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Been a while, eh?

Hello, it’s been too long my friends. Although my ART200 class is long over, I still want to keep the theme of this blog on art. I know most people are “blogs are still a thing?”, and who knows, maybe they aren’t, but I enjoyed finding new art styles and sharing them. Might possibly share some of my own art ūüėÄ

Well, I don’t have anything else for you today, sorry! But I do plan on bringing this blog back ūüôā TTFN!


Non-Western Art, the 2nd

Hello again readers, welcome to the second installment of vypr’s exploration of Non-Western art. This post is going to be focusing on a piece of art from the nation of China. Landscape paintings on silk have been a tradition for hundreds of years, and has long been a matter of interest to me.

This particular piece is from the Southern Song Dynasty, which was the period between 1127-1279. The artist is Ma Yuan. “Ma Yuan, a fourth-generation member of a family of painters, was a leading artist at the Southern Song painting academy in Hangzhou. A city of unsurpassed beauty, Hangzhou was graced with pavilions, gardens, and scenic vistas.”

Source:Ma Yuan: Scholar by a Waterfall (1973.120.9) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The piece, entitled Scholar by a Waterfall, is currently being held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (though not currently on display).

Scholar by a Waterfall by Ma Yuan

Non-Western Art, the 1st.

Greetings. In this first of two installments, I wish to highlight a fantastic musician (and in particular, one of his songs). His name is Lord Laro, and he is a Trinidad-born Calypso singer and composer.

Born Kenneth Lara in 1940, ¬†he served in his country’s army for 8 years (1960-1968), all the while producing his own record and earning the moniker the “Singing Soldier”.

Though he was already well-liked and popular in the calypso scene, Lord Laro felt that he was unable to properly assemble the ideas, lyrics, and music that were in his head, so in 1969, he attended Federal City College, which we now know as the University of Washington, DC, to take classes in composition and arrangement.

This fantastic artist still performs today, and in fact, the newspaper article I found about this gentleman, said that he would be appearing at a show in Queen’s Park Savannah today. The following video is a fan-made creation showing images of the costumes and dancers that typically appear at calypso events set to his song “Irie Tempo”. (Fun fact: “Lord Laro’s signature hit ‘Irie Tempo’ was mislabeled as ‘Ire Tempo’ on its initial 12-inch discomix release, as well as his name (‘Lord Lard’). The uncredited toaster vocals at the second half is said to be ’70s deejay pioneer Trinity.” (Discogs))


The Trinidad Guardian

The Gallery of Vaguely Creepy

Hello again, and welcome to another installment of Arts with vypr. This weeks sampling is a gallery, a compendium of images and artists that excel in creating vaguely creepy or disturbing images, particularly female.

First on the list is Esao Andrews. Born May 23rd, 1978 in Mesa, Arizona, this artist initially got his start designing skateboards for Baker Skateboards. The following are some of my favorite pieces of his. (Hopefully the gallery put these in order)

  • Acorn and The Dryad, 2004, oil on wood – Though the Dryad is visually the most “creepy” part of the image, Andrews’ depiction of ‘Acorn’ is still his typical vaguely disturbing style.
  • Finch, 2005, oil on wood – This is another piece where Andrews uses a distorted creature to accentuate his unique female figures.
  • Girl Still Life, 2007, oil on wood. – note the play on words of the title, and if you can discern why this fits the “creepy” description.
  • Gotham Girls, date unknown, oil on wood – Though this piece really has less of a creepy feel to it, these are still the three “bad girls” of Gotham, meaning they’re pretty creepy in their own right. Esao Andrews’ treatment of the characters is fantastic, and nails them perfectly.
  • Juturna, 2005, oil on wood – The figure is definitely the more prominent “creepy” element in this piece. Though the old style gate and weeds do much to enhance the feel.. the grey tones of the girl ultimately lend to a deathly pallor.
  • The Mascots, 2003, oil on wood – I really don’t think I have to go into too much detail into why this pieces makes the “creepy” cut. The unnatural pose of the girl, the strange creatures, all add up to another amazingly Esao Andrews painting.

The second artist I wish to feature is one who is frequently attributed with starting or at least, establishing what he calls “pop surrealism”. ¬†Mark Ryden was first introduced on January 20th, 1963, in Medford, Oregon. Achieving his BFA at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1987, he started gathering attention in the 1990s. ¬†Though he is credited with starting this movement, his art is usually also qualified as “lowbrow”. To me this means, the snooty uppercrust don’t think it’s art, but usually means I’ll be more interested in it. To each his own, I suppose. His style seems to be consistent.. young looking children, with large, vaguely creepy, heads and eyes. Usually painted in absurd or cutesy outfits and situations. The following is actually a better description, from his own bio on his site.

