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The Beatles and Abbey Road


An auction was held for the famous collection of photographs taken by Ian MacMillan. The folio of works sold for $227,000 U.S. dollars. The police actually closed the road for 10 minutes and whilst MacMillan took  the shots. One image of a stone wall was used for the back of the record album.

Here is the most famous Abbey Road image of the Beatles taken by Ian MacMillan.



Below a wonderful clip that takes us to the famous Abbey Road:


Lets now take a look at some artwork inspired by the Beatles and Abbey Road.

First we have an image by Al Hirschfeld.



Below a work by Andrew Timmons.



This work is by Leland Castro.


This creative work is by Sylvain Diez.


This work of art by Sara Gauthier.


It sure is fun to see all the amazing artwork inspired by one of the world’s greatest bands of all time.

Cheers and Peace!


Art , smoking, and cigarettes….

although this industry has certainly seen better days, that is why Tobacco Row exists on the eastern part of the United States. Lets take a look at artists who have been inspired by such figures as the Marlboro Man or for such large tobacco companies as Lucky Strike. Lets think back to just a few short decades ago when Virginia Slims sponsored some major tennis tours and it was the Jack Benny Program sponsored by Lucky Strike

Here we have Chinese artist Shi Wei and a series he did titled Skinny lady.


Richard Hambleton is a well known artist from Canada who did a series inspired by the Marlboro Man advertisements. He started out a street artist and works mainly with figure in silhouette form.


In this clip we see the great musician Bob Dylan and good ole Andy Warhol share a smoke. Different times indeed!

Al Hirschfeld was m favorite caricature artist hands down. He was the reason I started drawing figures as a young boy. I enjoyed his clean lines and the clever way he hid his daughters name Nina in every work. I loved the way he made the smoke appear in many circular shapes and patterns. Here we see Humphrey Bogart enjoying a cigarette.


And here we see famous comedian Groucho Marx with his signature cigar. Its fun to see what the artist does with the smoke patterns, they remind me of the pill artist Fred Tomaselli.


Here is a signature work by famed artist Fred Tomaselli, its who I think about when looking at Hirschfeld’s figures that are smoking. Tomaselli uses pills, leaves, and any materials he can find in designing his wonderful works of art.


Here we have artist Keith Haring and some works he did back in the late 1980s with the Lucky Strike logo.


And another Haring offering.


Here we have famed figure artist Mel Ramos working with the Lucky Strike brand.


Its only recently that smoking has come under attack in North America. Companies like Phillip Morris and British American Tobacco are growing at a great pace in overseas markets. Here we see artist Jesus Bubu Negron with two very large and used up cigarettes. This was Art Basel in Miami this past December.


Xu Bing is very innovative artist who brings to use a idea for cigarettes other than smoking them, making art with them. Here is a video clip because the picture is nice, but you need to see something where the view goes back and forth so that you can get an idea as to how much thought went into the design of these Tiger Carpets.


This film clip goes back and forth to give a better idea as to design.

Smoking was so popular in this country that even ashtray design and fashion was a very large market at one time. Here we see famed design duo Georges Jouve and Mathieu Mategot.

Here is a great example of a bear claw style of ashtray.


Another artist working with the rural south would be the great Dean Mitchell. He grew up in Quincy, Florida about twenty miles from Tallahassee, Florida. He worked in these tobacco fields when he was growing up and he enjoys their nostalgic feel, back to a time when cigarette ads featuring celebrities were everywhere.  Here we see one of these tobacco farms that the artist enjoys painting. This is a painting of a southern tobacco barn.




And here we have some  works by Pablo Picasso.

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And finally we have Alex Katz with a great piece of art.


Hope you enjoyed this look into tobacco and art!

After a comment regarding this genre, I recently found a new piece by Julian Opie featuring a woman and a cigarette,  that is just wonderful!




Artist of the moment…..Giacomo Balla….

A brief montage of works by Giacomo Balla.

As the title suggest more than 40 works to see in less than one minutes time!

Giacomo Balla was born in Turin, Italy in 1871. He was known for his use of abstract and organic shapes as well as dynamic realism. He was very well schooled in drawing, but could make exciting drawings and paintings as he had a very unique way of capturing the movement and pattern of light. For instance the streetlight. He takes time to record every color that the possible spectator might see whilst looking up. Greens, reds, and yellows are all  represented.

He came from a well to do family whose father was a chemist. As a child Balla studied music. Until the age of nine when his father died. He gave up music and began to express himself via music. For his collegiate studies the artist attended the University of  Turin.

When he was in his twenties the artist was given exhibitions and shown in museums. The artist having the most influence on him was Filippo Marinetti. Marinetti is seen as the father of Futurism.  An art movement that dealt with explaining what would happen in the future. Below is great example of Marinetti’s work which reminds this viewer of the master collage artist Kurt Schwitters.


Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums. Pencils range from $2,500 to $250,000. Serigraph prints range from $500 to $2000. Oils are the highest priced works ranging from $5,000 to $4.0  million dollars! Pastels can range as high $60,000. Many small sculptures and jewelry works are found for less than $500.

My favorite piece of artwork produced by the art is titled Dog on a leash. What movement not only by the dog, but also by the person’s feet and even the dog’s leash.  The artist is usually listed as a futurist style artist, but he is just such a master at creating movement. I feel as if the dog is going to scurry right off the page. The dog is taking the owner for a walk, not vice-a-versa!

Another artist that did a great job capturing movement was Al Hirschfeld was my favorite caricature artist. He drew great simple caricatures of celebrities and actors using ink on rice paper. Working in lithography for the most part the artist had a great life as an artist living nearly to nearly one hundred years. This picture below is of the 1940s thru 1960s star Danny Kaye. Kaye was always moving and dancing in the movies that made him famous and Hirschfeld did a great job capturing this.


One artist making wonderful works capturing movement in oils would be Robert Liberace. Liberace makes wonderful Renaissance looking type art usually featuring one lone figure moving across the picture plane. I love his style for his end compositions and movement of objects across the picture plane. He is able to establish a great amount of depth which is tough to achieve on such small sized works. Here is a great example of Robert Liberace’s style of art. He has some great dvds out on drawing using classical methods and techniques.




Balla passed away in 1958 at the age of 86 years old! I enjoy this artist for his awesome and wonderful moving images of the human figure.