Saturday, December 26, 2009
This act has triggered some controversy among the community and The Art Inquirer wonders about the causes that may be behind this public stunt.
It's not common for an artist to repaint over another artist's work without a plausible reason for it, so maybe in the near future we may update this article with further development.
Illustrating this article are the photos in the following sequence: original work by Robbo; Robbo's work with Banksy's painting over it; Robbo's repaint and modification over Banksy's work.
From left to right: Photo by Citrus Topnote Jr. Photo by TheMammal Photo by Robbo
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
An e-mail was already sent and the winner has until December 25th, 2009, to claim the prize.
Should the gift certificate not be claimed, another reader of The Art Inquirer will be chosen.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Visitors are also able to create notes that will serve as customized tours and can accessed by others through the Brooklyn Museum website, while the program itself can suggest tours based upon the visitor's preferences.
This interactivity makes possible to share cultural information between people from the same and from different cultures in a friendly way, while through the supplied data, the system is conceived to carry modifications thus growing more intelligent.
Including a vast number of cultures from antiquity to the present, the museum's website contains images and information on more than 11,000 objects.
The costumizable guide is free to all visitors and was developed by Shelley Bernstein, chief of technology, assisted by Jennifer Bantz, manager of interpretive materials, Brooklin Museum.
Paul Beaudoin, programmer, Brooklin Museum, was in charge of the web application.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Eight artists will be selected for this programme and provided with a studio space at the Blade Factory.
During the A Curriculum, participants will develop their work and attend discussions with art professionals, including gallerists, curators, commissioners and artists, during wich they will learn how the different aspects of the art world interrelate and how they can develop a sustainable artistic activity.
Other activities are scheduled, including a public closing event.
The application deadline is January 4th, 2010.
The programme is open to all EU residents of all ages, who have completed a BA or MA in Fine Arts within the last five years.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Presented by Simon Schama, the series was called The Power of Art.
You can subscribe to the newsletter by using Feedblitz, found on the right column of this blog.
This way you will know when a new video is available.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
With the purpose of connecting the people who live or work in the neighbourhood and have art as their main activity or a hobby, this exhibition counts with Fernando Vicent as its main mentor and the indispensable collaboration of those woking at the bookstore.
After last year's successful opening, the same is expected for 2009.
The exhibition takes place from December 16, 2009 (7 pm) through January 6, 2010.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thanks to the loan by the Louvre museum, the painting upon the mythological riddle asked to Oedipus by the Sphinx, by the french neoclassical painter Auguste-Dominique Ingres, is placed aside the work "Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres" by Francis Bacon, part of the Berardo Collection.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Art Inquirer has the purpose to provide its readers with interesting and relevant content, permiting them to be acquainted with what is happening the art world.
News about workshops and competitions give artists to have the chance of getting their art known, while the interviews with artists give the readers the opportunity to get to know those who make art one of the most important aspects of their lifes.
Through their opinions, readers (many of them artists) play an important role in the development of this blog.
With the sponsorship of Blick Art Materials, a gift certificate in the value of $25 and a catalogue, will be offered to one of the readers of The Art Inquirer.
The participation in this event is quite simple. Readers will receive a token for each of the following connections that they have with this art blog (the more connections the better chances they have of winning) : Followers - 1 token; Facebook Fans - 1 token; Newsletter Subscribers (Feedblitz) - 2 tokens; Writing an article about this with a link to this article - 3 tokens.
If you are one of the readers who will write an article on your website or blog about this event, please leave a comment on this article with a link to your post.
Links are not permitted for other comments, unless requested.
The winner will be announced on December 20th, 2009.
If you have any doubts, you may post them here or contact me via e-mail.
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Good Luck and Merry Christmas !
