God’s Expectations

2 08 2015

God's Expectations

Frida Kohla

13 09 2013

This is how her life ended. She died and was to be cremated.

As the cries of her admirers filled the room, the sudden blast of heat from the open incinerator doors caused her body to bolt upright. Her hair, now on fire from the flames, blazed around her head like a halo. Frida’s lips seemed to break into a seductive grin just as the doors closed. Her last diary entry read: “I hope the end is joyful – and I hope never to return – Frida.”.

Her whole life was like that. She is known by her first name. Her notoriety stands on her unibrow as much as her volatile nature.

She was married to the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.

She has had a movie made about her life.


Her paintings have been described as surrealist. But I think they borrow more from collages. With their clash of symbols and the decentralization of her canvass.

She must have been quite a woman.

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Berni Stephanus

11 09 2013

Berni Stephanus is one fabulous artist. (http://www.stephanus.com/list_images.php?vars=id_) I say this because I love his work. (And so much of it reminds me of my own work.) His work is filled with that sense of urgency and energy (violence) you see in the best collage work. He started doing collage work in the late-sixties. I started about the same time. (I really got into it when I was unemployed and spent my days watching the Montreal Olympics.) A lot of his work has stories attached to them. And of course there is humour. Read his bio. He’s had an interesting journey.

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Philippe Deliere

5 09 2013

I borrow your pictures to create mine, trying to recycle advertising into some kind of beauty and add some sense to the non-sense.

This is Mr. Deliere’s artist’s statement. Short, concise. To the point. His work is more about story telling. And the work seems very aggressive. Always there is at least one figure addressing the viewer. And often enough it is aggressive. The pieces often seem like dream stories. Almost mythic. (I think I might be going over the line there.) But I like this Frenchman’s work.

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Marwane Pallas

31 08 2013

Artist of the absurd. Of pain. Regret. Stories of anxiety (how things could have turned out). Mystery. Marwane Pallas.

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Susannia Lakner

29 08 2013

The work of Susannia Lakner is both playful and colourful. Of course some pieces work better than others. Sometimes when you see a smaller version of the work it is difficult to see  how the pieces work with each other. Almost invisible seamless pieces suddenly appear when blown up. Susannia does not try and hide her edges but works with them.

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Ehsan Ghanbarzad Khajeh

28 08 2013

I love portraits. Mr. Khajeh offers a very unique insight. His women look so strong. And independent.

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J. A. Helminen

10 08 2013

An artist gets an idea and runs with it. This is a story of shadows. As if the real people were less interesting.

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Robert Williams

10 08 2013

They call him a low brow artist. I call him riotous. He paints this mix of fantasy, anger, malicious humor, teenage ankst that is America. The work reminds me of medieval church paintings of angels, saints, devils and suffering.


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Maarten Kleyne

9 08 2013

Living in Belgium for 4 years I have an affection for the people of the lowlands, both the Dutch and Flemish. There is a rich tradition of visual art in these countries. Painting for the Dutch/Belgium is like poetry to the Russians and English, jazz to America. One of these artists in Maarten Kleyne. His work is very visual, but elusive at the same time. His imagination seems to work like the morning mist that sometimes falls upon the lowlands.

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a song/video. visuals by Kleyne