Fun Facts About Art

For a little light relief I thought you might enjoy these facts about Art while I'm preparing more information on light.

Art was once an Olympic Event. No it didn’t involve seeing how far a person could throw a paint brush or a painting!! I must confess I have probably done both of these! The founder of the Modern Olympic Movement Pierre de Fredy (Baron de Coubertin) gave medals for works inspired by sport in the categories of architecture, literature, music, painting and sculpture for the years 1912-1948. The practice was abandoned in 1954 because artists were considered to be professionals and athletes competing at the Olympics had to be, at this time, amateurs!

Art can be dangerous! Artist Willard Wigan accidentally inhaled one of his own works! Wigan’s works are ‘micro-sculptures’, so tiny they must be viewed through a microscope. Here is the Obama Family.
And Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Finally Nine camels!
Willard Wigan, MBE (born June 1957) is an English sculptor from Ashmore Park Estate, Wednesfield, England, who makes microscopic art. His sculptures are typically placed in the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. A single sculpture can be as small as 0.005 mm (0.0002 in). (Wikipedia)

Willard Wigan's recreation of Mad Hatter's Tea Party was made using a tiny diamond cutter and tweezers made from his own eyelashes! In creating his art, Wigan has to slow his heartbeat and work between pulses. The work he inhaled was Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, but apparently she was even better when remade! (Wikipedia)

Looking to change your Art Style? Why dont you try something like this painting by Mark Rothko which sold in 1961 for $28 Million!!

Of course you could always turn to making statues from Flip Flops as I believe the rest of the world labels our national foot ware! People are doing it all over the world! I don't know who made the Flip Flop Monkey but I know how he feels.
And these gorgeous creatures have been made from recyled Flip Flops by Kenyan Artist Ocean Sole. And I want one for my garden.

The Hero Image is up for Sale. Any offers over $30 million will be considered!

Be back tomorrow. I'm off to see if I can avoid inhaling my latest painting!

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on anewman@netspace.net.au or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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