Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Oil Spill by Fabian Oefner

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. 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


Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. 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

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. 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

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. 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.


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 shown them here as thumbnails, you can view all seven large in the link.

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

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. 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).


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

Saturday, November 05, 2016

South Sea Isles by PanAm

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. 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


Thursday, November 03, 2016

Ripped in October

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Rod Temperton (66), British song writer, producer and musician. Best remembered for writing a number of huge hits such as Michael Jackson's Thriller and Rock with you. Exact date of death undisclosed (end September or early October).
Neville Marriner (92), British conductor. My Classical CD collection contains dozens of discs with him conducting the Academy of St Martin in the Fields or the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Jeroen Orlemans (45), Dutch photographer. He specialized in war reporting, which eventually cost him his life.
Louis Stettner (93), American photographer. He is best remembered for his street photography of New York and Paris.
Jimmy Perry (93), British actor and scriptwriter. Together with David Croft he was responsible for some of the best British sitcoms of the 70s and 80s, such as Dad's army.
Bobby Vee (73), American singer with a string of hits in the sixties. My favourite song of his is The night has a thousand eyes.
Roland Dyens (61), French composer and classical guitarist. We have a handful of his CD's.
Silvio Gazzaniga (95), Italian sculptor. Best known for designing the FIFA World Cup trophy.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Beijing Belle

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of a girl I shot in Beijing, and one of Lempicka's famous art deco portraits (link here). The link leads to the original photograph.