Botticelli’s Birth of Venus Masterpieces by Week 1 Easter Camp Artists.

Congratulations to Ruth, Sarah, Oisín, Ava, Karl, Olaf, Seán, Lucy, Isobel, Aoileann, Nicola and Róise on completion of their Botticelli Birth of Venus masterpieces today at Art Academy art camp. They have done a wonderful job spending their Easter holidays creating beautiful art, learning new skills and making friends.

The original painting by Botticelli was created over 500 years ago and you can go to visit it in Florence Italy in the Uffizi Galleries. Take a look at their website here.

Some Renaissance art books for children we took at look at this week are: Botticelli by Mike Venezia and Rennaisance published by Usbourne

These can be borrowed from Rathmines Library 

The art sticker book we used was bought from the shop at the gorgeous National Gallery of Ireland.  

Art Academy wishes everyone a very happy Easter. Tomorrow is the final day of camp for the 6-9 yo artists and we are looking forward to art camp for the 9-14 yo next week.

 

#Botticelli #Uffizzigalleries Uffizi Gallery#Gallerieuffizi #Rennaisance #artcamp #ArtAcademy

 

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

 

Preview of Art Source at the RDS this weekend

Art Source opened at the RSD last night  (Thur 8th Nov 2018). Here are a preview of my fav pieces from the show. Enjoy. You can view them all in person at the event today, tomorrow and Sunday.

 

 

By Fergus A Ryan

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These charming gents were playing at Art Source: Band the Pheonix

Art Source info

Realist painting by Jean Paul Marsman 

By FLETCHER SIBTHORP

By Ken Hamilton

By Stephen Johnston

 

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By Gordon Harris

By Gordon Harris

 

photo refs and own photos from the opening: https://www.gormleys.ie/artists/

 

Can You Name all 16 Artworks Featured in The Carters Glorious Apeshit Music Video?

Beyonce and Jay Z aka The Carters, take over the french art museum The Louvre for the visuals for their music video Apeshit.

Put your art history knowledge to the test. See how many pieces of art from the video you can name. The answers are under each still, so if you don’t want an early spoiler, take care to scroll slowly. Here we go:

1.

Too easy. We all know this one, by one of my personal favourite artists of all time. Sorry zero points for guessing correctly here. Next.

2.Sculpture of Nike – not the sports shoes; the Greek Goddess of Victory. See if you can spot a miniature statue of Nike on the table in the painting An Angel at my Table by Miriam Escofet. She won this years BP Portrait Prize for her painting. Nike indeed heralded victory here.

3.

The dancers preform in front of The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David. The painting depicts Napoleon crowning his wife Josephine, the first Empress of the french. Is anyone else being crowned in this video? What do you think? Scroll down for number 4.

4.Great Sphinx of Tanis which happens to be todays Artwork of the Day on the The Louvre’s website  for fellow art nerds.

5.

Venus de Milo, one of the most famous works of ancient Greek Sculpture. Sometimes it’s called the Aphrodite of Milos so both answers are correct.

6.Jay Z raps in front of Géricault’s “Raft of The Medusa”

7.

Marie Benoist’s Portrait d’une négresse

8.

A second painting byJacques-Louis David is featured. The Oath of the Horatii, is skewed by the camera angle so double points for naming this one.

9.

French artist Jacques-Louis David features again with, The Intervention of the Sabine Women

10.

Ary Scheffer, The Ghosts of Paolo and Francesca Appear to Dante and Virgil

11.

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13.

If you answered number 6 correctly, you probably also named this second Géricault painting The Charging Chasseur too.

14.

16. Bonus Points for naming this one: because to be perfectly honest , I can’t think of the answer myself.

How did you do? Interesting choices of artwork, aren’t they. What do you think each was chosen to represent? Also what have we missed, comment below,  I’d love to know your thoughts. Enjoy watching the full video here. Buy the album here. 

Photo Credits: Stills from the music video on Youtube.

 BP Portrait Award Winner 2018

Art Academy wishes to extend a warm congratulations to artist Miriam Escofet winner of the BP Portrait Award 2018. Miriam’s winning painting is titled “An Angel at my Table” and is a portrait of her mother.

You can see the portrait, and all selected paintings, in the BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibition, open from Thursday. A day trip to London is on the cards. Try Skyscanner for flights from €55. This is a painting worth seeing in person.

Queens of Art

I am very excited for my upcoming exhibition Queens of Art exhibition at the Minerva Gallery during the Harold’s Cross Community Festival:

Local artist Sheila Flaherty will present an exhibition of her drawings (including one large wall drawing) at the Minerva Gallery* during the week of the festival.

Poet Catherine Ann Cullen will open the exhibition on Thursday, May 17, at 6pm.

