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Light house

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  • Title: Light House
  • Artist: Ikeda Manabu
  • Date: 2009
  • Material: Pen and Ink
  • Size: 22 X 27.3 cm
  • The task of Japanese artist Ikeda Manabu is seemingly impossible: a blank paper canvas larger than a person spread before him, a small acrylic pen in his hand, and hundreds of days to fill with faintly imperceptible progress from a mind brimming with explosive creativity. Manabu works in areas measuring roughly 4″ square, spending eight hours a day, often for years, on a single drawing that can eventually dominate an entire wall. The most unbelievable aspect being that Manabu has no idea what the final artwork will look like, but instead explores each work organically from day to day as he progresses inch by inch.
  • Born 1973 in Saga, Japan, Manabu Ikeda he now lives and works in Tokyo. He earned a BA in design in 1998 from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, completing his MA at the same school in 2000. Besides several group and solo exhibitions in Japan, he has shown his work in Korea; in Canada; in Berlin, Karlsruhe and Dresden in Germany; and in Torino, Italy. His work will be shown in the US for the first time in the Japan Society’s upcoming show “Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art“
  • I chose this work of art because there was so much time put into this work of art that it definitely deserves to be appreciated. I love the emotion and despair in the picture as the lighthouse is collapsing. The texture and detail is absolutely incredible. The crashing of the waves onto the light house add a very angry feel to the picture but i adore the movement and emotion that there detail adds. There is so much to this work of art that i could never talk about every aspect that i like, i just like the entire work of art.
  • References:
  • http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/06/master-of-pen-and-ink-the-monumental-drawings-of-ikeda-manabu/
  • http://www.escapeintolife.com/artist-watch/manabu-ikeda/

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

  • Title: Water Lilies
  • Artist: Claude Monet
  • Date: 1919
  • Material: Oil on Canvas
  • Size: 39 3/4 x 78 3/4 in
  • This work is one of four pictures of water lilies that, quite exceptionally, Monet finished, signed, and sold in 1919. Much of his late work was not finished, and few paintings were released for sale. In a letter he reported that he was not yet pleased with the paintings, but that he was working on them “with passion.”
  • Water Lilies (or Nympheas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings depict Monet’s own flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. The paintings are on display at museums all over the world.
  • Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.The term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.
  • I chose this painting because it is a very famous work of art, but yet i had never heard of it before. I love the color the texture and the detail in this beautiful work of art. There is a lot of movement in the picture that i noticed the more i looked at it, through the water, and the weeds you can see the water flowing in a very serene way. This painting has a very peaceful feel and i really like it.
  • References:
  • http://www.touropia.com/most-famous-paintings/
  • http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/438008
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Monet

Elephant Herd

  • Title: Elephant Herd
  • Artist: Lukandwa Dominic
  • Date: December 14th, 2013
  • Material: Wax (Batik)
  • Size: Unknown
  • He discovered batik in secondary school after seeing a man drying colorful African women drawings done on fabric near our school.As he stated, “I discovered that before hanging his wet pictures on the line, he could heat something on a charcoal stove (wax). A lot of smoke came off it as he dipped a brush in it. His hand kept on moving at an incredible speed to and from the heated liquid to the white fabric on the table. I decided to visit him about learning how to paint.  After several failed attempts to let me learn, I decided to put into practice the few things I had seen him doing. That is how I started batik since then in 1997.”
  • This art is created through a form of art known as Batik, Batik is, a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent to cover parts of a design, dyeing the uncovered fabric with a color or colors, and dissolving the wax in boiling water.
  • I chose this work of art, mostly because i have never heard of this type of artwork, and i think that it is so cool and the finishing product is so gorgeous. The picture is almost 2D which is a very interesting way of depicted the elephants. The colors are very eye catching and add alot of character to the work of art.
  • References:
  • http://batikartist.blogspot.ca/2013/12/batik-art-elephant-heard.html
  • http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/batik

