Friday, 10 May 2013

Art on a plate by Red

A post that was part of a weekly theme. Art made by women. It was meant as a fun post. I had no idea that it would be so popular. In fact, it was my most popular post ever on Google Plus. Statistics: 112 comments, 277 shares and 819 plus'. Wow! I posted this work on March 31, 2031 in this post

Dear owl. You so hoot, you stung my eyes by Red

Red is a beautiful young artist who likes to paint, but not with a paintbrush. In this album it's food. But she also uses flowers, or tea lights and candles, or with cafe and a cup or even a basketball: Red - Yao Ming Portrait with a Basketball It's sad most of it doesn't last, but there 'll always be the photos and videos.

Banksy on my plate by Red

Who is Red?
Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname 'Red', is a Malaysian artist-architect. She was given the nickname because her surname, Hong, sounds like the word 'red' in Mandarin. She also loves how a colour can stir up conflicting emotions - one of love and passion, and of danger and sacrifice.

Red's grandparents and father left Shanghai in the '60s during the start of the Cultural Revolution and moved to Sabah, Malaysia where she was born and raised. Growing up, she heard stories about how life was like for them and her relatives in China, but never thought much about it.

Campbell's Tomato Soup!
made of ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and oyster sauce by Red

The irony is that two generations later, Red moves back to the Middle Kingdom – which now has become the world's second largest economy.

After graduating from university, she took up an offer to work in Shanghai but secretly planned to stay for just a year. However, when she got there she was blown away by the city. She found herself drawn irresistibly to the country, its rich history, its culture and its people. She knew she had to do something about it. This inspired her to start on a project of 'painting' portraits of iconic Chinese figures, using local everyday materials as her medium…it was an outlet for her to express how much she felt for a place her grandparents once fled from.

Arctic melting by Red

Hong Yi is a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Melbourne, and was awarded a Melbourne Abroad Scholarship to study at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, which broadened her perspective in European arts and architecture. She was Australian national finalist in the SONA Superstudio competition in 2009 and 2010, and received the Elenberg Fraser award for Best Presentation in both years. She also received Special Mention for the AA Prize for Unbuilt Works 2010, and featured in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Architecture Australia Magazine.

My adaptation of Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' by Red

She is also known as the artist who 'loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush'. Her painting of Yao Ming with a basketball and Jay Chou using coffee were Youtube hits, and she was featured in media around the world including Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC and the Daily Mail. Her other work includes portraits Ai Weiwei using 100,000 sunflower seeds and Zhang Yimou with 750 pairs of socks and bamboo sticks.

She was recently invited to speak in Monterey, California at the EG Conference, which is known as the premiere gathering of and for innovators in media, technology, entertainment and education. She is a currently working in the Shanghai office of HASSELL, an established Australian architecture firm. She absolutely enjoys being an architect by day and an artist by twilight.

Check out her website!   (source)
Or her Facebook account 
And YES YES YES!! She is on Google plus! +Hong Yi

Atiny garden with a lemon sun by Red

'Sonny, if anything, just stay far far away from colonel sanders' by Red

'all you need is love...' with cherry tomatoes, nori and soy sauce by Red

'all you need is love...' with cherry tomatoes, nori and soy sauce by Red

"Hello there, Richard Parker!" made of chopped carrots, white radish and dried prunes by Red

Ballerinas. Made of chocolate syrup and coloured chocolate shavings by Red

Landscape by Red

Red - Hong Yi

Source: The artists website!
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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Amazing paintings by Michael Solovyev

Beautiful soft paintings by Michael Solovyev. He paints beautiful nudes with love and respect. I love the colors, the composition and the way its painted. I posted this work November 21, 2012 in this post.

Sleeping Angel by Michael Solovyev

Caprices for Solo by Michael Solovyev

About the artist:
Michael Solovyev was born on March 19, 1972 in the city Sarov (Russia). His childhood was spent in Moscow and later Ivanovo where he attended high school and the art conservatory. In 1991 he graduated from Ivanovo Art College with a degree in Architectural Design. In 1996 Mr. Solovyov graduated from the Ivanovo Textile Academy with a degree in Costume Design. From 1996 to 2001 he worked in the Kemerovo Regional Drama Theatre as the Chief Set Scenic Designer. In 2001 he took an internship with the Gogol Theatre in Moscow, under the supervision of Ms. Elena Kachelaeva.