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Comprising 200 photos selected from personal archives of friends and colaborators, many of them unpublished and not even printed by the author himself, the exhibition takes place at the East Turret Gallery in the National Rope-factory museum (Galeria Torreão Nascente – Edifício da Cordoaria Nacional), in Lisbon (Portugal). Guided visits will be carried out in the days of December 2nd, 2009 and January 5th ,2010 at 3pm, to which you can attend by calling first at (351) 218170600.
Open to the public from December 2nd through January 31st, 2010 and with free admitance, this is a singular opportunity to know more about the work of the cuban photographer Alberto Korda (Alberto Diaz Gutiérrez), famous for the photo "Che Guevara - Guerillero Heroico" (Heroic Guerrilla Fighter).The taste of Korda for fashion photography and beauty has brought this characteristic to the photographs that he took during the revolutionary cuban times.
Result of an amazing dedication and creativity, together with the right portion of humour, "The Passenger" is a short film animation completely created by the australian artist Chris Jones.
This project developed through the course of six years and completed in 2006 has received the
Best Animation - 2006 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (premiere) and the
Best Australian Film - 2008 Melbourne International Animation Festival awards.
Its screenplay has a quality that can be compared to ones that we are used to see from Tim Burton, grabbing the viewer from the beginning to the very end of the film.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Entitled "Fernand Pelez, la parade des humbles", this unprecedented exhibition brings to the public the drawings and paintings from the artist, including street sellers, jugglers and famine people who made the streets of Montmartre their home.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Originaly from Liverpool (UK), Paul Coventry-Brown is a mostly self-taught full-time artist.
As for the linen panels, I use Claessens #13 which is their finest weave. It is still quite a rough weave compared to a fine detail cotton canvas but the first coat/layer fills most of it in and by the second coat the paint goes on very smoothly and very fine unbroken lines are possible.
It come the nearest to being able to replicate some of the techniques and feel that I have observed in the old masters.
The reason I like it so much is the way the paint goes onto the surface, it's very hard to explain, it is just a joy to paint on and I would recommend it to everyone to give it a try.
If I ever use cotton canvas I always give that two extra coats of gesso too.
I never need to prime a canvas as I never buy any that have not first been primed.
Starting with the finest unprimed surface, the canvas is inspected, smoothed with a pumice, cleaned, and sized. It is then oil-primed with linseed oil and zinc white and allowed to dry for 3 days in a dry air oven before the final coat of titanium white is applied.
I use the same brushes for all subjects, still life or portrait.
Winsor & Newton - Cotman watercolour brushes
Robert Simmons - White Sable
I rest one end on the top of my easel and the other end I hold in my left hand (I never rest it on the painting itself).
With the less complicated compositions I just go straight onto the canvas with a brush and draw the outlines very freely with a very thin burnt umber. I much prefer this to pencil of charcoal. Even beginners can do this, as I proved at a class I taught in the Spring (see the May posting on my blog).
A basic understanding of mixing colours is valuable and so is experimentation.
I will always make sure to paint the shadow and the surface it is cast onto at the same time so I can blend the edges into each other, I don't want hard edges shadows.
I usually work from dark to light.
I have a regular client base and, luckily for me, most of the paintings are sold by my mailing list and sometimes through my blog.
Sometimes I sell some on eBay that I don't manage to sell privately, but only a few.
Submissions must be sent electronically and the deadline will be 23:59 on December 11th, 2009, Eastern Standard Time.
The winner will be notified on December 15th, 2009.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
The artistic community CultureInside is running a free contest for its registered members.
Adressed to artists and photographers and having the Halloween as its theme, the call starts on Monday October 26th and ends on Friday October 31st.
Selected by the CultureInside team and its community, the winners will have their works exhibited in a permanent online exhibition
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Winner of Ukraine's Got Talent 2009, Kseniya Simonova (Ксения Симонова) performed amazing sand animation that portrayed life during former USSR's Great Patriotic War against the Third Reich in World War II (animation on top).
