Monday, March 19, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Elena Lunetskaya and Andria Shengelia

My abstract kick continues. Russian painters Elena Lunetskaya and Andria Shengelia apparently work on their canvases in tandem. Just like yesterday's abstract artist Per Anders here, the pair call these images landscapes and while they are abstracted, one can still see the fields and cliffs in the shapes and placement. And of course I love their beautiful, fresh, spring-like color palette.

Top to bottom: Pastoral; Silver Creek; The Lake; Spring; White Gully; White Sea Tide

Sunday, March 18, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Per Anders

I seem to be on an abstract kick these days. I love the color and free yet blocky brushwork of Danish artist Per Anders. Yet despite the initial abstract appearance, closer inspection reveals that these works are landscapes (a village with rooftops or a small bay with sailboats) or still life images (fruits at an outdoor market).

What is not apparent from the images above is that these are impressively large-scale works.

Friday, March 16, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Andrea Soos

Andrea Soos' particular style of abstraction appeals to my love of color and mark-making...

Top to bottom: Edge Of; Fears behind Me; Fire that Blinds Me; For Awhile; Locked In Your Sights; Means So Much; Shape I'm In; Thoughts Inside

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

We lost one of the most brilliant minds in history. He died on pi Day...seems fitting.

BEAUTY: Painting--Travis Louie

Brooklyn artist Travis Louie created a new set of paintings and drawings for a recent Seattle gallery show called "The Present Past." His usual anthropomorphic creatures featured in the show but this time all the subjects were actually endangered species. The gallery, Creatura House, stated, "These works depict endangered animals in Louie’s trademark Victorian daguerreotype painting style. Unlike previous works, the eyes are in color for all these creature’s illuminating that these species are still alive and need support and protection."

Monday, March 12, 2018

R.I.P. Hubert de Givenchy

Fashion legend Hubert de Givenchy died today at the age of 91. He was the last remaining designer from the Golden Age of elegant fashion in the 40s and 50s. He worked alongside Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior. After a stint working for Elsa Schiaparelli, he started his own house in 1952. He dressed Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall, Jeanne Moreau, Babe Paley, and Marlene Dietrich among a list list of other top celebrities and beauties of the time, and he created the iconic "little black dress" for Audrey Hepburn to wear in "Breakfast At Tiffany's." In fact, Givenchy and Hepburn forged a very close friendship that lasted for 40 years until her death in 1993.

He sold the house to LVMH in 1988 and stepped down as head of the house in 1995. He was succeeded by John Galliano and then Alexander McQueen. Riccardo Tisci headed the house from 2005 until this month when Clare Waight Keller took over as creative director. The house of Givenchy tweeted today:

The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of its founder Hubert de Givenchy, a major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century. He will be greatly missed.

BEAUTY: Painting--Glen Rubsamen

Los Angeles artist Glen Rubsamen takes inspiration from a familiar site to most Californians: silhouetted palm trees and billboards at twilight. These images are fun, bold, graphic...with a touch of Ed Ruscha about them.

Top to bottom: Always The Optimist; Believe It If You Need It; Beynd Our Reach II; Beyond Our Reach; Cutting It Fine; Devereux; My Favorite Things; My Innermost Wish; Once And For All; The Machine In The Garden; The Night Shade; Visable [sic] From Space