Congratulations to our graduating seniors in IB Visual Arts on completion of their final exhibition. These students put in a tremendous amount of work throughout the last two years building up to this exhibition. A vast amount of artwork was on view, which included: work made from direct observation, figurative painting, geometric abstraction, digital and film photography, experimental video, three-dimensional installation and sculptural works. Please have a look through the gallery for a selection of photos from the opening and student works.



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Thanks to those who attended the exhibition opening and for all of your support!

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Georgina Stabler, TASIS England Class of 2012, graduated this past spring from Oxford Brookes University with a BA (Hons) degree in Interior Architecture. As this year’s Alumni Visiting Artist, she’ll be on campus in October, working with TASIS England Visual Art and Humanities classes. Her Fleming Gallery Exhibition features a series of innovative and compelling projects from her course work at Oxford Brookes. The show will focus on the importance of problem-solving in the design process, allowing viewers to follow the evolution and development of the designer’s ideas.

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We had a wonderful turnout for our all-school TASIS Student Exhibition last week. Thanks for supporting our very proud artists!





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Hey, people! What is up? Check out this artist, he does some amazing art!

JOSEPH LORUSSO was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966 and received his formal training at the American Academy of Art. He went on to receive his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. Born of Italian descent, Lorusso was exposed to art at an early age. Through several early trips to Italy, his parents introduced him to the works of the Italian Masters. Lorusso would look to these influences throughout his early artistic development and they are still evident in his work today.

Joseph Lorusso creates landscapes and figurative works. In painting these subjects, Lorusso has concentrated on honing his powers of observation, especially as it concerns to color, texture, form and composition. Lorusso’s paintings have been described as warm and dreamlike, places of restful escape with a sense of spirituality, and share timelessness with the works of other areas.

Says Lorusso, “I believe truly great art serves as a trigger into something deeper within all of us”. The mood and emotion conveyed in Lorusso’s paintings evokes a deep sense of beauty found in the quiet times of daily living. His people are mysterious, lonely, romantic and yet familiar, placed in settings we often see ourselves. Lorusso’s paintings have gained notoriety by their ability to connect with the viewer, resonating in a way that is intimate and personal.

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Marlene Dumas - The Painter

The Painter

Marlene Dumas is a South African artist born 3 August 1953 in Cape Town. Most of her works are paintings of figures or heads. What’s intriguing about Dumas’s style is the eerie translucence and pale colour palette that suggest a ghostly aspect in her works. When I went to her exhibit at the Tate Modern, The Image as a Burden, a couple of paintings struck me as incredibly powerful in the ways that they mutilated innocence and morphed it into a horrific form of beauty.

The Painter (1994) was the piece that perturbed me the most. The translucent lack of flesh tone in the child’s face emphasises the demonic sense of murder in the facial expression. The tones of blue across the torso and around the face perfectly contrast the bright stains of red soaking the child’s hands to accentuate the horrific irony of a murderous child. Dumas has successfully created a piece of art that evokes a strong emotional reaction from the viewer, but it is debatable if the work is aesthetically pleasing.  Is the Painter too morbid to be art, or does it’s minimalistic affect make it even more of a successful piece?

Het kwaad is Banaal - Marlene Dumas

Het kwaad is Banaal

Het kwaad is Banaal (1984) is a piece that does not evoke the same initial horror of The Painter, but utilises a layered affect to suggest a skeletal or x-ray aspect to the figure. At first glance, this piece appears messy and the smudges of green, grey and black look like accidental smears of dirt rather than creative additions. As the viewer’s eyes adjust to the sharp contrast of fiery hair and pale skin, the dark smudges become more apparent as a layer underneath the skin. It seems as though the skin on the cheek and hand of the woman had been peeled back to reveal an unstable darkness inside her. Once this is realised, the pink around the woman’s eye, cheek and hand as well as the bright yellow in her lips and hair become accentuated to create a psychotic twist in the viewer’s interpretation of Het queen is Banaal.




Marlene Dumas Rejects Series

Rejects Series

So the question is, does the eerie edge to Dumas’s work emphasise her talent as an artist because it proves her ability to stimulate emotions in her viewers, or is her simplistic style and disportionality in figures unappealing to view?

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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:

''The Memory Project''
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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”.

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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.

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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.

-Kristina N.

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.



-Nikita V.

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Hi there!

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!

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