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Arts auction house Christie’s 2011 art sales hit record

A fine arts auction house Christie’s on Sunday announced 2011 sales of £3.6 billion / US$5.7 billion, compared with 2010. The London-based auction house sold 3.6 billion pounds.

Christie’s, the world’s largest auctioneer, saw its global art sales drop to 2.1 billion pounds in 2009 from 3.1 billion two years early. According to the London-based auction house the private sales away from the buzz and publicity of the salerooms jumped 44 percent last year to 502 million pounds. Steven P. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s said: “Christie’s ability to curate and offer sales of art to a growing audience has led to continued demand across geographies, collecting categories and at all levels. This is a very encouraging set of results”.

Post-War and Contemporary led the art categories with auction sales with with sales of 736 million pounds $1.2 billion. The second category was Asian Art which increased by 15% $ and totaled record annual sales of $890.1 million and the most lucrative category, contributing 735.7 million pounds at public sales, an increase of 22 percent. Contemporary art has topped auctions at Christie’s. The highest price of the year at Christie’s was for Roy Lichtenstein’s “I Can See the Whole Room!…and There’s Nobody in it!” an auction record for the artist.

Christie’s is an art business and a fine arts auction house. Christie’s was a public company, listed on the London Stock Exchange from 1973 to 1999, after which it was taken into private ownership by Frenchman François Pinault. Christie’s main London salesroom is on King Street in St. James’s. It has a second London salesroom in South Kensington and primarily handles the middle market. Christie’s South Kensington is one of the world’s busiest auction rooms.


February 15, 2012 Posted by | Art, News | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Victor Pinchuk Foundations Future Generation Art Prize 2012 announced

A new $100,000 prize for artists under the age of 35 is being announced by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate, Richard Armstrong, the director of the Soloman R. Guggenheim Foundation, artists Da mien Hirst and
Jeff Koons, and the Ukrainian collector Victor Pinchuk, who is the chairman of the board for the prize. It was established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and is organised by the Pinchuk Art Centre.

It was established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in order to discover, recognize and give long-term support to emerging artists. Hirst, Koons, Marcelle, Armstrong, Serota and Pinchuk launched the prize in a webcast yesterday, a suitably futuristic medium for launching a prize which has its sights firmly fixed on what is to come. Application for the prize is open to artists of all nationalities, styles and mediums. Entry is open to artists up to the age of 35. Applications available online from February 6 to May 6, 2012.

The winner will receive a total of $100,000: $60,000 as a cash award, and $40,000 toward the production of new work. An additional $20,000 will be allocated to fund artist-in-residency programmes for up to five other prize-winners. The best get advice and resources for new work and a chance to present themselves to the world. The Cinthia Marcelle was last year’s prize-winner. Twenty short-listed artists will be announced on June 22 and receive an exhibition at the Pinchuk Art Center in Kiev. Their works will be posted online and a winner will be announced in December along with up to five runners-up.

Pinchuk. Richard Armstrong said: “Everybody can apply, from everywhere. The best get advice and resources for new work and a chance to present themselves to the world. For me this is an exciting social investment, creating inspiration for societies.”

February 15, 2012 Posted by | Art, News | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Walker Babington utilizes unconventional tools for art

Walker Babington utilizes unconventional tools for art.

Walker Babington creates work on canvases of discarded wood and metal. Walker Babington lives in San Francisco, California from Annapolis, Maryland. He studied at International Stunt School. Babington studied photography in college, but left just short of his degree.

Walker Babington uses to make his art with blow torches, a flame thrower, a metal grinder, an ice pick, old forks and knives, and melted crayons. Walker uses scrap pieces of wood, discarded doors, and cast-off metal parts from an array of items, including his old Chevy Suburban.

“I do art and kind of live art. It’s just as much about the artist as it is about the art. Being wacky and doing crazy things, moving everywhere…the more preposterous my life is the better my art sells…the more people are interested,” said Walker Babington.

Walker Babington burns, rusts and scratches these surfaces to make portraits and pictures. Walker’s fire-centric art he calls “pyrography” or “torchtraiture.” Babington fell into this unique form of destructive creativity accidentally. He’s lived in art collective in San Francisco and sold his work by the roadside in Costa Rica. Babington’s art is voraciously modern, traditionally classic, and resourcefully futuristic.

February 12, 2012 Posted by | Art, News | , , , | Leave a comment

Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners

Landscape photography is a type proposed to show different places within the world, sometimes vast and endless, but other times tiny. This popular style of photography is practiced by professionals and unpaids alike. Landscape photography is an image that captures different spaces within the world not only the land but also the see view but it should looks like never ending view.

