Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Harmless Weapons by Kyle Bean

While the name of the artist may sound unfamiliar to many, I’m sure most of you have already seen Kyle’s amazing collection of Pencil Shaving Portraits or the famous Chicken made from eggshells. This time, Brighton-based designer Kyle Bean created a collection of harmless weapons for an article in CUT Magazine centered around the topic of ‘Guerrilla Gardening’ and ‘Yarn Bombing’.

Personally, my favorite one is the feather knife as the feather perfectly matches the size and the shape of the knife while at the same time being completely harmless. Other weapons are also great, and you just can’t not love the minimalism and clever selection of the background colors!

Kyle Specializes in hand crafted models, set design and art direction, and since graduating in 2009, he has worked across a variety of platforms including installations, window displays, editorial and advertising.

Website: kylebean.co.uk

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A Little about Vincent van Gogh

incent van Gogh: Biography

Revealing the life and times of Vincent van Gogh.Van Gogh Self-Portrait

Overview: Van Gogh's life in under 500 words
Early Years: The early years of Vincent van Gogh
Later Years: Van Gogh's later years of life
Time Line: Time Line of Van Goghs Life
Mental State: Understanding the mind of Van Gogh
Influences: Those who influenced Van Gogh
Influence: Those whom were influenced by Van Gogh
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His Paintings: The Paintings of Van Gogh

Birth Year : 1853
Death Year : 1890
Country : Netherlands

Vincent van Gogh, for whom color was the chief symbol of expression, was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland on March 30, 1853.

The son of a pastor, brought up in a religious and cultured atmosphere, Vincent was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence. Between 1860 and 1880, when he finally decided to become an artist, van Gogh had had two unsuitable and unhappy romances and had worked unsuccessfully as a clerk in a bookstore, an art salesman, and a preacher in the Borinage (a dreary mining district in Belgium), where he was dismissed for overzealousness.

He remained in Belgium to study art, determined to give happiness by creating beauty. The works of his early Dutch period are somber-toned, sharply lit, genre paintings of which the most famous is "The Potato Eaters" (1885). In that year van Gogh went to Antwerp where he discovered the works ofRubens and purchased many Japanese prints.

In 1886 he went to Paris to join his brother Théo, the manager of Goupil's gallery. In Paris, van Gogh studied with Cormon, inevitably met Pissarro, Monet, and Gauguin, and began to lighten his very dark palette and to paint in the short brushstrokes of the Impressionists. His nervous temperament made him a difficult companion and night-long discussions combined with painting all day undermined his health. He decided to go south to Arles where he hoped his friends would join him and help found a school of art. Gauguin did join him but with disastrous results. Near the end of 1888, an incident led Gauguin to ultimately leave Arles. Van Gogh pursued him with an open razor, was stopped by Gauguin, but ended up cutting a portion of his own ear lobe off. Van Gogh then began to alternate between fits of madness and lucidity and was sent to the asylum in Saint-Remy for treatment.

In May of 1890, he seemed much better and went to live in Auvers-sur-Oise under the watchful eye of Dr. Gachet. Two months later he was dead, having shot himself "for the good of all." During his brief career he had sold one painting. Van Gogh's finest works were produced in less than three years in a technique that grew more and more impassioned in brushstroke, in symbolic and intense color, in surface tension, and in the movement and vibration of form and line. Van Gogh's inimitable fusion of form and content is powerful; dramatic, lyrically rhythmic, imaginative, and emotional, for the artist was completely absorbed in the effort to explain either his struggle against madness or his comprehension of the spiritual essence of man and nature.