Ed Burtynsky’s Oil at the Royal Ontario Museum

By Lorette C. Luzajic

“Beautiful art about an ugly world” is how poet R.M. Vaughan described the work of Ed Burtynsky.

Burtynsky’s internationally celebrated photography is on display until July 3 at the Royal Ontario Museum in an exhibit simply titled Oil.

“No arguing with the messages here, especially the very first and biggest: Our ongoing exploitation of fossil fuels is killing the planet,” continued Vaughan in last Saturday’s Globe and Mail.

But ever the contrarian, I myself have to describe his photography as “beautiful art about a beautiful world.”

Standing before fifty mammoth works, I feel the exhilaration of progress. The blinding beauty of the photographs is not, to me, a juxtaposition with ugliness, even if that was what the artist intended. It is a testament to human industry and ingenuity.

Surrounded by grand scale images of highways and tire piles and gleaming machinery, the halls of the Royal veritably heaved with clanking industry and belching conveyor belts and snorting tanks.

Was the earth bleeding there, underneath my feet, there in the museum of downtown Toronto, Canada’s centre of modernity, one of the greatest places for human beings to live on the whole planet?

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World famous auction house Christie’s will be auctioning Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper, on May 5, in New York City. Here are some samples of what is up for auction. Artists include Pablo Picasso, Salvadore Dali, Camille Pissarro, Maurice de Vlaminck, George Grosz, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy (all shown below), as well as Miro, Louis Marcoussis, Vincent Van Gogh, Otto Dix and many others.

Salvadore Dali – Dalí noche (Burning Giraffes Leading Urchin) – Est. $120,000 – $180,000

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Kasidej Hempromaraj designs cartoon characters, paints children book illustrations and also works on conceptual arts. His illustrations are more colorful and playful than what is seen in Golden Books. Remember those?

Psychedelic Burst

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The anime infused drawings by Nanohikaou which are delicate and beautiful, yet infiltrated with morbidness, with heavy depiction of skulls, are simply amazing. Here are some samples…

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The Juxtapoz Magazine cover for May 2011 which hits newstands soon, a pizza surrounded by  flowers, illustrated by Los Angeles-based fine artist, Eric Yahnker. The piece is titled “Cheese Slice on Garland“. It is illustrated with colored pencil on paper.

You can buy the magazine here.

Daily Design Inspiration is just that. A daily dose of eye candy to highlight artworks we find for your viewing pleasure and inspiration. In the last edition we highlighted the curious object made by man…Robots. This edition we highlight what is made by nature…Trees.

The perennial woody plant can be artistically depicted in many shapes, colors and forms as they grow just the same.

by meripihka

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Couture-inspired illustrated book covers for Penquin Classics books Dracula, Wuthering Heights, The Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice by fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo.

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