Artists have always been fond of using nature as inspiration for their creativity, rooted and traced as far back as the primitive art of cave drawings. They have always utilized nature in their art as an environment to convey their innermost feelings. The same concept still holds true in the contemporary world of visual arts
Artling, a website that virtually curates artworks from all over the world, enabled us to discover modern visual artists who use different mediums in celebrating nature through their works of art.
The following are the notable artists who have impressed us the most:
Mika Ninagawa is one of Japan’s well-acknowledged photographers as evidenced by the host of celebrities who seek her to do their portraiture. Her influential work in Japan has expanded in the West as her patrons now include celebrities like Beyoncé and Chiaki Kuriyama who have commissioned her in taking their portraits.
Mika’s style of capturing images of nature is distinct as she is known for rendering her creations in vivid colors to make the images pop out vibrantly. Her portfolio of nature-inspired visual artworks demonstrate her fondness for flowers and animals including fishes, butterflies, and deers.
Malaysian-born and Singapore-based Kuanth is a freelance illustrator who appreciates the beauty of handmade heirlooms. His recent series “New World” is a collection of artwork inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, revolving on his interpretation of how post-pandemic Earth resettled and brought back to life with unusual shapes, forms, and uniquely-looking plants.
Japanese visual artist Arko is famous for her artworks she created using rice straws. The straw materials she used are the by-products of rice plants after the grain separation and after undergoing dehydration processes. As rice is a staple food in most Asian countries, she has found efficient use of the straw by-products by using them as materials for her unique artworks.
Multi-awarded Jakkee Kongkaew is a Thai artist who uses the woodcut technique in creating prints on paper. Woodcut on paper is an artistic method of creating illustrations out of wood marks. An image is usually carved out on the insides of a wood material, usually beechwood. This particular woodcutting step raises the outline of the image, which is then inked and pressed or stamped on a piece of paper.
Serena Dzenis is an Australian photographer and teacher currently based in Iceland as shes is a very keen on photographing winter landscapes. She is well-known for capturing images of the world by way of harsh landscapes, enhanced by features the show the intricate details of nature and its depth.