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Colin Bogle: REAL Art September 24, 2010

Filed under: Inspirations — chicapod @ 5:59 pm

In the ten years since he burst onto the art scene, award-winning artist Collin Bogle has created a national following for his strikingly realistic wildlife and floral images.

The son of a famous American artist, Collin learned the concepts of technique, composition and design from his father, later refining his skills and setting out on his own artistic path. His remarkable ability to capture detail and to master the use of light in natural settings became hallmarks of his work.

“Light plays a major role in my work,” states the artist. “An abundance of light and shadows creates a playground for me, and allows a painting to take on a life of its own.”

The artist’s paintings are not limited to any one subject or medium and demonstrate great flexibility and technical versatility. Bogle uses pastels, colored pencils, watercolor and acrylics, whatever it takes to create the superbly-lighted, realistic and almost photographic images that have gained him an impressive reputation and following.

Collin Bogle has exhibited in art shows through the United States and his originals are on display in prominent galleries nationwide.

Inspired by the beauty of nature, Collin Bogle combines watercolor, colored-pencil and pastel to create his realistic, finely detailed and dramatically lit wildlife, animal and flower original paintings and fine art prints.

Collin Bogle’s work is amazingly realistic! Upon first sight, I thought the paintings were photographs. I even had a hard time convincing myself that these were actual paintings, and not photographs.

I think Bogle is a master of the traditional drawing and painting kind of art. His technique is just fantastic, as you have just seen from the above pictures. Just as he said, light is the most important factor which makes one’s painting look realistic. His manipulation of light and great details allows him to be a notch above the rest and hence reign supreme in the art world.

Hoewever, although I admire his stunning skill and application onto the canvas, I feel that he should take advantage of his wonderful ability to a greater height by adding in more of his own feelings and emotions, or even make something that is impossible to seem realistic. That would be really cool.

But anyhow, I am very much impressed by Collin Bogle’s art, and his unique painting style of using colour pencil, pastels, acrylic  in addition to oil paint. The combination of these mediums create a breathtaking piece of art.


Zhang Jingna’s Expressive Photography

Filed under: Inspirations — chicapod @ 5:04 pm

Sun Child

Lost Fairytales



Behind the Mask

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English Rose

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Sakuran II

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Lost Tales

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of the Night: A Dream of You

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The Haunting

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Obsession II

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Luxury Cover

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Born in the suburbs of Beijing to a sporting family, Jingna moved to Singapore at the age of eight, where she attended Haig Girls’ School.

At the age of fourteen, nine months after picking up air rifle, Jingna broke a national record, and subsequently joined the national air rifle team. She was active in the team for six years, notable achievements include breaking a record in the 10m Air Rifle event at the Commonwealth Shooting Competitions (Melbourne) 2005 in Melbourne, and a bronze in the same event at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, awarding her the title of Sports Girl of the Year for 2006 by the Singapore National Sports Council.

She left the prestigious Raffles’ Girls’ School (Secondary) at the age of sixteen to pursue a degree in fashion design in LASELLE College of The Arts. At eighteen, Jingna picked up a camera. Probably due to her keen interest and achievements in photography at an early age, she left LASALLE in October 2007, and the rifle team in January 2008, to pursue photography full time.

Within six months of her professional photography career, Jingna has worked with companies such as Mercedes Benz, Pond’s, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Wacom  and Architecture International.

She has also produced fashion editorials for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and L’Officiel.

In September 2008, Jingna held her first solo exhibition “Something Beautiful” at The Arts House in Singapore. In November, the same year, she was invited to show her works at Klee Bar, also curated by The Arts House.

With works described as being ethereal, romantic and sensuous – Jingna’s images exude a quiet and steady confidence with maturity belying her age.

Her ethereal, tranquil, emotive and dreamlike images never fail to touch my heart. Zhang Jingna draws inspiration from her dreams, as seen in the ethereal, dreamlike quality permeating her work. A quiet confidence and maturity belying her age can also be seen in her work, with a distinctive cinematographic touch of elegance.

