When Sports Becomes Art

Sports was never all about winning it has always supported those who are amazing at sports. It is more about the stars that exhibit brilliance. It is about the legacy left behind by those brilliant at chasing the ball, handling the racket with such skill and breaking records.

There is a saying that losers are forgotten, and winners are remembered forever, although it takes a very special individual to create a memory that remains in the memory of sports lovers. It basically takes a sports star that produces a sports moment that qualifies as an artistic masterpiece, stars that take the risk to create unforgettable moments and gives true beauty to the art of sports. There are many sports stars that have achieved this artform, although it is the greats that are remembered for centuries.I

Rodger Federer Brings Style to the Tennis Arena

One of the greats that will be remembered by his art form for many centuries to come is Rodger Federer. He possesses a distinctive style and character that brightens up the tennis arena. As the only player part of the current generation, Federer is the only one to perfectly combines power hitting with a classic tennis style, which no associates the sport as a modern game.

Known for his grace, the Swiss mast is also adorned for his attacking instinct, which ensures he remains unmatched on the court. His remarkable array of shots is certainly unfound in any coaching manual, but again so is his ability to improvise within a split second. His career is scintillating, and at 32 years of age, he had captured no less than 17 Grand Slam titles in singles.

Rodger Federer’s one-handed backhand remains spectacular, even when his best days are something of the past, he is still one of the greats and will always remain the greatest tennis star Wimbledon have seen, while he is the one player anyone who had the pleasure of watching will remember. Are the tennis greats a dying breed or could we approach an era where Federer’s rare talent could be mirrored?

Lionel Messi the Football Wizard

Everyone knows that there is hardly anything as challenging as scoring a goal, well unless you have the talent equal to that of the man who is rightfully called the Argentinian Wizard of Football. Lionel Messi is a young talent that is 5ft7 although he stands tall when it comes to remarkable players.

Winning four consecutive FIFA World Player of the Year Awards is but one of the acknowledgements of his truly rare talent. It might even be called the highlight of his career, but only once you witness this artist glide across the turf, twinkle toe he leads past the opponents and then perform his victory dance, will you know what it means when Messi is called the wizard that possesses unmatched talent.

Ramy Ashour The Man: The Legend that Squashed All Previous Records

Not many might know Ashour, and that is because one is not one of the most popular or most spectator attraction, although when Ramy is playing it becomes the most spectacular sport to watch.  He is a phenomenal shot maker, and he is said to be the man made of elastic due to his impressive, amazing and dynamic movements. Ramy Ashour remains unbeaten for more than 49 games and will remain the guy remembered for his wonderful talents a true champion that mastered the art of squash. 

Edouard Manet’s – Horse Racing at Longchamps

Immortalized by Degas and Manet, the Longchamps racecourse is on the banks of the Seine, which is near the Bois de Boulogne. Even today it is still one of the leading thoroughbred racetracks in the world, and it opened in 1857. Manet was always a keen visitor, and his painting show the thundering horses as a single vignette, clouds of dust are raising as they run almost neck and neck and only a fragile fence are separating the racing horses form the spectators. In Manet’s painting, the race pace is so fast that the turning heads as the crowd follow the race are merging into a blur.

Sudden Increase in Ambitious Painting Devoted to Parisian Life Pleasures

In the 1860s a sudden increase took place in the number of painting devoted to the indulgences of Parisian life, although only a few paintings are as savoury as those the ones by Manet. He introduced offhand elegance, contemporary realism, and the historical self-consciousness that transformed art. Edouard Manet could combine cryptic allusions to art with bold and luscious paint handling, cosmopolitan sophistication and sometimes he added a new kind of directness or even awkward compositions.

During the Second Empire, Horse Racing Enjoyed A Revival

It was during the period 1852 to 1870 that horse racing enjoyed a revival, it was also then that the Longchamp horseracing track was built. Longchamp was constructed on the outskirts of Paris in a park called Bois de Boulogne. Manet started his large, horizontal work in 1863. It would convey the crowd’s bustle and the dynamism of the horse races. The panoramic composition he abandoned, although his smaller variant perfectly retains the essence in a concentrated form.

