Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Katsushika Hokusai code

The Great Wave off Kanagawa Katsushika Hokusai code

The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Katsushika Hokusai code

Katsushika Hokusai code naturally meets the main principle of the Far Eastern philosophy: all things are born from the interaction of two opposing forces of cosmic order yin and yang. Yang – masculine, active, bright start; Yin – feminine, passive, dark. The Great Wave off Kanagawa depicts the moment of complete triumph of the feminine, a prisoner in a giant wave, ready to absorb the boat of fishermen. But in the view of the Japanese, none of the forces can fully take precedence over the other, and at exact moment when the victory of one of them seems to be imminent, the pendulum begins to move in the opposite direction. So that efforts of the rowers are not in vain. Victory as a pledge of defeat.
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Beautiful Straw art by Irina Porosova

Aquilegia. Straw art by Irina Porosova

Aquilegia. Beautiful Straw art by Irina Porosova

Straw art by Irina Porosova
For many of us, straw seems quite unnecessary material and even rubbish. Meanwhile, people anciently used this ‘garbage’ for household purposes. In particular, with straw they covered the roof, added to the clay and built houses. Also, fed cattle in winter, filled pillows and mattresses. And, most importantly, created stunningly interesting things, and even pieces of art. For example, the same as Russian artist of applied art Irina Porosova, working in her art shop called Fairy-tale. Self-taught artist, she creates fabulous paintings of usual straw. According to her, straw has become her real long-time passion. Irina Parosova lives in the city of Syzran of Samara region.
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Italian artist Floriano Buccigrossi

Painting by Italian artist Floriano Buccigrossi

Jaguar. Painting by Italian artist Floriano Buccigrossi

Italian artist Floriano Buccigrossi was born in Palo del Colle on 14 December 1970. He is a self-taught naturalist painter. From an early age he was a true nature lover. He was especially fascinated by animals. When he was 8, his parents gave him “book of animals and plants in their natural environment”. It was his first book. He recalls that he loved watching nature documentaries, in particular “the world of Quark”, and David Attenborough’s “the living planet”. When he had a chance he tried not to miss any TV documentary about nature, plants and animals and collected photographs from any magazine or newspaper that he could get.
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Still life with Poppies by Natalie Panga

Still life with Poppies by Natalie Panga

Beautiful Still life with Poppies by Natalie Panga

Still life with Poppies by Natalie Panga
The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion. Oscar Wilde
Natalie Panga is a talented self-taught photographer from the city of Rivna, Ukraine. Doctor therapist by education and profession, she appreciates and understands the value of life, capturing its beautiful moments. The wonderful artist as if transmits her beautiful inner world into photography. The main subject of her inspirational work – classic still life. Among variety of photo albums I offer to look at the series ‘Still life with Poppies’.
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Fan Ho inspirational photography

Memories of Shanghai. Fan Ho inspirational photography

Memories of Shanghai. Fan Ho inspirational photography

Fan Ho inspirational photography

Chinese photographer, film director and actor, Fan Ho is one of the most famous Chinese in the world. The pride and treasure of the nation, he has many titles and more than 280 awards. Widely collected and exhibited in Europe and Asia, his art decorates numerous private collections. Born into a family of film director, in Shanghai in 1932, his family later moved to Hong Kong. While still a boy, Fan Ho received Rolleiflex as a gift from his father, and that was the first camera, with which he made his first shots. Meanwhile, in the 1950s and 60s Fan Ho was actively experimenting in photography. In addition, since 1956 he began shooting in films. To date, he has acted in 15 films and directed 11 films.
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Chinese straw art

Chinese straw art. Straw portrait of Colonel Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary and politician

Colonel Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary and politician. Chinese straw art

Traditionally, the straw art has been popular in East Asia, where the inhabitants cultivated a variety of cereals. And the attitude to rice grain was similar to European’s to wheat. In fact, the attitude was due to the belief in the divine power of grains and, in particular, straw. According to supported in China, Korea and Japan belief, straw symbolizes purity, glory, the sun’s energy, knowledge, abundance, happiness and fertility. Besides, in the myths rice is a gift of the gods.
Also, in China, the rice grains have been a symbol of protection from evil spirits. Noteworthy, in Bali there is the cult of the Mother of Rice – a figure of which were long (masculine) and short (feminine) sheaves of rice straw. It is an expression of faith of the peoples of Southeast Asia that stalks of rice, like humans, contain vital energy.
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Dreams Of Stone pendants

Birth. Handmade pendant by Russian artist of applied art Dreams Of Stone

Birth. Dreams Of Stone pendants, Handmade pendant by Russian artist of applied art Dreams Of Stone

Dreams Of Stone pendants
Moscow based artist of applied art Nina works under a nickname ‘Dreams Of Stone’. The mixed media artist creates artworks made in different techniques and material – Batik, Beading, Felting, plastic, wicker, painting, and photography. Unfortunately, there is no personal information about the artist on her website, and all I have found there – comments on Dreams Of Stone pendants from her admirers. So, as they say, her artwork speaks much about the artist herself.
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