Every painter paints himself

Every painter paints himself

Every painter paints himself

A saying first documented in the early Renaissance, has been mentioned by artists ever since.
Both Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci used it, as Picasso did too; Lucian Freud and other contemporary artists still cite variations today.
When I transformed my self to Da Vinci and made this contemporary portrait of Leonardo at the corridor of the Uffizi Gallery I did not tried to imitate or copy the master,
Rather I took inspiration from his life and work to Make a self portrait with a narrative That connected me to him.
History is my muse, just like Nature and Women and when I read he had a hard time scoring commissions / work / recognition at Florence, I felt making this Portriat next to the entrance to the Uffitzi , the must artistic museum Of history, a musuem I dream of showcasing my work there as well, and pay it a little "Gallery visit". And more then so letting him see trough my eyes his legacy in his sculpture at the sculpture garden corridor to the left.

Check-Mate

Check-Mate

Leonardo checkmating the Angel of Death in the backyard of his birthplace in Anchiano, outside the center of Vinci. ; 193 x 120 cm ; 76 x 47 in.

 

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time.

Born the illegitimate son of a notary, Leonardo was born in 1452 in a small farmhouse in Anchiano. In 1457 he moved to Vinci where he stayed with his fathers family even though he was never legitimized. At the age of 14 Leonardo moved to Florence to begin an apprenticeship in the workshop of Verrocchio. At the time, Andrea del Verrochio was the most famous artist in Florence.
Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius” or “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman.
Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, and the drawing of the Vitruvian Man.
He wrote: “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”


He lived nearly five centuries ago, yet still continues to fascinate and engage our interest today with his Immortal Genius Legacy.

 

 

Gallery Visit 001

Gallery Visit 001

Leonardo visiting the Uffizi gallery ; 60 x 40 cm ; 24 x 16 in

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time.

Born the illegitimate son of a notary, Leonardo was born in 1452 in a small farmhouse in Anchiano. In 1457 he moved to Vinci where he stayed with his fathers family even though he was never legitimized. At the age of 14 Leonardo moved to Florence to begin an apprenticeship in the workshop of Verrocchio. At the time, Andrea del Verrochio was the most famous artist in Florence.
Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius” or “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman.
Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, and the drawing of the Vitruvian Man.
He wrote: “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”


He lived nearly five centuries ago, yet still continues to fascinate and engage our interest today with his Immortal Genius Legacy.

Gallery Visit 002

Gallery Visit 002

Leonardo visiting the Uffizi gallery ; 60 x 40 cm ; 24 x 16 in

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time.

Born the illegitimate son of a notary, Leonardo was born in 1452 in a small farmhouse in Anchiano. In 1457 he moved to Vinci where he stayed with his fathers family even though he was never legitimized. At the age of 14 Leonardo moved to Florence to begin an apprenticeship in the workshop of Verrocchio. At the time, Andrea del Verrochio was the most famous artist in Florence.
Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius” or “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman.
Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, and the drawing of the Vitruvian Man.
He wrote: “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”


He lived nearly five centuries ago, yet still continues to fascinate and engage our interest today with his Immortal Genius Legacy.

Sri Yantra | Golden Ratio

Sri Yantra | Golden Ratio

Leonardo Right Shoulder Tattooed with Sri Yantra
; 40 x 60 cm ; 16 x 24 in

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time.

Born the illegitimate son of a notary, Leonardo was born in 1452 in a small farmhouse in Anchiano. In 1457 he moved to Vinci where he stayed with his fathers family even though he was never legitimized. At the age of 14 Leonardo moved to Florence to begin an apprenticeship in the workshop of Verrocchio. At the time, Andrea del Verrochio was the most famous artist in Florence.
Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius” or “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman.
Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, and the drawing of the Vitruvian Man.
He wrote: “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”


He lived nearly five centuries ago, yet still continues to fascinate and engage our interest today with his Immortal Genius Legacy.

 

 

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The Divine Kiss

The Divine Kiss

Dante and Beatrice Kissing out side a cave overlooking the island of Es Vedra, Spain. ;  180 x 120 cm ; 70 x 47 in

Durante degli Alighieri (1265 – 1321), was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His 'Divine Comedy' is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

The Divine Comedy is an epic poem that began in c. 1308 and was completed in 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature.
The poem's imaginative vision of the afterlife is representative of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church by the 14th century.

On the surface, the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and Paradise / Heaven (Paradiso) but at a deeper level, it represents, allegorically, the soul's journey towards God.