I feel that she has a great eye for aesthetics, where she contrasts the colours or blends them in a palette of grace.


Park Suran: Enakei September 19, 2010

Filed under: Inspirations — chicapod @ 12:56 am

Enakei is a korean digital art depicting young beautiful girls by korean artist Park Suran.

Airbrush is used to give the girls flawless skin, and a romantic feel to it.

Enakei is divided into 2 categories.
Firstly, Enakei includes full bodies girly cartoons, usually traveling to European Countries or to promote ladies wear and accessories.
Jennie Enakei, the heroine, dominates the scene with her realistic and dreamy look. The particular portraits are accompanied by key-phrases which describe the mentality of heroine.
For the development of Enakei, most of the figures are modelled after well-known Korean Models.

Jennie Enakei


The Enakei series is quite limited to the young  female population, since all the subject matter are girls. I really like the style Park Suran uses to create her art. Jennie Enakei is more realistic than Enakei. I like both, but I prefer Jennie Enakei more since it has greater appeal to me.

Jennie Enakei is more realistic, and the art is dreamy with the blurring of the edges and soft focus on the subject matter. Enakei has pretty, slim young girls clothed in the latest fashion depicted in the pop art style with solid planes of colour in the background for some of the pictures.

I admire Park Suran’s ability to create such mesmerising pictures that inspire and fascinate all the girls in the world.


Cai Guo Qiang: Head On September 18, 2010

Filed under: Inspirations — chicapod @ 11:54 pm

The other day I went to the art exhibition in the National Museum of Singapore with Jing Ting to view Cai Guo Qiang’s art. The exhibition was held from July 2 – Aug 31, and addmission was free, of course. 

After viewing it, I was and am greatly impressed by Cai Guo Qiang’s art and his unique art styles. The introduction of his works can be found below:

Cai Guo-Qiang (surname Cai) created a three-part work complex that reflects the diversity of his work and relates thematically to Berlin’s history and present.Like all other Deutsche Bank Collection projects, Head On was developed in close cooperation with the artist, who has lived in New York for eleven years. What is new, however, is that all three works were specially conceived for the museum and that major portions were produced on site in Berlin, including the large-format gunpowder drawing Vortex and the explosion project Illusion II contained in the exhibition’s video work.

Illusion II: Explosion Project
9:30pm, July 11, 2006

In October 2005, during his first stay in the German capital, Cai’s agenda included visits to Checkpoint Charlie, the Soviet Memorial, the remains of the Berlin Wall, and the memorial museum Topography of Terror. Inspired by the omnipresence of German history, he outlined three ideas for the exhibition. Together, their combined concept not only utilizes the unusual working mediums for which Cai is best known, but also addresses the city of Berlin in terms of content and the exhibition space in terms of form. The title work Head On lends its name to the exhibition and takes over most of the exhibition gallery in its physical volume. The installation consists of a pack of 99 life-sized wolves barreling in a continuous stream towards—and into—a constructed glass wall. Other works in the exhibition include the aforementioned 9 x 4 meter gunpowder drawing showing hundreds of wolves whose bodies form a giant vortex and the two-channel video work Illusion II.

Proposal drawing for Vortex, 2005
Ink pen on paper

The July 2006 explosion project, which provided the basis for the video work Illusion II, took place in the very center of Berlin. It required a large empty piece of property, and from the three proposed areas, Cai selected an approximately 30,000-square-meter empty lot at the corner of Stresemannstraße and Möckernstraße surrounded by office high-rises and residential buildings—typical, if it were not for the ruins of the Anhalter railroad station, towering as a mark of history in the background. Cai was fascinated by this detail, since it matched perfectly what Illusion II is about: a reflection, in his own words, on “the contradictory powers of violence and beauty,” on “destruction, glory, and heroism” in the history of Berlin. In accordance with the artist’s instructions, a small, “typical German house” was built on the lot with the professional support of the film studios in Babelsberg, just outside of Berlin. The house was then packed with fireworks and rockets of various types and with different effects to Cai’s design. On July 11, 2006, at 9:30 p.m., Cai Guo-Qiang gave the starting command. Against the setting sun in the evening sky and the Berlin cityscape, a magnificent spectacle ensued, lasting approximately 18 minutes. The event was captured on film and video cameras.

