Tipp No. 70: Water Colour Wildlife & Landscape Paintings by The Artist Ben Woodhams (Denmark / Bornholm Island)

arts, Creatures, Kunst, Nature, Reisen, Tipps, Travel

I totally fell in love with Ben`s work…I would like to share a few of his wonderful water colour paintings.

As you might have noticed from visiting my tiny blog, I am at home in Northern Germany. Northern Germans are often teased by calling them: “fish heads, shell pushers and dike tramplers”.  I suppose, I am touched by Ben`s art because on one hand I know his themes well and because ….I can feel the weather looking at his paintings, on the other hand I seem to share his perspectives and perception of moods, colours, surface structures etc…Besides, the picture composition and other details of Ben`s aquarelles reminds me on Japanese paintings. 

However, I am very glad that I stumbled upon his wordpress blog linked to his website:

 https://benwoodhams.com/

ABOUT BEN WOODHAMS

Ben Woodhams is an English artist and illustrator currently living and working on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

After beginning a career in museums and art galleries as an exhibition curator and designer, Ben and his family moved to Bornholm in 2008, where he works as an artist, illustrator and educator.

Ben’s practice is founded in direct observation and specialises in birds, working primarily in watercolour. Studies of living birds are made in the field, while dead birds are taken to the studio. Moments in time, and the relationship between the process of observation and depiction, are the engines that drive Ben’s work – the tension between the ‘need’ to capture the moment or the vision, and the desire to let the medium speak its own language.

Recently Ben has been studying changes in the landscape through space and time. The patterns made by a passing flock of cranes, the rising tide within a rock pool, shadows moving over a rock during a day, an oilseed rape field blooming over a period of weeks, changes through the seasons and over years.

Of course, Ben is offering original paintings as well as limited printed editions for purchase.

Interestingly, he is teaching aquarell painting  & drawing (in English and Danish language) for private and public groups (all age classes) additionally.  
He focus on observation-based drawing, watercolour painting and relief printing techniques and put emphasis on outdoor drawing and painting.

Just a few impressions of BORNHOLM – as a teaser that I don`t need anymore….Maybe, we will see each other on Bornholm island in 2019?

Tipp No. 85: “: The Only Truth” Digital Arts & Paintings by Tammam Azzam (Syria, now: Dubai)

arts, Insights, Kunst
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ABOUT THE ARTIST

“Desparation is the Only Truth”

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1980, Tammam Azzam received his artistic training from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus with a concentration in oil painting. Alongside a successful career as a painter in Syria, Azzam was a prolific graphic designer, an experience that would inform his digital media work after relocating to Dubai with the start of the country’s conflict.

The initial phase of Azzam’s work was distinguished by a ‘hybrid form’ of painting with applications of various media that allowed him to arrive at tactile interactions between surface and form that multiply as compositions evolve. These semi-abstract works use unconventional materials such as rope, clothespins, and other found objects in order to accentuate the depth, texture, and space of laboured picture planes, creating a visible tension. Although outwardly different in appearance, the series that resulted from these early experiments were inspired by the artist’s changing perceptions of specific urban environments.

Following the start of the uprising in Syria, Azzam turned to digital media and graphic art to create visual composites of the conflict that resonated with international viewers. These widely distributed works are informed by his interest in the interventionist potential of digital photography and street art as powerful and direct forms of protest that are difficult to suppress. In early 2013, Azzam made worldwide headlines when his Freedom Graffiti print went viral on social media.

Recently, he has returned to painting with Storeys, a series of monumental works on canvas that communicate the magnitude of devastation experienced across his native country through expressionist compositions of destroyed cityscapes. Chronicling the current state of his homeland, Azzam delves into a cathartic exercise of reconstruction, storey by storey. Alongside these new paintings, he has produced a significant body of giclée prints and installations that depict the facets of cities through similar themes.

Tipp No. 18: “Between The Lines” – Contemporary Arts by Chiharu Shiota (Japan, now: Germany)

Cartoons, Kunst, Uncategorized
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Between The Lines

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In Silence Piano

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Where are we going? (Paris)

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Butterfly Dream

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Letters of Thanks (Rostock)

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Where are we going? (Göteborg)

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The Key In The Hand

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CHIHARU SHIOTA

born in Osaka, Japan (1972), lives and works in Berlin.

Confronting fundamental human concerns such as life, death and relationships, Shiota explores human existence throughout various dimensions by creating an existence in the absence either in her large-scale thread installations that include a variety of common objects and external memorabilia or through her drawings, sculptures, photography, stage designs and videos.

