Skull Shell: Skull Carvings and Painted on Mother of Pearl Shells

These amazingly detailed skulls that are hand carved and painted with oil on Philippine mother-of-pear shells by artist Gregory Halili. According to Halili, “The shell’s natural shape is best for skulls. He could create portraits but they will not be as effective as skulls.” Using monochromatic tones with hints of color, Halili recreates the primal image of the skull with meticulous precision and immense detail. His amazing skulls will be shown at Silverlens Galleries in Manila and Nancy Hoffman Gallery in NYC. If you don’t have chance to view these incredible skull shell in person, you can see some in Halili’s Facebook gallery.

Skull Shell: Skull Carvings and Painted on Mother of Pearl Shells
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Photo-realistic Oil Paintings by Roberto Bernardi

Most of us would be content with a simple digital camera, but not Bernardi, the photo-realistic still life painter from Italy, who can realistically recreate things around him with his oil work. The most amazing part of Bernardi’s work is his ability to elevate the mundane to the fantastical through intricate attention to detail, giving “weight and depth to translucent objects, creating drama in the overlapping forms and infinite reflections that they create. You can find many great works from Bernardi’s online gallery, and below is our favorite series – candy.

Photo-realistic Oil Paintings by Roberto Bernardi
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Unusual Painting formed from Woven Fabric by Alexi Torres

Beautiful, but almost painful to imagine their execution! Cuban-born artist Alexi Torres doesn’t just do the simple oil on canvas portrait; he makes each work appear as if he weaves the paint onto the canvas. Torres’s works are an answer to his own appreciation of Earth’s needs: “The intricate patterns and details in the paintings show the fulfillment that we find in basic organic elements; on how we are all interconnected with each other, on a spiritual and physical level. The past influences the present and the present influences the future. We need each other to evolve with the universe. I want to fill the connection of nature in my works.” Take a look at Torres’ complex, woven creations in our gallery below or check see more from this site.

Unusual Painting formed from Woven Fabric by Alexi Torres
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Hidden Images: Optical Illusion Paintings by Oleg Shuplyak

Oleg Shuplyak is a talented Ukrainian oil painter who uses hidden images to turn his artworks into mind-blowing optical illusions. These amazing oil paintings show remarkable double images hiding behind dramatic scenes and tranquil landscapes. Through carefully placed objects, characters, coloring and shadows, a second image is cleverly concealed within the first. Really smart and fascinating artwork! Can you find the hidden images in below paintings?

Hidden Images: Optical Illusion Paintings by Oleg Shuplyak
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