With art in mind then, whose work do you most admire?
Oh dear, where do I start - I've already mentioned Kandinsky
, who I think from abstract art has the most pleasing and interesting look and the technique to actually produce them is pretty amazing. The fun of a Kandinsky
is trying to actually work out which way up they should really go?
I am actually quite old school when it comes to what I am looking at in honesty - I like an image to represent something, capture something I understand and recognise and I guess the most amazing person in my mind is Da Vinci
- especially his anatomical sketches. The most famous being the Vatruvian Man in its symmetry and general basic nature, pure unadulterated art in my mind. I have a copy of his anatomical sketches in a book I picked up in second hand book store in London, Canada - I think I paid five bucks for it and I've absolutely treasured it, I'm amazed someone would give it away? I often wonder if this was the inspiration of own my fascination with the human physique and trying to make mine as muscular as I possibly can.
I guess he is ultimately know for The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, or of course the parody from the Monty Python sketch
The other love of mine is Michelangelo
, his work is awe inspiring and I have stood in the Sistene Chapel on a number of occasions for hours looking at that amazing roof, it astounds me that someone could work on something that constructed and detailed for four years and not just not seem to lose interest. The hand of god is amazing and one of the most iconic images in art, well as far as I'm concerned. However within that room the mural at one end - The Last Judgement is utterly spellbinding, something like 8 years to complete it just is immense, I've often wondered how much each little group would be worth if on canvas and sold off?
However I cannot mention Michelangelo
without mentioning one of his greatest works, which is the Statue Of David, it is quite stunning.
Which elegantly moves me on Rodin
, his sculpture and bronzes have been quite an amazing feet of engineering considering there vast size and detail. The Thinker is probably his best known work in Paris. Again I think his work is up there for me because of his attention to detail within the human form, the muscle, the sinew - a lot of it just looks like it could just get up and walk off. I think his work is more intriguing because they never seem to follow traditional poses and from what I remember he used models to pose for him, which was quite rare.
Finally I have to mention a living artist Jack Vettriano
, in my pics you'll notice one behind me. His settings and style I find quite amazing and if ever I had the chance to live in a painting, his are the ones I'd choose. I first saw his work in a small gallery in London in the early 90s, which I believe was Dance Me To The End Of Love and I've been a fan of his work ever since. He picks certain era's and paints them so vividly I love them, I own a few prints and his Bluebird collection is brilliant as well, great for someone into motor sports like me although I have yet to see any of the Monaco stuff up close and personal, looking forward to that one.
My next acquisition, when I find it is, on the the front page of his website http://www.jackvettriano.com/