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Betteles in art?

Ive recently been finding out about an interesting Americal artist who uses them to help him paint on the canvas. And yes, they are … ALIVE!!!!

Kutcher controls the direction and movement of his arthropods — such as hissing cockroaches  darkling beetles and grasshoppers — by their response to external lighting. The result is controlled and random movements, created in a co-authorship between the artist — with predetermined ideas about colour, form, shape and creative flexibility — and his living brushes!?!

see here for some more details!

Nowadays, its very easy to get a portrait made of your self, or your family, or your pet.

In the old days, traditionally, you needed to sit many times in front of the artist, to get a painting made. This is still probably the best way to do it, however its very time consuming and also very expensive!

Good on you if you have the time for all the many trips to an artist’s studio… it will be fun, but it’s not so practical nowadays! However, portrait paintings are still a very desirable thing to have: a great piece of art that can be treasured for ever, and it is highly personal also.

Most busy professionals, and corporate companies, are now chosing portraits of themsleves or their staff to be comissioned by a reputable artist, from a photograph of the client or clients.

One group of artists which are very experienced in this, are the artists at Portrait Xpress . (The information and entertainment on this blog is actually written by a staff member at Portrait Xpress, so we are biased !- there are other companies or private artists also, so please shop around! But we are sure that you will not find another company which has such good quality or service or a better price).

See here and click PAINTING SAMPLES/GALLERY (the button on the left) for  some of the artist’s past works.

See here for a fuller explanation of how to order, using just your digital image.

And see here for an explanation of different customisations which can be made to the painting, or different styles you may like to have the portrait painted in.

We hope you will pass this information on to anyone who may be interested in a Portrait Painting!

Have a great day.

okay, a couple of paintings today about crashes…. seeing as global stock crashes are ravaging the world this week.

This is painted (this week!) by

Moise Levi Financial & Trading Coach
Brussels, Belgium

its going down down down

its going down down down

This one isn’t really about the stock market (let me know if you know of any good stock market related art!!!) but it is about a CRASH and it does involve A LOT OF MONEY!!!

Green Car Crash

Green Car Crash

This one is by Warhol.

Warhol said “Art is what you can get away with,” and the late, great artist’s paintings are still getting away with a fortune. Sold last year by Christie’s, his painting Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I), from the  Death and Disaster series, this went for $71.7 million dollars. The painting is based on a photograph that appeared in Newsweek magazine from June 3rd, 1963. The photograph depicted the end of a car chase, when a 24-year-old commercial fisherman in Seattle flipped his car, hit a telephone pole, and was ejected from the car forcefully enough to be impaled on, but not immediately killed by, a climbing spike. The mangled car burns in an otherwise mundane residential setting — there’s even a guy crossing the street like it’s nothing special. Seventy-one million for a green-tinted painting of a random photograph, however… that doesn’t happen every day.

For another idea, a PORTRAIT painting of Bernanke might be pretty cool, Portrait Xpress artists can copy any image/PHOTO you send them by hand into a painting- and can do it in any style, eg change below into pop art, put him in a field with US dollars falling from the sky all around him, whatever you like. So you can have cool original art for your flat SO SO easily!!

bernanke

bernanke

Have a good weekend!!

tyr⋅an⋅ny

Thats how you say it.. How do you define it?

1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5. undue severity or harshness.
6. a tyrannical act or proceeding.

However, when sculptor Damian Fennell creates the below work of art about it, we believe he means Tyranny as a mental state…  where one’s body and one’s mind is behaving under the fear of a tryant. Up to you to interpret who or what the tryrant is!?….

Tyranny     made in 1999
direct plaster
h50 x w45 x d45 cm

tyranny

tyranny

News- The finalists of the 2008 Sovereign Asian Art Prize will be auctioned at a charity dinner on Wednesday the 29th October at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong.

!!newly updated!! Click here to see my other posts on some of the 2008 entrants, artist Suroso IsorTerra Bajraghosa, Robert Langenegger.

Now, Here are some works by previous winner, UTTAPORN NIMMALAIKAEW.

Its not cheap at HK$25,000 for a table of ten or HK$2,500 for single tickets, but will be an incredible evening for those who can go!

If you are cant’t afford this, or don’t have the time to attend the 29th October but still wish to place a bid on one of the 30 artworks, its still possible to place a bid on the 30 artworks.

You are able to view all the 30 artworks who are finalists for the Sovereign Asian Art prize, here.

To see the exhibition in person, you can preview them at the Landmark on 21st- 26th October, but you can only see them if you could be interested in placing a bid! For a personal preview of the paintings please contact the organisers on +852 2542 1177.

Okay, so I cant afford to buy anything! But I still enjoyed looking at the upcoming art!!

Regarding the previous winner- Nimmalaikaew’s works start from a canvas backdrop that is set inside a deep casement, and that is then lightly veiled by multiple layers of thread and netting. The artist paints (as well as prints with an Ink Jet) not only on the canvas but also on the thread and netting in order to create shimmering portraits and figurative scenes. He actually creates a depth of field that goes beyond three-dimensional space.  At a thematic level, his present work expresses a deep reverence and love for family.

