Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mongolian warriors, Plein art art in Santa Barbara and all your art, all the time on a UK website.

Mongolian-born artist Zaya presents a solo show of a dozen ink-and-watercolor paintings inspired by the exploits and lifestyle of Genghis Khan's warriors. Combining traditional Mongolian styles with Japanese art techniques, the striking, highly detailed images bring these warriors and their era to life.

Reception 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 5. Noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Shooting Gallery, 839 Larkin St., S.F. (415) 931-8035.

'California Dreaming: Plein-Air Painting from San Francisco to San Diego.'
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, through March 24, 2013

This exhibition presents a selection of early 20th century paintings that celebrate the specific topography and climactic effects associated with the California landscape.

In America, a distinct version of Impressionism dominated mainstream art from roughly 1890 to 1930. California was no exception to the trend as its breathtaking scenery providing the prime subject matter for painters working “en plein air,” or outdoors. While technically varied, all of the artists associated with California Plein-Air Painting were utterly devoted to the indigenous landscape and sought to reproduce faithfully the effects of light and atmosphere that so specifically characterize the natural paradise that is aptly described by the moniker of the Golden State.

The website only has one small painting; this image came via one of the art AP wire services that I subscribe to. There was no caption so if anybody knows who the painter was, let me know and I will add the information. 

The British Public Catalogue Foundation announced today (December 12)  that it had succeeded, in partnership with the BBC, in its mission to put images of every publicly owned oil painting in the UK online - that means every painting, good or bad, on display or in stores, and whether owned by museums, galleries, councils or universities. Those held by police stations, zoos and a lighthouse are also included.

Your Paintings project has taken nearly 10 years to catalogue all of Britain's 211,861 publicly owned oil paintings. I didn't include any images for fear I would be trespassing some copyright regulations.

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