My favorite artist is Irishman Harry Clarke. Illustrator and stained glass artist extraordinaire. Died young in the early 20th century- probably from heath complications from decades of using acid to etch glass. He had a creepy streak as well and was famous for illustrating for Edgar Allen Poe.
This first one is not a painting... it is made by layering acid-etched glass...
I'm actually with you Tiki on the Escher. Definitely ranks up in my top tier as well. I've always admired his ability to temper his technical and mathematics skills with true visionary artistic concepts. Pretty hard to wrap your mind around how his mind worked.
I've always wanted to take Escher's piece "Three Worlds" and execute it in stained glass a'la Harry Clarke using 3 layers of etched and sandblasted and painted glass stacked on top of each other. It's been on my back burner for years. Maybe I'll dig it out again.
Ed Mell is a fairly well-known painter/sculptor from the US Southwest
Remedios Varo was born in Spain, spent her young adult years in France (in the company of the usual surrealist suspects), and eventually move to Mexico, where she did most of her work. She died there in 1963 (at the far-too-young age of 53). Here's just one sample of her painting
I'm going to post some images of my nephew's works. His name is Adrian Anthony and he is an unknown. If there happens to be anyone with connections who thinks the kid has talent.... he could use all the help he can get. Not only is he pretty talented(imo), with no art school training, he is a single dad.
Yes, tiki, I've always loved Maynard Dixon's landscapes.
Reminded me a bit of an amazing landscape painter who pushed into abstraction, name of Douglas Snow, from Utah. Some of his canvases are massive and so immersive.
I forgot the woodblock prints of Tom Killion.
Our resident Nater-D turned me on to his work about four years ago.
I like the woodblock stuff from Escher so it just stands to reason I'd like his stuff too. Both artist touch on the 'oriental'.
Happy, that sheet looks awesome, he has an eye for color and detail. A good way to get his name out there, if you don't have connections, is by showing his work at a gallery. Get a portfolio of ten to fifteen pieces on a disc and target galleries that are likely to show his work. Thanks for images, those are drawings or paintings?
this just in -- I think he uses mixed media but not really sure, as I have to admit I never asked, and haven't seen his work in person(these are posted on his FB). I was at my sisters house over T/G and some oil paintings he had done were on the living room wall, but those were not the same style.
I think he is probably drawing with ink/markers and also paints, but then using scanning pieces and digital manipulation to produce the finished piece.
Amazingly diverse interests represented in this group. I love Maynard Dixon and Ed Mell. My friends gallery is now representing Ed in Palm Desert. Of course, who could argue with Gauguin. I hope to have a speck of that notoriety some day.
Here is a re-post of "Free" and another recent work from my studio, "Crow and Bear Discuss Abstraction" and "Cranes" Enjoy, Jude
"Free" Oil on Canvas 48"x60"
"Cranes" Oil on Canvas 48"x48"
"Crow and Bear Discuss Abstraction" Oil on Canvas 48"x48"
Nate I dropped out of grad school a few years back and haven't done much art since. I'd rather go climbing. I only paint when injured or when it rains for days on end. So recently I started a piece but not much to show. I'll dig up some older work and post it later.
Mental, nice work, looks the same. Master copies are fun to figure out how they did it.
Jeff m. I was about to post Magritte. By far the smoothest painter I've seen in person. The MOMA in SF has some of his work in their permanent collection. You can't find any brush strokes standing a foot from his paintings and his colors are spot on. Going to check the other artist you named.
Did you check out that video link?
Those dudes were doing hand held video INSIDE the wave while getting tubed.
Outside the box thinking my friends, that is cutting edge stuff... a liquid medium, but still art.
Hey thanks Jude. But I forgot to mention that too was a reproduction.
The client had a calender of Angels and I used that as referance.
But I kinda painted her to have my wife's features.
The name of the artist evades me presently........off on a info quest!!
Seeing original art of high quality is one of the advantages of living near a major city. For a fairly small amount of $, you can be a member of your local museum, and look at art over time. There are pieces at SFMOMA and the deYoung that I've sat in front of for hours now. Diebenkorn, Thiebaud, Rothko, on and on. The Oakland Museum has a great collection of the Bay Area artists, Bischoff, Oliveira, etc.
