Anchor’s Aweigh | On a Ship With Vernet

[Seaport by Moonlight (La nuit un port de mer au clair de lune) Musee du Louvre, Paris]

French landscape and seascape artist Claude-Joseph Vernet was born in Avignon, France on 14 August, 1714.  At the age of 14, Vernet worked for his father Antoine, a skilled decorative painter, creating panels for sedan chairs. Wanting more than this, the young Vernet left home and headed for Italy.

  • On the sea voyage, Vernet saw magnificent whales off Marseilles, and on arrival in Italy entered the studios of whale painter Bernardino Fergioni and marine landscape artist, Adrien Manglard; who taught him the art of seascape painting. Vernet did further study under landscape designers and maritime painters such as Claude Gallee.

Vernet lived in Rome for nearly twenty years, producing views of seaports, storms, moonlights and large whales; which were becoming popular with English aristocrats; many of whom were on the European ‘Grand Tour’. Vernet achieved great celebrity with his serene landscape paintings and became one of the most accomplished artists of tempests and moonlight scenes.

  • Later, living in Paris in 1753, Vernet received a royal commission to paint a series of the seaports of France.
  • These are now known as the 15 Ports of France (1754–65) which show typical scenes of 18th-century life at land and sea.
  • This series is now located in the Louvre and the Musee National de la Marine.

Unfortunatley, his untimely death, at the age of 65, took place in his lodgings in the Louvre on 3 December 1789.

His lifetime’s art work remains ‘all at sea’

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You See Him Here | You See Him There | Mitchell’s Art is Everywhere

Australian street and stencil artist Damien Mitchell was born in the regional city of Wagga Wagga, in the Riverina region of New South Wales. According to All Those Shapes, Mitchell was also known as Darky, Franta and Frantisek in his earlier street art career. After working at Fitzy’s Paint Place in Wagga Wagga as a young teenager, 15 year old Mitchell cut stencils and painted some works around town. He then moved to Melbourne, Victoria in 2012 where most of his work was found north of the city (such as these early examples featured above).

At the age of 18, Mitchell moved to Prague in the Czech Republic. He lived there for eight years painting everything he could on the city’s bare concrete walls. It was here that Mitchell began to move towards large scale murals.

After having painted his way around five continents, Mitchell now lives in New York’s Brooklyn area, creating photo-realistic portrait murals of the places and people around him.

Discover more about him on his website | or follow him on Instagram: @damien_mitchell

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A Hint in Sinton Art

 

Textile pieces featured above:

  • White, Black and Red Containers (Mixed paper, abaca, bamboo skewer, black paint 6.5″ x 7.5″);
  • Square Collage Container (Asian paper, printed paper, gloss medium 5″ x 4.5″)
  • Sheep Collage (Fleece, woven fragments 30″ high x 38″ wide)
  • Plaited Basket (Ash splints, printed paper 8″ x 6″)
  • Red Orb (Jute, yarn and rayon. Shag exterior wrapped interior 6″ x4.5″

These were all created by fiber artist and textile sculptor, Carol Walter Sinton  (1917-2002). Carol Walter was born in 1917 in San Francisco, California, in the USA.  After graduating from the Katherine Delmar Burke School in 1935 and Chevy Chase Junior College, Maryland in 1937; she began the study of weaving and design at Marina Adult School, in San Francisco, after her marriage to Henry Sinton in 1938.

In 1950, Sinton co-founded the Yarn Depot Cooperative; and the Weavers Study Group which ran for 10 years, until 1960. During her artistic career, Sinton joined many groups such as the Contemporary Handweavers of California, and the Friends of Fiber Art International.  From 1974-1978 she was a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Craft Council and became Honorary Trustee in 1986.

  • Sinton became Board Chairman of the Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts in Berkeley, California from 1979-1988 and later Board Chairman of the California Crafts Museum, at Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco from 1983-1992.

Sinton had a long and distinguished career exhibiting her art over a 40 year period from 1953 to 1994 including exhibits at the Richmond Art Center, Designer Craftsmen in 1963, 1974 and 1981; Basketry Shapes and Embellishments for the 1978 Exhibition at the Palo Alto Cultural Center and a Survey: An Invitational Exhibit of California Artist-Craftsmen in 1969 at the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego – to name but a few.

Sinton’s work has also featured among the collections of over 11 galleries throughout the US; including the Crocker Art Gallery,  Sacramento; Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee; Iowa State University, Meyer, Breier, Weiss, in San Francisco and the California Crafts Museum.

