Artworks from Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” show sold at auction

Thursday, 16 April, 2015

Artworks created by Jon Lomberg for use in Carl Sagan’s 1980 TV show, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, were sold by auction in New York City last week. They would have been quite the keepsakes to score, for hard core fans of the series.

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Oil, water, and paint in motion

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

Pacific Light, artwork created by Russian graphic designer Ruslan Khasanov through the combination of water, oil, movement, and music.

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The colour of art has undergone a blueshift

Monday, 13 April, 2015

Painted artworks are increasingly featuring more of the colour blue, according to research conducted by Martin Bellander, a psychology student at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, who analysed over ninety-four thousand paintings that were created between 1800 and 2000.

Bellander considers a few explanations for the increase in blue. The most persuasive are that the aging of resins has changed the color of oil paintings over time; that the pricing of different pigments have changed over time, with blue getting less expensive; or that it represents an artistic trend in the use of color.

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The towers of London, old and new, illustrated for a vintage era

Thursday, 9 April, 2015

Illustration by Mike Hall

Renderings of prominent tower buildings and structures in London, both old and new, by Valencia based freelance illustrator and map designer Mike Hall, have the look and feel of drawings from centuries ago.

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Water, in a less excited state, photography by Toshio Shibata

Wednesday, 8 April, 2015

While the work of Australian coal miner and photographer Ray Collins, presents water in a rather excited state, the images taken by Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata shows us another, sometimes all together different aspect, of this fluid.

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To me, absurdity is the only reality… and if that inspires, so be it

Wednesday, 8 April, 2015

The work of New York based Canadian photographer and artist Andrew B. Myers is titled with the words of Frank Zappa, “to me, absurdity is the only reality” at but does it float.

Story of my life right now. Have you ever known reality to be logical?

Some of Myers’ images look a little like illustration to me, not that it makes any difference, it’s still all mighty fine stuff.

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Even in dust we have an artistic medium that we can work with

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015

Artwork by Paul Hazelton

A true artist can work with just about whatever material they are able to lay their hands on. British sculptor Paul Hazelton is a case in point, much of the substance of the works he creates is dust. That’s right, household dust. And for good measure, he also makes use of cobwebs, hair, cut paper, and stuffed toys.

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Suburbs, as seen by Florida artist Matthew Cornell

Friday, 27 March, 2015

Artwork by Matthew Cornell

The work of Florida based artist Matthew Cornell brings to mind an idealised notion of suburbia that lurks in my mind… in a serenity of the neighbourhood in the cool evening air, sort of way.

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The whole universe could just dissolve into a glass of water…

Monday, 23 March, 2015

Image by Navid Baraty

What have we here? The first photo of what looks to be a habitable planet in a solar system other than ours? It may well look that way, but the above image was created by US based photographer Navid Baraty, with basic cooking ingredients, such as food colouring and salt, among other items.

Using olive oil, flour, garlic powder, sesame oil, cumin, baking soda, together with the likes of chalk, baby powder, cat fur, and makeup, Baraty has produced an impressive collection of images that look more like they were photos taken by, say, the Hubble Space Telescope.

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See Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings now, before they all turn white

Monday, 23 March, 2015

If you’re yet to view the actual paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, as opposed to photos or footage of the works, now might be a good time… it seems a synthetically-made paint that the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist made use of, is now resulting in a discolouration of the same artworks, causing some hues to turn white.

Also known as red lead, plumbonacrite is suspected to be one of the first synthetically-made paints known to man, and van Gogh was a particular fan of the stuff. In many of his paintings he used bold colors – including the red hue – which apparently degrades like a Gobstopper candy when exposed to light.

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