The Startling Races at Longchamps

The races at Longchamps in pictorial conception is simply startling. The painting shows a cluster of onrushing horses, with the jockeys racing towards the observer. The sense of explosive movement by the horses are heightened by the blurred view of the vertical staring posts on the left and the viewing-stand on the roof.

Manet’s Races at Longchamps painting’s characteristics focus on modern life and the pleasures of it, the scene at the Longchamp racetrack on the outskirts of Paris shows the popularity of the track. The painting signals the revival that took place in French horse racing and reminds of when the racing took place in 1857 for the first time. Manet chooses to capture the last moments, which is also the most exciting minutes of the race, he paints the horses as the rush past the finish.

Traditionally, most artist selects to show racing only from the side. It is not often that anyone dares to compose high-pace action scenes from the side. Manet composed the Racing at Longchamps in such a way that the horses and the jockey’s thunders towards the viewer. The painting medium is oil on canvas and is conserved at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hieronymus’ The Garden of Earthly Delights

Triptych oil painting or by its modern name known as The Garden of Earthly Delights is as seen by some as a masterpiece by Hieronymus Bosch. It was painted quite late in his life, between the ages of 40 to 60 in the year 1490 to 1510. Since 1939, this painting is housed in Madrid at the Museo del Pardo.


Unknown Intentions & Interpretations


Not much is known now about the life of the artist, his interpretations or even his intention when he painted the fleshy most worldly indulgence, called by some an evocation of sexual joy. The central part of the three-panel painting led to several different interpretations over many centuries, which lasted and continued into the 20th century where art historians remain divided, some see it as a panorama of paradise, other as a moral warning. Art experts such as Beagle says it is an erotic imbalance transforming viewers to a place filled with intoxicated air.


Several Paintings Wrapped into One


The exterior of The Garden of Earthly Delights displays the world the artist existed in during the creation of the artwork itself. When the wings of the triptych are closed, the panels on the outer side are visible and the painting rendered in grey-green can be seen.


Left, Right & Centre Panels


Expert of art proposed that the outer panels were used by Bosch to originally establish the biblical setting for that of the inner elements and that the outer images were painted first. Known as the Joining of Adam and Eve the left panel’s scene is that of the Garden of Eden. The painting allows viewers to gain insight into how the painter sees Adam as he wakes up and finds Eve’s wrist in the hand of God. In this panel, the appearance of God is in a younger form as the others.


The centre panel consists of a fusion of different scenes and images, these include a water-bound globe adorned by figures that are hybrid or fantastic while the garden gives this painting its name. Female and male nudes are present in the garden where fruit trees suggest it is paradise. The figures in the painting are engaged in all kinds of activities including sports, group and couple activities with sexual curiosity. While some artist sees the centre panel as the playground of corruption other calls it the centre of eroticism.


In the middle-ages, lust and sexuality were seen as the indication of the fall from grace of humanity, the left panel is where it starts, the middle shows the penalty. In many paintings, erotic connotations are depicted as musical instruments, especially in the time period of the art of Bosch, which was also when the moralising sources such as lust where often called the music of the flesh.


Triptychs painted by Bosch includes the Saint Gregory’s Mass, Adoration of the Magic, The Creation of the World, The Last Judgement, and Hermit Saints Triptych.

Cinema Nouveau Art House Movies


Over the past couple of years Cinema Nouveau, art-house films, as well as independent and foreign films, have enjoyed a huge increase in popularity. More film enthusiasts are interested in the fresh ideas of the directors and thousands believe that the art nouveau films are superior to Hollywood films. The film style is named after Maison de I’Art Nouveau meaning the House of the New Art and in Belgium termed Styles Nouille, while in Italy called Arte Nova and in the USA Tiffany Style. Art Cinema Nouveau is a term used for the screen deco celebrating high styles that reminds of a time when the Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire’s foxtrot was popular, high details were most important design was king. The same attention to details is used in modern day art nouveau films and some of the best films include Elle, Fireworks Wednesday and Loveless.

