Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Irish artist Michael Canning

Michael Canning, Allemande, oil on gessoed wood panel

Michael Canning, Allemande, oil on gessoed wood panel

Irish artist Michael Canning was born in County Limerick, Ireland in 1971. He studied art at his native Limerick at the School of Art and Design. After finishing school he went to Greece to study at the School of Fine Arts in Athens. But his master’s degree in fine arts he received in 1999 in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Michael actively participated in art exhibitions across the United Kingdom. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious Hennessy Craig Award, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. His paintings of hedgerow plants confront the traditions of northern European painting.
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Dutch painter Jan Mankes

Self-portrait with owl. 1911. Dutch painter Jan Mankes

Self-portrait with owl. 1911. Dutch painter Jan Mankes

Dutch painter Jan Mankes (15 August 1889 – 23 April 1920, Eerbeek) for his short life (he died of tuberculosis at the age of 30) has created a priceless collection of 200 paintings, 100 drawings and 50 prints. Jan Mankes led a quiet life in a self-chosen isolation in De Knipe, Friesland, far from the cultural capitals of Europe. The talented artist had a reputation as an ascetic. His paintings included self-portraits, landscapes, flora and fauna studies. Artworks of Dutch artist Jan Mankes are mostly exhibited in the Scheringa Museum of Realism, the Museum of Modern Art Arnhem and Museum Belvedere Heerenveen, in his native Netherlands.
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Metal art by Junko Mori

Metal art by Japanese artist Junko Mori

Precious metal sculpture by Japanese artist Junko Mori

Metal art by Junko Mori resembles delicate glass creations in the Art Nouveau style. Japanese artist Junko Mori was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1974. She graduated from the University of Arts in Tokyo in 1997 and defended her bachelor’s degree in three-dimensional design. Mori then worked as a welder at the plant for one year. From 1998 to 2000 she studied at the Camberwell College of Art in London, where she received her second bachelor’s degree. The artist’s statement – “The uncontrollable beauty is the core of my concept”. The assembling of forged and cast metal is the key to Junko Mori’s work, whether mild steel or almost pure silver. Her observations of tree and plant matter are the driving force behind many of her sculptures which vary in scale from small objects in precious metal through to fairly massive welded steel works of art.
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Dutch painter Jan Davidszoon de Heem

Jan Davidszoon de Heem. Portrait of William III of England, aged 10, in a flower garland decorated with symbols of the House of Orange. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

Jan Davidszoon de Heem. Portrait of William III of England, aged 10, in a flower garland decorated with symbols of the House of Orange. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

Jan Davidszoon de Heem is a representative of Dutch and Flemish Baroque painting. Dutch painter Jan Davidszoon de Heem (b. 1606, Utrecht, d. 1684, Antwerpen) studied first under his father David de Heem the Elder (1570–1631), then under Balthasar van der Ast. De Heem was considered one of the greatest painters of his time. He was well paid and a portrait of Prince William III surrounded by a cartouche of flowers and fruit was sold for 2000 guilders, one of the highest prices ever paid for a painting during the Dutch Golden Age. His sons worked together with him in his workshop on the commissions for new paintings. He retouched their work and put his signature on the paintings.
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Sandpainting by Andrew Clemens and John Adams

Sandpainting by Andrew Clemens and John Adams

Sandpainting by Andrew Clemens (January 29, 1857 – May 14, 1894)

Sandpainting by Andrew Clemens and John Adams sold for $5–7 in the 19th century, now reaches 40-50 thousand dollars at auctions. Iowa sand artists Andrew Clemens and John Adams, became famous for their unique sandpainting. To create such painting the artists inserted the presorted grains of sand into small glass drug bottles using a homemade tools formed out of hickory sticks and florists wire. John Adams was a railroad man, who lived just upriver from and became familiar with Clemens. Unlike Clemens, he attempted complex landscapes.
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Mongolian artist Zayasaikhan Sambuu

Mongolian artist Zayasaikhan Sambuu

Japanese motif. Painting by Mongolian artist Zayasaikhan Sambuu (Zaya)

Contemporary Mongolian artist Zayasaikhan Sambuu (Zaya) was born in a small town of Baatsagaan (Southern Mongolia) in 1975. In the teenage years Zaya, inspired by portraits of Buddhist gods, as well as freedom of religion, deepened into Buddhism, and at age 15, he decided to become a monk. However, after studying Tibetan religious texts for two years, he realized that he is more interested in art than religion. At age 17, Zaya entered the Soyol Fine Art College in Ulan Bator. After graduating from college, he went on to study at the Mongolian State University of Culture and Arts, from which he graduated in 2002.
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Gold leaf oil painting by Brad Kunkle

Gold leaf oil painting by Brad Kunkle

Blonde girl. Gold leaf oil painting by Brad Kunkle, American artist

Gold leaf oil painting by Brad Kunkle
Born in Lehighton, Pennsylvania in 1978, talented American artist Brad Kunkle has a BFA in painting from Kutztown University. As an artist living and working in New York City, Brad Kunkle creates extraordinary paintings using oils in combination with gold and silver leaf. The result is simply stunning, described as a dreamy photo-realistic. These paintings are embellished with genuine gold and silver leaf, which reflects light in a room differently than paint. Therefore, they can appear contrastive and unique when the point of view or source of light has changed. You can currently see some of Kunkle’s newest works on his website.
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