Archive for June, 2010

Christophorus – "Daisyface" and "Paternoster"

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The majority of the paintings displayed on Christophorus’s homepage are a part of his "Paternoster" series. His tribute to this traditional fishing village near Cape Town is immense with seascapes, fishing boats and the fishermen that use them to gain their livelihood. He also gives occasional notice to the long-established shops, homes and restaurants of "Paternoster".  A liberal collection of these outstanding paintings would create a wondrous display.

As a contrasting element, Christophorus reveals a totally diverse aspect of his talents in "Daisyface." The female semblance we see here, with portions of her face and arm covered in greenery and daisies, appears as an extension of nature. White daisies grow forth from her fertile skin. The background of the blazing sun, surrounded in soothing shades of swirling motion pull her body in as an part of itself. As if caught in the middle, she exudes vibrant flames of life and energy. Her face is striking, yet in a serious grimace. Is she unhappy with her plot in life or more likely just protective and watchful over her environmental domain? The way our society often treats nature with abuse and neglect, it would be no wonder.

Antiques and Art Elude Economic Downturn

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

With everyone scampering about turning their valuable metals into other forms of equity, it is with much amazement to find that the majority of antiques and art actually rose in 2009. While jewelry and silver are the leaders, you can now add contemporary art in that category as well. (more…)

Nazanin Madadi – sheer African talent and illumination…

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Now, here’s a lady to be reckoned with: she’s a force of nature; a force of art! As she herself says, to paint, one needs to become what one is painting, so to speak – because after all, we "speak" best about the things we have experienced, whether that is during a writing project or in the production of any type of art. Her training with a Persian master began at the tender age of thirteen – and it shows: her paintings are just fabulously brilliant! She would describe herself as a "romantic" artist: we’d describe Nazanin Madadi as a gifted individual all around.

Firstly let us gaze upon the beautiful face in looking. Naturally the model is beautiful – this is true – but the pose and the painting is just amazing and very accurate. All together these qualities come together to produce a gorgeous piece – the woman in the pictures looks out from behind her hair which has been blown into her face; deep red lips and liquid eyes setting the scene. What an inspirational piece – just imagine what that would look like on your wall. Sadly, this piece is sold – but there are quite a number of other pieces on Madadi’s online gallery that would fit the bill as well.

A piece still (amazingly) up for sale, on the other hand, is The romantic pianist. Captured mid-performance and from behind, we see a lady playing the piano in a red dress; candles burning and enraptured – certainly very romantic indeed! The colors are warm and muted – they flow with one another wonderfully and the painting is yet another example of Madidi’s mastery of oils. It’s also a good sized piece and another one to really make a room – whichever room that might be. That would be up to the eventual lucky owner of the piece.

Madadi is, all in all, a great painter – a great artist. She’s been painting all her life: she has the gift, and her gallery is totally full of wonderful examples of that talent coming out of the brush and being given form on a canvas. You’d be wise to consider a Madadi painting for your collection – because they’re so beautiful that quite soon, they may become much more difficult to own…