  • Further details are available in the publication written by her daughter; Carol Sinton Fiber Artist: Unravelling a Mystery by Patricia Sinton Adler, Writers’ Block, Berkeley California.

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Check out the works of the great Adnate

 

Matt Last aka “Adnate” (born 1984) is an artist, street artist and muralist from Melbourne who now mostly paints photo-realistic street art and murals using freehand spray paint and/or acrylics. Adnate started his career in 2001 as a young teenager ‘tagging’ and painting letters, progressing in 2011 to his current large-scale realistic street art portraiture style, to which he is now world-famous. Adnate’s style is based on the Italian Renaissance painting technique chiaroscuro often used by artists such as Caravaggio.

  • In 2012, Adnate became a member of the much revered and prolific graffiti and street art AWOL Crew with fellow artists Deams, Itch, Lucy Lucy, and Slicer.
  • Many works were collaborations with various Crew members and their works were scattered around Melbourne.
  • Examples can be found around Melbourne’s CBD (Hosier Lane, Tattersalls Lane), and its inner city and northern suburbs (Fitzroy, Collingwood, Brunswick and Preston) as well as at overseas destinations such as Singapore, London and New York.

Adnate slowly increased his solo work and became sort out for commissions from companies, brands and individuals.  One of his most high-profile commissions is still visible, high above Hosier Lane and was commissioned by the City of Melbourne as part of its $20,000 Hosier inc Project Paint Up! 

  • It is a 23 metre portrait on the rear wall of the McDonald House building depicting an Indigenous First Nations boy overlooking Melbourne’s most prominent Indigenous site, Birrarung Marr.

In September 2013, Adnate visited Indigenous Australian First Nation’s remote communities in Arnhem Land and in the Kimberly in the Norther Territory as their guest. He spent his time photographing them which now feature in the portraits he paints. When viewing these, it is clear that Adnate’s time spent in the Territory had a deep and long lasting effect on him. Aiming to raise awareness of indigenous issues, Adnate worked with a cultural advisor, to ensure there were no sensitivities underpinning his artwork depictions.

Adnate strongly believes in giving back to the communities to which his subjects belong and his monumental works portraying Indigenous children have captivated viewers around the world.

  • Discover more about Adnate at his website or follow him on Instagram @adnate

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The ‘Toussaint Taste’ of ‘La Panthère’

These fabulous jewels are items from the world-famous House of Cartier range of jewellery. This Parisian icon was founded by Louis-François Cartier in 1847 when he acquired the workshop from his master, the great Adolphe Picard. Cartier’s son Alfred inherited the company in 1874, but it was Alfred’s sons Louis, Pierre and Jacques Cartier who established the brand name worldwide. Louis ran the Paris branch, moving to the Rue de la Paix in 1899.

  • Louis Cartier was responsible for some of the company’s most celebrated exotic Orientalist Art Deco designs, including the colourful “Tutti Frutti” jewels.
  • Many of these ‘gems’ were created by French jeweller Jeanne Toussaint (1887-1976) who became the first female creative director of luxury jewellery at Cartier in 1933.
  • A position Toussaint held until her retirement in 1970.

Toussaint was originally hired by Cartier in 1913 as director of bags, accessories and objects. With her interests in Art Deco, sculpture and India, Toussaint created a revival of an enriched “Tutti Frutti-style” of jewellery incorporating multi-coloured designs, featuring emeralds, rubies and sapphires with diamond accents around the carved stones. Inspired by the colour of the gems and the gold, she also urged the designers at Cartier to return to yellow gold after a predominance of platinum settings which had lasted over 30 years.

Toussaint was responsible for introducing the enduring Panthère collection. ‘Le Panthère’ appears to be a nickname given to her by Louis Cartier due to her magnetic charm, rebellious spirit, feline allure and sharp mind. There were rumours that Louis Cartier and Toussaint had a secret and passionate relationship together despite his marriage in 1924 to a Hungarian aristocrat. By 1933 Louis had retracted from the company’s creative side  and spent time with his wife in Budapest to avoid the gossip about Toussaint and himself. By 1954, Toussaint married her long-time partner Baron Pierre Hely d’Oissel.

  • Toussaint was a major influence within Cartier.  People have been known to refer to Toussaint’s designs as the ‘Toussaint taste‘ in relation to her jewellery style.

