Art

Katy Perry Painting by Will Cotton’s to National Portrait Gallery

Artist Will Cotton (American, b.1965) is a painter influenced by cultural iconography such as cotton candy, pinup art etc.

Back in 2010 Cotton collaborated with Katy Perry on her album Teenage Dream and directed her video for “California Gurls” which was based on themes and imagery from his paintings. Most of the sweets, ice cream and candies in the video are real candy and baked goods instead of just cardboard props which are generally used on video sets.

The oil on linen painting will go on view in the National Portrait Gallery museum in Washington, DC, on June 18 as part of a rotating display of recently acquired portraits.

Cupcake Katy by Will Cotton

Cupcake Katy by Will Cotton

The Cupcake Katy paint is a promised gift to the National Gallery from the James Dicke family, whose wealth and large art collection reportedly derive from a global forklift truck business based in Ohio.

Andy Warhol “Edward Kennedy”

We just got a new arrival on our online shop for you. For those of you who like pop art, we are talking about a very famous work by Andy Warhol and not only that, it’s important in the American politics as well.

The story goes like this: Elected to the United States Senate in 1962, Edward Kennedy owed his early success to his close identification with his elder brothers, President John F. Kennedy, whose Senate term he completed, and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Kennedy sought the presidency in 1980 and commissioned Warhol’s silkscreened portrait, which was a smart move for Kennedy’s fund-raising. It’s funny but four years prior to Kennedy, Warhol portrayed Jimmy Carter who won the Democratic nomination instead of Kennedy.

Andy Warhol - “Edward Kennedy”

Andy Warhol – “Edward Kennedy”

Warhol used black & white silk screen and painted lines on it with the colors of the American flag – Red and blue to enhance the patriotism feel, while diamond dust which he sprinkled on top, provides a glamorous effect to the whole artwork.

Edward Kennedy became known as “The Lion of the Senate” through his long tenure and influence. More than 300 bills that Kennedy and his staff wrote were enacted into law.

Warhol made an edition of 300 and we have number 182 for sale. Click here for price and details.

 

Artist H.R. Giger dead at 74

H.R. Giger, the Swiss surrealist artist best known for designing the iconic creature in the Alien movie franchise, has died of an accidental fall at age 74.

Even if you don’t recognize the name, you probably know his works. Giger was a huge name in the late 70′s and 80′s after the phenomenon success of the movie “Alien”.

H. R. Giger

H. R. Giger

 

The artist was one of the first ones to use air brush freehand techniques and a pioneer of the “biomechanical” art style. Director Ridley Scott liked Giger’s book Necronomicon from 1977 and hired him to produce concept art for the film. It was a good decision as Giger designed one of the most frighting and memorable monster or creature, if you will, in cinema history! The designs continued to be used in the subsequent “Alien” sequels, and in 2012 Giger contributed murals for Scott’s most recent film in the saga, “Prometheus” but he was left off the credits for “Alien: Resurrection”; for that he sent an angry letter to the studio that ended: “As for those responsible for this conspiracy: All I can wish them is an Alien breeding inside their chests.”

Giger won an Academy Award for his work on “Alien” and there is no doubt he changed the way artists design movie sets and. Movies like “The Matrix” wouldn’t look like they do if not for H. R. Geiger.

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The art market is hot hot hot

The art market is very hot right now and the heat makes collectors very confused with a little bit of a headless chicken look and feel. There is a “gold rush” kind of feeling at both American and British auctions ,in the last few months things have been crazy! The economy in the states and in London is going well and investments are flying everywhere.

People were afraid to buy art until recently, but now it’s great time to do so, mainly if you are an Asian millionaire who wants to save his money and invest your dollars somewhere out of Asia. In the first years after the economic crash collector’s world changed and lots of art works, memorabilia and classic cars were auctioned in very low prices so the best thing in this kind of market was to find great bargains on post war items. Now it’s time to sell those and make the profit, or buy now before the prices will get much higher.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) Double Elvis

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
Double Elvis

The wind of change started blowing last year and by early 2014 the figures started to roll upwards. Last week Christie’s were offering 72 lots with the overall sale estimated in the region of $500 million. At Sotheby’s the situation is the same with lots of more than $10 millions each, including Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards (1984)” for about $75 million.

The  volatility of stocks and other economic tools combined with the fact that there are a few new millionaires after the economic crash, makes the players invest their money in real estate (check the blooming London real estate market) and in masterpiece art.Famous works of art, artistic masterpieces of well known artists, are leading the price chart of the art industry, which in turn, make the whole art market better, even for up and coming artists.

This only shows how important the art world is and that you can never know how much the art work you just bought from an emerging artist will be worth in 20 years.

Invest in art! Click here for the fine art section at The Dina Collection.

 

 

Kobe Bryant Signed Limited Edition Art For Sale!

