The Bohemian Dictator: Jonathan Meese

This is the g-r-o-o-v-y song he is singing + painting along to….

Meese is on a mission to make Art rule the world. He is all for a “Dictatorship of Art” his workĀ encapsulates an authoritative, weighty and earnest need for art in all it’s glorious multi-media forms: sculpture, paintings and installations. Often seen in a black Adidas tracksuit, one I too wish to own as he has transformed it’s former chaviness repĀ and turned itĀ into a uniform of non-conformity and outward simplicity to harmonizeĀ the deep stirrings of his soul that is the governing force of his maniacalĀ rampage exhibited in his art.

Artist: Fabian Perez

I discovered this Argentine Artist by chance as I walked past Cardiff’s Blue Dot Gallery. His art was displayed in the window and I popped into the gallery to see more of his beautiful and seductive paintings. I instantly loved them and the Cezanne-esque brushstrokes.

That was back in 2012. The following year I had the good fortune to meet the Artist Fabian in Cheltenham’s Whitewall Gallery. I was pretty nervous to meet him which is quite unusual because I’m always attending events like these. So I asked him Ā who Michiko was-he does many paintings of her (turns out she’s an old friend from Japan.) I asked him how to get started with painting he answered it’s important to learn how to paint, master the basics then cultivate your own style. I was so nervous I ended up cutting the conversation short. My Mum was there with me whilst I chatted to him so I introduced my Mum to him! Initially we arrived prior to his attendance so me Mum & Dad had a good wander around the gallery that showcased his work. It was jam-packed with collector’s and fans! The reason my parents came was because Cheltenham is an awkward place to get to by train. It’s only a 1 1/2 hour drive but via train it’s 2 1/2 hours with x2 stops! We got to walk around the beautiful city of Cheltenham so it was wroth the trip for us all.

His paintings of Michiko are my favourite no doubt because with our Asiatic eyes she’s the lady I most resemble out of the many women Perez paints. Call it aĀ Bias of Vanity.

Fabian did not have the easiest upbringing. Do have a read of his biography you’ll be touched and inspired by his Art even more.

http://www.fabianperez.com/about/biography

I can definitely relate to his early struggles in Life. I guess that explains why I was so immediately drawn to him. But FabianĀ is no tortured soul. He’s talented, handsome and has a beautiful family see below:

 

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Katheryn of Berain with Catherine The Great (Me)!

Popped into National Museum Cardiff yesterday. It was near closing time so didn’t get much of a chance to look around.

Sneaked in a selfie shot of one of my favourite paintings there: Katheryn of Berain. She was a wealthy heiress of Royal Descent and went on to get married four times to men very established men!

Me and Katheryn of Berain

You’ll notice many portraits of Royals and Aristocrats wearing black in the 16th century. Combined with their often solemn faces on the portraits one may assume the painting displayed bereavement or tragedy. In reality black was the dye hardest to create for garments and most expensive dye to use and smiling was regardedĀ as a foolish expression! Consequently black clothes were worn to display wealth and luxury…Some things never change. This painting is a modern day equivalent of an instagram pic of a Jet Set Babe donning her crocodile HermĆØsĀ in Monte Carlo.

This oil painting was produced in 1568 by Dutch painter: Adriaen van Cronenburgh. Back then a painting would take a whole year to dry!!!