Elle

Meet Michele who seems simply indestructible and as the head of a video game company she is successful and at the same time ruthless when it comes to her love life. Her life changes forever after being attacked in her home. After determinedly tracking down the man, both are drawn into a thrilling and curious game that might spiral completely out of control at any given moment.

Elle Ratings & Genre

The film received an R rating for disturbing sexual content, language, brief nudity, violence involving sexual assault and grisly images. The film genre is art house drama, suspense and drama and was directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by David Birke and the 130-minute film by SBS Production Studio made $2,339,735 at the box office.

Chaharshancbe-Soori or Fireworks Wednesday

Directed by Asghar Farhadi an Iranian director, Fireworks Wednesday enables the audience to follow a betrothed female working for the housekeeping agency. She accepts an assignment that requires the cleaning of the home of a couple on vacation and as the newcomer in the household gets sucked into a dangerous nuptial of treachery and deceit that challenges all her superstitions regarding the nature of married life. Depth is added by Farhadi via the cloaking of the household events and the precipitants constantly shifting between ambiguity and character perspective. With added complexity, the director constantly challenges each viewer and rewrites the audience’s assumptions of each of the characters. The title of the film refers to explosiveness in domestic strife in a metaphoric sense, while it has literal significance.

Fireworks Wednesday Ratings & Genre

The film received an NR rating and its genre is International Art House and drama, while the Grasshopper Film is 104 minutes long and well-received by the audience.
Nelyubov or Loveless

Boris and Zhenya go through a frustrating time caused by a vicious divorce and as they embark on new lives each of them finds a new partner that threatens the abandonment of their twelve-year-old son.

Loveless Rating and Genre

Loveless received an R rating for graphic nudity, disturbing images and its strong sexuality, while the genre is international, drama and art house directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. The Sony Pictures Classic is 129 minutes long and made $220,691 at the box office.

Salvatore of Lucan’s McDonald’s Piece


One of the most exciting artists right now is Salvatore of Lucan and during a recent art exhibition, his painting titled, Me and My Dad in McDonalds were one of the most favoured for its brightness, colour and art form.

Salvatore of Lucan

Due to the popularity of his artwork, it is only natural that art enthusiast wants to know more about the artist himself. In the 1980’s in Munich, a man from Bangladesh fell in love with an Irish girl and after they separated, she discovered she was pregnant. She gave birth to a beautiful boy back in Dublin and named him Salvatore. The father of Salvatore visited for a week when he was around one year of age and the boy saw his father many years later when they reconnected via social media. Salvatore was 24 years of age at the time and his father was based in Miami, they decided to meet in New York. No further plans were made to meet again, although Salvatore captured the meeting in a portrait and when it was displayed at the National Gallery, he won the portrait prize in Zurich.

Meeting Dad After 23 Years in McDonalds

The setting Salvatore chose for his painting is McDonalds, although in reality, the two men met at the Katz Deli, although the young painter decided on a unique painting style, now favoured by millions for its fine detail, loud colours, squares, lines and other patterns that creates a phenomenal effect. The father figure in the painting has a beard an appears to stare into space, while the table top displays cola-shadowed cups. The details added to Salvatore’s painted image is enhanced by the zigzag shirt he is wearing as well as his mustard pants and Nike’s. At first glance, his head looks out of place, although the artist says he always wanted to paint his head and body this way.

Salvatore of Lucan Influences

Salvatore grew up surrounded by women, which includes his mother, half-sister and his grandmother, and he loves to work with people closest to him. He focuses on the people of Lucan in his art, which includes Jinx Lennon the punk poet from Ireland, British pop rock band Pulp and Myles Manley. Salvatore first spent time as a hairdresser as his mom not think he could make a living from art. He got his NCAD and started by painting self-portraits, which also included him kissing his ex-girlfriend as well as him playing Fifa on his Xbox. He is currently busy painting himself with his new girlfriend Lucy with him holding her leg.

