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New Zealand based artist Meredith Marsone’s muted oil portraits reveal glimpses of her subjects in emotional and peaceful moments, “sparks” of realism amidst abstraction. They are typically painted with realistic details juxtaposed against areas of impasto, paint applied thickly enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. It’s a technique that she admits was borne out of frustration and is an artistically risky one, a process that she details at her Youtube channel and blog, where she recently wrote, “I think the best work I’ve made has been about things that are meaningful to me personally and have been about something I’ve had experience in.”

See more on Hi-Fructose.

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POW! WOW! HAWAII! 2016 Day Two.

This week, February 6th through the 14th, artists from around the world are currently participating in POW! WOW! HAWAII! 2016.  The week-long street art festival features gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, concerts and live art installations.  The event also focuses on using art to bring communities together and the feeling of friendship, family and art is very much alive here in Kaka’ako, Honolulu.

Day two of painting saw the NTL Cru wall begin to take shape as Tatiana Suarez began her part,  Andrew Hem and Ekundayo made a great deal of progress on their beautiful piece,  Kaiili Kaulukukui worked on his one of a kind Oceanic mural, Audrey Kawasaki’s mural took shape on her curved wall and Defer slowly transformed his wall into something a living creature.

You can check out my week long coverage of the event by checking out Supersonic’s posts on POW! WOW! or Supersonic’s Instagram.

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POW! WOW! HAWAII! 2016 Day 2, Part 2!

This week, February 6th through the 14th, artists from around the world are currently participating in POW! WOW! HAWAII! 2016.  The week-long street art festival features gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, concerts and live art installations.  The event also focuses on using art to bring communities together and the feeling of friendship, family and art is very much alive here in Kaka’ako, Honolulu.

Scenes above: Bicicleta Sem Freio worked all day with no shade on their wall but however bad this might seem, it is cooled by the incredible work that they are producing.  Audrey Kawasaki tip toes to paint the top of one of her mural’s flora.  Hauser begins his colorful and soon to be epic piece.  And Edwin Ushiro telling a joke to his assistant in front of his refreshing, beautiful piece.

You can check out my week long coverage of the event by checking out Supersonic’s posts on POW! WOW! or Supersonic’s Instagram.

(See Part 1 of Day 2)

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Between 1888 and 1889 Vincent van Gogh created three paintings of his Bedroom in Arles, his bedroom at #2 Place Lamartine in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, also known as his Yellow House. Now, thanks to a new exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, people will have the opportunity to spend the night in a full-size replica of Van Gogh’s famous painting entitled The Bedroom. The replica even manages to capture the unusual angles of the room as depicted in the painting.

The room is currently available on AirBnB for a mere $10 per night. It’s part of a larger apartment located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

“This room will make you feel like you’re living in a painting. It’s decorated in a Post-Impressionist style, reminiscent of Southern France and times gone by. Its furniture, bright colors, and artwork will give you the experience of a lifetime.”

This awesome opportunity was created to celebrate the Art Institute’s upcoming exhibition entitled Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, which is the first time all three versions of The Bedroom will be shown together in North America. Van Gogh painted his first of the three paintings shortly after moving into the “Yellow House,” but it later suffered water damage, so he created a second while at an asylum in Saint-Rémy in 1889 and then a third smaller version shortly thereafter as a gift for his mother and sister.

The Van Gogh’s Bedrooms exhibit features approximately 36 works by the artist, including paintings, drawings, and illustrated letters, as well as a selection of books and other ephemera known to have been in Van Gogh’s possession. It opens February 14, 2016 and runs through May 10, 2016.

For up-to-date info about the replica bedroom follow the Art Institute of Chicago on Facebook or on Instagram.

[via Colossal]