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

31st Jan 2014

Is the Impenetrable Black Male a Modern Heroic Myth? Conversation with Chicago Figurative Painter, Patrick Earl Hammie

"We generally have a limited understanding of the black male nude as an artistic subject. In my practice, painting the figure entails encountering and interrogating the heroizing, idealizing tradition of the nude in Western Art in which black and brown bodies have been objectified and dehumanized. I’m part of a generation of artists picking up this mantel, locating ourselves as artists, models, and subjects, and working to remake what the nude does and how it produces meaning."

26th Jan 2014

In the Apex of Love and Suffering: Interview with Painter and Photographer Andres Orlowski

I think when one is in the apex of love or suffering it is difficult to understand the ride. Patience. And then perhaps the reward: the value of solitude.

25th Jan 2014

John L. Stanizzi, Poet: “Teaching didn’t do anything for my soul. It gave me a soul.”

"Teaching didn’t do anything for my soul. It gave me a soul."

21st Dec 2013

Marwa Alnajjar, Amman, Jordan: “We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage”

Countries in the Middle East vary a lot. for instance, there is a great difference between Dubai and Afghanistan, but professional women are oppressed all over the world in many ways. I myself have faced a lot of obstacles being a woman artist, yet I knew that women can do everything men could do. The more men have told me, "you can't do that," the more I had to prove them wrong. I had to hold it up for all women who looked up to me to be brave and courageous. We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage. When you have guys that disrespect you, you're gonna have to teach them a lesson, otherwise they are going to keep walking all over you. I'm sorry, but that's the way it is out there; it's not easy. But this also reflects views of the art world in general.

28th Nov 2013

In Defense of Wonder: Conversation with American illustrator Andy Kehoe

I’m offering a world where anything is possible and there is no doubt that magic does happen because the magic is real. All of the fables and stories you read as a kid are not only the reality, they are an everyday part of life.

02nd Nov 2013

Bruno Walpoth, Sculptor, Ortisei, Italy

"When you have doubts, find self-acceptance, and keep going."

25th Oct 2013

Alexandra Manukyan, Figurative Painter, Los Angeles: “Every Solution In Life Requires A Struggle”

These women wear their wounds with pride. Every solution in life requires a struggle. The mistakes of the pasts, the wounds of pain and loss, and the icy stabs of betrayal. And yet none of these specters weigh them down or define their destinies.

19th Oct 2013

Japanese-Born Sculptor Tamae Frame: “It is my nature to create through touch”

Urban life creates a lack of tactile pleasure...We tend to spend too much time in our heads, which makes us imbalanced in our psyche.

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