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Stolen Cavalier: Picasso’s Mother and Child – Stolen, Recovered and Lost Again

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Written and illustrated by Travis Simpkins, this art theft entry on Stolen Cavalier looks at Pablo Picasso’s “Mother and Child by a Fountain” (1901). This Blue Period painting was amongst four works stolen from the Worcester Art Museum by armed thieves on May 17, 1972… and recovered a few weeks later.

External Link: Picasso’s Mother and Child – Stolen, Recovered and Lost Again

Citroen C4 Cactus: Creative Advertorial

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Citroen Business Class magazine are running an advertorial on their new Citroen C4 Cactus featuring this illustration by yours truly… I was very fortunate to get use of the car for a couple of days before creating the artwork… the Cactus has a minimalist super-stylish design, ultra-light construction and with Air Hybrid technology its also v fuel efficient…

External Link: Citroen C4 Cactus: Creative Advertorial

Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy

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I’m thrilled to announce a new book from 3DTotal, Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy!

In Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy, 50 talented traditional and digital artists have been chosen to share their sketchbook works. Ranging from Hollywood film concept designers to talented students, each artist is handpicked from a vibrant international online art community. From doodles and sketches of creative creatures to fully rendered drawings of invented worlds, this book explores how 50 artists develop their ideas to create incredible images.

Pre-orders will receive a free sketchbook from 3DTotal!

18 EUR – Euro BUY ME

Hello Kitty: Hello 40

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In 1974, Hello Kitty stepped on the scene, and she’s had the world wrapped around her little red bow ever since. Here, some of her biggest fans—from comic artists to muralists to toy creators—pay tribute in story and art. Join LCS artist HABBENINK and 40 amazing illustrators on these colorful adventures with the Hello Kitty family!

30 USD – U.S. Dollar BUY ME

Pop Femme Sugar Coated Strange 2014

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POP Femme Sugar Coated Strange 2014
October 3 – October 31, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, October 3, 5:00

Seventh Annual Benefit for Southwest C.A.R.E. Center, established in 1996, has been a model of excellence in the treatment of care for people living with HIV. (Art raffle and portion of show proceeds to benefit SW CARE).

POP Femme features the Women of New Brow Contemporary Art creating works beyond mere whimsy, often dark & mysterious and taking cues from old masters and religious icons while referencing the ancient myths of feminine power. Internationally acclaimed artists include Carrie Ann Baade, Tammy Otis, Zoe Williams, Phresha LeVandale, Stefanie Vega, Marie Sena, Kristen Margiotta, Julia Martin Wimmer, Kate Samuels, Lea Barozzi, and Bev Hogue among others.

Artist reception during the First Friday art walk, October 3rd 5-7pm. Art raffle opens 10-1 and ends 10-31-14, donations and auction purchases are tax deductible. Carrie Ann Baade will be speaking about her work at 6pm, join us!

External Link: Pop Femme Sugar Coated Strange 2014 at Pop Gallery-Santa Fe

The Portrait of Mr. Octave by Nip Rogers

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Mr. Octave came to me the day after with a pile of bananas he had collected for me from his property, as a gift in return. With the little English words he could think of, he told me how much his wife and kids loved the portrait I did. I spent the next 4 days enjoying those bananas with a very full stomach. When someone gives back from the heart like that.. One of the perks of being an artist. Unfortunately I went through those deliciously organic bananas (he planted and harvested them himself) so fast I didn’t have a chance to take a photo of them. But try to image a bunch of bananas given to you as a precious gift. They tasted better than any you could find at any market.

External Link: The Portrait of Mr. Octave

Anthony Amore welcomes artist Travis Simpkins as new contributor to Stolen Cavalier

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Anthony Amore, Chief Investigator and Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (and author of “Stealing Rembrandts”), recently welcomed artist/illustrator Travis Simpkins as a new contributor to Stolen Cavalier: a website dedicated to Art Theft awareness. Stolen Cavalier is a dual effort, managed by Art Crime and Security experts: Mr. Amore in the United States and Vicky Oliveri in Australia. On the site, Mr. Amore said of Mr. Simpkins, “Travis Simpkins is a dedicated lover of art. He protects it at the Worcester Art Museum. He creates it in the form of an amazing portfolio of sketches ranging from portraiture to interpretations of important art objects. And he preserves it via a weekly mailing of then-and-now photos of the WAM that accumulated quite a following and garnered him a great deal of publicity.Now Travis joins me and Vicki Oliveri at Stolen Cavalier, contributing writings and images related to art theft. Welcome, Travis!”

External Link: Anthony Amore welcomes artist Travis Simpkins as new contributor to Stolen Cavalier