Thursday, February 09, 2012

The Long and Short: A Selection of Artist Videos

I recently gathered some friends and watched The Art of Failure, a full length documentary about painter Chuck Connelly's rise and fall - and what he eventually came up with to deal with it. His rants, which were filmed over a 5 year period, I found difficult to watch. The parts that show him painting are fascinating, and as you can tell from the clip above, lots of his work is shown. Daniel Slotnik described his work for the NY Times as, "a blend of Goya and Rockwell", others have labeled him as a die hard neo-expressionist.

Here's a link to an excerpt:

The video above, of artist Riusuke Fukahori, shows some wonderful brushwork in progress, plus a sophisticated layering technique. And if you stick around there's quite a change in scale at the end.

Along with being amazed with his work, I also discovered a great tip in this Gottfried Helnwein clip. Watch how he uses the back of his glove to wipe or store paint while working. I've since started doing this myself and it's a great time saver.

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