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Happy Birthday Vlaminck!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by echostains

Vlaminck A self portrait

Today is the birthday of Fauvist artist Maurice Vlamink.   I have written a little about him here in my ‘art quote’ section here.  He is an interesting fellow.  Jack of all trades,Vlamink (b. 1876 -1962 Paris, France) tried many styles including  Fauvism  but settled on an Expressionistic style.

Vlaminck 'potato picker' 1905

Vlamink was an instinctual artist, self-taught.  Being brought up by two musicians he was also musically inclined and even taught violin himself.  He was a larger than life man, tall, imposing with red hair, physically strong and at one time in his life even became a wrestler.

Vlaminck 'Brages on the Seine near Paris'

He liked to wear gaudy colours and dress eccentrically.  He was a professional cyclist, a mechanic and a labourer.  Later in his life he discovered that he could write and wrote some erotic novels.

Restaurant de la Machine at Bougival vlaminck

A chance meeting with fellow Fauvist Andre Derain (their train was derailed) in 1900 led to his involvement with the Fauvist movement.  Derain introduced him to the artist he shared his studio with – Matisse, and Vlamink was inspired by the artist’s bold use of colour.  When he saw the 1901  exhibition of Van Gogh’s in Paris, Vlaminck just had to take up his paints.

Vlaminck portrait of a woman 1906

Derain and Matisse encouraged Vlaminck to show his colourful enthusiastic work along with theirs at the  Salon d’Automne exhibition in 1905.   There the three received a critique  from art critic Louis Vauxcelle which was to earn them the name ‘Fauve’s’ (wild beasts)

Vlaminck-Circus 1906

Becoming a ‘wild beast’ proved quite lucrative for Vlaminck who sold everything he painted.  His work is most known for his Fauvist period, though later he became involved with more structured work and the balancing of colour which was inspired by Cezanne.

The Fauves began in 1900 and continued beyond 1910, but the movement only lasted 1905 -1907 and had three exhibitions. Vlaminck continued throughout his lifetime to produce colourful art work.   He continued to sell and his work was popular.  In addition to painting, he wrote and illustrated books, produced woodcuts, prints and lithographs.  What a varied, exciting and fulfilling career this man had!

Lots of Vlaminck paintings here

Short biography here

Paintings here

‘Art I LOVE: Banksy’

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , , on January 14, 2010 by echostains

I have always been a big fan of Banksy, the anonymous graffiti artist.  I don’t want to get into the rights or wrong of graffiti, I can see both sides.  Not only do I like the ‘art’, (and it is art – an expression), I like the political and topical statements the graffiti makes.  This artist  featured in an essay of mine called ‘Rage Against the Machine’ (yes, that’s right – recently been in the charts at No. 1. depriving poor Joe Mcelderry of his  X Factor Christmas number 1. )  I may try to find this and put it on my new Bookstains’ blog.  It features other artists who have ‘raged against the machine’ (I’m talking about the conventional Art machine here by the way – that not everyone wants to join).

 

Banksy Turf War

 Nobody knew for sure the real identity of Banksy the artist, though it has now been revealed.  He was born in Bristol, UK in 1974 according to information in Wikipedia.  Banksy started off as an aerosol graffiti artist, but then started to use stencils a lot because they take a shorter.  Time is of course the essence when you are a graffiti artist.  Though no one  knows where he will strike next, Banksy has had quite a few exhibitions. 

 

pigs turf wars

 One that caused a lot of controversy in 2003 was ‘Turf Wars’.  This exhibition, held in a warehouse was disrupted when an animal rights person chained themselves to railings in protest of the artist painting the animals (literally).  The RSPCA had deemed the conditions suitable, but the exhibition was cut short.

 

Turf Wars 'kids learn fast'

Banksy likes to draw attention to social issues through his art (and it is art).  Subjects like homelessness, global warming and  War are among some of the social commentary and statements he makes.  He uses symbols like rats, gas masks, Jesus and even art historical references.  He subverts popular figures like Mickey Mouse and Ronald MacDonald…….. climbs into zoos, travels the world and can strike anywhere!

