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Remember the old days when national elections were fun? That fabulous time when apart from Lord Such and his wonderful Monster Raving Looney Party there was some bloke who changed his name by deed poll to Margaret Thatcher and stood as a candidate. Not only that there were fabulous alternatives like “The Best Party I’ve Ever Been To Party” but unfortunately not available in the real elections were the candidates of Monty Python’s Election Special where The Silly Party win by a landslide and the slightly silly candidate Kenneth Philip Bong polls no votes at all but optimistically bursts into song with “Climb Every Mountain …”
Well, in the spirit of the old days as we approach the rather sombre 2015 boring old farts election here is John Zehentner’s amazing contemporary painting appropriately entitled “Don’t Blame Me I Voted Looney”.
More of John Zenentner’s work can be seen at the Southport Arts Project in Southport along with many other local talented artists. Entrance is free so well worth a visit if you are there one weekend. Here is where it is: Southport Arts Project, Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0DZ
Roger Dean Original YesShows Artwork
The classic picture shown on the right here is towards the end of the story of King Arthur’s life by TH White and a wonderful depiction by Alan Lee of both King Arthur and Merlin. This beautiful painting, well actually a combination of drawing and watercolour painting, was reproduced as a fine-art limited edition print that has always been popular. The detail in the picture is incredible and really evokes the whole scene so well. This was of course drawn and painted prior to Alan Lee’s rise to fame with the Lord of the Rings trilogy that earned him such high awards. When you look at the quality of his drawing and painting it is not surprising. Actually, it is more surprising that it took so long for the general public to become aware of such talent. But then we always seem to rate our film and pop celebrities way above our artists. That perhaps says something about our modern culture or a lack of it. At any rate, it is quite certain that Alan Lee’s work will be enjoyed as long as there are people on the planet to enjoy it and will be an inspiration to many future artists. Why not click the comments button and tell us what Alan Lee’s art means to you?
To see more art by Alan Lee click here.
Artists rarely have time to put pen to paper or bash out an email about what they are doing but occasionally we get updates on what artists are doing and what shows they are at etc. Michael Kaluta, the well-known American artist, while waiting for the go-ahead for his latest project, has told us what he’s been up to in his last busy year. This is what Michael Kaluta has to say –
“… back in March ’09, I was drawing the 3rd issue of a 5-issue story arc for DC/Vertigo’s Madame Xanadu comic book: the collected issues, titled Exodus Noir, just hit the stands here in the States.
The difficulty with some of Michael Kaluta’s work is that although it is quite immediate, vibrant and colourful, you don’t really appreciate it until you look at it closely and carefully. So few people take the time to really look at art and they are poorer for the lack of attention they give to it. If you want art to touch you then you have to give it your attention. A quick glance and, “Oh that’s nice” really doesn’t do it. Art will draw you in and reach depths of you that you didn’t know existed but you have to give it the chance to do that. These two paintings by Michael Kaluta are very much like that. ‘Fate of Dollies’ will probably awaken feelings you haven’t had since you were a child and possibly the same with ‘Sentry’. ‘Sentry’ is more complex and poses more questions but both are truly evocative pieces like so much of Michael Kaluta’s work. Let’s hope he’s doing it for many more years to come.