First ever POP artist... Tretchikoff?

A visitor to the studio introduced me to the work of Tretchikoff, the South African Russian who was enormously popular in the 1950's.

We will probably look at his work in the context of portraiture and pop art.

Article at The Guardian - Tretchikoff - the first Pop Artist?).

Bio: " Vladimir Grigoryevich Tretchikoff (1913-2006)was one of the most commercially successful artists of all time - his painting Chinese Girl is one of the best selling art prints of the twentieth century.

Tretchikoff was a self-taught artist who painted realistic figures, portraits, still life and animals, with subjects often inspired by his early life in China, Singapore and Indonesia, and later life in South Africa. His work was immensely popular with the general public, but is often seen by art critics as the epitome of kitsch (indeed, he was nicknamed the "King of Kitsch").

He worked in oil, watercolour, ink, charcoal and pencil but is best known for his reproduction prints which sold worldwide in huge numbers. The reproductions were so popular that it was rumoured that Tretchikoff was the world's richest artist after Picasso. "

From Wikipedia - Tretchikoff.

Cecile Raynor on Movement, Music and Art

Cecile Raynor describes the relationship of music and art with these beautiful words:

  • "The inner movement of emotions showing in the artwork"
  • "Movement in space of the artist merging with his canvas and environment in a sweet dance!"
  • "Movements of shapes and colors singing a symphony or gentle sonata"

Original art by Cecile Raynor - Art and Movement

Cecile Raynor lives in Brookline (Boston, USA) where she has been working for about 20 years as an Alexander Technique teacher and Artist. She has been drawing and painting all her life. Cecile finds that her various fields of interests and professional skills have had a tendency to merge with each other in a very interesting way, giving her artwork a special dimension connected to her teaching about movement and stillness.

Through that practice, she also teaches meditation, nutrition, safe exercising and encourages people to explore alternative ways to healing. Her meditative CD, "Active Resting", with acoustic guitar improvisation in the background, helps people improve their postural balance and regenerate their back.

Cecile Raynor - Art and Movement


The flow in painting

A very nice thing happened in the studio recently.

I was painting a still life, when a woman walked in and said:

" I just wanted to say thank you, thank you very much! I've been sitting in my car for the past 10 minutes watching you paint, and I feel so relaxed! Thank you! "

3 Roses

I do hope she comes back and learns to paint, then she can get that feeling every time she picks up a brush!

Read more: The flow in painting

75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking

My first exposure to Art and Literature was via comic books, whose unique combination of words and pictures makes it another thing altogether, but that's another story.

Paul Levitz started working for DC comics as a teenager, and eventually became editor, responsible for the monthly output of some of the world's most popular characters, and for maintaining that most complex of eco-systems: DC's "continuity".

What? You've never heard of DC comics? Well you most surely have heard of Superman and Batman?

You could be forgiven for not knowing these guys, although they happen to be among my own personal favourites.

  • Green Arrow (or "Arrow, as he is known in the current TV series) - an incredibly skilled crime-fighting archer
  • Green Lantern - nothing in common with Green Arrow, although they hang out a lot. Former test pilot who gets powers from an alien ring. He is now an intergalactic cop, in charge of sector 357, which includes Earth.
  • Wonder Woman - Amazon warrior, flies an invisible plane, has a magic lasso which makes people tell the truth.
  • Flash - the fastest man alive.
  • Atom - the smallest man alive.

This massive tome (seriously, it weighs 18lbs or 9kg) is an authoritative look at this world from somebody who has lived and breathed it all his adult life.

75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking

" In 1935, DC Comics founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson published New Fun No. 1, the first comic book with all-new, original material—at a time when comic books were mere repositories for the castoffs of the newspaper strips. What was initially considered to be disposable media for children was well on its way to becoming the mythology of our time.

More than 40,000 comic books later, in honor of the publisher’s 75th anniversary, TASCHEN has produced the single most comprehensive book on DC Comics, in an XL edition even Superman might have trouble lifting."
- (from the product description).

Campbelltown Arts Centre - Fishers Ghost Art Award

In November 2013 I spent a pleasant Sunday visiting South West Sydney's Campbelltown Arts Centre. It is only a few minutes from the Hume Motorway which leads South out of Sydney, to Canberra. The annual Fishers Ghost Art Award had 300 works on display from the 600+ entries.

The Arts Centre is housed in an airy, modern building.

Next to the cafe is a Zen garden.

This is a lovely gallery to visit, very relaxed and no crowds, unlike the Sydney galleries. Also, unlike some other state owned galleries, it is open on Sunday!

Read more: Campbelltown Arts Centre - Fishers Ghost Art Award