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A journey spanning contemporary crossover art and 17,300-year-old rock art


While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!

Crossover fan art: Marvel x Twilight!


This new crossover fan art combines the ongoing (and highly exciting) WandaVision with the older cult fantasy fiction Twilight — turning Robert Pattinson into Vision and Kristen Stewart into the Scarlet Witch. These two projects are nowhere near alike, but do have one tiny common thread — a star-crossed couple. Complicating both of these relationships is the fact that, technically, the men are both dead. Instagram handle Butcher Billy takes the Twilight duo and reimagines them in the iconic costumes of synthezoid Vision (Paul Bettany) and magically-enhanced human Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). Screen Rant shares a snapshot.

A 17,300-year-old kangaroo


The oldest known rock art in Australia has been dated back to a whopping 17,300 years old — and it’s a kangaroo! The marsupial is hewn into a sandstone rock shelter in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region, and scientists have confirmed its age using a radiocarbon technique. “The research, published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, shows the ochre kangaroo was completed when the Earth was emerging from an ice age and the ocean was more than 100 metres lower than it is today,” reports The Guardian.

Nature in her brushstrokes


Botanical illustrator Nirupa Rao from Bangalore brings the natural world’s flora alive in her art, bringing incredible diversity to the mainstream through her meticulous paintings. Her uncle Fr Cecil Saldanha was a well-known South Indian botanist, who has led the first effort to catalog flora in Karnataka. This legacy is somewhere being carried on by young Nirupa’s sheer talent, as she depicts botanical offerings in scientifically accurate and aesthetically pleasing ways. Yahoo Lifestyle encapsulates.

Read about artists


Even if you have no artistic aptitude of your own, the works and lives of artists can still continue to fascinate you. If that’s the case, artist biographies might lend a fascinating insight into the inspirations and trajectories of some of the most well-known names in this sphere. A newly compiled list of seven of these tomes goes through names like Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera, Amazing Grace: Beauford Delaney by David Leeming, and more. ARTnews lists out these compelling reads.

Weavings on the walls


Textile artist Tammy Kanat creates incredible and massive large-scale textile projects housed within circular forms, incorporating fuzzy textures and rings of bright colors. Some of her most recent pieces include floral-esque motifs whose shapes inform both the inner and outer frames. Kanat says “weaving is fundamental to well-being” for her. A lot of her weaving is done on rectangular looms, with a range of wrapping, fringe, knots, and more woven (literally) in — modernizing, in a way, the ancient art. My Modern Met captures a glimpse.