BØRNS released his new album Blue Madonna today, and I absolutely love it.
It’s got that smooth, laid-back grooviness I’ve come to really enjoy about his music. The album features Lana del Rey on “God Save Our Young Blood” and the title track “Blue Madonna.”
My faves on the album are “Sweet Dreams”, “Iceberg”, “Second Night of Summer”, and “Tension (Interlude)”, the latter being my number one favorite track on Blue Madonna.
In celebration of Blue Madonna, I’ve decided to feature this fun piece of fan art of BØRNS that I found on Tumblr by Erin Young. It’s an oil on canvas painting that depicts the singer with pink hair wearing a floral top and sunglasses that suit him perfectly.
View the original fan art on Tumblr, and listen to Blue Madonna on Spotify.
A few days ago, I dropped in to see Alix Akele’s artwork currently hanging in the lobby of Kaufman Arcade in the Garment District of NYC.
There’s something very calming about the way these colors are blended across this painting, which is odd because orange is one of those shades that’s known to raise blood pressure. I’ve always believed this concept in color psychology was true, especially when mixed with other vibrant colors like bright pink, as it is here.
This might be the only exception.
Perhaps the small bits of light and smoky dark blue in the middle and towards the bottom that even this out, putting the feel back in tranquil mode.
Whatever it is, this is definitely a sunset I’d chase.
See more of Akele’s work here.
I don’t have allergies, but a lot of people I live and work around do, so some mornings I wake up feeling like this woman in Roberto Fabelo’s ‘Éxtasis de la Carne Huidiza’—minus the pigs on her face.
No swine flu is catching this chick a week before her birthday.
I saw this painting in the fall of 2015 at Robert Miller Gallery’s Nuevos Colores exhibit in Chelsea. The exhibit featured many works from Hispanic artists.
This oil on canvas painting stuck me as quite grotesque and shocking because of how the woman’s tongue is falling out of her mouth. She must really be half-dying with whatever she’s come down with.
My heart goes out to all you guys suffering with allergies this spring due to the pollen.
See more of Roberto Fabelo’s work over at www.fabelostudio.com.
I saw this painting at Getty Museum while on vacation in California back in September. It’s starting to get pretty cold in New York so I’m missing that Cali weather again.
There’s a lot going on in French Baroque painter Georges de La Tour’s The Musicians’ Brawl. When I first saw it, I couldn’t help but laugh, not only at the subject of the painting but also at the note next to it from Getty Museum challenging visitors to strike a pose similar to one of the subjects in the painting.
The painting is supposedly depicting two musicians getting into a fight, one trying to squeeze a lemon in the other’s eye while three other men watch it all go down. The man about to encounter the fierce burning acidity of a lemon is blind, so that just makes the whole situation even more heartless. Also, the guy on the far left is the blind man’s guide. Isn’t he supposed to be helping instead of standing there with his jaw dropped?!
May the holiday bar fights begin?
Learn more about the painting here.
I was at my friend’s house the other day when I noticed her parents have a Burnett painting on the wall over the staircase. It’s an oil on canvas painting of a Paris scene with the Panthéon in the backdrop.
After much research, I discovered that there are tons of Burnett paintings of Paris scenes similar to this one, some with the Eiffel Tower in the backdrop and others with a market in the background and so on.
What I like most about this painting is the way the people look like they’re walking in slow motion around the scene, as do most depictions of people appear in impressionist paintings such as this one. It almost creates a GIF in my brain if I stare at it for too long.
Learn more about the mystery of Burnett’s paintings here.
With Halloween coming up this weekend, I just had to revisit a piece of art I found while perusing Last Rites Gallery in Midtown a few months ago.
This piece is called “Wounded” is by California-based artist Jasmine Worth. Several things about this piece remind me of the day we all play dress up and take candy from strangers.
The pale-faced, light-eyed girl depicted in the oil painting looks a bit like a Catholic nun. Halloween comes from the Christianized “Hallows Eve” feast that was influenced heavily by Celtic harvest festival celebrations. According to Wikipedia:
In England, from the medieval period up until the 1930s, people practiced the Christian custom of souling on Halloween, which involved groups of soulers, both Protestant and Catholic, going from parish to parish, begging the rich for soul cakes, in exchange for praying for the souls of the givers and their friends.
I can totally see this nun as a souler in the 19th century. The tattoos on her left hand and the symbols around her head are very cryptic and almost Mayan looking. But what gets me the most about her is the gash in her neck that’s bleeding down onto her clothing. Now that’s something to go up against the Frankenstein monster with, eh?
Any takers for this souler nun costume? I know a girl who can get your cheeks contoured and your lips done up just like the nun in the painting…
See more of Jasmine Worth’s art here.