artistic resinance

Alive Without Breath | Keng Lye
Alive Without Breath | Keng Lye

Stunning. I’m actually lost for words.

The full series Alive Without Breath can be seen here; but this beautiful octopus by Keng Lye is definitely my favourite.

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watery wonder land

Breathtaking splashes of beauty from Claudio Gazzaroli.

Claudio Gazzaroli
Claudio Gazzaroli

Gazzaroli brings another ‘want to see it’ to my bucket list: The Roman Bridge on the Verzasca River, Switzerland.

by the light, of the silvery spoon

I’m having a do I / don’t I moment.
Do I tell you all about this wonderfully creative silversmith’s products (and run the risk of lots of you getting one!)?
or
Do I not (and thereby not give credit where credit is surely due!)?

Hmm…
My beautiful 1933 Halo Spoon Ring arrived today!

Stunningly hand-crafted from antique solid silver spoons of the Georgian, Victorian and other eras, these wonderful creations are truly unusual and special.

I am thoroughly enthralled with mine – and very tempted to get a second one for my other thumb!

Lovingly designed and crafted by Jan in the UK; find them here

conquering marble arch

Halcyon Gallery | Marble Arch - Cumberland Gate

Temüjin, Ghengis Khan, has arrived at Marble Arch.

The 5 metre tall bronze sculpture (by artist Dashi Namdakov) with its almost Medusa-like horse’s mane stands in honour of the (undocumented) 850th anniversary of the infamous warrior and leader’s birth;
and what a warrior and leader he was.

In my opinion the nomadic, meritocratic Mongol empire (the biggest land empire in history) is probably, to this day, the single most amazing sustained feat of strategy and leadership. In less than 80 years Temüjin turned a small band of warriors into an empire that, at its peak, covered over 33 million km². (Romani ite domum! This guy managed most of it from a tent!) Yes, he was savage and brutal (I prefer shrewd, ambitious, and disciplined) – but so is most of our species’ territorial history.

I cannot imagine simply managing to sustain a horse-based society in open plains that often see temperatures lower than -25 fahrenheit let alone being the driving force behind its expansion!

Find out more:
Ghengis Khan: and the Making of the Modern World | Jack Weatherford
The Mongol Art of War | Timothy May
And if you happen to live in Chicago or Atlanta, you can catch Imagine Exhibition Inc.’s wonderful exhibition at:
The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois (until September 2012)
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, GA (until January 2013)

I hope it comes here too.

a Sorren concept

With works that inspire the imagination in all of us, Joe Sorren captures innocence, melancholy, a gentle strength, surrealism and transformation with a rich and vibrant fairytale-like palette that draws you in.

A big thank you to RK for introducing me to his work.

Here are a couple of my favourites.

In Her Silent Way | Joe Sorren

Mother and Child | Joe Sorren
Brother Constantine | Joe Sorren

seeing double

Mercedes Benz | Ad Campaign

Concept and artwork – brilliant.
Advertising success also brilliant – doesn’t matter that it has nothing to do with the car, the mere fact people still talk about it and share it means it has achieved its aim!

Well executed Mercedes Benz; even if you did (technically) plagiarise!

George Frederic Watts (1817 – 1904)

‘It is no exaggeration to say that the Watts Cemetery Chapel is one of the most beautiful, one of the most extraordinary, original, marvellous and magical buildings in the whole of the British Isles!’- Lucinda Lambton

A wonderful day out with a wonderful friend at the Watts Gallery & Chapel.
With a fusion of styles that just seem to work, the chapel is beautiful in winter but I am sure it will be simply breathtaking in summer with the sunlight caressing its stunning architecture and intriguing interior artwork; so I will definitely be going back! A local and national treasure.

Watts and his wife Mary founded the gallery in 1904, and in 2011 it went through a dramatic revamp that has left it standing proud within equally interesting and beautiful grounds. Whilst the gallery is full of Watts’ more well known works such as ‘Hope’ or ‘Time, Death and Judgement’, I was enthralled by the haunting ‘A Sea Ghost’ and, my favourite piece of all, a portrait of Watts by Charles Couzens that has a most luminous, captivating quality about it.

A Sea Ghost by GF Watts 1887 | Copyright Watts Gallery
GF Watts by Charles Couzens 1849 | Copyright Watts Gallery