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I was drawn into a discussion today about Redbull, where I suggested that it was more of a marketing concepty that actually a product…

so, that started me thinking about Red Bull related ART!

First thing to note, is that red bull is an incredibly innovative company and as part of their brand-building they actually sponsor art projects.

One fun project they are currently running is “red bull art of can”.

Here artists must make a picture or sculpture or piece of modern art, using mainly a red bull can!!! Crazy but exciting, and a fantastic opportunity for promotion by new young cutting edge artists.

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See here for an image of a dragon made from a red bull can!!

Also see here for a you tube video of a drumming sequence using red bull, also done by independent artists, not red bull staff.

And here is a Flikr set of Red bull  ‘art of the can” series…

Have a great day.

Please take time to have a read about PortraitXpress artists…  if you need to order a personalised painting as a gift to arrive with you by Christmas day, you need to order it in the next few days to allow time for the paint to dry and the artwork to be shipped!

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A must see- Yoshitaka Amano’s art is exhibiting in the Art Statement’s Gallery in HK for a few more weeks. Click here to read a little about the man. I include an interview from him below..

Really the guy is incredible, he has done artwork over such a wide range of medium’s. You may know him best from the illustrations of the characters in the “Final Fantasy” computer games. Here are some of his illustrations.

Here is a great link to an interview with him about “a day in the life of Yoshitaka Amano” . I have summarised a couple of the more interesting questions, below…

When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist, not in the sense of it as a hobby, but more as a profession and a way to make a living? YA: When I was fourteen, I went to see my best friend, who had moved to Tokyo — I was still living in Shizuoka — so I went to see him. And I knew about Tatsunoko and I felt like I wanted to join Tatsunoko, so I brought a piece of my art, and I went to see their office and left the piece behind. After I came back to Shizuoka, Tatsunoko had sent a note saying they wanted to hire me, and that’s when I joined Tatsunoko and that’s when I realized that I wanted to draw and paint as my career.

How hard has it been to be accepted by the fine art community? It’s a pretty snobbish community, especially towards those who’ve worked distinctly commercial medium, like comic books, animation, video games and many of the genres you’ve explored in your career. YA: I always like something new. Like, animation back then was new too, so games, etc., these are different places where my art is released, but I myself don’t change. So my core doesn’t change, and as an artist, I’m completely responsible for my art. So sometimes my art comes out in a game, but the game doesn’t sell, so my art isn’t reflected in a good way, and that’s a sad thing. But what I think is that I am solely responsible for my art, so I’m not concerned which path I channel it through. If it’s something new, then I am interested. So if it’s animation, or games, or some new medium in the future, I would be happy to put my art into it. I’m not sure if there’s any criticism, or if I have any frustration with the fine-art community, at least not that I’m aware of. I’m still a newcomer in the community, but as long as I’m doing something new and something different. By doing this, there’s always the possibility that there’s someone somewhere might be criticizing me about it. But I don’t care that much, in fact I would be happy to accept it because it means that I’m doing something new. The other day I went to Rome and saw Michaelangelo’s art, and there was a huge line for two hours to see his art. When I saw the whole line, I felt strongly that art has a strong power to attract people and to move the world, and I knew that I had to be responsible for my art, not just now, but ten years from now, forty years from now, I must be responsible for my art.

And, here is some of his more recent works! Amano started experimenting with traditional Japanese Sumi-e method on Japanese papers, incorporating fluid, spontaneous brush strokes with comic images. Later, those drawings are transformed into canvas and aluminum works that are highly regarded in art world.

Amazing inspirational artwork. Have a great weekend- Matt

notice I didn’t say exhibitions. Exhibitions  here are often dull as dishwarter in my opinion….. due to the fact most people in Hong Kong care little about culture, and the government caring even less….

However, do keep an eye out, for shows and events here, as they do occasionally have some good stuff there! A case in point are the 2 events below (actually see here they do have more talks, if you can speak cantonese or mandarin chinese). These are both saturday afternoon talks in English there. I hope you can make it-  enjoy!!


1st- “Hong Kong Art: Open Dialogue – Looking for Antonio Mak” Open Forum (English)

Antonio Mak being a famous HK artist…

Moderator: Mr Tam Wai Ping (Director, ARTMAP)
Speakers: Mr Tang Hoi Chiu (Chief Curator, Hong Kong Museum of Art),
Ms Valerie C. Doran (Guest Curator)
2008.11.22 (Sat)
2:30 – 4:30 pm

2nd-  Meeting the Challenges of Visual Culture to Art Education (English)
Prof. Paul Duncum (Advisory Professor, Visual Arts Division of the Department of Creative Arts and Physical Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education)
2008.12.06 (Sat)
2:30 – 5:30 pm

On November 30th, the 1993 painting of  Mao Zedong by China’s most-expensive contemporary artist Zeng Fanzhi is coming up for sale.

This is the one to watch- it’s tipped to fetch about HK$30 million ($3.9 million) . Its for sale at Christie’s Hong Kong art sale next month.

The painting is  70 3/4 inch x 79 inch oil painting, titled  “Mao I: From the Masses, to the Masses”.

is the star lot of Christie’s  sale on Nov. 30, and note that these sales typically serve as industry

barometers.

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