Lately I've been admiring the sculptural works of Hiroyuki Hamada. Simple and elegant forms are combined with painting techniques that section each piece into a landscape of earth-toned textures and grids. They're actually quite large too, usually a couple feet in length. To me they look like pieces that gently snapped off some beautiful spaceship.
Turns out some of these intricate pieces take Hamada years to finish. I was pleasantly surprised to find he keeps a great blog that details his artist residencies, process, and revealing snippets of his personal life that give a new perspective to his work.
Here is a very thorough post about what goes into making one of his sculptures:
And his site: http://www.hiroyukihamada.com/site.html