Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Artists’ portraits of fantasy and science fiction authors on

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:50 pm

Artists portraits of fantasy and science fiction authors on TOR: Virgil Finlay, Donato Giancola, Michael J. Deas, Iain McCaig, Mark Summers, Gregory Manchess
Arnie Fenner, co-founder and editor of the Spectrum collections of fantastic art, has written an article for titled Lovecraft, Asimov, GRRM, Heinlein & More: Painting SFF Writers in which he collects some portraits of fantasy and science fiction authors by a number of artists.

Covering authors in the genre as far as Mark Twain (think Connecticut Yankee in King Author’s Court) the portraits are in a variety of media and styles, but all by outstanding artists.

Incidentally, the site has a terrific gallery of fantasy and science fiction illustrators (major time sink warning).

(Images above: H.P. Lovecraft by Virgil Finlay, Robert A. Heinlein by Donato Giancola, Edgar Allen Poe by Michael J. Deas, Harlan Ellison by Iain McCaig, Jules Verne by Mark Summers, Mark Twain by Gregory Manchess.)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Pierre Adolphe Valette

Posted by Charley Parker at 10:46 pm

Pierre Adolphe Valette
Little known Impressionist painter Pierre Adolphe Valette was born in St. Etienne, an industrial city in France, and spent much of his career living and working in Manchester, an industrial city in the north of England.

He studied in France at the fine arts school in Bordeaux, and in England took evening classes at the Manchester Municipal School of Art. He joined the staff of the latter institution, and among his pupils was the well known English artist WS Lowry.

Valette was heavily influenced by Monet, but took from him the misty atmospheric colors more typical of the elder artist’s work in London, rather than his brightly dabbed French landscapes.

Vallette became a master of portraying atmospheric perspective and mood, his industrial landscapes are marvels of soft edges and hinted silhouettes.

A new exhibition at The Lowry explores the influence the transplanted French painter had on the English artists around him.

Adolphe Valette: A pioneer of impressionism in Manchester is on view until 29 January, 2012.

There is a book available, Adolphe Valette: A French Influence in Manchester by Sandra Martin, as well as an older title, Adolphe Valette’s Manchester.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Chet Zar, Dan Quintana and Mark Garro at CoproGallery

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:24 pm

Chet Zar, Dan Quintana and Mark Garro at Copro Gallery
In what I believe is not exactly a group show but three coordinated solo shows that run concurrently and shared an opening, the CoproGallery in Santa Monica, California is showing the work of Chet Zar, Dan Quintana, Mark Garro.

The gallery has provided previews of the work of all three artists (links in above paragraph).

In addition, here are the artists’ websites for Chet Zar and Mark Garro. Dan Quintana’s site is just a placeholder; here’s a Google image search.

The three shows run until November 5, 2011. Here is a press release from the gallery.

(Images above, two each: Chet Zar, Dan Quintana, Mark Garro)

[Via beinArt Surreal Art Collective]

They Draw and Cook – the book

Posted by Charley Parker at 12:42 pm

They Draw and Cook - the book
As I mentioned in my post from last year, They Draw and Cook is a site on which illustrated recipes (or recipes as illustrations) are posted on a regular basis.

Created either by artists who cook or cooks who draw (for whatever difference that may be), the recipes are a far cry from your old style scribbles on an index card or new style entires in a database, illustrating the food and its preparation with style and often humor.

The site’s creators and editors, Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell have collected over 100 of the recipe/illustrations and published them in a new book, They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World (Amazon link here).

In addition to the brief preview on the website and the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon, there is also a promotional video for the book, as well an unofficial flip-through video here.

It wasn’t until I saw the latter that I understood the layout of the interior pages, in which the oblong formated illustrated recipes are presented as big double-page spreads.

