop circles appear in the streets, where Star Wars droids shill for Coca-Cola, where every pop culture apocalypse is happening at the same time. » 1/27/13 5:00pm 1/27/13 5:00pm

For $149, you could own this painting of an all-Spock soccer team

Who's in the mood for aesthetics? Okay, we see a few hands. Now, who's in the mood for aesthetics involving an entire football club populated by the same Starfleet officer? Whoa, we've never witnessed such a veritable hydra of arms! » 9/20/12 12:45pm 9/20/12 12:45pm

Portraits of proper Victorians with their pet troll heads and yetis

Upper class Victorians had a great affection for pets, from fashionable lap dogs to canaries, and even the occasional monkey. But Travis Louie envisions some far more fanciful companions for his proper gents and ladies, who keep squids and giant spiders as beloved family pets. » 4/22/12 4:30pm 4/22/12 4:30pm

Lichtenstein's Aquaman, Norman Rockwell's Optimus Prime, and Other Fine…

Earlier this week, we showed you Hillary White's amazingly bizarre mashups of pop culture characters with classic paintings. Now other artists are getting in on the act, taking Wolverine, Black Canary, and a host of other heroes out of their normal comic book element and putting them in pieces of fine art. » 4/21/12 7:30am 4/21/12 7:30am


Munch's "The Scream" expected to fetch $80 million at auction

"The Scream" may be a weird, unnerving piece of art — but it's also made of money, apparently. Edvard Munch did several versions of his masterpiece, and now the last remaining version in private hands is coming up for auction at Sothebys — and it's expected to pull in over $80 million. » 2/22/12 11:40am 2/22/12 11:40am

These paintings of psychedelic superheroes will melt your face

Batman, Robin, and Wonder Woman all find themselves in sticky situations in Tina Lugo's paintings, which blend her hallucinatory sensibility with a sexy sense of humor. » 11/12/11 11:30am 11/12/11 11:30am

Sense of Wonder in a Can: The Amazing Beauty of Spraypainted Science…

Is there anything more wondrous than art showing interstellar phenomena and dolphins — together? It's like a whole universe of awesome, all in one place. Brandon McConnell's spray-painted art is full of pyramids, galaxies, sunsets, true love and dirt bikes. » 11/09/11 5:42pm 11/09/11 5:42pm

Paintings of an aging superhero's senior moments

Just because you're getting older and the spandex doesn't quite fit like it used to doesn't mean you hang up the tights and stop fighting crime. Andreas Englund's oil paintings capture moments from a hero who's showing his age. » 9/03/11 11:00am 9/03/11 11:00am

The very best finds on the floor at Comic-Con 2011

To some, Comic-Con is a sweaty heap of pulsating fans. To us, it's a galleria of delights and treasures waiting to be uncovered. But the goodies are hard to find. So we're taking the guesswork out of navigating the Con floor. » 7/21/11 11:00am 7/21/11 11:00am