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Stolen Cavalier: “A Cavalier,” by Travis Simpkins, after van Mieris

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Travis Simpkins provides an illustration of “A Cavalier” by Frans van Mieris, which was stolen from the Art Gallery of New South Wales on June 10, 2007. It has not been recovered. The painting is the namesake of the Stolen Cavalier website, and it’s recovery has long been a primary goal. According to Anthony Amore, “When a masterpiece goes missing, civilization loses a piece of its connection with the period in which it was created. When we abandon the search for such items, we are making a statement about our attitudes towards such matters — a statement that does not speak well of us as a people.”

External Link: Stolen Cavalier: “A Cavalier,” by Travis Simpkins, after van Mieris

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Legend of the Yokai @ House of Vans London

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I’m not sure how this one passed us by! There’s less than a week to check it out. All new TMNT artwork from a number of amazing artists. The show is obviously to promote the new film, but it looks like they’ve done a stella job and what a fantastic looking location and gallery House of Vans is. Even if they didn’t have ninja turtle art on display I’d still want to check out the location. Did I mention they had the Foo Fighters there a few weeks ago!

Artwork by Yuko Shimizu

Show site: legendoftheyokai.com or visit House Of Vans.

New Eclectix Magazine, In Print On Paper

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Volume One of Eclectix is now available! At long last we finally put the finishing touches on this inaugural issue – full of tons of beautiful luscious artworks, selections from previous Eclectix artist interviews, exhibitions and sundry other tidbits…

Eclectix Interviews: With artists Cate Rangel, Dean Fleming, Kmye Chan, John Howard, Mary Jane Ansell and Robert Steven Connett – with lots of eye candy from their individually stunning portfolios.

Selected Eclectix Exhibits: “Piece Of My Heart” and “Flower Power” – with art by Kerry Kate, Yvette Buigues, Jhina Alvarado, Patrushka, Andre Salcido, Stuart Walker, Flo Simon, Gabrielle Gamboa, Travis Eiden and Diego Marcial Rios.

Spotlights: On artists Paul Lewin and Rey Hernandez.

External Link: New Eclectix Magazine, In Print On Paper

Pulp and Paper | Book Cover

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A book cover design project for a book called Pulp And Paper by Josh Ronick.

“I love how the artist imagines the scene – the lonely house on the plains with a single light glowing upstairs, the light from the explosion in the lower night sky. I like the scale of the illustration. I love the blues and greens – the way that palette gives a natural feel which evokes the whole collection – beyond the title story. My favorite element is the faded honeycomb in the background of the deep blue sky. That’s an inspired stroke. It adds intrigue and even irony – the “pattern” suggests routine which is disrupted by a horrific event.” -Josh Rolnick, author of Pulp and Paper on the book cover design.

External Link: Pulp and Paper | Book Cover

Amelia Calavera – Day of the Dead Sugar Skull

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Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) is a holiday celebration which is held from October 31 to November 2, not only observed throughout Mexico but also in other cultures around the world, including most Latin American countries. This popular tradition is all about the boundaries between life and death, and how people honour and celebrate their deceased loved ones as a way to reconnect with them.

Amelia was inspired by this colorful celebration and by the beautiful botanic imagery from early 1900’s. © Sandra Vargas

External Link: Amelia Calavera – Day of the Dead Sugar Skull

Cotton Candy Autopsy for Guzu Gallery’s Icons of Horror

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A piece for the upcoming Icons of Horror group art show at the Guzu Gallery opening Halloween night entitled Cotton Candy Autopsy. The limited edition serigraph was inspired by both Stephen King’s “It” character Pennywise the Clown and Mark Dery’s essay “Cotton Candy Autopsy: Deconstructing Psycho-Killer Clowns”. The serigraph measures 12?x18?, hand-printed silkscreen on acid-free 100# Cougar Natural cover stock, and limited to 44 signed/numbered prints.

Icons of Horror will be on display Oct. 31st – Dec. 1, 2014 at 5000 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas.

External Link: Cotton Candy Autopsy for Guzu Gallery’s Icons of Horror

Extra Ordinary – Tilen’s 2014 Solo Singapore Exhibition

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Extra Ordinary
Opening: 7pm, Tuesday, 21Oct 2014
21Oct-02Nov 2014
Utterly Art Gallery
20B Mosque Street Level 3
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About the Exhibition
We often seek out the new and exotic, forgetting that beauty can be found in the everyday and commonplace.

In Extra Ordinary, Tilen Ti celebrates the little moments, familiar scenes and simple pleasures that make up so much of our lives and memories, and give them meaning. This is Tilen’s fourth solo exhibition.

External Link: Extra Ordinary – Tilen’s 2014 Solo Singapore Exhibition

Stolen Cavalier: Cellini’s “Worthless” $60 Million Salt Cellar

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Written and illustrated by Travis Simpkins, this post on Stolen Cavalier looks at a theft that occurred in the early morning hours of May 11, 2003, when a lone thief broke into Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum and stole a rare golden 16th Century Saliera by Benvenuto Cellini, valued at $60,000,000.

External Link: Stolen Cavalier: Cellini’s “Worthless” $60 Million Salt Cellar

Kareem Rizk @ Moniker Art Fair 2014 represented by Smithson Gallery

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I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be showing a new series of works at the Moniker Art Fair for the first time this year in London. I’ll be represented there by the UK based Smithson Gallery, being one of only four artists featured by the gallery at this event. I’ll be in attendance on October 16th for the opening night preview.

My new featured works will be a series of 32 handmade mixed media multiples titled ‘Circus’, featuring 4 unique designs and 8 different colour-ways. This series however will only be revealed after the opening night. Other new works that I’ve just recently finished include two big original works on canvas, 200 x 100 cm (80 x 40 inches) and 110 x 180 cm (43 x 70 inches).

The above piece called ‘Ruby Throat’ is currently for sale along with other pieces via Smithson’s website.

External Link: Kareem Rizk @ Moniker Art Fair 2014 represented by Smithson Gallery