Category Archives: Gallery Art

Mike Kelley Was No Nelly

American artist Mike Kelley (October 27, 1954 – January 31, 2012) was born in Wayne, Michigan, (a suburb of Detroit). Kelley worked in performance, music, sculpture and installation art, mining the American vernacular culture to develop what has been described … Continue reading

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Some Tender Fender Stories

[Fender Stratocaster electric guitar designed 1954 made 1957 wood metal and plastic MoMA | Leo Fender (American 1909-1991), George Fullerton (American 1923-2009) and Freddie Tavares (American 1913-199)]. The Stratocaster (“Strat”) electric guitar was designed by Leo Fender, a self-taught electrician, … Continue reading

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John Baldessari | What is Painting?

What is Painting [Synthetic polymer paint on canvas (1966-1968) MoMA] Do you sense how all the parts of a good picture are involved with each other, not just placed side by side? Art is a creation for the eye and … Continue reading

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You Can Check Out Any Time You Like | But You Can Never Leave

Huseyin Bahri Alptekin |  H-fact: Hospitality/Hostility series (2003-2007). [A series of light box art simulating hotel signs from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) collection]. According to Wikipedia, Turkish artist Huseyin Bahri Alptekin (1957-2007) studied aesthetics, philosophy of art, and … Continue reading

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Pellucidar and The Dirty Dozen

This piece by Pie Bolton entitled Pellucidar (2018) was part of The Dirty Dozen exhibition which ran from 18 July – 23 August 2018 at the subterranean Campbell Arcade in Melbourne based on one of Edgar Rice Burrough’s science fiction … Continue reading

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The Mistresses of Fontainebleau

School of Fontainebleau | Diana the Huntress (oil on canvas, ca 1550, Louvre) and The Duchess of Villars and Gabrielle D’Estree (oil on canvas ca 1594, Louvre). The School of Fontainbleau (or École de Fontainebleau) occurred from ca. 1530 to … Continue reading

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These Are No Fakes | These Are Real Thake’s

  Eric Thake, (1904-1982), Australian print-maker, painter and photographer trained at the National Gallery School and the George Bell School. During his earlier career, he showed with the Contemporary Group in Melbourne between 1932 and 1938 before serving as an … Continue reading

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A Great Combi-Nation of VW Art

This post introduces a new art page category –  VW ‘Kombi’ Art. I base this on my love of the Kombi/Combi VW van.  In fact we are a family of devotees of the Kombi and many friends and family members … Continue reading

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Three Slithers of Walter Withers

[Images: Allegory to Spring (Portrait of Gladys Manifold) oil on canvas (1902); The Drover (1912) Bendigo Art Gallery] Walter Herbert Withers was an Australian landscape artist and a member of the Heidelberg School of Australian Impressionists (The Heidelberg School) along … Continue reading

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I’m Spinning Around | The Famous Hill’s Hoists

The Australian invention Hill’s Hoists outdoors clothes line transformed backyards across Australia in years after World War Two (WW2) due to a couple of wayward fruit trees behind a house in an Adelaide suburb. Lance Hill of Glenunga returned home … Continue reading

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A Topological Measure of Escher

[Images: Dream (early woodcut, 1935), Stars (polyhedron wood engraving, 1948), Vlinders aka Butterflies, (wood engraving, 1950), Circle Limit III (woodcut, 1959)]. Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher aka “ Mauk” was born June 17, 1898, in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. … Continue reading

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This Nude Life of Janet Cumbrae-Stewart

[Images: Early in the Morning (1924 pastel on paper mounted on board NGA Canberra) Portrait of a Girl with Flowers (1922 pastel 74 cm x 53 cm) Janet Agnes Cumbrae-Stewart was born on 23 December, 1883 in the Melbourne Bayside … Continue reading

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A Backview of Caspar Friedrich’s Art

[Image One: Sunset – The Brothers (1835) The Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Image Two: The Wanderer Above the Sea of Clouds (1831) Hamburg Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany.] Caspar David Friedrich studied drawing in Greifswold before going to the Copenhagen Academy between 1794-1798. … Continue reading

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When Art Begins to Imitate Art

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was a famous Dutch Baroque period artist who died at a veritable young age of 43 years; but managed to produce 34 quality paintings during his short career. Vermeer was known to paint slowly, touching and polishing … Continue reading

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The Glorio of Loureiro | In the Springtime of His New Moon

[Images: The Spirit of the New Moon (1888), The Spirit of the Southern Cross (1888) and Spring (1891) by Artur Loureiro.] Portuguese painter, Artur José de Sousa Loureiro was born on 11 February 1853, in Porto, Portugal. Lourerio attended the … Continue reading

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