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sold at Christie's New York as " Young Girl in Profile in Renaissance Dress" and catalogued as "German, early 19th cantury" for $19,000 to art dealer Kate Ganz who kept it for 12 years before selling it on for a similar price in 2007 to a swiss art collector, the 13in by 9in (33cm x 24cm) chalk, pen and ink on vellum portrait, mounted on an oak board, may have been painted by da Vinci.
A fingerprint was found at the top left by the forensic art expert Peter Paul Biro and compared to one found on "St. Jerome", a Leonardo's work kept at the Vatican, when the artist is not known to have assitants.
A palm-print on the neck is also consistent with da Vinci's use of his hands to create shading and texture.
The claim made by Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of History of Art at Oxford University, is backed by tests done with a "multispectral" camera from Lumière Technology of Paris and by the carbon-14 analysis of the vellum, carried out by the Institute for Particle Physics, in Zurich, which resulted in a date range between 1440 and 1650.
Infrared analysis also reveals that drawing and hatching were made by a left-handed artist.
Professor Kemp believes that the sitter is Bianca Sforza, daughter of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan (1452-1508) and his mistress Bernardina Corradis. He suggests that the portrait may be dated from around 1496, when aged 13 or 14 she married Galeazzo Sanseverino, the Duke's army captain and a Leonardo's patron.
No other artwork on vellum by Leonardo da Vinci is known, however the artist had inquired the french artist Jean Perréal about techniques using coloured chalk on vellum.
Should these tests be proved reliable, the artwork that was previously sold for $19,000 is now valued at £100 million, according to London dealer Simon Dickinson.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
With the characteristic square shape that Terry has made us familiarized with, these new pastel sticks feature multiple pigments of different hues, enabling the artist to achieve interesting effects and details, such as sparks on water and shadows, or to deliver more interest to porcelain elements on a painting.
Terry Ludwig developed this new interesting line of Confetti soft pastels, now it's up to the artists to use their creativity and give the best use to it.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Recently developed by Peggy and Robert Stermer-Cox, the website permits registered users to list their workshops for free, including online ones.
In the future we will see further development as the Artist Workshop is a new website and will continue to improve its service, namely based upon users' feedback.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Located in Seoul, South Korea, the Alive Gallery uses advanced IT technology to enhance the visitor's experience.
This enables the interaction between visitors and the characters from famous western paintings, such as The Last Supper and The Arnolfini Portrait.
It's possible that you may not need to travel far to enjoy the experience, since there's the possibility of exporting this technology to other galleries and museums, or even being developed in your own country.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Featured are also other artworks such as "Life Painting" (1954), created when studying at the Slade School of Fine Art (London).
Many of those paintings depict the female model Lila Nunes, Paula Rego's favourite model since 1988 and who also was Victor Willing's nurse.
Design by the portuguese arquitect Eduardo Souto Moura, the Casa das Histórias de Paula Rego museum has 750sq. meters, featuring an auditorium with a capacity for 200 people, a library, bookstore and spaces for permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The artist has loaned several paintings to the museum, including 15 by her later husband Victor Willing (1928-1988). for a renewable period of 10 years.
Among the several works of art, including 257 etchings and 278 drawings, the visitor may see a large tapestry based upon the work "Alcácer Quibir".
With free admitance between 10am and 10pm, the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego museum will present two temporary exhibitions per year (Spring and Autumn).
Friday, September 18, 2009
Graduated by the Visual Communication at the Glasgow School of Art, Eleanor Stewart has created this cutout stop-motion animation inspired by Westerns.
The musical score is called "Hoedown", from the Rodeo Suite by Aaron Copland.
Eleanor did this work for her final year degree.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Member of the Oil Painters of America, he was awarded a grant through the Kentucky Arts Council and was accepted into the All Kentucky Juried Fine Art Exhibition 2008.
Using Google Street View, Bill paints views from around the world, including european and north american cities. In fact, the artist has recently finished a series of one painting from each state, with the exception of Hawaii where Street View is not available yet.
The artist is also an author of the Virtual Paintout blog, to which artists can submit their Street View based artworks.
