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A dozen quotes which will make you want to bring home some Art

 

Feeling inspired? Bring home some art from Tumbhimall

TumbhiMall @JJ School of Arts, Mumbai #AnnualFest

Sir JJ School of Art- with more than 150 years of history sprawling around famous name son the art world, a building housing all the great talent itself counted as a Heritage of India and which has contributed immensely to the Art Scene of India and International – needs no further introduction.

JJ, which conducts its famous Art Festival every year which sees World fame Artists will open its gates this year on 17th Feb 2016 and Tumbhi made its presence felt out there by offering opportunities to young artists to Sell Their Art!

Young JJ Artists queue up to register themselves as sellers on TubmhiMall

And our first Seller on-board!

And it was so amazing to see Artists already using our gifts, even created a beautiful sketch in matter of no time and waved the books all together! #woah

After the amazing response received at JJ School, we urge you too to register as seller and commercialize your art! Visit http://www.tumbhimall.com/ and start selling NOW!

Why Should You Bring Some Art Home?

Home is where the heart is and thus, it has to be the most beautiful place for you on this earth. Millions of home decor items and interior designing ideas available today all are telling you while you think of making your home more homely and striking. A little bit of Arty touch on your walls or mantelpieces can say a lot about your own personality, and that heart which lives in here – the home!

Five quick reasons on why should bring some Art home and give that special ‘touch’.

 

Photo by Mauricio Silerio #TumbhiArtist

1.  Because you are an Art Lover

Everyone admires art, including you and the people visiting your home. There is nothing like having a wonderful piece of art up on your wall, may it be a painting by a famous artist, or a pick from a local flea market, or a picture from your most memorable vacation framed and pinned exclusively on your wall- art is art.

…….Even if you aren’t, art is the FAD.

And even if you are not really an art admirer, it can add a distinctive hint to your décor choices. Art is the Fad; you know everyone forms a different opinion about you when they get to know the creative side of yours. And art comes in all sizes and shapes. You might be a scientist but if you frame that diagram of physics that got you your first project, it becomes art!

2. Art is the Only Thing that Will Stay Forever

Art has been the way of life way before we knew languages and technologies, those cave designs have made their way through centuries to be passed on generation to generation and art is the only thing that will stay way past beyond literature and science! It doesn’t grow old and desolate, in fact when it comes to art, old is gold. You would definitely want to bring something home which is evergreen.

Photo by Mauricio Silerio #TumbhiArtist

3. A Little Showoff on the Walls

A picture sure speaks a thousand words. Available in trillions of colors, you get a lot of scope to play around with colors in accordance with the colors of your walls and other furniture. Where it talks about the artistic side of you, it also becomes matter of a little bit of showoff on the walls where every guest can be mesmerized by your taste of choice.

4. Art is Unique

Art is exclusive. Some artists reserve the right not to reproduce their artworks in any form and just consider, if you get one of those home, you will have something nobody else does!

5. Good Investment Idea Too

A lot of art is authentic, vintage and exclusive. There is an entire industry where art-collectors invest in these kind of art which bears a lot of sale value. So it’s a great idea to invest in a great piece of art and bonus! You don’t have to even keep hidden away in your locker.

Pin Up Girls

Do you still find all those enormously sensual images of women (on your social networking feeds mostly) – attractive, arousing and funny? Then for your information, you are looking at a Pin Up Artist.


Eroticism and the sexual appeal of women have been bemusing art and culture since forever! During the times of print, before these computers with internet which have tons of information and pictures available at a click of search command, the Pin Up artists (read, pin up girls) created waves throughout the world with their sexual appeal though in a funny way.

Pin-ups are basically intended for informal display, e.g. meant to be “pinned-up” on a wall. Pin-up girls may be glamour models, fashion models, or actresses. These pictures are also known as cheesecake photos. The term pin-up may also refer to drawings, paintings, posters and other illustrations done in imitation of these photos. Now days, we have several comics and posters and even those funny quotes we see making the rounds of internet, done in lieu of the same.

