Google launches online street art gallery to bring global graffiti to anyone!
Google’s Cultural Institute has launched Street Art, an online depository of over 5000 graffiti images from around the world as part of its Google Art Project.
The collections of art, from Bogota to Lisbon to Manila, include some that have been painted over or are now inaccessible to the public – such as the 5 Pointz space in New York, which was whitewashed ahead of being demolished.
It’s an extension of the Google Art Project, which allows you to ‘walk into’ museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, and explore the exhibits. The project has now grown to nearly 70,000 artworks.
I invite you to discover online collections and exhibitions about the history, locations and artists of street art. With this revolutionary tool you can visit iconic street art spaces which may disappear, watch the artists share their stories and even get up close to the paintings with high definition imagery and see every detail!
CuatroCuartos presents “This is Buenos Aires”, their first art Exhibition in Dublin. CuatroCuartos is an Argentinean group of multidisciplinary artists. They arrived to Ireland looking for new creative challenges. Linked by the spontaneity, motivation and diversity, they decided to get together to show their work to the world, because the world is but a canvas to their imagination.
If you are visiting the Irish Capital City During May 2014, you can see this art exhibition at THE BLEEDING HORSE PUB – 24/25 CAMDEN ST. UPPER, DUBLIN 2 from May 8th till June 2nd.
Photos of this event: http://lucianamarin.wordpress.com/art-exhibitions/
Yesterday night my boyfriend showed me an incredible video about a sand animation. I decided to do some research on the artist and discovered #Kseniya #Simonova (@kseniyasimonova) This lady is the 2009 winner of the TV contest Ukraine’s Got Talent. She is a performance artist in sand animation and a philanthropist. I think her work is incredible and very original!
Sand performance was suggested by her husband. Initially, Simonova was unsure, but she decided to try it in the absence of other viable options to improve their financial situation. When tests with beach and river sands proved both unsuitable, Simonova’s husband began researching better options on the internet. He sold his printing equipment to buy 3 kilograms of expensive volcanic sand.
Simonova began experimenting with the medium at night, after serving as a full-time mother throughout the day. She found it challenging, but persisted in spite of early impulses to give up. Physically grueling, the art form required her standing for long periods of time and also required her to retrain her vision to adapt to the unique medium.
The sand story Kseniya presented live on TV was an eight minute story of a young couple separated by the war. She was hoping to get some exposure as an artist, but it became much more. The audience was moved to tears. As soon as she finished her performance, applause erupted and she received a standing ovation. Check her performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518XP8prwZo
This Goddess of Art has more than 200 sand animations but in this opportunity I would like to introduce to you one of my favorites “Beautiful Morocco”
Yesterday I was having a coffee at a pub, and all of a sudden I began chatting with the two English men that were sitting next to me watching a football match. I don’t remember why we began talking about art, but I love it happened. One of them introduced me to his favorite artist: Craig Davison. Now is my turn to introduce him to you.
Born in Sheffield in 1965, Craig Davidson drew even from a very early age. He began working as a cartoonist, moving to the animations world as a Games Designer and finally became a Freelance Sculptor.
More years passed by and sculpting work became increasingly harder to find and in a quick rush painted a piece for a contest in which the famous fine artist Alexander Millar would select the winner as his apprentice. Surprisingly, Davidson finished in the top three and from the encouragement of his near-victory began painting with a passion. Davidson has been painting as a professional artist for galleries ever since.
Memories are everything. Golden. And if you were a child of the 1970s it’s a safe bet to assume that those memories centered on carefree summer afternoon riding your Raleigh Chopper bike, bouncing around on a spacehopper or climbing trees. All whilst clad in your Batman or Darth Vader costume.
The works of Davidson are set within a child’s mind, the children in the images take on the forms of famous fictional characters and stereotypes. The character’s shadow standing atop the image to depict the child’s mind as the child takes on the character’s posture and attitude below. The paintings capture a distinctive style of painting, helping to reveal an aspect of the imagination that can only be seen through art.
If you want to know more about this great artist visit his webpage: http://www.craigdavisonart.com/
Did you know that The Rolling Stone is also a great Artistic Painter?
Ronnie Wood was born in Middlesex, England, into a musical and artistic family. Before beginning his musical career and achieving worldwide renowned with the Faces and the Rolling Stones, he received formal art training at Ealing College of Art, London. He grew up surrounded by his two later passions – music and art, something that has stayed with him during his life as a rock and roll icon.
As his musical career has progresses Ronnie Wood has continued his passion for painting and drawing. His subjects range from immediate colleagues in the rock and roll band, to other famous rock and roll musicians he has admired, known and has sometimes played with. Family, friends, animals and of course the self-portraits perhaps show a more private side.
Much like the music he composes and plays onstage, his painting style is thoughtful yet spontaneous and full of feeling. About his work in the art studio Ronnie has said, “There is no kind of therapy like the one you have from starting and seeing a picture through to the end.”
On Tuesday 4th February, Castle Fine Art, Bruton Street, will be launching the ‘Ronnie Invites…’ series, which will see various artists, invited by rock legend Ronnie Wood, to display their work over the course of 2014. (http://www.ronniewood.com/News/ronnieinvites) I will be there!!!
Brett Amory is an american artist. He began the Waiting series in 2001 with paintings depicting commuter subjects seemingly detached from their fellow passengers and surrounding environments, inspired by the introverted culture of public transit and inhabitants of the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco (where the artist lived for fifthteen years). Figures and places in Amory’s work are based on photographs the artist has taken of ordinary city architecture and random people who he sees on a daily basis but never speaks to.
He feels especially drawn to individuals who look lost, lonely or awkward—those who don’t appear to fit in socially.
In the past year he’s had solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, New York and San Jose.
If you want to know more about this great artist, you should visit his website!
Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business”. Although his difficult life, Ray always had THE BRIGHTEST SMILE. I think this great musician deserves a portrait, and here is my version!
BTW, the movie “Ray” is strongly recommended! It’s the story of the life and career of the legendary musician.