Below are some links to art websites you might find interesting:
Aron Weisenfield is a wonderfully imaginative realistic painter. He has created his own fanciful, spooky, vaguely threatening world.
Jessica Hilltout is a South African photographer who produced a book about African kids playing soccer using primitive handcrafted balls. The pictures are brilliant and heartbreaking.
Jillian Tamaki is a terrific Toronto illustrator who writes her own stories and contributes to many high-profile publications including the weekly author interviews in the Sunday New York Times.
Arcadia Gallery. If you think painterly realism is dead, you haven’t seen the work of the artists represented by the premiere realist gallery in the U.S. It moved from Soho, NYC a couple of years ago and is now in L.A. It represents artists who can really paint!