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Jimbo the Clown
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Every week (beginning Monday, because I said so) everyone will come here and share... something. This week, share your favorite artist. (not music artist, just... artist.) First poster gets to choose what we share next week.
Jennifer Miller- creator of fine gryphon art, as well as all sorts of other things. You can find her works at deviantart... here's a link to get you started ( http://www.deviantart.com/view/19188225/ ) Click on ~Nambroth~ to access her main menu.

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Celaeno
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I've always been very attached to Jules Tavernier and his Sunrise Over Diamond Head, but I couldn't say why.

I guess that's one of the good things about art.

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Jimbo the Clown
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A link for Tavernier- http://www.avalon-download-art.com/images/DOM_images/ABB06_SunriseDiamond/ABB06_L_SunriseDiamond.jpg

Wow. That is just... wow. You've got good taste, Celaeno.

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Thanks, Jimbo.

And a question of clarification: I'm considered the first poster, right? So I get to choose next week's?

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Yup. Any idea what you're going to choose?
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It's no fun if I tell. You'll have to wait and see.
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*grin*
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I'm gonna go with a toss up between...

H.R. Giger @ www.giger.com

and

Mark Ryden @ www.markryden.com

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Jacek Yerka. Gorgeous surrealist paintings.
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KarlEd
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I find naming a favorite too definitive. So instead, if I may, I'll name one of my favorites. Josh Simpson is a pretty incredible glass artist. I own a couple of his small glass "worlds". I really want to own one of his "tektites" someday.
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Scott R
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One of my favorite artists is James Christensen:

Portrait with Red Berries

The Widows Mite

Michael the Archangel Battles the Dragon While Almost Nobody Pays Any Attention

The Listener

James Christensen Web Page

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Noemon
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Jimbo, what a great idea for a thread!

For me it's probably a tie beteen Hagesandros, Athanodoros and Polydoros of Rhodes, who were responsible for the Laoco÷n, and for some of the sculpture in Tiberius' Grotto in Sperlonga.

I'm a huge sucker for Hellenistic baroque sculpture. Check out the image linked to in the word "of" just above. The artists are depicting, in sculptural form, Odysseus stealing a statue of Athena. The problem with doing this is that you run the risk of having it look as though it's just a person holding up a smaller person. In order to avoid this they used elements of the archaic style, with its static, stylized forms and lines, on the statue of Athena, and depicted Odysseus in a hyper-realistic style. The contrast between Odysseus's hand and forearm and the statue is absolutely breath-taking, I've always thought. Your milage may vary though--I'm never actually met anyone else who was particularly impressed by this.

[Edit--I forgot to say who it was a tie between. It's either the artists I just went on about or Rodin. I find his stuff mesmerizing. My favorite of his works is the Danaid.]

[ April 17, 2006, 11:49 AM: Message edited by: Noemon ]

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I'm pretty impressed. That's an interesting artistic problem, and a very clever solution.

I actually clicked the link before reading your explanation and I thought the hand looked much more realistic than the "statue", which I thought at first was a child. Now that I know the explanation it makes much more sense.

However, since we've never "actually met", your last sentence is still true. [Razz]

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Noemon
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quote:
However, since we've never "actually met"...
We need to remedy that at some point.
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Well, if you make it to Jenny Gardener's May Revel . . .
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Noemon
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You're going to be there? That's fantastic--it's looking more and more like I'll be able to make it to it.
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quote:
(not music artist, just... artist.)
Does this mean that they don't have to be musical artists, or that they cannot be musical artists?
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Jimbo the Clown
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No musical artists. This week. Future weeks may have us talking about bands and what not.

Oh, and thank you, Noemon.

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I'm still confused. Is it only musical artists that are excluded? Or is it everything except painters and sculpters?
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Painters, sculpters... Physical artists. Artists whose works please the eye. As opposed to music artists, who please the ear. Get it now, Porteiro?
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Yes. Artists who create a physical artifact intended to please the eye. Dancers and filmmakers are right out.

[ April 17, 2006, 01:12 PM: Message edited by: mr_porteiro_head ]

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Noemon
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I'd say that dancers would be allowed, since their artwork is perceived visually.
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Now I don't know if I get it. <_<
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Jimbo the Clown
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*scratches head* Let's do dancers another week.
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All of y'all are so well-versed in art! I only know the 'big names' that I have picked up in my Humanities course.

If I had to pick one artist, it would be Kandinsky (whose name I probably mispelled). I love how he tried to link art, music, line, and color.

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I think the term we're looking for would here is 'plastic artist' - dancers would be performing artists, and I think filmmakers are classified as such also.

My favorite artist who's working currently is Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. She does a lot of fantasy and folklore-based work, like this, this, and this. She's also working on a set of absolutely gorgeous tarot cards that I can't wait for her to finish. I wander through her site every few weeks, and I always feel inspired to do something creative afterwards.

My favorite dead artist is probably good ol' Salvador Dali, and I also quite enjoy John Martin's paintings.

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Oh, and I'm very amused by this set of paintings I saw at the Louvre - they're portraits of people sort of personifying the four seasons, and their faces are made of pieces of nature, i.e. "Autumn" is made of various squashes and apples and the like. I can't remember the artist or the title, and my Google skillz are failing me. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Edit: Never mind, I found him! Giuseppe Arcimboldi

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My favourite artist in that category would have to be Diego Rivera.
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Bathsheba Grossman is amazing. Absolutley amazing. Math-based art is sooo cool. [Big Grin] Bathsheba Grossman's homepage
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My favorite artist is Jackson Pollock. But since lithographs and other reproductions don't really do his work justice, it's not very practical to call him my favorite. I've only seen one original.

