Famous Singers Who Paint

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I was just thinking in the bathtub (which is where I solve the problems of the world) about music and painting. I was listening to random songs on the iPod and the songs were so ridiculously varied, from System of a Down to Beethoven and everything in between. Much like paintings, I love a really wide variety of works, from Bruegel to Hirst. But in both music and painting my absolute favorite works are those where the maker seems to be about to lose control. They’re emotionally intense, filled with extremes, and they’re begging you to react to them. They could be screaming with rage, quietly crying or on a spiritual high.. none of them are relaxed and comfortable though. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but here’s some famous singers who also paint ;-) Continue Reading

Pieter Bruegel Paints Farts

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Is the Flemish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder the only one to paint farts? I would have thought yes, but no, there’s more than a few childish artists out there that have painted farts. Bruegel’s art may not have been as strange as the bizarre worlds created by Hieronymus Bosch but some of his paintings do come close. They don’t get much stranger than his 1562 work The Fall of the Rebel Angels which depicts a scene from that equally nutty piece of literature, the Book of Revelation. Among the farting beasts and fallen angels are all kinds of weird and horrible creatures.Continue Reading

Australian Artist Richard Larter Dies

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London born Australian artist Richard Larter died on Friday at the age of 85. The highly celebrated artist has works in most major museums throughout the country. His work was pop inspired, pointillist, and even abstract, but he was probably most well known for his female nudes, some of which are graphically erotic. Many of his nudes were inspired by his wife Pat Larter who passed away in 1996. Continue Reading

Scott Daniel Ellison Exhibition at ClampArt in New York

Scott Daniel Ellison paintings

The wonderfully quirky works of the painter Scott Daniel Ellison are showing at the ClampArt gallery in New York City. The paintings are weird, dark, mercurial, humorous, a little scary, and a lot awesome. I hadn’t heard of the artist before now, so I have been browsing the internet for his work and I’m a fan! Do click through to the gallery at the bottom of the post to see more works from the exhibition online.Continue Reading

Anamorphic Graffiti by Odeith in Portugal

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Anamorphic: producing, relating to, or marked by intentional distortion (as by unequal magnification along perpendicular axes) of an image. That’s the dictionary definition of anamorphic and here’s some anamorphic graffiti by the Portuguese muralist and graffiti artist Odeith. They really do pop off the walls. Continue Reading

Painting Studio of Australian Artist Angony

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I started posting artist studios about 5 years but then abandoned the blog. Seeing the painting studio of Australian artist Angony posted on his facebook page just recently made me think I should start posting them again. His workspace really does have a lot of character. I love how studios say so much about the person working in them. Some are clean and surgical, others messy and comfortable, just as their artists are. And a studio is never really complete unless it has a resident cat or dog. Angony’s studio assistant is the French bulldog Leon ;-) Continue Reading

No Exit for Palestinian Artist Khaled Jarrar

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The Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar’s exhibition at the Whitebox Art Center in New York opens in a few days time. He also has work showing at the Here and Elsewhere exhibition at the New Museum, which is a look at contemporary Arab art from around the world. He won’t be attending either exhibition as the racist overlords in Israel referred to him as garbage and refused to let him through to catch his plane. With how the belligerent criminal Israeli regime is behaving right now, the artist was probably lucky to walk away from his prison gate with his life.Continue Reading

First Dog on the Moon on Palestine

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Not as controversial as Michael Leunig’s Palestine cartoon but it still points the finger at the criminal Israeli regime. Australian cartoonist Andrew Marlton publishes his work on the Guardian Australia website using the First Dog on the Moon pseudonym. In the cartoon below he mocks the ridiculous warnings that Israel says it gives to Palestinians before they blow their family homes to pieces. My only issue with the cartoon is the use of the word ‘war’ as there’s no war going on, it’s genocide and Israel should be punished for her crimes.Continue Reading

Some Expressionist Painters – Just Because

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Here’s some paintings about paint, just because. After the emails and comments from yesterday, I thought I would make today a little less controversial. No pictures of baby killing and no mention of genocide, just good old fashion chunky paint applied by great painters. I love most types of painting, from super-realism through to minimalism, but a good expressive work with paint slapped on and dripping off the canvas will always make me smile the widest :-) Continue Reading

Cartoonist Michael Leunig on Palestine

cartoon on genocide of israel

Most of my social media friends are artists. Many are politically active and the smallest human rights violation anywhere in the world will see my social media news feeds quickly fill up with their pleas and protests. But when the insane Israeli regime dramatically increases the speed of their ethnic cleansing in Palestine, where children are savagely slaughtered day after day, my protesting friends go silent! The very few that I have seen speak up are quickly bombarded with all kinds of ludicrous accusations, so they learn not to say anything about the matter again. Thankfully, there are still a few great people left on this mad planet that continue to speak for the truth, that continue to hold onto their humanity and shine a light on the inhumane monsters who walk among us. Michael Leunig is one such artist who is not afraid to lock horns with the beast that is Israel.Continue Reading