Working with large quantities of yarn, Shiota creates immersive web-like structures that take over entire rooms. Building on her experience growing up in Japan and moving to Berlin in the 1990s, her work often touches on the notion of travel, belonging and the complexity of the human condition.

In 2007, she received the Art Encouragement Prize from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Her solo exhibitions across the world include Art Gallery of South Australia (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2018); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2017); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2015); Smithsonian Institution Arthur M.Sackler Gallery, Washington DC (2014); the Museum of Art, Kochi (2013); and the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008) among others. She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions such as Oku-Noto International Art Festival (2017), Sydney Biennale (2016), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2009) and Yokohama Triennale (2001). In 2015, Shiota was selected to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale.

For further details, please feel free to visit Chiharu Shiota`s website including further examples of her fascinating work and an offering of beautiful art books: http://chiharu-shiota.com/en/

Tipp No. 21: “Interlinked Despite of Socio-cultural Barriers” – Contemporary Art by Reena Saini Kallat (India)

arts, Kunst
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Echoes (saline notations; poem quotation)
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‘Hyphenated Lives’, Installation View
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Globalisation + Networking + Migration + Boundaries + Connections…About finding poetry in politics.

The Artist

Reena Saini Kallat’s (b. 1973, Delhi, India) practice spanning drawing, photography, sculpture and video engages diverse materials, imbued with conceptual underpinnings. She is interested in the role that memory plays, in not only what we choose to remember but how we think of the past.

Using the motif of the rubberstamp both as object and imprint, signifying the Bureau-cratic apparatus, Kallat has worked with officially recorded or registered names of people, objects, and monuments that are lost or have disappeared without a trace, only to get listed as anonymous and forgotten statistics.

In her works made with electrical cables, wires usually serving as conduits of contact that transmit ideas and information, become painstakingly woven entanglements that morph into barbed wires like barriers.

Her ongoing series using salt as a medium explores the tenuous yet intrinsic relationship between the body and the oceans, highlighting the fragility and unpredictability of existence.

Please, feel free to visit her website for any further information: http://reenakallat.com/

Tipp No. 16: Desert Birds & Airtropolis, Fine Arts Photography by Werner Bartsch (Germany)

arts, Kunst, Tipps
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The Photographer

Werner Bartsch studied communication design with a focus on photogra-phy (Dipl-Designer FH). After staying in New York and Berlin for quite a while he settled down in Hamburg.

He is member of the BFF association (Berufs-verband Freie Fotografen und Filmgestalter) and works for magazines, companies und agencies.

He enjoys working with people and loves to portray personalities from politics, business, and the art world.

His clear photographic style can be found in numerous annual reports and image brochures as well as in renown magazines and the weekly newspa-per DIE ZEIT. For over a decade he covered the life and work of ZEIT co-publisher and former chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

In addition to his assignments he works on independent photographic projects which can be found in an own section on this website.

The Kehrer Verlag published two art books by Werner which combine his passion for photography with his interest in aviation: “Desert Birds” and “Airtropolis”. Both beautiful books – not only for aviation enthusiasts – are available at Amazon.

His website: http://www.wernerbartsch.de/projects/

Photography Werner Bartsch
Dipl. Designer FH // ( BFF Professional )
Maria-Louisen-Straße 94
22301 Hamburg
fon +49 / (0) 40 270 2551
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mobil +49 / (0) 172 812 7722
email: mail@wernerbartsch.de

Tipp No. 23: Narrative Photography of Emotions by Laura Zalenga (Erzählerische Fotografie von Gefühlen)

arts, Kunst, Nature, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps
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THE ARTIST

“Laura is a 1990 Born portrait-artist from Southern Germany.

Besides photographing projects, she teaches workshops, gives inspirational talks and travels to all over the world – always searching for magical places and special light. It’s her clear visual language, the power of telling stories and showing raw, honest emotions in her photographs that makes her work stand out.

She is convinced that photography is a type of therapy that gives you the ability to heal yourself and others.”

Please, visit her Website: http://laurazalenga.com/

Tipp No. 91: Mystic Landscapes on Iceland – Fine Arts Photography by Mike Reyfman (Ukraine, now: USA)

arts, Kunst, Reisen, Travel

Beyond the cliché of the archaic “Land of Fire & Ice”, Iceland seems to offer space…Space just to be….to be your Self, in my view.

Iceland is definetely a destination to yearn for (Sehnsuchtsort). The well-known landscape photographer Mike Reyfman shares some breath-taking impressions with us.

Only people with a free spirit, a rich soul, an open mind and inner beauty are able to discover and catch these qualities in the outside world by taking pictures.