Artist’s statement:  Queens of Art is a celebration of successful female artists throughout history. Consisting of 9 portraits, this series of art, focuses the spotlight on these artists and their stories. They serve to remind us of our own individual life goals and inspire us to strive towards them and find success as they have.

*Minerva Gallery is situated in Harold’s Cross beside Five Points coffee shop and across from the Maxol Petrol Station. Map at end of post
Title : Queens of Art
Artist: Sheila Flaherty http://artacademy.ie/
Curator: Eoin Mac Lochlainn https://emacl.wordpress.com/
Opening reception on Thursday the 17th of May at 6pm
Exhibition continues on Saturday 19th May 2-5pm
and Sunday 20th of May 12-5pm

 

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What To Watch: Films for Art Lovers

If you like to learn about art, while being entertained and enjoying a bit of screen time from the comfort of your sofa, here are my top picks from Netflix, iTunes and RTÉ. Make some popcorn.

RTÉ One 05th September 2018, 9.35pm Citizen Lane (2018) IMDb: 8.3

“The contemplation of beauty is no idle practice, beauty speaks for the soul of man (or woman) , to our higher selves and any city that celebrates such practice, can truly be considered great.”

The cleverly named “Citizen Lane”,  tells the story of the man behind one of my very favourite and often under rated, art galleries here in Dublin, Ireland The Hugh Lane Gallery.  Hugh Lane is played by an unrecognisable Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, best known as Nidge to Love/Hate fans.

The feature-length documentary is due to air on RTÉ one on September 5th 2018 at 9.35pm, after the news.

“CITIZEN LANE – In Irish Cinemas May 18th
A Portrait of Hugh Lane: aesthete, collector, dealer, philanthropist.”

You can watch the trailer here. 

Picture credits: Still from the trailer by Eclipse Pictures.

iTunes: Woman in Gold. (2015) IMDb rating: 7.3  (when it’s above a 7, you know you’re in for a great film)

Women in Gold, is a remarkable true story surrounding the Gustav Kilmt painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, often referred to as the Austrian Mona Lisa.

The film is set sixty years after Maria Altmann’s (played by Helen Mirren) nerve-wracking escape, fleeing her home in Vienna during World War II to emigrate to the United States with her husband Fritz. Adele Bloch-Bauer I, is Maria Altmann’s beloved aunt.

The portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is one of many of her family possessions seized by the Nazis. However the Gustav Klimt painting, now more than a portrait of her aunt, has become a national treasure hanging in the Belvedere Gallery and valued at 135 million dollars. It becomes clear that the Austrian’s are not going to give it up easily.

Together with her young and inexperienced but courageous lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), she sets out on an incredible journey to reclaim what she believes is rightfully hers.

Woman in Gold is available on iTunes. You can watch the trailer here

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

Picture Reference: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Netflix: Girl with a Pearl Earring. (2004) IMDB rating: 6.9 (so close!!)

More from Netflix for art lover here

You can check out a previous post Netflix for Art Lovers for a Renaissance inspired series but if it’s a film your after Girl with a Pearl Earring is beautiful. Now available on Netflix, Girl With A Pearl Earring, imagines the story of the model behind the famous Dutch masterpiece of the same name.

Based on the book by Tracy Chevalier it is not a factual story, we simply do not know very much about the real sitter for the Johannes Vermeer painting. Yet it gives us a glimpse of life in 17th century Delft and what it may have been like to live and paint there.

Vermeer is known as The Master of Light and this is reflected in the way the film is lit, in keeping with the style of his paintings. It is beautifully shot. I wasn’t sure how the book would translate on screen, given it is written from the point of view of the private thoughts of it’s heroine but it works. Scarlett Johansson is ideally cast as the protagonist  Greit.

You can check out the art based on the famous Vermeer painting, by the young artist’s of Art Academy’s Easter Camp here.

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Picture Reference: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Upcoming Summer Camp at Art Academy:

 

New Year, Exciting Plans Ahead.

Happy new year from Art Academy. It’s a fresh new year and time to start making exciting plans. The nicest gift I received this Christmas was this diary from The National Gallery of Ireland. It is a weekly diary and has a different pieces of art from the collection to inspire on each page.

I had wrote a post on my top fav gift idea’s from the gallery shop. I had planned to pick one up in January and Breda Flaherty beat me to it. A beautiful gift to receive and it makes me feel excited for the year ahead. You can get yours at their store in the gallery on Merrion Square.  May your 2018 be wonderful.

This is my 3rd NGI diary and I am set to continue.

 

Flesh tones; inspiration by the Great Masters at the newly refurbished National Gallery of Ireland

Detail from Head of a Bearded Man by Peter Paul Rubens

I am working on a painting at the moment. Experimenting with oils. By painting I mean realist, representational painting from life. It is a return to a childhood ideal.

