Before winter break I’ve been involved in the Memory Project, a program which aim was for us students to make portraits of orphans. This year the project was dedicated to children from India. After contacting the orphanage and having the pictures taken for the portraits, we started the process of sketching and realising the works. Various technics were used and we enjoyed spending time together, drawing, while considering ethical aspects and good causes. My work was mainly in graphite and I used the technique of ‘’chiaroscuro’’ for the contrasts between lights and shadows. The name of the child I’ve portrayed is Anjali and I can definitely tell that this project has been a new experience for me, because, differently from the other times, I’ve been indirectly in touch with my subject and this created a bond I’ve never had with the subjects of my other drawings; for me he was a real person and this project was the reason why we both felt something new: I personally think that for him this was a way to be ‘’close’’ to someone and for me to feel that my work is important to people and not only for me. The finished portraits were then sent to the orphanage and given to the children. This is the result and some of the passages:
Hi there! Here is the new artist that deserves your attention. Russian artist Timofei Smirnov. He was born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia. Artist, graphic designer and PhD in Art History, Timofei Smirnov had graduated very famous Surikov State Art Institute. Timofei as all the artists started his art-career from small exhibitions in Moscow. Later on, he moved to bigger performances. The artist talks about his art being a “self-portrait that he will draw until he dies”. Moreover, the connection with history is an important part of Smirnov’s art. Master takes the characters and whole expositions from the artists of the past and creates individual artistic pieces. Smirnov calls himself “a metarealist”.
PinchukArtCenter is an international art center for modern art of 21st century, which is located in Kiev, Ukraine. What’s interesting about this art center is that it brings national identity and international challenge. And that is what the current exhibition in this art center is about. It’s called “Future Generation Art Prize shortlisted artists 2014″ where the exhibition is focused on new artworks produced by the nominees. There are 21 artists represented on this exhibition and every one of them has something unique in their artworks, as they all came from different countries and therefore brought that uniqueness with them from their places of birth. Some of their art pieces are shown below.
The Saatchi gallery in London is a guardian of a contemporary art founded in 1985 by Charles Saatchi. It amazes people all around the world. Located in the center of the London it is known for its amazing art since its opening. One of the examples of this is the recent exhibition in Saatchi – EAST MEETS WEST, which is described as an exhibition beyond taste. This exhibition is a rare chance to compare the work of Chinese and Russian artists with their Western peers. Rather than showing us US and European modern art, the Saatchi Gallery suggests to look at the latest works of the Eastern cultures, which are all connected with the one theme – Post Pop. WHAAM! The exhibition is full of trash, kitsch, commercialism and cynicism – and that’s just the good stuff – says the Guardian. Most of the artworks are defined as Pop Art, and they show obsession, glamour, commercially smooth paintings and soft sculptures. The most important focus in this exhibition is not the art itself, but the intention of the artists, which is originally the main purpose of Pop Art itself. All the artworks represent six different themes: Habitat; Advertising and Consumerism; Celebrity and Mass Media; Art History; Religion and Ideology; Sex and The Body.
This exhibition wants to show us the aims of Pop Art and how it affect the audience, as well as it tries to make the audience more aware of the influence of art.
The exhibition EAST MEETS WEST was the thing that grabbed me and hold until I walked out of the gallery. The feelings of the connection with my culture helped my mind to fly away in the space of EASTERN art. To me, the atmosphere in Saatchi Gallery was like the atmosphere that I would feel when I am at home. I knew that I had time, I was not in a rush and I saw all the bits and pieces of each work. I guess, that is the right feeling for being in remarkably huge and interesting contemporary art gallery. All floors and rooms were individual and unique. Even though I was in the floor of, for example, art history, in each piece I saw a unique massage and though, or just simple existence with name art. Although I wanted to see the works of Russian artists, I was impressed by some Chinese works as well.
