“This Is Manchester”: Michael Ashcroft’s Truthful Series Of Paintings That Celebrate The Northern City

"This Is Manchester": Michael Ashcroft's Truthful Series Of Paintings That Celebrate The Northern City

A master of landscape and cityscape in oils, Michael Ashcroft’s truthful style has captured the heart of Manchester and its art lovers. His familiar Northern scenes, like wet roads at dusk, raddled pub facades, and landmarks in the afternoon sun, are painted to celebrate the bustling and beautiful nature of this city. Continue reading »

Impressive Conceptual Architecture And Art Projects By Michael Jantzen

Impressive Conceptual Architecture And Art Projects By Michael Jantzen

Michael Jantzen (previously) explores art, architecture and design in his imaginative renderings of conceptual buildings and structures inspired by nature, technology and science. Continue reading »

Michael Pederson’s Miniature World Of The Unexpected: Artist Uses Skill And Humour To Enlarge Small, Everyday Things

Michael Pederson’s Miniature World Of The Unexpected: Artist Uses Skill And Humour To Enlarge Small, Everyday Things

“Please wait here until called,” says the sign by a small hole in the sidewalk. There are ropes and stanchions to corral the visitors waiting for, well, what? What’s inside? Who can fit though the portal to the VIP club, popular restaurant or haven on the other side? Who calls? Michael Pederson (previously), aka Miguel Marquez Outside, could tells us. He made the sign and other intriguing tableaux of small worlds. But we don’t want to know. We’ve stumbled upon something new and delightfully small. It needs no explanation. It just is. And it’s wonderful. Continue reading »

Photographer Michael Salisbury Visualizes Chicago As An Abandoned City

Photographer Michael Salisbury Visualizes Chicago As An Abandoned City

Chicago is the home of over 2.7 million people, making it the third most-populated city in the U.S. What would the bustling metropolis look if it were abandoned? Continue reading »

“We’re All Mad Here. I’m Mad. You’re Mad”: The Superb Concept Artworks By Michael Kutsche

"We're All Mad Here. I'm Mad. You're Mad": The Superb Concept Artworks By Michael Kutsche

Michael Kutsche is an award-winning German artist based in Berlin, Germany. He is a self taught artist who works both in traditional and digital media. His work is best described as an astoundingly lifelike depiction of parallel realities, populated by odd characters reminiscent of movies, comics but also Flemish Renaissance Painting. Continue reading »

Craftsman Jeffrey Michael Samudosky Transforms A Fallen Redwood Tree Into A Giant Eight-Tentacle Sea Creature

Craftsman Jeffrey Michael Samudosky Transforms A Fallen Redwood Tree Into A Giant Eight-Tentacle Sea Creature

Washington-based woodcarver Jeffrey Michael Samudosky has been creating elaborate figural works from a variety of Pacific Northwest trees since he started his company JMS Wood Sculpture in 1998. Continue reading »

“Nightland”: Breathtaking Urban Nightscape Photography By Michael Streckbein

"Nightland": Breathtaking Urban Nightscape Photography By Michael Streckbein

Michael Streckbein is an professional photographer and artist currently based in Cologne, Germany. Michael focuses on architecture, urban and street photography. Continue reading »

Photographer Michael Massaia Captures Haunting Images Of Central Park When No One Is Around

Photographer Michael Massaia Captures Haunting Images Of Central Park When No One Is Around

During his mid 20s, Michael Massaia developed a terrible case of insomnia. In order to give himself a break from sitting around all night “staring at the walls,” he began to go on long walks. Massaia grew up in New Jersey but became enamored with New York City during his late-night strolls, when the city was less congested and fewer people were around. Thankfully, the self-taught photographer took his camera along, creating the series “Deep in a Dream, Central Park.”

Massaia worked a series of “crappy” jobs, including stints in movie theaters and warehouses, before finding photography. Continue reading »

Photographer Michael Lee Captures London Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Photographer Michael Lee Captures London Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Michael Lee is a talented photographer, painter and artist based in London, UK. Michael received his MA in Fine Art from Middlesex University London. He shoots stunning abstract and hdr street photography. Continue reading »

The Voice Of The Night : The Terrifying And Dark Fantasy Art Of Michael MacRae

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Gritty, dark fantasy, dystopian, and at times, creepy art is the crime today. The culprit is Michael MacRae, a talented artist from DeviantArt who has created a whole world on his own. By world, we mean that he has created art with a certain flow of continuity and with a story attached to each piece. Thus Michael is also a great storyteller. Continue reading »

“A Summer Night’s Melancholy”: Surreal Paintings Of Michael Sowa

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Michael Sowa (b.1945) is a German artist known for his whimsical, surreal and stunning paintings often featuring animals. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin for seven years, spent a brief time as an art teacher and then became a painter. Continue reading »

Craftsman Michael Plichta Created this Incredible Globe of Planet Mars

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Photo credits: Christoph Hoehmann

Look, we all have seen a globe on more than a few occasions. Recently we got a look at the art of globe making, which was certainly interesting. Today however, the typical globe gets reworked into something unique and quite amazing by Michael Plichta. This unique and rather eye-catching design is artist, eye-catching and one of a kind, rocking a 12-inch Mars globe showing the famous mars canal map by Percival Lowell. Continue reading »

