An artist the left would love to forget
Apr28

An artist the left would love to forget

  Jon McNaughton has been a “hidden man” in many respects. A conservative painter with extensive knowledge of his craft, he was far from being a household name – until Sean Hannity introduced him to America in 2012. Sean and Jon intersected through a link in the Drudge Report. It noted that images of his painting, “The Forgotten Man,” had racked up millions of hits. Hannity seemed enthralled with the bold, outrageously populist sentiments of the piece, and he also appreciated it as a work of art.   Six feet across, “The Forgotten Man” is a visual show-down between President Obama and past U.S. presidents. In roughly chronological order, the massed presidents witness Obama defiantly standing on the Constitution. Naughton adds touches of history and political commentary in his portrayal of presidents past. Some are disturbed, others stolidly stare. Clinton, FDR and Teddy Roosevelt are applauding. To the left, a melancholy man sits dejectedly, ignoring the gesturing crowd. This is McNaughton’s “Forgotten Man” or 21st century Everyman. It was the first time he used Obama as a central subject. “I was inspired to do this after they first passed the Obamaicare in 2010,” he explained. Source: An artist the left would love to...

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Damien Hirst painting of George Michael sells for more than €530,000
Mar28

Damien Hirst painting of George Michael sells for more than €530,000

An image of the late George Michael by artist Damien Hirst has sold for just over €530,000 at a charity auction. The painting, entitled Beautiful Beautiful George Michael Love Painting, was auctioned to help raise funds for HIV and Aids prevention and awareness. The work on canvas went under the hammer in Dallas, Texas, at the MTV RE:DEFINE charity gala hosted by the Goss-Michael Foundation, which was founded by Michael and his former partner Kenny Goss. Source: Irish...

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Sidney Nolan centenary reveals hidden haul of paintings
Mar28

Sidney Nolan centenary reveals hidden haul of paintings

A gallery in Sydney’s eastern suburbs has borrowed 30 of the artist’s works from private collections to mark the centenary of his birth next month.”Each work is a masterpiece by Sidney Nolan. Each work is worthy of display in a public institution and that is the rationale to bring forward the greatest works that remain in private ownership,” said curator Geoffrey Smith, chair of Sotheby’s Australia. Nolan, who died in 1992, was best known for his striking images of outlaw Ned Kelly and the Australian landscape. His painting First-Class Marksman from 1946 achieved the highest price for an Australian work ever in 2010 — $5.4 million. Source:  ABC...

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How a prison sentence sparked a passion for art
Mar21

How a prison sentence sparked a passion for art

Leyton, who believes that “knowledge is nothing, if not shared,” has also been participating since the start of this year in ongoing painting workshops for inmates at Costa Rica’s La Reforma prison, through artist Juan Carlos Chavarría’s Foundation for Transformation in Violent Times. The project is particularly meaningful to Leytón because he was once an inmate, too, and discovered his own love for painting while behind bars after meeting artist José Fernández and eventually building a painting workshop at La Reforma. He continued to follow his passion after leaving prison and has found success. By being part of this project, Leytón wants to support the men at La Reforma and show them there are ways to achieve their dreams after they serve their time. “Art in general is a state of freedom,” he says. “Man has always sought to make art. The point is to give him the space to make art; if the person feels that he has that opportunity, he will do it.” Source: The Tico...

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Artist Spent a Decade Painting Fifteen Portraits of Migrant Workers
Mar15

Artist Spent a Decade Painting Fifteen Portraits of Migrant Workers

Don Coen: Well, there are fifteen paintings. They’re seven-by-ten feet, except there are two of them that are seven-foot square. They’re airbrushed acrylic, sixty layers of paint. Now, I say sixty layers of paint, but there are some areas where there is no paint. I don’t use black or white paint, and so my paintings are very transparent. But I slowly build up layer over layer over layer, and I gesso the canvas seven times so I have a beautiful, white surface. So where I want a real light color or just a surface left white, it’s just the white of the canvas that you see. Many years ago, I used to do a lot of water, and I think that’s why I paint transparent the way I do. But I also love to use pencil as a texture in my paintings, and so I have carried that over and used that in these paintings. For many years, I painted non-objective. Some of my images were triggered by 2001: A Space Odyssey. I spent all those years painting non-objective, where you only deal with color, shape, texture, form, pattern, and you don’t have an image, and so I learned to think about painting that way. There is absolutely no way that I would ever be able to do paintings that are “realistic” if I hadn’t spent all those years painting non-objective, because I learned just to look at the image and be able to interpret the image from that.  ...

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