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:

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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.

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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.

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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”

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Marie Benoist’s Portrait d’une négresse

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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Top 10 Christmas Gift Idea’s at the National Gallery of Ireland

It can be quite a challenge to think of a unique and special gift for all of our loved ones at Christmas. To avoid the dull jumpers, socks and bath sets – destined for re-gifting – it would be worth popping into The National Gallerys gift shop. It is full of gifting gems.

You can pick up some absolute treasures for all ages and that suit every pocket. Avert the queues at over crowded shopping centres. Escape to the National Gallery and enjoy a heavenly walk through the exhibitions, a lunch in the cafe and check off your entire Christmas list at the shop, in one genius stroke.

It was difficult to whittle it down but here are my top 10 picks:

1. Tatty Divine Make-Up Bag. I’m loving the quirky bejewelled braces.

2. This handsome wallet  €31.95*

3. House of Disaster 1916 satchel  €67.95*

 

 

4. The official National Gallery of Ireland Diary. There is an art piece from the NGI collection depicted for every week of the year. €19.95*

 

5. If you gotta gift sock, at least make them Van Gogh. €5.50*

6. Christmas Sprout novelty snow globe €17.50*

7. Usborne That’s Not my Snowman €17.95*

 

8. A Year In Art: A Painting a Day €21.25*

9. The Art of Chivalry, Music on the theme of love CD.  €10.95*

10. Artist Adelle Hickey’s “Art of Connecting” range of beautiful journals and Notebooks. €20- €30*

*at time of publication: 08th December 2017

 

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Netflix for Art Lovers

Dark evenings and constant talk of “it’s expected to snow” call for staying in by the crackling fire, comfort food and Netflix. If you love art and simultaneously are suffering Game of Thrones withdrawl, Medici, Masters of Florence on Netflix is just for you.

Medici: Masters of Florence tells the story of the rise to power of the Medici dynasty. The drama unfolds against the beautiful back drop of Renaissance Italy, in all of it’s architectural and artistic glory.

If you are missing “Robb Stark” Richard Madden plays the lead character Cosimo De Medici. John Bradley West of “Sam Tarley” fame plays a Medici cousin. Another GoT favourite Dustin Hoffman plays “Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici”

IMDB rates the series 8/10. Season 1 was released on the 9th of December 2016 with Season 2 promised “by the end of the year” (2017?) Check it out on Netflix here

   

      Image Refs: Stills from the Netflix original series Medici Masters of Florence.

 

 

If Art is Not the Champion of Your School, Is Your School a Champion?

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo Da VINCI

Art is not celebrated in Irish schools. Merely tolerated, viewed by the uninformed as a low level hobby. The art room often confined to some dusty corner of the school is only seen as useful when perhaps there a background that needs painting for a school play. Recent results from the Central Statistics Office however show, that this strategy is a grave mistake.

The survey concludes that; “On analysing the results, we found that students who studied Art along with Science or Maths performed better in the tests than those who did not study Art.” No news here, it has been obvious for over  500 years. Leonardo Da Vinci, the obvious poster child. You can check out the survey in the link below.  Such facts beg the question if art is not the champion of your school, is your school a champion?

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Life Death and War by Käthe Kollwitz is showing at The National Gallery

I went to visit the National Gallery twice last week. I was lucky enough to have a ticket for the closing week of the wonderful Vermeer exhibition. The second visit was to see an exhibition showing in the Print Gallery*.

I am currently attending Block-T workshops under artist Nicolas Robinson and visited “Life Death and War” by Käthe Kollwitz on his recommendation.

Käthe Kollwitz was an important German artists born in 1867. This exhibition consists of 38 of her prints and drawings. I was particularly drawn to her portraiture draughtmanship. As well as portraits we see her dramatic, theatrical, graphic style prints.

The work is quite dark in subject matter. It may be best to attend in your best form. After she married in 1891, Käthe moved to a poor district in North Berlin. Her work shows empathy towards the working classes and the horrors of death and loss due to war.

Her own son Peter was killed in the opening weeks of World War I. Her series of monochrome woodcut prints convey her trauma from this event aswel as the universal suffering caused by war. Again, this is not a light subject but the work is stunning.