Written in the first person, the poem tells of Dante's journey through the three realms of the dead. Dante's Hero, The Roman poet Virgil guides him through Hell and Purgatory and Beatrice, Dante's ideal woman, the love of his life, guides him through Heaven.

Beatrice was a Florentine woman whom he had met in childhood and admired from afar,  there life split till he saw her again at the age of 21 at a time they both had a Marriage of convenience with others.

Beatrice died at the age of 25 before he had a chance to tell her how he feels.
Her death was not easy on him and itinspired him to begin the work on the divine comedy.

The poem ignited the Renaissance and through it, gave birth many artists and poets such as: Botticelli, Boccaccio, Raphael, the great Michelangelo and many more.

Dante wrote:
“...as a wheel turns smoothly, free from jars, my will and my desire were turned by love, The love that moves the sun and the other stars.”

I had not come across any depiction of physical interactions between Dante and Beatrice.Through this work I asked to give them the opportunity to meet once againand fulfill there love with a kiss.
 

 The Rebirth of Venus

The Rebirth of Venus

Botticelli and Venus acknowledging a comforting sunset on the nudist beach Punta Galera of Ibiza ; 180 x 120 cm ; 70 x 47 in.

Sandro Botticelli (1445 - 1510), was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Botticelli’s posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then, his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting.

In 1486 Botticelli depicts the goddess of love Venus emerging from the sea as an adult woman. The birth of venus seems to embody the true renaissance spirit,rejection of medieval obscurantism thanks to rediscovery of the greek and roman legacy.
Medieval artists used the nude in 2 context only, some time to symbolize innocence but usually to symbolize sin from in a biblical scenery.
His venus is not only pagan but also stands up nude and full frontal.
In 1494 florence violently become a theocratic dictatorship led by the dominican preacher Savonarola who revile pagan nudity.
Savonarola and Botticelli brother, Savonarola right-hand man, influenced him greatly therefore Botticelli repented and went back to painting biblical scenes. he even went as far as burning hisown works in bonfires of the vanitie led by Savonarola. luckily Venus escapes distraction, but not botticelli fading popularity in his lifetime, the last 10 years of which past without a single commision, being poor and not painting at all.

I asked to connect Botticelli with Venus, so that she can give him love and reassurance about the way he lived his life and the legacy he left behind.

Reflection

Reflection

Filippo Brunelleschi Mirror the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore on the roofs of Florence. ; 60 x 40 cm ; 24 x 16 in.

Filippo Brunelleschi (1377 – April 15, 1446) was an Italian designer and a key figure in architecture, recognized to be the first modern engineer, planner and sole construction supervisor. He was the oldest among the founding fathers of the Renaissance. He is generally well known for developing a technique for linear perspective in art and for building the dome of the Florence Cathedral.

Heavily depending on mirrors and geometry, to “reinforce Christian spiritual reality”, Brunelleschi observed that with a fixed single point of view, parallel lines appear to converge at a single point in the distance. Brunelleschi applied a single vanishing point to a canvas, and discovered a method for calculating depth. In a famous noted experiment, Brunelleschi used mirrors to sketch the Florence baptistry in perfect perspective. It was a monumental discovery, and soon artists were using Brunelleschi’s method of perspective to astonishing affects in their paintings.
after losing a competition to Ghibirti to design a new set of bronze doors for the Florence Baptistery he made a transition from goldsmith to architecture and in 1401 left to Rome with Donatello to study the physical fabric of the ruins of ancient Roman in great detail.

He came back with the knowledge to build the dome for the Santa Maria del Fiore which by 1418 had yet to be defined.
When the building was designed in the previous century, no one had any idea how such a dome was to be built.
Work started on the dome in 1420, UsingThe herringbone pattern, named after of the resemblance to the bones of the herring fish and was completed in 1436. Till this day it remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.


 

Brunelleschi Perspective

Brunelleschi Perspective

Brunelleschi performs a linear perspective / vanishing point in front of The Baptistery, Florence. ; 120 x 120 cm ; 47 x 47 in.

Filippo Brunelleschi (1377 – April 15, 1446) was an Italian designer and a key figure in architecture, recognized to be the first modern engineer, planner and sole construction supervisor. He was the oldest among the founding fathers of the Renaissance. He is generally well known for developing a technique for linear perspective in art and for building the dome of the Florence Cathedral.