Ryden‚Äôs vocabulary ranges from cryptic to cute, treading a fine line between nostalgic clich√© and disturbing archetype. Seduced by his infinitely detailed and meticulously glazed surfaces, the viewer is confronted with the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence and the mysterious recesses of the soul. A subtle disquiet inhabits his paintings; the work is achingly beautiful as it hints at darker psychic stuff beneath the surface of cultural kitsch. In Ryden’s world cherubic girls rub elbows with strange and mysterious figures. Ornately carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance that adds gravity to their enigmatic themes.

Now onto the good stuff, the pictures! Er, rather, go back up to the gallery to check out his pieces. Each photo is clickable, and has my comments and the art info on it.

The final artist who I wish to include in this cavalcade of creepy, is Jason Chan. Though his main work is mostly illustrative, I love his talent, and his skill in creating various forms of creepy and beautiful. He was born in Stockton, California in 1983, and after moving to San Francisco, attending the Academy of Art University, and changing majors from 3D animation to Illustration, he graduated in the spring of 2006.

Though he began his artistic adventures in the direction of manga, due to his love of all things comic/game/cartoon; after school, he soon began to embrace that which he’d learned. Life drawing, anatomy, old masters such as Rockwell, Sargent, and Layender, soon influenced his work.

The final six images in the gallery are Jason’s. I will try to put my comments on each individual photo, as opposed to the format of the first artist.

Thank you for taking this journey with me. I hoped you enjoyed the pieces and artists that I have selected, despite the vaguely creepy nature. ¬†For more information, and more of these artists’ work, check out my sources below:

Esao Andrews

Blog feat. Andrews’ work –¬†
Main Homepage –¬†
Wiki Page Р 

Mark Ryden

Main Homepage –¬†
Wiki Page –¬†

Jason Chan

Main Homepage –¬†

The Wings of War

So, while spending hours digging through piles of artwork from the “Early Modern” period, I finally managed to dredge up some fantastic pieces that I really enjoy. The first being Volo Agitato (Shaking Flight), by Tullio Crali in 1938.

Shaking Flight

From an aesthetic perspective, I’m a huge fan of the dark tone, and the transparency skill the artist shows. The Cubist influence is still present in this Futurist piece. With the time period that this was painted, WWI was beginning to be a painful memory, and WWII was about to erupt. This I think, accounts for both the dark tone, and probably warplane depicted.

This second piece, painted just a year later, is not only another visual reminder of the war, but also of the technological advances that were coming about. Skyscrapers, advanced aeronautical design, and more accurate instruments for pilots. Nose Dive on the City is also by Tullio Crali [Edit: didn’t notice this until I started typing, haha].

Nose Dive on the City


Works Cited

Impressions upon my mind

So when discussing Impressionism, and whether I like it or not, the question of “why” do you enjoy a piece of art really depends on mood. For instance, I mostly go for art that shows a high level of detail and technical skill, but Impressionist pieces do a lot for happy feelings, and just an overall sense of beauty. With Impressionist work, I can let my eyes sort of relax, and just enjoy the scene. I believe Argenteuile by Claude Monet, painted in 1875 is a great example of this..

Argentieule by Claude Monet


Moonlight Sonata


For my entry into the Classical world, I went with one of my favorite pieces since before I had started this class. ¬†Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is a piece that exhibits haunting beauty, and mesmerizing technical complexity all within the same work of art.

I chose the clip above because 1, I believe it is an amazing performance of the sonata; and 2, demonstrates what a talented musician can do with a piece that is over 200 years old. Finished in Vienna, in 1801, this work of Beethoven’s is believed to be piece written for his young female pupil.

Though Beethoven depended, for the most part, on patrons to support himself, a change in the social structure allowed for another means of income. With the middle class emerging, here was a market that wanted music like the aristocracy, and the concerts became a place where Beethoven could perform his pieces, spread his name and earn a living. The very fact that this was a piece written for the piano, would also too lend itself to the growing social change. People wanted something different. Something other than the formulaic Baroque-era pieces. With a brand new instrument, more people would be wanting to hear these new musical works.

So now that we’ve discussed Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata as an individual piece, and Beethoven’s works in general as tied in with the rise of the middle class, I leave you with the 3rd movement of the sonata. As a former pianist myself, I have to say my hands were cramping up just watching this.