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April 4, 2011
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March 9, 2011
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Paul Gustave Doré. Artist. Engraver. Printmaker. Illustrator. French. 1832-1883.

I found out about Doré at a recent trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario. There, currently, an exhibit featuring a lot of work by David Blackwood – one of my favourite Canadian artists/printmakers is on display. Blackwood lists Doré as one of his influences. It’s easy to see why – the maritime motifs, dark, haunted matter, insane details.

Back in the day when most published novels were complete with beautiful woodcut engravings or finely detailed illustrations, Doré was a famous name. He illustrated scores of novels in the mid-1800s for Lord Byron, Cervantes, Poe & Milton. The top three images shown are from Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, one each from The Divine Comedy and Little Red Riding Hood. His portrait appears last – ain’t he handsome?

saturday evening.

December 8, 2010
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Norman Rockwell. Illustrator. Painter. Photographer. 1894-1978.


I never cared much for photorealism. I guess because I like photography a lot. And it seems that photorealism is just a technical-talent-wank on canvas – doesn’t leave much space for the imagined, for creativity. And so I never really cared for Norman Rockwell.
But then, I saw the recent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, ‘Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera’ and I was intrigued. He’s a talented illustrator and super-meticulous about arranging and photographing all the scenes he painted. And so much of his subject matter is right up my alley – in just these two works, he incorporates books, axes, tattoos, sailors & woodsmen. I guess I was converted by the art…


November 9, 2010
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Buff Diss. Street Artist. Melbourne, Australia.

“I could spend the rest of my life finding derelict warehouses and just playing in their rooms, just leaving art in the rooms and just like interpreting different spaces and just having a conversation with old buildings.”
Buff Diss (from an interview that can be seen here).

Buff Diss is kind of a graffiti artist, though all of his work is done with masking tape, leaving it in a legal gray area – none of his work damages property.
I like his approach to busted-up, broken city spaces and his subject matter is right up my alley – ships, trains, buildings. He’s super-prolific and has tons of his stuff on flickr.

more things.

August 6, 2010
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July 23, 2010
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i’se the b’ye.

March 14, 2010
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Captain Robert Abram Bartlett. Newfoundlander / Sailor / Explorer / Photographer. 1875-1946.

The North Country impresses me.
Bob Bartlett is a real man, a tough motherfucker.
According to one story (just one of many stories that reek of heroism and make me wish I was tougher, more adventurous, more of a man), Bobby’s ship the HMCS Karluk was stranded in the ice near Wrangel Island for several winter months. Bartlett then walked 700 MILES over the ice, across the Chukchi Sea and Siberia only to mount an expedition in Alaska that then went back to rescue the remaining survivors on the Karluk. That’s some serious shit.
His explorations helped chart the Arctic and were important for the discover of the North West Passage. Most of the photos found here are courtesy of the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage website.

the big why.

March 8, 2010
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Rockwell Kent. Artist / Printmaker. 1882-1971.

I first heard about Rockwell Kent as a fictional character in Michael Winter’s novel The Big Why. The version I read happened to be illustrated by the real-life Kent’s woodcut prints and, naturally, I was impressed.
His politics are left, his aesthetics are right – can’t beat that.

tattoos! ladies!

March 1, 2010
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Original Gangsta.

books + boats.

February 26, 2010
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