You might not think of balloons as fine art or high fashion pieces, but there’s an entire world out there that does and we’ve found some the very best to introduce you to the amazing world of Balloon Art. We’re not talking about balloons at some birthday party either, but massive sculptures made out of the most colorful balloons you can imagine. Balloons as fashion and wearable art have also transcended the ranks of just some colored latex taped to naughty bit, it’s gone through the roof to be elevated into wearable art. So let us introduce you to a few of the stand outs in this amazing, new genre of fine art.
Guido Verhoef, Netherlands
Site: The Art of Balloons
If you’re looking for art pieces, installations or high fashion, Guido Verhoef can provide them all and more in the form of balloons twisted and turned into creations only the mind of a true artist can create. One of his most amazing projects was for the Xiamen Guinness World Record Expo which consisted of 365,000 balloons and drew over 350,000 visitors to Xiamen, China in September 2016. Take a look at this amazing balloon art piece in the video below!
He’s joined by fine artist and body painter, Bella Volen to create stunning pieces in their “paintloon” series. Looking at their art in detail, they describe the project, “Paintloon is painting on a balloon. It is a combination of fine art, body painting and balloon sculpting. With latex modeling balloons – details, objects, accessories or even complete costumes are made which creates an extension for body paint or a fine artist to paint on, allowing the ability to merge the body or composition fully with additional parts into one design.” They have joined forces to create some of the most stunning wearable balloon art out there, their creations are simply breathtaking…
Addi Somekh, United States
Site: New Balloon Art
Who is he? Addi Somekh described himself on his website as a self-taught balloon twister, his style incorporates improvisation, abstract design, and comic delivery, culminating in custom- made headdresses that have an uncanny ability to reflect the wearer’s personality. Addi’s balloon hats have taken him around the world, as he traveled to 34 countries with photographer Charlie Eckert, making hats for people for free and photographing them, in a kind of rolling investigation into the universal nature of laughter. Their travels resulted in the book The Inflatable Crown (2001, Chronicle Books). In 2011, Addi starred in the TLC reality show, The Unpoppables which followed his LA-based company, New Balloon Art, as they built impossibly large, interactive balloon installations at high-end events. Addi has also appeared on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Martha Stewart, Access Hollywood, and several other shows. Just as the principles of improvisation permeate his artistic balloon work, Addi is a natural and spontaneous public speaker and humorist. His current obsession is playing the Balloon Bass – a three and a half octave, all-latex musical instrument that sounds just like a funky upright bass and beyond.
One of the most amazing collaborations was between Out of Thin Air from Amsterdam and New Balloon Art from Los Angeles. Featured giant balloon robots with stilt walkers inside which created a jaw dropping visual experience during Summer Solstice at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Jason Secoda, United States
Site: Airheads Entertainment
Jason Secoda (Airheads Entertainment) is an artist and entertainer that uses balloons as his medium. Based in Philadelphia, the artist has been making balloon art for over 15 years. He describes his philosophy as, “My philosophy on balloon art tries to shatter the ideas that balloon art is cheesy and that it’s only for kids. I’m very detail-oriented, and as a result, my work is layered and complex. During events, I often find just as many adults enthralled with my work as children are. In short, I make quality, upscale work for all types, and all ages of clientele.”