Giuliano Camarda – Ethnic Forced Displacement

17 Apr

Giuliano Camarda is a photographer that I discovered through, a site I made reference to in one of my earlier posts.

The above link will direct you to a series of images he has taken, the images capture life in a large settlement between Jerusalem and Jericho called the Rab al-Jahalin.

The reason I decided to include this in my blog is because I feel that as a graphic artist I also rely on other media’s in particularly photography. I felt that these images were very strong and thought provoking showing the people of the settlement struggling, children in beds wired to drips etc. I particularly felt that the images with the men with guns was extremely striking capturing the two people sat isolated infront of them to the distance almost scared to approach the men, I think that all the images are wonderful and unique to one an other.



Damien Hirst.

17 Apr

 Damien Hirst is a currently popular and renown artist known for his work with dead animals, Hirst preserves various animals such as sheep and shark in a gel designed to keep the bodies from composing. He has these carcasses preserved in numerous ways having the body of a cow split in two letting the person walk between the two sides.


Hirst has come under alot of scrutiny in recent years because he admits to paying artists to do the work for him, he provides the idea of what he wants and maybe begins it however pays other people to finish the job for him.


A particularly known piece by Hirst is his diamond skull titled ‘For the love of god’ this skull was made from 

#15,000,000 worth of diamonds, around 8,601 used weighing in at a total of 1,106.18 carats. The model was based of an 18th century skull and the teeth were the only original part of the human,  The asking price for For the Love of God was £50,000,000 ($100 million or 75 million euros). It didn’t sell outright, and on 30 August 2008 was sold to a consortium that included Hirst himself and his gallery White Cube.

More Basquiat.

17 Apr

Here is another piece by Basquiat titled, ‘1960’ this is again a seemingly basic image which on first glance appears to be nothing, the image is infact a self portrait of Basquiat with his birthday above him. Basquiat was African- American, he has used a darker colour to illustrate himself, this could be a reference to his skin tone as in other imagery he has created figures using exagerated colour however I feel that the use of colour here could represent him at a much darker time in his life, maybe he was feeling empty and hollow, or going through a darker period of his life the year of his birth a reminiscent of an easier time of his life as a child. This is further backed up by Basquiat isolated within the composition, centred and alone with no colour surrounding him.Image

Believe it or not I can Draw.

17 Apr


I felt the need to include Jean Michel Basquiat’s work in this blog because he proved to be a huge inspiration to my work during my A levels. I love Basquiats approach to work, like Pollock he almost appears to be rebelling against the art of his time, he creates loosely based drawings using colours against a black background. Basquiat’s work can look as if it took him merely minutes whilst in fact it will have taken months or years to create the final product. I think this is one of the main reasons I like him because of how it can look as if his work resembles nothing and means nothing whilst if you look hard enough there is a hidden message or something Basquiat was feeling at the time. This is something that could relate back to Surrealist movement mentioned in an earlier post.

Abstract Expressionism and Jackson Pollock

17 Apr

Abstract expressionism was developed in America after World War 2. It was one of the first specifically American Movements to achieve international influence and put New York at the centre of the western art world.

The first thing that comes to mind when looking at a piece of Abstract expressionism is how free the work is, Jackson Pollock a renown artist of this movement created a piece by laying a canvas on the ground and dripping paint across it





To the left is one of Pollocks images titled, No. 5 1948 oil on a fiberboard.As previously mentioned, Pollock would literally drip paint at random onto a canvas, the question could be asked is this art? I personally would give the short answer of yes, I think that this is a way of Pollock expressing himself, the paint just carelessly thrown across the page gives me the impression that Pollock is bored of the art of his time and wanted to break boundaries expressing that this is also art, it doesnt always have to be something that makes sense, maybe he was saying just that, that all art doesnt make sense, but that doesnt change that it is less of a piece than something else.

The black background still coming through the colours works well against his pallet choice, showing an angry or 


distressed individual, I think that this is something that will later influence an indivi

dual similar to Pollock by the name of Jean Michel Basquiat. 

My Final Major Project.

17 Apr

For my final major project I have decided to create a range of bottle designs marketing various bands, this was inspired by the Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix bottle campaign for the famous drinks company ‘Becks’.

Various bands are known by just a logo, the simplicity of the Rolling Stones Lips is iconic to the band and can be recognised around the world, even by people that arent particular fans of the band. I want to recreate and rebrand the bands using a simplistic style developed in the style of artists such as Olly Moss and …….. For instance if I was doing work for a band that already had a established logo such as the Rolling Stones I would completely change it and make it unique to my own designs.

I also want to create labels based of the bands name or the title of certain songs, for instance if looking at doing work  for the band The Walkmen, I would create an image based around a Walkman, taking a literal approach on the bands name.

I have also began to decide on how I will be packaging the bottles at the exhibition at the end of the project, which I will post at a later date with a definitive idea. 

The Art of Surrealism.

17 Apr

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s. This movement focuses alot around distorted and seemingly patchy immagery which takes elements from other movements and images and combines them to create one picture. Andre Breton was renown for his work with Surrealism and almost a pioneer of this style of art.

Renown artists known for their Surrealist art would be artist Salvador Dali, famous for pieces that include ‘The Persistence of Memory’. Dali proved that Surrealism didn’t have to be just a painting and began making numerous short films, that often meant nothing to viewers but to others would provoke feeling and emotion. I feel that one could argue Dali’s work to become pretentious as he slowly released more and more work.

Surrealism works because the audience can almost never understand the complete image, be it painting,sculpture or film. Surrealism is complete with unexpected juxtaposition’s, however have a hidden meaning, some aritst’s deliberately cloud the point of the image to leave the spectator constantly questioning something which can perhaps have a blatantly obvious meaning.

Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory.



Below is Salvador Dali’s 1931 piece ‘The Persistence of Memory’ .

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