Production images of wolfes, 2006

The third and final piece in the exhibition, the gunpowder drawing Vortex, was created in mid-August in the atrium of the Deutsche Bank. Handmade paper was spread out on the floor, and the motifs were formed by a dozen varieties of gunpowder, topped with stencils and pressure-forming cardboards and rocks. The artist lit a fuse, and the drawing was ignited in a matter of seconds, producing an enormous white cloud of smoke. When the cardboard is removed, the new work reveals itself as a result of both planning and chance.

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in the city of Quanzhou in Fujian Province, China, and is considered today to be one of the most important contemporary international artists. His works have been exhibited in major international museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, and Centre Pompidou. In 1999 Cai Guo-Qiang won the Golden Lion of the 48th Venice Biennial with Venice’s Rent Collection Courtyard. In 2005 he curated the first Chinese pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2008, his work will be featured in a mid-career retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.

Production images of wolves, 2006



This is “Vortex”, a gunpowder drawing that depicts hundreds of thousands of wolves chasing each other in a circular motion. 

These 99 life-sized wolves, were fabricated from painted sheepskins and stuffed with hay and metal wires, barreling in a continous stream towards – and into – a glass wall. Only the first ones crash into it, but the pack chases after the leader.The wolves were produced in Quanzhou, China, from January to June of 2006. The commissioned local workshop in Cai’s hometown specializes in manufacturing remarkable, life-sized replicas of animals. First, small clay models were created as movement studies, out of which Cai subsequently developed Head On’s artist editions of cast resin wolves. However, the realistic and lifelike 99 wolves that grew out of these models and drawings possess no literal remnants of wolves: they are fabricated from painted sheepskins and stuffed with hay and metal wires, with plastic lending contour to their faces and marbles for eyes.

The Head On art installation was really impressive, seeing those perfect replicas of the wolves in life size gives a great impact on the viewers, one might even be mentally prepared for the wolves to suddenly spring to life. I think the significance of creating such real wolves was to add on to not only the aesthetic value of the installation, but also the realistic feel to it. Standing in the middle of the exhibition, I feel as if I was sucked into the cycle of the wolves running. The strong sense of movement, as implied by the running postures of the wolves engages the audience, and one seems to be part of the cycle as well. To be able to walk around to scrutinize the the art is an added bonus because one is able to be in close contact with the wolves, again giving us a visual impact.

In addition, I think that the fact that all of the wolves are crashing onto the glass wall adds on a hint of humor to the whole installation. Chasing each other in a circular motion symbolises a never ending cycle in which the wolves, being animals, do not think of the consequences of following their leader foolishly. There is some political meaning regarding this, related to the Berlin Wall in Germany. The glass wall is a representation of the Berlin Wall.


The Small Things in Life: Desiree Palmen’s Camouflage Works

Filed under: Inspirations — chicapod @ 11:06 pm

In the natural world, the chameleon blends in perfectly with its background.

In the urban jungle, Desiree Palmen decided to attempt the same visual deception.

And as these pictures show, the effect is amazing.

Miss Palmen, a 44-year-old Dutch artist, uses a method that requires a huge amount of effort and attention to detail.

She makes cotton suits and paints the camouflage on by hand, painstakingly matching it to the chosen background. Either she or a model then poses in the suit in the chosen place.

The scenes are photographed and filmed and then put on display.

It takes hours for her to paint the suits. First she takes photographs of the scene then, back in the studio, she meticulously transfers the detail on to the cotton suit with acrylic paints.

The match of colour, texture, light and hue is extraordinarily accurate but the artist remains modest.

