Art is so interesting because of its subjectiveness and various forms. It is a medium that allows limitless creativity. In the hands of an artist, an illustration can tell a unique story or capture a moment in someone’s life. There are no rules just free flowing expression, for Cuban artist Yoel Díaz Gálvez his work is an extension of himself.
It often seems like every time I turn on the news there are only upsetting stories being shared. One can only wonder where do all the inspiring reports go? Would it possibly change our perspectives of the world if we saw more of them? For instance, news regarding climate change often focuses on loss, destruction, and irreversible damage. If some of these stories centered more on the beauty of the natural world that is at risk, would an audience feel more inclined to take action?
Artist Zaria Forman must have wondered these same questions. In her passion to illuminate the effects of climate change in the world’s melting ice caps and rising sea levels, Forman chooses to draw the beauty of what we all stand to lose. Her drawings are an innovative display of an often depressing topic shown through the lens of a larger connection to nature in the hopes to convey the urgency of climate change.
“The eyes are the mirror of the soul.”
– Paulo Coelho
An artist’s signature is on every work of theirs. It could be a physical inscription or something more noticeable like their use of colors. Contemporary artist Pedro Albuquerque uses the eyes of his subjects to draw emotion and vibrant colors to liven up the portraits that may have a dim feeling over it.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and 14 year old artist Sevy Marie Eicher speaks to people all over the world through her art work. Sevy was born with Down Syndrome in Sofia, Bulgaria. Although Bulgaria is a part of the EU, they are still ranked number two in the world for child institutions, right after Russia. She now lives in Texas with her adoptive mother, father, and three siblings.
As students across the country have gotten back into the swing of things, some still await their first day. One of the things kids always look forward to is meeting their new teachers, especially the art teachers. They are usually always overly excited, sometimes a bit quirky. This was always fun and comical for me. As they’d attempt to get the class settled down, they would start class like:
“Welcome back to school everybody, I hope everyone had a great summer. Hurry up and have a seat so we can get started on today’s featured artist, Roger Jardine. Not to be confused with the business mogul, whom happens to share the same name. We’re going to talk about Roger Jardine the artist and photographer.”
The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are some of the world’s most prestigious locations to display art, this is something most artists often dream about. However, Brooklyn born photographer Gregory Crewdson’s work has been exhibited in all three museums and many more.
Since its beginning, hip-hop has continued to evolve as an art form that has taken over the world. While it is known that visual art and hip-hop are strongly connected, some artists take this connection to new heights. For Italian painter and sculptor Mario Loprete, this surely reigns true.
Art helps describe what can’t be explained with words, feelings that can’t be easily described vocally are perfectly illustrated on a canvas for others to view. Painter Loribelle Spirovski used her passion for art to distract her from the challenges she faced in life after migrating to Australia from the Philippines at the age of 8.
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Benjamin Disraeli, once said:
Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.” Ivan Pretorius, a South African freelance illustrator, is an exemplary representation of this very quote.