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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: 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"]...

Famous Portraits of Artists’ Lovers

Almost as famous a lover as an artist, Pablo Picasso had several lifetimes’ worth of romantic partners, each of whom left a mark on his work. His 1932 portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter (on the left)—who was just 17 when she and Picasso began their relationship in 1927—shows the young woman lost in a contented reverie while inviting the viewer’s gaze with a knowing smile. In the following decade, Picasso’s style shifted away from classicizing curves toward an angular geometry, as shown in a portrait of Dora Maar (on the right) from 1944.  The arresting, direct gaze of Dora in Femme en vert (Dora) contrasts sharply with the portrait of a dozing Marie-Thérèse. Maar, who became involved with Picasso in 1935, was a photographer, poet, and painter in her own right. She is reputed to have commanded a place as Picasso’s intellectual equal and artistic partner during their time together. Read the full article...

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: 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...

Balance (Video)

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” Socrates BALANCE by Brandon Bray and Tim Sessler \\ A short film that “takes an abstract look at our modern world, the full and the empty spaces and time in which we live and choose to make our lives.”   [embed]https://vimeo.com/163590531[/embed]...

“Graffiti helps you live” (Video)

As a part of our effort to get to know our earth neighbors better, we came across this video which tells of the emerging street art community in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. San Pedro Sula run by gang violence, but local artists are taking back the streets, uniting communities, and empowering the youth through street art. Two of San Pedro Sula’s first street artists, Maeztro Urbano and Rei Blinky, are dedicated to bringing art into their city and creating positive spaces for young people to express themselves non-violently. “Through art we focus on what we can do, as young people, to change the country’s reality. Graffiti makes you change. Graffiti makes you think. Graffiti helps you live.” -Rei Blinky   ...

Nomads of Mongolia (Video)

Nomads of Mongolia – a film by Brandon Li, which explores life with the nomadic Kazakh people in Western Mongolia. I’m a big fan of new year’s resolutions, so as a team we’ve resolved to continue to learn more and more about the peoples and cultures that we share this earth with. No crazy goals or milestones to meet, but rather just a conscious effort to get to know our earth neighbors better. While Mongolia is not exactly close to us in Newport Beach, I can’t help but be mesmerized and inspired by the beauty and excitement of the Kazakh culture. Stay tuned throughout the year as I share some of our favorite finds!   [embed]https://vimeo.com/150531350[/embed]...

Plant Life

This is brilliant. In a series of unexpectedly cool photographs, British photographer Max Colson captures plants in secure places. As if the plants are caught red-handed trying to break in. Or they were left there in an attempt to make the space slightly more approachable but then they just end up looking out of place and awkward. Sounds bizarre and doesn’t really make sense in words. But check it out (OVER HERE), it’s totally cool. via It’s Nice That...

Freefall (Video)

“Like other flying animals I can control my balance and perfect my aerodynamic shape in order to get the best flying out of the body I have. My body becomes the wing I need for flying.”   [embed]https://vimeo.com/138645198[/embed]...