Kunst ist eine Lüge, die uns die Wahrheit erkennen läßt. 

Pablo Picasso

 

 

Kunst ist gelebte Freiheit im Geiste. Sie ist eine großartige Möglichkeit, spielerisch zum Denken anzuregen und die Gedanken des Künstlers Gestalt annehmen zu lassen. Sie kritisiert ohne erhobenen Zeigefinger, nur wer möchte kann die Botschaften dahinter erkennen, ansonsten ist es immer noch Kunst die schön anzuschauen ist.

 

Kunst ist, wenn sie gut ist, vielmehr als ausgelebte Kreativität.Sie zeigt neue Wege auf, übt Kritik an bestehenden Systemen, bricht Denkmuster auf und berührt die Sinne auf mehreren Ebenen.

Kunst war und ist immer auch ein Spiegel der Gesellschaft.

SAND FANTASY

Sand Dancer - Die Strand-Kunst von Peter Donnelly

Einblick in die Arbeiten von Künstler Peter Donelly, der riesige Gemälde in den Strand von Christchurch malt - bis das Meer sie kurz nach Vollendung wegspült.

Mark Ryden came to preeminence in the 1990’s during a time when many artists, critics and collectors were quietly championing a return to the art of painting. With his masterful technique and disquieting content, Ryden quickly became one of the leaders of this movement on the West Coast.

Upon first glance Ryden’s work seems to mirror the Surrealists’ fascination with the subconscious and collective memories. However, Ryden transcends the initial Surrealists’ strategies by consciously choosing subject matter loaded with cultural connotation. His dewy vixens, cuddly plush pets, alchemical symbols, religious emblems, primordial landscapes and slabs of meat challenge his audience not necessarily with their own oddity but with the introduction of their soothing cultural familiarity into unsettling circumstances.  

Viewers are initially drawn in by the comforting beauty of Ryden’s pop-culture references, then challenged by their circumstances, and finally transported to the artist’s final intent – a world where creatures speak from a place of childlike honesty about the state of mankind and our relationships with ourselves, each other and our past.

 

»Artist Statement - "Meat" - October 2001 I’ve been asked over and over why I paint meat? I suppose I have to admit one of the reasons I like to paint meat is because people do wonder about it so much.

There are actually many reasons. One of my primary thoughts was expressed simply by Virgil Crow when he wrote "Life is a great illusion." We are creatures of pure energy and "Meat" is the element that keeps us here. I think about how "Meat" was once part of a beautiful living creature that has then become an inanimate "substance" that we treat with little regard or awareness of what it once was. It was once alive.
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Patricia Piccinini: Hyperrealism

 

Piccinini has received worldwide attention for her works that explore themes of biotechnology and contemporary ideas about nature that take us to a “post-Darwinian destination populated with fantastical creatures, new communities and bioethical conundrums.”

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STEVEN KENNY

My paintings most often focus on the human figure paired with elements found in nature. These symbolic juxtapositions are intended to work on at least two levels.

The first alludes to the fact that we are an integral part of the natural world and subject to its laws. This seems like an obvious statement until we step back and objectively assess our symbiotic relationship with the Earth. Depending on how you see it, that relationship falls somewhere on the scale between harmonious and dysfunctional.

The second turns the lens around to look inward upon the stewardship of our own emotional, intellectual and psychological landscapes. The same pictorial subject matter allows me to make references to our individual journeys of self-exploration and discovery. Again, depending on who is holding the compass, we are either lost or on the right path.

At the very least, I desire to create images of beauty and mystery that allow the viewer to find their own personal significance in them.

Parkour is a global urban movement that has taken over the internet by storm. Incredibly acrobatic people from all over the world push their bodies to the limit, jumping up walls and off rooftops. Their goal is to move from one point to another as quickly and efficiently as possible. Through these fluid movements, this special group has created an art form. Although they are fearless and superhuman, they are also graceful and skilled.

 

 

Andrew Gonzalez

"I would come to view my drawings after this period as mystical love poems to the soul. I would often relate to the female figures of my artwork as dakini messengers or as an anima mediatrix to the dimensions within, the projected mirror of the soul. For me, drawing and painting became soul-crafting.
The imagery began to develop the quality of a revived Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic, or rather a contemporary sacred symbolism with a predominant emphasis on the eternal feminine. I began to master the airbrush which allowed me to create a sculptural photographic look with incredible subtlety. It also allowed me to refine values and design with an almost unconscious immediacy that balanced well with my controlled conscious intent. My approach to the creative process is always a fine balance between order and chaos."

Charmaine Olivia

Whether she's making us fall madly in love with the women in her gorgeous paintings or making us feel like we're teenagers again with her beautiful illustrations, Charmaine Olivia is one talented artist. The way she can easily go between mediums, showing us her wide range of styles, one could easily assume she was formally trained. In fact, San Francisco-based Charmaine is a self-taught artist who started out painting on wood and who soon found her calling after posting her work on a very familiar art website.

Kurt Wenner is an artist who originally worked for NASA as an advanced scientific space illustrator. He became very taken by the abilities of artists from the Renaissance, and he left NASA and moved to Rome to explore the works of the great masters.

He now works in a variety of forms, and even designs houses, but one art form he has become famous for is street painting. This tradition is supposed to have started in Italy in the 16th century, where artists would use chalk and pastel to create images on the ground. They were originally known as Madonnari, since many of their images were of the Madonna. Passers by would throw coins, which is how the artists would make their living.

Kurt Wenner has combined traditional street painting techniques together with his interest in classical art, to create an art form all his own. Many of the images use anamorphic techniques as well as trompe l'oeil, in order to create a world where fantasy and reality combine.

This image was created at Waterloo train station in London. The woman, although she appears to be lying on a very convincing sofa, is in reality just lying on the ground.

 

Visit the Kurt Wenner web site.

 

Paris-based Philippe Baudelocque takes chalk art to a whole new level. Drawing on a black background, his incredibly intricate animals look like constellations on a dark night. Each drawing is composed of cells, and each cell has its own pattern. With beautiful layers, these three-dimensional animals look like they're ready to jump off the city walls.

Born in Madrid, Spain, Manu Pombrol is a 35-year-old artist and photographer whose self-portraits are nothing short of extraordinary. Pombrol first started down a creative path when, at a very young age, he painted pictures or portraits in pastels. Then, as computers started making their way into the mainstream, he worked in graphic design. He bought his first camera only about three years ago and that's when everything changed.

In his words, "Everything started to make sense. I found out (a little bit late) that photography was the perfect tool to show what was in my mind. I was seduced by the insane idea of mixing reality and surrealism, trying to create my own art language."

MEDITATIVE STEINKUNST - VOLKER PAUL

"DIE BALANCE MIT DEN AUGEN UND DEM GEFÜHLE FINDEN"

Damián Ortega (* 1967 in Mexiko-Stadt) ist ein mexikanischer Künstler, der vor allem durch Installationen wie Cosmic Thing, bei dem er einen vollständigen VW Käfer demontierte und in Einzelteilen aufhing, sowie durch Fotografien und Filmarbeiten bekannt ist. Ortega lebt seit 2006 in Berlin und stellt seine Installationen international aus.