As an appetizer, let` s have a look at Mike Reyfmans perspective on Icelands landscapes…

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ABOUT MIKE REYFMAN

Mike Reyfman is renowned landscape and nature photographer.

He was born in Ukraine and moved to United States in January 2000. Mike has been awarded for his photography in the prestigious international photography competitions. His photographs have been used extensively worldwide in calendars, books, magazines and advertising industry. He has written numerous articles on travel and landscape photography and has been teaching photography for many years.

Mike is the founder of WORLDPHOTOTRAVELS.COM which runs photography workshops around the globe.

His works were exhibited at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, the open air exhibition on the prime outdoor places in Moscow and St. Petersburg, travel photography exhibitions at Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo International Airports etc.

In addition, Mike has an experience as photography competition judge and worked as a Jury member at WorldPhoto 2008, Global Arctic Awards 2012 and Patagonia Photo Awards 2017.

“When the great place, right moment, favorable light and sharp eye find each other — the photo is born.”
cit.: Mike Reyfman

For more details, additional galleries and print-outs for sale, please feel free to visit Mike`s website:

http://www.mikereyfman.com/

Tipp No. 13 (revised): “Poetry of Urban Solitude” – Fine Art Photography by Pedro Correa (Spain, now: Belgium)

arts, Kunst, Tipps

“Poetry of Urban Solitude” (cit. Washington Post) is a perfect description of Pedro Correa`s fine art photography that seems to push the boundaries of abstraction and photography.

Urban lifestyle is fast-paced, busy and often a bit superficial, as we all know. Astonishingly, Pedro Correa manages it to capture a moment of melancholy and truth. His work shows the moment somebody is pausing for a split second and possibly reconnect with oneself and his emotions unintentionally — before taking a deep breath and hurling oneself into the hustle & bustle of the awakening urban jungle again. In this context, I thought of the Zen-inspired imperative of “living in the here & now”, frankly speaking. But what if the “here & now” let us painfully feel our loneliness and unmet longings?

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE JUST A DISCONNECTED OBSERVER?

The rare moments of courage & inner strength somebody displays his true state of mind – allowing others to empathically bond with this person and finally with themselves too – ….are pure poetry.

On the other hand, it is quite comfortable and exciting to take the role of a laid back, remote observer without being too much involved in the disdainful all-day life others seems to be entrapped. It sharpens your perception, lateral thinking skills and allows you to dig deeper than others who might be personally involved. And admittedly, observers wrongly used to feel a bit superior and therefore, less vulnerable.

ABOUT CROSSING THE THIN RED LINE

To close the loop: Yes, in my view Pedro`s works include this element of observation …. in both senses, as described above. This ambivalence creates a tension which is fascinating to me. Obviously, there is a very thin red line between independence (being an observer only) and feeling disconnected. The dosis makes the poison.

However, these are just my thoughts…Actually, I instantly fell in love with his photo “Lazy Sunday” in particular.

Despite of my fear that somebody will purchase the last edition of Lazy Sunday before I am able to get hold of it, I`d like to share this awesome photography and other impressive examples of Pedro Correa`s “Urban Poetry” with you….

Lazy Sunday, 2013
Espresso Bar
The Sun Is Shining Above The Clouds
Winter Rose, 2014
CheckMate, 2014

About Pedro Correa

Born in Madrid in 1977, Pedro Correa moved to Brussels at the age of 14, where he studied oil painting and comic art at the Brussel’s Royal Academy of Arts in parallel with a PhD in image processing at the University of Engineering of Louvain.

POETRY OF MOMENTS OF EMOTIONAL FRAGILITY

In his artistic development Pedro Correa soon became fascinated by photography and the possibility to capture poetic and fragile moments.

Clearly influenced by his impressionistic painting background (his mother is also a painter), his style was born by experimenting with ways of injecting the emotions of impressionism into the “decisive moment” of photography, without manipulating or digitally retouching the image. He soon became able to create a body of work that transcends what lies in plain sight, by giving as much importance to a rigorous composition of the image as to the subtle and invisible atmosphere that is part of the scene.   

URBAN IMPRESSIONS THAT MAKE THE UNSEEN VISIBLE

After leaving his day-job as a Project Manager for a multinational corporation in 2012 in order to become a full-time fine art photographer, he created his most transversal body of work, Urban Impressions, as a manifest for reconnecting with the invisible and the present moment, in order to find the beauty that surrounds us without us noticing it.

His works have been exhibited and acquired worldwide by public and private collections, and is currently represented in galleries of Washington DC, London, Paris, Ile de Ré, Basel, Antwerp and Brussels.

