Free Digital Art Books Online

cezanne in the studio ebook

I like free stuff, especially if I don’t have to jump through hoops to get it. The J. Paul Getty Museum has a whole bunch free art books to view online. Hundreds of them! You can read them online or download the pdf files to keep on your computer. Obviously it would be nice to have big shiny hardcover copies of them all delivered to your door for free, but hey, I’m not complaining. At least go and browse the book on Cezanne’s watercolors, that man is a genius. Continue Reading

Kostya Lupanov Self Portraits

russian painter kostya lupanov

Just another great painter on my facebook friends list: Russian artist Kostya Lupanov. He seems to really love playing around with paint. He mostly sticks to portraits but anything he paints is almost always freaking awesome. I thought I would share some of his self portraits as I love the tradition of artists painting themselves. Do friend him on facebook if you like how he throws paint around as he paints much more than self portraits. Continue Reading

International Space Station Live Earth View

international space station photo

I know there’s not much art in space but sitting up there in the International Space Station and watching the world roll by is really quite meditative, which is somewhat art related, kind of. It’s too late now anyway, I have already started writing this post so I can’t back out. From above the planet looks so peaceful. If you were an alien you’d never guess that earth is infested with such horrible, war loving creatures. Sure, there’s a few loving and peaceful creatures among us but none with any power or influence over how our systems operate. We just flew over Australia and are doing a flyby of New Zealand as we speak, all in darkness, which is even more meditative. I’m now waiting for the sunrise over near South America :-) Continue Reading

Jeff Koons Whitney Retrospective

jeff koons whitney museum

It’s cold, windy and miserable here in Australia today so I’m going to complain about the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York that everyone is fawning over. On a good day, a more optimistic day, I would probably notice all the positive things about the man and the art as he is a great success. Obviously there are different flavors of success, but the success that says the money value of a thing is a measure of it’s true worth says Koons is the most successful artist alive. Other flavors of success that don’t take money into account could paint Koons as a complete and utter failure, but I think he’s somewhere in between the two extremes.Continue Reading

Car Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji

car tyre sculptures

Remember those old car tire swans that used to litter the yards of people everywhere? Well these car tire sculptures by South Korean artist Yong Ho Ji are nothing like them, these car tire sculptures are pretty cool. I can’t imagine it would be an easy medium to work with as tires would be difficult to cut and difficult to mold into shape but the artist makes them look effortless. Nice way to recycle too! Continue Reading

American Man Stuck in Giant Vagina Sculpture

man stuck in giant vagina

The only time art is ever mentioned in the mainstream media is when something bizarre or shocking happens and a man being swallowed by a giant vagina fits the bill. The American exchange student in Germany was trying to pose for a funny picture in the massive stone vagina sculpture and found himself stuck in it. Twenty-two firefighters and 5 rescue vehicles later and the guy was freed from the 6 foot high vagina.Continue Reading

Street Art Around the World

street art worldwide

I dislike “do no evil” google as much as any other global behemoth with a monopoly position in their industry but they do put out some good free stuff. Their Street Art Project is a global look at what’s happening on outdoor walls around the world. It’s an ongoing project that will improve over time but there’s already a good range of street art and graffiti to browse. I chose to share some of the street art from areas outside of the major art hubs of the world as that’s just the way I am ;-) Continue Reading

Abstract Painter Jeffrey Cortland Jones

abstract painting exhibition

A non-artist friend recently asked me why I like abstract art, because obviously anyone could paint pictures of nothing. I told him I don’t necessarily like abstract paintings, but what I do like is paint and good design. So if an abstract painting doesn’t make me drool over the paint and how its applied or the design of it is pretty average, then I don’t like it either. It’s the same with figurative paintings, I care less about what it’s a painting of than I do about how it’s painted. I like how Cincinnati-based abstract painter Jeffrey Cortland Jones paints. His exhibition opens later this month at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City.Continue Reading

Really Old Nudes – Centenarians

100 year old nudes

The Centenarians series by the American photographer Anastasia Pottinger is a look at the human body after more than 100 years of usage. They’re close up details of aging bodies in black and white, with the subjects remaining anonymous. They could be your grandmother, your grandfather, or you yourself after a few more trips around the sun. Continue Reading

John Olsen: The King Sun Documentary

john olsen documentary

John Olsen is like our art grandfather in Australia. At 86 he keeps on keeping on, producing art and enjoying all the pleasures that life brings with it. In a film directed by Tony Williams to document a new mural 6 meters by 8 meters (20 x 26 ft) in size we see Olsen’s body looking a little rickety but his mind and spirit is as youthful and cheeky as ever. The giant 8 panel mural is his second largest artwork ever, with only his Sydney Opera House mural “Salute to Five Bells” being larger. Continue Reading