My vacations are 99% one of two things: climbing trips or looking at art trips. Last April, we spent two weeks in Rome, looking at amazing art every day. There are so many great art cities, London, Paris, NYC, DC.
Looking at art in person, standing in front of a painting, walking around a sculpture, is a magical experience. I cannot put it into words. Emotion, beauty, transendence...
I'm actually just about to leave to go up to SFMOMA for an hour...
This just in,
The day I went up I looked again at "the Anniversary show" which highlights the historical progression of aquisitions of the collection. We arrived just before the start of a docent tour. I usually don't do docent tours - they often do not stay long enough at any particular piece for my taste - but this one was good because of the historical tidbits about the art donors to the museum.
We also went to the exhibit on wine and art, which was quite clever and fun.
Nate, I agree with you, the Olufar Eliasson exhibit was FANTASTIC. I was mesmerized by some of his stuff and he was a new artist for me.
It would be fun to do a "supertopo goes to the museum" event! Maybe I'll try to organize one the next time there's a good new exhibit opening at one of Bay Area museums.
Justin.....yeah slab can give ya grey hair.
Good lead btw. Got to remember to stretch my calves tho.
Small screen shot of a proposed 8bit climbing video game from bitd.
From a game we as game developers were trying to market.
Early 90's. Ya know for every game on the store shelves, there are hundreds that never make it due to various reasons.
I have some climber sprites(character animation) that I'll have to post sometime as an aminated .gif
Jerry that game looks badass any Xbox 360 copies? I ran into Kenny Rose yesterday, and he said him and Mac did Falling Star on Fri. So up top we were following their chalk, what a small world, huh? I'm going to Oakland this weekend but maybe next weekend we can get back on it.
Naw that game never made it :(
I think it was on the original Sega platform.
But the industry progressed in leaps and bounds.
8 bit graphics, then 16 bit, then 32......and so on.
Our programmers could not keep up and the Boss was a punk.
Gerry with a G. Huh. Congratulations on your gallery space, look forward to checking it out. Looking @ that slideshow reminded me of my house painting days, which I don't miss at all. Them fumes is no good makes me think dizzzzzzy. Nice though, did you laquer and finish the cabinets? Even black glaze in the detail, now that's where you make money. I'm starting to feel dizzy.
Yes, TJI, he was. I would call it passion, but there is rumor of obsession. It is said that the chip on the right shin of Moses is a result of Michelangelo throwing his chisel at Moses in frustration that he appeared so lifelike that he wasn't indeed real.
I found that today on a totally unrelated search. My guess is this is a Russian/Ukrainian woman based on the background in the image and her look/style of dress. A search online for typewriter art turns up a few practitioners.
He bought that thing with his own money, in Colorado. Had it brought back to Sacramento and then installed in front of the door to the Governor's office. Then the schlep LEFT IT THERE when he flow home to Santa Monica for the last time.
Bye bye Arnold. HEY! YOU LEFT YOUR F*#KING BEAR IN THE HALLWAY!
Sensibly, Governor Brown wants no part of it. I think it should be sold to the highest bidder to help pay down the Schwarzenegger debt.
Randisi - Nice of you to take the time to put up a few more views of The Bernini sculpture.
I haven’t posted any photos to this thread for two reasons. Firstly, because I feel overwhelmed at the thought of picking just a few favorites, and secondly I feel a bit guilty taking up CMac’s server space for non-climbing related photos. Is that silly of me?
Here's a Photo of (someones?)work of art. This painting is on the ceiling of a concrete bunker above Tennessee Beach near Sausalito, CA. I wish I could do that! I love the other etchings and cracks visible in the field.
Bluering......I like your kids work. I have wine boxes full of that early years work. I have to save it......just cant help it......love it!
Yes, the dog paintings are really nice. Love how the eye(s) are so photorealistic but the rest is so painterly.
And Phylp, thanks for sharing Robert's work and your own. Post up more!
Your piece also seems to have a conceptual influence, no? For some reason John Baldessari comes to mind, though I know stylistically that's not quite right.