Danae by Michael Solovyev

Сognac by Michael Solovyev

Michael Solovyev has designed sets for over thirty theatrical productions. He has worked with theatres in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tula, Kursk, Kaluga, Orel, Kaliningrad and Kemerovo. His works have been displayed in over forty performances and more than 20 exhibitions, including:
"Young Artists of Moscow," "Season Results," "Exhibition of the Moscow Theatre Artists," "Ars," "From Sketch to Performance," "Wedge," an exhibition in Seattle's ' Canvas' gallery, as well as personal exhibitions in Moscow and Montreal.
Michael's many works are in art funds and collections of Russia, and as in private collections in the USA, Canada, Poland and Germany.

Titanic: Dolphins Games. April, 13, 1912. by Michael Solovyev

Michael worked on many big projects, among them "The 20th Anniversary of Perestroika" symposium a the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC (October, 2005) and the International Theatre Festival "Your Chance" (Moscow, Russia).
He is a member of the Moscow Artists Union, the Union of Theatre Actors (Russia), the Quebec Drama Federation, the English-Language Arts Network, the Society of Canadian Artists (Canada) and Oil Painters of America.
Now he lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Right on the corner of Ontario and Montcalm streets :)

Visit the artists blog!   (= source)

The Hoary Trumpeter by Michael Solovyev

Сhief-Сooker by Michael Solovyev

Coffee With Cognac by Michael Solovyev

Heavenly Tarantella by Michael Solovyev

My New Flag # 4 by Michael Solovyev

Awakening Angel by Michael Solovyev

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Saturday, 5 January 2013

M.C. Escher, his famous artwork!

December last year I posted a photo manipulation called MC Mechanic - Hand fixing hand. It was homage to MC Escher. It was a modified version of Drawing Hands, 1948. There was a request for a post about the real work by MC Escher. I made this post December 6, 2012.

Hand with Reflecting Sphere 1935

Maurits Cornelis Escher 17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972), usually referred to as M. C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations.

Still Life and Street, 1937

Escher's first print of an impossible reality was Still Life and Street, 1937. His artistic expression was created from images in his mind, rather than directly from observations and travels to other countries. Well known examples of his work also include Drawing Hands, a work in which two hands are shown, each drawing the other; Sky and Water, in which light plays on shadow to morph the water background behind fish figures into bird figures on a sky background; and Ascending and Descending, in which lines of people ascend and descend stairs in an infinite loop, on a construction which is impossible to build and possible to draw only by taking advantage of quirks of perception and perspective.

Drawing Hands, 1948

Sky and water, 1938

Ascending & Descending, 1960

He worked primarily in the media of lithographs and woodcuts, though the few mezzotints he made are considered to be masterpieces of the technique. In his graphic art, he portrayed mathematical relationships among shapes, figures and space. Additionally, he explored interlocking figures using black and white to enhance different dimensions. Integrated into his prints were mirror images of cones, spheres, cubes, rings and spirals.
In addition to sketching landscape and nature in his early years, he also sketched insects, which frequently appeared in his later work. His first artistic work, completed in 1922, featured eight human heads divided in different planes. Later around 1924, he lost interest in "regular division" of planes, and turned to sketching landscapes in Italy with irregular perspectives that are impossible in natural form.

Gravitation, 1952

Although Escher did not have mathematical training- his understanding of mathematics was largely visual and intuitive - Escher's work had a strong mathematical component, and more than a few of the worlds which he drew are built around impossible objects such as the Necker cube and the Penrose triangle. Many of Escher's works employed repeated tilings called tessellations. Escher's artwork is especially well liked by mathematicians and scientists, who enjoy his use of polyhedra and geometric distortions. For example, in Gravitation, multi-colored turtles poke their heads out of a stellated dodecahedron.

The mathematical influence in his work emerged around 1936, when he was journeying the Mediterranean with the Adria Shipping Company. Specifically, he became interested in order and symmetry. Escher described his journey through the Mediterranean as "the richest source of inspiration I have ever tapped."
After his journey to the Alhambra, Escher tried to improve upon the art works of the Moors using geometric grids as the basis for his sketches, which he then overlaid with additional designs, mainly animals such as birds and lions.
His first study of mathematics, which would later lead to its incorporation into his art works, began with George Pólya's academic paper on plane symmetry groups sent to him by his brother Berend. This paper inspired him to learn the concept of the 17 wallpaper groups (plane symmetry groups). Utilizing this mathematical concept, Escher created periodic tilings with 43 colored drawings of different types of symmetry. From this point on he developed a mathematical approach to expressions of symmetry in his art works. Starting in 1937, he created woodcuts using the concept of the 17 plane symmetry groups.