The Duchess of Windsor, the former American socialite, Wallis Simpson was most fond of Cartier jewellery and during her lifetime collected many pieces during the Toussaint years.

  • One such piece depicted above is Cartier’s Sapphire and diamond ‘Le Panthere‘ clip (1949); and
  • Ruby, sapphire, emerald citrine and diamond clip designed as a Flamingo (1948).

Both of these items were sent to auction at Sotheby’s in Geneva, 1986, as part of the the Estate of the Duchess of Windsor. The Duchess’ collection of jewellery was sold in aid of the Institut Pasteur in Paris. The proceeds from the sale which totalled SF74 million (US$50 million) was donated to the construction and maintenance of laboratories for research into retroviruses, cancer and AIDS.

Although not part of this collection or auction, I have included a more recent example of Cartier jewellery.

  • Cartier’s Opal Austral bracelet with its perfectly smooth 57.95 carat Australian opal which was on display at the Biennale des Antiquaires, held under the domed glass roof of the Grand Palais in Paris. 

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If Deb’s Art Was on Air, It Would Be Debonair

Melbourne born street artist Deb (born 21 January, 1979) is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Deb is currently living in San Francisco in the United States (US). She is well-known for her signature sultry and curvy females, inspired by the 1940s and 1950s pin-up posters and retro fashion. There are many examples of her fine art murals to be found across Australia and overseas.

The left-handed artist has loved painting and drawing ever since she was a young child and has been using spray can paints for nearly forty years. She also uses a variety of different materials across a multitude of surfaces; from aerosols on the street and selected interiors, to acrylics, oils & gauche on wood or canvas; along with digital design, illustration and sculpture.

  • Over the years, Deb has collaborated with some of the most well-respected international painters and street-based artists.
  • In 2012 she created a unique fundraiser towards prostate cancer research and support by raising thousands of dollars for the Cancer Council of Victoria.
  • Amongst some of her commissions and projects are Mambo, Myer Australia, Foxtel, Oxfam, Wheels and Dollbaby and Strike Bowling.
  • Deb has also launched her first artist series, red wine collaboration in the wine-making region Barossa Valley with David Franz Wines.

Deb has now relocated to San Francisco, after being granted her 01 American Artist Visa, but will continue to travel back and forth to her home country of Australia.

Further information is available at her Facebook page; Insta @Deb or from the website Day of the Deb.

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Going to the Postie

Going to the ‘Postie’ (sub-branch Post Office) is something that still occurs in many rural and local communities. You can pick up your bills (from your Post Office box), pay your bills, apply for an international passport, buy a few related sundries and even get the occasional bar of chocolate, or a roll of peppermints.

From the above scenario, it looks like the proverbial ‘chicken or the egg’ in working out whether the artwork is imitating life, or life, imitating art. In this case, ‘life’ has imitated ‘art’.

  • In both scenarios at the entrance of the Harcourt Post Office, we see two individuals preparing to enter through its front door. The artwork shows a woman, but my real-life photo shows a man. The other watercolour painting is ‘Pedalling‘. Both artworks are painted by Carolyn Marrone.

Bendigo born and raised artist Carolyn Marrone, has contributed both of these works at the annual Harcourt Applefest Art Exhibition. As a regular exhibitor she has shown ‘PO Harcourt’ at the 21st Applefest Art Show (2015); and ‘Pedalling‘ at the 23rd Show (2017).

Marrone is a watercolur and ink artist, who still lives in Bendigo, Central Victoria. With a lifetime love for art and drawing, she has over forty years of art experience, having learned from local artists including Pam Grist, Ross Paterson and Malcolm Webster.

Marrone focuses on capturing everyday events in her works and is mostly known for her art works based on her travels through Italy over the past 18 years, with her Italian husband, Mario. Marrone describes herself  “I am a devotee of the Italian lifestyle. People strolling  for the evening “passeggiata”, playing cards at the bar, sitting with friends in the piazza, or just having a natter with the neighbours from the doorstep or balcony.”

Marrone has exhibited and won many art awards at various art shows including exhibitions at Albert Park College, Moonee Valley, Flemington, Mornington,
Portland, Twin Rivers, Victor Harbour, Clare Valley; and internationally in Italy, Germany and the United States. Marrone is also an illustrator for St. Luke’s Innovative Resources in Bendigo.

  • Discover more about Carolyn Marrone at her website.

Regardless of whether life is imitating art, or art imitating life, is the man on the bicycle the same as in the photo?