Me and My Dad in McDonalds by Salvatore of Lucan

The Me and My Dad in McDonalds painting is an archival pigment print embellished with hand embellished pigment paint that glows in the dark, the painting is 680 mm x 680 mm in size and was painted in 2018, while the cotton rag painting was also numbered and signed by the artist.

The History of Graffiti


The very first graffiti writer or artist is considered to be cornbread, this young high-school artist or student started tagging city wall back in 1967. He lived in Philadelphia and started the wall-tagging to attract the attention of a young girl. Although graffiti was only showcased as an art form in the 1980’s.

The Origin of the Art Form Name – Graffiti

Graffiti was first known as a graffito in its singular form and are formed from the Italian word that means scratched, graffiti. During ancient times it was the carve with a sharp object on walls and graffiti also included coal or chalk use. The word is also based on γράφειν, the Greek word directly translated is graphite which means to write.

Street Art Invention

The invention of street art can be traced back to the name tagging or the scratching of names into concrete or walls in New York during the late 1960’s. Graffiti artists work started inspiring others like Keith Haring in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, who did the NYC subway chalk drawings well before this art form was to feature or found its place in the art world.

Graffiti vs Street Art

The major difference between street art and graffiti is the intention. Graffiti is used by a writer who are not focused on the understanding, or the interest of others in their work, these artists are most appreciated for their art style. What is one of the major risks of graffiti is that in most countries it is a punishable crime should the artist add graffiti to a wall or property, without the consent and/or permission of the property owner. It is only lately that graffiti artists are hired by governments to add art to walls in subways as part of their marketing strategies in advance of huge sports events.

Yet in many countries such as Canada, it falls under the criminal code and it is still not considered as an art form. Graffiti is seen as vandalism and in all the major cities such as Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto any graffiti is illegal, and the owner of the property is required to remove it by law.

Graffiti is Welcomed and Legal in Several Countries

In many other countries, graffiti is legal, acknowledged as an art form and even welcome. The places where graffiti is welcomed include Melbourne, Australia where graffiti can be seen in Hosier Lane, In Poland, graffiti is legal in Warsaw as well as Queens in New York and in Prague it is well-known for decorating the area near Florence Metro Station, it is also allowed in Paris, Zurich in Switzerland, Taipei in Taiwan, Copenhagen and Sydhavnen in Denmark, in New Zealand in most parks and in South Africa along all the main highways as well as around sports stadiums.

Exploring Different Art Forms in Prints


Art comes in many different forms from drawings to painting, media to time-based art that include both images and sound. Printing is a two-dimensional art form that is created by an impression transferred from one surface onto another surface. Prints in general, except for mono-types, come in multiples to form an edition. Each print is identified via a signature and number since the 19th century. It is also very common that the prints are produced in a limited number to produce images part of a limited edition, meaning there are only a fixed or certain number of prints available. The tools that are used in creating a print are almost always destroyed at the completion of the limited edition prints to ensure no more can be printed afterwards.

Woodcut Technique in Printing

The earliest form of printing is the Woodcut technique, which is a relief printing type first used in the Far East. The prints are made of recessed areas that are raised via wood, although now the relief printing techniques are varied when it comes to the creation of different prints.

Engraving

A steel tool made of hardened steel called the burin is now used to cut the line into the metal plate surface. The incisions appearance depends on the pressure and angle applied during use of the burin, once the ink gets applied it is retained in the different incision to create the impressions.

Mezzo-tint

This print type is a basically an engraving form in which the whole metal plate is first roughened and then afterwards scraped and then polished to several degrees. This cause the inks to be held in different quantities on the paper. This method is popular to reach a good range of tones in printing.

Dry-point

It is a variant of engraving and in this print -type the intaglio method is employed. The sharp metal point called the drypoint is used to created burrs or ridges in the lines and the technique enables the ink to leave blurry or soft lines.

