John F. Francis

John F. Francis
Though he started his career as a portrait painter, Philadelphia born artist John Francis is primarily known for the still life paintings of his later career.

These, mostly of fruit and desserts, varied from complex formal arrangements, sometimes against the backdrop of a partial landscape, to simple compositions of only a few objects.

Francis was largely self-taught, and though he was undoubtedly influenced by the other Philadelphia still life artists of the time, such as Raphaelle Peale, Francis developed a more immediate and painterly approach, unusual for the period. His palette was also lighter and leaned more toward bright yellows and oranges than those of his contemporaries.

[Via Still Life In Oils blog]


Retro Future Transportation Illustrations on DRB

Retro Future Transportation Art on DRB
Is it the future yet?

I just love past visions of the future (particularly when the future is in our past).

The folks at Dark Roasted Blend, as they often do, have assembled some nice collections of retro future illustration — in this case past visions of future transportation, mostly culled from popular science magazines from the early 20th century — in a series of articles:

Retro-Future: Mind-Boggling Transportation
Retro-Future Transportation Showcase, Part 2
Retro-Future: Glorious Transportation Update

Art credits, unfortunately, are a bit spotty. In some cases links are given to image sources elsewhere on the web. They have also mixed in some more contemporary illustrations, but they’ll be outdated soon enough.

I can’t wait for 1973!


Shintaro Ohata

Shintaro Ohata
Shintaro Ohata is an artist from Hiroshima, Japan who is both a painter and a sculptor.

Artists who are both sculptors and painters are not unusual. Ohata, however, frequently combines the two mediums in single works in which a painting and sculpture are displayed together as a mixed two dimensional – three dimensional work.

The sculptures are textured and painted in a way that carries forward the colors and textures of a painting. The painting and sculpture are then arranged and lit in a way that gives them additional visual continuity. These form scenes, in which the painting acts as a backdrop for the sculpture and the sculpture acts as a three dimensional projection of the painting.

As remarkable as the effect is in photographs, I would love to see these in person.

Ohata also paints stand-alone paintings in acrylic, in which the figures in the paintings bear an uncanny resemblance to his sculpted figures (above, bottom).

[Via Gizmodo]


Eye Candy for Today: Mancini’s Customs

The Customs, Antonio Mancini
The Customs, Antonio Mancini.

In the National Gallery, London. Use the fullscreen and zoom controls to the right of the image.

John Singer Sargent is said to have called Antonio Mancini “the world’s greatest living artist”. Jean-Léon Gérôme called him “a phenomenon”.

Who am I to argue?


Nicolas Delort

Nicholas Delort
Nicolas Delort, a freelance illustrator based in Paris, creates wonderfully textural pen & ink (on scratchboard) illustrations that take inspiration from greats like Franklin Booth and Gustav Doré — with perhaps a bit of Joseph Clement Coll and Virgil Finlay thrown in for good measure.

Delort’s website is essentially just a placeholder at the moment, but his blog is active, and he has just been added to the artists represented by Shannon Associates artists representatives (more here).

Delort has a piece in the As Above So Below group exhibition at Floating World Comics in Portland, OR from February 7 to February 28, 2013. The exhibit is based on a challenge posed by Quenched Consciousness Tumblog (my post here) in which participants reinterpret a panel from Moebius & Jororowsky’s The Incal (above, second from bottom).

There is an interview with Delort on Open Lab Artists.

[Via Irene Gallo]