Only life or art will tell.

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All Across the Nation | Such a Strange Vibration

Mimby Jones Robinson (born 1982) is an Australian artist and creator who specialises in large scale colourful Godddess murals and street art work.

Mimby’s world is full of colour and it began in 1996, at the age of 14, when she picked up her first can of spray paint alongside her older sister and friends. In more recent times, Mimby has lived in the United Kingdom and in the Australian major cities of Melbourne and Adelaide.

  • Mimby has been exhibiting her paintings and street art murals for over 10 years throughout the UK and Australia. Her ‘Goddess’ paintings were exhibited at London’s N90 Gallery in March, 2017 for the second time.
  • Mimby’s street art is often created in Melbourne’s Hosier Lane, the streets of Adelaide and Elizabeth in South Australia, Sydney, New Zealand, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and London. She has also collaborated with many international street artists including works commissioned for Adelaide’s Fringe Street Art Explosion.

Her work has been featured in Vexxed Art and Culture Magazine, French Arts and Culture Magazine Aesthetica, Melbourne blog Thirty Summers; and an interview on the Totally Wild TV Show.

  • It’s easy to recognise Mimby at work, as she adorns herself in rainbow attire and is never seen without sparkles on her face, glitter in her hair and a colourful flower headdress on her head.

Discover more about Mimby Robinson Jones at her Facebook page;
or for art commission inquiries email: art_mimby@yahoo.com.au or you can purchase Limited Edition Prints from Mimby’s Etsy Store.

My recommendation:

“If You’re Going to Paint Some Street Art,
Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair.
If You’re Going to Paint Some Street Art,
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there.”
[with apologies to Scott McKenzie.]

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The Raft of the Medusa and Two Naked Men

[Images: Nude Warrior with a Spear, Man Naked to the Waist, and The Raft of the Medusa]

French artist and lithographer Jean-Louis Andre Theodore Géricault (26 September 1791 – 26 January 1824) was born in Rouen, France. Géricault was one of the early pioneers of the Romantic Movement in art; and is best known for his work The Raft of the Medusa (1818-19, Louvre, Paris).

  • During his career, Géricault often painted military themes in his early paintings, however in The Raft of the Medusa, he depicted the aftermath of a contemporary French shipwreck, (The Meduse) where the ship’s captain had left his crew and passengers to die.
  • The Medusa was a French naval frigate that boasted 40 guns and fought in the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century. Remarkably, the ship survived these maritime battles only to crash on a sandbank in 1816 with over 150 soldiers on board, during an attempt to colonize Senegal.
  • This work became a national scandal, stemmed from its indictment of a corrupt establishment, and the dramatization on a more eternal theme; “man’s struggle with nature”.
  • Interestingly, one of the models who posed as one of the dying figures, was ‘artist-in-the-making’, a young Eugène Delacroix.

Amid the last days of his life, Géricault needed to have a tumour on his lower spine removed which was the consequence of three horse riding accidents that happened in the spring of 1822. Always intrigued by anatomy and ‘the body’ Géricault rejected the offer of surgical anaesthesia, so that he could see; with the guide of a mirror; the components of his body as the surgeon operated.  Needless to say, it was not long after this procedure that Géricault, weakened with illness, died on 26 January 1824.

  • His companion and admirer Ary Scheffer recorded the scene in his artistic creation The Demise of Gericault in 1824.

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TWOONE is a Hungry Animal

Contemporary artist Hiroyasu Tsuri (also known as TWOONE the Street Artist) was born on 26 February 1985 in Yokohama, Japan. His work consists of painting, sculpture, installation, performance art and sound; and in his street art he is known for his large scale mural works all around the world.

  • In 2007, at age of 18, Tsuri moved to Melbourne, Australia, where he lived, played and started painting a lot on the streets; and began exhibiting his works in galleries and museums.
  • He illustrates his pictures from his dreams and his characters often have both animal and human characteristics. They often focus on tribal, symbolic, animal spirits and characters, as shown in the  images featured here.
  • Whilst in Australia TWOONE collaborated with other street artists such as Shida, Nails, Ghostpatrol and many others.
  • His artworks have been acquired by The National Gallery of Victoria and by the City of Yarra, Australia as part of their permanent collections.

Since 2014, Tsuri has been living in Berlin, Germany where he continues to experiment with materials and media and push his art to new levels.

