Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Beach Vacations: The Best Depictions of Beaches in Art History

Is everyone back from the vacation? Or are there anyone cannot wait to leave for a late vacation for this summer? For those who are stuck at the office yet or who are back at the office, we would like to show you some amazing depictions of beaches in art history (both classical and modern) to cool you down a little bit. I know, the paintings and the sculptures themselves are very refreshing and calming but they will be inevitably much better in person. You can find the exact location of each pieces on the captions in the link below that directs you to the best depictions of beaches in art history lists so that you will know where to go for your next vacation!

Pablo Picasso On the Beach (La Baignade), 1937

Of course, the first piece of art HAS to be by Pablo Picasso. Do you want to know what's next? For the following list of beach paintings and sculptures, please visit artnet News link below.

Bring in beaches in your living rooms, kitchen, and bedrooms! At USAonCanvas, we provide a wide range of giclee and fine art printing options to classical paintings available on our website and photographs you took during your vacation. Have custom fitted to its own Floater Frame or Modern frame, and finally showcased in your very own home - no stereolithography printers required!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Giant Athletes Appear In Rio De Janeiro

Sports players and fans all around the world are enthusiastically gathered in Rio to celebrate the world's quadrennial event, Olympic Games Rio 2016. We are glad that there are artists are among them.

In anticipation of the Olympic Games opening this week-end in Rio De Janeiro, French artist JR unveiled a series of giant installations. The first giant street art piece represents Sudanese athlete Mohamed Younes Idriss who lives and trains in cologne, germany. ‘He missed out on qualification for the 2016 rio olympics but he is there some how,’ JR says. The second artwork which  can be found around the barra neighborhood, showing a diver leaping into an adjacent area of the ocean. also attached to large-scale metal beams, the artwork illustrates an athlete with arms stretched open hovering over nearby rocks and making its way into the water below. via StreetArtNews

JR (...) describes himself as a photograffeur
he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations, 
in a manner similar to the appropriation of the built environment by the graffiti artist. 
He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world"
JR's work combines art and action, and
deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits. 
 via Wikipedia 

The installations utilize a new technique for JR that sees his signature use of photography printed on giant sheets of fabric attached to scaffolds. From comments on Instagram it sounds like we may get to see a few more of these over the next few days. via ThisIsColossal

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tilt-Shift a Van Gogh

All images via melonshade

We posted a blog article about 3D printing of Van Gogh in May. His masterpieces are so loved all around the world that many of his creative fans are reproducing his paintings in different techniques and medium.

Despite our humble opinion that Vincent van Gogh’s works are stunning as is, we were pleasantly entertained by the simple shift in focus made to his paintings by Reddit user melonshade. By placing the works into Photoshop and adding a bit of blur to the painting’s backgrounds, they were able to bring a new perspective to the century-old images, simulating the effect of a tilt-shift lens.

Melonshade’s interventions were inspired by image manipulations previously created by Serena Maylon on Artcyclopedia. You can also view Maylon’s altered works on Imgur. (via Laughing Squid)


What is tilt-shift photography?

Tilt–shift photography is the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene.

Sometimes the term is used when the large depth of field is simulated with digital post-processing; the name may derive from a perspective control lens (or tilt–shift lens) normally required when the effect is produced optically.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Audrey Kawasaki: Paintings on Wood Panel

"Forever Still", 2013
Oil, acrylic, and graphite on wood panel

Los Angeles-based artist Audrey Kawasaki is back with a gorgeous new set of wood panel paintings she's created just for Thinkspace gallery's new show at SCOPE art fair in Miami Beach. Running during Art Basel week, or December 3 to December 8, SCOPE brings together over 100 intentional galleries all under one roof, which each feature work from emerging contemporary artists. This year, SCOPE is at its new location, a huge 70,000 sq. ft. pavilion right on the sands of Miami Beach.
Thinkspace Gallery has just announced its booth lineup which includes solo shows from both Audrey Kawasaki and Dabs Myla. They'll also be exhibiting 12x12 inch works by 50 artists from around the world. Here's just a sample of what you can expect to find by one of our longtime favorite artists, Audrey Kawasaki. Due to the NSFW (or not safe for work) nature of some of these, we took the liberty of cropping a few of them. Make sure to see the full, non-censored preview over at Thinkspace.

"Maybe Tomorrow", 2013
Oil, acrylic, and graphite on wood panel

"Stay With Me", 2013
Oil, acrylic, and graphite on wood panel

"If Only You Knew", 2013
Oil, acrylic, and graphite on wood panel

"Ponderer", 2013
Oil, acrylic, and graphite on wood panel

First Look: Audrey Kawasaki's Gorgeous Wood Panel Paintings By Alice Yoo
via My Modern Met

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Damien Hirst: The 4 Most Shocking Damien Hirst Moments

Damien Hirst just turned to 51 last week and Saatchi Art posted a blog article about the 4 most shocking his moments in the modern art scene to celebrate his birthday. I would love to see the artworks of this controversial artist in person to experience his artworks with all of my senses.

Damien Hirst has been pushing the boundaries of the art industry for his entire career, and shows no signs of slowing down. To celebrate his birthday, we thought we’d take a look back at some of his most shocking moments. 

Damian Hirst, standing in front of his 2006 piece, “I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds”
made from butterflies and household gloss on canvas. (Image: The Telegraph)

1. In 1992, Hirst burst onto the scene when his work was included in the Young British Artists show at the Saatchi Gallery in London.


