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Digital: Five Instagram Photographers To Follow

Instagram is not only a place to procrastinate – it could also be a place to find new inspirations and discover emerging visual artists.

A lot of photographers have featured their works and portfolio on Instagram for you to keep an eye on. Here are a few that you might like…

 

Michael Christopher Brown (@michaelchristopherbrown)

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Brown is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. His latest pictures were taken in Cuba and Congo.

 

Theron Humphrey (@thiswildidea)

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If you like rustic American scene and dogs, @thiswildidea would be the right account to follow. Humphrey’s pictures often feature his dog, Maddie the Coonhound.

 

Tiffany Nguyen (@tiffpenguin)

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When she is not working as a dentist, the Los Angeles-based photographer would be trawling outdoors and taking pictures of natural landscapes.

 

Vicky Navarro (@lavicvic)

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For sharp urban photography with dark palette, check out this account.

 

Scott Schuman (@thesartorialist)

Schuman’s works show that fashion is not just about people on the runway.

A Brief Overview of Construction Art

What’s the deal with Construction Art? Is it really art? Is it important or had relevance towards the art movements we know today? Being a major influence in the Bauhaus and De Stijl movement,  Constructivism emerged as an artistic and architectural concept. In 1913, Constructivism was created by Vladimir Tatlin in Russia.

As a rejection of independent and sovereign art, Tatlin aimed  ‘to construct’ art for social purposes. During the 20th century, it influenced architecture design, graphic design, industrial design, theatre, film, dance, fashion as well as music. The definition of Constructivism was a combination of faktura meaning the particular material properties of an object, and tektonika, meaning its spatial presence.

It was known that the first  Constructivists were artists like Liubov Popova, Alexander Vesnin, Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, and theorists Aleksei Gan, Boris Arvatov and Osip Brik. They were early developers of a technique that we know now as the photomontage. Sharing similarities with Dadaism, the collage method was less destructive during the Constructivism movement.

In this day and age, many contemporary artists have taken upon literally deconstructions of the idea of construction art. With independent artists and online retailers selling very similar constructivism artworks such as photographs of excavators and machinery. You can find these works at Fine Art America.

Images sourced from Fine Art America.

Event/Exhibition: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes annual exhibition is back in the Art Gallery of NSW, July 16-October 9.

The exhibition features the artworks of the prize winners and finalists, as well as those of budding artists aged 5-18 on display in the Young Archies.

The Archibald Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious art award, is given to the best portrait painting. The 2016 winner is Louise Hearman’s ‘Barry’, a portrait painting of entertainer Barry Humphries.

The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media. Wynne’s 2016 winner is Ken Family Collaborative’s ‘Seven sister’, and Sulman’s 2016 winner is Esther Stewart’s ‘Flatland dreaming’.

The trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and Wynne, while senior painter Judy Watson was invited to judge the Sulman this year.

Tickets to the exhibition can be bought here.

Event/Exhibition: Australian Life Photography Exhibition 2016 at Hyde Park

City Of Sydney has launched an outdoor gallery/exhibition at Hyde Park, showcasing the works of finalists in Australian Life photo competition.

Focusing on the idea of Australian identity, the photographs were chosen by a panel of photographers, artists, and curators, from works submitted by emerging and professional photographers across the country.

The finalists, whose works are featured in the Park, are Marian Abboud, John Appleyard, Kris Baum, Rae Begley, Deb Bonney, Aaron Bradbrook, Simone Cheung, Cameron Cope, Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario, Ian English, Amy Jean Harding, Taweechai Iam-urairat, Kent Johnson, Jon Lewis, Georgie Mattingley, Nikki McLennan, Darren Saul, Steven Sherwin, Frank Trimarchi, Ess Vaun, Rebecca Webb, and Kerry Wilson.

The outdoor gallery runs September 15-October 9, 7am-9pm at Hyde Park North, near Archibald Fountain.

Exhibition: Discover Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s Collection in AGNSW

Extended by popular demand, the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition is sticking around for a little bit longer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

As mentioned on their website: “this is a rare chance to see masterpieces by the two leading figures of Mexican 20th-century art.

The exhibition presents 33 artworks from the renowned collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, including outstanding self-portrait paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo, and major examples of Diego Rivera’s canvas paintings.”

Source: Lillenord

Source: Lillenord

“Alongside these works are over 50 photographs by figures such as Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Frida’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, which provide insights into the artists’ worlds and their intriguing relationship.”

Source: AGNSW

Source: AGNSW

To discover the stories and explore the lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera through their works of art, book your tickets now: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/frida-kahlo-and-diego-rivera/

Visual Arts: Rising Star Loribelle Spirovski

Local South-Western artist, Loribelle Spirvoski is the rising star of the art world. The 26-year-old Filipino-Serbian born resident has been a finalist in many prestigious art awards  such as the Portia Geach Memorial Prize and has been the one to watch since her entry in the Archibald Prize this year.

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She specialises in acrylic and oil painting and is known for her explorations and experimentations between Realism and Pop. Spirovski often conceptualises with portraits and fusing them with anatomical parts and deconstructing her subjects to skeletal features. An example of this is seen from her previous works “Memento Mori” – a series reflecting the concept of anxiety; her own and others.

Source: Loribelle Spirovski

Source: Loribelle Spirovski

What makes Spirovski a stand-out is the quality of her work. She uses a hybrid of traditional mediums combined with unconventional and surreal ideas, and a sophisticated understanding of colour, toning and lighting.  often enjoys painting at home or in her room as she isolates herself from the conventional art world and prefers to paint in her “sanctuary”.

Source: Loribelle Spirovski

Source: Loribelle Spirovski

The current muse and subject of Spirovski’s works are paintings of her partner, world renowned Australian pianist, Simon Tedeschi pictured above.

To see more of Loribelle Spirovski’s work, you can check her out website: http://www.loribellespirovski.com/

Visual Arts: Archibald Prize Tour 2016

The most anticipated and the most prestigious competition for Australian visual artists and audiences alike is the annual Archibald Prize.

First awarded in 1921, it is one of Australia’s oldest art awards event. Judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW and awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize exhibition is a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

The touring exhibition is an opportunity to see all the finalists in the Archibald Prize 2016.

PRIZES FOR WINNERS:

Entries in the Archibald Prize are also eligible for the following prizes.

Packing Room Prize
First awarded in 1991 and chosen by the Gallery staff who receive, unpack and hang the entries, with 51 per cent of the vote going to the Gallery’s storeman, Steve Peters

People’s Choice
First awarded in 1988 and voted for by the public visiting the Archibald exhibition

 

If you’re interested in entering next year – submit your works below:

For more information, visit the AGNSW website and follow the prompts: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/touring/archibald-prize-2016-tour/