Utagawa Kuniyoshi

"Mitsukini Defying The Skeleton" 1845

“Mitsukini Defying The Skeleton” 1845

tenjiku-tokubei-riding-a-giant-toadnI have found a new favorite artist (I admit it, I have quite a few favorites!) whose work I just can’t get enough of. Searching for and studying reproductions of Utagawa Kuniyoshi‘s woodblock prints has become something of an obsession. I especially love his animals and fighting samurai warriors, but the landscapes, crowds of people, mythology, women… hell, all of his work is nice.

His line work is incredible, along with the colors, but what really stands out are the patterns he uses. It’s so easy to get lost in them. He worked for his father as a pattern designer in the textile industry starting at the age of six or seven, so he really knows how to catch the eye and keep it interested.

woman-under-a-cherry-treeKuniyoshi was born in 1797 and is considered among the last of the great Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock printers. He was also a teacher and many other great artists, including Yoshitoshi, emerged from his school.

Maybe there are too many images included in this post… I just want to look at all of his work all the time!

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SLC White Party: A Night at the Moulin Blanc – Utah Arts Alliance

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Poster Design by Todd Powelson

The SLC White Party, hosted by the Utah Arts Alliance, will be an evening to remember. Here is a description of what all is planned:

The 12th Annual White Party is this month! What is the White Party? Think all WHITE dress code: tuxedos, top hats, ball gowns, and all sorts of fun costumes. What can YOU do with white? This year’s theme is Moulin Blanc. We are channeling Parisian bohemian performance and style this year such as Moulin Rouge in its heyday! This is one of the most anticipated events for those in the know in Salt Lake City for 12 years running. Enjoy live performances, live music, cabaret, dancing, drinks, art, and much more. $30.00 at the door, ($21.00 pre-sale)—all proceeds benefit Utah Arts Alliance programs.

SLC Arts Hub
663 west 100 south, SLC, UT
January 26th, Doors open at 9pm (21+ event)

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Ticket info: utaharts.ticketbud.com/slc-white-party-moulin-blanc

Check it out, I also did the poster illustration and design for this year’s event, shown at the top of this post. Fun fun!

New Works – Anthony Granato

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Anthony Granato’s upcoming show at the Utah Arts Alliance (Main Street) Gallery will be a great show, so check it out!

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Utah Arts Alliance Gallery
127 South Main Street, SLC, UT

Gallery Stroll Reception – Friday January 18th, 6 to 9 p.m., 2013

Myron Dyal

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figureI’m interested in Gnostic ideas, and regularly listen to the podcast Aeon Byte. On a recent show (Schrodinger’s Diary Episode 11) artist Myron Dyal was interviewed, talking about his artwork and how it has been influenced by his epilepsy. Throughout history there have been many artists who are epileptic, Van Gogh probably being the most well known.

While listening to the podcast, I became curious about Myron Dyal’s work. I’m especially impressed with his painted paper-mache sculpture. Enjoy the pictures of his work in this here post. Dyal’s ideas, imagination and history are also very interesting. If you’re wanting to learn more about him, you can check out the video linked below and listen to the podcast mentioned above.

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Ghost

"Ghost" by Todd Powelson

“Ghost” by Todd Powelson

In addition to the posts about art history, exhibits, comic books, artists and local events, I think I am going to start posting my artwork as I finish it a bit more regularly here on ArtDuh. Its not that I don’t post my work here, but I haven’t wanted to feature it here too much I guess. That reluctance has been gradually changing lately, and now it isn’t there anymore.

Here is a picture that I finished last night. It is really a sketch for another idea I have brewing in my mind, but I think it also stands pretty well on its own as a finished piece too.

Music is Another Planet

"Song" - by Todd Powelson

“Song” – by Todd Powelson

I finished the picture above just before Christmas, but I’ve held off on posting it anywhere because I have some plans for the piece. But I’ve decided to post it regardless, while those plans come together…

This image shows something I just kept thinking about. For whatever reason, I kept thinking about a guitarist singing flowers and I had to draw it to get it out of my head.

I hope you enjoy!

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