The paintings and pastels by Gottfried Helnwein appear to be photorealist. But unlike his sharp-focus colleagues, Helnwein’s paintings carry powerful covert messages. He is a politically committed artist … and in his case, you get more than what you see. His work, in a multiplicity of media, manifests Nietzsche’s assertion that “Authenticity of the creative artist can supply meaning to the despair and absurdity of existence. - Peter Selz
American photojournalist Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.
Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera. It was after several months of travel that he found himself crossing the border into Pakistan. There, he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian Invasion was closing the country to all western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after weeks embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue on every masthead.
Since then, McCurry has gone on to create stunning images over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.
Hello my lovely followers, I’m celebrating the 5th anniversary of my tumblr I ♥ ART, I decided to put together a few art related lists that I will be sharing with you within the next couple of weeks. So here’s the first one, a list of my favorite and worth following art and illustration tumblrs. I wasn’t able to find anyone to put under the N, X and Z category, so I hope you can recommend a few ones via message I’ll be very grateful. Keep loving the art!