What’s a mother to do when her 12-year-old son has a passion for long hair and lovely dresses? If she’s surrealist artist Margo Selski, she lets him pose as the subject of her fantastical paintings. Selski celebrates her son’s androgyny in an empowering new series of paintings that bring him one step closer to his idol, Lady Gaga. Read on…
You Will Rise Project is an online collection of art created by kids and young adults to express their feelings towards bullying. The founders, Linda Regula and Paul Richmond, believe in the power of art as express internal turmoil in a healthy way. Linda and Paul have been friends since 1984 when Linda became art mentor to a four year old Paul.
The project came out of their own experience being bullied – Paula for being ”poor, skinny, motherless, and very shy” and Paul for being gay. They both believe that these hardships enriched their art and hope to empower youth. [via Queerty]
I usually wait a year or more before I re-post something but I had to bring this one back after just 6 months for two reasons: 1. I wanted to add the music and 2. it’s just too cute how the painting resembles Felix below… the lips, the eyes, the (feigned?) innocence
This is a double post with Karl Andersson, where an interview with Pierre Joubert can be found.
Pierre Joubert, who was born in Paris 100 years ago and died 2002, was a famous French illustrator. He was closely associated with the creation of Scouting and could be called the father of the idolised image of the boy scout in France and Belgium. He illustrated dozens of books and magazines with images of scouts and other lads in adventurous and escapist settings, shaping the daydreams of generations of young boys and teenagers.
I already forgot how I met Koes a.k.a. Heartkore, I guess it was through his Tumblelog, but I’m sure glad I did. He’s not only truly open minded in a very refreshing way but also looking adorable (see photo above), making stunning artworks (see photos below) and in a band I will sign immediately if we ever decide to have a milkboys indi record label ;o) I’ve attached one of the songs from his band Fallen Angels but feel free to check out more of their music and Koes’ *cough* nude *cough* pictures at the milkboard.
Working in oils, Ryan Martin composes vivid portraits and fantastical pastorals of young men and young women, often with young reptiles, young pachyderms, and young ungulates. A stylistic virtuoso, he uses smooth, groomed brushstrokes to render flora and fauna in electrified photorealistic detail while deploying broad, expressionistic flourishes of color and texture for background.
Martin’s paintings are titled after popular songs by artists such as 2Pac, Madonna, the Smiths and Led Zeppelin, and ostensibly serve as interpretations of each songs’ lyrics. At the same time, the paintings are imbued with an ineffable symbolic code, falling somewhere between the pagan and the biblical, the art-historical and the collective subconscious. Executed with a boundary pushing palette, the effect is placid yet jarring, threatening yet whimsical.
The canvases recall, in their way, the self-confidence of the late Italian Baroque: bold, lavish, dramatic, unabashedly humanistic and utterly devoid of cynicism. They remind us (thankfully) that the medium of painting will always and inevitably re-emerge from its periodic dormancies to offer ever-new creative frontiers for succeeding generations of artists to explore, interpret and express.