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North by North

March 30th, 2009

Scandinavian Graphic Design

Earth, water and air are dominant themes in Scaninavian contemporary graphic design, which is brilliantly explored in North by North, a lavishly illustrated new title from visual culture specialty publisher Die-Gestalten Verlag.

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12 Japanese Masters

March 30th, 2009

by Maggie Kinser Saiki

Author Biography
Maggie Kinser Saiki spent 15 years in Japan writing about Japanese design, business and traditional rural culture and industry. She has published several books, including: YMD: Ancient Arts, Contemporary Designs; Architecture and Society: John Ciardullo Associates; and Japanese Working for a Better World. Her work has also appeared in Metropolis, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Winds, and other publications. She is a regular contributor to Graphis magazine. She is also terribly enthusiastic about thatch and thatching, and has written often on the subject.

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The Genesis of Modern Art

March 30th, 2009

What am I doing? Why am I doing it? And where did it come from? A personal view by PIERRE

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Gold Funeral Mask, Mycenae, National Museum Athens, c. 1200–1000 b.c.

Metals have been found in a natural state since prehistoric times. It was the discovery of the processes of metallurgy, the treating and smelting of ores and the making of alloys, which was the catalyst for the first industrial revolution. The discovery of metallurgy revolutionized the ancient world and helped transform Late Neolithic agrarian societies into city-states. Neolithic culture had used the same principals and technologies over many thousands of years. The most highly used materials for artists were stone, (the least perishable), wood, bone and textiles, (the most perishable). With the great invention of the loom, new types of art developed. Weaving was initially utilitarian in nature, and the provenance of women. Women quickly realized the potential of the loom as an artistic tool that could be used to help unleash their creativity. Essentially, throughout the history of art, new technologies would lead to new methods of working with new materials. This would eventually lead to new styles of art. The modern analogy of this is the advent of photography, computers, and video.

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Midwinter’s Raw Art

March 30th, 2009

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Diplomatic Agreement                                                                            The news is not in the newspapers
1992 - 1997                                                                                                            1991-1997

Should art glorify—and be accessible to—ordinary people? UK-based artist Piers Midwinter firmly says yes. “Anyone is capable of producing a pure work of art—but to do so, they must stay true to themselves. And what is the self? It is where each and every one of us tries to be as human as possible—to be, as the Buddhists believe, the best we can be in a civilized manner.”

Midwinter, creator of Raw Art Link, is a fan of art-for-the-common-person guru Jean Dubuffet. Dubuffet, Midwinter says, “argued that trained artists were influenced by cultural expectations, etc. Therefore, any art created would be tainted. He sought artists that were either totally outside the system or did not care for it; their art was purer. Unlike Picasso and Dali who were telling the world how great they were, he told the world how great a highly marginalized sector of society was.”

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Penny Soto’s Hints and Tips

March 30th, 2009

About the Author

Penny Soto is a native of California and lives and works in beautiful Pollock Pines near Lake Tahoe with her husband, Paul. Professionally painting, teaching and lecturing since 1980, she is one of the most recognized up coming artists.

Penny has had many Gallery and Museum exhibits in her career. She had received over 250 awards and honors, including the prestigious San Francisco Academy of Art scholarship award, which lead her to a career in illustration. A few of her clients include Nordstrom’s in which 26 of her “mural size” paintings are in their collection across the country, Pepsi Cola, Pacific Bell, Kaiser Foundation, Ralston Purina Corporation, Arlen Ness, Incorporation, Jamaica Plaza Corporation, American River Parkway, Sacramento, California, PGA Raley’s, The city of San Ramon, Pleasanton and San Mateo, Helen of Troy Cosmetics and others. Penny was the featured artist in the January 1996 issue of “The Artist’s Magazine”, also winning “The Artist’s Magazine competition as a finalist in 1997 with her air brush painting “Contemplation”, The Decorative Magazine 1997, North Light Books, “The Best of Floras”, 1999, and “Creative Computer for Artists”, 2002.

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Photographer Russ Heinl

March 30th, 2009

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Russ Heinls’ professional photography career began in Toronto where he made a name for himself photographing famous rock stars. It eventually became apparent that his creativity was being stifled by the confines of studio work. In 1990 an overpowering urge to fully explore and indulge his creativity lured him to British Columbia. Here, he fulfilled a lifelong desire to be surrounded by snowcapped mountains and the Pacific Ocean. His new studio and source of inspiration then became that of the great outdoors of the west coast.

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The Art of Katarina Zaric

March 30th, 2009

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I was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in June, 15. 1966. In 1990 I finished my studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Belgrade, (printmakers department) in the class of professor Emir Dragulj, and in the same year was admitted for the masters degree studies. In 1993 I finished my masters degree program and I was admitted for assistant at Fine Arts Academy. In 1999 I became an associate professor. I have also received several domestic awards for printmaking, made eight ‘one man show’ exhibitions in Yugoslavia and also one in Germany.

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Coloured Pencils

March 30th, 2009

Artists have been making marks for millennia, using natural pigments, burnt twigs, their fingers, coloured sands etc. Around 1662, a deposit of natural Graphite was discovered near Keswick, Cumberland, and this was used by masons to mark stones, and farmers to keep tallies of sheep. It took around 200 years to work out that this was a bit messy to handle, and to discover a way of embedding graphite strips between two pieces of wood, thus turning the crayon into a pencil. Coloured pencils, which are not based on graphite at all, but which have cores made from wax or oil based binders with various pigments mixed in, were not invented until the 1920’s, with Derwent, for example, producing its first range of 24 coloured pencils in 1939. They have struggled ever since to be taken seriously as an art medium—but are now beginning to gain recognition.

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Cubism in Australia

March 30th, 2009

D. M. Ross and the Cubist Muse

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Egypt: Oil on Board
2000 - 76 x 60 cm

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Guitar: Oil on Canvas
1999 101 x 76 cm

Can a school of art which burst onto the art scene almost 100 years ago still be replenished and given new vitality in a time which is a world away from the one where it first emerged? The artist, D. M. (David Martin) Ross firmly believes that it can. For him cubism is not only alive and well, it is offers new and uncharted opportunities for exploration.

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