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The Surreal Dreamland of Adrian Borda

Adrian Borda is a Romanian painter.

I do not know much more than that. His website is here.

It does not matter because these speak for themselves:

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Adrian Borda

Adrian Borda

Adrian Borda

Adrian Borda

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Life On Neptune: Frank R Paul

Frank R Paul was an illustrator for the great pulp magazines of the 20s and 30s. His full color covers for Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories Science Fiction Magazine defined the look of what was at the time the brand new genre of science fiction Not only did he illustrate hundreds of covers, he did the cover of Marvel Comics #1. You may have heard of Marvel Comics, it went on to be quite successful.

He is the template for the look of science fiction and what all those who followed would draw from.

He invented the flyer saucer look and it is his illustration that people would describe during the UFO crazes that came afterwards.

“He was very innovative in the depiction of spaceships. Several of his illustrations were disc shaped and it has been speculated that he may have, accidentally, created the UFO craze when the first sighting of lights in the sky were described as disc shaped; this would have been the result of the psychological phenomenon known as mental set” -Armanda Simon

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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose and Other Gorgeousness From Sargent

This is one of my favorite paintings.

I discovered it whilst perusing the Tate in London during one of the recording sessions for the Steampunk Opera. it is by John Sargent who we shall feature today.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Sargent

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Sargent

Painted in 1886, this painting took a year to paint since Sargent was determined to capture the exact light of just after dusk and thus could only paint for 20 minutes a day. He had two girls as models and would set up the exact scene every day, paint for 20 minutes when the light was just right, then fold it up and resume the following day.

The name, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose is after a hit song from 1885.

Sargent became the most celebrated portrait painter of his day, but since i don’t like portrait paintings, i’m not going to feature them here. Instead, i present some other highlights of his career:

El Jaleo:

El Jaleo by John Sargent, 1882

El Jaleo by John Sargent, 1882

El Jaleo is a shout (eLAYoh!) that comes at the height of some spanish dances like this one. Think “oLAY!”

Venetian Interior:

Venetian Interior by John Sargent 1882

Venetian Interior by John Sargent 1882

 

Gondolier’s Siesta:

Gondolier's Siesta by John Sargent, 1905

Gondolier’s Siesta by John Sargent, 1905

 

An amazingly striking painting, Sargent’s reaction to the horror of WWI. Gassed:

Gassed by John Sargent, 1918

Gassed by John Sargent, 1918

 

Venice In Grey Weather:

Venice In Grey Weather by John Sargent, 1882

Venice In Grey Weather by John Sargent, 1882

Muddy Alligators:

Muddy Alligators by John Sargent, 1917

Muddy Alligators by John Sargent, 1917

 

Moraine:

Moraine by John Sargent, 1908

Moraine by John Sargent, 1908

Brenva Glacier:

Brenva Glacier by John Sargent, 1909

Brenva Glacier by John Sargent, 1909

The Chess Game:

The Chess Game by John Sargent, 1907

The Chess Game by John Sargent, 1907

Statue of Perseus By Night:

Statue of Perseus by Night by John Sargent, 1902

Statue of Perseus by Night by John Sargent, 1902

 

A Tyrolese Crucifix

A Tyrolese Crucifix by John Sargent 1915

A Tyrolese Crucifix by John Sargent 1915

 

Seascape:

Seascape by John Sargent, 1875

Seascape by John Sargent, 1875

 

In case you’re wondering where all the paintings from the 1890s are, that’s when Sargent made all his money doing portraits. TONS of portraits. He does have some nice impressionist work from that decade, but you can look that up your own. Til tomorrow…

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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kaSSandrA’s Surreal Dreams

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Meet photographer Elena Vizerskaya, better known as kaSSandrA. She’s from Kiev and her work is…. her work is stunning.

Really, look at this stuff. it’s breathtaking.

She has a blog that’s here which i BEG you to go check out.

And now for the photo art:

 

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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Dieselpunk Art of Alex Kozhanov

So with the performance all wrapped up and the future still waiting to be written, can we get back to dieselpunk goodness? Obviously, the 2nd Act of the Dieselpunk Opera is my main creative bent right now and all things dieselpunk are my current mistress.

With that said, let’s take a look at a kick ass artist i’ve come across in my travels, Alex Kozhanov from Kaliningrad, Russia (more Russians! Russians are awesome. So are Norwegians  So are you). He paints in some type of fantastical, industrial style. Take a gander.

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Now THIS is a photo

I should be returning to regular posting in the next day or so, but in the meantime, here. Look at THIS. THIS is a photo.

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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Russian Futurism

Futurism was embraced in Pre-Revolutionary Russian heartily by a small but ambitious group of artists and poets. They published their own manifesto (OF COURSE) called A Slap In The Face Of Public Taste. (points for a good title)

They spawned in 1912 and like their Italian counterparts they adopted the painting style of Cubism in 1913, although apparently independently of the Italians. Aristarkh Lentulov came back from Paris having adopted the Cubist style and the Russian Futurists embraced it zealously, just like the Italian Futurists did.

The Russians developed in their own way. Although they too embraced dynamism, movement, machines,modernity and an absolute disdain for the past, they eschewed the Fascist ideology of the Italians, were much more active in literary futurism, openly disdained war (but embraced the Russian Revolution whole heartedly as the dawn of a new era and the end of the old) and denied influence from ANYbody, not even Marinetti, the Italian founder of Futurism, himself.

In fact, when Marinetti visited Russia the Russian Futurists messed with him at every turn and declared they owed him nothing.

The Russian Futurists embraced both the Revolution and Communism when it came and Futurism thrived briefly under Communism before being engulfed and absorbed by the Communist style which would emerge triumphant and which we can all still picture today.

The Russian Futurists even made some Futurist Opera. You know how much i love you. You know that i wouldn’t leave the 3 of you who are still interested in these Futurist posts hanging in morbid curiosity as to what on earth Futurist Opera from 1913 is like. Well, it’s like this:

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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