art: February 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg Artist Ben Heine shot to fame last year with is amazing surreal Pencil v Camera landscapes -- and since then they've only become better and more bizarre.

The 27-year-old says his images have become increasingly popular online and that he's exhibited in Belgian and US galleries, with ones in the UK, France and German to follow.

While Heine used to create all of the images by holding a drawing in front of a landscape and taking a photo he now adopts a variety of methods.

These include taking a photo a a drawing being held in front of a background, taking two images and joining them digitally and create a digital drawing over a digital painting.

275x250.jpgLucas Jatobá had enjoyed living in Barcelona so much, that when it was time to move, he wanted to say a big thank you to the city.

And the 29-year-old Brazilian did it in style, he released 250 balloons containing free tickets to a theatre production into the sky.

After sticking the tickets to cards along with a note, he visited several key tourist spots and let the balloons go.

Jatobá said he hoped this would give the people who found the heart-shaped foil balloons the chance to have as much fun in the Spanish city as he had.

Speaking of the stunt, he said: "For the last 3 years I’ve been really happy living in Barcelona and that’s why I’d like to say goodbye being grateful to the city in a special way."

275x250.jpgAn artist has worked full-time for three months to create a replica of a a Lincoln penny… using 84,000 pennies.

Wander Martich had started collecting the coins in 2006 when she was going through a tough period during which she got divorced, lost her job and lost her home to foreclosure.

And even after getting a job she and her two daughters continued putting $20 of pennies into a jar each week - which later developed into a savings account.

That was until 2010 when Martich decided to use her plethora of pennies to create a giant Lincoln penny for an art contest.

Martich said she embarked on the penny creation as a way of telling her story and the work has now been acquired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!… we hope they paid at least $840 for it.

275x250.jpgResearchers have discovered that Van Gogh's famous yellow sunflowers are beginning to lose their shine, actually they're turning brown.

A chemical change in one of the yellow pigments favoured by Vincent van Gogh is said to be slowly changing the look of his images.

It's been know for some time that the bright yellows which once featured in van Gogh paintings, are slowly fading and being covered by a brown shade, but no-one knew why.

But art boffins have now used sophisticated X-ray techniques to identify the problem, a "reduction" reaction that alters the chromium in the paint.

Using the results, a team from the University of Antwerp have been able to predict how the the images will now deteriorate over time… though they still look pretty good to us.

275x250.jpg A steady-handed engraver has completed what he claims is the world's smallest engraving by human hand - by writing on the sharp edge of a razor blade.

Graham Short - who is famed for his microscopic engraving work - etched the words "Nothing is impossible" onto the thin blade with letters measuring just a tenth of a millimetre.

That means they're invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen under a medical microscope at 400 times magnification.

Short says because of vibrations he can only work at night when there is less traffic and that he even has to slow his heart rate to keep a steady hand and works between beats.

Given the work took seven months and around 150 attempts to get right we're impressed he didn't change the wording from 'nothing is impossible' to 'this is impossible'.

275x250.jpgItalian art historians have claimed the model for the Mona Lisa was a male apprentice and possible lover of Leonardo da Vinci.

Silvano Vinceti says they have finally unraveled the mystery behind the secret identity of the model in the world-famous painting.

The chairman of the Italian National Committee for Cultural Heritage says it was actually a young man called Gian Giacomo Caprott - also known as Salai.

Salai worked with Leonardo da Vinci for 25 years starting in 1490 and had what was described by Vinceti as an "ambiguous" relationship with the artist.

It's know that he modelled for several of da Vinci's other works and the experts argue similarities can be identified with the Mona Lisa's nose and mouth.

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