Heavily depending on mirrors and geometry, to “reinforce Christian spiritual reality”, Brunelleschi observed that with a fixed single point of view, parallel lines appear to converge at a single point in the distance. Brunelleschi applied a single vanishing point to a canvas, and discovered a method for calculating depth. In a famous noted experiment, Brunelleschi used mirrors to sketch the Florence baptistry in perfect perspective. It was a monumental discovery, and soon artists were using Brunelleschi’s method of perspective to astonishing affects in their paintings.
after losing a competition to Ghibirti to design a new set of bronze doors for the Florence Baptistery he made a transition from goldsmith to architecture and in 1401 left to Rome with Donatello to study the physical fabric of the ruins of ancient Roman in great detail.

He came back with the knowledge to build the dome for the Santa Maria del Fiore which by 1418 had yet to be defined.
When the building was designed in the previous century, no one had any idea how such a dome was to be built.
Work started on the dome in 1420, UsingThe herringbone pattern, named after of the resemblance to the bones of the herring fish and was completed in 1436. Till this day it remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.

 

Abstract Renaissance #1

Abstract Renaissance #1

Giotto Draws a red circle on wood panel in front of a flock of sheep in the nature of Tuscany ; 180 x 120 cm ; 70 x 47 in

Giotto di Bondone (1266 - 1337) was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Renaissance.

The late-16th century biographer Giorgio Vasari describes Giotto as making a decisive break with the prevalent Byzantine style and as initiating “the great art of painting as we know it today, introducing the technique of drawing accurately from life, which had been neglected".

Giotto was a shepherd boy, a merry and intelligent child who was loved by all who knew him. The great Florentine painter Cimabue discovered Giotto drawing pictures of his sheep on a rock. They were so lifelike that Cimabue approached Bondone father and asked if he could take the boy as an apprentice.

After establishing a great career as a painter he was asked by the Pope to send a drawing to demonstrate his skill, a drawing that will Compete against the other great masters of his time for a commission.

Giotto drew, in red paint, a circle so perfect that it seemed as though it was drawn using a pair of compasses and gave it to the Pope messenger instructing him to give it to the Pope.

The messenger departed thinking he had been made a fool however when the Pope saw it and understood the circle was made by Giotto own hands, without any tools to guide him, he realize that Giotto must surpass greatly all the other painters of his time.

Painting the red circle won Giotto the commission and in a way made him the first abstract painter of the Renaissance

Abstract Renaissance #2

Abstract Renaissance #2

Giotto Draws a red circle on wood panel in front of a flock of sheep in the nature of Tuscany ; 60 x 40 cm ; 24 x 16 in

Giotto di Bondone (1266 - 1337) was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Renaissance.

The late-16th century biographer Giorgio Vasari describes Giotto as making a decisive break with the prevalent Byzantine style and as initiating “the great art of painting as we know it today, introducing the technique of drawing accurately from life, which had been neglected".

Giotto was a shepherd boy, a merry and intelligent child who was loved by all who knew him. The great Florentine painter Cimabue discovered Giotto drawing pictures of his sheep on a rock. They were so lifelike that Cimabue approached Bondone father and asked if he could take the boy as an apprentice.

After establishing a great career as a painter he was asked by the Pope to send a drawing to demonstrate his skill, a drawing that will Compete against the other great masters of his time for a commission.

Giotto drew, in red paint, a circle so perfect that it seemed as though it was drawn using a pair of compasses and gave it to the Pope messenger instructing him to give it to the Pope.

The messenger departed thinking he had been made a fool however when the Pope saw it and understood the circle was made by Giotto own hands, without any tools to guide him, he realize that Giotto must surpass greatly all the other painters of his time.

Painting the red circle won Giotto the commission and in a way made him the first abstract painter of the Renaissance

Bronze drops

Bronze drops

Lorenzo Ghiberti sweating Bronze ; 120 x 120 cm ; 47 x 47 in

Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378 – 1455), born Lorenzo di Bartolo, was a Florentine Italian artist of the Early Renaissance best known as the creator of the bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery, called by Michelangelo the Gates of Paradise. Trained as a goldsmith and sculptor, he established an important workshop for sculpture in metal.

In 1401, he won a competition that was announced by the Arte di Calimala (Cloth Importers Guild) to design doors of the north side of the baptistry.

It took Ghiberti 21 years to complete these gilded bronze doors consist of twenty-eight panels, with twenty panels depicting the life of Christ from the New Testament.
Ghiberti employed the recently discovered principles of perspective to give depth to his compositions.

21 years to work on the same piece must have caused him to sweat bronze.

+ M E D I C I +

+ M E D I C I +

Lorenzo De Medici donating money to a homeless beggar named Maria on the streets of Florence. ;  180 x 120 cm ; 70 x 47 in.
 

