Australasian born photographer John Harte works out of Osaka Japan and looks
like he has a lotta fun along the way too. Check out his
photo gallery on
Skewered Portraits #1
Yuan Sheng Zhong [bio]
I had a few China Girl links left over from last week's post because the
site was down or too lagged. These paintings by Yuan are quite good.
Fairy on the lake side
Xiang Wei Ren [bio]
Just a few paintings, but these are China Girl paintings.
The Beauty and the Picnic
I liked the Summer Maiko below the best.
The ICACI holds an annual
map drawing competition for children. If anything, these talented kids
have a wonderful and an unpretentious imagination and sense of color.
The Trashwomen Discography
These covers are great and a lot better than their music. The
Trashwomen were a San Francisco band modeled on The Trashmen from the 60's.
Everybody's heard about the
Vs. Deep Space (1995)
The main theme this week is China girls. While you are browsing, you can
listen to David Bowie song
China Girl which
was co-written by Iggy Pop. Also, I found
this version of China
Girl featuring a slideshow of images of the ultimate China girl -
Update: A reader named Janet pointed out
to me that abortions of female fetuses is
still disturbingly high and
is increasing the gender imbalance in China at an alarming rate.
I'm a pro-choice man, but not when it comes to aborting a child based on
sex. That's just too sick.
Feng Li 李峰 [English]
Feng Li is very talented painter with a
draftsman's precision in
his artwork. I picked his China girl painting below as metaphor for the new
China. What will the 21st century have in store for her and the rest of the
world? Hopefully, she's not thinking about shooting down satellites!
My Painting (1999)
Morning Sun (2003)
There are some excellent larger images of his work at
Quiet Rose (2004)
It's pretty rare to see such a talented artist with a great sense of humor.
Aya Kato (Neurastenia)
These are just great!
Perry Rhodan Mega-post!
I guess I really do live in a cave, because I never heard of this guy
Robert E. McGinnis Gallery
Take a Murder Darling
Hu Ming [bio]
Hu Ming grew up during the Cultural Revolution drawing Chairman Mao's
portrait in school and falling asleep reading the little red book at work. Her life story
would make a fantastic movie. She learned to drawn anatomy from a
forbidden book on Michelangelo, but she did not start oil painting until she
was 38 years old! As army nurse, she a lot of experience
giving shots to soldiers, which may account for the influence of
bulbous female bottoms
in her works. Her depth as a painter is truly remarkable as evidenced
by her grasp of both
modern and ancient
Three Gold Fish (2003)
Woman And Frog (1995)
To Bathe (1997)
The Polish-American immigrant W. T. Benda was a remarkable graphic artist and
illustrator who was famous during the Art Deco era for his unusual and
enchanting female creations. He was also a master
In 2004, his work was recognized by the Library of Congress in the exhibit
Drawings from the Golden Age of Illustration.
The American - May 1933
I couldn't find much information about this Italian artist. All I know
for sure is, he has a whole three floor museum dedicated to all his works of art. Many
of his subjects to me have an almost Byzantine style look to them (bottom
Nu allongé (1950)
Jeune femme au bouquet (1972)
These are some pretty funny and sexy almost cartoon like paintings, but look
closely at the images and you can see her emerging and unique talent.
The Right Hand #6 (2004)
Chairman Mao Era New Years Posters
Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!
There's like a kajillion images of those smiley, happy people from the
Cultural Revolution. Unlike the starving Chinese proletariat, I don't
think Mao every missed a meal.
Our beloved Chairman Mao
Loretta Lux's photos have a surreal quality to them. I'm not sure how
she gets her model poses, tints and lighting.
The Rose Garden
I really like the color and subject matter of these woodblock prints.
At least, I think they are woodblock prints.
Edward John Poynter (bio)
I like this English Neoclassic painter's work a lot. His female figures like
of the Storm Nymphs are very beautifully rendered and depicted in
natural settings often by the raging sea.
At Low Tide (1913)
Kitao Shigemasa (bio)
These wonderful images by
Ukiyo-e artist Kitao Shigemasa are from the book Seiro Bijin awase
sugata kagami or A mirror of beauties of the Green House from the NYPL. Some
think Shigemasa's work may have inspired the masters
Beauties of the Green House (1776)
Hey, it's that time of the year to put up your stove and door gods and
Mu Guiying Door Goddess
Panni Malek (Neurastenia)
I like these unusual pinups.
Poster- "Sci-Fi of the 1960s"
I found this talented artist's collages looking for examples of
Shades of Meaning
Sun - Australian Travel Posters 1930s - 1950s
It's Summer there now isn't it?
Western Australia 1940s
Travel Labels (MF)
Astor House Hotel - Shanghai
This site really lives up to its name.
It's Da Pope!
Siona Benjamin is a Bene
Israel Jew who was born in India and influenced by Islamic/Mughal
and Indian paintings. These diverse influences make for some very
The Immigrants New Clothes (Rebecca)
and G3 (Bio)
Mata Hari or "Mother of God" in Sanskrit was super star of early 20th
century. She was an exotic dancer, courtesan and alleged double agent,
who was executed by the French in 1917. Her soul piercing gaze and
remarkable beauty can still be found in a study of her publicity
photographs like the one below. The story of her life is still spell binding and would be great
subject for a movie today.
Vivan Sundaram (Bio)
This remarkable collection photomontage images
Re-Take of Amrita by Vivan Sundaran merges the past pictures of his grandfather with
modern photos of models. BTW, the model below reminds a little bit of
Frida Kahlo. In one image, she even has a
Henry Wo Yue-Kee
I saw Henry Wo Yue_Kee's paintings for the first time at the Asian Art Museum in
San Francisco as part of the Chinese art exhibit on the 2nd floor. They also had a
wonderful main exhibit on the
Hidden Meanings in
Chinese art. I didn't know about sexual meaning of two
badgers. I didn't even know they had weasels in China. However, I'm
still ticked at the museum for not having any Japanese prints on display
like Utamaro or Hiroshige. How in the heck can you have a Japanese
exhibit without woodblock prints!
Guillaume Seignac (Bio)
The space really needed a nude, and this beautiful painting of Psyche
fills the bill. Don't you think?
The Awakening of Psyche (1904)
Forties in Print [VINTAGE] Pool
I like these. Don't be surprised if you some of these images in
a future IWR satire.
The Bowl Gazer
Bibi's box: Pin-ups for Christmas
It's nice to see that Bibi's blogging again.
I'd Contribute To This Santa!
SF Pulp Eye Candy
A few new scans from the Datajunkie.
The Shadow Men