Kelly Vivanco’s world is densely populated with strange and compelling people, animals and environments; each is rendered with an incredible colour palette, a fantastic sense of design and a hypnotic atmosphere of wonder. In short, Kelly Vivanco does amazing work.
Archive for August, 2009
I was introduced to a great interview with Lucian Freud while reading Art News Blog, and felt compelled to repost about it here. He is clearly not a man comfortable in front of the camera, but he does have great things to say about painting, which is not surprising since he is considered by many to be the greatest painter living today. The interview is broken up into 5 parts, the first one I’ve linked to below:
Over the weekend I had the great pleasure of meeting a multi-talented artist who not only works as an art director and background painter in the animation industry, but also finds time to maintain his own painting practice. How does Martin Smith manage all of this you ask? I didn’t ask, but I sure do enjoy the results.
While looking through the incredible landscapes created by Elzbieta Krawecka I made a small discovery, which was that listening to itunes on random while surfing artist’s portfolio sites can lead to some interesting soundtracks for the work. I recommend trying it out some time. Of course, this isn’t to say that Krawecka’s work requires a score, as her rich colours and dramatic skylines are powerful and captivating all on their own.
I would like to congratulate Mark Oberndorf on his win in the Palisades Highway Art Gallery contest! As a result of winning this contest (previously posted about here) his painting “Bendix Diner” is now on display at billboard size along a highway in Berkeley Heights Palisades Park, New Jersey.
I personally would have loved to see more image and less text on the winning boards, but I guess that just goes to show that I’m an artist and not an insurance agent. Great work Mark!
According to his website, Timothy Callaghan’s process begins with drawings inspired by the space he inhabits. The drawings are then translated onto canvas, and the paintings are completed from memory, rather than with the use of photographic reference. This makes sense to me, as his work, while sometimes straight forward, more often feels like a hazy recollection of a place, or a dream landscape. There is a looseness there that I enjoy quite a bit.