The They Draw and Cook website has lost some of its original blog format simplicity, and now offers numerous features and sections. Past recipes are offered in themed collections and the “Most Recently Added Recipes” section serves the function of the old blog-based site.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Van Gogh on 60 Minutes/Overtime

Posted by Charley Parker at 7:26 pm

Van Gogh on 60 Minutes/Overtime
This Sunday, October 16, 2011, the CBS TV newsmagazine 60 Minutes is doing a feature on Vincent van Gogh, focusing on a new biography, Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, that suggests Van Gogh may not have taken his own life as has been commonly assumed.

Immediately after the television show, there is an online follow-up feature called 60 Minutes Overtime that carries on with the subject of Van Gogh, in which host Morley Safer discusses the artist and his work, and reads excerpts from his letters.

For that segment, the producers have worked out sequences in which Safer will be speaking from “within” Van Gogh paintings, courtesy of some bluescreen & CGI sleight of hand.

There is an article on the 60 Minutes Overtime site, that includes a video preview and a discussion of how the projections were done, as well as a story and video preview for the TV show on the main 60 Minutes site.

I assume the 60 Minutes Overtime segment will be available from the font of the site just after the TV show ends.

[Addendum: try this link for the web based show. It turns out to be only about 5 minutes long.

To satisfy any additional cravings for van Gogh videos, try these from the Van Gogh Museum, and these from ArtBabble.]

Retrofuture illustration from Japan on Dark Roasted Blend

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:27 am

Retrofuture illustration from Japan on Dark Roasted Blend
Dark Roasted Blend has posted another of their “retro-future” illustration selections, this one featuring wonderfully over-the-top Japanese illustrations for magazines, toy and model boxes and advertisements from the 1930′s through the 1960′s.

Most of the images are linked to larger versions.

They’ve also tossed in a 1980′s advertisement for Canon that features Katsuhiro Otomo’s characters from Akira using the latest camera while flying on their jet scooter (images above, bottom).

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go fly my bubble-topped hovercar down a climate-controlled jetway to an appointment in a domed city.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hiroshi Yoshida (update)

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:45 pm

Hiroshi Yoshida
Early 20th Century painter and printmaker Hiroshi Yoshida is known in his native Japan as a Western style artist, and his work is very much in demand.

Having trained in Western style painting, he carried those influences with him when he moved into traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking, also taking inspiration in subjects from his travels in the U.S. and Europe, as well as India and other parts of the world.

Yoshida is considered one of the foremost proponents of the shin hanga (or “new prints”) style, but combined some of that style’s return to the collaborative printmaking of the ukiyo-e system, in which the artist worked with a carver and block printer, with the personal involvement more common to the sosaku hanga (“creative prints”) style emerging at the time.

His depictions of the Swiss Alps, U.S. national parks and related landmarks, as well as scenes in Japan and elsewhere, resonate with superb drawing and beautifully chosen color.

In addition to returning to favorite themes, like scenes of landscape reflected in water, sailing boats, mountains and clouds, Yoshida often would print the same block in different color schemes, producing dramatically different atmospheric and emotional effects.

(See also my previous post on Hiroshi Yoshida.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sebastian Stoskopff

Posted by Charley Parker at 3:06 pm

Sebastian Stoskopff
Sebastian Stoskopff (alternately Sébastien Stoskopff) was a 17th Century painter from Alsace, a German-speaking region of France, though he spent the core of his productive years in Paris.

Stoskopff’s work was “rediscoved” in the 1930′s, with an appreciation for the intensely focused realism and detailed handling of his still life paintings, as well as the reduction in the number of objects in his compositions, harkening back to earlier still life traditions and away from the dramatic tableaux of multiple objects more common in his time.

Worth noting is the piece in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Still Life with a Nautilus, Panther Shell and Chip-Wood Box, for which the website allows you to zoom in to a point of considerable detail (images above, bottom two).

You can also zoom in, though not as far, on this image of a piece in the Norton Simon Museum.

[Via Jeffrey Hayes]

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