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  • marcelinelee 10:10 AM on July 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Red Lotus 


    Qi Baishi, Red Lotus, 1975.

    Qi Baishi’s original name is Qi Huang. He was born in the year 1864 and passed away in the year 1957. Some of Qi’s major influences include the Ming Dynasty artist Xu Wei and the early Qing Dynasty painter Zhu Da. The subjects he usually paints are animals, scenery, figures, vegetables, etc. He began his interest in the arts of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and seal-carving in his own efforts. He began travelling in his forties. He met his mentor at the Shanghai School named Wu Chanshuo, who was a huge influence on him. Another big influence was Chen Shizeng. He mainly used heavy ink, bright colors and vigorous strokes. He was elected president of the Association of Chinese Artists and was the president until he passed away (“Qi Baishi,” n.d.). He mastered the ability of suggesting the essence of his subject with a few brief strokes (“Asian Antiquities,” 2012).

    I chose this painting because it is a simple but beautiful flower. As I look at the painting, the red color draws my attention the most. He uses a contrast of black and grays along a long with red for the flower allowing all our attention to go to the flower.

    Works Cited

    “Asian Antiquities.” – Chinese Artists Chinese Painting,  Wu Changshuo,  Qi Baishi,  Huang Binhong,   Xu Beihong, Asian Art,. Asian Antiquities, 2012. Web. 24 July 2012. http://asian-antiquites.com/artist_biographies_pg_1

    “Chinese Art Paintings.” Chinese Flower Painting. Wei Yang Chinese Art, LLC, 2007. Web. 24 July 2012. http://www.chineseartpaintings.com/4qbs001f.html

    “Qi Baishi.” Paintings. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 July 2012. http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/painting-qi-baishi.php

    • amyboardman 5:31 PM on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful painting! One of my non-western assignments also focused on Chinese paintings similar to this. His technique looks very much like Chinese Brush Stroke, which can dilute the ink from the cake to almost watercolor like consistency or keep it very thick. These paintings are typically so full of symbolism–even down to how many sides of a rock are shown has meaning! I too love the red color in this one in particular. Thank you for sharing the information on this painting and on Qui Baishi!

    • llframeart200x 11:20 PM on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great selection. I enjoyed your comments on the painting style of Qui Baishi, and how he came to choose this type of artwork. The red flower is certainly my favorite part of the painting. It makes me consider what effect the focus of a piece can have on the emotional reaction of the viewer.

  • marcelinelee 10:02 AM on July 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Kassulo Kwenda 

    Kassulo Kwenda, Antognoni Brunhoso, 1993.

    I decided to explore African paintings and came across this beautiful piece. It is by Antognoni Brunhoso.

    Antognoni Brunhoso was born in Malange, Angola on January 7, 1962, which is one year after the start of the Angolan revolution and the struggle for independence. In 1975, he celebrated the independence of Angola in Malange and also experienced the beginning of the civil war. He moved to Luanda then Portugal and lastly, Amsterdam where he furthered his art (De Jonge, n.d.).

    I selected this work because first of all, it is very colorful. It also appealed to me as I was scrolling through many other African pieces because there were animals, flowers, birds and a tree. It reminds me of going on a safari or the jungle. Although, you cannot see it well, but there is water. All colors blend together well.  I think it would be a perfect piece for a stain glassed window.

    Works Cited

    De Jonge, Enno. “Antognoni Brunhoso Cyber-Exposition.” Antognoni Brunhoso Cyber-Exposition. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 July 2012. http://www.africaserver.nl/virtual/exhibitions/antognoni/


    • llframeart200x 11:12 PM on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love the piece you selected for your review. I agree that the many animals and colors give it an appealing, almost adventurous type of feel. Looking at it makes me want to be outside tramping through the wilderness rather than coped up on my bed working on our art class! 🙂 Great job including all the information, while still keeping your review simple and to the point.

      • christigasp 10:56 AM on August 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I think the piece you selected is brilliant. You said you thought it would make a good stained glass window, I was thinking a mosaic with colored glass tiles. Your background information was great but I was wondering if he went to school to further his art or is he just a raw natural talent. All in all it was a great presentation.

