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15 More of the Best Modern Day Artists - Part 3

Updated on February 26, 2014

<< Part 2 <<

Are you ready for three more of the best modern day artists out there today? Good, then let's get into it!

Just a quick reminder, for those that might assume I'm playing favorites, the artists are listed in alphabetical order. I really wouldn't be able to pick a single favorite if I tried, but maybe you can!

This is the midway point in the series and the creativity is far from over so get ready to dive in head first. Feel free to explore their sites if you want to see more art from these three artists; I only add one of my favorite images to save space and a video of their work if I can find one. Trust me; there is plenty more art on their sites!

DC Giraffe by Mark Jenkins
DC Giraffe by Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

The first artist I want to show you is Mark Jenkins who is a guy from Virginia but lives in DC at the moment. And as you can see from the picture on the right, he makes some pretty creative art! He's really known for his art installations that pop up in cities all over the place, whether it's packaging tape sculptures or realistic sculptures of people.

His art does what I think most artists want to be able to do with their art: it makes people stop, look at it, ponder how it was made, what the artist was trying to say and so on. I mean if you saw a giant giraffe made out of tape wouldn't you stop and look at it? Yeah, you probably would pose beside it and take a picture too, huh? And if you see the rest of his art you'll soon realize that it would all make you stop and look at it for a while.

But if I'm sparked enough curiosity then go ahead and check out his site ( for his art or learn how to make your own tape sculptures HERE!

Flow My Tears the Lion Said by Matei Apostolescu
Flow My Tears the Lion Said by Matei Apostolescu

Matei Apostolescu

The next artist I want to show you is Matei Apostolescu who is a guy from Romania and creates some really colorful and highly detailed art. When you look at some of his art it might make you think someone slipped something funny into your drink but don't worry, it's just the art! He creates a wide variety of different art including things like clay modeling, digital illustrations and even animation.

I love how where most people would leave an area smooth or shaded to show contour he packs it full of color and intricate details that most wouldn't even think to include. Even his clay modeling, which is just a hobby to him, is really detailed.

But if you're ready to see more of his work then head on over to his site HERE and let him know what you think!

Will You Be My Friend by Phil Hansen
Will You Be My Friend by Phil Hansen

Phil Hansen

The next artist I think you should check out is Phil Hansen who is a guy from Washington who is know for creating videos to let people have a peek into the whole artistic process. And when you see how he creates the art you'll know why seeing the process makes the art even better. He puts a lot of feeling into the art and it shows through in every piece.

Are you curious about what I mean? Well, take a look at the picture on the right; it's a self portrait of the artist. Looks pretty cool, right? Well, if you get closer you'll start to notice that the whole picture is made of other peoples' faces! It's for a project called "Will You Be My Friend" where he started drawing all the faces of people who added him on Facebook and I actually am a part of it. If you watch the video (he's since made it private) at about 22 seconds in, that's my face he's drawing!

But he gets WAY more creative than that with his artistic creation process, so if you want to see even more then check out his site HERE.

Who's your favorite artist out of the third... three?

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Hopefully this group of three artists has helped to once again spark that creative part in your minds and let you dive deep into their artistic worlds. There is art all around us but sometimes it takes a random article on the internet to get you to stop and take a look at it. ;)

So feel free to check out their sites and don't forget to vote on the right on who you feel the best artist is out of these three. I'll be casting my vote in a second.

>> Continue Reading Part 4 >>

I've Picked 15 More of MY Favorite Artists... Who are some of YOUR favorite artists?

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    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah it's pretty awesome, huh rosettaartist1?

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      Rosetta Ceesay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Love Mark's giraffe!

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      Ben Guinter 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure, Hello, hello,!

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      8 years ago

      The giraffe still blows my mind....

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Bendo, for introducing these artists and their wonderful work.

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm glad I can add a little something special to your day, Carlon Michelle!

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      Carlon Michelle 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for opening my world to more artist. It's always a learning experience when I read your articles. Smile.

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad you liked it, catsimmons! ;)

      Thanks suziecat7! I hope you like the other two as well.

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      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I really like Phil Hansen. Loved this Hub - I'm off to read 1 & 2. Thanks.

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      Catherine Simmons 

      8 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      All I can say is WOW!!

      Thanks Bendo13 :-)

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      Ben Guinter 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah I like trying to give people a peek into the unknown art world, jenubouka... but art definitely lasts longer than the creator and sometimes it doesn't see the light of day until they've long passed. Fame is one thing, but recognition on scale for your work is another... I'm sure you'll get the latter.

      Look a little closer, Nspeel... that's not ice it's packaging tape! haha... pretty crazy, huh?

      That's who I picked too, FloraBreenRobison... love the colors! And yep, that's one of the packaging tape sculptures I talk about in the article; it's pretty awesome. Phil does some crazy stuff though... he's got a lot of creativity.

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      8 years ago

      for the first time I can say that I love all these artists and I had a hard time deciding which to choose. I chose Matai A. because I love bright colours on artwork. Is the giraffe made of tape? I would have thought that it was chisled down from some sort of crystal. As for Phil Hanson, I have seen some portraits where every portrait has a different type of object that makes up the face. It may be bees, for example, and you can't see them unless you are close up.

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      8 years ago from Myrtle Beach

      I love photography but these guys take drawing to a whole new level. The ice sculpture is pretty insane as well although it probably lasted only a few hours ha ha.

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      8 years ago

      My favorite artists are the silent and unknown. Not giving in to society's next new craze. One may stumble across a painting or some other medium and rediscovered a missing piece of their soul they never knew existed. I am one of these, and most likely will never become a famous common household name, but that's how I prefer it. Well maybe....


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