The artist tackles some difficult themes, starving children, a mothers loss of a child to war, helpless peasants using farm tools as weapons in Bauernkreig. Suffering is highlighted and the horrors of war and bereavement are the focal point.

The exhibition runs until the 10th of December and admission is free.

*The print Gallery is located where here the Margaret Clarke exhibition was shown. At the exit point of Vermeer, there is a children’s drawing area and a stair case. The Print gallery, for those unfamiliar, is directly up those stairs.

A wonderful week at Art Academy July Summer Camp 2017

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark Michelangelo

I had the pleasure of teaching art to some remarkable young people last week ( 17 – 21 July 2017 ), from as young as the age of 5 up to 13 years of age. They all had one thing in common; a love of art and a dedication to challenging themselves to greater heights.

Art Academy training teaches traditional art skills. It avoids the gluing dried pasta onto card or make prints of your hands and calling the prints spiders, genre of art education.  You wouldn’t find any glitter glue or poster paints at the Academy. Art Academy seeks to raise the standard of art and art training here in Ireland. Classical art skills are the fundamental building blocks of any artistic journey.

Last weeks young artists preformed very well. They are a credit to themselves and their families. The future of art in Ireland is safely in their hands. Just because you are small it does not mean that you are not capable of great things.

Michelangelo, arguably the greatest artist and sculptor that ever lived, was 4 years old when he carved his first piece of stone. Bit of a health and safety issue with giving 4 year olds chisels and hammers ( my insurance company if you are reading this, calm down, I sent zero children into a quarry )  but you can take my point.

There is no instant gratification with realist art. We are all used to instant results so this can be a challenge. I can order the art materials for the entire week of the camp with one click of the mouse and they will promptly arrive at my door. With art, it takes more time and focus to accomplish your goals than many other things. It is a mindful practice. When, eventually, you complete a challenge, there is a high sense of achievement as you are confident in yourself, that you have earned your result.

I will attach some pictures and give a quick overview of our lovely art week. And sincerely congratulate the artists again on a job well done. There will be further art camps announced. I like to keep the Academy camps small in numbers so watch this space if you are interested booking.

First we had a look at some colour theory. How do we mix colours? What makes a colour dark or light? What makes it primary or secondary? What is brown?

We took a look at some of Harry Clarke’s work and his wonderful use of colour. The artists made some Harry Clarke inspired stained glass of their own.

The Harry Clarke style pieces left drying.

The artists worked on their monochrome tonal scales

The artist were introduced to the artist Caravaggio and his use of light and shade.

Our theory and demo area

Caravaggio used light and shade (tone) to render form and make his 2D paintings look 3 dimensional.

A painting of the sphere  above therefore differs from a painting of a flat circle below.

Students created tonal studies of the effect light has on form.

Combining colour theory with tonal studies the art students worked on identifying the main light and shade areas of a still life, using the restricted palette.

The fallout every evening 😉

Finally the students completed the fundamental art elements revision exercise.

Rathmines Library outfitted Art Academy with a mini art library for the week. We are very grateful for these great references. There was an art library and “free drawing area” available for when artists need to take mini breaks.

I am sorry I didn’t take more pictures of the work. Well done to all the artists to took part. A fantastic week.

Some client feedback 🙂 x

The art studio/gallery space for the week

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Camp for grown-ups at Block T

As an artists and/or art teacher I believe that it absolutely imperative that we are  the perpetual learner. Here in Ireland there are little hidden pockets of artistic gold waiting to be absorbed. I  intend to seek these out, enjoy them for myself to build on my artistic knowledge but also share them with you.

One such gem can be found in Block T. Recently I have had the pleasure of completed the realism oil painting course there, under the expert tutelage of Florentine academy multi-award winning artist  Nicholas Benedict Robinson. I will share with you my journey on his course in the images below. It being by no means the poster model but it gives you some idea of how I progressed the painting. We worked from direct observation of the live model for 6 Wednesday evenings. Nicholas is an excellent teacher of this method.

The good news is there is another such upcoming workshop so don’t feel you have missed out. There is a full week coming up 31st July – 4th of August. Keep an eye on the Block T website and Nicholas’s website for further courses. You can check how I got on at the last workshop below: