Art Inspires Our Writing Lives

Martin Wong Books in my roomMost of us like to see art shows whenever we get a chance. It inspires our writing and our lives. The atmosphere and importance of a time period when created are reflected by the hands and vision of the artists, and maybe that’s why we appreciate them so much more, years later as we reflect back to those days.

Last month in Columbus Ohio I was lucky to spot a show of the modern art work of the deceased artist, Martin Wong.

The exhibition was at the Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University.

His work at first glance looks a bit bizarre and streetwise. To some degree, it is that, but look deeper and you will find much more, like using sign language in acrylic.Martin Wong - picture in my room with sign language

The scenes are often dark, lonely even, but the people are humanized. His paintings show hope in the eyes and love in ugly places. It also depicts the the hidden gay community of NYC back in the days when AIDS was first revealed and people were paranoid.

Here are some pictures of his paintings, which do it no justice.

Many are literally bigger than life. I hope if anything they will inspire you to look closer at this great artist and others as well, with an open mind and heart.

Martin Wong - Fireman sleeping with Puppy

Here’s an article from the NY Times from 2015 that does a great job explaining Martin’s work, a bit of biographical history and the development of his art in the 1970’s – 1980’s.

Martin Wong, an Urban Visionary With a Hungry Eye

Here’s an article from the Bronx Museum about the the Chinese-American artist martin Wong that was featured via the Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Arts and the Henry Luce Foundation

Martin Wong: Human Instamatic

November 4, 2015 to March 13, 2016

Martin Wong Foundation

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Inspiration From Dali Designs

I experienced the art of Dali

Last week I visited The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg Florida, located on the waterfront near the local university, a peaceful setting boasting blue skies and aqua water. The exhibit inside was a stranger sight with art created by the Spanish son Salvador Dali, who turned into the most sought after surrealist artist of the world.

Even those who haven’t seen his art most probably recognize him with his large mustache and popping eyes ~ he was the master of promotion and used his sense of humor to draw everyone into his world.

His surreal work is known for the melting clocks and watches, his bizarre use of ordinary objects for the unexpected, and samples of his creations were there in the gallery. However there was much more to notice. The way he painted the tiniest details, the cracks, the faces, so much precision in each work. The illusions he created with the canvas, first you see two nuns, then you discover it’s an old woman . . .  He was a genius of the multidimensional technique.

Dali Nun old woman paintingDali Abe woman paintingDali Painting Girls

Even more fortunate, I visited the museum while they had a special display.


Dare To Dream

Disney & Dali: Architects of the Imagination

The two men, Dali and Disney, had much in common and both approached life as a canvas for their art.

They enriched the lives of all people with their talents and we owe much to these trail blazers of the modern design world and marketing promotion ideals. Both men took their creativity to new levels, despite the naysayers, and brought forward an honest new approach.

Together they created the movie Destino which was a fantastical film artwork.

Watch it below.

The afternoon was completed by a walk through the maze

Dali left a lasting impression on the way I view things now. Yes he was master of surreal, used 3-D as if he’d invented the dimension, but he offered even more ~ A sense of oneself looking into anther’s view of reference.Dali bench

Immediately after leaving the museum I noticed things I never had before. It’s never too late to learn something new or to see things from a new perspective.

Dali has given me much more than I had ever dreamed. I recommend anyone who has a chance to view any of his work.

Scrutinize it with an open eye.

More about Salvador Dali

Our world designed – by art


Master of self-promotion

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