Archive for June, 2010

Weird and Wacky design Soapy works of art

Posted in ART, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , on June 14, 2010 by echostains


starry night soap

Everyone has seen soap  in the shape of fruit  and flowers and even animals, but I have noticed that there is some quite unusual soap floating’ around the net.  Gone is the old soap on a rope.  Soap has  gone all artistic – like this Starry Night, hyacinth scented vegan soap from Art Attack!  I like it because each bar is  made individually.

almost Lalique!

There are some great soaps on this site and the venus soap is one of them. It seems a shame to use it really! I really  like these beautiful lace like soap that look like Lalique glass!  Some wonderful soaps here to make you gasp!

almost Lalique!

Soap is such a malleable compound – ideal for carving intricate patterns and designs as well as  being a smooth surface  to paint upon and to decorate.  These soap sculptures are works of art in themselves – just delightful!  See more of them here.

There is nothing like a – Dame Paula Rego!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART VIDEOS with tags , , , on June 13, 2010 by echostains

paula rego dance

Portuguese born narrative painter, printer and illustrator (1935) Paula Rego became a Dame  the other day on the Queens birthday for her contribution to Art!  Anyone who has read this blog from the beginning will know that I rate Rego highly as an artist. I wrote a post about this artist and William Hogarth here

paula rego snow white and her stepmother

Her visually storytelling is sometimes disturbing and her work is always enigmatic and open to interpretation.  I filled two whole journals with a Transcription of Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ (starting here). Rego finds a lot of her characters in Fairy Tales and nursery rhymes – giving them a social realistic twist.  She likes to rework stories weaving her own magic and artistry.

the fitting

An example is shown in the painting ‘The Fitting’ which is reminiscent of Valasquez ‘s ‘Las Meninas’ is has lots of symbolic realism and makes the viewer want to unravel the mystery.

This short video features the artist explaining about her work and her use of props.

The complete Honours list here

More of Rego’s work here

Raiders of the Lost Art

Posted in ART with tags , , , on June 12, 2010 by echostains


unbelievable!  You wouldn’t think there was many more paintings by famous artists to be discovered would you?  But 140 works by modern artists are being put up for auction.  They were found in a Paris Bank vault in 1979 and neglected for all this time, belonged to art dealer Ambroise Vollard.  Read about it here

One of Manet's self portraits

There’s a piece like Andre Derain who was one of the major Fauvists alongside Vlanminck and Matisse.  this particular painting in pristine condition is thought to fetch between 9 – 14 million!  Amazing – where do they get these figures from?     A self-portrait of the artist Eduard Manet will also be offered along side the Derain painting  at Sotheby’s London UK June 22.  

Hitler with his confiscated art

 It makes you wonder just how much art is still lieing in bank vaults around the world.  A lot of art was confiscated by the Nazi’s as ‘degenerate’ .  After the war some owners never got their art back, though there are some happy reunions (here)   Good article here.

image of confiscated art from here

Manet portrait image from here

Enlightened by Art

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS, exhibitions, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 11, 2010 by echostains

Always on the look out for new and exciting art forms, I spotted this article.  In Alys Beach, Florida USA today as I write this, the town shall be lit up by digital technology.  Artist shall project their work onto the white buildings of the town, using them as their canvas   – with dramatic effect.  Apparently, this is the third year of the event and 36 artists have been chosen from 300 applicants.  What a great way of promoting art and bringing it out of the museum!  More towns should do this!

an example of what happens

Inspired by this article I looked for other projector exhibitions and I found this video.  It is different from the other because although it uses projection, the buildings themselves are digitally changed and some of the effects are very dramatic.  Instead of using the building as a canvas, the artists have worked with the real structure of the buildings.  Love it:)

Video by Nuformer

Music: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Around the Bend

Alys Beach image (before) here

Alys beach image  (after) here

Yeats remembers forgotten Beauty

Posted in ART, POETRY with tags , , on June 10, 2010 by echostains


Jack Butler Yeats Queen Maeve Walked Upon this strand

I’m really getting the poems of  Irish poet William Butler Yeats.   This is my latest favorite, along side a painting by his equally talented brother Jack Butler Yeats.  There is such wondrous imagery in Yeats poems –  ‘the jewelled crowns that kings have hurled in shadowy pool…..  ‘cloth’ and ‘murderous moth’:) a delight! 

