pretty girl by the lonely sea

7 07 2015

Pretty girl by the lonely seaby David Halliday





Palmer Hayden

7 07 2015

Palmer C. Hayden (January 15, 1890 – February 18, 1973) was an American painter who depicted African-American life. He painted in both oils and watercolors, and was a prolific artist of his era.

Hayden took his inspiration from the environment around him, focusing on the African American experience. He tried to capture both rural life in the South, as well as urban backgrounds in New York City. Many of these urban paintings were centered in Harlem. The inspiration for “The Janitor Who Paints” came from Cloyde Boykin, a friend of Palmer’s. Boykin was also a painter who supported himself through janitorial work. Hayden once said, “I painted it because no one called Cloyde a painter; they called him a janitor.” Many people consider this painting to be an expression of the tough times Palmer was having.

I love this guy’s story telling.





Franz Falckenhaus

7 07 2015

One of the things I’ve always loved about collage work was the sense of ‘whimsy’. A kind of silliness. A universe where no great harm can come to you. The universe of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. This is the universe of Franz Falckenhaus.

Polish artist Franz Falckenhaus never had any formal art training.

Perhaps his outsider status is what makes his collaged cut-ups so intriguing, as they resemble the marriage of a Man Ray photograph and an old edition of LIFE magazine. Using vintage illustrations and found materials, Falckenhaus creates digital collages that are witty, naughty and everything in between. Pin-ups appear demonically possessed while buff, retro athletes gain supernatural capabilities.

 





Marco Polo 2

7 07 2015

I don’t know why I gathered these images under the name Marco Polo. I know we studied him a lot when I was a kid. The spice routes. His different journeys. It was such a great adventure and excited all of Europe when his book was published. For me, it was like science fiction before I’d read Asimov, seen Star Wars, been introduced to Mr. Spock.

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Marco Polo 1

7 07 2015

I don’t know why I gathered these images under the name Marco Polo. I know we studied him a lot when I was a kid. The spice routes. His different journeys. It was such a great adventure and excited all of Europe when his book was published. For me, it was like science fiction before I’d read Asimov, seen Star Wars, been introduced to Mr. Spock.

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