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:
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 outdoordrawing 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?
Born in 1974 in Moscow. In 1991 – finished the Tomsky art school at the Surikov Art Institute. In 1998 – graduated from Surikov Art Institute, the workshop of prof. Zabelin. Since 1998 member of the Moscow Union of Artists. Since 1992 participated in youth exhibitions. 1998 – two exhibitions, the Central House of Artist, Moscow; 1999 – exhibition, the Central House of Artist, Moscow; 2000 – exhibition, Hague, Holland; 2001 – two exhibitions, the Central House of Artist, Moscow; 2002 – two exhibitions, the Central House of Artist, Moscow; 2002 – Moscow International Art Salon, the Central House of Artist, Moscow; 2002 – exhibition, the All-Russian Foundation of Culture, Moscow. 2003 – exhibition, the Central House of Artist, Moscow
2004 – personal exhibition in Paris, France; 2005 – personal exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow; 2006 – group exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow; 2007 – personal exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow; 2009 – personal exhibition, New York, USA; 2012 – personal exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow.
Paintings by PETER BEZRUKOV stored in museums and private collections in the USA, the Netherlands, Britain, France and Russia.
Unfortunately, PETER BEZRUKOV seem to have no personal website. But if you like to see further art pieces of him or if you are interested in purchasing paintings & prints, please visit the gallery below…
“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.”
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…
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.
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:
It was a tough decision to select examples of EDWARD BURTYNSKY`s brilliant series of landscape and industrial photography.
Well, I would like to introduce the ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT that includes a collection of remarkable photographic insights to you…
“[We] come from nature.…There is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it… If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.” – Edward Burtynsky
THE AESTHETIC OF DESTRUCTION
To talk about “Terraforming” of the Earth by mining, urbanization, indus-trialization, industrialized agriculture, deforestation, etc. that is resulting in a reduction of biodiversity, climate changes, equalized biogeographies etc. is a minimization in my view. Let`s face the truth…it is bare destruction.
EDWARD BURTYNSKY is able to capture moments of heart-breaking beauty even within all this destruction. Sometimes it takes a second till you realize the entire scenario. I think, this smart twist contributes to the feeling of disturbance, his work is leaving.
FINE ARTS TO MAKE THE UNSEEN VISIBLE AND TO RISE AWARENESS
Watching his outstanding landscape photography involuntary leaves you with the impression that our planet is eaten alive — by us.
Deadly injured, covered with open wounds and scars, the Earth still provides us with all resopurces we need to further expand, dominate the creation and grow our population without any rhyme or reason.
Desparation, feeling helpless, and guilty… Let`s begin with changing ourself. I am sure that each one of us knows best where and how he is able to reduce his personal ecological footprint….Right?
BY THE WAY, WHAT IS THE “ANTHROPOCENE”?
Admittedly, I had to look it up….
The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited to, anthropogenic climate change. Various different start dates for the Anthropocene have been proposed, ranging from the beginning of the Agricultural Revolution 12,000–15,000 years ago, to as recent as the Trinity test in 1945. The most recent period of the Anthropocene has been referred to by several authors as the Great Acceleration during which the socioeconomic and earth system trends are increasing dramatically, especially after the Second World War. (wikipedia)
ABOUT THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT
Another collaboration from Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, and Jennifer Baichwal, The Anthropocene Project is a multimedia exploration of the complex and indelible human signature on the Earth.
Originally conceived as a photographic essay and the third in a trilogy of films including Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the project quickly evolved to include film installations, large-scale Burtynsky High-Resolution Murals enhanced by film extensions, 360° VR short films, and augmented reality installations.
Embracing and developing innovative techniques, the trio embarked on an epic journey around the world (to every continent save Antarctica) to capture the most spectacular evidence of human influence, while taking time to reflect on the deeper meaning of what these profound transformations signify. The result is a collection of experiences that will immerse viewers in the new world of the Anthropocene epoch, delivering a sense of scale, gravity, and impact that both encompasses and moves beyond the scope of conventional screens and prints.
The project includes:
a major travelling museum exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada before it will travel to Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia (MAST) in Bologna in Spring 2019;
a new release of Edward Burtynsky photographs;
a feature documentary film;
immersive interactive experiences in augmented and virtual reality;
IN THE NEWS (09th Jan. 2019): ANTHROPOCENE won $100K Rogers Best Canadian Film Award – Congratulations!
ABOUT EDWARD BURTYNSKY
Edward Burtynsky (born February 22, 1955) is Canadian photographer and artist known for his large format photographs of industrial landscapes. His work is housed in more than 60 museums including the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris and others.
Burtynsky received his BAA in Photography/ Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982, and in 1985 founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto’s art community.
Early exposure to the sites and images of the General Motors plant (the workplace of his father) in his hometown helped to formulate the development of his photographic work. His imagery explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet; an inspection of the human systems we’ve imposed onto natural landscapes.
Edward Burtynsky won several well-known prices & awards (e.g. Officer of The Order of Canada in 2006) and received several honorary doctorates.
Furthermore, he is an active lecturer on photographic art, who is welcome in various notable galleries, universities and libraries.
His images appear in numerous periodicals each year including Canadian Art, Art in America, The Smithsonian Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Flash Art, Blind Spot, Art Forum, Saturday Night, National Geographic and the New York Times.
For further details, please feel free to visit his website that contains more galleries of awesome photos, an overview of his publications and EDWARD BURTYNSKY`s event calendar:
Sonia Payes is a conceptually-based artist working with photography, multi-media, animation and sculpture, who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. A strong environmental narrative permeates Payes’ works and the cycle of re-creationis explored in her wildly dystopian landscapes. A veil of memory and awareness filters Payes’ works, her images exploring the cycle of transformation form birth to regeneration, charting humanity’s capacity to continually adjust to changes in the earth’s mutable environment.
Born in Lancashire he began his career as an architect.
After having extensively travelled the world, he returned to London to concentrate on his passion of landscape painting and becoming a contemporary artist.
Now painting full time, Taylor uses his visual memory as his main point of reference. His style often described as ‘Turneresque’ are paintings based on simply, land, sea and sky, in his eyes the essence of landscape painting. The forces of nature just waiting to be immortalised on canvas.
Using oil as his choice of medium, he manipulates the paint with palette knife and brushes to build depth and atmosphere into his work, that reflect the dramatic weather conditions he enjoys painting.
His work described by many has having a spiritual and mystic quality that leaves the viewer to establish an horizon and to engage in the semi abstract forms that fuse together making the landscape come to life.
His paintings hang in private collections in Europe, The Middle East, Asia and the USA.
Taylor continues to live and paint in his studio in Dulwich South London.