Landscape photography is lonely of the a good number sought in replication of types of photography at this time upsetting the photo souk and conclusion landscape photography tips can help change your average skills into the skills of an expert.

There are a lot of courses in nature landscape photography you can take that will tutor you the basics and take you on a real life workshop. Try and use the beautiful warm golden hours of early morning and late afternoon. Search for solid primary colors. Close a single eye to assist in termination the modern event you hope to capture. Subject matter, location, lighting and timing are also very important aspects in any type of photographic work, but mostly so in landscape photography. Emotion is one more quality that plays a part in landscape photography. Laughter, despair, hope, hopelessness, proud, age- a human face tells it all.

You must select the camera, lenses, and tripod that suit your style of traveling and general lifestyle. Who are interested in certain birds and animals in nature, can learn all lot on these courses. Landscape photography art is all about creativity that comes from your mind.

February 7, 2012 Posted by | Art, Fashion | , , , , | Leave a comment

Starting Art of Photography

Photography is the art, science and practice of creating strong images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically by means of a light-sensitive stuff such as photographic film. The process of creating photographs is called photography. Photography is used by all to conserve memories of good times, sending messages, telling stories, and capturing special unforgettable moments. Photography is an inspiring ability outline that comprises more than simply depiction, scenery or glamour taking pictures.

Photography may be of two types, Traditional photography and Digital photography. Photography with the hands of expert artist brings the subjects personality. Capturing images can be as natural as positioning the photographic camera, clicking and desiring impressive turns out. Photography is also a common part of journalism and media. The most alluring feature of photography as a career choice is that you can conveniently chase field of your interest and choose from: fashion photography, wild life photography, nature photography, forensic photography, travel photography, sports photography, underwater photography, wedding photography and many other kinds of photography. Photojournalism contains images are often influential pictures with information.

Beauty Photography is to understand the role model in a astounding brightness s the name entails. Aerial Photography might be employed for reviewing or constructing, to seize birds or climate on movie or for armed forces intentions. Creative photography can hold a broad selection of subject matters. Marriage photography is a combination of various styles of taking photographs. Photography is no diverse than cave painting, we all want to tell our story, some want to record that story for others who missed out.

February 3, 2012 Posted by | Art | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Landscape Art How to Create Landscape Painting

Landscape paintings, as the term suggests, refers to painting or particular scenarios. Landscape art is a term that covers the depiction of natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, and especially art where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition. Landscape painting captures more than trees, horizons, seas and mountains. The paintings are reflections of the skies, seas, rivers, sun, moon and greeneries on the canvas. One of the earliest and traditional painting forms, landscape paintings touch the heart of the modern art lovers with all their purity, naturalness and aestheticism.

A great landscape painting will enhance your artist capabilities. Such painting requires that you move your hand at a pace, know when to clean your brush as well. Paint can be thick as a tube or it can be thinned with water, you should know when to use thick and thin. The serenity of a Scottish dawn, or the violence of a heaving sea, carries the observer in moments of reflection to the plane of emotion with which it is associated: awe, wonder, beauty.

The paintings gained prominence with the emergence of Renaissance Art. In the modern and postmodern landscapes nature is synchronized with human psychologies and complexities of life. The various facets of nature resemble the moods of human beings in manifolds.

Your goal with the landscape painting is to dramatically capture the feel of the landscape, not to show everything in it. Landscape paintings have several classifications. The landscape painting, inside, is capturing the beauty of things, non-living in particular. The images of urban landscapes, industrialized cities, towns and streets are carved in cityscapes and hardscapes. The aerial landscapes offer an aerial view of the objects in the ground. A great landscape painting will enhance your artist capabilities.

January 30, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Abstract Art – How to Understand Abstract Painting

Abstract Painting is one of the most magnificent arts in the globe recently. The abstract art exists in its most sole and valuable shape in the world today. It is possible to create mind-blowing expressions with the usage of color spots, lines, shapes and with the potential of different usages of colors with this art.

The exact meaning of abstract painting is that it does not express other styles of painting. Just like the ability of the music compositor’s to express his or her feelings in the form of a song by using the sovereign notes. Abstract paintings came into being at the same time modern art became known as such to the general public, because it was stated to be a style of painting that was a part of the modern art society.

But when it comes to painting abstract, very beautiful to buy or make for yourself that you’re so enthralled and interested in every work of art. You can try their methods and see what it feels like to make a painting that way. So that you can use these abstract painting techniques to expand your own unique style.

Some people like to have an object in mind and then abstract it by imagining the object as a haze and then painting the shapes and colors that stand out. A great abstract artist on the idea of controlling the balance of depth, stability, light weight and, in general, where your eyes move around the canvas.