Nimmalaikaew spoke of his work in an interview with Jonathan Thomson of Asian Art News shortly after being presented with the Sovereign Asia Art Prize at a Hong Kong ceremony:

It took me quite a long time to develop my concept. The layers help represent the complexity of life and relationships and all of the stages of life. The actual technique started with a mosquito net and things seen through the netting. I intentionally draw the threads through the netting and leave them drooping to suggest a life flowing, of aging, and physical degeneration. It is part of my concept that people have to look through my work, not just at it. People have to see my work and experience it…. It is impossible to replicate my work in a photograph.from “Inevitable Cycles,” (July/Aug 2006) 16 Asian Art News [Interview of Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew by Jonathan Thomson]

Chinese Contemporary art. Very topical in the art scene in recent years. A field in which China is exporting something new and original, not poisoned pet foods or scandelous Milk issues.

But don’t listen to me, instead hear an audio file  “The China Experience” at the bottom of this linked page by the Frieze Art Fair, where Carol Yinghua Lu (Writer, Curator and Contributing Editor, frieze magazine  brought together three key players in Chinese contemporary art to discuss the impact of the country′s political, financial and creative conditions on its artists, critics, curators and gallerists.

Be warned its over an hour long though, so sit back and enjoy!!

I like some contemporary Chinese artists. These small inserts below are by Feng Dakang, and are part of a series called The Homeland. So it shows that Chinese artists can be very original….

The “Homeland” series of paintings by Feng Dakang are melancholic and thematically poetic. As the artist is obsessed with architecture, decay and destruction, he paints buildings in a state of ruin or demolition. Yet, these twisted and damaged structures are wonderfully delicate.

feng dakang

feng dakang

See the bottom for a wikipedia definition. But essentially, its a print. Nowadays its tended to mean a Fine Art print of a painting, onto a canvas- so the print looks like a painting.

Its a great piece of technology with some good uses- but I personally am not a big fan.

I only like hand-painted art, as I think Giclee is a bit of a cheat! But that’s only my opinion…. what’s yours? At Portrait Xpress artists, all the art is done 100% by hand. Sure, its copied from people’s photo’s (thats the only way that you can get a painting made for USD 100 and it enables someone in Alabama to paint someone’s portrait in  Yorkshire) but it’s still 100% hand painted.

What do you think of Giclee? is it good or bad? The useful thing about it is that Fine Art prints all can be printed to the same standard, which ensures easy quality control I guess.

Well, Wikipedia can tell you that Giclée (pronounced [ʒiːˈkleɪ] “zhee-clay” or /dʒiːˈkleɪ, from FrenchIPA: [ʒiˈkle]), is an invented name (i.e. a neologism) for the process of making fine art prints from a digitalink-jet printing. The word “giclée” is derived from the French language word “le gicleur” meaning “nozzle”, or more specifically “gicler” meaning “to squirt, spurt, or spray”[1]. It was coined by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working in the field, to represent any inkjet-based digital print used as fine art. The intent of that name was to distinguish commonly known industrial “Iris proofs” from the type of fine art prints artists were producing on those same types of printers. The name was originally applied to fine art prints created on Iris printers in a process invented in the early 1990s but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used in galleries and print shops to denote such prints.

okay ART is mostly about pictures/ imagery, but its also about words- eg poetry, playwriting, and encapsulating an idea or vision.

Here are some quotes by some artists which I have enjoyed reading about.

Damien Hurst- Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.

Banksy- I’m trying to create flesh architecture. I aim to get a sculptural feel for groups of bodies, as well as create performance art.


Renoir- I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.

Andy Warhol- My instinct about painting says, ‘if you don’t think about it, it’s right.’ As soon as you have to decide and choose, it’s wrong. And the more you decide about, the more wrong it gets.

Salvador Dali- Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.

Vincent van Gogh- It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.

I hope you enjoyed these!

To continue with showing you a little more about Matt Stollar’s art, here is some of his work. His portraits are very striking and also the other thing is the size of his works, very large! Ie often far bigger than life-size. )This can be seen on the video here and also in one of the images below.  Again he’s a friend of mine (from School in the UK), and as ever I will try in the blog to aim at PERSONAL content for readers and also INNOVATIVE items also. If you want any more details about where you can see Matt’s art, or purchase it, then message me and I will pass him your details.

okay, Im sure its food. Preferably stinky unhealthy food which will then make them vomit and diarrhoea all over your house.

If however, you want a present which may last a little longer than this and you can have as a life-long memory, why not have a personalised piece of pet art?

What’s this, i hear you asking ? (or not, if you are a regular reader to this fairly new blog).

Okay pet-art can take many forms.

One form is dog footprint stepping stones. This is basically stepping stones for your garden, in the shape of dog paw prints.

I personally prefer something I think is a bit more UBER-personal, a personalised pet painting!!!

Basically here you take a quick cute snap of your pet with your digital camera/ mobile phone/ other amazing gizmo…. then you upload the photo onto the website.

Then, artists will HAND PAINT this into a great portrait of your pet.

Oh, and for something quite irrelevant, check out these great pet (and people) footprints in the sand.

Why not take some photos like this of your dog’s footprints, and then send the photo (well, send, or actually you can upload it also on-line) to Portrait Xpress and then their artists can PAINT this into a amazing painting, in vivid detail.

Because its a painting and not just a photo, it doesn’t matter if the original photo was small or blurred, a good painting can still be made.

Also, the painting can be made into a ‘Christmassy’ style.

So if you want to add mistletoe, reindeer, snow, carol-singers, its all possible!

Have a great day everyone.

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