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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 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

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

Different Types and Styles of Art

Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect. Britannica Online defines art as “the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others.

Sculptures, cave paintings, rock paintings, and petroglyphs from the Upper Paleolithic dating to roughly 40,000 years ago have been found, but the precise meaning of such art is often disputed because so little is known about the cultures that produced them.

The types of arts are classified in 2 categories i.e. fine arts and performing arts. When exploring different art styles you may come across a variety of techniques used by artists.The style of an artwork, artist, or movement is the distinctive method and form followed by the respective art.

Styles of Art:

Surrealism :Surrealists paintings were generally based on dreams. Dreams offer up an opening or rather doorway into other realms of consciousness.They thought that their paintings might stir up feelings in the back of peoples minds.

Pop Art :Pop art can be any every day item that is drawn in a brash and colorful way. The term Pop Art was first used by English critic Lawrence Alloway in a 1958 issue of Architectural Digest to describe works celebrating mass production, advertising and consumerism.

Impressionism :Impressionism was developed in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Impressionist artists became fascinated with the transformation light brought upon natural objects and surfaces.

Expressionism : In Expressionist Art, the artist tries to express certain feelings about some thing.he movement, which owed its existance to a new evaluation of the individual, spread quickly following the defeat of totalitarianism in the Second World War.

Abstract : Abstract artists felt that paintings did not have to show only things that were recognizable.They mainly used color and shape in their paintings to show emotions.

Types of Art:

Sculpture:A sculpture is a three-dimensional form of artwork created with the help of materials like rocks, wood, plastic, clay, etc.

It is the art of applying pigment to a surface such as canvas, paper, wall, wood panel, etc.

Visual Arts

In the art of photography, pictures or images are created with the help of different light patterns.

Movie Making
The art of movie making though, comes under visual arts however, scriptwriting, music, and many such arts converge in this art form.

Digital Art
The digital or computer art is widely used in creating websites, video games, clip arts, templates etc. Use of computer in the field of visual arts began in the 1960s.

January 4, 2012 Posted by | Art, Designs | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Buy Art as investment

Most art shoppers have experienced the difficulties now and then. Anyone can buy and collect art intelligently. That’s right; I said anyone. No previous knowledge of the art business, experience collecting art, or degrees in art history are necessary.

Art Buyers

Art Buyers

we list out the best tips to keep in mind when you next go shopping.Anyone can collect whatever they feel like collecting and buy whatever art they feel like buying, wherever and whenever they feel like buying it, for whatever reason they decide to buy it, and for however much money they feel like spending on it.

Who is the artist?
How important is the art?
What is its provenance, history, and documentation?
Is the asking price fair?

Check how special artwork is as compared to other works, check whether it appeals to your eye and imagination and also see whether the colours blend in or not.

Consider is the skill and techniques used by the artist. many of the contemporary artist paintings sold, which subsequently become worthless, never come up for a repeat sale. In other words, the returns reported for art are rosier than reality!

If you find that a piece of art is priced too high, it may not necessarily mean that the art is valuable. Opt to buy artworks directly from artists if you can.If you find an abstract piece of art alluring go for it. If you want a personal portrait, opt for that. Take the advice of friends and well wishers but choose the piece of art that you love most.

Art belongs in the investment portfolio if it has lower volatility or is not correlated with equities.

Experienced collectors, one of whom you may one day become, can research and evaluate most works of art in as little as fifteen to thirty minutes. Having this knowledge not only increases their enjoyment of that art, but also of the art world in general.

Any money put aside for artworks are after these investment needs have been fulfilled, not in lieu of it. So readers, think twice when someone sells you art as an investment. Buy it if you like it, but consider, would you still love it if the value is halved?

October 28, 2011 Posted by | Art | , , , | Leave a comment