His many collections, murals, commissions and exhibitions (including solos) feature in exotic and world-wide locations such as:

  • Australasia: New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Napier New Zealand.
  • Asia: Nagoya, Japan; George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Goa, India; Kolkata, India; Tokyo, Japan; and Hong Kong.
  • Europe: Berlin, Germany; Cran Montana, Switzerland; Lieusaint, Paris, Lille, Vernuil Sur Seine, France; Madrid, Spain; Leeuwarden, Netherlands and Osimo, Italy.
  • Africa: Djerba, Tunisia.
  • The Americas:  Miami and Chicago, US; and Toronto, Canada.

Discover more at Hiroyasu Tsuri’s website or follow on Instagram

In Hiroyasu Tsuri ‘s own words – TWOONE is a Hungry Animal
And we are hungry for more

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When Art Imitates Street Art

  • One of street artist Rone’s “Jane Doe’s” pastes is featured in this work ‘Under the Arts Centre‘ by Melbourne -based artist Eolo Paul Bottoro!

Eolo Paul Bottaro’s artistic career spans over 20 years of creative practice. Bottaro operates within the genre of contemporary realism. Yet despite the finely executed and detailed naturalism that defines his style, his work resides outside of a popular photo-realist genre. His fascination with the formal elements of printmaking, painting and craftsmanship, are coupled with an exuberant imagination often found in his work.

Bottaro has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts and an extensive resume. He has been a finalist at the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Award, the Rick Amor Print Award (both in 2015), a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2013) a finalist in the the Banyule Works on Paper Prize (2013) Fleurieu Art Prize (2013) the Geelong Acquisitive Print Award (2013, Acquired) Muswellbrook Art Prize finalist (2013) the AME Bale Art Prize (2012) Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the National Works of Paper Prize at the Mornington Regional Gallery (2012) Winner of the Nillumbik Art Prize 2012, a finalist in the Prometheus Art Prize (2011) a finalist in the Rick Amor Small Drawing Prize (2010) and a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2008, among many others.

  • His work is held in public and private collections including the National Museum, Canberra; the Geelong Art Gallery, the City of Darebin Art Collection; the Victorian College of the Arts Collection and various private collections nationally.

From ‘Under the Arts Centre‘ to works on the walls, Bottaro’s art adorns treasured halls.

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Rone’s Grown | From Jane Doe’s to Top Studios

Street artist Rone (real name Tyrone Wright) (born 1980), is an internationally renowned artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Rone grew up in the Geelong suburb of Curlewis on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. A keen skateboarder, he did a two year TAFE course before moving to Melbourne in 2001 to study at RMIT University. Rone lasted 12 months before the now defunct skate wear company November offered him his dream job after spotting his stencils pasted around skateboard parks.

Rone became a member of the Everfresh Studios in Collingwood as a graphic designer working alongside fellow fledgling street artists such as Ha Ha, Phibs and Psalm. His compositions are mostly women, now collectively known as his “Jane Doe’s” who he has been painting since 2004. After initially using posters, stencils and spray paint around the neighbourhoods of Collingwood and Fitzroy; Rone now uses brushes and rollers to complete his often vast in size murals spread to the streets and inner-city lane-ways of Melbourne and beyond.

  • These days he is a well-known internationally recognized street artist and inveterate traveller and his distinctive female muses have followed him around the world, and can be found peering out from beneath overpasses and emblazoned on walls everywhere from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, to Santo Domingo, Mexico, Christchurch and Port Vila.

As a gallery artist, Rone has exhibited at Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood. His work has been acquisitioned by the National Gallery of Australia, commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to work with Jean Paul Gaultier and shown by galleries including Stolen Space and in London, White Walls in San Francisco, Urban Nation in Berlin, and the Opera Gallery in New York. He is also an ambassador for Japanese brand Uniqlo.

  • Discover more at his website or follow him on Instagram @r-o-n-e

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Franz Marc | Degenerate Artist

All eight images above were painted over a three year period and form a part of a menagerie of animal artworks from cows, cats, horses, a fox, a little blue horse, a monkey, a dog lying in the snow and a set of stables. All of these works were painted in bright primary colours under the artist’s influence of fellow modern artists involved in cubism and futurism. The colour blue was used to portray masculinity and spirituality; yellow represented feminine joy; and red encased the sound of violence.

The artist – Munich-born painter and print-maker Franz Marc (February 8, 1880 – March 4, 1916) one of the key figures of the German Expressionist art movement.

