Posted: June 21st, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News, Jeffrey Smart | Tags: Académie Montmartre, Australian Artist, Golden Mean, Jeffrey Smart, La Grande Chaumière | No Comments »
One of My favourite – and the world’s – Australian artists, Jeffrey Smart has died in Italy aged 91. The Adelaide-born artist, who was known for his precise, stark urban landscapes, trained in Australia and Europe and was living in Italy.
Smart was born and educated in Adelaide where he worked as an Art teacher. After departing for Europe in 1948 he studied in Paris at La Grande Chaumière, and later at the Académie Montmartre under Fernand Léger. Smart returned to Australia in 1951, living in Sydney, he began exhibiting frequently from 1957.
In 1963 Smart moved to Italy, in 1971 after a successful exhibition in London, bought “Posticcia Nuova” near Arezzo in Tuscany where he resided with his partner until his death.
Smart is known for finding the beauty in ordinary – very static – objects, and for his fearless colour palette. Smart is one of Australia’s best known artists with his almost iconic and unique imagery, he was heavily influenced by various artists and art forms :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 26th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News, Artist, Ben Frost | Tags: Ben Frost, New Artwork | No Comments »
As always, words evade me -happens often with Mr Frost’s work – His latest once again has me speechless, except to say, these pieces never last long, don’t procrastinate, buy the f_cking thing! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 21st, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Lisa Tomasetti | Tags: Behind the Scenes, Brooke Satchwell, Lisa Tomasetti, The Australian Ballet | 3 Comments »
Behind the Scenes: The Australian Ballet on the International Stage is an exhibition by Sydney-based - South Australian born – photographer, Lisa Tomasetti. This latest set of pictures were shot over several years, taken on the Australian Ballet’s tours to Tokyo, New York and Paris :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 2nd, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Regina Spektor | Tags: Regina Spektor | 1 Comment »
My love for Regina Spektor is unbounding, I’ve seen her in concert on a couple of continents, own every album – including her early demos – and am constantly amazed just how intune her songs are with the varying moods of humanity.Quiz Ms Spektor on the kind of music she makes, and her response is a flippent look and a few choice words.
“I play songs that I write on my piano”
Hmmm clearly, but in the musical world of this divine Russian-born New Yorker, the reality is far more complicated. She certainly does play the songs she’s written on her piano, she’s also been known to belt out a tune on a wooden chair, use unorthodox vocal techniques – turning her microphone into wonderfilled rhythmic talking drum – and she also turns-out the odd verse in her native Russian. Spektor’s quirkiness is divinely divided by her still-exuberance, talent and outright passion for what it is she does :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 9th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Junior, Tune | Tags: Calvin Cordozar Broadus Junior, Cult of Celebrity, Doggystyle, Hip Hop, Rapper, Rastafarian, Snoop Dogg, Snoop Lion | No Comments »
At the beginning of this month I ran a snippet on one of my most favourite musicians – Hip Hop superstar Snoop Dogg - and his rediscovery of his Rasta roots. Mr Dogg now wishes to be known as Snoop Lion.
This morning I have been humbled, Snoop Lion has launched his new Myspace page and we got an early friend-request! Mr Lions new tune – La LA La – is available for download from iTunes or Amazon.
Original Post: The mult award - including AVN, MTV & Stony’s - winning rapper told a press conference that he’s been inspired to change his stage name to something a little more Jah inspired.
While on a recent visit to a Rastafarian temple in Jamaica Snoop was apparently hit by a very puffy epiphany.
“I want to bury Dogg and become Snoop Lion,” the singer, wearing a Rasta knitted hat and dark glasses, said at a press conference on Monday.
Snoop said he went to Jamaica to get close to reggae legend Bob Marley’s roots. He said that while visiting a Rastafarian temple, “the high priest” told him his name was no longer Dogg.
“He looked me in my eyes and said, ‘No more. You are the light, you are the lion’,” Snoop told reporters. ”As a forty year old man in the music industry… you know the artists call me Uncle Snoop, I gotta give them something, I’m a wise man in this industry” :: Read the full article »»»»