For example, one of the works that I liked the most was the work of Russian artist Alexander Kosolapov - Hero, Leader, God. He creates culturally poignant artworks that touch on themes of religion,
global politics as well as brand and consumer culture. His Russian roots are clearly evident in his work that is at
times controversial but always provoking.
Using these three well-known characters he critiques the Russian culture and society, but that is not just critique.By posing Micky Mouse in between of Lenin and Jesus,the artist wants to say that, somehow, American culture affects Russians. Therefore, by using these three important figures, the artist is making a comment about Russian culture. Lenin made Russians come up together, Jesus made Russians believe and Micky made Russians have some fun. To me as a religious person, this piece was ironic. I thought that the Title of the piece expressed the order of names for the characters, but you actually cannot imagine the Micky Mouse as a leader…but who knows.
My name is Alessia and I’m a Junior from Italy!
This is my first year at Tasis and, even if I don’t take any art classes, I’m really interested in art.
My uncle is a painter and he was the one who brought me into this magic world in which also little things and objects are significative.
I’m mainly interested in the classicism, where all the natural forms are emphasised, and the human anatomy, thus I like to be very precise and detailed in my portraits.
I’m really excited to be part of this blog and share my art!
The village of Oia, which is located in the northern part of island called Santorini in Greece. It is known because of its beautiful view on the volcano and great architecture. Even though, it has very interesting history and pleasant environment, the village is most known because of it’s breathtaking “Oia Sunset”, that what makes this small villa so unique. This is the main reason why every day in this small village there are thousand of tourists coming just to capture in their minds this unbelievable beauty. Oia sunset is a piece of art, which is occurring every day in nature. Sun falls down on all the buildings, ruins and rocks, creating a wonderful view on the volcano and the Aegean sea. A lot of artists tried to imitate this beauty, by painting it; however, it is impossible to capture the whole beauty of the sunset as it actually looks like in the real life.
Hi there! I am the newborn blogger in here and my name is Nikita.
I am from Russia. This is my second year in TASIS England. I am Junior and I want to graduate this school!
Art is a big part of me and I am interested in each aspects of Art indeed. Photography, drawings, paintings, sculptures, all kinds of media can bring my attention and explain me its existence.
Since I was in 7th grade I started drawing and it brought me into a huge world of Art. From that time I am trying to learn more and more about Art and, in fact, I want to know how to work with all kinds of media, I want to be versatile in Art. Now I am in IB Visual Art Y1 and this is my favorite class! The opportunity to make Art gives me a chance to express myself and show my feelings. Art helps me to speak to the people in different ways and I guess it is the main point of Art – expression of the people’s feelings and thoughts.
Be yourself and make Art!
TASIS Art Faculty Exhibition
We’re excited to announce the opening this week of our TASIS Art Faculty and Family Exhibition, which is currently on display in The Fleming Gallery. This exhibition presents the studio work of faculty in the Art Department of TASIS England, as well as the work of several individuals who have had a strong connection to the department in recent years. As teaching artists, this exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for us to share the importance 0f our own studio practice with our students. Thanks to those who attended the reception on Monday evening. The exhibition runs through January 2015.
Nathan Sawaya has manipulated rudimentary Lego blocks into an expressive medium for unique artwork: Legos. From recreating famous 2-D and 3-D masterpieces to building original ideas, Sawaya has brought “playing with Legos” to a whole other level. The amount of color and emotion in each work is astounding when you compare it to the stereotypical Lego creation comprised of basic stocky shapes clumped together .Read More
The International Food Festival at TASIS is an annual event that celebrates the foods of various cultures. This is the place where you will find the best of each family’s home recipes and cultural specialties. The finger sandwiches all the way to the rich curries permeate the air as people amble along from stand to stand, eating their way through the day. Children take part in activities while adults enjoy the food and appreciate the company of other TASIS families. This festival is a celebration of cultural differences as well as unity in diversity. The coming together of people from all backgrounds makes for a great afternoon and an enlightening experience!