"Origami Elephant" Oil 18x24

The History of the Camera: Photo-realism and its Origins

The first handheld camera was invented in 1888 by George Eastman[1], it was called the Kodak One. Eventually, the handheld camera achieved enormous popularity in 1910 with the invention of the Brownie Camera[2]. People regularly made remarks about how you couldn’t even go outside without having your picture taken[3]. The Single Lens Reflex Camera was […]

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55 Tips for the Emerging Artist

What tips do you have for aspiring artists? What are some things that anyone can do to hone their artistic abilities? This is a collection of tips that I’ve picked up over the years. Always use spell check.   Volunteer for organizations because you care about their mission, not because it benefits you.   Avoid […]

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Origami Birds Oil Painting

l’bizarre pour l’bizarre – Art for Quirks Sake

Modernism arrived when Manet painted “Olympia.” He critiqued representational art and the aristocracy’s way of life. He used the very same nudes that he was critiquing to present his case.[1] Postmodernism arrived with Duchamp’s Urinal, he playfully challenged the significance of art at its core. If one were to simply put a urinal into an art gallery, […]

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He. She. It.

Objectification in Contemporary Media. I. What does it mean to be an object? What is objectification and how does it exist in art? Being an object means being perceived as an object. Being the subject means being perceived as a subject or person.[1] Objectification is breaking down the subject in terms of the subject’s relationship to the object. If […]

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Fig. 1. Banksy, Christ With Shopping Bags. 2004. Screenprint on paper, 70 x 50 cm. Bonhams, London From: Bonhams, https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20511/lot/24/ (accessed April 17, 2015).

Banksy: A Question of Art and Utility

Can Art be Made for Money? Art for art’s sake is a slogan translated from the French l’art pour l’art, which was coined in the early 19th century by the French philosopher Victor Cousin. The phrase expresses the belief held by many writers and artists, especially those associated with Aestheticism-that art needs no justification, that it need serve no political, didactic, or […]

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What is photorealism?

What is photorealism? Photorealism is the reproduction of a photograph including the lens aberration(s) and distortion(s). What defines renaissance art is the subject matter, and the use of the Atelier Method, in which an artist works from life. By ‘life’, I mean more often than not the renaissance artist was forced to work from sculptures and other artists painting’s. Ideologically […]

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Can Commercial Art be Fine Art?

If the artist isn’t poor, then the artist isn’t making “real” art. As a matter of fact real art is priceless. Like many of the capital goods produced in today’s world, if it wasn’t made from suffering it’s not a viable product. I’d like to take the time to debunk this myth. Art is free of money. Just […]

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Painting is my Religion

To know one’s spiritual “other” exists, is in direct contradiction to belief, belief is blind. Plato defines belief as the opposite of knowledge. The consistencies in the development of spirituality, can be explained via the consistencies in human biology. We are chemical bags existing in a world made of “stuff”. Like chemical bags, people react […]

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