Posts Tagged ‘circus’

Artist of the moment…..Kawanishi Hide


Kawanishi Hide was a wonderful Japanese printmaker. Kawanishi Hide was born in Kobe, Japan in the year 1894. Hide even produced a series on variation locations in the city.

Some recurring themes for Hide include the circus and portraits.

The artist was influenced by the Art Deco movement. Hide was a self taught artist.

Hide began as an oil painter, but switched to printmaking after seeing some wonderful prints in person.

Before turning to art Hide was a postal worker. His family was wealthy and owned shipping companies and as coincidence would have it, a private post office. The company was the Post Net of its day.  This business was bought by the government and Hide became a government employee.

Kawanishi Hide passed away in 1965.

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Chimp photographer auction at Sothebys

On June 5 at Sotheby’s auction house of London a set of 18 photographs of Moscow taken by a former circus chimpanzee sold for $76,000. The chimp’s name is Mikki.

The idea was dreamed up by two Russian born American artists. One is named Vitaly Komar. Some examples of his work below.

The other artist involved is named Alexander Melamid. Melamid has a son that produces videos for hip hop moguls like Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. Melamid took the liberty to produce oils paintings of these two icons. Melamid is not only a great photographer, but a great painter also.

The pair found the chimp while visiting a circus in Moscow. The duo have done many collaborations with animals in the past including making bones by using the paw prints of dogs, using an elephant to paint a bust of George Washington, and even working with beavers producing wood gnawed sculptures.

Below is a clip from the CBS morning show with more about the auction.

What a fantastic and unique idea! Way to go Mr. Komar and Mr. Melamid!