Here are two pieces from an exhibition currently at the SF Legion of Honor, called "Pulp Fashion, the art of Isabelle de Borchgrave", which Daphne and I went to this past weekend. The artist is inspired by fashion (mostly women's dresses) from recent times, or from paintings and recreates them COMPLETELY out of handmade paper, which she paints, punches etc.
The dresses and other objects are all full size. Even the mannequins are made of paper!
The Legion of Honor and the de Young have been criticized for presenting too much of the "decorative arts" rather than "fine art". I'm not interested in the whole "but is it art" debate. I do enjoy seeing these exhibits, as do many others - they are very popular with the public. When we were there it was packed with people walking around with their mouths dropped open in amazement at the perfection of the craft. Everybody was commenting how much they wanted to touch them.
photo credit rene Stoeltie, from a painting of Eleanora of Toledo by Bronzino
photo credit Andreas von Einseidel, dress inspired by a portrait by Allori of Maria de' Medici.
Upthread FortMental said "Dali comes to mind. His paintings are all disappointingly small, many no bigger that an 8 X 10 sheet of paper"
Odd sentiment. I've seen lots of Dali works (the Dali museum in St. Pete, FL is fantastic) and some of them are absolutely huge, one of them posted in that post is IRL about 6' x 4'. The Hallucinogenic Toreador is enormous, as is the Columbus landing one (can't recall the actual title). I wouldn't think of his stuff as being typically small at all, although one of the most impressive pieces to me was fairly small, about 20x30ish and not the surrealist stuff people think of, it was a still life of a bread loaf in a basket done to essentially prove to his mentors/teachers that he'd mastered the "normal" painting techniques/style.
TJI- Thanks for the kind words. I emulated painters like Moran and Bierstadt in the 60's and 70's.
Yosemite, oil on canvas
Your stark images are reminiscent of surrealists like de Chirico. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Cezanne is considered a post-impressionist and the "father of modern art", while Picasso, though inspired by Cezanne, is thought of as the first Analytical Cubist (although some believe that honor should really go to Braque-especially Synthetic Cubism).
There are usually 3-4 artists who work on the large backdrops. That one took us about a week. Check out this set for Wagner's "Ring" Opera: sculpted foam over steel and ply, then polyshielded and painted. We spent 2 years making sets for one Opera!
Granite Cliff for Wagners' "Ring" Opera
sculpted beadfoam 75'x35' 1999
Mental-Nice drawing of Pigeon Spire. Your style reminds me of Gunnar Widforss' large watercolors hanging in the Ahwahnee Hotel. You must have had training? Fun thread!
It's always a treat to see this thread come back and to see the new additions from the many talented climber-artists among us, as well as to see what people are viewing at museums and exhibits.
If you are in the SF Bay area, the "Steins" exhibit at SFMOMA is well worth seeing. Besides the wonderful art (many excellent Picasso and Matisse), the curation is excellent! One of the most interesting features are the large scale (whole wall size) reproductions of photos of rooms in the different Stein's apartments and houses - which shows how they lived with several dozen paintings hung on the walls of one room - 3 or 4 high, arranged from floor to ceiling.
Next week, we have tickets for the Picasso show at the de Young. I'll report back about it!
Yeah for Tiki! Man I wish I could be there. Best to ya, pal!
Cool work, Keith. Thanks for sharing. Do any of the sets you've worked on travel and get used at other Opera houses? I've seen quite a few nifty sets and drops in recent years backstage at the San Francisco's War Memorial Opera house. Fun stuff.
The TACO HAS TALENT!!! I am so impressed by the creative drive, the ability to be on the edge and channel the muse. The aliveness displayed in the posted art has me very curious.
What is it about this clan, who scale walls and as Eckart Tolle says, climb to find that moment when it is just you and the rock. The noise stops and you find God. This ability to find this place and channel the inspiration into art. But not just art, magnificent manifestations.
Yesterday I went to SFMOMA and saw the Richard Serra "works on Paper" exhibit. It was fabulous! Totally not what I thought it might be. I guess I was expecting a series of line drawings as studies for his steel works. But, no! This huge show (17 rooms total) features a lot of wall sized paint pieces, many of them "solid" black. It's the texture, scale and interaction of the pieces in the room that makes these so wonderful.