As a teenager and even a child, my vision of what I thought attending art college would be like, was unbeknownst to me, already extinct. I had visited the National Gallery of Ireland as a child. Standing in awe before Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ, I could feel that art was powerful. I needed to be involved in this alchemy. I wanted to learn to create it. I imagined, after school, I would attend something like, what was once The Metropolitan School of Art. There would be easels and drawing classes. There would be artists.

Art college was different from what I expected. I studied Graphic Design and Art and Education in the end. Learned plenty but something was missing. I practiced life drawing in my evenings and free time. Recently at a loose end, I tried oils. I didn’t know how to use them but from the moment I picked up a piece of oil paint and placed it on the canvas, I knew, there is magic here. No other medium will ever compare. It holds a richer and bolder quality than anything I have tried. And as much as I enjoy the graphic side of my work there is a realness to oil that no computer screen or camera can quite live up to.

I understand and believe we reside in an era of a New Renaissance. It is evident in every arena. Where once stood Galileo Galilei , we now explore space. Where Leonardo Da Vinci excelled in engineering, we are speeding ahead with technology. Science, music, theatre, film, literature and art are evolving. To progress the field of visual art we can look to the Old Masters as those in the Renaissance looked to Ancient Greece and Rome. It is my opinion that we must build on this past mastery and raise the standard of art here in Ireland. The National Gallery of Ireland is one place to start.

In order to better understand how Masters like Rembrandt and Rubens approached painting flesh tones, I returned to the place that inspired me as a child, the now recently refurbished National Gallery of Ireland. The NGI is stunning. Below are some studies from todays visit, concerning skin tones. It is wonderful the variation and wide spectrum of colour used to paint skin especially the unexpected colours like violets, greens and greys.

Detail from Lady Gregory by William Orpen

Detail from John Count McCormack by William Orphen

Detail from The Dead Ptarmigan by William Orphen

   Detail from Portrait of Henry Shefflin by Gerry Davis

Detail from Portrait of Philippe Roettiers by Nicolas de Largilliere

Full portrait 

Detail from Lady holding a glove by Rembrandt van Rijn

 

Image of the full portrait

I was especially drawn to the depiction of hair in this detail from Thomas pooley’s Sir Phillip Perceval

As above

Detail from Jupiter and Ganymede by Nicolaes van Helt Stockade

Detail from Saint John  the Baptist in the Wildereness attributed to Michele Desubleo

Detail from The Penitent Magdalene by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Bretonne by Roderick O’Conor

The Grand Gallery at the NGI

These images are a point of reference for my portrait studies but are best enjoyed in real life. A visit to the National Gallery is a must.

The story behind the winking playing card on the canal

Photo credit Instagram: @bmv_20th_century_boy

Each Summer Dublin Canvas pours it’s kaleidoscope of colour across Dublin city.  Traffic light boxes are adorned with a rainbow of public artworks and our city becomes a wonderful outdoor art gallery curated by David Murtagh. An exciting group of exceptional artists are painting again this Summer and I am honoured to be counted among them.

Tomorrow morning you might spot Queen Ester winking at you, from her corner at Canal Road / Grove Road, near Rathmines bridge.  Ester was originally designed from my degree show, storytelling by choosing two elements from my childhood, namely Mass and memories of Daddy playing card games.

Ester is a biblical story from the Old Testament. At the time a graphic designer I chose to tell the story using the medium of re-appropriated playing cards. She is a queen with a kind heart, a dangerous secret and a precarious plan.

Photo credit Instagram: @cristinlarkin

 

In the story, Ester is a poor girl but chosen by the king of Persia for her beauty. The King passes a law to “exterminate” all of the Jews in his lands. Brave and kind Ester hatches a dangerous plan to save her people. She herself is secretly a Jew. Hoping the king will avoid the bad PR of having to kill his queen, she reveals that she is Jewish, forcing the hand of the king to revoke the cruel law. Her plan is as precarious as a house of cards.

       

She plays a dangerous game, gambling with her own life. On the canal Ester winks and shares her secret plot with passers-by. Secret codes and symbols are hidden in her image.

  

The painting process employed, is that similar to screen printing or reduction block or lino print. This design uses only 4 colours yellow, red, blue and black.* Each colour is applied separately and in order from light to dark. It was fun to work on, especially on a glorious day like today.

Yellow is primarily applied

Next some red

The blue is put down

And finally voilá, the darkest colour, black

I actually did the back and sides before the face:

You can look forward to more Dublin Canvas art popping up all over the city in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on the website and follow on Instagram for more pics of all the work.

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A little behind the scenes stencil cutout

*yes, I know, I cheated. I decided to pop on a bit of green paint marker on the stem of the flower at the 11th hour but hey.