Yesterday, we told you that the Bush family emails had been hacked and various personal information had been leaked on the internet. Among the spoils? Photos of a few of President George W. Bush’s paintings. Apparently, after ol’ Dubya left the White House and no longer had an ill-advised war in Iraq to run, he got bored and needed a hobby. So he picked up a paintbrush and voila! Though he normally favors painting dogs and landscapes, Bush apparently has gone through a self-portrait phase of late. I wonder if he painted the one on the right in the bath or from memory? Personally, I think George shows a natural affinity for capturing depth, but his attention to detail, particularly when painting his own face, needs work. If I were a collector, I would pass on The Shower, but would definitely consider buying The Bath if it was under $100.
I asked my mom, who’s a wonderful painter (yes, I am biased, but seriously, she’s wonnnnderful), for her artistic critique of Dubya’s work. Here is what she said:
Here is my initial response:
1. Oh my.
2. He could use some lessons in Anatomy, Composition, well … the list goes on.
3. I hate to say it, but some of his paintings look like paintings I’ve seen in galleries. Honestly.
4. I think the fact that he chose to paint himself in the bathroom is curious.
5. I will refrain from further comments lest I lapse into a rage over what he did before he took up painting. I wish he had taken up painting instead of running for President.
From what I can glean with my limited grasp of the Spanish language, this story on Anatomika says photographer Armin Morbach works with the penis as his subject. I think it says he gives personality to penises, but I’m really not sure. I think that Edvard Munch would be proud of this adaptation of “The Scream” featuring a dickhead. (The uncensored version is after the jump.) But really, this is nothing compared to the penis puppets. Spoiler: one of them is smoking a cigarette. What a rebel! Morbach’s extremely NSFW, but MIND-BLOWING penis art after the jump. [Anatomika]
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This laced up banana is part of an art project from artist Sarah Illenberger, and is part of her “Strange Fruit” series. Obviously this banana’s been altered, but it still looks strangely natural to have laces there, doesn’t? Click through to see an apple with hair and a cauliflower brain. [Neatorama]
Not only did I think Lucy Liu was bad-ass for her role in “Elementary” as a female Dr. Watson, but now I’m damn well in love with her. It turns out Liu is also an abstract painter! She’s been painting for years and exhibiting under the pseudonym Yu Ling, so as not to draw more attention to herself. But she recently held an exhibit in London under her own name and has published a book filled with her artwork. Her paintings are beautiful and it’s refreshing to see a celebrity who is humble enough to let their work speak, not their famous name. [ONTD]
There’s a lot of beautiful weirdos out there. And a lot of them sell crap on Etsy. Specifically, we’re talking about the strange amalgam of celebrity-oriented craftery that’s available on Etsy. Need an R. Kelly prayer candle? Yeah, we’ve got one. A wine glass etched with the glorious visage of Julia Roberts? Of course you do. All that and more can be found by wading through the thick muck of Etsy sellers.
I love all of Valentina’s colorful ink drawings, but this flower print especially caught my eye, thanks to its funky ’70s vibe and whimsical swirling shapes. The best part? Unlike the jar of wilted roses in my office that I keep forgetting to throw away, this bouquet will last forever. [$35 framed, Society6]
Don’t “get” modern art? Apparently none of us do, because while we were off contemplating Jackson Pollack’s splatter paintings in the Museum of Modern Art, the Central Intelligence Agency was using Pollack and his pals as “weapons” during the Cold War. A new report reveals that the CIA promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world in order to show that American art was more creative than art produced under Communist Russian rule.
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In a new project called “I’m Not A Look-Alike!”, Canadian photographer François Brunelle brought together unrelated strangers who could be twins. He invited these pairs of dopplesträngers (I’m coining that term by the way) to his studio and photographed them together. These pictures are kind of blowing my mind. Click through to see more people who totally look like they should be related but aren’t. [Design Taxi]
There’s no such thing as “too perfect” in the age of Photoshop. Reconstruct eyes, mouths, noses, cheekbones, entire faces? Turn real, blemished human skin into smooth sculpted porcelain? Make full thighs slender, small breasts large, protruding bellies flat? Well, if you can do it, then why not? We’re so accustomed to the image of widespread flawlessness that permeates our pop culture-consumed social climate that our own physical errs seem, frankly, unnatural. If we could apply digital image-altering tools to our flesh-and-bone beings, would we ― and how? “Photoshop in Real Life,” a photo series by Hungarian artist Flóra Borsi, uses satire to explore the darker implications of vanity insofar as we vie to alter ourselves to meet unattainable standards. Check out the rest of the photos after the jump, and more of Flora’s work at her Facebook page. [PetaPixel] Keep reading »
“Pride” takes on a whole new meaning at Manbar, a London gay bar that just got its own shirtless Prince Harry mural — our royalty is more bangable than your royalty, Swedes. Manbar commissioned artist Mike Bliss to put a shirtless Hot Ginge outside its Charing Cross pub and surprise, surprise, it’s quite popular with the ladies … and gentlemen. [BuzzFeed, London Evening Standard]