A brief history

The term was first attested to in English in 1941 however, the practice is documented back at least to the 1890s.

In the late 19th century, burlesque performers and actresses used photographic advertisement as business cards to promote themselves. Understanding the power of photographic advertisements to promote their shows, burlesque women self-constructed (in the form of pin-ups) their identity to make themselves visible. 19th-century era’s views on women’s potential were intricately tied to their sexuality. Being sexually fantasized, famous actresses in early 20th-century film were both drawn and photographed and put on posters to be sold for personal entertainment.

Later, posters of pin-up girls were mass-produced and became an instant hit. As social standards changed, male subjects also began to be featured in pin-ups.

Why the pin ups?

Since women realized that society objectifies them in a certain manner, exploiting their sexuality seemed to be the only option left to them. Being Pinned up they could avoid the call for overt sexualized images; instead they could tease and restrict. In magazines, on lockers, and even on the sides of planes, these images of titillating women smiling while showing off just the right amount of skin often accompanied lonely soldiers, especially during World War II

Jotting down a brief list of the most famous pin up artists (both muses and their artists) to tease you a little more

1. Betty Grable

One of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable, whose poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of soldiers during World War II.

Grable was an American actress, dancer, and singer and popular contract star for 20th Century-Fox during the 1940s and 1950s.Throughout her career, Grable was celebrated for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood. Her iconic bathing suit poster made her the number one pin-up girl of World War II. It was later included in the Life magazine project “100 Photographs that Changed the World”.

2. Fernande Barrey

In Europe, prior to the First World War, were the likes of Fernande Barrey arguably the world’s first pinup as is known in the modern sense. Miss Barrey displayed ample cleavage and full frontal nudity. Her pictures were cherished by soldiers on both sides of the First World War conflict.

3. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was arguably the most famous pin-up girl of all time. She was also one of the first truly modern celebrities, the kind which besmirch our televisions and homepages ad museum today. She was famous for her acting, famous for her singing and famous for being an attractive blonde lady who occasionally got naked. Her troubled life was a classic, tragic tale of Hollywood excess, but one that will never be forgotten.

4.Gil Elvgren

One of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century, Elvgren was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the all-American ideal feminine but he wasn’t limited to the calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early “pretty girl” illustrators, such as Charles Dana Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy. In 1937, Gil began painting calendar pin-ups for Louis F. Dow, one of America’s leading publishing companies, during which time he created about 60 works. Around 1944, Gil was approached by Brown and Bigelow, a firm that still dominates the field in producing calendars and advertising specialties.

5. Zoe Mozert

Zoë Mozert had the advantage of being both beautiful and talented enough to serve as a muse and artist. According to The Lingerie Addict, “when she used herself as a model, she would carefully light her studio, then use a photograph or a mirror to create the reference.” And while she preferred the more wholesome girl-next-door look over the typical bombshell, her usage of bold pastel hues made her a favorite among Hollywood.

6. Pearl Frush

Calendar artist Pearl Frush was widely celebrated during the 1950s for her true-to-life paintings that some contemporary critics have described as resembling “airbrushed photographs.” Unfortunately, her primary choice of medium, gouache and watercolors, limited her ability to create artworks on a large enough scale. Frush, an Iowa native initially enrolled in art classes in New Orleans, eventually mastered her craft in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago. She relied on her love for the outdoors to draw shapely gals getting physical, all while baring just the right amount of skin to leave viewers begging for more. Her hanger calendars were hot items in their time and are still sought after as collectibles.

How to spot an Artist

And while meeting numerous different people in daily life, how do you spot an artist – these feature enlisted below surely make him/her stand out in the crowd even if you haven’t seen their art for real, these points will tell you he/she is an artist at heart!

1. Procrastinators

An artist will jump into a work that he feels moved by and will finish it no time or will not pause unless it’s finished. They might do stuff at their own convenient hours but those hours are only the hours when he has finally convinced himself to finally do it!

2. See beauty in every damn thing

  See beauty in something as simple as a new haircut

Artists are the people for whom this quote was written “Beauty lies in the eyes  of the beholder” An artist can even call a really old, half eaten by termites  door beautiful and call it vintage! Some of them who are fond of photography  can even plan an entire photo shoot around it.

 3. Appreciative

Know the value of compliments and   know how exactly to use them at the  right places for the right kind of work or  people. They know the feeling they get  when someone appreciates their art and therefore feel this moral obligation to return the favor, but despite of all this ,  they only compliment what they really feel is amazing ( But mostly they are quick at complementation coz they find beauty in almost everything – see point above)

4. Turn the meaning of hard-times upside down

The super famous “Starry Night” by Von Gogh

Hard times? Pain? Problems? = Opportunities for an artist

Trust me on this. If an artist is going through a tough phase in life you will see it all over in their work of art. And probably that’s what gives them the strength of overcoming that phase. Many of the most iconic stories and songs of all time have been inspired by gut-wrenching pain and heartbreak. This doesn’t mean that they are sad people; instead they are happier clan of people because they can see a silver lining even in their toughest times and create a master piece out of it.

 

 

5. Experimental

They are always ready to try out something new and gladly absorb anything unique that comes their way. Because they are always looking for inspiration and look forward to admire more beauty that’s spread all around in the world.

6. Not typed

They don’t have set standard templates to do thing in life. They don’t follow rules nor do they make any. They believe in spirituality and hence the freedom of mind and soul also they let their minds wander and follow their instincts. They don’t go by recipes instead mix up things that they “feel” like and present it with acute sense of art and knowledge of flavors thus almost always ending up in a great feast

7. Less confused

Seldom do they have those Brains vs Heart conflicts because they mostly think with their hearts and let their brains go to hell.  Doesn’t mean they don’t have brains but they prefer to follow what their heart coz that’s where their true self lies.

8. Value sentiments more than diamonds

Because they believe in making a handmade card to give you on your Bday rather than diamond bracelet since all the time they will take in creating that piece of art will be the time they will spend on thinking only about you! They would go and sit with a bunch of sadhus at a chai shop because their dress and everything else looks so interesting rather than fine dining in an intricate restaurant. And even if they are in the latter situation, they will talk about the ambience more than the crowd.

       Paulo Zerbato

9. Self-expressive

They are overtly self-expressive, sometimes more than required but that doesn’t count for their self-obsession. Just because they can’t keep many things in their heart and it has to come out if not in spoken words then in their art. You can easily guess their state of mind with their art and so they are just the most genuine and honest people you will find on earth.

10. Consultants

They have been through so much already , more because they have experienced every significant moment of their life twice- one how it was actually happening and another when they were transforming it into an art piece. They have deeply felt every single strand of emeotion that lufe presented wthme with and thus are an ocean of all kinds of feelings that exist. If you go to them with a problem they will not tell you to do what society will feel correct but what will make ‘you’ happy! They will also pick your call at 4am and sit up and listen to all that you have to share with attention as of they were never waken up in middle of their sleep.  Some of them might also derive inspiration from your pain for their own art 

If you know any of such people in your life – ‘have’ them! They know how to ‘keep’ their relations for million years. Don’t overlook them and definitely not their art. They can take if you don’t talk to them but they can’t be happier if you give your opinion on their every single art creation. They will love you and you will admire them! 

Art & Politics, Art in Politics, Art of Politics

Art is everywhere – as we all know! And there is a lot of Art involved in the politics too, because art is the ultimate medium of expression and communication. And politics or rather political campaigns are all about mass communications and thus influence on the junta’s (AAM aadmi) point of view!

With the social media addicted generation, art has evolved to be the only tool which is potent of ‘attracting’ a lot of eyeballs. With the aroused sense of humor of the netizens, political campaigners have started to believe in what seems like “Any publicity is good publicity” and thus gave place to a lot of memes and political jokes! A standard netizen may not share a TOI news article but will happily do that for a cartoon/meme laughing about any political celeb for that matter.