“In 2017 the Washington Post critic defined this series as “poetry of urban solitude”.

Pedro Correa`s works have been exhibited and acquired worldwide by public and private collections, and is currently represented in galleries of Washington DC, London, Paris, Ile de Ré, Basel, Antwerp and Brussels.

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Pedro Correa

Please, feel free to visit his website with further galleries, sales offers and updated information about his exhibitions:

Website: http://www.pedrocorreaphoto.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/pedrocorreart

Contact:
Email: pedrocorreaphoto@gmail.com

Tipp No. 15: “Nasty Chicks” (Garstige Küken) by Won ABC (German Artist)

arts, Creatures, humor, Insights, Kunst, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps
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Nasty Chicks all over the place… Free for Adoption, if you dare. 

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The Artist:

From the outset, instrumental in the German graffiti history, the Munich Won ABC is one of the most spectacular character painter of the global Graffiti Writer scene.

Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, co-founder of the sprayer group ABC and practiced by countless guerrilla actions with sometimes drastic legal consequences.

Throughout his artistic career, he developed a picturesque incredibly complex universe between graffiti, morbid comic and visionary symbolic paintings that offer an enormous amount of details and give us an insight into the incredible imagination of the painter.

His Website: http://www.wonabc.com/

The Artist exhibits in the OZM Art Space Gallery in Hamburg / Germany, web: https://onezeromore.com/

Der Künstler:

Von Beginn an maßgeblich an der Deutschen Graffiti-Geschichte beteiligt, ist der Münchner Won ABC einer der spektakulärsten Character-Maler der globalen Graffiti Writer-Szene.

Absolvent der Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Mitbegründer der Sprüher-Gruppe ABC und geübt durch unzählige Guerilla-Aktionen, mit bisweilen drastischen gerichtlichen Folgen.

Im Laufe seiner künstlerischen Karriere entwickelte er ein malerisch unheimlich komplexes Universum zwischen Graffiti, morbidem Comic und visionär symbolischen Gemälden welche einen enormen Detailreichtum bieten und uns einen Einblick in die unglaubliche Vorstellungskraft des Maler gewähren.

Seine Website: http://www.wonabc.com/

Seine Arbeiten sind in der OZM Art Space Gallery in Hamburg / Germany zu finden, web: https://onezeromore.com/

Tipp No. 8 (revised): Amazing 3D Organic Forms In Biomorphic Shapes by the Artist Sui Park (South Korea, now: USA)

arts, Creatures, humor, Kunst, Nature, Tipps
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ABOUT THE ARTIST SUI PARK

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Sui Park is a New York based artist born in Seoul, Korea. Her work involves creating 3-dimensional flexible organic forms of a comfortable ambiance that are yet dynamic and possibly mystical or illusionary. 

She is currently holding a solo exhibition, Floating Imagery at the Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York. She also had a solo exhibition, Playing with Perception at the Denise Bibro Fine Gallery in Chelsea, New York, Garden of Humans at the Kingsborough Community College, CUNY in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. She participated in over 80 exhibitions, including an ongoing exhibition, The 5th Textile Art of Today at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovak republic where she received the Excellent Award in September 2018. Park’s artwork has been acquired by numerous places including Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in United States.

Sui Park’s education includes MDes in Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and BFA in Environmental Design at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Sui Park also has MFA and BFA in Fiber Arts at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

THE ARTISTS STATEMENT

My work involves creating 3-dimensional organic forms mostly in generic and biomorphic shapes. Through these forms, I attempt to express seemingly static yet dynamic characteristics of our evolving lives. While they resemble transitions, and transformations of nature, the forms are also to capture subtle but continuous changes in our emotions, sentiments, memories and expectations.

I weave and connect traces and tracks of the subtle changes into organic forms. The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular, Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, trivial, inexpensive and easily consumed materials. But, when I weave and connect them, they are transformed into organic visualizations. I want them to be creating lasting moments, evoking and encapsulating our precious thoughts.

I often find these moments from nature. I think nature allows us to pause and find things that have been overlooked and are inspiring. Nature provides me with rooms to find breakthroughs and answers, and gives me time to ponder into thoughts. Through my work, I want to bring to our attention the moments that nature allows us to find and look back. I present nature in abstract porous ways so that they can be filled with our moments.

For more details and further impressions of her arts, please have look at her website: http://www.suipark.com …if you share my enthusiasm.

Sui Park is also represented on Instagram and Pinterest with her organic installation arts.

Her contact details according to her website:

suiparkart@gmail.com
artist.suipark@gmail.com