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Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Michael O’Gorman – The Ground Luminosity

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

The Ground Luminosity, originally uploaded by Bloodoftheberry
Oil on canvas, 2006.
34″ x 40″ (86 x 102 cm)

The works of our unknown painter of the day certainly have a big appeal to me. It gives me the same feeling I have with Salvador Dali: I don’t understand it but it certainly tickles my mind. Visit Michael -Bloodoftheberry- O’Gorman’s profile on Flickr.

Maija Nurmiranta – Nimetön I

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Nimetön I, originally uploaded by Maija Nurmiranta.
2006, 40 x 40 cm

Today’s featured unknown artist is the 28-year-old Finnish Maija Nurmiranta. Luckily my Finnish is fantastic, so the translation of Nimëton is “ring finger”. I’m guessing here, but I would think that is symbolic for the wedding ring which should match the wedding dress. Although I don’t think this painting is particularly positive about marriage… And here’s Maija Nurmiranta’s Flickr page.

Tom Dixon – Opalescent lights

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Opalescent lights, originally uploaded by Kim Eriksson.

Pretty impressive this art installation by Tom Dixon. 500 “Blow Lights” to draw the attention to more efficient lights. And in the same breath congratulations to Al Gore for winning the Nobel Prize for Peace. That’ll be something his former opponent for the presidency of the USA will never win.

1. Introduction to art history: So what is art ?

Friday, October 12th, 2007

What’s art ? This perhaps is one of the most difficult and most likely one of the most boring questions you can ask so we’ll start from a different point of view, namely that of a person who doesn’t know a thing about art or even plainly dislikes art. Whether he likes it or not, he’ll most likely still be able to name a few works of art.

Mona Lisa
Leonardo da Vinci (I’ve read the da Vinci code !) – Some Dull Woman

Convergence
Probably somebody’s 3-year-old-son – Random paint on canvas

And in fact he’s right.

The Mona Lisa in today’s world is just a dull portrait of a smiling lady. If anything, the painting next to it in the Louvre is far more impressive, don’t you think ? My guess that one is the painting that gets the least attention of all the 300 000 works in the Louvre. And just for fun: the Mona Lisa in Lego, Mona Lisa recreated in MS Paint and Mona Pulp Fiction.

And the second painting indeed is just some random paint on a canvas. It could’ve been done by somebody’s three-year-old son (or daughter for that matter although there aren’t that many famous female artists) but in reality it was done by the American artist Jackson Pollock. You can see his delicate painting process here. And if you’d really like to create your own “Jackson Pollock” the internet has a solution as well.

So if I don’t like the dull paintings and I certainly hate this pretentious modern art, is there any art out there I will like ? And how did we ever get from the first painting to the second one ? And aren’t we forgetting some art in different times and cultures ?

Maicen H Madsen – Emptiness

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Maicen, originally uploaded by Maicen.
Photoshop of black pen drawing.

Our unknown artist of the day is becoming really international with Maicen H Madsen from Norway today. Mostly she makes black pen drawings, so this photoshopped one definitely stood out. I feel the bright colours add the needed contrast to strengthen the sadness/emptiness. And oh yes, I am aware that I’m not a real art critic :) . Also, check out Maicen’s Flickr page and Etsy store.

Artinthepicture.com – An Introduction to Art History

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

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I just realised my site wasn’t delivering what it promised: an introduction to art history. Although it currently offers biographies, quotes and paintings from 215 different artists, different artistic movements and much more, there’s nobody to tell you where to look first. Overwhelmed with choice, many decide not to choose at all and just leave. Don’t just drop your unexperienced visitors in a (virtual) museum, guide them !

So consider this the introduction to the introduction to art history.

Michal Lukasiewicz – Untitled

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

no title, originally uploaded by Michal Lukasiewicz.
acrylic on canvas, 165 x 145 cm

Today’s featured artist is Polish-born Michal Lukasiewicz. And what an artist he is. His technique is without a doubt fabulous but more importantly he manages to capture a certain emotion in every one of his works. And to my biggest surprise when visiting his Flickr site, he’s from Antwerp too.

Picasso enlarged

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Picasso 1

Picasso 2

Picasso 3

This was part of a challenge in a Belgian tv show “Fata Morgana”. The challenge was to recreate 5 famous paintings but with large dimensions. One of these five was Picasso‘s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon“. All I know about the dimensions is that the height of this reproduction was 5.5 meters (18 feet). I also remember they were going to sell this for a good cause but that idea got lost somewhere. Too bad really, my living room has a high ceiling.

Emberatia – Lover Birds, Empty Bowl

Monday, October 8th, 2007

lover birds empty bowl2, originally uploaded by embersart.

Today’s painting of the day is one by the artist Emberatia from Australia. In her own words this painting depicts “the humble journey of love as husband and wife.” For an explanation on the symbolism, visit her Flickr page. Emberatia also has her own Etsy shop and her rather new blog.

Graffiti Art: The Evolution of Man

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

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