Art in the street is enlightening, it breaks the dormancy of routine. It exists for free, stating the existence of it self and from all around it. Art cannot be constrained to galleries. It needs to be in the street, happening to people. Transforming their eyes, their vision, so they can become – in their own way – artists too. Street art comes out of this surprise box that is the world, not to say ‘I am here’ but to tell ‘you are here’ too. Here are some examples of happenings bringing streets to life. THE AWAKENING OF LIGHT The French artist Clement Briend creates light projections onto buildings and nature, blending in the same space two different realities. It is the projection of an idea without extracting the nature of the object upon he projects, creating this multi-dimensional feeling into his installations. “Cambodian Trees” is a great…
Wherever there’s an empty space, there is space for creation. Wherever there are shapes and forms, creation can also unfold. From colors over thin air to lights upon the darkness; walls, floors, nature - anything is a canvas.
Written by Teresa Filipe Lopes on 11 Mar, 2014
There are tailor made tattoos and there are cliches: fine lines in black and gray or colored flash art hearts. From the traditional Asian, American or Tribal to caricature, all type, photorealistic and even biomechanical style. Some invest years looking for the right one, others fall in love at first sight with one image. And then, on a different league, are the ones who go from oil to ink, from canvas to flesh, and choose to become the masterpiece.
Written by Teresa Filipe Lopes on 08 Mar, 2014
Tattooing has been practiced for about 5000 years in many cultures and spread throughout the world for centuries. Symbolism and impact are different according to countries and cultures. Some admire this art by distance and others get it under their skin, choosing pieces of art whose beauty is already supposed to last forever. Here some of the most popular: Starry Night, a piece created in June 1889 depicting the view outside Vincent van Gogh’s sanitarium room window. It is one of the most well known images in modern culture and also one of the most replicated. It even inspired Don McLean’s song ‘Vincent’ (Starry, Starry Night). Kanagawa-Oki Nami-Ura, known as “The Great Wave off Kanagawa“, is one of the famous prints by Hokusai published in the XIX. With the Japanese culture in fashion in occidental world, this work as been reproduced from endless merchandising to tattoo all over…
The online retailer shares it’s insights on consumer art-world favorites for the coming Spring decorating season.
Written by Amitai Sasson on 06 Mar, 2014
overstockArt.com, the popular online art gallery of hand painted wall art, published today its annual Top 10 list of most sought after oil paintings for the coming Spring decorating season. The list consists of the trendiest selections of fine art for spring, based on detailed analytics from inbound traffic to the site. These paintings represent consumers’ favorite picks to decorate for the coming spring season. Topping the chart for the first time is Claude Monet’s famous “Poppy Field in Argenteuil.” Other artists named on the 2014 Top 10 Seasonal Spring Oil Paintings list include Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and John William Waterhouse. overstockArt.com has analyzed the gallery statistics from over 2 million visitors coming to its online store to shop for spring art, and finds the following top ten oil paintings to be the most desired and sought-after works for this time of year: 1….
Everything around you is an inspiration, so why not use your phone as a source of creativity. From street to gallery artists, from charcoal on paper to knitted installations, here are some of our favorite artists to follow on Instagram.
Written by Teresa Filipe Lopes on 02 Mar, 2014
The Instagram debate is well known, especially amongst conventional art world and photography. Purists are chocked by a generation looking at masterpieces through a smart phone, and tired by over saturated filters and the quick spread of ‘fauxtographers’. Truth is that platforms like these have been disrupting the conventional art world, but also attracting new public to all kinds of artistic expression. And while some discuss about it, others just take the chance to spread their worlds with their fingertips.
Follow the movement of nature and brighten up your home. Move furniture around, change colors in your wardrobe, in your house, in your pencil case. This is the time when inspiration comes to renew your mind, your energy and your life.
Written by Teresa Filipe Lopes on 27 Feb, 2014
All nature contains art. The play of light and shadow lingering in the shapes of nature, from season to season, are of endless inspiration. But from all of them, Spring is the season which brings the most excitement. Not everyone can express Springtime as Monet or as Botticelli in ‘La Primavera’, but we all know how it feels like. Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute sums it up brilliantly. “This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.” It is the time to explore those combinations we always wanted to, but never had a good impulse to do it. Spring is here, and there is no limit for color and creativity….
The world’s greatest treasure hunters, who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save a thousand years of culture and protect some of mankind's greatest masterpieces.
Written by Teresa Filipe Lopes on 25 Feb, 2014
“The Monuments Men” is the title of the new film directed by George Clooney. A humorous, powerful and engaging film based on Robert M. Edsel’s book ‘The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History’. Starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray and other heavy weight actors as a platoon of art specialists tasked to get as close as possible to the German front-line during World War II to find and retrieve stolen pieces of art, worth billions of dollars, before their destruction by the Nazis. As an art lover, Hitler spent some time after his father’s death being inspired by the city of Linz, dreaming about becoming an artist – along with his best friend August Kubizek, who wanted to be a great musician. The failure on his exams to attend the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts – two years in a row –…
Artist Become (ArtistBe.com), the online community for creating, selling and buying artwork online named Buenos Aires artist Raquel Sarangello, its February 2014 Artist of the Month.
Written by Amitai Sasson on 17 Feb, 2014
Argentinean figurative painter, Raquel Sarangello, was recently announced as ArtistBe.com featured artist of the month. Sarangello’s unique style and subject matter earned her top marks with recent works she has shared on the art community website as of late. Sarangello, started painting only 18 years ago, in her hometown of Mercedes, Buenos Aires. When asked ‘what inspired you to become an artist?’ Sarangello explains, “As a child I went to an exhibition of plastic artist and I was very touched by the beautiful work. That day I decided that I would also be an artist.” Despite her love for the arts at an early age, it took her many years to start devoting her life to painting. “I decided to devote full time to painting at age 37, it was thanks to an Italian collector who bought several of my paintings and gave me the impetus to devote…