Thursday, July 10, 2014

This 'n That Thursdays: The Unique Animal Art of Hanoch Piven

Audubon Magazine has been featuring The Illustrated Aviary on its last page, where contemporary artists create their own interpretations of one of John James Audubon's iconic bird paintings.  The latest issue had artist Hanoch Piven's delightfully quirky rendition of Aububon's Roseate Spoonbill, which Piven described as "majestic and languid":

I was not familiar with this artist, but have quickly become a fan.  Piven creates collages and sculptures from all sorts of found objects not normally associated with art, and is remarkably adept at visualizing how seemingly disparate elements can be juxtaposed to create absolutely ingenious portrayals of humans and animals.  Of course I am especially intrigued by the latter, so here is a sampling of Hanoch Piven's amazing animal art:

Yarn Dog collage
(from Neatorama)

Deer sculpture
(from Piven World)

Hippo sculpture
(from Piven World)

Elephant sculpture
(from Piven World)

The Perfect Purple Feather collage
(from Piven World)

Hedgehog collage
(from Czech Centres)

Mouse sculpture
(from Piven World)

As I've mentioned before, I love offbeat and unusual art, and Hanoch Piven's creations are so much fun!  Check out more of his art on his website, Piven World, which is a wonderfully colorful and wacky world indeed!

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