This blog was inspired by David McNeil poem about Greek mythology of Narcissus. I wanted to know more about the Greek mythology story and how this is very appropriate to many in today’s society. Read more
I’ve been following the Japanese artist Cecilia Kaoru for nearly a year on LinkedIn and in those years, we have struck up a mutual friendship. Cecilia artwork is more than art in it’s self, it’s somewhat of a philosophy of nature the indifferent subsistence and isolation in regards to each other. The tones and complexities of colours used, is a wash of orient with swills and dabs, it’s musical. Read more
Niki de Saint Phalle was born in France and grew up in America. after an early career as a fashion model, she studied theatre and acting in Paris before giving this up to become an artist.
Paintings of Cuno Amiet
Cuno Amiet (1868-1961) was born in Solothurn, Switzerland, the son of the historian and local archivist J. J. Amiet. At the age of 15 he was apprenticed to the Swiss realist painter Frank Buchser, a powerful personality, whose interest during the 1860s in the transcription of the effects of light, prefigured that of the Impressionists.
Dekotora, a truckers delight
I recently watched a 1970’s Dekotora movie called “Trucker” which stars the late great Bunta Sugawara as Momojiro Hoshi and Kinya Aikawa as Kinzo Matsushita, also known as “Jonathan.” If you have never watched this movie and your a trucker/lorry driver or enjoy something different than I reccomened this movie for several reasons. Read more
Henri Matisse (Le Cateau, 1869 – Nice, 1954)
Henri Matisse was born and raised in the village of Bóhain-en-Vermandois, where his parents had a thriving trading business. He graduated in law in Paris in 1887 and until that moment he had shown no special interest in art. Back in his hometown he worked as a lawyer intern, but bored by the routine of the office began to attend drawing classes and perspectives at the School of Decorative Arts. Read more
During the Baroque painting era, Europe is plunged into continuous wars, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, which will not end until the independence of Holland, and the consolidation of monarchical absolutism, especially in the centre of the continent. Art will be the propaganda vehicle of both the Church of the Counter-Reformation, and of the absolutist states or of the Protestant bourgeoisie. It is a seductive art that appeals to the imagination, the sensuality and the dynamism, for which it uses of the compositional theatricality is depicted.
Shunga, The Japanese Erotic Art of the XVII and XVIII Centuries
Shunga engravings are a kind of ukiyo-e (woodcut prints) produced in Japan during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The word shunga means spring image, euphemism used to refer to sexual intercourse. The culmination of these erotic Japanese illustrations is in the Edo period (17th-19th century) and used as a sexual guide for the sons and daughters of families who could afford these scrolls. The Japanese kept these illustrations next to the couple’s bridal furniture. Read more