But art in politics has to be careful or the publication will disclaim saying: “All views expressed are alone of the artist and the newspaper has nothing to do about them” (though they themselves are publishing it).

And since we at Tumbhi consider ourselves a ‘Passionate World of Arts’, we decided to discover the enormous creativity/art which goes around while a political campaign is on- here are a few art categories we can identify which have been played a major role in the Epic Indian Elections of 2014:

Memes have been the most popular of all time. A little presence of mind- combining a few totally irrelevant photos together and write a line adjoining them – thus making you laugh so hard that you are compelled to either share or tweet them- just to share the joke you see! (FYI- they also get instagrammed and pinned)

 

Cartoons have always been there! Since 1947 – that small black & white (or colored now) caricatures of a popular ministers’ enlarged head placed on a tiny body making fun of his opposing party – in the bottom left column of the newspaper have always managed to both laugh at the sarcasm as well as appreciate the art. Even Bal Thackeray, the eminent political figure of Maharshatra Govt, started his career as a cartoonist in the Free Press Journal in Mumbai.

Animated Films – Media houses equipped with a fancy team of super witty animators and TV channels with high TRPs have adapted this mode of art as well. The fillers in between news telecasts are now filled with such animated films where the contesting candidate sings a popular Bollywood song “Main hun DON” or any other such gimmick which is able to glue audience to TV and laugh like actually ROFLing!

 

But funny or not, these art gears have totally managed to

a) Troll everybody in news

b) And create a huge impact on the voter’s set of mind

We the social media people, naturally form a positive opinion about anybody who is trolled but with Respect! Art surely has managed to create awareness at a large level and so the stats say the voter turnout has been the highest ever at 66.4% since 1984 polls.

So we realized, there is a lot of Art in Politics and dude… Politics is Art too, isn’t it?

Artists who brought Revolution in different ARTS

(Please read this article with relative reference to the Indian continent)

Revolution is a very powerful word. Derived from the Latin word revolutio, “a turnaround”, it means a fundamental change in the existing ways. With time and technology, the face of the art that we know today was changed once by some people. We are going to take here names of which everybody has heard of but never really got a chance to read about them better.

Enlisting here the trend setters who changed the perception in different fields of Arts:

1. Dadasaheb Falke for FILMS

Before him, films didn’t exist!

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb (30 April 1870 – 16 February 1944) was an Indian producer-director-screenwriter, known as the father of Indian cinema.

Starting with his debut film, Raja Harishchandra in 1913, now known as India’s first full-length feature, he made 95 movies and 26 short films in his career spanning 19 years, till 1937, including his most noted works: Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was instituted in his honor by the Government of India in 1969. The award is one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema and is the highest official recognition for film personalities in the country.

Some interesting facts about the First Motion Picture – Raja Harishchanda

Advertisements seeking handsome actors for the lead role brought so much amateur and inadequate talent that Dadasaheb Phalke was forced to add a line saying “ugly faces need not apply.”
Dadasaheb Phalke was forced to cast a male actor, Anna Salunke, in the role of queen Taramati because acting was not considered a decent profession for women then.
Dadasaheb Phalke promoted his films as: “A performance with 57,000 photographs. A picture two miles long. All for only three annas.”

2. Chetan Bhagat for WRITING

 

Writing and literature is a deep grounded art for which not everybody has an interest but Chetan Bhagat wrote something which sold half a million copies in Indian Book market where the sale of 10,000 copies make a bestseller. Suddenly every youth in India was found walking, travelling or curling up with a Chetan Bhagat book! n the era when technology was on its onset, he managed to hook many youths to books.

Born 22 April 1974, Bhagat is an Indian author, columnist, and speaker. He is the author of bestselling novels, Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), and What Young India Wants (2012). All the books have remained bestsellers since their release and three have inspired Bollywood films (including the hit films 3 Idiots and Kai Po Che!). The latest one inspired from “2 States” is set to release in March 2014. In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history.”

The differentiating factor was his extremely simplistic writing without demand of an extensive vocabulary of the reader. There seems to be a unanimous disapproval of Chetan Bhagat among the high-brow Indian writers but he did bring a revolution in Indian youth readers!

