Online Artist #5: Michael Craig Sieben

I’m a huge fan of what I’ve seen from his work!  His characters are hilarious and quirky but still includes a melancholy tone that I tend to look for in artists.  There’s a sense of sarcastic humor with life threatening forces.  I learned from the previous artist I wrote about (Herbert Baglione) that I’m drawn to interpretations and themes of death.  For example, in the second image, there’s an arrow headband through the character’s head.  It pokes fun at death and creates an easy going, carefree outlook on life.  The personalities he creates are so amusingly witty and yet bizarre and uncommon at the same time.  In the last image, Michael did an installation with a giant blue leg being eaten.  The oddness of the leg provides such dimension and mystery to the piece as a whole.  Michael has the ability to grow a curiosity in his viewers and I hope to provide that in my works as well as the downbeat undertones that Michael and Herbert uses.

For more about Michael Sieben, visit his official website: http://www.msieben.com/

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Online Artist #4: Herbert Baglione

Herbert Bagilone is a Brazilian artist that uses themes such as death, individualism, family, and chaos.  After searching through countless artists online, I’m noticing that I’m drawn to artists that implement a dark element within their works.  Herbert maintains these themes within busy, colorful paint on canvas works to simple works with ink on paper.  Regardless of his medium, he is consistent with the fluidity and body language of the characters he creates.  The faces are mainly expressionless or sad and suffering.  Herbert’s latest ink on paper collection leaves so much room for interpretation.  I really like the way the heads are down and the bodies are mostly closed off.  One drawing that stuck out to me was his HB 53 piece.  There’s a female curled forward with her knees on the ground and her neck is pushing up against the back of a man curled up.  Their bodies form a yin yang- like vibe.  The male has his head in his hands and all you can see is the back of his head.  I really like that Herbert chose to not show the man’s face because it makes me wonder what he’s looking at or what his expression is.  Both of the bodies are naked and bare.  There’s such a straightforward, rawness to this piece that feels very genuine.  I like the open space all around the bodies and nothing else besides the two people.  He expresses them so well that the piece doesn’t need anything else.  Herbert’s work inspires me and gives me ideas on how to convey themes of death and individualism.

Photo of one of his paint on canvas pieces:

His latest gallery of paint on canvas works entitled “The Dark Wave” (displayed December 10, 2009 to January 28, 2010): http://www.fifty24sf.com/2010/past/2010/herbert-baglione/

His current pen on paper works for sale: http://shop.upperplayground.com/#view=details&item=HB-54&search=*category%7C5024sf-gallery-originals/*&currIndex=32&pageSize=32&currSort=sort_order&sortDirection=desc

Published in: on March 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Online Artist #3: Katsushika Hokusai

I remember learning about Katsushika Hokusai in an intro to visual arts class and I was drawn to his color wood block print called Great Wave of Kanagawa.  Wanting to further my knowledge of his catalog, I looked up his work and found this crane piece.  I enjoy this crane image by Hokusai because there seems to be a lot of movement but time stands still.   From what I’ve learned from modern Japanese literature writer Junichiro Tanizaki, Japanese tradition of aesthetics includes asymmetry and irregularity.  This is evident in this Hokusai’s piece.  No two cranes are the same and even if two birds are facing the same way next to each other, one crane’s head will be pointed more upward than the crane in front of it.  The counter-clockwise movement throughout this work as a whole draws the eyes all around the piece without specific emphasis on any one corner or section.  I noticed that the cranes are mostly facing either downward or to the left.  This could be a reference to the Japanese culture of looking to the to the past for answers rather than facing right to the future, the style of “the West”.  Below is another work from Hokusai of a fish swimming up stream.  I like the way he ribbons the water and shows the fish interweaving through the strands.  

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Final Book Pages

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Poster #3

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InDesign Poster Assignment (Poster #1 & #2)

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