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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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And another Haring offering.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Artist of the moment…..Stephen Magsig….

Lets check out one of my favorite painters of the city and urban scene, Stephen Magsig. When I think of large industrial cities I think of the wonderful paintings of this artist. If you enjoy cityscape paintings as much as me I also encourage you to set aside one hundred dollars and invest in this artist! Yes, this artist also sells smaller plein air works that are 5 by 7 inches in size and well executed. The smaller works he sells on ebay start at $1oo with free shipping. His larger oil paintings sell deep into the five figures.

In this clip we see the artist at David Klein Gallery.

The artist is of a high pedigree appearing in such national art magazines as American Art Collector in 2006. Magsig has also appeared in Art and Antiques magazine.

A link to Magsig’s own website:  Many nice paintings of Detroit to see here. http://www.smagsig.com/

If you enjoy paintings of the city you must check out Dean Mitchell. Mitchell paints the industrial and tobacco south. He also enjoys painting cities like New Orleans. Below is a wonderful example of Dean Mitchell’s watercolor magic.

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Another artist who paints awesome city scenes is Richard Estes. Estes is known for this paintings of reflections. You can tell he is an excellent technical artist, with a great sense of composition. Its great to check out the abstraction seen in the window reflections. This work by Estes’ has to do with a large industrial city in Japan.

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And I am excited to talk about Andy again as when I think if New York city, I think of the Empire State Building. Andy thought of the building as a star, which in its day it was. Originally this movie lasted many hours, but I would like to own a smaller length repeating loop version. Its great because the Empire State Building is a great symbol of New York.

Here is a link to the location on ebay where Mr. Magsig sells some smaller plein air works. As you can tell he is quite experienced at selling his smaller works at auction, completing more than 800 auctions:   http://myworld.ebay.com/dadacats?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

In his artistic statement Magsig tells us “Light, since it defines everything, is what my work is about.”  Magsig enjoys finding the right mix of organic and geometric shapes and working high contrasts in light and dark shapes.

 

I hope you take some time to find the artistic magic that can be found in paintings of large cities!  Try painting an urban scene today!

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