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Gallery Folders

Theta Vyrus by elftantra
the breakup by LikeBenjiReadingOvid
Girls in taxi by Andrewnewtonart
funny face by relaxeder
Fine Art Archive 11
Les compresseurs 26 by yanshee
Sunshine Superman Selfie by Art-of-Eric-Wayne
My Rock by RyckRudd
man by the sea by TMECE
Fine Art Archive 10
Femtree - Final Version by bfaupin
Kamezilla by soybeans
California Trippin` by MadKreem
Support Group by nevs89
Fine Art Archive 09
'TO LATE NOW' by bmessina
Jumping Spider by skeegoedhart
hex.VI.110 by IaAzathoth
ACEO #300 `Dreadful Ladies #3` series ed2 by MentisPenetralia
Fine Art Archive 08
Floating in the Subconscious. by Gorche
{Floating in the Subconscious.} by Gorche
devil's concubine by medusainfurs

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Interpretation by ada-lena
Fine Art Archive 07
The Egg, Das Ei by StephanusEmbricanus
Eyes by EvilineMoonflesh
h1n1 by edelias
Pulp by PellucidMind
Fine Art Archive 06
Creation by JustinChristenbery
'Kitty Fight' by davidmacdowell
All you need is Love-part 2- by winona-adamon
First Born 2 by Face-Reality
Fine Art Archive 05
comet by antitianvs
Untitled by mmumiyo
W-out 0040 ' brokeandagain ' by W-out
Nothing to give any more by katiousa15
Fine Art Archive 02
Making Mr Miyagi Proud by emrerende
Absa Gueye by emrerende
Teknik Akil 1 by MeralSarioglu
Spotted by montiljo
Fine Art Archive 04
Paralell dimension by randis
lastnight by StefanThompson
oh hey by StefanThompson
Fine Art Archive 03
Lebensunwertes Leben by gottfriedhelnwein
Fine Art Archive 01
I am reborn by selfregion
Artists' Submissions
Bluebird by Chiyuky
Under the influence of Bacon
Stagger by JonnyPenn
Still Life with Budai and Children by RyckRudd
24062015 by AnjaMillen
Self Portraiture
Study for Self Portrait, 2013 by RyckRudd
On Stability and Transience by artpearl
psychedelic spiritual
Spiralling Mandala by farboart
Digital Awareness
bl2 by TMECE
The End Came Swiftly by Art-of-Eric-Wayne
Collage and Mixed Media

Mature Content

Fleeting Memory by offermoord
Abstract Attack
External by JonnyPenn

Featured Artist's Submission

Turn the light on by Cavemandd (Steve Griffith, of Canada):…

This new painting by Steve is incredible. In my opinion his best yet! He went all out this time, and achieved a bit of a masterpiece! He commented in his description:
This piece took me a long long time. I pretty much wanted a big cone of psychedelic visions erupting out of a head…

Some other paintings by Cavemandd which are already in the group's galleries:

Right in Two by SteveGriffith :thumb153489652:

NOTE: I featured this long before it was awarded with a "Daily Deviation".

Forgotten gems

+no title+ by Oreks:…

Machik by Oreks:…

Time of Rain by Oreks:…

This artist hasn't been seen nor heard from on DA in 162 weeks. He's gone, but the art's still here for us to enjoy. The top image only got 43 favs, the middle 6, and the bottom 24, in 8 years. No wonder he disappeared. But he is appreciated retroactively here, even if he got 2 Daily Deviations for other pieces! The color is really quite wonderful and impressionist. His images have a very subtle Symbolist feel that make them quite unique on DA.

