As we flock around her right after our final MA Visual Arts First Year Juries and I request some time for an interview as directed by my professor Sir Quddus Mirza (Editor of ArtNow), there is a yes and a no in the answer that I get. The word enigmatic is a constant in all the published material that I’ve read about Sumaya Durrani in my humble quest to know a bit about her and we, the visual arts Master's students frozen in the space of her eloquence, are proof that it’s true.
I don’t subscribe to transcendental notions, generally. I like for things to be firmly rooted in reality and then negotiate from there. I’m not evading, trying to avoid, or trying to distance myself from anything. Let’s get in it. As most of us recognize...no matter how dire circumstances seem to be for human beings, we always find a way to preserve the capacity for joy and the capacity for pleasure at the same time that we’re negotiating disturbing and troubling c... [more]
Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padova (Padua), Italy, boasts a thrilling fresco cycle by Giotto, whose works were so delicate, that the viewers were limited to 10- to 20-minutes guided tours, and could only enter the chapel after a 15-minutes temperature and moisture modulation sessions. That cycle was simply breathtaking - enormous scope, brilliant colors, remarkable compositions, "modern" technique of rendering volumes and understanding of human anatomy and perspectives, and above all, exotic and... [more]
The motive behind my oil painting Trot was my wish to explore tonal contrasts and arrive at a certain balance of playfulness and menace. The subject of this study is a cat, or two. Before I started my oil, I made several preliminary sketches and once I committed my ideas to the canvas, I proceeded with a cat with upright head. Somehow, after the composition had more or less taken shape, I noticed a more dynamic and emotional sketch with a cat whose head was bending down, thus I incorporated that cat in... [more]
Just finished a new painting. Title: "Celebration of Spring" by Sara Srubar-Erb .
To purchase this artwork go to: http://www.artpal.com/sarafineart/
.I like the bright colors on the sides of the painting...gives it punch. I think this picture suits our time...lots of images tumbling at us at the same time....like flipping channels on the tv or surfing the internet...we see images and colors fly by us at a high speed. The size of this painting is 32 inches x 40 inches. Medium is Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolor on Caslon p... [more]
Artist & Painter - Aase Birkhaug
Believing that surroundings can influence one` s health and mind, Painter and Physiotherapist Aase Birkhaug has combined her two passions by painting roses for a soothing effect.
Having fallen in love with flowers, nature and painting from early age, it was only natural to merge these factors together at some point, and by combining the aesthetic beauty of botany with her skills as a painter.
It is documented that colors have an effect on the sensory system, and... [more]
OPEN CALL for Artists
Deadline May 15, 2016
BA CONTEMPORARY 2016 Vienna
Vienna, September 26 – October 9, 2016
Please, don’t miss the date and check for more information the announcement.
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BIENNALE AUSTRIA Association
Brenda Goodman’s work has seen a resurgence in the past two years, with shows at Brooklyn’s Life on Mars Gallery and a retrospective at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, her alma mater. Goodman was part of Detroit’s Cass Corridor movement in the 70s and I first encountered her work and influence while living in Detroit in the 80s. I have followed the morphing styles of her paintings ever since. Continuing an ongoing conversation, held over multiple lunches, I recently... [more]
I’m not a gambling man by nature, never quite understood the allure of the blackjack table or roulette wheel. But when Aukje Dekker invited me to a game of Stick or Twist I couldn’t resist.
The game starts at 150 euro. Dekker’s ante is an empty canvas. When she adds something to the painting my deposit increases by 50 euro. At every stage she asks me whether I’ll “stick”—in other words, buy the work as is—or “twist,” and go for another round. I... [more]
Dorothy L Merk
When I am working, I am not worrying about what other people think and feel, I am exploring my most mundane feelings. The purpose of my work is to take the ordinary and transform it into a universal feeling or expression.
My work is applicable to all people because it transcends our basic existence and expresses a real humanness and spirituality. The result is the truth and the beauty of truth that is universal. [more]
Dorothy L Merk
I love the beauty of the exquisite line, elegant composition, the artist touch and the rapture of the stroke of the pen or brush. It is the love that inspires me to become excited by a strong emotion and to try to move through it to this place of the universal understanding and freedom I bring to the viewer. [more]
Muerner Marioni, throughout her career, which included studies with Nicki de Saint Phalle, seems to have been
in a single-minded pursuit of individuation. This goal has been attained as a direct consequence of her deriving strength
form reducing and concentrating attention on the most pressing and urgent needs; to compress and
distill obsessions and repression and fill these with a particular intensity while doing so.
by John Austin, art critic
Hidden Women by Manuella Muerner Mar... [more]
Sunim KohMarie CraigProgram * Exhibition Open 11.00am - 4.00pm* Welcome by Rae Bolotin 11.30am – 11.45pm * Sabrina Roesner talks about the World Heritage artist in residence program 11.45am – 12.15pm * Magda Wegrzyn - artist talk 12.15pm – 12.30pm* Lunch - bring your own picnic; Bilpin Cider will be served. 12.30pm – 1.30pm*Cyanotype Workshop - Part 1 1.30pm – 2.00pm * Marie C... [more]
by Annie Shepard
on July 26, 2015
Sticks and Stones
The Amanda Knox Trial of Sienna Reid
On November 2nd, 2007 Meredith Kercher was found dead in her apartment in Perugia, Italy. What followed was part murder investigation, part tabloid fodder, and part witch hunt.
Amanda Knox, Meredith's roommate, was arrested for the crime. Despite having no physical evidence linking her with the scene of the crime, Knox was... [more]