Although best known for iconic photographs
of his Weimaraner dogs, artist William Wegman is also a painter
. While Wegman's combined the two before, recently painting atop commercial travel postcards
, he's just published Flo & Wendell
, a children's storybook illustrated by dog photos painted over to tell a whimsical tale. Images and review
(LA Times); video
Photorealism has been highlighted here on the blue, where 2D work is made to look 3 dimensional. But what about the opposite? Artist Alex Meade
's live-model photographs look like paintings. [more inside]
The permanent collection of the (US) National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago contains more than 2,500 pieces of art by 250 artists, all of which can be seen at NVAM Collection Online
. The site includes biographical material on the artists who created the work. Featured Artwork
. A small selection
. (Via. Images at links in this post may be nsfw, and/or disturbing to some viewers.)
Phyllis Toburen combines painting and macro-photography
to create lovely sculptural enamel pieces. [more inside]
Many of the photos of classic pin-up Bettie Page
were taken by the photographer Paula Klaw, who helped to run the photo shop and men's magazine business owned by her brother Irving
. Chuck Keefe (blog
), an artist, had several photographs of Klaw's autographed by her, and eventually by Bettie herself
. An interesting look at part of the story of two of pin-up's most notorious women....
The original time-lapse self portrait?
And some modern artists: Enchanting self portraits from Iceland
's Rebekka Gaudleifs. Nude self portrait (NSFW) from Israeli artist
Roni River. Disturbing stories from Canada
's projecteye (NSFW) and magical self-portrait from
Sarah Ann Loreth.
painting of Toronto's iconic streetcars
won a contest for the Toronto Star Emerging Artist Cover Contest.
Along with $2500 in prize money for the contest winner, the winning painting was also published Friday on the front page of the newspaper. Photographer Brian Labelle noticed because he had taken an eerily similar photograph in 2007. [more inside]
It's possible to use Photoshop to simulate the depth of field, color saturation, and camera angle associated with tilt-shift photography. ArtCyclopedia applied this process to Van Gogh paintings
. (via) [more inside]
"Supposedly the still life
came to the fore when religion and the state
became replaced by the middle class. Do you know when that was. The world began to be run by people who just wanted a lot of shit.
And would go anywhere to get it. The Dutch who invented our own dear New York and this is why it is this way
—full of people who want stuff
—they were the stars of this moment
, collecting shit from around the world and putting big piles of it on shelves, in boats, taking it somewhere else. And making paintings of it. And really this moment never ended.
They would paint marketplaces, and the thing that's funny is that if you were a painter and you weren't being paid to paint someone rich you would just probably paint some stuff and sell it in the market and so the place where all this was happening of course got painted too—it's dizzying
." (via dd
"I found a small print of Whistler's painting, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother
, at a neighborhood garage sale. The same weekend, I found a leopard coat and hat, a 1950s cat painting, and what looked like the exact chair from Whistler's painting." Photographer Aline Smithson
's series of portraits
of her 85-year-old mother.
open a window to the world.; is an article discussing (in order) the art of Golnaz Fathi
; a classically
From her website 1
; and a video
Tanavoli Parviz - sculpter
Nadia Ghai-Far - abstract painter
( click peintures and fusains).
Farhad Moshiri - multi
Shirana Shabazi - photographer
India's Ancient Art.
"Fifth-century painters created
in dim man-made caves. A gifted photographer
brings them to light
." [more inside]
Photographs of the dancers, actresses, cafe-life figures and prostitutes who were the subjects of Toulouse Lautrec's paintings,
including such luminaries as Sarah Bernhardt
, "La Goulue
" (Louise Weber; remember this
?), and Jane Avril
, who was the model for this last, iconic, Lautrec poster
. View pages of the art matched up with photos, here
, and here
, and go to this page
to rummage around in even more collections that include photos of Lautrec, his friends and family, street and location scenes, and lots of other tidbits. [Spanish language site; NUDITY]
"Another useful analogy might be with a clearing in the jungle.
The web is certainly a jungle, and without a few clearings it is hard to see how the innocent can stay sane in there, and it might soon be hard to see anything at all." The words of poet and essayist Clive James
, whose eponymous site is an online galley/anthology of breathtaking writing, art, and video interviews. My favorites include Ophelia Redpath's paintings titled after Shakespeare quotes
, Laura Noble's photos of rusty things
, and, of course, a collection James's outstanding poetry
With apologies to the European masters [ARTY NUDITY]
Beijing photographer 潘鉞 (Pan Yue) recreates some famous European paintings in a Beijing Opera style. Other series by yer man: Farmers in Opera costume
, Secret Opera Main link via.
is doing some fascinating and beautiful things with long exposures and 80's arcade games.
In the meanwhile, Patrick Dougherty
is doing some fascinating and beautiful things with sticks and twigs.
Did you know that some of the most famous paintings
by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, and Toulouse Lautrec were based on photographs? While some impressionists and post-impressionists publicly disparaged photography
as mechanical, many others were using it as their secret weapon
. The relationship between the two arts was complex and intertwined
. (And turning the tables, check out this contemporary Russian woman who is recreating several famous paintings in staged photographs
Dinner with hippos.
Richard Baron Cohen (not, as far as I can tell, this guy
), inspired by memories of this book
, commissioned a dinner service from a pattern designed for Catherine the Great
, and hired a photographer who wrote this blog
as she traveled the world shooting hippos.
Work from Esao Andrews
[some NSFW] Includes photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and more. All presented in a quite elegant, uncluttered interface.
An Image Bank For Everyday Revolutionary Life
- The Siqueiros Photographic Archive is a collection of photographic images collected by Mexican mural artist David Áfaro Siqueiros
..."The archive traces Siqueiros's visual research
prior to painting on canvas or on the wall, and also documents his use of photography during the production of the works themselves." [via
... I thought about posting a link to the distinctive art style of Sam Weber
, or the 25 greatest comic book covers ever made
, or avante-garde Hungarian photographer László Moholy-Nagy
, or this collection of Russian and Ukrainian posters
--but instead, I decided to tell you all about the site where I found every one of these links: Rashomon
, a new and (thus-far) consistently interesting collection of interesting visual arts links.
, Giant Stag and Dire Wolf
and an early Portuguese blogger
--allow me to get a little Mesozoic, Creataceous and Pleistocene upon your ass with this cool archive of vintage Czechoslovakian prehistoric art: I found 11 pages
of thumbnails for 258 large scan jpegs of Znedek Burian's work on the websites of the Petrs Hejna of Prague, the Czech Republic. Znedek Burian
, as you will remember from my previous Vintage Dinosaur Art Archives
thread, was state of the art in the 1950s. 258 scans of Znedek Burian is find enough to merit a post--But Wait! There's More! → → →