Here are some other intriguing works by Oreks:

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Dimin by Oreks

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Fodkarwlin by Oreks

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Abraxas by Oreks

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Lazarus by Oreks

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Everlasting Daredevil by Oreks

Random from Featured

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red dream... :iconrenatadomagalska:renatadomagalska 179 9
Poor Crayfish by Banvivirie Poor Crayfish :iconbanvivirie:Banvivirie 40 13 demaka by seyk
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demaka :iconseyk:seyk 37 18
Eve _ End by seachild Eve _ End :iconseachild:seachild 275 12 Pearl by ChrisPanatier Pearl :iconchrispanatier:ChrisPanatier 92 14 Self Portrait Painting by uccimaru Self Portrait Painting :iconuccimaru:uccimaru 133 13 Deadwood by julepe
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Deadwood :iconjulepe:julepe 41 6
Self Portrait no. 1 by animusamicus Self Portrait no. 1 :iconanimusamicus:animusamicus 8 4

Under-appreciated Gems

Rainforest ex-cruciate by brainwar23 (Bryan Kent Ward, of Seattle WA):…

This piece has been on DA for almost 5 years, and only has 9 favorites. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but it's quite exceptional in it's way, and, to quote the artist: "This piece was inspired by a trip I took to the Amazon jungle outside of Manaus Brazil."

Check out these other visionary paintings from this same under-appreciated artist:

Energy is the Only Life by brainwar23 Ascension to Nebula by brainwar23 Burning Womb, Burning Earth by brainwar23

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War God Unleashed by brainwar23

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Entheogenic Garden of Eden-oil by brainwar23


Submissions Guidelines

NOTE: DON'T JUST SUBMIT STUFF HERE TO BE SEEN IN AS MANY GROUPS AS POSSIBLE! Think about if the quality is good enough (not really amateur) and whether or not it's appropriate.

IT NEEDS TO BE "FINE ART" (or transcend its genre).

People are understandably confused about what "fine art" is. Imagine you were in a bookstore: the "Literature" section is like "fine art" and everything else isn’t . (Currently DA is a bit like a bookstore in which the literature collects dust in a corner by the restroom, and greeting cards, calendars, and soft-core porn are showcased. I don’t hope to change DA, but do hope to make a group that’s different.)

To help weed out some things, here’s a handy guideline for submissions (though there can definitely be exceptions to this, and people can sometimes, as in the case of great sci-fi, transcend the genre)


○ No schlock

○ No schmaltz

○ No whopping clichés

○ No kitsch

○ No fan art

○ No Kawaii, Desu art (that means really "cutesy" stuff.)

○ No fractal art (It has to be done by a human. Joke! But, seriously, while fractal art is fine, there are plenty of places to show fractal art on DA, and boatloads of fractal art DDs.)

○ No facile and glib still life, landscape, or model photography (There are plenty of other places for that, and it also gets tons of DDs.)

○ No ultra femme fantasy photomanipulation art (see above about schmaltz, and besides, those corny fantasy-manips are one of the most popular types of amateur art on DA and gets tons of exposure. Feminist photomanips, on the other hand, are accepted.)

○ No emoticons. (If you think that's serious art, you ARE an emoticon.)

○ No stock photography (something creative needs to already have been done with it.)

○ No (probably blissfully unwitting) sexist erotic art (in general, blatantly politically incorrect, socially unaware, misogynistic, or just kinda’ dim horny art doesn't cut it).

○ No furries (Um, I think there are fetish and self-help groups for this kind of thing).

○ No fucking unicorns. I'm serious!

○ No wolves with giant moons behind them (giant moons in general are way overdone. And what is it with wolves and big cats anyways? Gimmie a break!)

○ No dragons (schlock fantasy art), unless they transcend the genre, like by having been eviscerated or something.

○ No cyborg babes that obviously couldn't move because you didn't really think about the anatomy, and are just milquetoast, sexist, semi-erotic art. Which isn't to say I don't LOVE cyborgs, because I do, which is part of the reason I've seen enough trendy DD type one's that would last about 1 second against, say, the Terminator, and are actually "dolls" rather than cyborgs to begin with.

○ Commercial work would have to "transcend the genre," though things like album covers in the past often did.

If you’ve done something other than the above, and you were trying to do something meaningful and it is hard to pigeonhole, and it kinda’ kicks ass but gets rejected from mainstream groups who cater to mainstream art, it might be fine art.

NOTE: If something doesn’t get in it could very well be my own flat spot. If your art is new and experimental or challenging, there’s a chance it will go over my head and I’ll miss the point altogether. You can try to explain it to me, but if that’s no use, well, you can just assume I am a fallible, limited being with personal tastes and biases. I'll try to "get it" though.



