Elwira Pioro Named ArtistBe.com’s March Artist of the Month

A native of Kielce, Poland, Elwira’s abstract expressionist paintings mingle sleek and contemporary style with weathered, organic looks. Using a unique blend of colors and textures, Pioro is a self-taught artist whose work truly stands out. It is with great honor that Artist.Be.com recognizes Elwira Pioro as March’s artist of the month.

Written by on 03 Mar, 2015
SHARKDOG by Elwira Pioro

Elwira Pioro was born and raised in Poland. She was creative from a young age, sketching in charcoals and painting in water colors, she used art as a way to escape from the reality of growing up in a communist country. As she grew into a young adult, Elwira spent time as a figure model and studio assistant for her aunt. Inspired by her aunt’s career as a fine artist, Pioro began painting seriously after her high school years. In 1996 the artist moved from Poland to the U.S. Soon after arriving in America she had a baby boy. At this stage in her life Elwira put art on the back-burner, spending her time providing for her son. She was later diagnosed with a brain aneurysm that changed her life in more than one way. The years that followed brought recovery from brain surgery and a renewed desire…

Vincent Van Gogh to Captivate Europe in 2015

The entire European continent is devoting this year's artistic events to commemorate Van Gogh and his legacy. The activities include exhibitions and festivals across the entire year celebrating 125 years of inspiration.

Written by on 24 Feb, 2015
Van Gogh - Self Portrait

2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh‘s tragic death. The troubled painter, who was never recognized for his art during his lifetime, is the cornerstone of exhibitions, garden installations, tours and more throughout the year. Falling under the banner “125 years of inspiration,” Van Gogh Europe features exhibitions in some of the most influential museums. One of the earliest Van Gogh exhibits of the year opened in December of 2014 and continues through March 18, 2015 at the Fondation Custodia in Paris. Titled Goltzius to Van Gogh, it features drawings and paintings from the P. and N. de Boer Foundation. Another exhibition which began January 25, 2015 is an exhibit at the BAM (Fine Arts Museum). ‘Van Gogh in the Borinage, The Birth of an Artist’ runs through May 17 in Mons, Belgium. With 70 of the artist’s early paintings, the exhibit chronicles Van Gogh’s life…

Atelier De Jiel Named Artistbe.com’s February Artist of the Month

Hailing from Seillans, France, painter Atelier De Jiel is a contemporary artist whose work features bold shapes and vibrant colors. Self-taught, Jiel recreated master works of art as he found his own style of painting. It is with great honor that ArtistBe.com recognizes Atelier De Jiel as February’s artist of the month.

Written by on 15 Feb, 2015
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Having exhibited his art across France, Atelier De Jiel is an up-and-coming French ‘New Age’ painter. The artist began drawing in childhood, while living in Le Mans, but didn’t start seriously painting until 1998. On a trip to the doctor Jiel picked up a magazine in the waiting room. He happened upon an article on Van Gogh. The centerfold image featured Van Gogh’s Doctor Gachet. He pulled the page out and took it home. Fortunately, he had bought a canvas (that was still unused) several months prior to this. He used the canvas to recreate Van Gogh’s work. Jiel kept on painting, recreating many master works by notable artists such as Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin and others. Using famous art, Jiel practiced his painting skills and gained a sense of precision. Even though he had never taken a class or seriously studied art, a gallery in Cannes accepted…

A Gauguin Shatters Records and Becomes Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold at $300M

Gauguin's Tahitian Masterpiece, 'When will you marry', has been sold to the Qatar royal family for a record breaking $300 Million.

Written by on 09 Feb, 2015
Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

A magnificent Paul Gauguin painting from 1892 “Nafea Faa Ipoipo” (“When Will You Marry?”) of two young Tahitian women has been sold for an unimaginable price of nearly $300 Million (or £197M) by the Qatar royal family collectors. This new price tag has shattered the existing record surpassing the $259 million the Qatar nation paid three years ago for Paul Cezanne’s “The Card Players.” This time Qatar bought the painting from a Swiss family, Staechelin, who owns an impressive collection of impressionist art dating back from the turn of the previous century. The trust owns a major collection of about 20 impressionist and post-Impressionist works of art. “Nafea” is part of the collection and has been on loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel for almost 50 years. The Kunstmuseum closed its doors last week while it undergoes renovations. Some say the sale is a result of a ‘falling-out’ the…

Sotheby’s Breaks London Record for Art Sales

February's Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Auction Reaches Over $280 Million in Sales

Written by on 09 Feb, 2015
Monet leads historic London sale event at Sotheby's

Sotheby’s recently broke a London record for the highest total auction sales. The February 2015 auction featured Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist works by notable figures in art history such as Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec. The auction brought in a total of £186.44m or $280.18 million in U.S. dollars. Claude Monet was the star of the night, with five works sold together for £55.74m. The highest selling Monet of the night was the 1908 Le Grande Canal. Selling at £23.7m (or $35.6 million U.S.), this was a record sale for one of the artist’s Venice view paintings. Other works by Monet sold in this record-breaking auction included the 1887 Les Peupliers a Giverny. The 1871 L’Embarcadere and the 1888 Antibes vue de la Salis. The works on sale represented a range of Monet’s work, covering nearly his entire life as an artist. Not only did the auction…

Top 10 Most Romantic Oil Paintings for Valentine’s Day 2015

Celebrate Valentine's Day With Love-Inspired Art! Out of over 10,000 different pieces of art, “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt portraying a fatal moment of passion garnered the highest traffic in overstockArt.com’s Romantic Gallery.

Written by on 04 Feb, 2015
TOP 10 MOST ROMANTIC OIL PAINTINGS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY 2015

Valentine’s Day is coming up. How will you celebrate with your honey? Lovers, who are also art-lovers, can share a view of some of the most romantic paintings of all time. In celebration of this holiday, feast your eyes on the top 10 most romantic artworks! Klimt – The Kiss: Painted at the height of the artist’s “Golden Period,” the Kiss features the embrace of couple that was once considered to be pornography. While the image of the entwined couple is hardly perverse according to today’s standards, in the early 1900s it was less romantic, and racier, in the minds’ of many critics. That said, the tender scene is a loving look into romance and the beauty of human passion. Leighton – The Fisherman and the Syren: The illustrated tale of a mermaid and fisherman, Leighton’s painting brings to life a poem by Goethe. The seductive mermaid seemingly…

Marsala Announced As Pantone’s New Color of the Year for 2015

A surprising and refreshing choice is Marsala for this year's Pantone color of the year: an earthly tone that takes us back to the early parts of the previous century. Marsala brings with it a source of elegance yet a strong bond with the nature around us.

Written by on 03 Feb, 2015
Marsala - 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

World-renowned color authority Pantone announced the new color of the year for the 2015 – Marsala (18-1438)! Named for the earthy, burgundy-hued wine, Marsala is masculine yet feminine. This dramatic shade is full of glamour while still seeming grounded. The complexity of the color pairs well with neutrals as well as more vivid choices such as aqua or marine blue. While Marsala is 2015′s it color for fashion and home decor, it’s also abundant in the art world. If you’re looking to complement a new Marsala accent wall or upholstery in this color, consider some of these like-hued art options: Crown Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase – This work by Van Gogh includes touches Marsala in vase and table. The thick brush strokes ooze the color, without making it overpowering. This provides an understated compliment to a Marsala-rich room. Beech Forest I- The subtle shading of the…

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