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What better way to celebrate Halloween with some wicked pumpkin art? Ray Villafane is the artistic genius behind some of the most famous pumpkin carvings that have made their way across the world. Starting out his career as an elementary and high school art teacher, Villafane quickly discovered his love for sculpture was a big hit with the kids and their families. After being commissioned to sculpt pumpkins by parents, he moved on to creating pieces for restaurants and hotels. After spending a weekend with a friend who sculpted for Disney, he went home and went straight to work on further developing his passion. Today, his works include toys and sand sculptures as well as his trademark pumpkins. He’s won competitions on Food Network, had his work commissioned for the White House, Warner Bros./DC Comics, Marvel, McFarlane Toys, Hasbro, Sideshow Collectibles and his talent has taken him across the world. Now he’s got his own studios and employs a team of master carvers.

To check out more about Ray Villafane and his crew, check out his website, Villafane Studios.

 

Hawaii’s Cryptik has been creating street art for some time, but his most recent development has been delving into Eastern philosophy and religion and spreading it’s message of awareness, peace and evolution towards enlightenment to the public through his richly decorative graffiti work. He deftly constructs images of Ghandi, Ganesh, Buddhist gods and elements of Eastern mysticism and weaves them throughout the urban landscape.

What I love about Cryptik’s work is that it not only decorates deteriorating city walls, but it serves as a reminder to the people to challenge their beliefs, find themselves within the larger fabric of the universe and explore new possibilities, without slapping a political or religious agenda onto it. Isn’t art intrinsically about the motivation for inspiration and thought? Cryptik’s works prove to be an illuminating catalyst, at very least.

Check out more on Cryptik and his cause, via his website. Also be sure to check out his new book “Cryptik: Eastern Philosophies” available at Zero Publishing.


For a self-taught artist, UK skater/surfer Ben Allen’s talent is quickly evolving and his work is increasing in popularity not only with art lovers, but also with celebrities. Richard Branson, Stephen Dorff and Jade Jagger are all huge fans of his work, and it’s no wonder – the imagery he creates is awesome and full of great pop culture icons. His art is now found in galleries across the world and in much of our advertising.

Allen works in a myriad of different materials and media, and his influences are heavily saturated throughout each piece – comic book, surf and skateboard culture, Mexican “Dia de la Muerte” style, various forms of typography, nature, Japanese graphics, and the human condition are all represented. His work is infused with the gradual corrosion of society and the urban environment – the art of fading, peeling, cracking over time, and creating a fresh, and unpredictable style. He works off the top of his head, letting each piece evolve on it’s own, out of objects from the everyday, creating layers of time – yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Some of his corporate clients include Levis, Virgin, Channel 5, The Hoxton Hotel, Nokia, DJ Eric Morillo, and Subliminal Records. He’s also been featured in major magazines internationally including Design Week, The Observer, The Times, Elle Déco, Plus 1, FRANKIE and GQ. In 2012, he’s got some stellar work on permanent display in Selfridges, London and he’s been touring with his work in New York, The Hamptons, Singapore, Korea, Miami and L.A.

To check out more of Ben Allen’s explosive work, check out his website.

Toronto-based artist Amanda McCavour creates beautiful and surreal creations using thread and a specific kind of fabric that dissolves in water. By sewing over the same lines over and over again, she builds up the thread so that it can hold the image together when the base is removed. Though the pieces look like they will fall apart, they are deceivingly structurally sound.

Bridging the gap between the fragility of thread and it’s inherent capability to create strength when sewing things together, Amanda’s works capture the essence of preservation of objects that are deteriorating in a delightfully illustrative way. Weaving through her creations, one feels like they are traveling through a living storybook. I’d love to have the chance to learn the process of how this is done – it looks like a lot of fun!

To see more of Amanda’s creativity, check out her website.

 
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