• art zone,  artists

    Swarez Art

    It’s been a while since I have been impressed so thoroughly by an artist – from the chosen medium (enamel paint), from developing technique by trial and error, combining several working places with a gallery, to market positioning, scope (huge canvases delivered worldwide), personal approach (he hand delivers all of his art in the UK) and experimenting with different mediums in addition to paintings – aluminum sculptures, art with cast resin blocks, enamel paint on carbon fiber… Ed, who creates under the label Swarez, is absolutely self-thought and although he’s often told that ‘this can be painted by my five year old child too’ and ‘he’s not an artist’ with…

  • movies

    February movie mix

    Bohemian Rhapsody: I am not one of the devoted fans of Queen who compare the movie scene by scene with documentary footage from concerts and interviews. For me the move is exceptionally well made, and the role of Rami Malek is inhumanely difficult and perfectly played given the vast admiration for Freddie Mercury. In the interviews from the movie release interesting facts ‘from the kitchen’ came up, for example, that the first shot scene was the Live Aid concert (!), the work with movement couch, details on make-up and costumes. I would watch it for the second time, so I am looking forward to the 5-hours directors cut. absolutely deserved…

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    “Genius: Picasso”

    I knew that the second season of Genius would be inspiration, contemplation and very much needed context, as if a long time ago you had started putting together a puzzle of somebody’s live, but you missed pieces and reasons. A few things keep resonating in me after the ten episodes for this extraordinary, whimsical, driven innovator which some would call a prick, a rake, an egoist and they might be right depending on their viewpoint: his purposefulness and outright refusal to compromise his fierce desire to surpass a colleague by whom he felt awed (Matisse) and thus to surpass himself his hectic search for the new, the different, the radical using…

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    “Mr. Turner”

    I have been waiting for this movie for a long time, because I imagined it will be a worthy pearl amongst the movies about artists. and indeed, Mike Leigh has created a wonderful illustration (balancing the facts with fiction well) of the adult years of Joseph Mallord William Turner, up to his death. At the beginning there is a lot of humor in the otherwise oppressive and archaic setting, but as the years go by the mood becomes darker and darker – a reflection of the artist’s experiences… “loneliness and solitude are two different things”… I doubt there is a better choice for the role of the growling and eccentric Turner…