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]
- wonderful old school SF paintings by French illustartor Philippe Bouchet
In September, Jon Schindehette
] and Lars Grant-West
] issued a challenge
to students at the Rhode Island School of Design: "Create a creature based upon a non-humanoid critter
from H.P. Lovecraft's literature.
The creature should have a fully resolved form, convey motion where appropriate, and be believable. Creature can be shown as either 3/4 view or 'turn-arounds'." Here are the entries
and here are the judges' comments. [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]
Love to finger paint with pixels? Or do you prefer the stylus for your stylizing? Either way, the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists
beckons (gestures?). It all started with a group of enthusiasts on Flickr (Flickr group
Membership is free. So is registration for the Mobile Art Conference 2010
(NYC), but they're accepting donations. [more inside]
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
was born in Wisconsin on July 31, 1910. He lived in a small house in Milwaukee with his wife Marie, and he worked in a bakery. Between 1954 and 1963 he used his fingers, combs, quills and bakery tools to create hundreds of explosively colorful semi-abstract landscapes
that evoke primordial soup biology
, Lovecraftian horror
, scifi weirdness
and hellish alien beauty
('Full-Screen View' and its zoomable interface increase the pleasure dramatically). The 12 galleries
of paintings at his memorial site are all available for free hi-res download, you can hear him talking about drugs, brain chemistry and visions at the 'Listen' link, and there's currently an exhibit honoring the centennial of his birth
at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
How "The Last Washington Painting" Became "The Lost Washington Painting"
: Losing- and finding again- Alan Sonneman's "apocalyptic image of nuclear doom".
Spider-Man snorting cocaine. Catwoman, Robin, & Batman threesome
. Suicidal Spider-Man
. Spider-Man & Batman hand-cuffed
. Wonderwoman & wonder-hands
. Italian artist Giuseppe Veneziano has a new exhibition of art on display. And it does seem to be having fun with a bunch of familiar supehero icons.
in a Swamp
: The Paintings
of Charles Burchfield
. "Burchfield’s primary subject was landscape, often focusing on his immediate surroundings: his garden, the views from his windows, snow turning to slush, the sounds of insects and bells and vibrating telephone lines, deep ravines, sudden atmospheric changes, the experience of entering a forest at dusk, to name but a few. He often imbued these subjects with highly expressionistic light, creating at times a clear-eyed depiction of the world and, at other times, a unique mystical and visionary experience of nature." I recommend the slide show in the first link as the best introduction. More audio slide shows from Peter Schjeldahl here
"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
In a Michelangelo Fresco, Visions of a Brain Stem.
"It has been hiding in plain sight for the past 500 years, and now two Johns Hopkins professors believe they have found it
: one of Michelangelo’s rare anatomical drawings in a panel
high on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
. Michelangelo was a conscientious student of human anatomy and enthusiastically dissected corpses throughout his life, but few of his anatomical drawings survive. This one, a depiction of the human brain and brain stem, appears to be drawn on the neck of God, but not all art historians can see it there."
is a self-taught painter, whose dense, liney work reminds me of Howard Finster and Basil Wolverton.
, an artist of infinite
, often ravishing pictorial jest
, whose sarcastic
and vibrant layering of found images and maverick, chaos-provoking
painting processes left an indelible mark on the last four decades of contemporary painting, died yesterday
in Cologne, Germany.
A firm tied to Thomas Kinkade (previously
), the best-selling franchise artist and "Painter Of Light
", has filed for bankruptcy
Photographer/Filmmaker Freddie Wong and friends blow the crap
(YoutTube) out of each other with light painting. [more inside]
Why preserve Van Gogh's palette?
- an exploration of color from the actual layout of various artists' color palettes - Degas, Delacroix, Gaugin, Moreau, Renoir, Seurat, Van Gogh. (via Neatorama) [more inside]
Whoopsy! Beefcake wardrobe malfunctions!
