Archive for June, 2008

Gianluca Rottelli’s The Sewing Machine

Monday, June 30th, 2008
Gianluca Rottelli

Do Italians make better painters? Duh, they make better cooks too. Also better gangsters.

Gianluca Rottelli is your typical Italian genious.

The painting below is entitled Ingred.

Gianluca Rottelli

Linda Bergkvist’s Glimpse Of Summer

Sunday, June 29th, 2008
Linda Berkvist

Digital art has an unfortunate stigma similar to what airbrush used to have. somehow it seems like cheating. Also the choice of subject matter by these artists leans toward the kitsch. Still, there’s no denying the skill of many digital artists.

Linda Bergkvist’s website can be found here.

The work below is entitled Gone. Check out he detail. The fact is that kind of minute precision is impossible to achieve with traditional mediums.

Linda Berkvist
Linda Berkvist

Daniel Graves’ The Gift

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
Daniel Graves

Daniel Graves is an American artist who founded th Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy in 1991 to revive what what many believed at the time to be a dying art form, painting. He has been instrumental in its revitalization. Here’s the mission statement of the Academy:

“It is the view of this Academy that throughout the 20th century the prominent movements of art have steadily drawn attention (and teaching) away from close observation of the material world and the acquisition of strong technical skills, to a position where cohesive artistic thought is inexorably fragmented by the urge towards greater individual expression. The result is a creative environment in which the visual arts are adrift, with few tangible points of reference and little to say that is of continuing importance or depth.

The philosophy of The Florence Academy of Art demands a return to discipline in art, to timeless classical canons of beauty and to the study of nature as the foundation for great painting. The Academy therefore provides students with the opportunity to explore distinctive aspects of their chosen subject through the development of considerable powers of draughtsmanship, direct study of works of the Old Masters and a deep, practical understanding of the materials and methods of the artist. By this means, and through the resulting identification of clear artistic objectives, students acquire creative self-confidence, visual understanding an subtle and precise powers of description.
Study at the Academy centers upon the importance of drawing (particularly drawing from the human figure) as a means to perfection in painting or sculpture.

Through intense observation students acquire a visual literacy which enables them to interpret humanist values in their work, and ultimately, create a work of universal relevance.
The program, like that of the French Academies, is based upon systematic progression through the classical disciplines, interpreting the basic elements of composition, form, color harmony and expression. Advancement to each level of study is dependent upon successful completion of the previous level. In this way, the program is carefully matched to each individual and not imposed in a ‘study group’ context.”

The painting below is called Hans and the one below that is Cloud Study.

Daniel Graves
Daniel Graves

Michael Deas’ The Letter

Friday, June 27th, 2008
Michael Deas

Michael Deas is from that generation where going to art school meant paying someone to discourage you from drawing. Here’s what he says in his bio: “During the 1970s he mistakenly attended art school in New York, in a vain attempt to learn representational painting. The experience left him a broken, bitter man. After three and a half years of being told that Realism was dead, Michael dropped out and turned his efforts towards illustration.”

Now days there’s no real distinction between “art” and illustration but Michael Deas is also of that generation that was so turned off of “fine art” he doesn’t realize he’s been vindicated by theory.

The lady below has been seen in more movies than anyone else.

Michael Deas

Fred Einaudi’s Homunculus

Thursday, June 26th, 2008
Fred Einaudi

Check out these paintings by Fred Einaudi. His work seems to fall between lowbrow/neo-pop  and  postmodern.  But really lowbrow/neo-pop is postmodern.
His bio page is pretty funny.

The painting below is called The Mermaid.

Fred Einaudi