Latest Favourite Artists

I closed the Fine Art Asylum for almost exactly one year because I was just too busy to administrate it. But now I have some free time, and I came back to look at the galleries I'd put together in the past. The work was so good I was really impressed, and some pieces I didn't even remember seeing before. The Fine Art Asylum was conceived as a sanctuary for “fine art” on DA, where other kinds of art are generally much more popular, and some of the very best stuff I've seen gets no attention at all. If you look through the galleries you are sure to find very interesting artists you haven't likely seen before, and who may have something in common with your own work.

If you don't know who I am, check out my blog:

If you want to submit work, the "Fine Art Archive 11" folder is your best bet, but remember, no unicorns or fan art.
I'm looking for original material. And if it really is unique, probably it's not popular on DA. To save you all trouble, here's stuff I'm not looking for.

1) Don't bother submitting something if you've already submitted it to dozens of other groups. If you are in 20 or more groups, you don't need mine, and therefore I am much less likely to include you. Otherwise all the groups will have the same stuff in them, and everyone will dump their work their and not even bother to look at what other people have contributed.

2) I don't like watermarks. I don't use them. You won't see them on famous artists works reproduced online. I don't include watermarked stuff because the watermark interferes with the ability to appreciate the piece.

3) Just because it's a drawing or painting doesn't mean it's "fine art". Conventional drawings of nudes and still lifes and other weekend art class stuff is not interesting enough for me to include. I've done plenty of charcoal drawings of nudes myself, in art school, and I just think of "art assignments" when I see those.

If you know your work is really good, but other people don't get it, this might the place to show your stuff. And if every stinking group out there is accepting your work, it's probably far too mainstream for my tastes.
This is long overdo folks. I've been meaning to do a feature on artwork influenced by Francis Bacon for well over a year. I just finished a long article defending Bacon against several critics who dismissed him. Have a look if you are interested in Bacon (there are lots of his paintings) or art history in general.…. Soon I'm going to do a feature about artists who continue in a similar tradition of trying to make new and original imagery in a unique style of their own, and which shows the influence of Bacon. If you want me to consider you work for the feature, submit it to the folder called "Under the Influence of Bacon":…

There is already enough outstanding work in there for an indepth feature, but I'm sure there's still more out there.
Hi folks. I'm really pleased with the response to my last feature. Artists discovered each other's work because of it, and half the artists whose work I shared responded already (here, on their submission page, or on my blog post). I checked and the featured images got at least 40 more views each, and a lot of those are coming from people outside of deviantart (mostly from Wordpress and Goggle+). I wasn't sure about doing a feature on my own blog, as opposed to here, but, it does have the benefit of attracting a different audience, and also allows me to easily do a lot more formatting.

I have a new folder for "Collage and mMixed Media". You can submit one piece per week.

I caught that my "Greyscale" gallery was locked in administration. Ooops. Unlocked it. It's for B&W works where being in grey is part of what makes it special.

Some pieces will appear in two places. For example, if I scouted out something and it's in the normally accruing "archive" folders, I might also copy it to the "style" folder so people can find it either way.

I featured 6 members in a post on my blog. I'd do it here, but it's too cumbersome to work out the necessary html coding to do the kind of formatting I want, which I know from doing my prior extensive journal entries. I tried copy pasting the code from my blog, but it didn't work, so, I can just notify you here of the post. Check it out if you are interested. The blog lets me do image galleries, etc.

I linked back from the images I featured to member's submission pages, and also to their own websites if they had a link.…
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828paintedcolors Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Thanks for the add!
Shy-Steamer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Aw, I can't compete with this stuff. :saddummy:
Chiyuky Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the request :)
PiPanama Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please may you submit this MSpaint piece?
.: Night And Day ~ MS Paint :. by Piplii

I am unable to submit it ^^'
Ogudai Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks, There is some killer pieces here.
Elena-Palenko Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014

Thank you for accepting me!

StilleSkygger Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Huggle! 
W-out Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   General Artist
big grtzz and peace to all
partiallyHere Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
thank you :sun:
katiousa15 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thank you for the request!
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