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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

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Happy Birthday Dear William Hogarth!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , on November 10, 2009 by echostains

 

William Hogarth

William Hogarth self portrait

It’s one of my favorite artist’s birthday today.  Artist, printmaker, satirist and Social commentator William Hogarth (b.1697 –  1764 London) was a very prolific artist and highly fashionable in his time.  His series of paintings (also made into prints) called ‘Marriage A La Mode’ read like one of our modern-day soap opera’s and are amongst my favorite paintings. 

Marriage a la Mode painting one

They tell the story of Earl Squander arranging his son’s marriage to the daughter of a wealthy city merchant, but who is also incredibly mean with money.  There are so many little clues that help the narration of Hogarth’s paintings.  The first painting in the ‘Marriage a la Mode’ series shows the personality of the Earl’s son who is more preoccupied with admiring his own reflection in the mirror than paying attention to his marriage which is being arranged for him.    Meanwhile,  daughter listens to the lawyer Silvertongue, whilst through the window an unfinished house can be seen.  Crutches enable the old gouty Earl to get about: a Medusa’s head nods towards  the horror which will unfold as this arranged marriage proceeds, eventually leading to the suicide of the merchant’s daughter and the murder of her husband,the young Viscount.  The paintings and prints preach a moral lesson about marrying for money.  Old money, or rather no money, only a title and bloodline courts new money but no title.  After all, these estates had to be maintained somehow.

paula rego's modern day transcription of marriage a la mode

In 2000  we went to an exhibition called ‘Encounters – New Art from Old’ at the National Gallery, where 24 modern artists transcribed a painting of their choice and gave it a modern twist.  Paula Rego transcribed Hogarth’s ‘Marriage a la Mode’ showing another side to the narrative.  Some artists concentrated on the artist’s method of working, some translated through sculpture or photography.  There were many interesting conclusions and it was exciting to see the art of the past still being able to communicate all these years later.

Hogarth's Gin Lane

Hogarth’s ‘Gin Lane’, a very famous work points out theonly too real peril of the then new alcoholic drink Gin.  This was being brewed in homes and all sorts of unsavoury places.   Hogarth was instrumental in the Gin Act of 1750 which did away with small Gin shops which seemed to have mushroomed everywhere.  ‘Beer Street’ shows the opposite side of the coin.  This depicts happy City people drinking sensible beer…and still having a good time.

Hogarth's Beer Street

 

There has been much written about the fascinating life and work of William Hogarth and there are some very good websites;

Biography and works HERE

Works HERE

Transcription: Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ Page 51 and 52, Cutouts

Posted in ALTERED ART, ART, ART HISTORY, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , on August 1, 2009 by echostains

It’s been ages since I put any transcription on. 

So –

Page 51 and 52  Continuing  with the sinsister shadow theatre idea from Paula Rego’s’Snow White and her Stepmother’, I played about with the cutouts  so I got this –

page 51 and 52

page 51 and 52

These are the last images in the first book (two journals stuck together).

The next artist I researched was Kara Walker.  This is what I wrote;

American artist Kara Walker uses a cut out silhouette technique to explore themes of identity and ethnicity in the USA formed by colonisation and slavery.

Camptown Ladies by  Kara Walker

Camptown Ladies by Kara Walker

She takes her figures from 19th Century stereotypes of ‘Slavery Literature’, presenting the humiliating and violent treatment of the slaves and the sexist attacks on female slaves.”

Kara Walker untitled

Kara Walker untitled

 

More about this interesting artist HERE

Here’s the rest

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

page 38

page 39

pages 40 -45

page 49

page 50

Transcription: ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego, page 50

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , on June 11, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with my transcription of Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepdaughter’ page 50

This page continues from the sinster shadow theatre, where I explored the similarities of Katherina Fritsch’s Rattenkonig (Rat King 1993 – 1994) with page 49

an earlier work by katharina-fritsch 'man and mouse' 1991 -92

fritsch-ratking-

I then linked this with Robert Browning’s poem ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’.  Imagination can play some strange tricks.  Shadows become threatening.  Innocent shapes take on menacing possibilities…..

 

 

 

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

page 38

page 39

pages 40 -45

page 49

Transcription: ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego, Page 49 The Sinister Shadow Theatre continued

Posted in ART, SCULPTURE, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with the Sinister Shadow theatre (Page 49 of my transcription of Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’)

page 49

page 49

 

‘The German artist Katherina Fritsch’s powerful spatially dominant sculpture ‘Rattenkonig’ (Rat King) 1993 -94 is the product of a very ordinary experience which the artist had in a large city (at the back of New York Art institution).  She finds herself in front of a large rathole.  The idea was born for a ring of huge rats, geometrically linked to for a crown.

fritsch-ratking-

 

 

fritsch-ratking-

This awakens associations with the legends and stories of a circular tangle of knotted rats tails, a seat of infection and a demonic throng.  Whereas the kind of rat found on the shelves of toy shops represents a ‘lovable cuddly copy’, the sexless 2.8 metre high creatures in the ‘Rottenkonig‘ installation resemble the immaterial simulation of computer design.  Fritsch is fascinated with the English Arts and Crafts movement and she applies the ideology of enhancing perfect industrial and perfectly crafted products in her sculptures.’

Source: Uta Grosenick ‘Women Artists in the 20th and 21st Century’ Taschen 2001

an earlier work by katharina-fritsch 'man and mouse' 1991 -92

Coincidentally, I saw this exhibition at the London Tate Modern in 2001 and was immediately struck by the similarity of page 48 of The Sinister Shadow Theatre (below)

page 48

page 48

 

The rest of the transcription;

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

page 38

page 39

pages 40 -45

My 170th Post! Transcription: Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego, Page 46 -48 The Sinister Shadow Theatre continued

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , on May 19, 2009 by echostains

I celebrate my 170th post today and still I’m not at the end of my transcription……

Continuing with my transcription on Paula Rego’s ‘Snow ‘White and her Stepmother.  I am now coming to the part where I cncentrate on the Stepmothers arms.  I call this the Sinister Shadow Theatre’

page 46

page 46

 

The scarey trees in Disney film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ terrified Rego as a child…..

page 47

page 47

 

We fill the spaces in with our own fears.  The imagination is always far more scarier than what is written….

page 48

 

 

 

 

 

page 48

The sillouette of the image throws up lots of interesting possibilities…

page 49

page 49

Continued tomorrow

Pages so far;-

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

page 38

page 39

pages 40 -45

Transcription: Snow White and her Stepmother by Paula Rego page 40 – 45 ‘The Sinister Shadow Theatre’

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , on May 15, 2009 by echostains

 

page 40

page 40

Continuing with my transcription of Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’.  This is page 40.  I am concentrating now on the hands of the stepmother:

 

page 41
page 41

Note how the stepmother’s hands are both grasping and exploring in an almost gloating way:-

Sillouettes of these hands form a sinister shadow theatre:-

 

pages 42 and 43
pages 42 and 43

By digitally manipulating the hands and elongating them, the sinister shadows grow longer as in a shadow theatre – and thereby become much scarier: –

To be continued tomorrow

The pages so far;

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

page 38

page 39