The online version of the Daily Mail has an interesting article where you can compare Bill's paintings with the virtual views.
Friday, September 11, 2009
We all know how difficult it can be to gain visibility and being represented by a gallery, even with some good connexions.
The internet has permited artists to show their artwork to a vast public, but the competition is huge and many times people are reluctant about buying online.
How can you convince the public to buy from you ?
Besides the usual marketing strategies, there is one word that will help you alot : quality.
Your online presence must transmit quality to the viewer, not only in terms of your website or blog, but especially your artwork.
When you are selling online, most of the people visiting your website don't know you and the only thing that will probably make them want to buy your art is its quality.
But let me tell you about something that happened to confirm what you have been reading.
I sign a newsletter of an artist who's work I appreciate and when she posts a new painting on her blog, I get the news about it.
Yesterday I opened the newsletter and saw this painting that I truly enjoyed, it was of great quality and I even thought about acquiring it.
After I clicked the link, a word confirmed the quality of this painting : "SOLD".
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The artist starting exhibiting in 1956, the same year when he joined the group of the Café Gelo.
João Vieira shared a studio over this cafe with Gonçalo Duarte, José Escada and René Bertholo.
Later in Paris, these four together with Christo, Jan Voss and Lourdes Castro form the group KWY and publish a magazine with the same name.
In 1959 the Galeria Diário de Notícias presents his first individual exhibition and in that same year he receives a scholarhip from the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, permiting his return to Paris, where he starts working with Arpad Szenes, while maintaining his collaboration with the KMY group.
After a passage through London, where he teached at the Maidstone College of Art, João Vieira returns to Lisbon in 1967 and starts working as a set painter.
In what fine art is concerned, the artist becomes well known by his paintings of letters.
João Rodrigues Vieira passed away on August the 5th, 2009, after being submited to a heart surgery the day before.
Friday, August 28, 2009
In 2007, a korean student from the New York School of Visual Arts, Youngwoong Jang was attributed the animation gold medal, by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
His CG animation "Mirage" is about a bio-mechanic character who has to fill his chest with water in order to sustain his life and the importance of water to all living beings.
Back in 2006, Youngwoong Jang was interviewed by Sam Chen.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
And if I'm not mistaken, this is the second original painting that will be sent to this reader of The Art Inquirer.
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Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Artists are invited to submit their designs for a t-shirt.
Five designs will be chosen through voting and winners will receive prizes.
Read how you can enter the First Wetcanvas Design Contest.
The deadline is September 30th, 2009.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Today I disclose their identities and the name of the painters.
Painted by Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An in 2006 this oil on canvas represents the following historical personalities :
1. DAI DUDU - painter 2. DANTE ALIGHIERI 3. SONG QINGLING 4. MOTHER TERESA 5. LI TIEZI - painter 6. MIKHAIL GORBACHEV 7. ZHANG AN - painter 8. KOFI ANNAN 9. LIU XIANG 10. PRINCE CHARLES 11. DOWAGER CIXI 12. OSAMA BIN LADEN 13. GEORGE W. BUSH 14. LUCIANO PAVAROTTI 15. SALVADOR DALI 16. CLAIRE LEE CHENNAULT 17. JULIUS CAESAR 18. YASSER ARAFAT 19. MARILYN MONROE 20. MARLON BRANDO 21. FIDEL CASTRO 22. LAOZI 23. CHE GUEVARA 24. JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE 25. ZHOU ENLAI 26. NAPOLEON BONAPARTE 27. MAO ZEDONG 28. MARIE CURIE 29. ABRAHAM LINCOLN 30. GENGHIS KHAN 31. PABLO PICASSO 32. STEVEN SPIELBERG 33. FRIEDRICH NIETZCHE 34. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 35. KARL MARX 36. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 37. LEONARDO DA VINCI 38. