A call for international response to ‘words in art’.

These were my favourites.

Sourced at visualtart.co.nz, an online gallery based in Taranaki, Aotearoa run by artist Dale Copeland.


František Kupka

I just found Kupka from looking at Orphic Cubism of which he was a co-founder and his work makes my eyes want to vomit with joy, like his stuff is so good it makes me furiously happy, which is what seems to happen when I find Eastern European artists that I really like.

Kupka was born in Austria-Hungary 1871, studied in Prague, he painted historical and patriotic themes at this time, afterwards he studied in Vienna where he focused on symbolic and allegorical subjects. He was influenced by the lifestyle of Karl Diefenbach and in 1894 Eastern philosophy became involved in him.

Kupka served as a volunteer in WW1 and was 25 years older than all the other soldiers. Serving with Blaise Cendrars he is mentioned in Le Main Coupée. He left the front due to frostbite of the foot.

Working as an illustrator in Paris where he settled from 1894, he became known for satirical drawings in newspapers and magazines.

He was deeply impressed by the Futurist Manifesto in 1909 and so painted The Piano Keys/Lake (img 2) that same year marking the beginning of his abstract representational style which increased in his work during 1910-1911 in which reflected his theories in motion, colour, and the relationship between music and painting (Orphism).

And his studies go on including completing a book; Creation in the Plastic Arts published in 1923, exhibited widely with the Cubist and other Abstract Art/ists.

František Kupka diagonal planes
Vertical and Diagonal Planes 1913-14
The Piano Keys slash Lake 1909 Kupka
The Piano Keys/Lake 1909
František Kupka the beginning of life
The Beginning of Life c 1900
František Kupka The First Step 1909
The First Step 1909
František Kupka Vertical Planes
Vertical Planes (date unknown)
Study related to “Amphora, Fugue in Two Colors” (Amphora, Fugue à deux couleurs) and “Amphora, Warm Chromatics” (Amorpha, Chromatique chaude) 1911-12 Pastel on Paper
Study related to “Amphora, Fugue in Two Colors” (Amphora, Fugue à deux couleurs) and “Amphora, Warm Chromatics” (Amorpha, Chromatique chaude) 1911-12 Pastel on Paper
Syncopated Accompaniment (staccato) 1928-1930 Frantisek Kupka
Syncopated Accompaniment (staccato) 1928-1930
František Kupka the oval mirror 1911
The Oval Mirror 1911
planes-by-colors-great-nude František Kupka 1909
Planes by Colours Great Nude 1909
sleeping-face-190 František Kupka2
Sleeping Face 1902
water-the-bather 1907 František Kupka
Water the Bather 1907

Sorry the images aren’t in date order -_-

Text adapted from wikipedia. Images from google images google search.

Frida Kahlo

Frida painting The Two Fridas photograph by Nickolas Muray 1939
Frida painting ‘The Two Fridas’ photograph by Nickolas Muray 1939

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

Roots 1943 Frida Khalo
Roots (1943)

“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

self-portrait-along-the-boarder-line-between-mexico-and-the-united-states 1932
Self-Portrait Along the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States (1932)

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

my-grandparents-my-parents-and-me 1936
My Grandparents My Parents and Me (1936)
self-portrait-as-a-tehuana 1943
Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (1943)

“They are so damn ‘intellectual’ and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore….I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those ‘artistic’ bitches of Paris.”

nude of eva frederick drawing frida khalo
Nude of Eva Frederick

“You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.”

the abortion drawing frida khalo
The Abortion

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

Fantast drawing Frida Khalo

Paintings, drawings, and quotes by Frida Kahlo. Images sources fridakhalo.org

How about a Rainbow? at FCAC

This show was so so so cute and amazing gave my lots of giggles and had the works that had VR used it so well! A few things I noticed were layers of coloured pencil retarding a layer of paint and the use of text as texture constructed around other scrunchy shapes. Potentially accidental marks soothed me and the explanations of drawings were great.
A fantastic show to see while spending the day in the sun making herself that lives in a draw