Author Archives: maryannadair

I’m Your Venus | I’m Your Fire | At Your Desire

The work: Venus and Anchises. Venus (Greek: Aphrodite), was the Roman goddess of beauty and love and considered as either sprung from the foam of the sea, or the daughter of Jupiter and Dione. Her husband was Vulcan but she … Continue reading

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Rat art has spread the plague everywhere

French street artist Blek le Rat, (Xavier Prou) was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris in 1951. Blek was one of the first street artists in Paris, and the originator of stencil graffiti art. He began his artwork in 1981, painting stencils … Continue reading

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What’s green and pink and hangs on the wall?

[Above image: Entitled 3: We all have a dream of a place we belong. (2013) synthetic polymer paint, marble dust and gold leaf on canvas and wood. Yvonne Pettengell Bequest,  National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)]. Australian artist Tomislav Nikolic was … Continue reading

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Beth Among the Marigolds

  Australian artist Reginald Ward Sturgess was born on 18 June 1892, in the Melbourne suburb of Newport. Sturgess was the youngest child, and the only one born in Australia after the family migrated from Bath in England. Sturgess was … Continue reading

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Reko Rennie’s reverent Regalia

Interdisciplinary artist Reko Rennie is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi man, born in Melbourne, Australia in 1974 and grew up in Melbourne’s western suburb of Footscray. As a teenager growing up in the mid 1980s, Rennie discovered hip-hop and break dancing. It was … Continue reading

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Pan fine Art is Sure Fine Art

Chalk artists Pan fine Art is an artistic partnership between Wayne McMillan and Mark “Markos” Gage. They have been working together since 2006. Unlike most artists they do not survive on sales of work, but produce art on the street … Continue reading

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The Archer and the Shamisen Player | Waiting for the Rickshaw

Painter and etcher Mortimer Menpes was born in Port Adelaide, South Australia in 1855. Menpes studied art at the School of Design, Adelaide. He went to London at the age of 19 and became a pupil and close friend of … Continue reading

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Some of Reka’s Eureka Moments

Self-taught Australian born street artist, Reka (James Reka, born 1983) is a young contemporary  artist now based in Berlin, Germany. Reka’s street art origins began in the alleyways and train lines of Melbourne’s inner-suburbs where he spent over a decade … Continue reading

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The Lesson by Sant is Sure to Enchant

[James Sant (1820-1916) The Lesson oil on canvas 89 cm Royal Academy] British portrait painter and Royal Academy member James Sant (1820–1916) was born in Croydon, Surrey. His main tutors were John Varley and Augustus Wall Callcott. Sant was elected … Continue reading

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Hera + Akut = Herakut

  Herakut is a contemporary German street artist duo who began painting in 2004. Both members of Herakut live and work in Schmalkalden, Germany.”Hera“, is a painter and “Akut“, a graffiti artist, who together combine traditional techniques and spray painting … Continue reading

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Daum good pitcher | If I say so myself

[Pitcher from Daum Brothers – One of their masterpieces entirely wheel cast with applique and displays the harmony of softly blended colours seen through a curtain of mist]. Daum is a crystal studio based in Nancy, France. Daum was founded … Continue reading

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Everfresh | Everlasting | Evernew

Melbourne’s Everfresh graffiti and street art spray painting crew started back in 2001 in a studio in the city business district (CBD) called Blender Studios situated in Franklin Street. Since then they have become one of Australia’s best known street … Continue reading

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In Air, Fire, Earth and Water | World on the Scales

The Artwork: Album cover for King Crimson’s 1970 vinyl LP In the Wake of Poseidon features the artwork The 12 Archetypes or The 12 Faces of Humankind by Tammo de Jongh (1967). A description of the twelve faces for this … Continue reading

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A Dscreet Parliament of Owls

Dscreet the London-based street artist, is certainly that. I have not been able to find out who he is. Research indicates that originally from Australia, Dscreet (born 1979) is part of the dubl trubl Crew. Dscreet picked up his first … Continue reading

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Art In A Nutshell

Walnuts have a long history in art. Walnut husk pigments were used as a brown dye for fabric and applied in classical Rome and medieval Europe as hair dye. Walnut husks have been used to make a durable ink for … Continue reading

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