Category Archives: Arts

Featured Artworks – Pablo Picasso – Portrait of Ambroise Vollard


Ambroise Vollard is regarded as one of the most important dealers in French contemporary art at the beginning of the twentieth century. He is credited with providing exposure and emotional support to numerous notable and unknown artists, including Paul Cézanne, Aristide Maillol, Renoir, Louis Valtat, Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Georges Rouault, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh. He is also well known as an avid art collector and publisher. He was also painted by many of his artist friends including, our personal … Continue reading

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Which way is up?

which way is up

This great picture was taken from the International Space Station. Is was snapped by everyone’s favourite astronaut of today, Chris Hadfield. To see more stunning pictures from space you should really have a look a Chris’s new book – You are here – Around the World in 90 minutes – Deskarati

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Unseen London

Photographer Peter Dazeley reveals interiors of iconic buildings in Unseen London Book Peter also visited Harrow School, Wandsworth Prison, Abbey Road Studios and Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

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Leonardo’s Hearts

He may be renowned for masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, but Leonardo da Vinci is also one of the greatest anatomists the world has seen. His intricate knowledge of the human body, which was years ahead of his time, is demonstrated in a collection of notebooks which he filled with detailed studies of organs, bones, vessels and muscles using new illustrative techniques. The collection of notebooks, which date between 1452 and 1519, chart much of … Continue reading

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INTERSTELLAR – Behind The Scenes

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The Tower of London poppies memorial


The stunning ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins.

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Elite: Dangerous is to be launched on 16 Dec

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Featured Artworks – M. C. Escher – Still Life and Street

Still Life and Street

Still Life and Street is a woodcut print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher which was first printed in March, 1937. It was his first print of an impossible reality. In this artwork we have two quite distinctly recognisable realities bound together in a natural, and yet at the same time a completely impossible, way. Looked at from the window, the houses make book-rests between which tiny dolls are set up. Looked at from the street, the books stand … Continue reading

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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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