Sunday, August 28, 2011

Léon Spilliaert

Léon Spilliaert (28 July 1881 – 23 November 1946) was a Belgian symbolist painter and graphic artist.

From childhood he displayed an interest in art and drawing. A prolific doodler and autodidact, he was predominantly a self taught artist. Sickly and reclusive, he spent most of his youth sketching scenes of ordinary life and the Belgian countryside. When he was 21 he went to work in Brussels for Edmond Deman, a publisher of the works of symbolist writers, which Spilliaert was to illustrate.

Watercolor, gouache, pastel, and charcoal—often in combination—were the means by which he produced many of his best works, among which are a number of monochrome self-portraits executed in the early years of the twentieth century. A significant influence on Spilliaert was Odilon Redon, whose expressive use of black finds parallels in his own work. Frequently depicting a lone figure in a dreamlike space, Spilliaert's paintings convey a sense of melancholy and silence.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

New art work for Crayonsmith

The cover I did for the Crayonsmith side of a split 7'' with Elk released on Out On A Limb Records in November 2011. The single is called Heaven In An Aeroplane and its awesome!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Studio

After college myself and a few mates decided to get a studio together...we were lucky to find this place..its got great light and great views!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hedgehog in the fog

I was looking around on the internet and I came across Amy Sols blog...apart from her amazing work..she posted this lovely little animation......

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cat Power

Music to paint to.......

Cat Power is the alias of Chan Marshall, a Southern-bred singer/songwriter whose father, Charlie, was an itinerant pianist. After dropping out of high school, Marshall found herself in New York; performing under the name Cat Power, she was booked as the opening act for Liz Phair, where she met Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and Two Dollar Guitar's Tim Foljahn, who agreed to become her backing band. Following the release of 1995's Dear Sir and 1996's Myra Lee -- both recorded on the same day -- Cat Power signed to Matador for 1996's What Would the Community Think?, which won acclaim for Marshall's unsettling, emotional songs and cathartic vocals.

The superb Moon Pix followed two years later, and in the spring of 2000 Cat Power resurfaced with The Covers Record. Released in 2003, You Are Free featured a lusher, more polished sound as well as cameos by Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder; 2006's The Greatest was recorded in Memphis, TN, with legendary soul players including guitarist/songwriter Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, bassist Leroy "Flick" Hodges, and drummer Steve Potts. Another set of covers, Jukebox, was released two years later.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Grand Illusion....Colin Day

This is Colin Day’s video for Anthony Michael Sneed’s Grand Illusion at Shooting Gallery does a terrific job of showing Sneed’s moving sculpture in action. The sculpture responds to viewers walking by using motion sensors installed within the sixteen foot wooden body. Watch Sneed demonstrate the full movement of the piece and also see the rest of the Grand Illusion paintings in the video below, made with music produced by Sneed himself:

Grand Illusion - Anthony Sneed from Colin M Day on Vimeo.

Inspiration is a compelling force for Sneed, who pulls from a long list of influences for the pieces featured in Grand Illusion. By reexamining his own points of reference (including everything from coloring contests – to growing up surrounded by architectural references, courtesy of his mother), he’s able to condense things to their most solid form, reverting to the beginnings of his connection to color and pattern. Straightforward in their form, bold, bright, and highly graphic, with just the right amount of painterly illusion – the pieces are Sneed’s most current iteration of his color theory exploration.