Paris Street Painters Lose to Cheap Chinese Paintings

Painters working on the streets of Montmartre in Paris may soon become a thing of the past with the introduction of cheap, soulless Chinese paintings done by the painters equivalent of a battery hen in a small steal cage.

Many of the 300 officially registered artists working on the streets are now competing with souvenir shops selling mass produced Chinese oil paintings for a fraction of the cost that local Paris artists can afford to sell them for.Continue Reading

The Joy of Not Being Sold Anything

The Joy of Not Being Sold Anything by Banksy
After my recent anti-ad rant, I found these words by Banksy almost poetic. I sighed. It’s perfect. If only all billboards were this awesome.

Update on Janet Francis (Art Scammer)

I love it when artists write to me and thank me for helping them avoid being scammed. Just yesterday I mentioned the art scammer Janet Francis and today I received an email from an artist thanking me for it.

Janet Francis even has her movers contact artists by email to make the whole scam look so much more real. It’s funny that the movers talk like Janet Francis too.Continue Reading

Example of an Art Scammer (cockroach)

Here’s an example of a cockroach at work. This particular cockroach calls herself Janet Francis ( jan.fran001@yahoo.com ) See a list of cockroaches here.Continue Reading

S.H. Raza Exhibition of Fakes

Imagine coming towards the end of your career as an artist. You have achieved a lot of success and important galleries around the world regularly put together exhibitions of your life’s work. The galleries invite you around and treat you like royalty so that you will say a few words at the openings. Sounds like a nice way to spend old age after a lot of hard work.Continue Reading

Cloaca Shit to be Auctioned at Sotheby’s

An item of interest in Sotheby’s upcoming London auction on the 6th of February is a piece of shit, literally. It’s called CLOACA FAECES (NEW YORK, 26.01.2002, 2.30 P.M.) by the Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. It was created by his shit making machine that I mentioned a while ago.Continue Reading

Andrew Wyeth Dies at 91

American painter Andrew Wyeth passed away on the 16th of January, 2009 at the age of 91. He had his fans and critics, with labels as varied as one of the greatest 20th century American painters, to a mere illustrator, and corny Americana painter placed on the artist.Continue Reading

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch

One of the more interesting Prado Museum paintings to explore with Google Earth is Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. It’s a painting that lends itself to exploration as there’s so much going on in it. Hieronymus Bosch either had a quirky sense of humor or he had a few gremlins running around inside his head.Continue Reading

Prado Museum on Google Earth

Google Earth is an amazing tool that just keeps getting better and it’s still FREE. Over the years I have spent hours looking down on our fascinating little planet with Google Earth.

Now Google has made it even more compelling for artists to download as they’re opening museums up and taking us inside. No longer content with looking down on art museums from above, they have zoomed in on paintings hanging on the walls. They have gone in armed with some amazing technology too, revealing every crack and brush stroke on each painting.Continue Reading

Saks Advertising Propaganda

I have been going through an anti-ads period lately, where I can’t stand listening to commercial radio, free TV, pay TV or looking at billboards, magazines, websites, and newspapers filled with advertising. I have even contacted a few companies and complained about the crud that they’re forcing on the public, which is strange for me as I’m usually anti-complaining too!

Hopefully it is just a phase I’m going through and I can get back to society’s normal soon, otherwise I’ll be forced to become a hermit in the hills, which could be a problem as I really do like people and the Internet (most caves in hills have neither).Continue Reading