The Art of Jerry Vanderstelt

 This week I’ll be looking at the work of a newly discovered Tolkien artist; Jerry Vanderstelt. I came across Vanderstelt whilst looking at art prints for sale on the Weta Workshop website earlier today and instantly found it appealing. As expected with being on the Weta website, Vanderstelt has used the actors from the movies to portray the characters from the Lord of the Rings.

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Caravaggio vs. Rocco Normanno “David and Goliath” – Compare and Contrast

Another repost of an essay I wrote in 2014 whilst at college.

Caravaggio - David and Goliath - 1599 - Oil on Canvas (110 x 91cm)
Caravaggio – David and Goliath – 1599 – Oil on Canvas (110 x 91cm)
Rocco Normanno - David and Goliath - 2006 - Oil on Canvas (150 x 150cm)
Rocco Normanno – David and Goliath – 2006 – Oil on Canvas (150 x 150cm)

For this compare and contrast essay, I have chosen two works of the same title “David and Goliath”, both painted with oil paint on canvas, but 407 years apart. The first of the paintings was done by the master painter Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio in 1599; the second by Rocco Normanno in 2006. Both of the artists were/are Italian, Caravaggio was born in a town of the same name in Lombardy, northern Italy. Rocco Normanno was born in Taurisano, Lecce. In this writing I am going to pick them apart for their similarities and differences.

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Maurizio Cattelan – Him – 2001

This is a repost of an essay I wrote in 2014 whilst at college.

On Friday 5th September, I visited ‘The Human Factor‘ exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, in Southbank, London. I’m going to be writing a full post on the exhibition overall, but for now I’m going to focus on one piece that was there; Him, by Maurizio Cattelan; which in my opinion was the most powerful of all the artworks on exhibit.

Spoiler Alert: This post shows the artwork from the front, as well as the back which is how you would initially see it.

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InkTober 2016 – Week 2

So here we are, in week 2 (according to my posting schedule) of InkTober 2016, and what a week it has been; I’ve found it a struggle to get the sketches done on some days due to other commitments and I missed a day this week; shame on me…

Anyway, straight to business, here are the sketches –

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Dragon – Ink Drawing

For just over a week now I’ve had to take a break from the Ruins Project to work on a commissioned piece, I’ve now finished the commission and thought that I would publish some of the work that I done in the early stages whilst gathering ideas and conceptualising; and also the finished piece of work that I produced.

The first thing that I had to do was to figure out the pose that I wanted the finished dragon to be in and how the dragon would look, they’re not the easiest creatures to find reference for without trampling all over someone else’s artwork so I spent hours looking at all different types of reptiles, from lizards to crocodiles trying to build up a good reptilian profile in my mind. I did also have a look through a lot of dragon pieces created by other artists, it’s incredible how popular dragons are as a subject of artwork.

Anyway that’s enough of me waffling, let’s get the sketches up.

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Morning Coffee IV – Art UK

Good morning all and welcome to this week’s Morning Coffee.

It’s been a busy and productive week so far and I plan to continue that productivity well into the weekend, there’s a lot to be done and 24 hours in a day is just not enough. I’ve laid out the canvas for the final painting of my current project; Ruins. I also published a new insight post this week, about Artistic Inspiration and the Muses and I’ve begun work on a small commission which looks to have a promising outcome.

This week I thought I would share a new website that I’ve recently discovered via an article in the Guardian newspaper and it looks to be a very promising site indeed.

The website is called Art UK and is basically a huge database of public works of art and it aims to include every public artwork whether it’s a painting, drawing, sculpture and so on, making them all available in one place and in turn creating the greatest online gallery of public art in the UK.

Currently, Art UK is home to over 212,000 artworks of almost 40,000 artists, so it is already a large collection and I’m sure it will grow ten fold over the coming years. As said before, all public art in the UK being showcased is the intention, and that will come to include the 80% of public art that is in storage and rarely seen by the public, bringing something seemingly new and refreshing to the public eye; also next year work will begin to capture and store over 100,000 sculptures.

As us art fanatics are already aware, there are a fair few online galleries of public artworks available online but there is something very promising about Art UK, I think it’s the effort they’re going to to find and store all of the UK’s public art and the fact that every image of the artworks stored will be of a high quality, eventually competing and possibly beating the likes of Wikimedia.

Personally I think it’s a huge undertaking but the results are sure to be fruitful and I will more than happily trawl through the website’s content, hopefully they will continue to include a decent bit of information on each artwork as well, more than just the medium, surface and size of the piece, I like something I can get my teeth into and that’s a rarity with most online gallery spaces. 

Another great thing about this initiative is that for the first time, the public art collection will be able to be reached by any member of the public that has access to the internet, which requires no money whatsoever if you have a library card and use a computer there; it truly opens up the art world to the entire populace and that’s the way it should be, after all it is the public that owns all of this art even if it is in an indirect manner.

That’s it for this week’s Morning Coffee, I have included the links to the Art UK site throughout this post but if you missed them you can find it at – http://www.artuk.org – it’s definitely worth checking out and it will continue to grow, projects such as this one are inspirational to us all as art lovers and keep us informed of our artistic heritage.

Until next time, take care and keep the coffee flowing!

JGlover

Ruins Project – Part I -Ideas & Sketches

So finally the time has for publish the first part of this project containing my own artwork; although having said that, aesthetics are not the aim of this stage, ideas and forming a concept have been my only objective. In just the course of the short time I’ve spent on these sketches, the entire concept has changed hugely and I am now at a stage where I know where I want to go with the work for a final piece; but that’s a little way off yet.

Initially the idea was just to research different ruins and types of architecture until I decided upon what I wanted for my work, I primarily thought about doing an ancient Norse inspired work, some ruins and the head of a statue, perhaps hinting at an Icelandic landscape post-Ragnarok.

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