Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Oil Spill by Fabian Oefner

Oil spill is an art concept by photographer Fabian Oefner. Using a syringe, he drips small drops of oil into a black reservoir containing water, capturing the images resulting from the expanding oil. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


German grandmaster Anselm Kiefer (1945) is one of the greatest living artists, and this apocalyptic 2016 painting made for the London Walhalla exhibition (more information here) is quite stunning. More about Kiefer in the linked Wikipedia article.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Para Todos November 1927

Another beautiful Art Deco cover of the Brazilian magazine Para Todos - although the flapper girl seems to have enjoyed the cocktails a bit too much....


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Porcupine Tree

This is an amazing photograph by Royce Bair. It shows fourteen wind turbines aligned in a perfect line in Nevada. I could not help thinking of my favourite band.....

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Autumn in Kampen

A local autumn shot from last month - trees reflecting in the Kampen canal (the Burgel), flipped upside down to create an impressionist, almost pointillist shot.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.08 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 10.0 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, November 25, 2016

Atlantis autumn cruises

A nice spot of colour in this grey November month, this vintage poster for the Royal Mail Atlantis autumn cruises, visiting inter alia Venice. No information on year of print or designer.

Vintage Posters

Thursday, November 24, 2016


One more post inspired by the passing of Leonard Cohen earlier this month. Here we have his anthem Hallelujah in the best version, by the late Jeff Buckley. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Vroom vroom

I have no idea what this 2016 album by Charli XCX sounds like, but I love the cover (and the title). Slick how the XCX shows up at the front of the car.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vogue January 1919

A very suitable vintage Vogue cover for the week just after the first real autumn storm last weekend. Unfortunately, no information about the designer.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Yee Peng festival

These types of shots never get old. Here we see the recent Yee Peng festival in Thailand, with people releasing hundreds of floating lanterns at once. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters).

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Red city

It has been a few years since expressionist Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) last featured in the blog. Here we have her stunning almost apocalyptic cityscape from 1909. More about von Werefkin in the linked Wikipedia article.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Harry Potter covers by Olly Moss

Illustrator Olly Moss has been  invited to create a series of new covers for the Harry Potter novels - German audio books version. He went with a beautiful vintage approach, showing Hogwarts from a similar angle, but introducing novel-specific elements. I have combined the first and last here, you can find all seven in the link.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Potpourri: Siamese fighting fish

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 20 November 2013.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Repost: No wet no cold

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 3 November 2012) - with the blog in its current form over eight years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one because of the time of the year.

Very appropriate for this time of year, this is one of the best in a series of great London Underground posters from the twenties and thirties. It was designed in 1929 by one of the masters of the genre, Frederick Schneider Manner.

Vintage Posters

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Heads, not tails

This is a picture of an art installation in the garden of the museum of Heino, some weeks ago. Numerous sculptured heads were stacked together in individual cages. Interesting art, and it made for a nice photography subject.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.08 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jugend December 1929

Another stunningly beautiful cover for Jugend (German for Youth), an art magazine issued weekly in the first decades of the 20th century.


Monday, November 14, 2016

The maze runner

When I first saw this poster for the 2014 Ball movie The maze runner, I was intrigued. A few months ago I watched the DVD from the library, and although I'm not the target audience I quite liked it. The sequel was disappointing though. I could not find information on the poster design.

Sunday, November 13, 2016


A beautiful painting made by my wife earlier this year. Her love of trams, dating back to the past times when they were employed in Shanghai, really shines through.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Suzanne (RIP Leonard Cohen)

2016 has been turning into a really shitty year for music, the Grim Reaper adding Canada's singer/song writer Leonard Cohen to his collection earlier this week, RIP. Cohen's work combined exquisite melodies with beautiful lyrics. My favourite song of his is Hallelujah, in the version by Jeff Buckley. By the master himself we have the beautiful Suzanne in a fascinating live version. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Friday, November 11, 2016

Back soon

Due to a combination of illness and reconstruction work at home (making my laptop less accessible), I have not been able to post for a few days. I expect to resume my usual blogging frequency this weekend. Image sourced from here.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

The heroine's journey

The heroine's journey is a site run by Peter de Kuster, featuring short standard interviews with female artists. One of the most recent additions is my wife, who was invited to do so. So if you want to know a bit more about what makes her tick, check it out here. And afterwards, please do sample other artists' stories as well.

web site

Monday, November 07, 2016

Patrizio Di Renzo

Patrizio di Renzo (1971) is a Swiss photographer and director. He is famous for his fashion shoots which have appeared in magazines like Harper's Bazaar and Elle. Especially his black and white shots, with models looking like mannequins, are gorgeous. More about Di Renzo on the linked Wikipedia site.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

South Sea Isles by PanAm

A beautiful vintage travel poster from 1938, designed by Paul George Lawler. It was in the news this week, because an original version was sold for $20,000.

Vintage Posters

Friday, November 04, 2016

Repost: Idols

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 29 November 2008) - with the blog in its current form over seven years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one especially for my wife, as she was looking at the original Clarence Sinclair Bull photograph yesterday.

I took this picture on New Year's day 2008 in a shop for modern interior design in Naarden (the Netherlands). The almost oversized version of Bull's Garbo poster on the wall, juxtaposed with my wife's look at her makes for a strong shot that has received a lot of reactions on Flickr, including second prize in a Worldwide Photo Club competition. The original shot was cropped considerably and converted to black and white for greater effect.

Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1 8 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.4
Focal Length: 7.8 mm
Post-processing: Picasa 2.0