The graffiti knitting epidemic

A bunch of ‘graffiti knitters’ are on the loose in the UK – hellbent on liberating us from the forces of drabness. Maddy Costa hits the streets with a woman called Deadly Knitshade

Knit the City take the Thames

Purls allowed … Knit the City take the Thames. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris for the Guardian

It’s a blustery Sunday afternoon on London Bridge and I’m exercising my right – or at least, the right of freemen in 11th-century London – to herd sheep across the Thames. They’re not real sheep, thankfully. They’re tiny knitted creatures, with spindly legs and multicoloured bodies, and snapping at their heels is a gnarly-looking wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Confused? Welcome to the world of graffiti knitting, or yarn bombing as it’s generally known. If you haven’t encountered it before, you might just over the next few days, as knitters across Britain celebrate wool week by “tagging” lamp-posts with knitted doilies, wrapping public statues in scarves and sending knitted animals scurrying about city streets. I can’t say exactly where, though, as it’s all hush hush.

My introduction to yarn bombing came courtesy of Knit the City, a tight-knit (sorry) London-based crew with fanciful names: my accomplices today are Deadly Knitshade, the Fastener and Shorn-a the Dead. For their Knitmare Before Christmas project, they attacked the statue of a ballerina outside the Royal Opera House with figures inspired by The Nutcracker, while Web of Woe found them installing a 13ft spider’s web, replete with trapped insects and fairies, in the “graffiti tunnel” beneath Waterloo station.

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David Dawson

I have just been to the pallant Art Gallery in Chichester, and seen the amazing photos of this artist David Dawson.

David Dawson (painter)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (please note all links go to Wikipedia)
David Dawson (born 1960) is an artist from Britain.
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Painter Lucian Freud dies aged 88

David Sillito looks back at artist Lucian Freud’s famous
works

Sourced from the BBC – all links go to BBC pages

Realist painter Lucian Freud, one of
Britain’s most distinguished and highly regarded artists, has died aged 88.

New York dealer William Acquavella said Freud had died at his London home on
Wednesday after an unspecified illness.

Freud, a grandson of the psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud, was born in Berlin in
1922 and fled to Britain with his Jewish family in 1933, when he was 10.

Freud – particularly known for his paintings of nudes – became a British
citizen in 1939.

Lucian Freud's Boy on a Sofa Boy on a Sofa fetched £1.49m
last year, a record price for a work on paper by Freud

His works have been increasingly sought after at recent auctions and his
portrayal of an overweight nude woman sleeping on a couch sold in 2008 for
$33.6m (£20.6m) – a world record for a work by a living artist.

‘Lived to paint’

Mr Acquavella described Freud “as one of the great painters of the 20th
Century”.

“In company he was exciting, humble, warm and witty. He lived to paint and
painted until the day he died, far removed from the noise of the art world.”

Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate gallery, said: “The vitality of
[Freud’s] nudes, the intensity of the still life paintings and the presence of
his portraits of family and friends guarantee Lucian Freud a unique place in the
pantheon of late 20th Century art.

“His early paintings redefined British art and his later works stand
comparison with the great figurative painters of any period.”

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Featured artists . . . . . . so far

Featured artists . . . . . . so far

Banksy

Patrick Hughes

Chuck Close

(Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos

Photography is a very powerful medium and a very difficult craft. Excellent photos don’t only display some facts — they tell stories, awake feelings and manage to share with the audience the emotions a photographer experienced when clicking the shot button. Taking excellent pictures is damn hard as you need to find a perfect perspective and consider the perfect timing. To achieve brilliant photography you need practice and patience. However, it is worth it: the results can be truly stunning.

Below you’ll find 50 brilliant photos and stunning pictures — some pictures tell stories, some are incredibly beautiful, some are funny and some are very sad.

All pictures are copyright of their respective owners. Please explore the further work of the photographers by browsing through their work. We’ve tried to cover different themes so that everybody will find something interesting and spectacular for himself / herself. All screenshots are linked and lead to the pages from which they’ve been taken.

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Beautiful Photoshop Illustrations By Artists Around The World

Photoshop is a magical tool for digital artists and photographers, and it rules the digital imaging world. It is not just a tool, though; Photoshop is a blank canvas that invites you to perform magic with your creativity. It gives you room to creatively manipulate photos and explore the artist in yourself.

To celebrate the upcoming holidays, in today’s post we decided to step away from technical design/coding-related topics and showcase some beautiful digital illustrations and their creators. Hopefully, the artwork will inspire you and stir your imagination.

As you know, so many more brilliant illustrations have been done by digital artists doing great work, but we cannot cover them all in a single post, so we will try to showcase them in our future posts (if you want to). If we forgot to mention the work of your favorite artist, please do share it with the other readers and let us know their name.

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