Flustered by the drivel that passes for 'great' art?

Baffled about how to respond? Don't give up. Read regularly WHAT THE HECK IS ART? and fight back!

The Art Renewal Center

Lost in the gutter of Cubism, Modernism, Post-modernism, Expressionism, Dadaism and other rubbishisms? Find real art at the ARC.

False Gods

They can't draw or paint or create a half-decent artwork but are worshiped by the art establishment as Gods. We prefer to remain infidels and refuse to kowtow to the False Gods of Art.

How the culture-vultures impoverished my soul

One expects art to ennoble our souls, much like a novel by Victor Hugo or a film by Bimal Roy. Instead, stepping into a gallery is like stepping on shit -bullshit.

Critiquing the critics

We smack down these smug bastards and their idiotic art-jargonese con mucho gusto!

Featured Art Videos

'Inflammatory' artist Jon McNaughton on his anti-Obama work
Roger Scruton - Why Beauty Matters (2009) - BBC documentary

Dec 31, 2010

Scott Burdick on the banishment of beauty

Scott Burdick is among the artists whose work I admire a lot. He is, to put it politely, bloody marvelous-

painting by scott burdick

Tanzania Africa 
30" by 30"
Scott Burdick


Now, in a series of videos, Burdick says a lot of the things we have said at this blog and some that we would have liked to. Don't miss this 4 part video series:

Beauty Part1

Beauty Part2

Beauty Part3

Beauty Part4

Dec 24, 2010

Best contemporary painters of nudes, part 3 -Jeremy Lipking

Grey Nude

Seated Nude

A detail-

and another-

Reclining Nude Figure

Morning Light

Lipking's site.

Ayn Rand while commuting

I suppose we have all seen this while commuting- at least those who travel with the hoi polloi -someone reading a Rand book, often the Fountainhead:

Reading Ayn Rand

On a couple of occasions I have seen dullish looking housewife types in traditional sarees poring over the Fountainhead and wondered if they were 'getting it'. I'm glad if they 'got' even one percent. Who knows what personal awakening that bit might produce.

Cross posted at Ayn Rand India

Dec 21, 2010

The Book Art of Gurmeet 2011 Calendar!

After The Art of Gurmeet fineart Calendar 2011, now it is the turn of :

The Book Art of Gurmeet 
2011 Calendar

in ready to print format.





Free to use and distribute for non-commercial purposes.

Download it from here or here.

Dec 20, 2010

Art du jour

A painting of Krishna by B.G.Sharma

Art of Gurmeet 2011 calendar!

Art of Gurmeet 
2011 calendar 
is here!



Free to use and distribute for non-commercial purposes.

It is in ready to print format.
Just download it from here.

Dec 10, 2010

India in comics,part 1 -Tintin in Tibet

Tintin comes to India with his good friend Captain Haddock in transit to Nepal in the book Tintin in Tibet.
(click on the images for a larger version)

Tintin in Tibet

Tintin in Tibet, cover

They has just a few hours to catch the vistas of Delhi but that is enough for the Captain to get into a mess or two-

Tintin in Tibet, pg6

Tintin in Tibet
Tintin in Tibet, pg7

Tintin in Tibet
Tintin in Tibet, pg8

Tintin in Tibet, pg 9

Dec 5, 2010

Anish Kapoor fries brains

Once we had the genius of Michelangelo-

Then we came down a bit to Rodin. No Michelangelo but he made us think -

Now we have the monstrous idiocies of Anish Kapoor-

For some reason he is back in India and the various intellectual/media asses elites are falling all over to applaud him. What is it about modernist 'art' that freezes all brain activity in otherwise 'normal' people, especially educated elites? Do they not have eyes? Can't they see that Anish Kapoor has no more artistic talent than my pet snail and probably less? What are the mysterious rays that Kapoor and his ilk are giving off that completely fries obsevers' brains? Or are the brains toast already and ready to take the mouldy cheese of Kapoors 'art'?

Is it too much to expect just a bit -a tiny, itsy-bitsy bit of sanity from these people?

Dec 2, 2010

The new look Liberty News Central

The new look Liberty News Central blog is here.

the new Liberty News Central

Loads much faster,is cleaner and intends to be meaner and tougher to freedom's enemies(who, like Reds under the bed, are everywhere).

Do check it out and may your kind soul make you hit the tip jar in this season of generosity. Just a dollar will do to help fight for liberty although we won't refuse more.

Oct 13, 2010

What a bloody marvelous painting, part 9

(click for larger image)

On A Clear Day
Oil on Canvas
30" x 34"

Details -

Duffy Sheridan-
I know painters are always on the lookout for an inspired moment, when everything is perfect, and this was one of them.

One morning while standing overlooking the ocean with my model, a breath of air lifted the brim on her hat and the image felt perfect to me. In the studio, I reconstructed that image, always trying to maintain in my mind that moment. I love this painting!

So do I! And the Woodhousian name 'Duffy', too!