Today we went to see the exhibit
"The Cult of Beauty", about the aesthetic movement, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
It's a well done exhibit of painting, furniture, other objects of utility like fireplace screens, clothing and tea pots, etc. While the style is not something I personally want in my minimalist modern space, they are quite beautiful.
In particular, I admired the James Whistler paintings. When I look at his work in person it seems to me that he was ahead of his time, and setting the stage for the greater freedom in brushwork, mood etc that followed him. Maybe someone who knows more about art history than I can comment.
Stahlbro, the mosaics are beautifu,l but the market has got to be limited to wealthy people with big houses who love to surf! Can there possibly be enough of that category for the artist to make a living off them? Phyl
She does all kinds of really interesting glass work besides the surfboards. This is kind of an experiment because she enjoyed the concept. She has a show going on in Carlsbad right now. My girlfriend helped her set up and open the show.
It will be interesting see how it is recieved. Debbie and I are headed down next week to see how it is going. I agree it is probably a small target list, by they are really well done and a surfer looking for an art piece for the house might get stoked ;-)
Cindy Sherman makes her own costumes, does here own makeup and paint, set design, lighting, and composition to reinvent herself over and over. First show in a long time that completely blew me away.
Security busted me for taking this picture next to the NO PHOTOS sign.
Cindy Sherman retrospective at the NY MOMA
Credit: Timid TopRope
I'm a big fan of Alice Neel. She painted in relative poverty and obscurity until late in her life. Fortunately, she gained prominence and money before she passed away.
Alice Neel painting for sale at the Frieze art fair, Randall's Is. NY If you have to ask how much you can't afford it.
Credit: Timid TopRope
I saw a lot of art my last trip to NY in April/May but nothing compared to the ultra hyped and hipped pre opening on Randall's Island for the first ever London based, Frieze Art Fair. The place was crawling with one percenters. This fair is meant to shock and awe.
Nate, I have been feeling better as of late and have done a little climbing. Not as much as I'd like but I'll take what I can get. Hopefully you aren't to busy with work and have done some climbing too. Let's see them doodles.
You know that feeling you get when you go to an area that has climbing near by but for whatever reason you can't get on the rock? I, and I'm sure a lot of you, get that same feeling when I'm travelling and can't get to a local art museum. I've been here in the DC area for four days and haven't had time for any art. My nieces just have no interest. And the time with them is too precious to do both.
Good luck Phylp. If you can sneak away to the Smithsonian art museum it's a good one. The Korean war memorial is some of the coolest sculptures I've ever seen. Have fun and hopefully we get to see some pictures of art that you got to see. Laters.
I've been working on very large projects for many years (a few years ago I completed a 4,000 sq ft ceiling mural of clouds for the Jones Museum of Archaeology in Moundville, AL). So these small plein-air quick oil sketches are an enjoyable departure.
Heart Rock Falls 14"x11" plein-air oil sketch
Missing photo ID#255943
Here's my friend Jon (Anthropologist, musician, artist etc...) painting at one of my favorite bouldering areas in So Cal.
Have you tried Japan drier with the oils? Small amounts are recommended, but I use it liberally, so paintings dry in a few hours. Acrylics are my usual medium too, especially for murals, used with an extender.
Keith, I've often wondered which of the "well known" artists of times past might have painted with acrylics if they had been available.
I've always thought Van Gogh. I've heard him described as a colorist but I've never agreed with that description.. Though I love his work, it's not for his use of color. Much of it gets muddy and I'm not sure that was his intent. Given the way he worked, I wonder if it's just the result of painting too fast with the oils of his time.
I would agree that color wasn't Van Gogh's specialty. His brush marks and the texture and movement that resulted from it is what made him special. One thing about his color was it wasn't realistic, it was stylized and in this way maybe he can be seen as a colorist.
I do think Van Gogh would have loved acrylics, because his paintings were heavily layered and you could tell he worked fast.
It would be cool, but it would probably have to be a virtual event, wouln't it? We're spread out all over the place.
I paint as a "hobby" although I hate that word for it. Haven't painted in a long time due to time contraints but have strongly felt the need to paint the past month. I've started on a landscape, here is a segment of the work in progress:
The frustration is seeing that it's mediocre, but knowing I just have to work through a half dozen mediocre pieces until I get some semblance of skill back, after such a long time away. Additional frustration of thinking I probably don't have the time to work consistently.