3. Jagjit Singh for MUSIC

 

Jagjit Singh is credited with opening up the ghazal to a whole new audience. Music composer Sanjeev Kohli sums it up:

“He made the common man’s drawing room a darbar. He brought his beloved ghazal out of the confines of the silver screen and aristocratic mehfils into the warmth of the middle class home.”

His only son Vivek died in a car crash in the year 1990. At that time he was only 21 years of age. This had a permanent shattering effect on him and his wife. Jagjit Singh’s wife Chitra Singh gave up singing after the tragic incident and ‘Someone Somewhere’ was the last album that the duo recorded together.

Poet Nida Fazil tells, after his son’s death, he was at a concert where there were many young people.

“I asked him, how come in this modern age of jeans and pop music, you had so many youngsters at the concert for ghazals? He replied, ‘It seems as if Babloo has reached heaven and told the young people to look after his father.’ “

Some interesting facts about the Ghazal Maestro

 

Singh’s 1987 album, Beyond Time, was the first digitally recorded release in India
It was Jagjit Singh who started the practice of paying lyricists a part of an album’s earnings.
In his initial days in Mumbai, Jagjit Singh used to make a living by composing jingles and performances at weddings.
It was Jagjit Singh who started the practice of paying lyricists a part of an album’s earnings.
The tickets for Jagjit Singh’s concert “Live at Royal Albert Hall” in 1982 were sold out in three hours.
4. MF Hussain for FINE ARTS

Maqbool Fida Hussain fondly known as MF Husain is known to begin the ‘modern art’ era in India.

Born into a Muslim family on 17 September 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, primarily self-taught, Hussain painted cinema posters in Mumbai early in his career. To earn extra money, he worked for a toy company designing and building toys. He often travelled to Gujarat to paint landscapes when he could afford to.

He was one of the original members of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group , a clique of young artists who wished to break with the nationalist traditions established by the Bengal school of art and to encourage an Indian tradition, engaged at an international level.

In 1967, he made his first film, Through the Eyes of a Painter which was shown at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Golden Bear (Short Film).

He was a special invitee along with Pablo Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil) in 1971. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and Padma Vibhushan in 1991.

Some Interesting Facts about Hussain

Hussain rose to become India’s most celebrated artist with many of his works commanding prices of millions of dollars.
His paintings made waves and stirred controversies across the globe. In the mid-1990s Hussain angered a section of Hindu community by painting the nude images of Hindu goddesses Durga and Saraswati.
He was even described by Forbes magazine as the “Picasso of India”.

Husain was famous for the muses he kept and the most talked about was his camaraderie with Indian actor, Madhuri Dixit. So much was his fondness for the actor and her acting credentials that the media had tagged him as ‘Madhuri Fida Husain’. His fondness for Bollywood actors continued post Madhuri’s marriage and the other actors who got an opportunity to be his muse were- Tabu, Amrita Rao and Anushka Sharma,
Controversial Work by M.F. Hussain:

Worst Controversies he was involved in

1.Bharat Mata: Tagged as Husain’s most controversial painting, ‘Bharat Mata’ was anything but a painting, it depictedMother India as a naked woman, in an exposed position with the names of Indian States on various parts of her bare body. The painting, when release for auction created quite a flutter in the country, for it was slammed for hurting the sentiments of Indians, who revere ‘Bharat Mata’. Also, it showed one of her hands (claimed to be North Kashmir) chopped off or blurred to some extent. This particular work infuriated a certain section of the society to this extent that Husain’s exhibition was vandalized and his public image went for a toss, followed by him taking a refuge in UAE, for he thought India was not safe for him anymore

2.Rape of India: As heavy as its name, Husain’s ‘Rape of India’ that was dedicated to Mumbai blasts, post the terrorist attacks on the city, caused much furor, represented India as a woman being raped, with an animal straddling her and of a man pulling her blouse away. This piece of art was taken to be nothing but a solid scorn on Husain’s part.