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Featured Gallery: Netsuke

We are obsessed with these diminutive wood and ivory sculptures called Netsuke (pronounced nets-keh) so we figured we should make an entire gallery dedicated to them! Invented in 17th century Japan as means to solve the dilemma for no pockets on a kimono, netsuke are essentially intricately carved toggles that were born out of necessity to fasten sagemono (pouches) but quickly snowballed into a fashion piece and literal works of art. These days, they are a highly sought-after collectors items with some of the greatest collections actually found outside of Japan. Themes craftsmen have explored in the design of netsuke range from nature and animals to gods and mythical beasts - some even being considered as talismans for their owners. Though a majority of netsuke were traditionally made from ivory and wood, they can practically be made out of any material that can be carved so you can also find ones that...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Odilon Redon

WHO: Odilon Redon WHAT: Painter WHERE: France WHEN: 22 April 1840 – 6 July 1916 Odilon Redon, born Bertrand Redon to a prosperous family in Bordeaux, France, was a painter and pastellist well-known for his dark and fantastical works of art. He was part of the Symbolist movement which was related to the gothic component of Romanticism and Impressionism. In 1884 he shot to fame when Joris-Karl Huysmans published his cult novel Á rebours which featured a decadent aristocrat character who collected Redon's drawings. While his earlier works were inspired more by nightmares and dreams, he later on became interested in Buddhism and Hinduism which translated into works of art with the theme of "the triumph of light over darkness" according to art historian Michael Gibson. Check out some of his expressive works below. The painting featured at the top of this post is "Evocation of Roussel", painted by Redon in 1912. [caption id="attachment_6683" align="alignnone" width="739"] Armor,...

Featured Gallery: German Masters

In our Classical Art category, we are proud to have Renaissance Masters, Classical Masters, French Masters, Dutch Masters – and now German Masters! This new gallery is a curated selection of works by Germany’s most well-known painters from the 16th century through the 20th century such as Hans Holbein the Younger, Peter von Hess, Kandinsky, Casper David Friedrich and Franz Marc. The collection style spans from Renaissance to Expressionism and is a wonderful introduction to all the amazing artwork to come out of  this corner of Europe. One of the most prominently featured in the gallery is without a doubt Albrecht Dürer, the greatest artist of the German Renaissance. Aside from being a highly-regarded painter, Dürer is one of the pioneers of printmaking and was in communication with other greats of his time such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael. [caption id="attachment_6550" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Self-Portrait at the Age of Twenty Eight, Albrecht Dürer[/caption]   See some of our...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Rachel Ruysch

WHO: Rachel Ruysch WHAT: Painter WHERE: Northern Netherlands WHEN: 3 June 1664 – 12 August 1750 Rachel Ruysch is best known for her moody and dramatic still life paintings. The daughter of a celebrated anatomist, botanist, and collector (who was also the head of Amsterdam's botanical garden!), Ruysch was an expert of flowers and insects and her paintings of overflowing bouquets often depict a variety of blooms in amazing accuracy and detail. Ruysch is remembered today as one of the very few women who were a part of the Dutch Golden Age of painting. She learned from masters such as Willem van Aelst and married fellow painter Juriaen Pool. While raising their ten children, Ruysch continued to paint and produce commissions for international patrons, developing a legacy that lives on to this day. Check out a few of her striking paintings below.  The painting featured at the top of this post is "Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers",...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Horace Pippin

WHO: Horace Pippin WHAT: Painter WHERE: Pennsylvania, USA WHEN: 22 February 1888 – 6 July 1946 FAMOUS FOR: Horace Pippin is best known for his striking oil paintings, which depicted the American landscapes around him and scenes from his heritage. At a young age and throughout his World War I service in the famous Harlem Hellfighters 369th infantry, Horace drew the scenes around him. As a form of rehabilitation after being shot in the shoulder, Horace continued creating art and eventually moved to oil paintings. His paintings find a unique place of maturity and folk art, as the colors, textures, and dimensionality give voice to Pippin's perspective on slavery, segregation, the Great Depression, and American life. “When I was a boy I loved to make pictures, [but war] brought out all the art in me.  I can never forget suffering and I will never forget sunsets. So I came home with all of it in my mind and I paint from it today.” -Horace Pippin [caption id="attachment_5508" align="aligncenter" width="591"]...