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER 39. HENRI MATISSE 40. JOSEPH STALIN 41. ELVIS PRESLEY 42. FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT 43. WINSTON CHURCHILL 44. BRUCE LEE 45. ALBERT NOBEL 46. MARGARET THATCHER 47. PETER THE GREAT 48. CHARLES DE GAULLE 49. BILL CLINTON 50. MAXIM GORKY 51. PAVEL KORCHAGIN 52. RAMSES II 53. VLADIMIR ILICI LENIN 54. GUAN YU 55. CUI JIAN 56. HOMER 57. BILL GATES 58. PELE 59. ADOLF HITLER 60. SADDAM HUSSEIN 61. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 62. AUDREY HEPBURN 63. BENITO MUSSOLINI 64. NORMAN BETHUNE 65. LEI FENG 66. HENRY FORD 67. CHARLIE CHAPLIN 68. ERNEST HEMINGWAY 69. SUN YAT-SEN 70. DENG XIAOPING 71. SIGMUND FREUD 72. MIKE TYSON 73. JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH 74. CHIANG KAI-SHEK 75. ALEXANDER PUSHKIN 76. VLADIMIR PUTIN 77. LU XUN 78. HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN 79. QUEEN ELISABETH II 80. SHIRLEY TEMPLE 81. LEO TOLSTOY 82. ALBERT EINSTEIN 83. LI BAI 84. MOSES 85. CONFUCIUS 86. CORNELIU BABA 87. MOHANDAS GANDHI 88. AUGUSTE RODIN 89. DWIGHT EISENHOWER 90. VINCENT VAN GOGH 91. HENRI DE TOULOUSE LAUTREC 92. MARCEL DUCHAMP 93. MICHAEL JORDAN 94. ARIEL SHARON 95. HIDEKI TOJO 96. MICHELANGELO 97. YI SUN-SIN 98. QI BAISHI 99. QIN SHI HUANG 100. RUN RUN SHAW 101. JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU 102. RABINDRANATH TAGORE 103. OTTO VON BISMARCK
104. Is a woman from a photograph by Cartier Bresson 105. Dolly The sheep.
To better help you identifying the characters, here's an image where you can rollover the cursor and the respective names will show up.
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Most artists face themselves with many barriers before they get their art seen by the public and with this digital bilboard outdoor based project, Saatchi Gallery and Clear Channel Outdoor take a major step into that direction.
There are plans for expanding the Free The Artists campaign into other countries, namely France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.S.A. .
Saatchi Gallery Online hosts over 120,000 artists and receives over 70 million hits per day.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Urania Tarbet served as president of IAPS for 15 years and .
The announcement was made on May 30, 2009.
Maggie Price who was previously the vice-president, is a well known author of books upon pastel painting and co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Pastel Journal.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Reception will take place this Saturday, 8th of August at 6 pm and the exhibition will go through September 1st, 2009.
Photographers J. Renee and Brandy Eve will show photography based works, stop motion films made from still photographs strung together, photo collages and a short video.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
That was when an expression came to mind: "Flunk Art".
I had the name, now I needed the meaning.
We came up with the resolution that this wouldn't be a particular style, but an expression dedicated to all art that is "flunked" by galleries.
Are you an artist who contacted a gallery and saw your art rejected ?
Tell us about your "flunk" experience and how did you feel about it.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This painting features over 100 world known personalities.
Can you name them all ?
Maybe that's a bit too difficult, but don't worry.
Look carefully and see how many do you recognize.
Visit this art blog soon for more news about this painting.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
On July 21th 2009, the world celebrates an important event : 40 years have passed since the first man walked on the Moon. His name was Neil Armstrong.
At 02:39 UTC on Monday July 21 (10:39pm EDT, Sunday July 20), 1969, Armstrong opened the hatch, and at 02:51 UTC began his descent to the Moon's surface.
In the same mission were Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins.
To celebrate this important event, The Art Inquirer presents its readers with a movies' classic : Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902), by Georges Méliès.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Following a series of interviews with artists, this time The Art Inquirer brings to its readers the opportunity to get to know John Stires, an artist who paints the sea life.
