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La Gioconda in an extraordinary adaptation · Kazan, Russia · Photo by Gerhard Guffler
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Shared art - Elevator door in Hotel Lebua at the State Tower, Bangkok, Thailand.
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Experts. National Museum of China in Beijing. Photo by Gerhard Guffler
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The german Masterpainter Philipp Weber in New York City
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Spectacular location: The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Spain
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Preparing for the photoshooting - young model in Seoul, South Korea
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Art that lives. Spanish children in front of a work of the master Antonio Castello Avilleira. Photo by Martin Llamedo
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Ad Reinhardt: Blue Paintings - David Zwirner Gallery, New York City
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Art, well-dosed. Devotional items at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
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Contemporary Art at the National Museum of China in Beijing
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Street Art. Bordeaux/France. New harbour area. Photo by Nyx
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Fantastic multi-media presentation by TeamLab (Japan) at Pace Gallery in Beijing · Photo by Erik Olsson
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The triple Helnwein. Discovered at Modernism, San Francisco · Photo by Jon Kim
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Hidden view to North Korea? Youngeun Museum - Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Photo by Takashi Moto
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Exciting neighborhood: street art and commerce - discovered in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
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Escape · Fondation Maeght · Photo by Takashi Moto
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Discovery in a gallery in Stockholm: The daughter of the famous ceramist Leo Grilli from Gubbio, Umbria.
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Impressive typography in Seoul-Jikhalsi, South Korea · Photo by Takashi Moto
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In search of identity. Detail of Alexander Timofeev "Beginning" · Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2015.
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What does Marylin think? Impression from the Halcyon Gallery, London
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A wedge? Outstanding architecture! The new area in the Hermitage. Photo by Takashi Moto.
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Grandiose swing: Church of St. Michael, Hamburg. Photo by Gerhard Guffler.
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Sculpture of sitting men, France. Photo by Anja Helmchen.
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Lively streets in New York City. Photo by Mick Rogers.
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Accord. Städel-Museum, Frankfurt/Germany · Photo by Takashi Moto
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The truck. Christmas. New York City. Photo by Vince Ryan
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Currently out of Malaga/Spain: masterful sensitive drawing of the artist Aurelio Rodriguez Lopez.
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West meets east. Shopping in Guangdong, South Korea. Photo by Kwon KyungYep
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A touristic reminiscent of a great artist. Discovered at Central Park in New York City. Photo by Danielle Lemond
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Re-use: Work aid for the German painter Philipp Weber. Photo: Johannes Mencke
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Art in Decor: Art for Open Spaces

Art need not be limited to interiors of homes and can also be displayed in the garden or terrace

When we think of art for our homes, we tend to restrict ourselves to conventional art forms such as paintings for the interiors, and often neglect exterior walls, terraces and other open spaces.  Canvas paintings may not be the best choice for areas that are exposed to weather conditions but there are several other options which can be explored for open spaces such as the terrace, garden and large balconies.

These areas are also used for socializing and interacting with guests, especially when the mercury rises and warmer temperatures make the outdoors more attractive and appropriate for entertaining. Instead of bare spaces devoid of art, artefacts or accessories a well decorated area makes it more intimate and pleasant.

Art in Decor: Art for Open Spaces, Art Scene India

From traditional folk and tribal art to contemporary sculptures and installations, there are multiple options which are suitable for open spaces. Over the years, art from recycled material has also grown in popularity as a display piece in the open air.

As these artworks will be exposed to different weather conditions and will have to withstand fluctuating temperatures and rain for a prolonged period, it is important to select them with care.

, Art in Decor: Art for Open Spaces, Art Scene India
Sculpting Evolution by Kalyan S Rathore

Artists Reveal Their Breakthrough Work | Michael van Zeyl

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Painting by Michael Van Zeyl featured in CHEVERE curated by Didi Menendez and Sergio Gomez.

My painting Lo Tienes was published and exhibited in PoetsArtists Chévere and recently won the ARC Salon Rehs Contemporary Galleries exhibition prize. I will be exhibiting new paintings at the New York Gallery this fall.

 Painting by Michael Van Zeyl featured in PoetsArtists HEIGHTENED PERCEPTIONS curated by John Seed

Painting by Michael Van Zeyl featured in PoetsArtists HEIGHTENED PERCEPTIONS curated by John Seed

My Magnolia series started when I was painting a model in my studio in profile the same day my Magnolia tree was blooming. The blooms were so beautiful and I wanted to preserve them. I was at a point where I wanted to take the look of my work from classic to more contemporary. I liked the idea of fusing figure and portrait with nature and looked to the garden of florals I had planted in my yard for inspiration.  Each time I experimented with the new direction and composition I played with edges and would shift the focus to the flowers then to the figure and back again. Looking for the balance of emphasizing what is moving and what is still. I had several of these paintings in the works and completed some.

A gallerist came to my studio to pick up a painting that she had just sold. I had “Magnolia Stroll” hanging on my living room wall. Part of my process before I release my images is to live with them a while and make adjustments. I liked the direction this painting was going in but never felt it was really finished. My wife loved it and the gallerist loved it and insisted on taking it to show a client. I didn’t want to give it up but she negotiated with me for a while and she agreed that it would be returned back to me within two weeks. She had a seasonal gallery in Michigan and she left it there while she closed up for the season and left the country for the winter months.  She did finally return the painting to me 10 months later and asked me to promise I would leave it untouched. I was so happy to have it back in the studio and immediately saw what it needed. I took sandpaper and removed portions and softened the edges all around the composition and repainted the face and moved around some of the blooms.  I was very happy with the results and submitted it to the ARC Salon competition.  I showed it to my gallery in Denver to consider for an upcoming show and they accepted it. I had planned a trip to NYC so the painting was shipped out to Denver earlier than needed.  When I arrived in NYC I received an email that the painting was going to be part of the ARC Salon show and it would be purchased. The painting was in transit to the gallery so I asked the gallery for it to be returned as soon as they received it.

Within that same week I had learned through social media that the same painting was going to be on the cover of the Collectors’ edition of PA’s Heightened Perceptions curated by John Seed. It went to exhibitions at the MEAM, Barcelona and to the Salmangundi Club, NY while the beautifully printed PA hard cover edition was out. Another larger version of that concept was painted and used to promote a botanicals themed exhibit Portraits, Inc. had in NYC. That larger painting is in a collection in Lake Forest, IL.

As much as I was upset with the gallerist for holding my painting for so long I don’t think this outcome would have played out the same way if the timing was any different. This experience has taught me I should trust my instinct and have faith that a great painting will get great attention.

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