In 1941, Escher summarized his findings in a notebook, which he labeled Regelmatige vlakverdeling in asymmetrische congruente veelhoeken ("Regular division of the plane with asymmetric congruent polygons").[7] His intention in writing this was to aid himself in integrating mathematics into art. Escher is considered a research mathematician of his time because of his documentation with this paper. In it, he studied color based division, and developed a system of categorizing combinations of shape, color and symmetrical properties.
Around 1956, Escher explored the concept of representing infinity on a two-dimensional plane. Discussions with Canadian mathematician H.S.M. Coxeter inspired Escher's interest in hyperbolic tessellations, which are regular tilings of the hyperbolic plane. Escher's wood engravings Circle Limit I–IV demonstrate this concept. In 1959, Coxeter published his finding that these works were extraordinarily accurate: "Escher got it absolutely right to the millimeter."
Escher was awarded the Knighthood of the Order of Orange Nassau in 1955. Subsequently he regularly designed art for dignitaries around the world.

Circle Limit III, 1959

In 1958, he published a book entitled Regular Division of the Plane, with reproductions of a series of woodcuts based on tessellations of the plane, in which he described the systematic buildup of mathematical designs in his artworks. He emphasized, "Mathematicians have opened the gate leading to an extensive

Reptiles, 1943

Overall, his early love of Roman and Italian landscapes and of nature led to his interest in the concept of regular division of a plane, which he applied in over 150 colored works. Other mathematical principles evidenced in his works include the superposition of a hyperbolic plane on a fixed 2-dimensional plane, and the incorporation of three-dimensional objects such as spheres, columns and cubes into his works. For example, in a print called "Reptiles", he combined two and three-dimensional images. In one of his papers, Escher emphasized the importance of dimensionality and described himself as "irritated" by flat shapes: "I make them come out of the plane."

Sculpture of the small stellated dodecahedron that appears in Escher's Gravitation. It can be found in front of the "Mesa+" building on the Campus of the University of Twente.
Escher also studied the mathematical concepts of topology. He learned additional concepts in mathematics from the British mathematician Roger Penrose. From this knowledge he created Waterfall and Up and Down, featuring irregular perspectives similar to the concept of the Möbius strip.

Waterfall, 1961

Ascending & Descending, 1960

Escher printed Metamorphosis I in 1937, which was a beginning part of a series of designs that told a story through the use of pictures. These works demonstrated a culmination of Escher's skills to incorporate mathematics into art. In Metamorphosis I, he transformed convex polygons into regular patterns in a plane to form a human motif. This effect symbolizes his change of interest from landscape and nature to regular division of a plane.

Metamorphosis I

Some detail images of Metamorphosis II:

Metamorphosis II (Detail)

Metamorphosis II (Detail)

Metamorphosis II (Detail)

One of his most notable works is the piece Metamorphosis III, which is wide enough to cover all the walls in a room, and then loop back onto itself.

Metamorphosis III

After 1953, Escher became a lecturer at many organizations. A planned series of lectures in North America in 1962 was cancelled due to an illness, but the illustrations and text for the lectures, written out in full by Escher, were later published as part of the book Escher on Escher. In July 1969 he finished his last work, a woodcut called Snakes, in which snakes wind through a pattern of linked rings which fade to infinity toward both the center and the edge of a circle.

Snakes, 1969

In 1970 Escher moved to the Rosa Spier house in Laren (NH), a rest home for elderly artists where he had his own studio. He died in 1972 at the age of 73 in Hilversum and was buried in the New General Cemetery at the Wijkamplaan in Baarn.

Finally a small encore. A selection of other amazing works from his oeuvre (random order):

Relativity 1953

Print Gallery, 1956

Eye, 1946

Bond of Union, 1956

Magic Mirror, 1946

Convex and Concave, 1955

Belvedere, 1958

Cycle, 1938

Mosaic II, 1957

Predestination, 1951

Still Life, 1943

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