Monday, May 2, 2011


Bob Ross was a painter who is best known for his television show “The Joy of Paining”, which was shown on public broadcast stations across the United States. Bob Ross died at the age of 52 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida from lymphoma.

Prince amongst Thieves

Prince amongst Thieves was done in 1999 by Chris Ofili with a variety of different medias including Synthetic polymer paint, oil, paper collage, polyester glitter, resin, map pins, and elephant dung on canvas. When I first saw this picture I just thought it looked really cool. I liked how he had the dark background with lighter colors making all different shapes around the dark figure in the center. the figure in the center is supposed to be an African tribe leader. the medallion around his neck is made of elephant poop. I saw that the artist made this out of elephant dung and I get that he is trying to be unique and do something others haven't done before but really that's nasty. He was a Young British Artist and won a scholarship to Zimbabwe which is where he gets the elephant dung media fr many of his pictures.

Two Japanese Wrestlers by a sink

Two Japanese Wrestlers by a sink, was done on oil on canvas, by Lucian Freud from 1983-87. At first I didn’t really understand the name until I looked more closely to the top left and you can see two legs and a torso. I like that he really showed what a studio sink looks like. And also when I looked this painting there was a lot of different interpretations from him being the great grandson to Sigmund Freud to him showing his independence from Sigmund.

Mysteries, Afloat 2000 Kenneth Nolan

I actually really liked this painting. i do not usually like color field painting because I think they are sort of simple but I like the colors and the cicles that are used in this particular one. Alot of this artists work is like this and he is rather contemporary. he passed away recently but he was covered in the ny times and was doing well in his career.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dali - Metamorphosis of Narcissus

Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937) is an oil-on-canvas painting. This painting is from DalĂ­'s Paranoiac-critical period. According to Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. Unable to embrace the watery image, he pined away, and the gods immortalized him as a flower. Dali completed this painting in 1937 on his long awaited return to Paris after having had great success in the US.

The painting shows Narcissus sitting in a pool, gazing down. Not far away there is a decaying stone figure which corresponds closely to him but is perceived quite differently; as a hand holding up a bulb or egg from which a Narcissus is growing. The egg has been used as a symbol for sexuality in other paintings by Dali. In the background, a group of naked figures can be seen, while a third Narcissus like figure appears on the horizon.


Equalivent byAlfred Stieglitz was made in 1926 on gelatin. i like this picture because it shows the grey side like the world isnt this blue sky, pretty picture after all. it makes me think about how the world is cold. it just drift me into reality and basically of how my mood is currently.
The painting above is "I, Women" by De Kooning. The medium used for the painting is oil on canvas. It was painted in 1952. I personally do not like this painting at all. The color scheme is somewhat intriguing. However the women in the picture appears to me as a monster rather then a women. The only reason you can tell it is in fact a women is by the prominent breasts shown in the picture. I do not find this picture pleasing to look at and is by far one of the least flattering pictures i have seen all year.