Green Death

The tireless Delingpole (does he sleep?) has this painting on his blog with the caption - "Our glorious green future"

Our glorious green future

It is a detail from the The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525 – 9 September 1569) -

The Triumph of Death
oil on panel
117 cm X 162 cm (46 in X 63.8 in)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder(painted c. 1562)

A detail-

And another -

Yes, it does look like a world run by environmentalists. Think this is hyperbole? Then you haven't been paying attention to millions now dead and millions that will continue to die because of Greenie's war on DDT. This makes environmentalists bigger killers than Hitler,Mao or Stalin. Over sixty million dead in Africa alone by one estimate.Not only are they indifferent to this massive suffering, some(many?) are quietly satisfied-

Those who were initiated into the higher mysteries of environmentalism saw the reduction of the human population as a benefit, although they’re generally more circumspect about saying so in public these days. As quoted by Walter Williams, the founder of the Malthusian Club of Rome, Alexander King, wrote in 1990: “My own doubts came when DDT was introduced. In Guayana, within two years, it had almost eliminated malaria. So my chief quarrel with DDT, in hindsight, is that it has greatly added to the population problem.” Another charming quote comes from Dr. Charles Wurster, a leading opponent of DDT, who said of malaria deaths: “People are the cause of all the problems. We have too many of them. We need to get rid of some of them, and this is as good a way as any.”

Nice people!

Next time you come across a Greenie who wants your help(and your wallet) to save the planet, ask him about the ban on DDT and if that weighs on his soul.You may discover that likely he doesn't have one.

Oct 2, 2010

My art - Above It All - a drawing

Above It All
a drawing 

A detail -

Detail 2-

Detail 3-

Sep 15, 2010

The art of Milo Manara -2

Detail 1-

Detail 2-

Isn't burning Korans Art?

Great minds think alike. Brad Schaeffer at the Newsbusters does the alike thinking today-

What If Pastor Terry Jones Had Called His Koran Burning 'Art'?

But (there's always a "but" in such testy cases), when I juxtapose this one twisted symbolic gesture against the disregard-and I would argue contempt-being shown by so-called "moderate" practitioners of Islam who insist on building their mosque almost on top of the ashes of 9/11 victims against the wishes of so many Americans, I can understand the frustration that creates a Jones and his ilk. And the fact is, as Mayor Bloomberg offered up, if there is freedom of speech for the fanatical Muslim goose, it must also be for the crackpot Christian gander.
However, something did occur to me this weekend. Jones is going about this all wrong. If he really wants to burn the Islamic holy book, I know a way that he could do it while at the same time have every left wing pundit and mainstream news outlet not decry his act but rather defend and even celebrate it. He should burn it on the steps of the Museum Of Modern Art up here in New York. And instead of calling it a protest, or a statement, he should just call his Quran torching "art." In the interest of consistency, artistic integrity and fairness, maybe he can even do it in the building, right on the same spot where in 1989 the infamous "Piss Christ" photo was proudly exhibited. You remember that? The piece of "art" that showed a crucifix submerged in urine? As artist Andres Serrano explained his artistic vision in an open letter to the National Endowment for the Arts:

The photograph, and the title itself, are ambiguously provocative but certainly not blasphemous. Over the years, I have addressed religion regularly in my art. My Catholic upbringing informs this work which helps me to redefine and personalize my relationship with God. My use of such bodily fluids as blood and urine in this context is parallel to Catholicism's obsession with "the body and blood of Christ." It is precisely in the exploration and juxtaposition of the symbols from which Christianity draws it strength.

That seemed just fine and dandy to the free speech warriors and beret crowd back in the day. In fact, Serrano's inspired piece won the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art's "Awards in the Visual Arts" competition which was partially funded by that same NEA-your tax dollars at work.

(emphasis mine)

Do catch it all.

Sep 13, 2010

Do's and don'ts of the postmodern times

Burning Korans -

No, no, no!
(could get you beheaded)

Pissing on Christ-

(could get you an arts grant)

Piss Christ is a 1987 photograph by photographer Andres Serrano. It depicts a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist's urine........ Serrano received $15,000 for the work, part of it from the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts. - Wikipedia

(Posted earlier at the Liberty News Central)

A true artist

Yes, I know how it feels after an intense session of painting-

Canadian artist and illustrator Heather Castles' daughter, Hera

What a bloody marvelous painting, part 8

Dutch artist Frederick Hendrik Kaemmerer(1839-1902) painted some very striking images of the beaches of Holland. This is one of them-

(click for a larger image)
The Beach At Scheveningen, Holland
Oil on canvas
40 x 23 cm
(15?" x 9.06")
Frederick Hendrik Kaemmerer

Detail 1-

Detail 2-


Detail 3-

My Art -The prostitutes of Chilumpara -I

The prostitutes of Chilumpara -I
acrylics and watercolor

A detail-

and another-

This work carries a history of rejection by otherwise 'brave' art galleries which like to tom-tom their own avant-gardedness. As I have said before, when it comes to actually showing some balls, the avant-garde quickly chickens into devant-garde.

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