Art Academy Summer Camp 2018 | Week 2

Congratulations to Laoise, Ryan, Gwen, Evan, James, Zo√ę, Rose, Emma, and Heidi on completion of their¬†Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer¬† by Gustav Klimt¬†master copy. The results of their hard work speak for themselves, in the pictures below. Scroll down to the end and check out their process. There is a really cool story behind this painting illustrated well in the film Woman in Gold starring¬†Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Watch the trailer here. You can check it the full length feature on iTunes here.¬†

 

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt master copies from the Summer camp artists of Art Academy Ireland

 

 

Progress images of the work progress through out the week. And of course Oreo the floof.

Henri Rousseau’s “Mandrill in a Jungle” Brought to Life at Art Academy

Well done to all the artist’s who have just completed week 1 at Art Academy’s Summer Art camp.¬†Henri Rousseau’s “Mandrill in a Jungle” has never looked so well painted. Check out the progress shots and final masterpieces in the pictures below. Great work Ois√≠n B, Ois√≠n R, Feidlim, Cornelia, Rose, Billy, Se√°n, Liadan, Elliot, Freddie, Lucy, and Ciara. You all did a fantastic job. You can be very proud of yourselves.

 

 

   

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 Рnot 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.

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 G√©ricault’s “Raft of The Medusa”

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Marie Benoist’s¬†Portrait d’une n√©gresse

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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

10.

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¬† ‚ā¨31.95*

3. House of Disaster 1916 satchel¬† ‚ā¨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. ‚ā¨19.95*

 

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

6. Christmas Sprout novelty snow globe ‚ā¨17.50*

7. Usborne That’s Not my Snowman ‚ā¨17.95*

 

8. A Year In Art: A Painting a Day ‚ā¨21.25*

9. The Art of Chivalry, Music on the theme of love CD.¬† ‚ā¨10.95*

10. Artist¬†Adelle Hickey’s¬†“Art of Connecting” range of beautiful journals and Notebooks. ‚ā¨20- ‚ā¨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 K√§the 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.