Tuesday, August 25, 2009

There is no end to cubism

Many people think the cubism was a domain of Pablo Picasso and his contemporaries. The time is proving opposite - in right hands and on right place the cubism can flourish even today.

Jacob Michal Splho ink drawing figure

Michal Splho - Jakob and his flock

That is my own experience. I have painted lot of cubistic paintings, I drew plenty of cubistic compositions. The market surprised me - buyers are open for cubism even today. Almost all my cubistic paintings were sold in short time. I even painted cubistic interpretations of old masters paintings.

One from Rembrandt was very successful and I liked it so much I decided not to sell it and keep it for myself. Funny enough, I met lot of people who were decided to buy it for any price. As I keep my decisions, I offered to paint a copy of the successful painting - and I had to do it twice.

Michal Splho Rembrandt Jesus washing feet cubism oilpainting
Michal Splho - Jesus washing the feet of his disciples / interpretation of Rembrandt's ink drawing

Michal Splho Rembrandt St Peter in prison cubism oilpainting
Michal Splho - St. Peter in prison / interpretation of Rembrandt's oil painting

That is the story of cubism today. I made research in my archive of drawings and I have found a few made by ink and piece of wood stick which are very suitable for art lovers today. That style of drawing is exceptional and characteristic for my period 2002 - 2004 when I created dozens of drawings in this style.

Michal Splho ink drawing cubism head figure
Michal Splho - Figureheads

I offer that drawings on eBay and you can be the one who will put it on the wall in your gallery. Just check it out at My listings page.

Have any question? Feel free to comment, ask or send a private message. I will be glad to answer and pass more information about the drawings, style or topic.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Van Dyke Brown

Eventhough that title bears the name of the famous Flemish master, actualy it describes an early photographic printing process. The process was so named due to the similarity of the print color to that of a brown oil paint named for painter Van Dyck.

Michal Splho Van Dyke brown process eBay sell drawing original art surrealism

Printing with Van Dyke Brown requires the use of a large format negative in the size of the desired print, a suitable substrate for coating and subsequent printing, and a UV light source, either sunlight or suitable bulbs. The substrate can be almost anything that the solution will adhere to. Watercolor paper is a good first choice, but trickier substrates such as metal, glass or tile can be first 'sized' with gelatin or arrowroot to facilitate coating. The substrate is coated with solution under tungsten light, air dried, and coated a second time if desired for a stronger image.

This is the story behind some of my drawings I sell - usually on eBay. Well, I wrote correctly "drawings" in spite of the fact that the process is about printing photography. The magic behind the pictures I listed in auction follows:

I use large format negative and i scratch the drawing into it with dry point needle - thats why I consider it to be a drawing. Then I use the process described above and print the drawing on paper. It has very special atmosphere and many customers found it very attractive.

I print limited editions - usually about 10 pieces from each drawing and each piece is marked and signed. You are welcomed to visit my auction listings and look at them. I will welcome all comments about how did you like them, whether you found the technique interesting, etc.

I can guarantee that you will not find other artists using this technique that way, as it came out of experimenting with my friend - photographer, who uses old photography printing processes and who experiments with them all the time - as an invention I found very interesting.

You can be sure that is something very new and original and you can be first in this century to own first pieces of that unusual invention. Just check it out on eBay - new pieces are coming. Bid, buy, look through, comment, be happy. Be present when a new phenomenon is rising.

Looking forward your comments, don't affraid to ask a question. I will be glad to pass more information to you.