“The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of the Living”
by Damien Hirst. (Image: Damien Hirst)

Hirst immediately grabbed attention for his piece “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of the Living” – a 14-foot-long glass tank holding a tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde. Originally commissioned in 1991 and sold in 2004 for an undisclosed amount (rumored to be $8 million), Hirst’s shark came to represent the epitome of British art in the 1990s. Praised by the New York Times for creating a “visceral experience” of life and death, the piece was also mocked and criticized by British newspapers calling it, “£50,000 for fish without chips.” (The Guardian, 2012). 

2. “In and Out Of Love” installation at Tate Modern’s 2012 retrospective of Hirst contained thousands of live butterflies.


“In and Out of Love (White Paintings and Live Butterflies)”
by Damien Hirst (Image: Damien Hirst)

Installed in two windowless rooms in London’s Tate Modern, visitors could observe thousands of live butterflies flying above their heads, resting on the walls and eating fruit from bowls. While initially praised by art critics, the death toll of 9,000 butterflies by the exhibit’s close, many of them stepped on or injured by swatting visitors, had animal rights groups up in arms. A spokesperson for England’s RSPCA said, “There would be national outcry if the exhibition involved any other animal, such as a dog. Just because it is butterflies, that does not mean they do not deserve to be treated with kindness.” (The Telegraph, 2012)
“It’s about love and realism, dreams, ideals, symbols, life and death. I worked out many possible trajectories for these things, like the way the real butterfly can destroy the ideal (birthday-card) kind of love; the symbol exists apart from the real thing. Or the butterflies still being beautiful even when dead. “ – Damien Hirst


3. In 2007, Hirst grabbed the attention of fans and critics alike when he created “For the Love of God,” a diamond-encrusted skull made of platinum. The asking price for the piece was £50 million.


“For the Love of God,” by Damien Hirst. (Image: Damien Hirst)

The sculpture, made by Hirst for a whopping £14 million, consists of a platinum cast of a human skull, real human teeth and 8,601 flawless pavé-laid diamonds. While it’s still disputed whether or not Hirst was able to sell the piece for the full £50 million asking price, if he indeed had, it would be the most expensive single piece of artwork ever sold by a living artist. (The Guardian, 2010)


4. In 2008, Hirst unconventionally auctioned his work directly to the public through Sotheby’s Auction House. The sale brought in $200.7 million, breaking the record for a single artist auction.


“The Golden Calf,” by Damien Hirst on display. (Image: The New York Times)

The prior record for a single-artist auction had been set in 1993 when 88 works by Picasso sold for a total of $20 million

Hirst’s top-selling piece, “The Golden Calf” a white bull in formaldehyde with 18-carat gold hoofs, horns and golden halo sold for $18.6 million. In the end, 223 works by Hirst were sold to collectors all over the world. (New York Times, 2008)
To see more provoking artworks by Damien Hirst, check out the video below where the artist and Tate Modern curator, Ann Gallagher, explore each of the pieces in his 2012 retrospective.

Article from CANVAS, a blog by Saatchi Art 

Damien Hirst's current exhibitions

Sculpture on the Move 1946-2016 / Group Exhibition
Kunstmuseum Basel
19 April 2016 – 18 September 2016

William Hunter to Damien Hirst: The Dead Teach the Living / Group Exhibition
Hunterian Art Gallery
25 March 2016 – 5 March 2017

At Home / Group Exhibition
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
19 March 2016 – 3 July 2016

New Religion / Solo Exhibition
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska
17 March 2016 – 27 May 2016

Money, Good and Evil: A Visual History of Economics / Group Exhibition
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden Museum and Casino Baden-Baden
5 March 2016 – 19 June 2016


Friday, May 20, 2016

3D Printing a Van Gogh

Starry Night (1889) by Vincent van Gogh is one of the most recognized and iconic paintings of the Impressionist movement, perhaps even Western history. Painted while van Gogh was in a French asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, it depicts the east-facing window of his room, just before sunrise. The eternally intriguing painting features an evocative sky with swirling clouds and blazing stars, above undulating blue-black mountains in the background, a cypress tree in the foreground, and an idealized village nestled sleepily in the mountainside. Custom Prototypes (Toronto, Canada) considered the painting's thick, expressive paint application and high relief were ideal elements to showcase the artistic capabilities of contemporary 3D printers.

Thus a 3D printed replica of Starry Night was created.

Analyzing a high resolution image of the painting, Custom Prototypes created a digital 3D model of the "primed" canvas. The group was able to recreate a textured digital model using a combination of picture editing and modeling software Photoshop, Solidworks, and Materialize Magics. They also decided to recreate a period frame for the "painting" by scanning an original 19th century Impressionist frame loaned by a local art dealer. A stereolithography 3D printer was instrumental in producing the artwork in six separate pieces.

Then the bare 3D printed "painting" needed to be painted! 

In partnership with a professional art restorer, Custom Prototypes painstakingly applied color and finishing processes to reproduce each point on the surface of the painting. Aging processes and a final varnish were applied to the painting and the frame was painted and trimmed with gold leaf to achieve a complete artistic effect.

The painting was unveiled at the 2016 Additive Manufacturing User Group conference where it won in the Advanced Finishing category of the Technical Competition.

3D printing is a fascinating innovation with limitless possibilities. On the other hand, although 3D printing a replica of a painting is a novel idea, it is not quite an option for everyone. Many will still prefer traditional canvas and paper ephemera for its classic feel and ease of accessibility.

At USAonCanvas, we offer a wide range of giclee and fine art printing options. Our classics gallery hosts hundreds of painting masterpieces, including Van Gogh's Starry Night. Select your favourite to reproduce with our quality giclee inks, have custom fitted to its own classically ornate frame, and finally showcased in your very own home - no stereolithography printers required!