Introducing Michael Najjar, The First Artist In Space

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Michael Najjar has gone to the edge of tomorrow and captured what the future of space travel might look like. His project Outer Space was created while he trained for the so-far ill-fated Virgin Galactic project, flying at twice the speed of sound in a MIG-29. The results are a study in the possibilities of 21st-century celestial flight. He will travel into not-so-deep space later this year, Branson-permitting. Continue reading »

Melted Ice Cream Transformations By Michael Massaia

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Michael Massaia‘s photographs are as nostalgic as they are disturbing. His long-exposure images capture a subject matter familiar to most. From a SpongeBob SquarePants popsicle to a Neapolitan ice cream sandwich, he frames the frozen treats most people’s summer memories are made of. Yet, Massaia doesn’t just realistically render his ice cream. He distorts the childhood favorites by melting them before his lens, until the pops resemble ominous pools of paint or celestial snapshots. Continue reading »

“Being Michael Jackson”

“Michael Jackson, the performer, consistently transcended racial and gender perceptions; Michael Jackson tribute artists, impersonators and lookalikes reflect this in that they embody a wide span of inspiration and intention. The current crop of impersonators are people who take great care in their appearance – some spend a lot of money and time on their make up and clothing, while others are more concerned with the physical gestures associated with his dances while expressing very little concern in the creation of an illusion.

“The Michael Jacksons” is a study of people from around the US who make a living or perform as Michael Jackson. The project is both an index of the refraction of Michael Jackson’s public persona, and a look the exploration issues of fantasy, reality and representation as influenced by and filtered through cultural experience. Ultimately the project is a quest to photograph the tribute artists, impersonators and lookalikes in the aftermath of Mr. Jackson’s death, and along with a written ethnography which focuses on the interpretation of “blackness” by the performers, is intended to interpret, understand and evaluate what seems to be an emerging subculture within the world of professional mimicry”. – Lorena Turner

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Rameau primarily works as Michael Jackson by posing with tourists on Hollywood Boulevard where he can $400 to $500 a day, but has traveled internationally as well. In his representation, Rameau works to embody Michael Jackson’s demeanor – someone who is light in spirit with a physical fluidity. When Turner observed him on the boulevard in the fall of 2011, he was trying to save money to put on an autobiographical play about his life as a Haitian immigrant and MJ look alike. (Photo and caption by Lorena Turner)
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‘Greenland Reflection’ by Michael J. Quinn

'Greenland Reflection' by Michael J. Quinn
‘Greenland Reflection’ is a photo series taken by landscape photographer Michael J Quinn, in which he captures the breathtaking terrain of Greenland.

“From my travels to Scoresby Sund, Greenland 2012. Lately I have been reflecting upon my trip and my captures of reflections.” – Michael J. Quinn. Continue reading »

The Serengeti Lion by Michael “Nick” Nichols

The Serengeti Lion by Michael "Nick" Nichols
Images are from ‘The Serengeti Lion’ on National Geographic’s website.

“Tigers are solitary. Cougars are solitary. No leopard wants to associate with a bunch of other leopards. The lion is the only feline that’s truly social, living in prides and coalitions, the size and dynamics of which are determined by an intricate balance of evolutionary costs and benefits. Continue reading »

SHORT CUT by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset

SHORT CUT by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset

With a piece in which a white car towing a trailer emerges from a long imaginary journey to the center of the earth out of the floor of the central octagon in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset make a unique incursion into the daily life of Milan and its history, reinterpreting one of the city’s iconic landmarks.

A metaphor for global tourism, but also a symbol for the precarious nature of today’s world, the installation Short Cut (2003) describes a universe in movement that travels along endless, unpredictable paths towards fanciful destinations. For their first public project in Italy, the two artists also chose to tackle local stereotypes: the car is a run-of-the-mill white Fiat Uno with Naples plates, and on the dash one can see a map of Rimini.

Mixed media, Fiat Uno, camper trailer, about 250 x 850 x 300 cm
Commissioned and produced by Fondazione Nicola Trussardi
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Photo Fondazione Nicola Trussardi
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Michael Phelps Strips Down for Louis Vuitton

Michael Phelps Strips Down for Louis Vuitton

Michael Phelps is back in the water, sort of. The Speedo-clad superhero of the U.S. Olympic swim team is taking the world’s fanciest bath in a new Louis Vuitton ad. In a new ad for Louis Vuitton, Phelps can be seen partially submersed in a tub while wearing a suit and a pair of goggles with a duffle bag from the French fashion house sits conveniently beside him on a towel. The campaign was reportedly shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Continue reading »

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender

Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender in photo session for W Magazine, August 2012. Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Michael Jackson

Thank you for the memories, Michael

Thank you for the memories, Michael
Thank you for the memories, Michael
Thank you for the memories, Michael

July, 7th. Staples Center, Los Angeles. Continue reading »

Death of Michael Jackson

Death of Michael Jackson
Two security guards are unimpressed with the graffiti and tributes dedicated to michael jackson on an external wall of the national gallery. The one on the right referred to it as “a load of shit” that would cost the gallery hundreds of pounds to have removed.

On 25 June 2009 the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died aged 50. This photo is from Trafalgar Square, 27 June 2009, where passers-by and tourists stood and refelcted upon the many tributes written on the lower wall of the National Gallery. Staff from the National Gallery were less impressed.

Virtual Tour to Michael Jackson’s Arcade Collection