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“Francis Picabia; born Francis-Marie Martinez de Picabia, 22 January 1879 – 30 November 1953) was a French avant-garde painter, poet and typographist. After experimenting with Impressionism and… Read more “Spring”

Like Barley Bending Spring Art Fair 2017

This is a great time of year to discover new art.  Here are a few artists you may want to check out:

 

 The Menagerie Series


South African artist Gawie Joubert.

 

Cradle 2

California artist Tanya Wolf Ragir.

Adrift


Dutch artist Daan Noppen.

 

Expression of Form

Collaboration between Rik Oostenbroek (Design, painting, illustration) and Futuredeluxe and Philip Haynes.  Click link above to see complete details!

 

 

Painting from Soey Milk

 

 

Mixed Media Abstract Art by Homare Ikeda

 

Abstract art can be a little difficult to understand. If you’re not careful it can look like fingerpainting. Here are two steps that can help you enjoy abstract art.  We’re going to to look at a great artist today – I was lucky enough to find Homare Ikeda’s work. He is from Denver, Colorado. He says his work is a, “vehicle for the unknown”.

So First step, find good music to listen to as you look at art.  While I realize tastes may vary, for this art I found this music (I couldn’t find just the right music – so I made a play list😊):

 

 

Now remember when you were little and you played that game when you looked up at the clouds and tried to find the shapes?  The elephants?  The rabbits?  The pirate ships?  The horses galloping across the sky?

 

“60” x 50″, acrylic on canvas”

 

Mr Ikeda’s paintings are universes of cloudy skies, full of swirling clouds of every color and shape and imaginable.  I see maps of martian cities.  I see the ecosystems of cells where the building blocks of life are put together.  I see the roaring surfaces of suns.  I see the spirals of sea shells on life rafts being born to far shores carrying stories that you can hear when you put them up to your ear.   I see an elephant hiding under a quilt.  I confess, I’ve been to his website, and I got lost scrolling through his artwork. 

 

“60” x 48″, oil and acrylic on canvas”

 

You can see more of his work on his Tumblr.  I’ve used these works with Mr. Ikeda’s kind permission.  I hope can find some time to spend with Mr. Ikeda’s art.

Pictures, Tweets, and Youtube of Protest – January 2017

 

 

 

 

Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women's march on January 21, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women's rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women’s march on January 21, 2017.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters spearheaded by women’s rights groups demonstrated across the US to send a defiant message to US President Donald Trump. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

Protesters hang a banner during the Bears/Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Sunday, January 1, 2017 (Adam Hoge / WGN Radio)
Protesters hang a banner during the Bears/Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Sunday, January 1, 2017 (Adam Hoge / WGN Radio) (#NoDAPL)

 

Iranian Artist Ali Esmaeilipour

Ali Esmaeilipour Celebration with or Without You (2013) Acrylic on Linen & Gold Silver Leaf on Wood
Ali Esmaeilipour
Celebration with or Without You (2013)
Acrylic on Linen & Gold Silver Leaf on Wood

 

Ali Esmaeilipour was born in Iran.  He was also trained in Iran, before moving to Singapore in 1988.  Here is an excerpt from an interview Artling:

“Being an artist means to re-create the world as you see it, so that people can understand the meaning of your life” states Ali Esmaeilipour. For almost three decades now, Ali Esmaeilipour has been inviting you into his inner realm by means of his canvas. Personal objects, rendered in a realistic yet lyrical manner, are often the focus of his paintings. The body of his work has often been categorized as “still life” but this remains a label Ali disagrees with. Objects, he states, are the principal players in Ali’s paintings because they are visual representations of a thought or a sentiment, and their combination enables Ali to create both an emotional depth and a sense of time that is almost tangible to the beholder.

See more of Ali Esmaeilipour’s work on his website and on Instagram.