This Feminist Artist Paints Beauty Contestants

Feminist painter Daena Title is best known for her obsession with the seductive force of modern female icons. Her figurative work examines societal trends and influences, especially as they impact women. She finds Beauty Pageant contestants particularly problematic. They’re admirable, but objectified. And why are they all so gosh darn happy? Using oil paint, mixed media or acrylics on canvas,Title shows us her deep ambivalence towards society’s emphasis on youth and beauty, and her musings about the lines between empowerment and exploitation; external approval and self respect; lunacy and joy.

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Paintings Of Nuns With Bad Habits

Christina Ramos is a nationally recognized artist from Southern California specializing in figurative realism. Although she studied architecture and interior design during college, it was not until she was home raising her four children that she began focusing on painting. She refined her skills in figurative painting at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Her innovative use of acrylic has made her a much sought after demonstrator and instructor. She is currently a Golden Working Artist representing Golden Artist Colors, and a painting instructor at LAAFA.

Her work has been shown at many museums and galleries throughout the United States.

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This Artist Paints Women With Helmets

Kathrin Longhurst was born in communist East Germany. A classically trained figurative painter, she began attending life drawing classes at the age of fourteen. When she was just fifteen, her family escaped from ‘behind the iron curtain’, relocating to Sweden. This jarring transition from a totalitarian regime to a democracy sparked Kathrin’s passion for exploring the concepts of freedom of speech and expression, concepts that continue to thread through her work today.

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Why do artists do what they do — Pamela Wilson

I met Pamela Wilson in 1997, when my own artistic career took an exciting turn. I was ‘discovered’ by a renown NY gallery which had just opened its doors in Philadelphia. As one of their artists, I was invited to come to the grand opening.

Arriving from Oslo on the same day as the opening, I had just enough time to be welcomed by the gallerist when the crowds filled the rooms. Slowly, I made my way around the gallery, shaking hands and trying to have a closer view of the artworks.

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March 2018 Staff Picks

Every month we ask our staff to select works posted on social media which have been tagged and completed for that month. We then ask an anonymous juror such as art collectors or museum and/or gallery directors to select which is the best for that month and we then award the artist/s selected. All the artworks selected are published online and the link or PDF is sent to art collectors.

Our staff includes podcasters such as John Dalton, art writers such as Walt Morton, Natalie Holland, renowned artists such as F.Scott Hess, and also our publisher and curators.

Here are the selections for March 2018.

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Didi MenendezComment
THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT LOS ANGELES ART

Titanic opposing forces exist as the best and worst aspects of creativity in Los Angeles. I’ll save the best for last, so starting with the worst: a big problem is a fundamental lack of freshness. This creative shortfall is demonstrated in formulaic Hollywood films, vapid genre music, too-identical games, and other uninspired works. A fatal symptom of this specific creative failure is often a repetitive retreat to childhood motifs and nostalgia-filled forms like cartoons, comics, and retro style. Also: a swooning love of the past marked by steampunk, vintage, old Hollywood, atelier art, and any recording on vinyl.

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Walt MortonComment
Millennial Mindset

Being a Millennial has nothing to do with age. It is a state of mind. Read on, you may discover you’ve been a Millennial your whole life.

I’m 54. I have a grey beard and long grey hair. Old friends like to call me Gandalf for a laugh. Depending on your own age I’m either ancient or young enough to still be able to enjoy myself before the wheels start falling off. I’m certainly not what comes to mind when you think of a Millennial.

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John DaltonComment
Why Beauty Looks Dumb

Internationally acclaimed German artist Gerhard Richter recently said: “Beauty is being discredited. When fashion and models are called beautiful, they’re not. They look rather stupid.”

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Walt MortonComment
Do It Wrong Do It Wondrously Wrong

I was teaching a life drawing class recently, and I came up against one of the main issues that gives me qualms about teaching at all. My student was doing something which he thought was wrong, and he asked me about it. From a certain perspective, having to do with the mechanical representation of the optical facts, he was correct. What he was drawing was wrong. But the art teacher telling the student that some quirk is wrong rankles with me. So I told him what I really think.

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