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Poster Art Gets Frightful (In a Good Way) at If They Came From Within

Poster Art Gets Frightful (In a Good Way) at If They Came From Within

On first glance, the phrases “fine art” and “horror movie” might seem an odd pair. But, like peanut butter and chocolate, the two actually go together quite well—as evidenced by the Montreal, Quebec art show If They Came From Within: An Alternative History of Canadian Horror, premiering at the Fantasia International Film Festival this Friday, […]

Work of the Week: Robert Gilbert’s Times Square Crazy Night

Work of the Week: Robert Gilbert’s Times Square Crazy Night

The artistic aspirations of Robert Gilbert had humble beginnings: “I think I started [painting and drawing] about the time I discovered that birthday cards created by grandchildren were held in high esteem by grandparents,” recalls the artist. Needless to say, in the years since his work has become much more ambitious, as well as more […]

The Success of SURTEX

The Success of SURTEX

For all those interested in getting their artwork licensed, there was just one place to be from May 20-22, 2012: New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center, home to SURTEX, the world’s leading trade show for the surface design market. Approximately 300 exhibitors were on hand to share the works of over 1,000 artists, designers, […]

Celebrity Portraitist Peter Engels’ Live Painting of Richard Branson to be Auctioned Off for Charity

Celebrity Portraitist Peter Engels’ Live Painting of Richard Branson to be Auctioned Off for Charity

The clock was ticking when portraitist Peter Engels sat down to paint billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson. While most of Engels’ signature celebrity portraits—subjects of which have included Nelson Mandela, Grace Kelly, Steve Jobs and many more—take three to four weeks to finish, the Virgin Group founder’s mug had to be committed to canvas in only […]

Deedee Morrison Shines Her Borrowed Light in Oklahoma City

Deedee Morrison Shines Her Borrowed Light in Oklahoma City

Renewable energy. Science and technology. The natural world. Many of the varied interests of public artist Deedee Morrison find form in her new kinetic sculpture Borrowed Light, created by the artist for Oklahoma City’s Pioneer Library System. The 9-foot-high piece is composed of five aluminum columns carved with an intricate, almost delicate, design, which is […]

Work of the Week: Bella Lucia by Jivan Lee

Work of the Week: Bella Lucia by Jivan Lee

Contemporary painter Jivan Lee is inspired to create his art by the simple beauty of everyday life—as is the case with Bella Lucia, ABN‘s Work of the Week, which came about when he was struck by the beauty of the early morning light in his home city of Taos, New Mexico. The artist explains: “One […]

Work of the Week: Sunrise by Cassandra Tondro

Work of the Week: Sunrise by Cassandra Tondro

When it comes to painting, Los Angeles-based contemporary abstract artist Cassandra Tondro has the spirit of the adventurer. From the materials she uses (her palette of leftover acrylic latex paint—commonly known as “house paint”—is “filled with unusual colors. Once a color is gone, it is unlikely that I will find the exact color again.”) to […]

A Blast from the Past, Courtesy of AFP and the Cannes Film Festival

A Blast from the Past, Courtesy of AFP and the Cannes Film Festival

Film. Fashion. Celebrities. Since the Cannes Film Festival first began in 1946, photographers have been on hand to capture high-profile celebs on film, giving everyday Joes a look at actors and directors walking the red carpet and schmoozing with their fellow A-listers. For the 65th annual festival, which kicked off yesterday and runs through May […]

Telling the Story of Portrait of Wally

Telling the Story of Portrait of Wally

The history Egon Schiele’s 1912 oil painting Portrait of Wally is one that seems too incredible to be true. Purchased by Jewish art collector Lea Bondi in the years before World War II, the painting was stolen by a Nazi art dealer and later turned up at the Austrian National Gallery, where it had been […]

The Scream Heard ‘Round the Art World

From mugs to mouse pads, The Scream has adorned just about every textile on the planet, becoming a universal symbol of angst and disillusionment in the process. But with its record-breaking auction price of just under $120 million at Sotheby’s last Wednesday, Edvard Munch’s masterpiece has become a sign of the times for the fine […]