Columbus, Ohio artist Paul “Paulypants
” Richmond paints lovingly detailed and luminous and saucy portraits of gay demicelebrities with their britches falling apart or otherwise depantsed or underclothed. As Richmond describes it
with the juice and vim of a ’50s tattler magazine, “It intrigues me that it was almost exclusively women who were depicted as hapless victims of comical wardrobe malfuncions in early pin-up art. Those ladies couldn't even walk down the street without their skirts blowing up or their underwear falling down (or both!)” [more inside]
Paintings by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Fernand Léger, worth ~$100 million, stolen! (Washington Post link) [more inside]
"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.
paints women underwater, through shower curtains, through glass. Some NSFW female nudes.
The creepy, weird and gory paintings and illustrations of Charlie Immer
. (via the excellent art blog, Ink Mountain)
Many people who paint portraits try to make the painting
look like a living person
. Alexa Meade
tries to make the person
look like a painting
. [more inside]
The Vincent Van Gogh Museum
) is undertaking a complete restoration
of The Bedroom
(or Bedroom in Arles), one of Van Gogh's best-known paintings. The staff members
working on the restoration have started a blog to document the entire process
is a really nice web-based experimental painting programme from Slovak animator and designer Peter Blaskovic
was a New York poet, even though he lived less than half of his 40 years in the city. He grew up in Grafton, MA, was a sonarman in WWII and roomed with Edward Gorey at Harvard before moving to the city he would forever be associated with. Naturally, there was am article on him
in The New Yorker a couple of years ago. We're lucky enough to have a number of videos
of O'Hara, including a reading of the lovely "Having a Coke with You
. There's also quite a bit of audio
of him, and I can't but recommend this mp3 of John Ashbery, Alfred Leslie, Bill Berkson and Michelle Elligott reminiscing about O'Hara
at the MOMA, where he worked. And there are quite a few
of his poems
, as well as five of the poem-paintings
he did with Norman Bluhm
. [more inside]
The strange and wonderful paintings
of Moki [more inside]
Aleksandra Rdest's art
uses a language drawn from weather patterns
; inspired by sound waves, clouds, particles and cells on a microscopic level
. The point of departure for these works is growth and decay; cellular division and multiplication, weather patterns biological colonization
. Rdest’s love affair with colour
gives rise to these paintings which are created by richly layering veils of paint to form a deep surface
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CT Scan art
- Radiologist Kai-hung Fung takes scans of our innards and makes them outwardly beautiful.
, a NY based artist
, has created paintings
depicting pop-culture icons
, but none have created a "regular trickle of hate mail/criticism
" like this one
. [more inside]
Lucian Freud Interview (YouTubes): 1
In 1666 Willem Van de Velde, the Elder made a pen and ink drawing
of the Council of War held on the eve of what was to be known as the four-day battle
during the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
Maarten Platje brings it new life
( Click Paintings to enlarge
The news of the Dutch gathering is briefly mentioned
by Pepys ” … some sudden newes of the Dutch being come out”.
It is considered that Willem Van de Velde, the Elder
, and his son, Willem Van de Velde, the Younger
provide the one accurate record of Seventeenth Century warships, from mid-century on.
More than you ever want to know about the Anglo Dutch wars
; and Related
Jean Fouquet, peintre et enlumineur du XVe siecle
is an exquisite French-language exhibition devoted to the fifteenth-century painter Jean Fouquet. Fouquet--known, among other things, as the painter of (possibly
) the first stand-alone self-portrait
--is best remembered for the Melun Diptych
, now split between two museums. His illuminations include the Book of Hours of Étienne Chevalier
and contributions to the Book of Hours of Simon de Varie
, among others
"This may truly be the most important new painting of the twenty first century."
The McNaughton Fine Art Company
presents "One Nation Under God" [cache]
, an... interesting
take on American history in a nifty zoom interface. Artist John McNaughton
, who calls himself "the only living artist in the world today"
to practice the Barbizon School
of French Impressionism, has an extensive body of less opinionated work
for you to admire. Interview
. Character list
, one of the all-time greats of American illustration, has passed away. [more inside]
An artist who cannot spare the time to travel is using Google Street View to visit stunning locations around the world and capture them in paint
. For the past year wannabe globe-trotter Bill Guffey
, has spent hundreds of hours traveling thousands of virtual miles to visit places he feels he will never get to see in person. (via