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Alexa Meade featuring at Art of Giving

Trompe l’oeil (or ‘trick of the eye’) painting is the ultimate challenge as far as realism goes, demonstrating an artist’s technical skill and ability in making a 2-dimensional image appear to be 3-dimensional. You might’ve seen the work of the artists who produce the pavement masterpieces. Despite painting on completely flat surfaces, they create illusions on paving slabs of, for example, swimming pools that look like you could dive straight into them, or £20 notes that seem to be just waiting for you to bend down and scoop them up.

But young American artist, Alexa Meade is turning the tables. Rather than making a 2-dimensional painting look like a 3-dimensional object, she turns real life objects into seemingly flat works of art. She chooses her materials and subject matter in much the same way as any other artists would – she selects her models and setting, forms a composition and takes out her paints. But rather than setting up her canvas and easel, she paints directly on to her human subjects, using the paint to exaggerate the contours of their faces and the folds of their clothes. She calls it ‘reverse trompe l’oeil’.

Her fascination with the way in which the sun casts moving shadows is where the idea originated. In experimenting with painting shadows onto moving people, she discovered that the visual effect still worked when her subjects moved from the original light source. This illusion creates a perceptual shift in how the viewer experiences and interprets spatial relationships, as what the eye sees is not necessarily a truthful image. Or in her own words: "I paint representational portraits directly on top of the people I am representing. The models are transformed into embodiments of the artist's interpretation of their essence. When captured on film, the living, breathing people underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by the masks of themselves."

So how does she do it? By applying acrylic paint directly onto people, objects, and walls using broad brushstrokes, she can mimic the appearance of a painting’s brushwork, a technique that she has innovated and perfected. She gives her subjects additional shadows across cheekbones and slathers thick layers of paint over darker areas to give a dramatic, exaggerated result when she photographs them. She is effectively “painting a portrait of somebody on top of himself”. When the three-dimensional plane is viewed as a two-dimensional photograph , it looks just like an oil painting.

World renowned painter Christian Furr is very supportive of her work: "She's going to create quite a stir in this country … people are fascinated by playing with viewpoints, and she's taking it one step further than trompe l'oeil. I was blown away by it." So it looks like Meade is set for success. Don’t miss your chance to snap up one of her incredible illusionist prints at the Art of Giving auction, and also see a live demonstration by the artist herself, giving an insight into how she creates these fascinating pieces.

Christian Furr supports Art of Giving

"When Tracey and Ben first approached me with their idea for the Art of Giving, I was immediate struck by the possibilities that could arise with it. I thought it was a fantastic and unique idea.

It is the first event of its kind ot give a platform to unknown artists to exhibit alongside established names whilst helping to raise money for worthwhile causes. It is Art without barriers that gives something back."

Christian Furr

 


Art Competition 2010 judging gets underway

We are delighted to announce that the Art Competition judging is now underway. The judging panel will be working round the clock over the coming days to reduce the thousands of entries down to an initial shortlist. We advise all artists that those with concerns about their entries wait and see if they are contacted. We will be following up on incomplete applications over the next 24 hours.

Celebrities contribute to the Art of Giving exhibition

Stars from the art and entertainments worlds have been contributing works for the Art of Giving exhibition in October 2010. Heading the line-up from the big names in contemporary art are: British star Gavin Turk, Trompe L’Oeil artist Alexa Meade, internationally renowned photographer Terry O’Neill, portrait artist Christian Furr, African-American fabric artist Leonardo Drew and the controversial installation artist Penny Lamb.

From the entertainments world, there are some surprising names whose first love or new love is art. Comedian Vic Reeves attended Goldsmith’s College of Art before embarking on his television career and is showing paintings. The Illusionist Derren Brown is an established caricaturist and is showing three works of Clint Eastwood, Judi Dench and Rufus Wainwright. The multi-award winning actress and OBE, Jane Seymour has been painting for over ten years and is donating some of her giclees. The fashion industry is not left out of this event either as we are also told that in a big glass case at the show, you will find a pair of specially hand-painted Zap Pow Mules by the legendary footwear designer Terry de Havilland.

