Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Save the children

I love this Brazilian advertisement campaign (more examples in the link) against the use of child labour in the fashion industry. "Clothing should not cost a childhood". Subtle images, and quite to the point.

Creative Ads

Friday, January 29, 2016

The miraculous

My most important musical discovery of recent years: Sweden's singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Anna von Hausswolff. I have described her elsewhere as Kate Bush on acid, with a stunning choice of church organs as main accompanying instrument in her second and third albums. The album covers are excellent as well. I selected the cover of the 2015 album The miraculous for today's post. Anders Nydam is credited for the cover photography.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Judge December 1926

The American magazine Judge has featured before in this blog. This cover by John Holmgren is a beautiful piece of Art Deco.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

IJsselmuiden sunrise

Another example of my digital art, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop. This painting-like treatment was applied to an early morning picture I took just over a year ago near our home - it shows the village of IJsselmuiden across the river, the iconic Kampen bridge and tall ships moored at the river shore, opposite our home. The link leads to the original photograph.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Park life

This painting by my wife has graced the shop window of our studio several times already. There is some inspiration by Macke in the subject, but the result is very much her own style.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Monday, January 25, 2016

Potpourri: Paper crab

From time to time I will be highlighting some of my own favourite posts in my parallel blog, Art's Potpourri. These can be recent or from some time ago. This one was originally posted 28 April 2013.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Chinese art factories

The "art factory" is a development of recent years, and the linked article gives an astonishing insight into the phenomenon. Dafen is a Chinese village where 8,000 artists are working on the art world’s version of assembly lines produce three to five million paintings a year. The mind boggles.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016


An experiment that I think is very successful: I shot this abstract by using an aluminium foil cooler bag to reflect colours from one of my wife's paintings. A nice spin-off of the "one shot a day" challenge in 2016 - when weather is not great you look inside for possibilities. Not my most successful shot of the year in terms of responses, but a personal favourite.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.03 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 320
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, January 22, 2016

Vogue January 1928

An interesting Vogue cover that I came across recently. Surprising in its spare (and effective) use of colour. It was created by the famous George Lepape.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Philips radio

A beautiful Art Deco poster with a clear oriental influence for the famous Dutch Philips brand, dating back to 1926. No information on the designer.

Vintage Posters

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tequila sunrise

Well, more of a Tequila sunset, as the Grim Reaper strikes again. On Monday, Eagles founding member, song writer and vocalist Glenn Frey passed away. He (co-)wrote many of their best songs, including absolute favourites like Desperado, Lyin' eyes, and my choice for today, Tequila sunrise. Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Effect of snow at Petit-Montrouge

I was surprised to see that in almost ten years of the lifetime of this blog, I had never featured French painter Edouard Manet. Granted, many of his most famous paintings do not appeal that much to me, but this rather unknown one does. It was created in 1870 with strong hints at what was soon to become the impressionist movement. More about Manet in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The American Magazine September 1924

I love this cover of a magazine that has not featured before in the blog. It was published from 1906 until 1956. This beauty was created by Earl Christy. Appropriate for today with the Australian Open tennis tournament starting.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Qui veut un baiser?

"Who wants a kiss?" is the translation for this French song - another fine example of sheet music art. The design is credited to Belgian artist Peter de Greef. Probably late twenties or early thirties.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016


What better way to round off this week's Bowie tribute than with one of his last songs, the aptly titled Lazarus? This song (and the video) is brutal now that we know he must have realized he was near death when he recorded it. As two commenters put it: "That beautiful SOB. He turned his own death into artistic expression. Genius to the end." and "This video is so unsettling and tragic now. Imagine being in his place, on this shoot, lying in a deathbed that's make-believe to everyone except yourself." Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Friday, January 15, 2016


In his almost 50 years as a recording artist, David Bowie has produced many fantastic albums, and also many fantastic covers. This one for the 1977 album Heroes is possibly the finest cover of them all. The photography is by Masayoshi Sukita (see also here).

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Vogue May 2003 and December 2012

Two fairly recent Vogue covers, both showing supermodel Kate Moss emulating David Bowie, who has always been a pop icon far beyond his music.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bowie Oakland 1978

Continuing the Bowie-themed posts in the blog. This awesome concert poster in neo Art Nouveau style comes from 1978.

Vintage Posters

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nothing has changed

In a cruel twist of fate, I had already pre-posted this single cover before the news yesterday that David Bowie passed away. The title is still strangely appropriate: nothing has changed in our ability to enjoy his music, even though he is no longer with us. More about David Bowie on the linked Wikipedia page.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ashes to ashes (RIP David Bowie)

Yesterday one of the legends of rock, and one of my personal musical heroes passed away. Rest in peace, David Bowie. In his honour, all remaining posts this week will be inspired by him. We start with one of his best songs. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).


Lee Miller

Doomed to remain in the shadow of her lover Man Ray, American photographer Lee Miller (1907-1977) deserves recognition on her own behalf. She was an accomplished photographer, covering fashion shoots, photojournalism, and artistic photography. I quite like her atmospheric take on Paris in the winter, shot a few months after its liberation from German occupation. More about Miller in the Wikipedia entry linked to below.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sonic Highways

The eighth studio album of the American post-grunge band Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways, comes with an amazing architectural cover by Stephan Martiniere. The cityscape includes landmarks of every town used for the production of the album, and features the number 8 prominently a number of times.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Star Trek stamps

A set of stamps scheduled for release this year in the USA - to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Star Trek series. I love the minimalist design, especially of the green stamp.

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Friday, January 08, 2016

Chasing cars

I was rather shocked to read earlier this week that this Snow Patrol song turns ten in 2016. One of my favourites of the century. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).