  • In 1911, Marc was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a journal whose name later became synonymous with the circle of artists including August Macke, Wassily Kandinsky and others who had split from the New Artist’s Association movement (Neue Künstlervereinigung).
  • This movement held exhibitions throughout Germany in major cities such as Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Hagen and Frankfurt.
  • The following year Marc met Robert Delaunay whose use of colour and futurist method was a major influence on Marc’s work.

During the ‘Great War’ Marc enlisted in the German Army first as a cavalryman and later as a war artist using military camouflage to paint canvas covers to hide artillery from aerial observation. His career was cut short when he was struck in the head and killed instantly at the age of 36, by a shell splinter during the Battle of Verdun on 4th March, 1916.

  • Years later, the National Socialists took power and suppressed modernist art; in 1936 and 1937, the Nazis condemned the late Marc as an Entarteter Künstler (degenerate artist) and ordered approximately 130 of his works be removed from exhibition in German museums.

Thankfully those years are over and art lovers can once again appreciate the art of the great Franz Marc.

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Three Cheers for EARS | For ‘EARS a Jolly Good Fellow

Sydney-based artist Daniel O’Toole aka street artist EARS is known for his fragmented and fractured faces presented in an almost Cubist art form. Many of his works can be seen in Sydney or Melbourne, often recognisable by the thin-lined, patterned textural faces and expressions interwoven across O’Toole’s oeuvre in painting, sound, photography and film.

Born in 1984 and growing up in the outer suburbs of Sydney, O’Toole was brought up playing classical violin; and from an early age showed great aptitude in drawing. Coming from a creative family surrounded by music and painting this provided the right environment for him to develop into an established artist.

  • O’Toole studied Audio Engineering at SAE in 2004, later attending the National Art School in 2007.
  • The following year marked the birth of Sydney’s Newtown based gallery ‘Oh Really’ of which O’Toole was a founding director at the age of 24; and was involved in the running of; for nearly three years.
  • O’Toole later established ‘Soldiers Rd’, an inner city gallery located in a loft apartment overlooking Central Station at Sydney’s infamous Hibernian house; and after 12 months at Soldiers Rd, he returned to full-time art and closed the gallery doors.
  • In recent years, O’Toole’s projects have taken him around the world – from the Gobi desert making Super 8 films, to an artist residency in Berlin and Japan, to shooting a film clip at Shibuya‘s famous scramble crossing.

Daniel O’Toole / EARS continues to explore the correlation between painting and video, while pursuing a studio practice at ‘Higher Ground Studio’ located in Sydney’s inner west. For further information go to his website.

For ‘EARS a Jolly Good Fellow | And So Say All of Us

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1901 | Campbell Art Studio, Fifth Avenue NYC

It was during 1901 that a photographer and art manager of the Campbell Art Studio on Fifth Avenue, New York City took a series of photographs of a stunning artist’s model. The result of this eponymous collection is arguably his best-known portrait work.

  • He was American pictorialist photographer Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr. (August 7, 1862 – April 25, 1932) and one of the first Americans to be admitted to the Linked Ring (a British photographic society created to propose and defend that photography was just as much an art as it was a science).

During his career, Eickemeyer’s photographs won dozens of medals at exhibitions including 11 medals at the Yonkers Photo Club’s Lantern Slide Exhibition in October 1890, and over the subsequent decade, he collected over a hundred medals at exhibitions and salons around the world; and he was awarded the gold medal for photography at the St. Louis World’s Fair (1904). (Eickemeyer’s best-known photographs are now part of the collections of the Smithsonian Institution).

  • She was Evelyn Nesbit (December 25, 1884 or 1885 – January 17, 1967) one of the most in-demand artists’ models in New York who was frequently featured in photographs in mass circulation newspapers and magazine advertisements from Vanity Fair to Harper’s Bazaar; and appeared on souvenir items such as beer trays, tobacco cards, pocket mirrors, postcards becoming a celebrity in her own right.

Nesbit lead a colourful life. Her post-modelling career included a stint as a chorus girl through to actress, dancer and singer. Nesbit attracted attention from a variety of wealthy men including multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw who after a year of marriage, killed wealthy architect Stanford White, an admirer of hers. White was shot dead at the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden in June, 1906. The Press referred to Thaw’s resulting trial as the ‘Trial of the Century‘ – the first time this was ever coined.

I’m sure we have had many a ‘Trial of the Century‘ since then.

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