Lorenzo de’ Medici (1449 –1492) was an Italian statesman and de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic, who was one of the most powerful and enthusiastic patrons of the Renaissance.

Also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent by contemporary Florentines, he was a magnate, diplomat, politician and patron of scholars, artists and poets.
He is well known for his contribution to the art world by sponsoring artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo.
His life coincided with the mature phase of Italian Renaissance and his death coincided with the end of the Golden Age of Florence.
The fragile peace that he helped maintain among the various Italian states collapsed with his death.
Lorenzo’s grandfather, Cosimo de’ Medici, was the first member of the Medici family to combine running the Medici Bank with leading the Republic of Florence. Cosimo was one of the wealthiest men in Europe and spent a very large portion of his fortune in government and philanthropy. He was a patron of the arts and funded public works.

I portrayed Lorenzo wearing a shirt with the logo of Italy, donating money to a homeless beggar named Maria in the streets of Florence.

Rinascita

Rinascita

Giorgio Vasari coining the term Rinascita (‘Renaissance’ in italian) in his book The Lives of the artists. ;  180 x 120 cm ; 70 x 47 in.

Giorgio Vasari (1511 – 1574) was an Italian painter, architect, writer, and historian, most famous today for his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, considered the ideological foundation of art-historical writing.
Vasari was born in Arezzo, Tuscany. Recommended at an early age by his cousin Luca Signorelli, he became a pupil of Guglielmo da Marsiglia.

He was befriended by Michelangelo whose painting style would influence his own Mannerist paintings which were more admired in his lifetime than afterwards.
Vasari will not be remembered because of his paintings.
He owned a large collection of drawings by artists who lived up to his time and knew many things about there lives and work. and so after havinga dinner with Pope Paul the III on which they had a deep conversation about the importance ofart history, the Pope challenged Vasari to write the history of the most important artists of the period, Vasari took it.
As the first Italian art historian, Vasari initiated the genre of an encyclopedia of artistic biographies that continues today. Vasari’s work was first published in 1550 by Lorenzo Torrentino in Florence, and dedicated to Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

In ‘The Lives’, Vasari was the first to coin a term which will define the time he lived in - ‘Rinascita’ , which in Italian means Renaissance and in english means Rebirth. Rebirth of classical learning and values.

I portrayed Vasari at the moment he writes the word “Rinascita” for the first time.
 


 

Titian

Titian

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As I Can

As I Can

As I can.. I can’t See... See myself... As i Click... Click the shutter
; 44 x 60 cm ; 17 x 24 in


Jan van Eyck (Dutch: 1390 –1441) was an Early Netherlandish painter active in Bruges and one of the most significant Northern Renaissance artists of the 15th century. Outside of the Ghent Altarpiece completed with his brother Hubert van Eyck, about 20 surviving paintings are confidently attributed to him, all dated between 1432 and 1439.

Van Eyck painted both secular and religious subject matter, including commissioned portraits, donor portraits and both large and portable altarpieces. He worked on panel, either as single panels, diptych, triptychs, or polyptychs. He was well paid by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, in Lille, who sought that the painter was secure financially and thus had artistic freedom and could paint “whenever he pleased”.
Van Eyck utilised a new level of virtuosity, a greater emphasis on naturalism and realism, mainly through the use of oil as a medium; the fact that oil dries so slowly allowed him more time and more scope for blending and mixing layers of different pigments.

Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban (on the left side) is very enigmatic one since it is not known for a fact as a self portrait. The panel contains an inscription at the top reading Als Ich Can which was intended as “as I/Eyck can”. It is, along with the unusually confrontational gaze, taken as an indication that the work is a self-portrait.

Van Eyck Portrayed himself with great detailed realism in order to overtly display his skill.   
As to say - look what I can do - hire me.

 

Mimicholy 3

Mimicholy 3

78 x 60 cm ; 31 x 24 in

Albrecht Dürer (1471 –1528) was a painter, printmaker and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties, due to his high-quality woodcut prints. He was in communication with the major Italian artists of his time, including Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, and from 1512 he was patronized by emperor Maximilian I.

