Sunday, 4 April 2010

Willard Wigan

In Februaryish 2009, i went to a little art gallery in Nottingham, i can't remember the name, it may even have been 'The Little Art Gallery'. Maybe not. Anyway it was near Nottingham Castle, very near. My freind's mum told me there was going to be an exhibition on the micro sculptor Willard Wigan, as she knows i am interested in art. So i popped along to see what it was all about. Basically i was amazed. It just so happened that Willard was in the gallery that very day and taking questions from people (me) about how he creates his works etc. He uses particles of dust to build microscopic sculptrues which fit within the eye of a needle. From a young age Wigan has been training himself to steady his breathing so that his heart rate slow downs in order for him to create his work!

Here is a link to his website if you want more information on him and his work :)

It was really very very fascinating, i was so lucky to have met him!

Yes, that is Willard and myself in Nottingham

Saint Sebastian

Looking for an artist reference for my art project i came across this figure of Saint Sebastian. Long story short he was a Christian and when ordered to renounce his faith he didn't so he got shot with arrows and left for dead. Many people say that the lack of emotion on his face is due to the fact he was dying knowing he was faithful to God. However he didn't die but the Emperor found out and had him killed anyway. So, why am i telling you this, well i was drawn to the lack of emotion in his face, which relates to my previous post involving Jenny Saville. I found different interpretations from artists such as Botticelli and Caravaggio. Here is my own version of Peter Paul Rubens, Saint Sebastian.

Painting On Flesh

I was blogging, as you do and came across an artist called Alexa Meade.
You may think...Woman/Man from Ugly Betty. No no noooo. She is an american artist who i was shocked to see, paints onto the skin of her subjects, to create living painting

Here is a link to her site

It's really good, i suggest you check out her Natura Morta pictures
Anyway so i was inspired to try it out for myself and this is what happened..not the best pictures in the world but there you go :) does the job