Regardless of the product, it's so mesmerizing to be painting again. There's no feeling like it. It's almost as good as being in the zone on a route.
The great debate of what is real art:-) Many believe landscape paintings aren't art, that they are decorations with no artistic merit, because they lack meaning. I disagree with this thought and with Tiki's too. Photography is art, photomanipulation is art, at least in my view, but some people disagree. Art is the expression of one's self (or thoughts) through their meduim of choice.
Tiki, Tollhouse isn't in season, how about some Shuteye?
TJI.....turning a photo RED is considered ART?
Cosmic's photomanipulation is art and that kind has a long standing tradition here on the Stand.
So Mouse....should I piss up your Goldline or mine?
I was being facetious BTW....lighten up!
Yeah tiki some may consider it art. Definitely not a strong piece in my mind, extreme minimalist:-) But I do consider photograpy art and it is a photo. Lucky I am no art critic though, because then I'd love paintings of Campbell soup cans and Marilyn Monroe painted over and over in different colors.
Oh. I'm very sorry about that, if it's the case. I have only gotten to the point in my computer edumacation that I just didn't think of it as "old hat, done that."
I have thought this over enough to say what I think. It is tough to be original in anything. Time, effort, cost of materials all go into art. Some art is less exhausting in these respects than others. There is a Cain and Abel effect among art guys who work, work, work, and art guys who simply need to go click, click, click, apparently.
Take that away and discuss it. I'd just like to see more art, by whatever definition.
"Pulchritude wins out every time over landscapes."--Peter Paul Reubens
Guido is THE MAN!
Now we know what Art is (thanks Mr E). this is the Friday NIgsht posting while drunk thread, rigsht?
Teacher, Teacher! I know what art is. It confounds the common man and sells for big bucks!
art is talking a good game and getting your outlandish concepts in high end big bucks venues
Credit: Timid TopRope
I know what art is it's Too Big To Fail $100,000.
Credit: Timid TopRope
As I've blabbed about before, the new Oligarchs of global capitalism (ie Russia, China) suffer from Charlie the Tuna Syndrome; they think Starkist wants tunas with good taste instead of tuna that tastes good.
"Insane." Snowhazed, the whiskers are so cool! Nice 'un.
Here's Merced's downtown theater complex, the Mainplace, and they built the murals on one corner of the building at 18th and K. One side of the cr. is metallic mural, the other is painted tiles with Yosemite and the San Jaoquin as the subjects. I'm crediting Dakota, the artist, a weird guy, to be sure.
The El Cap mural features a Yosemite Indian facing the viewer and trying to get though the "pane" between them. Even the "rotten log" features in the work.
Metal mural, Merced.
Metal mural, Merced, 18th & K.
El Capitan mural, tile. K & 18th, Merced.
The Indian is in the center of this one featuring the Salathe Wall...
Thanks Survival, but this thread is good because all the added work from everyone, one of my favorites as well. Love that work you added.
Snow- that is perfect. A funny story, when I was in nude drawing classes we would have thirty minutes to draw a realistic representation of the model. Now it takes me about a hour to get semi-realistic representation, while the student next to me was always done in five minutes and his work was always perfect. Some people just have the natural gift of being able to produce exactly what they see, with little to no effort. The best part was all he wanted to be was a comic book artist and could care less about fine art. Our professor would get irritated when she saw him reading a comic book when he was supposed to be drawing. At first she would walk over to him ready to lay into him, but what could she do when she saw his work was always spot on?
wow, really neat find, there....
thanks for sharing... sometimes old books, DO have the best old finds!
(well, don't know if your book was an old version, etc)
but wow, the things we can find,as to art...
thanks for all the shares...
loved to see all the murials...
could not post a lot last night, etc... was up too late...
say, my aunt that died from falling through the ice at her pond:
she did a vast majority of the art, exhibits, etc, and not sure what else? in the cleveland museum of natural history.... :)
I didn't see it in a book; but read about in the book The Final Leap by John Bateson. The description and the Greek mythology behind it inspired me to find it. Icarus's feet are flailing about in the right end corner, most people never see them (and that is the fact that made me look at it).
BTY, I like the fellow in the top hat.