Personal Coach for Artists

In Robert Genn’s latest newsletter he is talking about personal coaches and the value that artists could gain from them. He isn’t about to become a personal coach himself, but he has made a list of things that an artist could do to make progress.Continue Reading

Banksy eBay Fraud

The Art Newspaper has reported that employees of the company that authenticates and publishes Banksy prints “Pictures on Walls” (POW), have been selling unauthorized Banksy prints on eBay. Not only have the Banksy prints been forged with a replica POW stamp and fake Banksy signature, but they have also used shill bidding, where the bids are artificially inflated by friends of the seller.Continue Reading

Lucian Freud the Great

I think it’s safe to say that Lucian Freud is the greatest living painter of the figure. Even his bad paintings are better than the best work of most other artists.

If you don’t think Freud is the greatest, you may still find the way he works fascinating.

He recently finished painting the 26 year old art handler for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Ria Kirby. It took 16 months of sitting for the artist, 7 nights a week, for 5 hours each night, and the sitter only had 4 nights off during that time. That’s more than 2,400 hours of sitting, or in this case lying down.Continue Reading

Vincent van Gogh Masterpiece for Auction

A painting that is believed to be one of the last few paintings that Vincent van Gogh painted will soon be put up for auction at Sotheby’s. “The Fields” was was painted on the 10th of July, 1890 and the artist died on the 29th of July.

Experts believe that Vincent was talking of “The Fields” when he wrote to his brother Theo, saying “They are vast fields of wheat under troubled skies, and I did not need to go out of my way to try to express sadness and extreme loneliness.. I almost think that these canvases will tell you what I cannot say in words, the health and restorative forces that I see in the country.”Continue Reading

Artist Facing Prison Time in Turkey – Petition

Last year I mentioned that the British born collage artist Michael Dickinson had been accused of insulting the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He was held by Turkish police for ten days after exhibiting works which included one where prime minister Erdogan was depicted as a pet dog being patted by president Bush.Continue Reading

Etch A Sketch Art – George Vlosich

The artist George Vlosich has a video posted on that has been viewed more than 1,600,000 times. It’s of him doing an Etch A Sketch drawing for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

Each work takes between 60 and 70 hours to create, with prices fetching up to $10,000 for an original piece.

He has been featured in top magazines and on television shows all around the world (I found out about him from watching TV in Australia).Continue Reading

Environmental Art

Twelve year old Charlie Sullivan of the United Kingdom won the 16th International Children’s’ Painting Competition on the Environment. The theme for the year was “Melting Ice-A Hot Topic?”

Here’s how she describes her work.. “The silhouette of a figure in my painting represents government and global businesses idle hold over the world. In the background the reds, oranges and yellows represents the fossil fuel power plants and warming of the planet while those that could act use the umbrella to shelter behind. The umbrella pictures the world being turned inside out and upside down by the wind. Therefore we must all act to save the world from being polluted. Global warming is an issue that we can all do something about by the 3Rs; reduce, reuse and recycle.”Continue Reading

The Virgin of the Rocks

Coxsoft Art has pointed out that the National Gallery in London scanned the under-layers of Leonardo’s “The Virgin of the Rocks” painting. They used a technique called “Infrared Reflectography” which is similar to x-radiography. There’s more on infrared reflectograms at the Art Institute of Chicago for those that are interested.Continue Reading

Turner Prize Winners – What’s it like to Win?

The Guardian has asked the winners of the Turner prize what it’s like to win one of the most famous art competitions in the world. From Malcolm Morley in 1984 through to Tomma Abts in 2006, the artists have shared a little of their experiences with winning.Continue Reading

Emily Patrick Exhibition

The English artist Emily Patrick has some impressive paintings online here. They’re impressive in an understated way. The paintings are mostly small, color is used conservatively, and the subjects include things like clumps of grass, eggs, and tree leaves.

But they’re paintings that cannot be mistaken for anything else. She’s a painter that loves paint and doesn’t mind letting the paint overpower the subject.Continue Reading