Category Archives: Arts

Checker-board Optical Illusion

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As Tomek Bagiński’s short film Ambition makes clear, it is the essence of what it means to be human, to attempt difficult things, to reach for seemingly impossible goals, to learn, adapt and evolve. And at the heart of this film is Rosetta, ESA’s real mission to rendezvous with, escort and land on a comet. A mission that began as a dream, but that after decades of planning, construction and flight through the Solar System, has arrived at its goal. … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Grayson Perry – Comfort Blanket

Grayson Perry tapestry Comfort Blanket, 2014

Grayson Perry’s latest tapestry, which goes on public view at the British National Portrait Gallery in London on Saturday is a portrait of a nation. As Grayson says “you could lay it out for a national picnic”.  The style is based on a £10 note with the Queen presiding over the image as if she were “your auntie”, he says. “She might have stitched the whole thing in front of her hissing gas fire, with her brass ornaments twinkling in the … Continue reading

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Spectacular new desert time-lapse

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Island in the sky

island in the sky

“There is an ethereal, otherworldly feeling to this photograph, as this little island in the middle of Tumuch Lake in northern British Columbia appears as if it’s floating in the clouds,” says Shane Kalyn, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest. “To bring us back to Earth, a fish has left a ripple in the water on the left-hand side of the shot. The scene was amazing to witness, let alone be lucky enough to photograph—totally … Continue reading

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Raphael Ravenscroft

With the sad news today of the death of Raphael Ravenscroft we thought you might like to hear from the man himself talking about his work and one of the all time great saxophone solos from Jerry Rafferty’s Baker Street. – Deskarati

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Oscar Reutersvärd and the Impossible Triangle

Oscar Reutersvärd, “the father of the impossible figures,” met with many challenges growing up, but that didn’t stop him from establishing an identity for himself in the world of art. Reutersvärd came into this world on November 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden, and by 1934, he had pioneered in the art of 3D drawings. However, the world wouldn’t have heard of him if it wasn’t for his parents and his determination to overcome challenges. Reutersvärd was diagnosed with dyslexia at a … Continue reading

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Unseen Pablo Picasso self-portrait goes on show in London

A 1901 self-portrait by Pablo Picasso that has not previously been exhibited in public will go on display in central London this week. Self-portrait (Yo Picasso) depicts the Spanish artist and sculptor at the age of 30, looking directly at the viewer while painting by candlelight. The piece will be displayed alongside a 1969 self-portrait by Francis Bacon and works by Geoff Koons and Damien Hirst. The Self exhibition runs until 13 December at the Ordovas gallery. Bacon’s self-portrait, one … Continue reading

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What David Fincher doesn’t do

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The Theory of Everything

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Destino – Dali & Disney

Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was a collaboration between American animator Walt Disney and Spanish painter Salvador Dalí. The music in the video is a Lulu Rouge remix of a song by Nina Simone called “Will He Come”. I consider this to be my personal reinterpretation of the animation. The original soundtrack … Continue reading

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Genesis Then and Now

genesis then

A couple of great pics from the mail online‘s interview with Phil Collins today. – Deskarati

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Featured Artworks – Sandro – Photography


Sandro Miller (1958) is an American portrait photographer (working professionally as “Sandro”) known for his expressive images, and his close work with John Malkovich and the other ensemble members of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in July 2011, Sandro was acknowledged with a Saatchi & Saatchi Best New Director Award for his short video “Butterflies” featuring John Malkovich. For the past five years, in juried competition within the industry, Sandro has been voted … Continue reading

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Close up tattooing in slow motion

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Beautiful photograph of the aurora borealis

This beautiful photograph of the aurora borealis lighting up a glacial lagoon in Iceland has won James Woodend the top prize in the 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Via Facebook.

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Turner v Constable

The most spectacular artistic rivalry in British history will be revived this month when blockbuster exhibitions by two of the nation’s most renowned painters pitch them into direct competition, just as they were in their lifetimes two centuries ago. The simultaneous shows unavoidably provoke the question asked ever since the artists were showing side by side in the Romantic age: who is the greatest British painter ever? Is it Joseph Mallord William Turner, whose glowing, occasionally abstract, visions of sea and … Continue reading

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Very Big and Very Small

Very Big and Very Small

The very big on the left is the new ‘One World Trade Center‘ in New York. The very small on the right is a photo of ‘Resorcinol Crystal’s using crossed Polarized Light and magnified 150x. Photo by James Bell. – Deskarati

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Hat Trick

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Holbein’s Skull

The Ambassadors (1533) is a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger in the National Gallery, London. As well as being a double portrait, the painting contains a still life of several meticulously rendered objects, the meaning of which is the cause of much debate. It is also a much-cited example of anamorphosis in painting. The most notable and famous of Holbein’s symbols in the work, however, is the distorted skull which is placed in the bottom center of the composition. The skull, rendered in anamorphic perspective, another invention of the Early Renaissance, is … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Geographer and The Astronomer – Johannes Vermeer


   The Geographer and The Astronomer are paintings finished about 1668 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. They are both oil on canvas, 51 cm x 45 cm (20 x 18 in) The Geographer is in Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt and The Astronomer is on display at the Louvre, Paris. Portrayals of scientists were a favourite topic in 17th century Dutch painting and Vermeer’s oeuvre includes both that of an astronomer and a geographer. Both are believed to portray the same man, possibly Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. The geographer, dressed in a Japanese-style robe … Continue reading

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