Thursday, 18 October 2012


Pablo Picasso The Weeping Woman 1937
portrait of Dora Mar


Juan Gris Cubist Portait of Pablo Picasso
Girl With a Mandolin Pablo Picasso

George Braque Cubist Still Life
George Braque Man with guitar 1911
Czech Cubist Architecture
David Hockney Photo Joiners - photo cubism


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Ordinary and or Extraordinary - Henry Moore Mixed Media

Henry Moore was a War Artist during the Second World War. He was inspired by seeing Londoners sheltering in the Underground Stations to avoid the air raids of the Blitz. He went down to observe and make quick sketches which he then worked up with watercolours later. The mixture of materials gave them an extra ordinary quality.

The mixed media technique was used in his other sketchbook work, layering watercolours, inks, oil pastels and chalks in his observational and thinking drawings

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Ordinary and or Extraordinary - Arcimbaldo

Giseppi Arcimbaldo (1527 - 1597) Arcimbaldo was a court portrait painter - and was employed to paint portraits of the royal family and officials in Vienna and Prague. He is remembered for his imaginative 'surreal' paintings of people made from objects. Inspired I think by the Celtic and early Christian tradition of Green Man carvings on Churchs no one else would paint like this until Salvador Dali and the Surrealists nearly 400 years later

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Ordinary and or Extraordinary - Biographical paintings - Anthony Green

Anthony Green (1939 - ). Anthony Green is an English painter who paints or records his everyday life. His paintings where we are looking down into these scenes from unusual angles make the ordinary extra-ordinary

Ordinary and or Extraordinary - Landscape and a sense of place

During the 1930s photograpers explored the excitement in the ordinary. Looking at everyday street scenes from above these images with strong shadows by Otto Umbehr are typical

The one above 'The Mystery Of The Street' says it all

Ordinary and or Extraordinary - Surrealism - Photography

Jerry Uelsmann - Surreal Photographer

Jerry Uelsmann

Jerry Uelsmann website that shows more images click here

Man Ray (1890 - 1976) untitled surreal photograph

Ordinary and or Extraordinary - Surrealism - Salvador Dali 2

Salvador Dali - The Persistence of Memory - Painting 1931

Lobster Telephone - sculpture using found materials - Salvador Dali

Disappearing bust of Voltaire - painting 1941 Salvador Dali

Ordinary and or Extraordinary - Surrealism - Salvador Dali


Artists have created Artwork by combining ordinary objects in unusual ways to create new objects or new imaginative compositions

This is a painting by Salvador Dali of an imaginary room based on the face of Mae West an american actor from the 1930s and 1940s. He becams fascinated with the idea of Mae West Lips sofa and eventually had a room made in his house that re-created the imaginative painting