I came across these photorealistic oil paintings called the ‘Aging Superhero’ by Swedish artist Andreas Englund. If fine art with a touch of humour is your thing you might like these. They take us into the humorous life of an anonymous elderly action figure who has probably seen better days. The character reminds me of the late great, Leslie Nielsen who was famous for his bumbling investigator roles in Police Squad and the Naked Gun series.
The moments captured are just excellent and the wear and tear of battling crime is clearly depicted in each piece. I particularly like the painting Planes where he takes a selfie on an old SLR camera whilst flying alongside some jets. Great!
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Seeking some inspiration in art and design I returned to Sydney Pollack’s first documentary on the acclaimed architect, Frank Gehry. The daring yet sensual Guggenheim Museum Bilbao from 1997 is an absolute masterpiece of his and one of my favourites. Inventive and astonishingly formed, it is a collection of shapes and textures that plays with light and offers spectacular views on a grand scale.
Dogged by frustrations, personal conflict and mostly bankrupt in his self belief in his early days, he recovered his ability to convince his clients and went on to produce some fabulous works. Profoundly creative, the man draws in squiggles and uses a range of industrial materials in his works of art, sculpture and space.
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