His vast body of work includes engravings, his preferred technique in his later prints, altarpieces, watercolors, books, portraits and self-portraits.
He was a pioneer in self-portraits who drew his first self-portrait at the age of 13. he had done At least twelve self-portraits images who survived, and another lost gouache Dürer sent to Raphael c 1515.
His most famous one is the one he made in 1500 named “Self-Portrait at Twenty-Eight Years Old Wearing a Coat with Fur Collar”.
This self-portrait is most remarkable because of its resemblance to many earlier representations of Christ. Art historians note the similarities with the conventions of religious painting, including its symmetry, dark tones and the manner in which the artist directly confronts the viewer and raises his hands to the middle of his chest as if in the act of blessing.
In 1500 a frontal pose was exceptional for a secular portrait; the conventional fashion for profile portraits was coming to an end, but being replaced with the three-quarters view.
He belived that 'many painters paint figures resembling themselves... for a good painter is inwardly full of figures'.

When Durer portrayed himself as Jesus, he was not making a claim to his own godliness, but rather to his potential as a human being for that enlightenment.

Vincent Van Ghost

Vincent Van Ghost

Van Gogh posing the Starry Night painted all over his naked body with acrylic colors ; 93 cm x 120 cm ; 36x 47 in.

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 –1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.
In just over a decade he created about 2100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still life, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterized by bold, symbolic colors, and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He sold only one painting during his lifetime and became famous after his suicide at 37, which followed years of poverty and mental illness.

Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions and, though he worried about his mental stability, he often neglected his physical health, not eating properly and drinking heavily. His friendship with Gauguin came to an end after he threatened the Frenchman with a razor, and in a rage, cut off part of his own left ear. His stay in a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy led to one of the more productive periods of his life. He discharged himself and moved to the Auberge Ravoux in Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris under the care of the homeopathic doctor and artist, Paul Gachet. On 27 July 1890, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He died from his injuries two days later.

I imagined a situation in which about two weeks before he shot himself he invited me with a letter to take his portrait.
I arrived at night, I went into his cabin and the room was dark and full of empty paint tubes.
He took off his clothes and began painting with black, blue and yellow acrylics all over his naked body.
When he finished, he put hon his straw hat and looked me straight in the eyes and a second before I could click he rolled his eyes over and the result of that moment is in front of you.

Truth Come Dream Come True

Truth Come Dream Come True

Vincent Van Gogh visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art
; 124 cm x 240 cm ; 48 in x 94 in

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 –1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.
In just over a decade he created about 2100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still life, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterized by bold, symbolic colors, and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He sold only one painting during his lifetime and became famous after his suicide at 37, which followed years of poverty and mental illness.

He wrote:
"I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed"

 

In May 2015 I visited the MET, a few days prior to this portrait.
I went to see the exhibition of Van Gogh 'Irises and Roses' and when I finished it I went straight to "his room" where they keep his famous self portrait with a straw hat.

I then took a long look at him and heard a voice in my head calling me to bring him here to see his name decorating one of the biggest and best museums of the world.

Ye Ye.... He is dead... I know that I am not crazy (well at least partly) but I had to do something about that voice calling me to take him for a walk on fifth ave and 83th.

"Painting have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul"

Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

Post Impressio-Pixel

Post Impressio-Pixel


Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 –1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.
In just over a decade he created about 2100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still life, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterized by bold, symbolic colors, and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He sold only one painting during his lifetime and became famous after his suicide at 37, which followed years of poverty and mental illness.

Inspired by his technique I used my Wacom tablet with a graphic digital pen to emphsize digital brush strokes next to pixilated 10000% zoomed in version of the same image

Son of a Woman

Son of a Woman

Frida Colors

Frida Colors

D Da Dal Dali

D Da Dal Dali

Darwin is Going Bananas !!!

Darwin is Going Bananas !!!

Charles Darwin Redoing his familiar portrait with a banana on his head

Inspired by the quote of the great  Federico García Lorca
“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.”




 

Tree Of knowledge / Evolution of Desire

Tree Of knowledge / Evolution of Desire

Charles Darwin Performing the evolution theory with the help of 5helpers.
 

Charles Darwin (1809 –1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.


In This portrait I asked to add Charles to the equation of existence with a little side kick
 

 

The Insulin Shooter

The Insulin Shooter

Charlie Hard

Charlie Hard

Einstian !

Einstian !

Forever Never More

Forever Never More


"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
  Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
   As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
  "'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
                Only this, and nothing more."

                                                                           Edgar Allan Poe


 

Illuminati

Illuminati

Tel Aviv / Altneuland

Tel Aviv / Altneuland

Herzl at a party in Tel Aviv on a Friday Night.

Tel Aviv / Altneuland

Tel Aviv / Altneuland

Herzl at a party in Tel Aviv on a Friday Night.

Moses

Moses

Moses at the Dead Sea overlooking Mount Nebo, Jordan at sunrise.