Sunday, March 13, 2011

Basoeki Abdullah- “My Fair Lady” and “Mother and Kid”

A master of realism, Basoeki Abdullah brings his horses to life in his paintings. Horses are visually powerful animals that symbolize nature at its most magnificent with its speed, virility and nobility.

The horse has a special seat in history, often prized and revered by various cultures. Horses are by far one of the most important animals that have contributed to the development of human civilization.

The independent free spirit of the horse is captured in “My Fair Lady” in full gallop through a misty setting. The raw power the horse’s musculature and the atmospheric rendering of the action make this awe-inspiring work by the late master. There is a dream–like quality to “My Fair Lady” and the horses seemed mythical in depiction with a otherworldly spectral of slender maiden in their midst.

My Fair Lady

In comparison, “Mother and Kid” is a touching representation of a mare and her baby at ease in nature. Traditionally,”Mother and Kid” painting celebrate the bond of the maternal figure to her offspring, and here we see a powerful maternal figure seemingly preparing her child for its new adventure in the big wide world as represented by the spacious plains and the mountain scenery.

Mother and Kid

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ye Yongqing - Mix Media Work

Hello all and a happy Saturday.This is a continuation of yesterday's post and am glad to say I've kept one more promise to write today. So I'll start writing now as I really have to go to the mall to get Ray and Roy (my twin children) some rab clothing as they are having a camp out tonight

This mix media work by Ye Yongqing was previously part of a set of installation mix-media works entitled “9 birdcages in winter”. “9 birdcages in winter” first made their debut at the 1st Shanghai Biennale and were considered an important milestone of Ye Yongqing’s creative processes. In them, the Chinese art critic, Li Xianting felt that Ye “has put fragments of his different temporal life experiences together on a single surface, evoking that state between dreaming and waking”.

In the 1990s back from his travels from USA and Europe, Ye started creating paintings inspired by images of daily life like bird cages, automobiles, vintage photographs and caricatures. To him these paintings filled with graffiti like scribbles, were like a blog, a record of his random thoughts and expression independent of regionalism. Yet his mix media works with the bird cage as a theme seemed to show that the artist felt restraint. The birdcage traditionally symbolizes the loss of freedom, that of the bird. A man- made device to trap and contain nature, or in this case, a free spirit.

Yong Qing’s enduring artistic endeavor is to move beyond his cultural, physical and mental confines, be they real or self imposed. As an artist, he has learned to change and adapt beyond his own boundaries and across borders.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan hit by an earthquake and tsunami

Hello all, this is not a schedule post as I actually have another post that I intend to publish. But as you all might know a tragedy had recently hit Japan. To be precise it is an earthquake and a tsunami.

I’ve this video to share about what happened in Japan and hope this helps. To all my readers and fellow bloggers in Japan please be careful and stay safe. This is all a test and God’s will. We’re with you guys in heart and prayers.

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