Dark Intent

  • Title: Dark Intent- Black Panther
  • Artist: Rikki Fisher
  • Date: Unknown
  • Material: Scratchboard
  • Size: 9 X 12
  • International Award winning artist Rikki Fisher, lives in the beautiful Nimbin Valley in northern New South Wales Australia, with an arts practice influenced by her passion for wildlife.
    Upon completing a Diploma in Art and Design at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Victoria, Rikki began working as a Graphic Designer. At the height of her career she managed her own graphic design studio in Melbourne for 20 years. Upon selling the business in 2005 she was now determined to concentrate on her own artwork and refine her skills as an artist.
  • Working with a variety of media, much of Rikki’s work has focused on the richness of Australian bird life. In 2012 after a trip to East Africa, Rikki’s focus changed to African animals and works in the medium of ‘scratchboard’ to striking effect. Rikki has won National and International awards for her work and is recognised Internationally as a Master Scratchboard Artist (MSA). She conducts Scratchboard workshops for artists and teaches adult drawing classes for ‘Absolute Beginners’
  • I chose this work of art because it is a unique medium that i really enjoy. While using a scratch board it is a lot of fun but also very difficult to get a lot of detail, but Rikki did an extremely good job at achieving that. I love the texture and mysterious feel to the picture. The eyes on the panther are particularly beautiful.
  • References: 
  • http://www.scratchboardsociety.com/
  • http://www.rikkifisher.com/index.php/gallery

Grand Piano and Violin

The Piano House — Anhui, China

  • Title: Grand Piano and Violin
  • Artists: Architectural students
  • Date: 2007
  • Material: Glass and cement
  • Size: Unknown
  • The name is self-explanatory – the building is shaped like a giant piano with a grand glass violin for an entrance. The open top of the piano serves as a canopy for the home’s roof terrace.
  • Located in Huainan, China and built in 2007 by architectural students at Hefei University of Technology, this is truly, well, captivating. According to Architizer, you access the body of the building (the piano) via escalators inside the glass violin. There is no information stating why this building was made but, for the purpose of expressing music.
  • I chose this work of art because it is very interesting to me and i was interested to find out more information about it. I think that it is very beautiful and it really expressed the beauty of music. The glass material gives it a very elegant and classy feel, and the fact that it is a home is mind blowing.
  • References:
  • http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamdavis/strangest-and-most-unique-buildings-from-around-th
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/piano-violin-house-china_n_3990746.html

Genko-ji with Peony

Genko-ji with Peony Art Print

  • Title: Genko-ji with Peony
  • Artist: Taro Takizawa
  • Date: 2010
  • Material: Print making
  • Size: 10” X 8”
  • Graduated from Central Michigan University with a BFA on 2D, emphasis on printmaking. Taro Takizawa is a print maker/artist who focusing on relief printing, drawing and 2D designs. He makes images connecting what he have experienced in Japan where he grew up and in the U.S. since he moved here in 2002. His works contain a western and eastern aesthetic with appreciation of traditional print process with contemporary images and materials.
  • Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.
  • I chose this work of art because I really like the  Chinese heritage that is presented. There was a lot of work put into this piece and it deserves to be appreciated. Due to the printmaking there is a cartoon like look to the piece and i really like it. The simple colors put an emphasis on the detail as well.
  • References: 
  • http://society6.com/product/genko-ji-with-peony_print#1=45
  • http://cargocollective.com/tarotakizawa/About-Taro-Takizawa-Prints

City Skyscrapers

  • Title: City Skyscrapers
  • Artist: Osnat Tzadok
  • Date: Unknown
  • Material: Acrylic Paint on Canvas
  • Size: 36” X 24”
  • This painting is a 100% hand-made painting, created with acrylic paints on high-quality canvas. Painting is coated with high-gloss varnish to protect it from possible dust and sun damage. This painting is an abstract view of a city, reflecting on the water.
  • Osnat is a self-representing Canadian artist. She is best known for her large-size original abstract landscape and Contemporary modern paintings, but she mostly enjoys the combination of these three. As an artist who sells on and off eBay for more than seven years now, Osnat strives for the best quality in both materials and finish. All her paintings are created with great care and are coated with varnish to protect the colors for extended time, and to ensure durability and protection against changes in room temperature
  • I have chosen this painting because it is an absolutely beautiful work of art. I adore the color, texture and creativity. The use of color is absolutely brilliant in this piece, bringing forth all of the light and action of New York City. The textures added in the piece is so very well done that an abstract effect is added. I love this work of art so very much. My favorite aspect of this painting is the addition of the reflection, like the skyscrapers are lining a huge body of water, and they are reflecting on the water.
  • References: http://www.osnatfineart.com/painting/7475-city-skyscrapers