Handsome Devils: Alessandro Tomassetti on Painting the Sensual Man ASTROBLAST: Astrophysicist Raymond Frey Remembers Stephen Hawking “Beauty Is Not Perfection, It Is Sublimating the Imperfect”: Interview with Helene Delmaire, France For the Love of Music and Beauty: Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Halie Loren Sifting Through Stardust: Conversations with Astrophysicist Raymond Frey The Sea Casts Its Spell: Interview with Oslo, Norway Figurative Painter, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen The Fertile Ground of New York City Oil Painter Martin Wittfooth Intimacy With the Unseen: Interview with Figurative Painter Mia Bergeron Women Under Glass: The Paintings of Alyssa Monks And Down Came the Spiders: Narrative Figurative Painter, Katie O’Hagan

Handsome Devils: Alessandro Tomassetti on Painting the Sensual Man

There is something to be gained from straight men being able to see the beauty in another man and in women being able to see the beauty in a man outside the masculine norm.

ASTROBLAST: Astrophysicist Raymond Frey Remembers Stephen Hawking

Today’s column is dedicated to English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, researcher and author, Professor Stephen Hawking.

“Beauty Is Not Perfection, It Is Sublimating the Imperfect”: Interview with Helene Delmaire, France

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”
― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

For the Love of Music and Beauty: Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Halie Loren

“…And you are reminded of just how strong this medium is and yet also how little it has to do with you. You realize that it’s not just about you.”
~ Halie Loren

Sifting Through Stardust: Conversations with Astrophysicist Raymond Frey

In his new column for Combustus, astrophysicist Raymond Frey, head of the University of Oregon physics department, takes questions sent in by readers on everything from, “Is time travel really possible?” to “What is dark energy, anyway?”

The Sea Casts Its Spell: Interview with Oslo, Norway Figurative Painter, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

“If you as a child would approve of how you live your life, then you’re doing it right.”

The Fertile Ground of New York City Oil Painter Martin Wittfooth

“I’m exploring allegories of rebirth: the notion that we often have to let something die (metaphorically speaking) for something else to be allowed to be realized and flourish.”

Intimacy With the Unseen: Interview with Figurative Painter Mia Bergeron

“I’m a deep believer in physical rituals as a way to understand our world. Painting is a way for me to understand my own life.”

Women Under Glass: The Paintings of Alyssa Monks

“I want to somehow express what it’s like to be in their skin. I believe this is what art can do at its best. Maybe this way we will feel less alone in the world, more compassionate to each other, work with, instead of against, one other.”

And Down Came the Spiders: Narrative Figurative Painter, Katie O’Hagan

“My usual coping mechanism during stressful times is to detach a bit emotionally and power through, but I guess there are always cracks in the armor, and these images seem to slip out unbidden.”

Igniting the global community through exploration of the arts

21st Sep 2013

Connecticut Naturalist Ajay Brainard Paints Death As Part of the Flow of Life

My paintings are an exploration of my inner self and speak to the feelings and emotions that are related to the experiences of life. They are not purely portrayals of death; they are windows into my soul.

21st Sep 2013

The Censorship Issue

Freedom of expression. It's a basic human right guaranteed to each and every one of us by the United Nations. But does this freedom in reality truly exist?

14th Sep 2013

Adrift in Surreal Waters: The Paintings of Australia’s Mike Worrall

When I was younger, I wished I had the ability to play and compose music; but alas, my attempts at it were a bit weak, and doomed to failure, so instead, I thought how good it would be if my paintings could convey the same mood as my favorite pieces of music.

31st Aug 2013

Aron Wiesenfeld, Narrative Painter: Don’t Look Now, But We’re No Longer On Solid Ground

"Fantasy by definition is an escape, and it was a way for me to avoid difficult situations and emotions in my adolescence; however, I don’t think of reading as escapism. I think the activities of daily life are more commonly an escape from difficult or strong emotions. It’s in literature and art that one can usually come into more direct contact with those things. That’s why art is so fascinating. Even fantasy books, ironically."

31st Aug 2013

The Primordial Dreams of Aron Wiesenfeld

Many artists enter the dream world, but few can so inhabit it as to give us not only its semblance but the meaning of the dream. Wiesenfeld’s genius lies both in the interiority of his figures and in the exteriority of his dreamscapes.

31st Aug 2013

Odd Nerdrum’s Crime and Refuge

The artist exiled from his home created a theatre of characters in his imagined world, armed, beaten, and alienated, caught in conflict, ritual, love and rest; the afflicted and exhausted; these abandoned self portraits of a bloodied Nerdrum, cast as criminal, then as a weary man whose companions are outcasts, mutilated and war-torn, abandoned to the stern, severely beautiful landscape. We find the dead and the dying here, the victims of the aftermath, a record of the conflict between survivors and their struggle against despair.

30th Aug 2013

“No One’s Speaking For Me Anymore.” Interview with children’s book Illustrator, Nicole Rubel

"I remember once I was drawing a Halloween picture, and my art teacher came up to me and said, "The sky is not purple, and pumpkins do not fly through the air." ~Nicole Rubel, children's author/illustrator, Oregon, USA

28th Aug 2013

The Abstract Expressionism of Agapi Hatzi, Mathieu Fort, and Veronique Brosset

"Many countries' prosperity is fictional and therefore fragile. So someone reasonably wonders if there is a room for art in this sad situation. I am going to answer that today, art's presence is more essential than ever; we need to be transferred to a world of ideas and values, and art is the vehicle.

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