TAI - Thank you for accepting to give this interview to The Art Inquirer.
Let us know about yourself and how it all started.
JS - I was born in Glendale, CA. I've always like art and I've always liked fish. I just never thought about combining the two interests. In high school, they both were hobbies and when it came time to chose a major in college I went with fish (biology major at UC Santa Barbara) thinking that art was an ineffective use of my time at college. I made this decision about a year or two before the explosion of the digital arts and by the time I was a junior in college I realized that I probably should have majored in art. While I enjoyed biology, I was pretty bad at it. Luckily, I did take quite a few art classes in college, which pretty much saved my GPA. After college I moved to NYC, considered an architecture career, but soon realized that as with biology it was too technical and I would never enjoy it. So I waited tables, considered writing a comic book and ended up working as a graphic designer and creative services director at Marvel Comics. After 6 years there I transitioned into the wild world of Internet startups and landed a job as a product manager at a video product review website called Expo TV, which is where I work today.All this time I pursued creative avenues but avoided painting, mainly because I had no clue what to paint. I wanted to have a purpose with painting and felt there was no reason to consider it unless there was something I wanted to paint. By this time I had been involved with reef aquariums for almost 20 years. Last fall it finally hit me, I could paint fish and corals and other sea creatures!I consider myself to be more of an expert with reef aquariums than I consider me to be an expert in art. In fact I probably consider myself to be more of a novice at art when it comes to technique. I really don't have much technique when I paint and I'm trying very hard to learn various ways to work with paints. I do feel that I have a very creative mind and feel that in time my technique is going to catch up with my mind. While I am happy with some of the things I have painted, I still feel that I am searching for exactly what I want to convey.
TAI - How important do you find your knowledge about the species that you convey and how does that show in your paintings ?
JS - I think my knowledge of the species adds quite a bit to what I choose to paint. Understanding the behaviors of the fish and corals helps me bring forth unique personalities and movement in the subject. I am very interested in trying to capture distinct expressions from the fish rather than simply painting beautiful sea life. I think the beauty comes from the mood the animals bring. That is probably why I focus on such intimate portraits rather than large seascapes.
TAI - Wanting to paint the waterworld has forced you in study the water species with more perseverance ?
JS - Definitely. It has helped me explore certain fish and behaviors much more. It's great because the research is a wonderful learning experience and has has even helped me explore aquarium husbandry more.
TAI - When doing a portrait, be it of a human or animal, one of the objectives of the painter is to transmit the model's character or mood.How do you cope with the objective when portraying a living being from the waterworld ?
JS - Trying to capture the mood or character of a fish is pretty difficult. Fish don't express themselves with eyes and other facial expression. They express themselves with their bodies. So movement is key when trying to transmit a mood. Even though fish don't express themselves with their facial features I still think it is possible to illicit a feel through their eyes and mouths. Many fish have down-turned mouths and wide open eyes so that generally makes for sad, wary, and paranoid looking subjects. I actually like that and I think it touches on the environmental concerns of our oceans today. It is as if all the fish are wary of the humans viewing them, wondering if humans really have the best intent for their environment.
TAI - Besides painting with oils, what other mediums and venues do you use to transmit your art and work to the public.
JS - I actually dabble in quite a bit more things besides oil painting. I've always been interested in the Internet and building successful website, so I look at everything I do on the web as somewhat of an art form. My site is as much of an art project as my paintings. Through my site I do alot of digital art with wall decals and I also reproduce my artwork on t-shirts, coffee mugs and other products through Zazzle. It is another way for me to express myself and jumping into the online world helps keep me engaged with my artwork. Although I do admit that the time spent online doing this stuff also takes away from my time spent on actual painting.Recently I started taking video of various corals and fish and cutting together small clips of them. I started a new site called Reef Video and I look at this as a different type of artistic expression. There are many behaviors that need to be shown on video that I can't really do with a paintbrush. This goes for corals especially. In paintings corals look like plants or sticks or other static objects. With video you can show how they blossom and move and feed. It is quite spectacular and alien to watch a coral move and feed. Many people don't realize that they are animals and are always surprise by their unique behaviors.