Call to Artists

Visual artists, working in all media, are invited to submit work to the Art of Giving’s new open art competition for a chance to exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery, London and win cash prizes.

The Art of Giving competition has two central aims: to bring new art, of exceptional quality, to widespread public attention; to raise money for charity. The awards include an exhibition at the Saatchi gallery where the 30 finalists’ work will be exhibited alongside major artists such as Gavin Turk, Terry O’Neill, Christian Furr, Alexa Meade and Leonardo Drew. There are also cash prizes and art materials to be won.

Derren Brown's artworks to feature at the Exhibition

Derren Brown will be exhibiting limited edition artworks at the Saatchi Gallery this Autumn as part of the new Art of Giving charity art exhibition. Art of Giving will be showing three works: Rufus Wainwright, Judi Dench and Clint Eastwood.

Art Competition 2010 Judging Panel Announced

Terry O’Neill, Christian Furr and Vic Reeves will be heading up the Judging Panel and will make the final decisions; however, there will also be a selection committee comprising established painters, photographers, sculptors and architects who will assist with whether or not work is chosen and hung in the exhibition.

Art of Giving goes wild for Christian the Lion

 

Art of Giving with John Rendall held an art exhibition and book launch at the Queen Elm's Gallery, Chelsea SW3

Celebrity supporters joined John Rendall and the Art of Giving for the launch of the new Christian the Lion book. John shared his wonderful experiences with Christian combined with an art gallery event, which was supported by a wealth of amazing artists generously donating a percentage of sales of their work to George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust and the Born Free Foundation.

A chance meeting with Simon Tarrant of Queen’s Elm gallery, a conversation with Born Free and consequent meeting with John Rendall, created a pre-launch opportunity for Art of Giving which was too good to miss . . . to bring ‘Christian the Lion’ back to London and celebrate his life - just a stone’s throw away from where he lived in the Kings Road.

The Christian the Lion book shares the heart-warming and true story of Christian. The lion cub bought from Harrods by John Rendall and Anthony (Ace) Bourke, raised in their Chelsea flat and finally returned to live wild and free on the African plains with the help of Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers and George Adamson. Christian’s story is told in scrapbook style, using original photographs* of him as a cub. These images are both funny, moving and heart warming. The simple and accessible text, told in Christian’s voice, deals with themes familiar to little ones - love friendship, play and exploration.

The story and film of Christian the Lion has been shown around the world and has captured everyone’s hearts. John and Ace’s meeting with him in the wild was the most watched clip in 2008 with over 44 million hits on You Tubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiGKWoJi5qM

Christian, in this celebration of his life, is being an ambassador for those wonderful animals now so critically reduced in numbers due to human population growth, habitat loss, trophy hunting and depletion. GAWPT and the Born Free Foundation are doing everything in their power to raise awareness, to educate the world on how to save the lives of wild animals, stop suffering rescue individuals and protect rare species, but the cost of doing this relies heavily on support and donations to enable this to be achieved.

Christian the Lion books can be purchased via the GAWPT website http://www.georgeadamson.org/ and the Christian the Lion DVD can be purchased via the Born Free Foundation website http://www.bornfree.org.uk/

Christian the Lion original photographs can be purchased from www.derekcattani.com

ANIMAL CONSERVATION FACTS

40 years ago, there were 200K lions in the world today there are only 30K – in Kenya 40 years ago, there were 30K lions, there are now only 2K. At this rate, lions could be extinct in just years.

 

 
 

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Wizard of Oz

 

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Snow White

 

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Your Family History

 

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Renaissance as Augury-4

 

By Arina Gordienko

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Prints

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Leaves Are Full of Voices

 

By Arina Gordienko

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Nibiru

 

By Arina Gordienko

£100.00

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Lance Percival

 

By David Ridgway

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Hugh Bonneville

 

By David Ridgway

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Hugh Bonneville & Charlie Cox

 

By David Ridgway

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Christian the Lion on TV

 

By Derek Cattani

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Christian with chicks

 

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Christian with John & Ace

 

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Christian the Lion basket

 

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Christian with a friend

 

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Children

 

By Barry Novis

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Hunched Girl

 

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