Autism can cripple an individual's ability to socially interact and express themselves in ways that most of us can understand. However, this poorly-understood neurological disorder can also bestow extraordinary talents. Take, for example, 5-year-old Iris Grace, who creates beautifully expressive paintings in spite of – and perhaps because of – her autism.
Spanish artist Jaime Sanjuan Ocabo uses his iPad to create these beautiful finger paintings. It is quite difficultto believe that these highly realistic paintings are made using only an iPad.
Canada-based artist Ruth Oosterman creates expressive and highly imaginative paintings in collaboration with her 2-year old daughter Eve. The artist lets her child draw sketches independently with an ink pen first and then works from there on her own, mostly using watercolours – probably the most handy media to express the child‘s raw imagination.
Painting with salt, coffee, and other kinds of food is interesting to see or even try out yourself. Othman Toma is yet another artist whose little painting of a tiger made entirely (as far as it looks like) from chocolate ice-cream.
In 1995, at the age of 61, UK-based painter William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The artist's artist’s self-portraits grimly illustrates the merciless progression of the disease, which he had been exploring through visual self-reflection with paint and brushes during the last 5 years of his artistically active life.
With his mind-bending perspective art, renowned artist Georges Rousse has proved that he is both an artist and a magician. His amazing paintings create order out of what, from any angle but the right one, seems like total chaos.
David Irvine, the multi-talented artist behind the Gnarled Branch, collects thrift-store paintings and enhances them by adding pop culture characters to them. He marvelously maintains the original artists' styles while incorporating movie, book, and comic characters.
German artist Gesine Marwedel specializes in creating beautiful and elegant body paintings that transforms people into plants, animals, or even abstract works of art. She also explores the therapeutic potential of her work, going so far as to publish a book (in German) on the therapeutic benefits of bodypainting.
The artist behind Lace Out Studios creates cool custom-made shoes with pop culture-inspired designs featuring the adventures of Calvin and Hobbes, or iconic images and album designs of such rock icons as Pink Floyd and The Beatles.
Turkish artist Hasan Kale paints on many canvases, but some of his most extraordinary paintings are painted on edible products, be they split almonds, rice grains, coffee beans, or onion peels - as long as they're tiny!
Creative people can often see faces, forms and characters in random everyday objects, and it’s especially fun when artists bring these characters to life in their own ways. French illustrator and sculptor Gilbert Legrand takes everyday objects like scissors, brushes, zippers, or cutlery and turns them into whimsical character sculptures.
The ability to transform oneself into anything imaginable attracts many models to become living canvases for talented body artists. This time, we'll explore how they manage to transform models into other beautiful members of the animal kingdom.