Usually speaking, the abstract art paintings can be reachable in more than enough breathtaking shapes and styles all the time, such as river, landscape paintings, flower paintings, oil, blue sky, nature, people, cartoons, jungle, mountain, sunset, sunrise, and boat paintings. With an abstract painting, you can also vary how you apply the paint to the canvas. Being an abstract painter, you will always need to apply the best of your skills, competencies, and rational knowledge all the time.

January 30, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Watercolor Painting Techniques Step-By-Step

A watercolor is the medium or the resulting artwork in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle. Watercolors are usually transparent, and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a relatively pure form with few fillers obscuring the pigment colors. Watercolor painting could be thought to be the earliest form of painting done by man, on the paper, with basic detailing to the structures and color combination.

Many brands of watercolor paints are available in the market, each varying in texture, quality and constituent concentrations. Watercolor painting is a medium that can be controlled when you learn the skill with a bit of practice, but it is by nature a very loose and transparent form of painting.

You can buy watercolor paint in the form of cakes that is simply color paint pressed together and formed into a cake. You can get the cakes lined up side by side. The paper used for watercolor painting should be tough and have a certain grade of absorbency to avoid breaking and tearing. You don’t need to add water to get the color activated, but you do need it to thin out the paint and get it to the consistency of watercolor paint.

Like most mediums, once the watercolor has been applied on paper the likelihood of correcting any mistakes are low. Be careful when you add the paint, because if you put down a new color and it touches another color that is still wet, it will mix. You can’t paint over or fix watercolor, so you have to get it right the first time. The amount of water necessary to blend the colors in watercolor painting is also a matter of practice that the painter learns in time. Basic supplies for watercolor painting include special watercolor brushes which are more flexible than oil painting brushes.

An artist may mix and match the primary colors to make amazing shades of secondary colors according to their wishes and needs. If you decide to go on with watercolors after the beginning lessons, you will want to buy the better brands and better quality of these artists’ tools, but they can be purchases slowly. If you decide to carry on with watercolors after the beginning lessons, you will want to purchase the better brands and better quality of these artists’ tools, but they can be purchases gradually.


January 30, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Art Of Painting

Painting or Art whatever we call is one of the most precious natural gifts to the mankind since the beginning of the human civilization. With progress in human society paintings and arts too progressed, changed its shape, and adopted new forms and techniques.
Painting is the way to express unlimited words, expressions and thoughts with just some meaningful marks and paintings.

A person says, if you can’t express with your mouth express it with paintings. Different arts and paintings reflect different moods, characters and psychology of different people.
With time some arts vanished and some paintings became too memorable and famous, perhaps now more than they were when created of made.

Looking at some paintings people praise the paintings or the painters. IT starts to boil many thoughts in the mind of the people who watch and appreciate it. Paintings can be naturalistic and representational (as in a still life or landscape painting), photographic, abstract, be loaded with narrative content, symbolism, emotion or be political in nature.

Different types of paint are typically identified by the medium that the pigment is suspended or embedded in, which determines the general working characteristics of the paint, such as viscosity, miscibility, solubility, drying time, etc.

January 28, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Art of Glass Painting

The art of glass painting is becoming popular, especially with them who want to decorate their homes with an artistic touch. Glass painting is a very popular art form. Glass painting is executed on the glass sheets with oil and hard resin or with water color and gum on glass sheets. It can help you enhance and explore your artistic skills.

The technique of painting on glass flourished in India in the 18th century under the influence of the Chinese artists who lived and worked for the nobility and royalty. The visual format of a glass painting has expressive patterns of arrangement of lines, shapes, colors, tones, and textures. Glass painting is regarded as a fine art in northern Europe. Some of the popular glass painters in Europe are Willi Dirx, Ida Kerkovius, Lily Hildebrandt, Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, and Heinrich

The glass should be clear, smooth and plain. the piece of glass and the painting kit, clean the glass so as to get a smooth surface. Printed or designed glasses are not appropriate to use since it will destroy how your art appears.

If you want a quality long-lasting glass paint, choose a high-quality paint as well. Select a pattern which has clear outlines with minimum possible curves and pointed corners. The color of a particular may change when painted on a glass. Trace the pattern on a piece of paper which is exactly the size of the glass piece. Keep the glass on the patterned piece of paper aligning them perfectly. Make outlines of the pattern on the glass with the help of glass liner.

When you are about to purchase a paint, you may first ask for color sample charts painted on a piece of glass just so to help you decide what color to really buy. Leave the pattern to dry up. Now use the colors to fill in the pattern with uni-directional strokes. Allow the painting to dry for at least 24 hours. Reverse glass painting artists skilfully develop masterpieces out of this particular art form.

January 27, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs | , , , | Leave a comment