He remembers Forgotten Beauty


by: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)


    HEN my arms wrap you round I press
    My heart upon the loveliness
    That has long faded from the world;
    The jewelled crowns that kings have hurled
    In shadowy pools, when armies fled;
    The love-tales wrought with silken thread
    By dreaming ladies upon cloth
    That has made fat the murderous moth;
    The roses that of old time were
    Woven by ladies in their hair,
    The dew-cold lilies ladies bore
    Through many a sacred corridor
    Where such grey clouds of incense rose
    That only God’s eyes did not close:
    For that pale breast and lingering hand
    Come from a more dream-heavy land,
    A more dream-heavy hour than this;
    And when you sigh from kiss to kiss
    I hear white Beauty sighing, too,
    For hours when all must fade like dew,
    But flame on flame, and deep on deep,
    Throne over throne where in half sleep,
    Their swords upon their iron knees,
    Brood her high lonely mysteries.

Poem from here

Painting from here

Alternative Mark making

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 9, 2010 by echostains


Buck and Julia Gnuse Most Tattooed Woman

I was reading an article about 55-year-old Californian Julia Gnuse, a woman who has 95 per cent of her body covered in art.  She has acquired more than 400 tattoos on her body including the Beatles and the Cast of Bewitched.  Julia who suffered from a skin disease  began  visiting a tattooist weekly and is now in the Guinness book of records. 

 The urge to decorate our bodies is strong within us.  As warriors, tattoos were a badge of belonging –  to a tribe though ironically they are now seen as a badge of individuality.  The actual act of being tattooed can  be undergone as a rite of passage or for spiritual purposes, rank, fertility, talismans – lots of reasons. 


 In the past tattoos were used to mark an outcast, a criminal, ‘ownership’ of fellow-men –  slaves and to mark victims of  the Holocaust.

Some tattoos can be very colourful and are art forms in their own right.  When I decided to write about tattoos, my first thought was about the artist who actually uses tattoos in his work – Wim Delvoye.

Wim Delvoye pigs

This Belgian artist’s work is highly controversial and has caused much debate in the past because he tattoos animals.  In 1992 he started to tattoo dead pigs.  By 1997 he began to progress this idea by using the pigs as ‘Piggy banks’ literally.  He tattooed live pigs much to the outrage of the media.  The pigs were sedated and tattooed, the tattoos growing and changing with the pigs.  Art buyers then bought the pigs…… and their skins.

There is something strange about this form of art to say the least and I can’t perceive what the artist is trying to get across in their work – apart from the obvious shock value.   Delvoye has done other projects which involves the stuffing of the pigs.  Not for me I’m afraid or for the faint hearted……

Wim Delvoye’s website

Brief history of Tattoos here

Article here

Info about Julia Gnuse and lots of tattoos here

Tribal Tattoo image from here

Keeping an Eye on Art

Posted in ART, SCULPTURE with tags , , on June 8, 2010 by echostains

The eye Chicago illnois

Keep your eyes open in July for this sculpture!  Actually, you won’t be able to miss it:  this gigantic eyeball sculpture shall go on display at Pritzker Park Chicago, Illinois. The Three dimensional sculpture by Tony Tasset goes on display in the park on July 7th until October 31st (Halloween) this year.

The blue iris was the artist’s choice as he has blue eyes himself.  He has chosen the eye because it has always been an important symbol in Egypt. The artist is hoping that the eye will enhance the space and make it more interesting.  He has made a smaller similar symbol in a St Louis park, Missouri.

The giant eye will be a major talking point (the  cost goes into six figures..).  People will either love it or hate it.  The artist acknowledges that some will find the eye creepy –  he calls it a ‘surrealist-noir”.  I am put in mind of the surrealist film Un Chien Andalou  by Luis Buñuel (Writer/Director).  This is a famous film where the opening scene shows a woman’s eye being cut by a razor.  There is also something about the sculpture which makes me think of surrealist Rene Magritte – just the sort of incongruous kind of thing he would do if he’d been a sculptor.

What do we think about it? Love, Hate or just indifferent?  Forgot to add ‘like’…that’s my opinion:)

image  and more info here
Beautiful egyptian eye image available from  here
Laumeiere Sculpture Park image here 

A Hand in Art

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS with tags , , , on June 7, 2010 by echostains

I came across this video about  the art of hand painting quite a while ago.  I’ve meant to put it on for ages.  So here it is.  Some of the art is amazing and ver innovative.  Some of it is humorous (the cat made me really laugh;) The elephant is masterly – even close up.  I liked the crocodile skin –  some of these surfaces are very tactile looking.   The swan, I thought took a lot of imagination to work out how to do accomplish it.  the zebra  😉  Which did you like best and why?

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