Featured Artist: Vakseen

Our friend, Vakseen, has been a Featured Artist on Artcast for awhile now, but we thought it was high time we give him a proper introduction. Vakseen paints with a distinct collage-influenced painting style (Vanity Pop) that fuses elements of cubism, photorealism, fashion design and pop surrealism into vibrantly alluring, abstract portraits. While most viewers assume they’re viewing collage or mixed media art, each creation is in fact meticulously hand painted directly on canvas. Drawing distinct inspiration from our fascination with popular culture, his gallant paintings are a celebration of women, beauty, duality, insecurity and self preservation.   [caption id="attachment_5491" align="alignnone" width="1000"] 2am Innocence, Vakseen[/caption] He explains, "My creations pulsate with feminine energy. Women are God’s greatest work of art and I believe life as we know it, evolves around them. Although I couldn’t fathom being a woman in this patriarchal world we live in, I open my creative process to the allure inherent to...

Meet Our New Featured Artists

Over the past few months we’ve been working with a handful of really talented contemporary artists to bring their works to Artcast. They come from all over the world and work in different mediums but all bring a new excitement to the Artcast library. We wanted to take a minute to introduce you to some of our new featured artists — be sure to check out their individual websites to learn more and purchase their works! MEET OUR NEW FEATURED ARTISTS ARASH FATTAHI Arash Fattahi travels around the globe with a unique ability to create striking, and occasionally abstracted, photographs. Learn more and purchase his works at cargocollective.com/afattahi or on Minted. DION KURCZEK Dion Kurczek is an experimental abstract painter living on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida.  He creates dramatic, contemporary paintings using a variety of mediums and techniques.  He applies acrylic inks onto a smooth panel, then blends the inks using gravity and various tools. Like a conductor,...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Henri Matisse

WHO: Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse WHAT: Painter (also, printmaker, sculptor, draughtsman) WHERE: Paris, France WHEN: 31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954 FAMOUS FOR: Matisse is famous for revolutionizing the way that artists approach painting and sculpture. Some of his most famous works, such as Woman with a hat (1905), La Danse (1909), and Red Room (Harmony in Red) (1908), illustrate the way that his art broke preexisting bounds and challenged artists to push further than ever before. Together with other Fauvists, Matisse expressed emotion with wild, often dissonant colours, without regard for the subject’s natural colours. Having traveled in Northern Africa and being exposed to the decorative flourishes of Islamic art, the shapes of African Sculpture, and flatness of Japanese prints, Matisse’s works shook traditional painting at the time. His paintings are enjoyable experiences that are “a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair”, but also contain a measure of deliberately unsettling colors. I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic...

ARTISTS WE LOVE: Edward Hopper

WHO: Edward Hopper WHAT: Painter/Printmaker WHERE: New York WHEN: July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967 FAMOUS FOR: Nighthawks (1942), focusing on the interactions between people and their environments, Automat (1927), Office in a Small City (1953), and not being very fond of talking about his art (“The whole answer is there on the canvas”). Edward thrived more than other artists during the Great Depression, selling works to the Whitney Museum of American Art (where he later bequeathed his and his wife’s art collection) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination. -Edward Hopper [caption id="attachment_5071" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Sketch for Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_5072" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper[/caption]   \\ View Nighthawks in the “Masters of Fine Art” gallery on Roku and Google Play...

Stream Now: Incredible India

We are so so excited to announce the launch of Incredible India, a special gallery program that celebrates the beautiful paintings and inspiring stories of leprosy affected individuals in Southern India. We’re proud to have collaborated with Rising Star Outreach and the Bindu Art School to share some of the amazing paintings that these leprosy affected individuals are creating. Every artist featured in Incredible India has been greatly impacted by the physical complications and social stigma attached to leprosy, yet through inspiring resilience  these artists are now thriving and creating incredible paintings. Featured artist, Pichai, comments, “If a man with leprosy and no fingers can paint, anyone can do something to make the world a better place.” Artcast owner, Justin T. Ostensen expands on this saying, “Our goal in creating this gallery is to share the inspiring stories and beautiful artwork created by individuals like Pichai.” Incredible India brings awareness to the more than one million people affected by leprosy. While the disease itself...