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Beauty and the beast!

September 2015

 

Tentative by artist Pairoj Karndee (Thailand)
Tentative
by artist Pairoj Karndee (Thailand)
synthetic polymers (acrylic) on linen, 110cm x 90cm (43.25" x 35.5" approximately)

Karndee: Beauty, quality and affordability

It is heart warming and satisfying to see artwork that is so well done and original that its inherent quality just shines through.

I have always said that Pairoj Karndee is arguably one of the finest artists in Asia today and that logically could be expanded to say the world!

His works are so amazingly crafted and simply beautiful.

After 3 months, we are proud to have his latest 2 works. (Each work does take in excess of one month to complete. It is the texturing of the skin surface of his figures that is the time consuming aspect.)

Ability, matched with skill, care and patience, places his work above that of the vast majority of his peers. Wherever his works are displayed, viewers are taken aback by the quality.

Yet his works are still very affordable and, compared to other contemporary artists, amazingly so.

Longing by artist Pairoj Karndee (Thailand)
Longing
by artist Pairoj Karndee (Thailand)
synthetic polymers (acrylic) on linen, 130cm x 90cm (51.25" x 35.5" approximately)


Murdie Nampijinpa Morris: Brilliant use of colour

Murdie Nampijinpa Morris is an Aboriginal artist who is fast gaining a strong international reputation. Few collectors realise that Murdie is in her mid 80s (!) and only started to paint around 6 years ago.

Her use of colour is a standout feature of her works. Murdie's "Dreaming", Malikijarra Jukurrpa, relates to two dogs who wandered across the Australian outback, eventually raising their brood of pups before dying.

In the "Dreaming", their skeletons remain as lasting reminders as the ridges of the hills, rugged and sharp against the purple blue of the Australian sky and the reds and oranges of the landscape.

Murdie's works are few and far between and those displaying her most brilliant use of colour, even more so. Absolute sunshine to brighten even the dullest day.

We are pleased to have acquired 2 superb works:

Malikijarra Jukurrpa Two Dogs Dreaming (437/15) by Aboriginal artist Murdie Nampijinpa Morris (Australia)
Malikijarra Jukurrpa Two Dogs Dreaming (437/15),
by Aboriginal artist Murdie Nampijinpa Morris (Australia)
synthetic polymers on linen, 76cm x 76cm (30" x 30")

Malikijarra Jukurrpa Two Dogs Dreaming (411/15) by Aboriginal artist Murdie Nampijinpa Morris (Australia)
Malikijarra Jukurrpa Two Dogs Dreaming (411/15),
by Aboriginal artist Murdie Nampijinpa Morris (Australia)
synthetic polymers on linen, 76cm x 76cm (30" x 30")

Now for the beast: Giclee reproductions

I have been staggered by the proliferation of Giclee reproductions being sold as fine art prints and often at prices where one could purchase an original work.

Giclees are nothing more than photographic reproductions. Any idea that they can be "limited" is almost laughable as all one has to do is press the print button on a digital printer to get another image, identical to the previous images.

They are undoubtedly good reproductions, but that is all they are, even if they are printed on canvas, linen or paper.

Fine art prints are works created to actually be a print: etchings, woodcuts, screenprints, lithographs. These have value as there can only ever be a finite number of images produced.

Please, just be aware.

If you have any questions or queries, please do send me a reply.


Until next time, best wishes from
Anthony Smith and the asart team

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