Screen print

This is probably the most popular of all print type since it offers the finest detail capturing as well as the boldest colours. To create the perfect screen involves creating a stencil of any image which is either attached to a piece of fabric, or paper stretched over any kind of frame. The screen with the image is then placed on top of the surface that could be glass, paper, or many other surfaces suitable for screen printing and the paint or ink t is forced through the screen or fabric by the use of a rubber blade onto the surface. More images or more colours can be added via the use of different screens. With the variety of modern technological options, even the finest detail can be transposed.

Mono type One-Off Printing

Mono type printing is completely unlike any of the other printing forms and is used for one-off prints created by painting or a drawing onto a smooth plate that is then transferred onto paper.

Steampunk Cultural Phenomena

Steampunk is the most influential and largest cultural phenomena ever and probably one of the most established art forms, it enjoys the most interest, most respect and attracts the largest fan base at festivals and exhibitions around the globe.

Whether you are an art collector or just love something new and unique, steampunk is the way to go, but many are still trying to figure it all out, they fascinated by the art form, yet lack the background on it.

Steampunk Excitement

Steampunk is a fusion of fashion, art, inspired by the industrial revolution, it’s a form of past technology such as Tesla coils and steam engines brought back to life via nostalgic futurism. It beautifully blends industrial with Victorian art, enhanced by futuristic concepts, using several machine parts like rivets, cogs and clockwork and blends it with laboratory equipment adding robotics.

It is a fabulous ultra-modern throwback design form that delights via the brutality of the steam ages, invoked by imagination with a touch of romance. Steampunk was first a subset of fiction, more accurately science fiction in the 1980s, yet it attracted so much attention that it is now the latest trend used in art, fashion and movies.

What it strives for is historical accuracy, at the inventiveness, modifying technological devices into retro-futuristic elements, such as laptops and electric guitars, drawing inspiration from the Victorian era.

Steampunk Fashion

Never has art influenced fashion as strongly as steampunk, Victorian styled dresses enhanced by the use of different materials. Brass is a favourite, while the style also includes military elements with leather boots decorated with gears, while accessories include sunglasses influenced by safety equipment of pilots. It offers fashion designers a whole new era to explore, while thousands dress up and wear helmets that reminds of war and ancient diving equipment.

Steampunk Materials

Steampunk is all about original parts, and objects from the Victoria area, re-imagined, the most used materials include iron, steel, copper and brass or any other industrial metals combined with fabric, wood, and printed designs with a Victorian feel. It is basically the most exciting combination of industrial blended with mechanical blended with animal skins, natural elements and driftwood.

Steampunk – The Inspirations

Inspired by technology, literature, art, design, early 20th century and the Victorian era mixed with science fiction and a whole lot of imagination, Steampunk explores technology via a dystopian view on the future. It enables artist and designers to explore a whole new range of themes, its combining forms and functionality, most of the objects previously served a purpose in either the military or industrial eras have gone by. Its loved by everyone interested in the heavy metals used for diving suits ages ago, steam train enthusiasts, those who still value the Victorian style and everyone who enjoy exploring new combinations with a touch of style, classic charm and industrial all combined into one of the most exciting designs and art forms of our time.

A Decade After His Death, On the Wall Celebrates Michael Jackson’s impact on Art


The king of Pop would have turned 60 in August, with the almost decade that has passed since thousand had to say their final goodbyes to one of the biggest icons of our times. The “On the Wall” exhibition hosted in Finland, Bonn and Paris offers Michael Jackson paintings from more than 48 artists, the diverse group is made up from artists from several generations, different backgrounds, generations, ethnicity and nationalities, which means the art forms include a plethora of mediums. This defines the “On the Wall” exhibition as both a memorabilia collection and biography. It offers fans a reflective selection of art celebrating the idol’s career, fashion, dance and music while it also offers a study of the king of pop’s fame. The exhibition scheduled to continue for the next two years, touring Europe, is a dedication to the influence Jackson had on contemporary art.

