In fact, the tragic truth was that Andy believed that he was ugly. Even as he drew and took pictures of these people that he called gorgeous, even as he said, “Everyone is beautiful, it’s just that some are more beautiful than others”, he thought himself to be ugly. Perhaps as these “beautiful” people sought security in Andy’s studio, Andy also sought security in his art featuring these beautiful people. But as someone who became one of the most famous and recognizable artists of all time, what would Andy have to be insecure about?
As there is so many incredible art out there, we at Artinthepicture.com are continually striving for more images from more artists. However recently we have been notified by a reader that the images from Jan Vermeer’s paintings we had, were far “too yellow”.
After a bit of browsing through some art books, it was crystal clear that the man had a valid point. The images on Artinthepicture.com were uninspiring and even degrading the work of Vermeer. Since then we have made a slight switch and are hoping to improve the quality, colors and resolution of our images in an effort to give you a “museum quality” experience.
As a first step, let me present you with the new Jan Vermeer Art Gallery:
Banksy (official site) is without a doubt the best known and most important street/graffiti artist in the world. In his new show, in his supposed hometown Bristol, he takes on the Bristol Museum, and wins.
Every so often, art breaks out of its confines to become an event. People who would never normally go to a gallery do so; they feel part of it when they would otherwise feel excluded. The last time this happened was when Olafur Eliasson put a giant sun and a mirrored ceiling in Tate Modern and teenagers rolled around on the ground making shapes they could see reflected in the roof.
And it’s happening now at Banksy versus Bristol Museum, the exhibition the elusive graffiti artist suddenly unveiled last week, in which he has his “remixed” the museum’s own collection by putting more than 100 of his own artworks among it – by far the largest Banksy show to date, of work mostly never shown in the UK before.
For the event of this show, Banksy has also released a new limited edition screenprint. The print is available in two different ‘flavours’: strawberry and chocolate. Thanks to our contacts we are able to offer you these sold-out prints in our shop: Banksy Strawberry Donut and Banksy Chocolate Donut.
(Space) Invader (official website) is an anonymous street artist who “invades” cities with his pixelated art. His works first started to appear in his home town Paris in 1998 and since then has invaded other metropoles such as London, Tokyo, Prague, Barcelona, New York, Los Angeles and Bangkok.
Invader is also the inventor of Rubikcubism, an art form based on creating images by using the famous Rubik’s cubes.
Above is one of his Rubikcubism artworks that he has also created into a limited edition print for a recent art show. It depicts, ofcourse, the famous Beatles album cover Abbey Road. You can buy Invader – Abbey Road print in our webshop.
I just noticed this Ebay auction for an original Nick Walker painting titled Vandalism. The auction still has 5 days to go so enough time to contemplate whether this artwork might be worth the price of £ 3 300. If that price is a bit steep, you can also have a look at some of Nick Walkers prints on Ebay.
I’ve been sifting through some of Nick Walkers art and noticed one seller describing him as “like Banksy”. While that comment may be a bit cheapish it does make it clear that Nick Walker is a British street artist who has been picked up by galleries.
I have to admit I’ve loved Chinese contemporary art from the moment it attracted my attention. Now that may sound impressive but unfortunately I’ve only been introduced shortly on Chinese painters and artists during the Beijing Olympics of 2008.
It was then that I first laid eyes on iconic artist Yue Minjun. His trademark are the self-portraits that all bear a wide smile or should I say grin. It is symbolising the suppression by the Chinese government; while horrible things happen, always keep smiling to the outside world. A very simple but powerful message.
Zhang Yajie is another important Chinese contemporary. He mainly depicts the Chinese youth in the streets. Yajie mainly works in black and grey.
Next I would like to draw some attention to the installation art of Xu Bing. Xu and many other Chinese contemporary artists began to draw on traditional philosophies such as Taoism to create distinctly modern, distinctly Chinese political comment. They also freely mixed traditional methods such as ink painting and scrollwork with Western techniques.
For “A Book from the Sky” Xu created 4 000 nonsense Chinese written characters, carved them into wood panels in the style of the 11th century Sung Dynasty, and displayed the work on a scroll. It took almost three years of boring work from 1987 to 1991.
Our bonus painting is by Fu Lei who I just discovered on the website of a Chinese museum
edit: apparently the last few images are being cropped badly, I’ll fix this later
Deuce 7 is a graffiti street artist from Minneapolis. As you can see in the images, Deuce 7 is absolutely obsessed with trains & railroads and the history behind that all. He finds his inspiration by traveling around the country by jumping on freight trains. Deuce 7 is currently climbing up the contemporary street artists ladder with some art shows in respected urban galleries.
Also exclusive for our blog readers: a part of your webmaster and his bed. If you’d be interested in buying a Deuce 7 print (signed & limited in small editions), visit the shop. Some prints will be available soon.