Kobe Bryant Signed Art For Sale

If you have a passion for sports, basketball, the LA Lakers and fine art then we have something wonderful for you! Created by artist Shane Stover is a beautiful portrait montage of Kobe Bryant . The original artwork is an acrylic painting on canvas and we have procured the only reproductions that were run as a Limited Edition of 500. These Limited Edition pieces of art are signed by the artist and signed by Kobe Bryant himself! Yes, Kobe Bryant actually touched these giclée on canvas works of art and signed them with his own bare hands! Can you feel the powerful Kobe energy pouring off of these amazing paintings? We can, and we are offering them to you for $1,800 a piece. Purchase One Now. A steal of a deal when compared to the going rate for the original work of art that is NOT signed by Kobe for the amount of $12,500.00.

Kobe Bryant Signing Canvas

About the Artist Shane Stover

Shane StoverShane began his professional career as a portrait artist while still in his teens. By the time he graduated from high school he had earned multiple art awards, scholarships, and completed many commissioned pieces. He continued on at San Francisco State University where he received a Bachelor Of Art Degree in 2004. Shane began playing baseball at an early age and played throughout college, this gave him the love for baseball and appreciation for the commitment and talent of athletes that is clearly demonstrated in his work. Now residing in Los Angeles, Shane works in both illustration and the fine arts as a concept artist, product designer and 3D modeler. His art depicts the powerful and strong excitement experienced during a game, he manages to capture the unique explosive energy, motion and adrenaline of the athletes he paints giving his artwork that electric energy a fan gets when witnessing the amazing feats of athletic ability for the first time.

About the Basketball Player Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, is an amazing athlete and a philanthropist who devotes his time, financial resources and passion to causes that benefit youth and young adults in need. Over the course of his career, Bryant has won five NBA championships, is a 15-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. Bryant serves as the National Ambassador for After-School All-Stars, a national after-school enrichment program for at-risk youth. He actively volunteers his time to Make-A-Wish Foundation and has even granted more than 100 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions – the most wishes granted of any professional athlete.

For more information on Shane Stover visit his website at stoverart.com.  For more information on Kobe Bryant and his youth programs please visit his official website at kobebryant.com.

If you would like to purchase a Limited Edition giclée on canvas artwork signed by the artist and Kobe Bryant please click here.

Jeff Koons HOT Dogs at Christie’s and The Dina Collection

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Orange) at Christie’s

Koons Balloon DogOn November 12th, Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale will offer Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog (Orange), one of the first of the Balloon Dogs to be fabricated, and one of the most recognizable images in today’s canon of art history. This monumental work, with its flawless reflective surface and glorious color, is the most beloved of all contemporary sculptures.

Balloon Dog (Orange) is signed and dated ‘Jeff Koons 1994-2000′ (on the underside), made of mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, measures 121 x 143 x 45 in. (307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm), and is one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow). Christie’s estimates it will sell for a whopping $55 million dollars! Now that’s one hot dog!

This spectacular piece of art has graced the rooftop of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Versailles Palace outside Paris, and Venice’s Grand Canal. The gigantic Balloon Dog creates an illusion of weightlessness and is an example of Koon’s highly desired and acclaimed Celebration Series, begun in the early 1990s. According to Christie’s the series evolved from Koons’s desire to recreate the ecstatic experiences of a child’s enjoyment of the world with universal signifiers.

Greenwich collector Peter Brant acquired Balloon Dog (Orange) in the late 1990s. He also owns the foremost private collector of works by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Proceeds from the sale of Balloon Dog (Orange) will be used to help fund future activities of The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, CT.

Jeff Koons – Puppy Vase at The Dina Collection

Koons Puppy Vase

Christies isn’t the only one offering a beautiful piece of Jeff Koons art. Right here at The Dina Collection we have an original Jeff Koons Puppy Vase. Released by Gagosian in 1998, the porcelain Puppy Vase (a vase depicting a West Highland White Terrier) was signed and numbered by the artist, it had a limited run of 3,000 pieces each originally priced at $7,500.

The Puppy Vase was an homage to Koons’s 1992 giant puppy sculpture, a 43 ft (13 m) tall topiary sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier puppy, executed with over 20 thousand  flowers on a transparent colour-coated chrome stainless steel substructure. The giant floral puppy sculpture also graced the grounds of Peter Brant’s home in Connecticut.

Koons considers the Puppy Vase to be “A symbol of love, warmth, and happiness.” We consider the Puppy Vase to be absolutely adorable and a must have! It makes us smile every time we look at it, even without flowers in its well. Available now call us today for pricing.

For more information on the Puppy Vase please call us at The Dina Collection at (310) 888-8888. For more information on Christie’s Balloon Dog (Orange) auction please visit christies.com.