Michael Sowa

10 06 2015

Michael Sowa (born 1945) is a German artist known mainly for his paintings, which are variously whimsical, surreal, or stunning.His paintings often feature animals and are titled in English and German. Sowa studied at the Berlin State School of Fine Arts for seven years and worked briefly as an art teacher before focusing entirely on his career as a painter and illustrator.

A book of 50 paintings titled Sowa’s Ark : An Enchanted Bestiary (ISBN 0-8118-1415-7) was published in 1996 (ISBN 193143275-9). He also illustrated “Esterhazy, The Rabbit Prince” by Irene Dische and Hans M. Enzensberger (ISBN 097027683-4) (first published in German as “Esterhazy. Eine Hasengeschichte”). He is the illustrator of The Little King December (ISBN 9780747575597) and A Bear Called Sunday (ISBN 158234929-0) both authored by Axel Hacke.

He was the cover artist for several albums, including two covers for The Beautiful South’s Miaow and for their single “Everybody’s Talkin’.”

He gained new followers for his work on the 2001 film Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain where his art on the walls comes to life. Sowa contributes illustrations to the satirical German magazine, Titanic, and he also did the art work for magazine covers of several well-known periodicals, most notably the December 2, 2002 issue of The New Yorker.

pastoral life

10 06 2015

The Edwardians. pastoral life2by David Halliday

Dario Paolo Insabella

10 06 2015

Dario Paolo Insabella. Very exciting work from this young Italian artist.


Rogier van der Weyden

10 06 2015

Any Flemish painter is worth investigating. Just look at the details.

Rogier van der Weyden (Dutch: [roːˈɣiːr vɑn dɛr ˈʋɛi̯də(n)]) or Roger de la Pasture (1399 or 1400 – 18 June 1464) was an Early Netherlandish painter. His surviving works consist mainly of religious triptychs, altarpieces and commissioned single and diptych portraits. Although his life was generally uneventful, he was highly successful and internationally famous in his lifetime. His paintings were exported – or taken – to Italy and Spain,[1] and he received commissions from, amongst others, Philip the Good, Netherlandish nobility and foreign princes.[2] By the latter half of the 15th century, he had eclipsed Jan van Eyck in popularity. However his fame lasted only until the 17th century, and largely due to changing taste, he was almost totally forgotten by the mid-18th century. His reputation was slowly rebuilt during the following 200 years; today he is known, with Robert Campin and van Eyck, as the third (by birth date) of the three great Early Flemish artists (‘Vlaamse Primitieven’), and widely as the most influential Northern painter of the 15th century.

death of Marilyn

10 06 2015

Death of Marilynby David Halliday

Out for a walk

10 06 2015

The Edwardians. out for a walk2by David Halliday

Max Ernst

10 06 2015

As my art teacher used to say, Max you’re too earnest. Or was it serious. Ernst was a serious artist. He left his wife and son and moved to Paris where he settled into  ménage à trois with the Éluards. I don’t know who the Eluards were but I’m sure they were wonderful people. The war started. When Ernst  wasn’t being chased around by the gestapo he did a lot of work. They chased him to America. The woman he left behind, Leonara Carrington, had a nervous break down. The woman who took him to America, Peggy Guggenheim, married him. But the marriage didn’t last long. He divorced Peggy and married Dorothea Tanning. He started to have success as an artist and stopped getting married.

The Eye of Silence


Surrealism and PaintingMax Ernst Paintings Art