Posts Tagged ‘annysa ng’

Artist of the moment…..Auguste Edouart…

Auguste Edouart was a leading french silhouette artist born in Dunkerque, France in the year 1789. His working career was spent in London, Scotland, and the United States.

He left France in 1814 setting up shop in London, England.

A clip to a short link featuring work by Auguste Edouart on the popular PBS program Antiques Roadshow. The clip is just under four minutes long.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201003A44.html

Price range information:  The artist worked mainly with cut paper silhouettes but which range $500 to $8,000. Watercolors range $2,000 to $8,000 and these are mainly lanscapes. The artist was renown for his cut paper artwork that featured both people an animals.

Started making his famous paper cut works in 1825.

From 1829 to 1832 Edouart lived in Edinburgh, Scotland and completed nearly 5,000 of his cut silhouette works. Remember this is a time before the Iphone or that matter even before the polaroid! A cut paper silhouette was a great way to capture the likeness of a person without the expense of an oil painting or watercolor. Many owners would have them done of themselves alongside their pets.

Works in major museums worldwide including the National Gallery of Art in London, England, the National Gallery of Art in Scotland, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

I enjoy looking at works from this time period. Its perhaps the first time a person who wasn’t wealthy had the opportunity to immortalize themselves with art. More silhouette artists coming soon!

Edouart passed away in 1861 at the age of 72 years old.

If you enjoy silhouette art make sure and check out my previous writings about artist Annysa Ng who has a work below. Ng works with acrylics and inks in many works.

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Another great artist who is perhaps the most famous working African- American visual artist in the country, Kara Walker. The artist is well known for cut paper works and even produces books alongside her original artwork and lithographs. Below an offering from Kara Walker. This work will come for auction on the 29th of this month at Phillips New York. It is a collection of works dealing with the Emancipation Proclamation. Estimates are $120,000 to $180,000.

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Artists working with the face and the figure…..Annysa Ng

This clip is from a show featuring the artist. The verbal parts are in Chinese but the pictures start at 14 seconds. Its great to see the artwork as it might appear in person so as to appreciate the extremely large size of the art.

The artist was born in Hong Kong and spent her childhood growing up in the Eastern part of the world. She currently resides in New York City. If I had to  compare her to another artist who paints in a similar manner it would be Kara Walker. The African American woman who paints silhouettes that deal with the many feelings that existed between the races during slavery and the days of the Underground Railroad.  In the works of Annysa and Kara Walker the viewer only sees the outline of the subjects in the picture. With so many shadowed covered areas like the mouth or the eyes its impossible figure out exactly what the viewer the subject is feeling. Instead the viewer must place themselves in the work and feel the emotions for themselves.

Her characters seem very elegantly dressed. Perhaps a deck of Chinese playing card queens that has sprung to life. Its great when the subject has no color or expression, the viewer can do it for themselves and have more fun in the process.

Attended the College of Visual Arts in New York City. Also attended the Saatchi Academy of Art  in Germany. Took classes in computer arts in Hong Kong.

Has been a part of national art competitions that focus on contemporary young artists such as the Basel Fine Arts show.

The artist works in a variety of media including ink, ,acrylics, and oils.

Has painted a mural for a hotel in Germany.

Another idea that comes to mind when looking at this artist’s work is the sixty year  jubilee for the Queen of England the idea of colonialism. The mix of an Asian as royalty but dressed as European loyalty with their clothing, is another idea great contrast.  Coming from Communist China the artist also enjoys making narratives out of the male dominated aspects of life and the little say the working woman gets nowadays.

on line and land based galleries: Blindspot Galleries in Central Hong Kong.   http://www.blindspotgallery.com/assets/block/Annysa%20Ng_Press%20Release-ENG.pdf

The artist is very prolific and in addition to painting also enjoys creating sculptures and installations. The artist also heads her own atelier should you wish to improve your painting or drawing skills!

Happy Sunday!

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