“It’s never perfect,” she said. “But when it works that’s enough for me. I like the fact people can see it’s a real person in a suit and not a fake digital image.”

She regularly displays her works on the streets of Jerusalem, Rotterdam and Berlin.

She got the idea for her unusual art from the increasing use of “Big Brother” surveillance.

She said: “I’d like people to consider what it means to let the government control our daily lives.

“When we are controlled we hand over our individual responsibilities to the state. I wanted to make a suit for the non-criminal citizen whose house is being watched 24 hours by street surveillance cameras. I’m also responding to a wish to disappear.”

To me, Desiree Palmen’s works are very thought provoking. I really enjoy looking through her works. There is a sense of sentimental reflection of the world through her photos. The subject matter seems to disappear and blend in completely into their surroundings, causing  the audience overlook the exixtence of a person present in the photographs upon first sight. One has to stare at it for some time before noticing the invisible people hidden within our sight. 

There are many small things in life which we do not pay attention to, often thinking that it is  not important or pointless to think too much of. However, there is often some deeper meaning for us to intepret once we notice and ponder over the small details.


My Inspirations August 18, 2010

Filed under: Inspirations — chicapod @ 10:00 pm

I have been considering why I chose to do my coursework in the first place.

So I’ve came up with a list.


1. Body Worlds Exhibition

After attending a Body Worlds Exhibition in the Science Centre, I was stunned and inspired to create art of the human body. Marvelling at the intricity and beauty of the human organ structures, I wanted to re-create and restructure the organs. Nature has created our body organs in such a way that they are both functional and wonderful works of art. For my coursework,  I was not going to make the organs of the entire human body, as that would be too ambitious; just by making 4 different organs was enough.

2. Organ Surgery

Most people would think it gross and disgusting and scary when they see a bloody organ or human body part. Call it a sick obsession or an interesting hobby, I feel intrigued when viewing an organ surgery. The picture above is one of a heart bypass surgery. I was wondering if a heart could be removed and modified into other objects; organ surgery is a major influence in my course work idea.

3. Fruit Art

Especially after the food art picnic our class had, I was inspired to make art out of food. I was making a vegetable resembling an organ. Organs are fresh and full of life, just like vegatables. I thought of combining these two ideas together

4. Dimitri Tsykalov

Dimitri Tsykalov is a Russian sculptor who sculpts with wood and earth in an approach which he describes as “contrary to the brutality of modern images.” Later in his artistic career, he began using naked models and covering them in meat fashioned as masks, flags, weapons and very seldomly, clothing. He explores meat as an artistic tool. There is no denying that his art is controversial, but it is also highly mezmerising.

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heart, kidneys

operating room

In the place of the Raft of the Medusa, Dimitri Tsykalov shows meat-helmeted men holding at arms’ length a flag made of connective tissue, of flesh sewn up into a bag of savaged civilisation, wounded, tender and violent… It is simply staggering.

The subjects captured by his lens have been wounded on the outside in a show of bewildering animal intimacy. These are bodies that are conscious of what they will one day become: scraps of nerve and muscle. In an unsettling mating, the animal glorifies man and his death.

Upon first sight of the above image, I got a shock. I presume that you have too. The gore and blood of the subject matter adds a tinge of horror and macabre to the image. After staring at the picture for a few more seconds, I began marvelling at the clever use of  the meat by the artist. The subject matter and the meat mesh well together to give the audience a strong impact.

With these pictures of flesh, Dimitri Tsykalov finally resolves photography’s true intent when displaying its contact sheets. Each of these shots of individuals equipped by the artist with meaty weapons made of flesh and blood lights up a spark of violence, eroticism and fear that directly hits the brain. Each photographed subject makes direct contact and catches the mind and the eye. This series of shots of one or more subjects is nothing less than an artistic commando.

I feel emotionally tied to Tsykalov’s art, and I hope that the audience will feel the same when they perceive my art too.


In conclusion, my inspirations have influenced me greatly in my coursework and I strive to learn from them.