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Arinze Stanley Speaks to the Indelible Impact of Police Brutality and How Emotion is Key to Change

Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley is known for his hyperrealistic portraits that are arresting in size and emotion and bear broader political messages. Colossal managing editor Grace Ebert spoke with Stanley about his own experiences with police brutality, how he brings his subjects to points of extrem

May 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you'd like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter. Open

Art Advancing Justice: A Chicago-Based Artwork and Book Sale Raises Money to Build Racial Equity

Following a horrifying number of anti-Asian hate crimes in recent months, a group of artists and activists in Chicago have teamed up for an ongoing fundraiser, Art Advancing Justice. The artwork and book sale is organized by Chicago API Artists United (CAAU) and launched last week with a wave of su

  Cool Art, Innovation, Cool Stuff

A Conversation with Curator Tam Gryn Unpacks the Innovative Mix of Art and Retail Behind SHOWFIELDS

SHOWFIELDS head curator Tam Gryn joined us for a conversation about the unique blend of shopping, art, brand activations, and events that drive the innovative retail concept. In this interview, Colossal editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson spoke with Gryn about the efficacy of structuring collaboratio

  Video Photography, Photography Business, Art Grants, Chicago Botanic Garden, Colossal Art, African Artists, Outdoor Sculpture, African Diaspora, Web Magazine

April 2021 Opportunities: Grants & Open Calls for Artists

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you'd like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter. Open

  National Gallery Of Art, Mona Lisa, Lisa Gherardini, Italian Renaissance, Duccio Di Buoninsegna, Famous Art Pieces, Giorgio Vasari, Renaissance, Gifts

Explore the Louvre's Entire Collection of 480,000 Artworks in a New Digital Database

The Louvre just launched a new online database compiling more than 480,000 artworks from its collections and those at the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix and The Tuileries Garden. Spanning Egyptian antiquities and medieval sculpture to Renaissance and modern decorative arts, the free digital catalog

  Colossal Art, Real People, Digital Illustration, Collaboration, Around The Worlds, Culture, Artwork, Projects, Handmade

Jeroen Smeets Shares the Story Behind The Jaunt, the Collaborative Travel Project Sending Artists Around the World

Jeroen Smeets is the founder of The Jaunt, an ongoing travel project that sends artists to new destinations around the globe with the goal of producing a single, hand-pulled screenprint. In this conversation with Colossal editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson, Smeets recounts The Jaunt's first collabor

  Vincent Van Gogh, Ghost World, Van Gogh Museum, Van Gogh Landscapes, Landscape Paintings, Rue Montmartre, Van Gogh Pinturas, Rare Vans, Paris Painting

A Van Gogh Painting Has Been Unveiled for the First Time Since It Was Painted in 1887

After spending more than a century in a private collection, one of Vincent van Gogh's artworks has been shown to the public for the first time since the Dutch artist painted it in the spring of 1887. "Street scene in Montmartre (Impasse des Deux Frères and the Pepper Mill)" depicts a couple walking

  Umbrella Art, Colossal Art, Stylish Home Decor, Web Magazine, Digital Collage, Contemporary Artists, Create, Culture, Editor

The New Issue of Create! Magazine Is Out Now

We're delighted at the release of Create! Magazine’s Issue #24, which was curated in part by our editor-in-chief, Christopher Jobson. Colossal readers might recognize some of the artists and photographers featured in the winter edition, including Patty Carroll (previously), Greg Olijnyk (previously)

  Colossal Art, Bob Ross, Faith In Humanity, Banksy, New Work, Prison, Art Ideas, Street Art, Restoration

Banksy Creates Bob Ross-Dubbed Process Video of New Work Depicting Oscar Wilde Escaping Prison

What begins as a soft-spoken clip of America's most iconic TV painting instructor, Bob Ross from his Joy of Painting show, suddenly shifts into a frenetic and extremely rare behind-the-scenes video of Banksy creating his latest work in Reading, Berkshire. Titled "Create Escape," the clip was just po

  Green Palette, Almond Blossom, Van Gogh Paintings, Dutch Artists, Colorful Paintings, Great Words, Claude Monet, Water Lilies, Make Art

We're Back! The Colossal Shop Is Restocked

We just added a few fun goods to the newly reopened Colossal Shop, including these (reversible!) face masks featuring some of art history's most iconic works. Head to the shop for pins, magnets, and pop-up greeting cards that'll find a permanent spot on your fridge. Each purchase directly supports C

  Colossal Art, Photoshop, Japanese Paper, Web Magazine, Leaf Art, Artists Like, Ink Art, Les Oeuvres, Vintage World Maps

Plants Embedded in Wax Sprout from Fragile Hands in Memory-Infused Works by Valerie Hammond

In Valerie Hammond’s series of wax drawings, protection is two-fold: the artist (previously) encases dried flowers and ferns in a thin layer of wax, preserving their fragile tissues long after they've been plucked from the ground. In outlining a pair of hands, she also secures a memory, or rather, "

  Photomontage, Colossal Art, Cool Pets, Heart Art, Funny Art, Medium Art, Farm Animals, Kids Playing, Illusions

Clothesline Farm Animals Graze the Countryside in Playful Illusions by Helga Stentzel

Instead of tossing an old pair of pants or T-shirt, Helga Stentzel puts her tired garments out to pasture. So far, the London-based artist has added Pegasus and Smoothie, a pair of clothesline equine and bovine, to her herd of playful interventions hung in bucolic landscapes. Stenzel's practice, whi

  Traditional Stories, Traditional Artwork, Alaska, Tlingit, Colossal Art, Native Art, Artists Like, Public Art, Nativity

The First USPS Stamp Designed by an Alaska Native Artist Features a Trickster Raven as It Steals the Sun

When it's released later this summer, a new stamp from the U.S. Postal Service will illuminate a piece of Indigenous culture that's long been associated with an escape from darkness. Titled “Raven Story," the history-making postage features an iconic animal rendered by Rico Lanáat’ Worl, who is the

  Hbo Documentaries, Colossal Art, The Absence, Black Art, Artist At Work, Painting Inspiration, Culture, Artists, Random

‘Black Art: In the Absence of Light,’ a New Documentary, Celebrates the Rich Legacy of Black Art

"I saw the need to build cultural awareness by helping to revise and redefine American art," says the renowned professor, artist, and curator David Driskell in Black Art: In the Absence of Light. His words echo throughout the new HBO documentary—which was directed by Sam Pollard, with executive

  South African Artists, Colossal Art, Black Artists, Portrait Art, Portraits, Op Art, Art World, Art Education, Contemporary Art

Mixed-Media Portraits by Nelson Makamo Reflect Childhood Innocence and Wonder

Nelson Makamo (previously) is known for his oversized, lively portraits of the children and teens he meets around Johannesburg. Using a distinct blend of acrylic, watercolors, monotypes, silkscreen, and oil paint, the South African artist often delineates their silhouettes with a thick line of charc