Walton Ford has always enjoys painting since he was a young boy. His large scale animal paintings are quite extraordinary. After living in New York City for well over 10 years he decided to move to Rhode Island and set up his studio. His work is described as “Composed of dense allegories that make sometimes pointed, sometimes sidelong allusions to everything from conservationism and consumption to war, politics and imperialism.” as stated on Wiki.
Hatch Designs is currently holding their 4th Annual Easter Egg Coloring Contest. It’s easy. Grab an egg, design it, upload your egg design, and prepare to be judged. Here are some currently designs that are currently up for judging.
Dressed for Feast – Chan Yin Ping
Opening this Thursday, April 7th, is Los Angeles based artist KMNDZ’s “The Heaviest” art show at Fifty24SF Gallery. KMNDz has worked for some of the world’s premier design agencies and top entertainment companies such as MTV, Microsoft, Lexus and Disney, to name a few.
Red Riding Hood, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, is a loose adaption of the infamous and often gruesome folktale that dates back from before the 17th century, set during medieval times, in a village deep in the forest.
Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) a spirited, beautiful young girl who’s heart belongs to a mere woodcutter, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), grows up in this small community that has a dark presence casting a cold shadow upon it. A werewolf who up until now held a truce with the villagers, but decided to come back and has killed Valerie’s sister. The villagers rise up and trek to a cave, where they believe it lives, to kill it.
During this time Valerie learns her sister was in love with a boy named Henry (Max Irons), who Valerie is actually betrothed, much to her disappointment. Her mother Suzette (Virginia Madsen) and father Cesaire, (Billy Burke) both believe the engagement to Henry is for the best as he can give her the life Peter never could.
It does sound like every other fairy tale film you’ve ever heard before; of this I’m sure. However, there are no wicked stepparents, or evil king or queen, or magician. There is only the omnipresent werewolf that the villagers think they have killed. That is until famed werewolf hunter Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) arrives in the village in his ominous carriage with guards equally so.
Turn to page 83 in your Salem Witch Hunt Handbooks, for Gary Oldman brings on his famous psycho personae, and turns the villagers home town into the setting for the Spanish Inquisition…‘Light’. I say this for the action that transpires is more like skim milk, lacking any true flavor.
New silkscreen print ‘10 Years’ designed from an ink drawing based on a painting Buff Monster did 10 years ago. It was scanned with all the colors separated out and sent off to my print. Swatches were mailed to the printer so that each color would match the custom-mixed colors that he used in his paintings.
On his About page on Buff Monster’s website its states “Buff Monster lives in Hollywood and cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese culture as major influences. The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates.” Prints are available here.
This beautiful animated film Mt. Head (Atama Yama) (2002) was nominated for an Oscar in 2003.
A frugal old man suddenly sprouts a leaf from the top of his head. He decides to cut it off and save it in a jar, but this becomes a repeat pattern for him, as it continually sprouts again. He decides to let it grow and this allows surreal effects to unfold during springtime.
Koji Yamamura born in Japan on June 4, 1964, made his first animated film at 13 years old. You can visit Koji Yamamua’s animation website to learn more about his work and see his illustrations.
Interview with artists Miss Van, Nuria Mora, and Ricardo Cavolo by Safewalls, an art project by Cirque du Soleil.