 

powerful statements

Banksy also likes to infiltrate art galleries, surreptitiously putting a piece of his own work up.  One piece (a picture he bought from a charity shop and subverted into a statement by stencilling police tape onto the rural picture) managed to hang on Tate Britain’s wall  before it fell off and was then discovered.

Excellent site for this artist’s work HERE

Banksy’s own website HERE

Who is Banksy?  HERE’S one theory that’s been around for ages and sadly appears to be true.  Spoilsports!

Happy Birthdays Dear Artists!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by echostains

My section about celebrating artists birthdays is growing quite nicely.  There are lots of artists I want to write about but I don’t seem to have the time.  Those I do write about, I tend to make it brief.  I hate it when it’s an artist I really like and I’ve missed the birthday grrr!  You may  see ‘Happy Belated Birthday’ occasionally: I try to keep those to the next day.  Here are the one’s I have done so far;-

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Marcel Duchamp

Aubrey Beardsley

Pablo Picasso

Barabara  Hepworth

Man Ray

Happy Birthday Dear Artist posts 2

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by echostains

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp

Art I LOVE (past posts)

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , on July 1, 2009 by echostains

Here are the past posts that have done so far, featuring artists  who I LOVE.  I will be adding to them all the time (because I love a LOT of artists!)  It’s just a matter of getting the time to write about them, to do them justice.  There are so many I want to include; Bacon, Banksy, Shiele, Minton, Deakin etc etc ect ECT ECT……….

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe     photographer

Frank Gehry  Architect

Ron Mueck    Sculptor?modelmaker/artist

Brian McGuire  Painter

Andreas Gursky photographer/artist

Anselm Kiefer  Painter

Tamara De Lempicka  Painter

Pentii Sammallahti  photographer

Frank Auerbach  Painter

Antoni Tapies  Painter

Art I LOVE! Andreas Gursky – GO BIG!

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , on April 8, 2009 by echostains

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Altered art book: page 14 Helsinki not ducked nor flinched from

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by echostains

page-14-altered art book helsinki

 

 

 

 

page-14-altered art book helsinki

‘Helsinki’

‘And they’d duck and flinch’

This page really stumped me!  Why had I chosen those words?  What did I know about Helsinki?  Why was I attracted by this word?  I had no alternative but to bite the bullet and follow the words I had chosen a couple of years ago.  When I chose the words originally, I thought of ships sinking, probably the Titanic.  I think the stamped star was going to be a ships wheel.  However, I looked at some Google images and painted a small water colour of HELSINKI!  I then decided to research some Finnish artists: I found a few.  

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aalto-paimio-chair

 One of them, that some call the  Father of Modernism is Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto, b. 1898 – 1976, a Finnish architect whose work incuded glassware, painting, architecture and furniture.  He liked to experiment with materials: bending wood to form his famous Paimio cantilevered chair, originally designed for tuberculosis suffers.

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Another Finnish artist, Helene Schjerfbeck (b.1862 -1946), was known mostly for her self portraits, painting 36 of them during her lifetime.  This one is from 1939 the year war broke out.

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tapio-wirkkala-designer-scuptor

Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala (b. 1915 -1985) worked as a graphic designer and sculpter and was also an industrialised designer.  His organic vase designs look like sculpture.  His hand blown vase with flared rim, called ‘Kanterelli’ was made for Littala who produced various models of these vases from 1947 – 1960.  These small bowls, silver plate over brass with incised design are by Wirkkala.

Well I still don’t know where Helsinki came from, BUT I didn’t duck it and I didn’t flinch, lol!

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page-13-and-14-helsinki

The finished pages 13 and 14, which proved the most difficult to do.  I wonder what lies ahead……..

 Media used: ink, watercolour, paper, rubber stamp