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No buyers for nude Madonna painting

Posted in Black and White Art, Collage Art, Cool Ideas with tags , , , on June 10, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Didn’t I just say that a nude Madonna painting has been made available for sale in an auction? Well, guess what, the oil painting that depicts Madonna in the nude with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie wasn’t able to meet the reserve price of £15,000 when it went under the hammer at the Glasgow auction.

Although there were some bids for the portrait, it was not good enough to satisfy the seller.

According to the Director at McTears Auctioneers, Brian Clements, it was surprising that the controversial Madonna and Guy piece of Peter Howson did not sell on the day.

Clements further stated: “The painting is still for sale and we would be delighted to hear from anyone who is interested in this much talked about piece of Scottish art history.”

A private collector was selling the portrait to up to £22,000.

As previously posted, this contemporary painting created in 2005. This Madonna & Guy is among the several Howson paintings of the pop icon while undressed.

Madonna and film director Guy Ritchie may have separated last year but at least they were able to contribute to the gallery paintings of Howson together.

Regarding the artist, Howson is renowned for his portrayals of Glasgow down-and-outs. He was even appointed as the official war artist for the Bosnia conflict in the early 1990s.

Among the past customers of this artist include Mick Jagger and David Bowie.

Although the painting drew a lot of interest after the couple separated last November, it just can’t be denied that it wasn’t able to drew more interest to be purchased.

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His Most Famous Painting – Nude Descending a Staircase, Number 2 – Marcel Duchamp

Posted in Animal Art, Black and White Art, Collage Art, Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on June 9, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

One of the most influential figure of the “Contemporary Art” is Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). He became known for his sturdily expressed contempt for the area of conventional ‘Fine Arts.’ Also, he has, in a way, a relation to the ‘Surrealist Movement’ which is the descendant of ‘Cubism.’ What’s controversial in this artist is the fact that his methodology and themes were not well received by ‘Cubists.’ As a consequence, the ‘Dada Movement’ emerged. The most famous painting of Marcel as well as his most scandalous ‘Dadaist’ work is the “Nu descendant un escalier n° 2 (Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2)”. Such creation became a turning point of his life.

When Duchamp created the “Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2″ in 1912, he did it with great enthusiasm. This is indeed a path-breaking piece that has a measurement of 57.88″ X 35.12” oil work on canvas. If you want to see it, you will find this among the gallery paintings shown in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is one monochromic work that mainly contains yellow and its shades. It can be said that this is a quiet ‘Cubist’ painting as shown by its geometric representation rather than figurative. It is the spirit of ‘Futuristic Art’ infused in it that makes it unique. This is an original painting that hardly contains some background. Instead, the background shows the allusion to the dark ‘staircase.’ Marcel didn’t embody sensuality but embodied around twenty or so images of a mechanically structured figure. These images or figures were arranged in a sequence over the ‘staircase.’

As regards the ‘Cubist’ style, you can easily distinguish structurally the bright figure, silhouetted against a dark background if it is either a male or female. The sequence of images conveys the how the figure changes postures while it descends the staircase. This is a concept which is almost similar to the composition of a stroboscopic motion picture where there is a sequence of stills. The “Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2” is indeed the outcome of intense observation and diligence. An element of raw force of energy and futuristic vision are both carried.

In 1912, when it this revolutionary ‘Futurism’ and unorthodox methodology had its debut show at the Paris Salon des Indépendants, a lot of opposition and negative reviews came out. One more reason why this creation had a poor response and why it was eventually rejected was the backdrop of the covert, contemptuous emotions behind this work. Despite being annoyed, Duchamp chose to re-present the painting at the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1913. Just like its debut show, it again received criticism due to the common belief that it was only a mere caricature of the much-revered subject of nudity that lacked artistic aesthetics.

Even if the painting was either loved or hated, the “Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2” never lost its public attention. In fact, it turned out to be a topic of lots of American parodies, including books, musicals, and paintings. “When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.” Such statement of William Hazlitt is indeed remarkably justified by the history.

Techniques of a Canadian Artist-Abstract Painter

Posted in Black and White Art, Collage Art, Cool Ideas, Figure Art with tags , , , on June 9, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

When an artist works on an abstract art, it gives him more freedom in conveying his thoughts. In addition, he is also given the choice to remain exploratory and energetic at all times. He can work hard, with a consistent sense for color and design as he continues in trying out new techniques. When you create an art, you begin by looking for an apparently unlimited variety of supplies, from pastels, oil and acrylics to a huge selection of paper types and dimensions. One important source of inspiration is the medium. When one is looking for an art material, he carries it out with anticipation and excitement plus he carries it over into the initial stage of painting. In the creation of abstract art paintings, the subject is not premeditated.

There is a need for the artist to entirely concentrate and focus without anything or anyone distracting him. If he wants to return, he can’t as such option does not exist. If something has already been created, it is already irreversible. Courage is necessary in this method of working as there is nowhere to hide. Once done, everything is instant and final. Whatever color, line, composition and intuition that have been created at that moment in time, it will control the next move until the artwork has been completed. What forces the artist to remain honest is speed as he has no time to contemplate. As a consequence, a true “instant” and an almost imperceptible space of time are captured by the contemporary painting.

Art is primarily considered as technique comes second. Nonetheless, technique is the artist’s most powerful tool. If you observe an abstract artist’s studio, you would notice that it looks more like a laboratory or research facility. Also, the paintbrush is another most important tool. The problem in some of the work sometimes lies in the artist’s difficulty in finding a single brush stroke. Compelling adjoining paints to flow into each other resulting to a stunning painting while reminding of geological formations is one method of abstract art painting.

What is vital in the art is the research for new techniques, the curiosity to discover as well as to evoke new sensations. Huge attention is provided to the applying, moving including the mixing of paints. Once a new method becomes a particular interest, it will surely be followed up and continued to be explored. In fact, such search even extends far beyond the usual oil paints, water-based paints or acrylics.

There are times when the artist makes use of such materials in modelling compound or polymers including a selection of tools, as scrapers, sloped surfaces and wooden boards. The paint quantity can be possibly generous while the process is fast and energetic at all times. Also, there is a possibility that chemical compatibility and viscosity, or the lack of it including the manner to move the paint will appear within the same artwork.

Insomnia

Posted in Black and White Art with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

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This is the large abstract art painting “Insomnia” by Jason York. The abstract painting was created with oils and mixed media on stretched canvas and ships framed and ready to hang.

This painting is an ORIGINAL art painting by Jason York and not a print of any kind. The artwork comes with a NFAR certificate of authenticity upon request.

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Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ x 1 3/8″
Support: Stretched on wood stretcher bars
Material: Oil on Canvas
Framing: Choice of black or blonde wood frame
Stock ID: 396

The Meeting

Posted in Black and White Art with tags , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

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This is the large abstract art painting “The Meeting” by Michael Leen. The abstract painting was created with oils and mixed media on stretched canvas and ships framed and ready to hang.

This painting is an ORIGINAL art painting by Michael Leen and not a print of any kind. The artwork comes with a NFAR certificate of authenticity upon request.

Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ x 1 3/8″
Support: Stretched on wood stretcher bars
Material: Oil on Canvas
Framing: Choice of black or blonde wood frame
Stock ID: 399

Abstract Symphony

Posted in Black and White Art with tags , , , on January 18, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

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This is the large abstract art painting “Abstract Symphony ” by Jason York. The abstract painting was created with oils and mixed media on stretched canvas and ships framed and ready to hang.

This painting is an ORIGINAL art painting by Jason York and not a print of any kind. The artwork comes with a NFAR certificate of authenticity upon request.