  • marcelinelee 7:39 PM on July 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    3D Pavement Art 

    Paintings that make people’s eyes go 0_o. This is what I chose, 3D pavement art. I chose this because they are very realistic and it definitely tricks your mind into thinking the illusion real. Julian Beever is one of the artists that create 3D illusions on sidewalks.

    Julian Beever started painting in began pavement art as a busker, drawing in different countries including the USA, Australia and Europe to fund his travels and began anamorphic pavement illusions in early 90’s. He developed his 3 dimensional or “anamorphic” pavement drawings out of curiosity and a love of the medium. These became well known in early 2000’s and commercial commissions followed (“Julian Beever,” 2012).


    Justin Beever, Coke.

    Justin Beever’s work Coke is a great illusion because it looks like there’s actually a big bottle of Coke there. The reflection of the bottle also looks very realistic.  


    Justin Beever, Portable Computer, The Strand, London.

    A Sony Vaio on concrete! This definitely is an eye-catching 3-D painting. It looks as if I can just lay there on the cement and type! I probably would too.


    Justin Beever, Make Poverty History.

    I like this painting because the earth is very well painted. The colors are almost identical to a real globe and the continents are perfectly drawn.


    Kurt Wenner, Ghetto.

    I like this painting because it reminds me of Greek mythology and the Renaissance. The painter also uses great tenebrism.  


    Kurt Wenner, The Last Judgment.

    I definitely like this painting because it’s one of the most popular paintings of The Last Judgment. It was signed to be Sacred Art by the Pope.


    Kurt Wenner, Echo and Narcissus.

    I love this picture because it looks like he’s swimming and it also has a reflection of him. It also reminds me of Greek mythology and Renaissance art.

    All these works put together are a very creative use of art. It reminds me of the ceiling Fresco with Trompe l’oeuil done by Andrea Pozzo.

    Works Cited

    “Kurt Wenner, Master Artist and Master Architect.” Kurt Wenner, Master Artist and Master Architect. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 July 2012. http://kurtwenner.com/index.htm

    Dutoit, Nancy. “Julian Beever | Official Website.” Julian Beever | Official Website. N.p., 2012. Web. 13 July 2012. http://www.julianbeever.net/index.php?option=com_content

  • marcelinelee 12:55 PM on July 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  



    Jacob Lawrence, Dreams #1, 1965.

    Jacob Lawrence was the first American artist of African descent to receive sustained mainstream recognition in the United States. His success came early at the age of twenty-four but lasted almost uninterrupted until his death in June 2000. His renown is mostly in his Migration series, in which he documents the migration of blacks from Africa to America, focusing mostly on their history in the South (“Eyeconart…,” n.d). Lawrence repeated motifs, shapes, and words throughout his narrative series. In The Migration Series, the repetition of an enlarged single spike or nail, chain links or lattice, hands, and the hammer act as refrains in the lives, experiences, and struggles of African Americans (“Jacob Lawrence…,” 2002).

    The title of this painting caught my eye: Dreams #1. This painting was influenced by African Americans. The title, along with the picture, has a lot of significance to it. African Americans had experienced so many struggles and to name a piece of artwork Dreams probably meant a lot to the artist and the people. Also, the detail that first caught my eye was the primary colors used: the red, yellow, white and black colors. The painting displays Lawrence’s superlative knowledge of color, which is striking in its economy and elegant simplicity. The face of the man seems to be as if he is suffering or in agony.  The yellow bars suggest the bars of a jail cell. The nightmare is also embodied in the devilish figures framed in the rectangles formed by the brass bars of the bed, which they cannot escape (“Jacob Lawrence,” n.d.).

    Works Cited

     “Eyeconart: The Harlem Renaissance.” Eyeconart: The Harlem Renaissance. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 July 2012. http://robinurton.com/history/Harlem.htm

    “Jacob Lawrence.” Jacob Lawrence. New Britain Museum of American Art, n.d. Web. 03 July 2012. http://www.nbmaa.org/timeline_highlights/essays/lawrence.html

    “Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories.” Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories. Whitney Museum of American Art, 2002. Web. 03 July 2012. http://whitney.org/www/jacoblawrence/art/painting_method.html

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