Michael Jackson Exhibition Sparked During Exploration for an Andy Warhol Exhibition

It all started with portraits of Jackson, screen prints done for the Time magazine back in 1984, which made Cullinan realize just how many artists have been fascinated by Michael Jackson, his fame, his career and his fashion. It became clear that the idol of millions had a huge impact on contemporary art. The most visually-striking art pieces include the display by David LaChapelle, his diverse display include hyper-real photographs on a large-scale, including the short film of Jackson’s Billie Jean, while the later pieces include Jackson portrayed as the American Jesus, showing him becoming both a martyr and saint. Other highlights of the exhibition also include the work of Candice Breitz, the South African displays over 16 videos of Michael Jackson fans singing his biggest hits in German, which includes Thriller.

Never Seen Before Portrait – Equestrian of King Michael Jackson

It is the first time ever that the Equestrian Portrait of King Phillip II aka Michael Jackson is on display, painted by Kehinde Wiley reinterpreting the King of Spain painting by Ruben. The Dangerous concert part of Michael Jackson’s tour in Bucharest on film is part of the exhibition, while one of the highlights is also the first ever displayed selection of priceless photo’s showing Andy Warhol rubbing shoulders with a youthful Jackson, by Faith Ringgold, naming it the “Who’s Bad”

Lorraine O’Grady based in New York also added her collection to the exhibition. The art exhibition offers millions of Michael Jackson fans the opportunity to celebrate the life of one of the biggest stars of all times and with several art pieces on display for the very first time, the possibility already exists that the tour could continue for more than two years and visit several countries. There is no doubt that it will be one of the most well-attended art exhibitions in Europe and everywhere else in the world, which confirms that the king of pop enjoys as much popularity now as he did when he was alive!

Master Paintings Tells the Christmas Tale


There are many paintings by the big master’s in art that perfectly tell the tale of Christmas. These have remained favourites through the ages, and some are now part of the most valuable paintings around.

Caravaggio Nativity with St Francis and St Lawrence (1609)

The absence of literateness in the Renaissance and pre-Renaissance times motivated the Catholic Church as well as the wealthiest merchants to order a large group of painters to tell the tale of Christmas – the origins of Christianity via paintings. Painters and artist were in fierce competition with each other to gain the very generous contracts of the church, which ultimately led to the most stunning art pieces.

The Annunciation – Botticelli – 1489

Sandro Botticelli, the Florentine Renaissance master, was commissioned by Cestello, the Florentine Monastery to paint Gabriel, the archangel as he delivers the news to Virgin Mary that she was chosen to give birth to the son of God. In the Annunciation, her face masterfully illustrating the emotional nature of the message she receives.

Mary and Joseph on the Way to Bethlehem – Hugo van der Goes – 1475

Part of the Portinari Altarpiece the painting by the Flemish painter, Hugo van der Goes, the painting shows Joseph and Mary as they travel to Bethlehem. Mary’s advanced pregnancy is beautifully illustrated as the ageing Joseph carefully guides her down the rocky mountain.

The Census at Bethlehem – Pieter Bruegel the Elder – 1566

Pieter Bruegel the Elder depicts Joseph and Mary on their way to register for the census, the Romans ordered, which is set in a snowy, winter scene. Pieter Bruegel was known for his tendency to paint biblical event in a local and contemporary setting, which The Census at Bethlehem perfectly illustrates.

Dream of Joseph – Rembrandt – 1645

The Flemish painter, Rembrandt, depicts Christ’s earthly father, as he agrees to marry Mary, once he discovers she is pregnant. According to Matthew’s gospel, God sends Joseph an explanation with an angel who visits him in a dream to instruct him to name the baby Jesus, while he also explains the divine conception.

Nativity with St Lawrence and St Francis – Caravaggio – 1609

Sadly, the Nativity with St Lawrence and St Francis by Caravaggio was one of the masterpieces stolen in the heist that was the most notorious in history. This invaluable painting was cut from its frame and never found. The original painting is now replaced by a replica of the last large-scale paintings, which shows the Virgin Mary as she gazes at her child and rests. Caravaggio places an unknown youth prominently in the foreground of the painting, one who looks in the direction of the ageing Joseph. All hope is still placed on finding the original one day, stolen from the Oratorio di San Lorenzo in Sicily.