TAI - How people react when looking at the subjects that you paint ?
JS - This is one of those questions that is very hard for an artist to gauge. My art is pretty new, I consider myself a novice so when people view my art I can never as to what level people like my paintings. This is where I rely on the internet to get true reactions to my artwork. If I notice that people start posting my artwork around the internet or if more and more people start coming to my site, then I'll know that people are reacting well to my artwork.
TAI - What are the species that you most like to paint ?
JS - Well, clownfish are just fun to paint. They are probably the most popular fish out there and there is good reason why, they just have wonderful personalities. I've been playing around recently with various types of corals and while I like to paint them I find them extremely difficult to paint well. I think that is one of the areas I need to improve the most.
TAI - Can you be caught painting or sketching at an aquarium or oceanarium ?
JS - Not yet, however I can be caught taking video of various corals and fish tanks in local aquarium shops. I am going to be visiting the amazing Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta in a couple of weeks and hope to get some behind the scenes interviews and video while I am there. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
TAI - Please tell us about your artistic plans for the future and if you have any upcoming exhibitions.
JS - Plan to see more paintings, wall decals, video and other things. I am looking around at printing my own greeting cards with some of my work on them and selling them through my site. I still need to create a larger body of work before I can approach someone about showing my work. It's a long process but I could see myself displaying some artwork hopefully by the end of the year.
The artwork of John Stires can be seen at his website.
In a constant effort to offer its readers a pleasant reading, based on quality and relevant content, The Art Inquirer has already granted a new series of interviews.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This is a great opportunity for pastelists to have their names recognized and published in what is probably the most well known publication dedicated to this medium.
According to F&W Publications the cash prizes totalize more than $15,000 ( a value that The Art Inquirer could not confirm at this time, but will try tomorow).
There are also prizes in the form of pastel supplies for the first five of The Jack Richeson/Unison Pastels Category Awards.
Artists may enter in all categories and the finalists will be chosen by the magazine staff.
Award winners and honourable mentions will be selected by the following jurors : Ilene Gienger-Stanfield (Portrait/Figure), Jean Dalton (Abstract/Non-Objective), Nancy MacDonald (Animal/Wildlife), Paul Murray (Landscape/Interior) and Ron Monsma (Still Life/Floral).
The 11th Annual Pastel 100 Competition may be your next important step in the world of art.
Read carefully the prospectus , namely the elegibility terms, because the simply fact of not following one of the rules may annul your chances to participate and win.
All entries must be postmarked no later than September 1st, 2009.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Since October that this event and its location has been kept secret, even from the Bristol City Council chiefs.
With 100 works from the Bristol based graffiti artist Banksy, this exhibition features installations, animatronics and a sensory display.
The artist started stencilling on the city's walls in the 90s and because part of the taxpayer's money has been used to erase those stencils, this exhibition may not be free of some controversy.
Although Banksy supervised the installation in loco, the museum staff was not able to guess who he was among his crew, being this one of his trademarks.
His artworks have been exhibited in Bethlehem, Los Angeles and New York, becoming highly collectable and making part of collections from known personalities such as Robbie Williams and Brad Pitt.
Named Banksy vs Bristol Museum, the exhibition may be visited for free during this Summer at the council-owned City Museum and Art Gallery, in Bristol (UK).
Monday, June 15, 2009
Besides the winner, were also chosen three substitutes in the eventuality of the prize not being claimed.
The lucky winner will receive, free of any charges, a new set of painting brushes and a wood palette.
Should no one claim the prize, The Art Inquirer will donate it to a caring institution that includes art as one of its activities.
The winner will lose the right to the prize if not contacting within a week.
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