From a practical standpoint, my next favorite is Rodo Boulanger. My mom gave me two lithographs, and I have three knockoffs in her style that I love.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wonder Dog:
Bathsheba Grossman is amazing. Absolutley amazing. Math-based art is sooo cool. [Big Grin] Bathsheba Grossman's homepage

Those are incredibly cool!
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Carrie
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Favourite sculpture ever.

Second place.

Not exactly new stuff, but hey - the category's my favourites. And there you are. [Smile]

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Oh, and third place.

Guess what I'm going to do for a living? [Wink]

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I lied. Those last two posts? Forget about them. My true favouritest sculpture ever is this guy.

How could I forget?!?

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It's cliche, perhaps, but I'm just an absolute whore for DaVinci's drawings.

Disciple
Skull
Face of a woman.

My whoredom wouldn't be complete if I didn't mention comic book artists.

Frank Miller - Marv in the rain Sorry it's so small.

Jhonen Vasquez - Nny
Hiroaki Samura - Blade of the Immortal

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Monet is by far my favorite artist. I could sit for hours looking at his paintings. I don't know why, they just grab me. And I have been exposed to a lot of art. My mother loves art and loves to paint, and I've been to quite a few rather large museums (Louvre, etc). And yet regardless of how much art I see, I still prefer Monet.
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I thought of more...

Song Dynasty landscape - Travelers amid Mountains and Streams
Sesshu Toyo - Hatsuboku Landscape

By the way Nell, I REALLY liked that first John Martin painting. In fact, it's my desktop now.

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Noemon
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Carrie, I share your appreciation for the Laoco÷n, and I appreciate the Diskobolos (although not to the degree that you do--I'm a sucker for Hellenistic Baroque), but what is it about The Charioteer that does it for you? I know it's a renowned piece, but somehow it's never appealed to me.
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Constantin Brancusi's The Muse.
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That is a cool one, CT. How big is it?
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It's small -- 7" x 12", I think. He worked in bronze and marble, so there are some similar pieces in bronze (and some upright, etc.).

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Edited to add: Reminds me of netsuke. I like small, closed forms of sculpture as well as the larger, powerful pieces like those you linked, Noemon. I can't afford the large ones, though. *grin

One of my birthday presents to David was a small carved wooden horse netsuke, very intense but very tight. The "wood horse" matched his birth year attributes (Chinese zodiac?).

[ April 18, 2006, 12:07 PM: Message edited by: ClaudiaTherese ]

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I suppose I might mention that I'm a huge fan of Benjamin West, if only because we share the same name.
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I think Brian Kershisnik is a genius. It was hard to limit what to show to just this list...

They're Just Doin This

Three Sleeping Musicians

Flight Practice with Instruction

Father Son Dancing

Dance Through Disaster

Dog With Chocolate

Black Dog Spoon Trick

The Rescue

Would You Just Walk

Man Fleeing Work

"Perhaps art is a rendŚa hole, a place where a seam in the body or spirit did not quite come together and as a result another pure authentic reality leaks out not necessarily in intentional ways." - Read all

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quote:
Originally posted by ClaudiaTherese:
It's small -- 7" x 12", I think. He worked in bronze and marble, so there are some similar pieces in bronze (and some upright, etc.).

Ah--I could have believed either tiny or huge with that one.

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Edited to add: Reminds me of netsuke. I like small, closed forms of sculpture as well as the larger, powerful pieces like those you linked, Noemon. I can't afford the large ones, though. *grin
[Smile] Yeah, the ones I linked to might be a bit pricy. And tough to fit into the shoebox along with all of the other worldly goods you'll be taking to Canada.

In terms of what your piece brought to mind, it made me think of stuff from the early Cycladic periods.

You know, it's kind of funny. I was looking at some examples of the type of sculpture I had linked to in my initial post in this thread, and thinking that it seemed like the sort of work that Beethoven would have produced, had he been a sculptor rather than a composer.

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quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
Carrie, I share your appreciation for the Laoco÷n, and I appreciate the Diskobolos (although not to the degree that you do--I'm a sucker for Hellenistic Baroque), but what is it about The Charioteer that does it for you? I know it's a renowned piece, but somehow it's never appealed to me.

It's primarily the fact that it still exists. I find that to be simply astonishing. I also am fond of the folds of the fabric. I know they're seen elsewhere (and often done better), but I find the simple style refreshing.

I can't really articulate it - it's just one of those "grab-you-by-the-shirt-collar" pieces for me. [Smile]

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Yeah, it is really amazing that it still exists, isn't it?

The fabric treatment on a sculpture that really does it for me is the Nike of Samothrace. I would love to be able to go back in time and look at that piece when it was still intact.

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I was googling around for a really good picture of the Nike of Samothrace, and found this. The text isn't English, but I was just looking for a good picture, so that's not an issue for me. You can zoom in on different parts of the image if you click the "V" button. Check out the way the artist depicts the wet fabric against her stomach. I would love to have that kind of skill.
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That is an awesome feature to have for looking at a statue. Go them!

I agree with the wet fabric, though I've always been more fond of the billowing robe behind/below her. That marble could look so lifelike - as if it were billowing in the wind - is amazing.

I would love you to have that kind of skill as well. [Smile]

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Yeah, the billowing is all kinds of cool, isn't it?

Check out the rest of the site. Some of the statues also have a 360 option that lets you circle the work (or spin it in place, depending on your perspective). Unfortunately it requires Quicktime, and iTunes refuses to function on my machine, so I can't look at those.

quote:
I would love you to have that kind of skill as well. [Smile]
[Smile]
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Sarah Rose my favorite artist.
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