Jan 5, 2017

Modern Christian Artists Series - Makoto Fujimura

These two really stood out for me...
They are well executed and well appropriated!

More of his splendid works here: http://www.makotofujimura.com/works/

Walking on Water - Flight
Makoto Fujimura

Walking on Water - Waves
Makoto Fujimura

Walking on Water - Banquo's Dream
Makoto Fujimura

Public Commissions

Golden Pine, 1999
Mineral Pigment and Gold on Kumohada, Taikoo Place, Hong Kong

Makoto Fujimura

Still Point - Evening
Mineral Pigments, Gold on Kumohada, Collection on Kikkoman Corporation, Tokyo

Makoto Fujimura

Modern Byzatine Paintings by Fikos ::: Contemporary Christian Artists Series

I was looking up contemporary Christian artists tonight, and was quite delighted to find Fikos. This was the description of him, as found on http://christianmodernart.com -

Fikos – Artist Fikos is from Greece. 
His art combines Byzantine painting with contemporary art movements 
and is also presented in urban space.

Eros Thanatos by Fikos
Solo Exhibit in Turin, Italy

Fikos was born in 1987 in Athens where he still lives. From a young age he painted whatever he saw around him, such as comics, landscapes icons and more.

At the age of 13 he started studying Byzantine painting under the guidance of George Kordis, with whom he also collaborated professionally for 5 years painting murals in Orthodox churches, while at the same time developing his own personal painting style.

In terms of technique, his portable icons are painted using egg tempera on handmade Japanese paper which is glued onto wood, and his murals are painted in acrylics.

Eros by Fikos
Solo Exhibit in Turin, Italy

Having a background as a graffiti artist and an iconographer in Orthodox Christian churches, Fikos is continuing his developmental journey by painting murals in public places. The value of these works is exceptional, because it is the first time that the monumental byzantine technique meets a contemporary movement such as street art.

The themes of his murals emanate from the Orthodox Christian tradition and ancient Greek mythology respectively and they are related to the places where they are presented, but also didactic.

Those Who Didn't Bear the Light by Fikos

Solo Exhibit in Turin, Italy

Fikos’ painting is not just another artist’s “self-expression”, but a social event a true “creation” (“demiurgia” = demos “citizens” + ergon “work” – a work for the citizens-society

Besides Greece, his work has been exhibited in France, Bulgaria, England, Ireland, Ukraine, Austria, Lithuania, Switzerland, Norway and Mexico, in exhibitions and museums, television and radio and in private and public places.

Fikos’ vision is the popularization and recognition of contemporary Greek painting at an international level, not as a nostalgic accomplishment of the past, but as a contemporary universal event.

Jan 3, 2017

Early Christian Symbolism - What the Peacock Represents

So a few nights ago, I started looking up 'Sublime Art' which led to the previous digital artist, 'Fantasio'... which led to Japonism and peacocks. 

Here is an example of peacocks being used as a symbol of immortality which Jesus has gifted us, or which he embodies as Christ the Savior. I like the use of negative space with the peacocks being nested in them, with Jesus's arms stretched out, embracing all of the world. 

More evidence to the first image... Peacocks are such dazzling birds, it is no wonder that an artist would choose them to 'Glorify God' ... It is interesting too that it was believed that peacocks' flesh would not rot or perish! Further reinforcing the message of immortality.

Below, a more rustic version with peacocks sitting atop the dome... This one is more Catholic with Mary being the central figure, not Jesus by himself.

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So, going back to my initial findings... Gorgeous gold and black, with a little bit of green... these quadrilateral panels exude something of that Excelsior vibe... 

Below, The Peacock Room in Washington DC by Whistler... Another drools-worthy imagery... 

Here is another 'sublime' type of painting... but with a pronounced orange-gold tone sharply contrasting against the green-blue of the body. It is exquisite and heavenly...

This last one is another jewel! I love the color palette being so restricted; austere yet glamorous... Usually this color combination is found in Egyptian pottery and crafts, but Japan and Korea also uses these colors in their art. Klimt would have painted this :P 

OK. That's all for this evening~

Happy Inspired 2017!

Fantasio's Haunting Scene ::: Digital Artist Oliver Wetter

Recently, I learnt about Soul Languages and my business soul language has a Raven mentioned... 

Maybe it is that, but whatever the issue, I am really drawn to this art. There is something haunting and evocative about it. It feels 'authentic' to me. :) 

The Art of Fantasio – Oliver Wetter

German artist Oliver Wetter also known as Fantasio creates beautiful fantasy themed artwork and imagery for book covers and publishing. Oliver Wetter’s specialty is creating dark figurative portraits using a mixture of photography, sculpture, painting and digital image making. In our selection of favourite images from the artist below, we have a whole harem of bizarre and twisted fantasy females – part machine, part alien and part scarey but all strangely attractive! 

To view more of Oliver ‘Fantasio’ Wetter’s imaginative illustrations and fine art creations we ask you visit his homepage at www.fantasio.infoand on DA at fantasio.deviantart.com