Levitating Paint: Pawel Nolbert’s Atypical

Pawel Nolbert is a graphic artist in Poland, whose work with digital visuals began 13 years ago. He’s created for Adobe, Google, Disney, the Grammy’s and a lot of other names you’d recognize, but it’s the work he makes for himself that blows everything else out of the water.

His latest project, Atypical is a part-typography, part-contemporary art series that features bright, elegant swishes of paint dancing through the air, freed from their usual canvas prison.  Most of the eight prints have some semblance to a letter or number, which contradicts that freedom-feeling that comes from working in four dimensions. But there is one spiraling tunnel of blue-purple that really lets loose.

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Nolbert created Atypical by actually painting what you see in the works on clear plastic panels that could be twisted and manipulated. The photographs of that painted plastic were then perfected and assembled digitally so that the paint became it’s own entity — thick brushstrokes waltzing in the wind.


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To see more of Pawel Nolbert’s work, find him on Facebook, Twitter, Behance and his amazing Instagram.

Ole Ukena’s Conceptual Typographic Sculpture

Ole Ukena is a German artist who uses simple, modern conceptual works to make a point. He lives and works between Berlin and Bali, and he’s shown his work all over Thailand, India, Germany and France. Although not all his works involve typography, they do have a distinctly clean look that’s only emphasized with big, bold lettering.

His artist statement reads,

“I am not limiting myself to one medium. I simply can’t. It’s a constant adventure, finding new materials in the countries in which I travel, encountering objects or phrases that can be transformed into specific, meaningful pieces. While my work often displays a strong conceptual nature, I am also very drawn to the intuitive.This balancing energy forces me to step out of my mind and just create. These forces are like my left and right hand. My works try to create a map of the human mind, in an attempt to tell a tale about the very nature of it with all its possibilities, limitations, irritations, and hopes.”


“Burnout Syndrome” burned matches, canvas, 2012

Made up of more than 9,000 matches, the matches in the last WORK‘s are struck and the smoke simmers upwards.




“Trust”  nails, wood, 2012

Comprised of more than 15,000 nails, “Trust” shows where it’s safe to sit.




“Giving up is not an option” zinc letters with black lacquer paint, 2012

Giving up is always an option, apparently. The last three letters didn’t make it to the wall, still lying, barely painted on the ground.





See more of Ole Ukena’s conceptual typographic sculpture on his website

Find him on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.