jean paul surin

28 07 2013

on my last trip through southern france I stayed in a hotel in ROUSSILLON, provence. a mural in the entrance hall caught my eye because of its vibrant colors and expressive brushstrokes. it reminded me of VAN GOGH, the motif was one of the villages in the neighborhood, GORDES. I found a catalogue of the artists work on a table next to the wallpainting. JEAN PAUL SURIN, born in 1946 in the ardennes, france, a student of the ecole des beaux arts in paris is for some years now represented in galeries throughout the world. he is a nature painter, applies the oil colors in thick layers on the canvas using a palette knife as well as brushes, sometimes it looks as if he wanted to sculpt his paintings with the palette knife. I am fascinated by his color combinations, you have to spend some time in southern france to believe they really exist. no wonder that most beautiful spot on earth attracted so many artists in the past and still does. see yourself below and let me know what you think…


© jean paul surin


study 27713

27 07 2013

coastal shapes

poetic simplicity

25 07 2013

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self-taught artist QIN TIANZHU was born in 1952 in chengdu city, sichuan province, china. he is now a member of the chinese artist asssociation and a professional artist in sichuan poetry and calligraphy. QIN has created a unique artistic style with beautiful compositions and classic coloring that won him awards in china and japan. his brushstrokes look so effortless thrown on paper and his stylized birds are just stunning. during my time on MULAN the definition of POETIC SIMPLICITY was created, – here is an artist whose artwork truly belongs in that category, more than anybody else.



sailing nr.5

23 07 2013

sail 10

lazy sunday

21 07 2013


beauty of art 2

20 07 2013

beauty of art 2


19 07 2013


beauty of art 1

18 07 2013

art logo 2

beauty of art 1

study 17713

17 07 2013

countryside blog

moments 28

16 07 2013

manila sunsets 1

apparently a lot of you liked my sky collection. now I have a special set – sunsets, better MANILA SUNSETS. you might know that they are the most spectacular in the world ( maybe because of of all the pollution in the air ).

blue portal

13 07 2013

blue portal 5-13

moments 27

9 07 2013

moments 27

felix vallotton

8 07 2013

FELIX VALLOTTON, 1865 – 1925, grew up in lausanne, switzerland, in paris he studied art at the academie julian. he admired HOLBEIN, DUERER and INGRES, and painted his first portraits in the academic tradition. during the 1890s he created many woodcuts and established himself as a leader in the revival of woodcut as an artistic medium. especially UKIYO-E prints and the japanese woodcut had a big influence on him. VALLOTTON was closely connected to LES NABIS, a group of young artists, and you can see during that time a stylistic change in his paintings, the avant-garde look combined with his woodcut experience, flat areas of color and simplification of detail. always a prolific artist, by the end of his life VALLOTTON had completed over 1700 paintings and about 200 prints.

vallotton comp

© felix vallotton

more duck findings

7 07 2013

alfred 9

ALFRED as famous archaeologist/adventurer for a calendar as part of the duck-merchandise in 1989. below HARALD and I caricatured each other while we were working on ROGER RABBIT at amblin.

Minolta DSC

© van veen / siepermann / bacher

alfred the duck

6 07 2013


the idea behind this very first comic strip album-cover for ALFRED J KWAK, sometime in 1986, was to show a typical dutch reddish-brown brickwall with ALFRED’S nameplate and an attached photograph of the duck. we dropped the idea soon because the ‘design’ approach was too cold and too unpersonal for the introduction of a new comic-series. instead we chose a more moody scene from the story with a sad ALFRED in the middle of a duch winter landscape. it was a good decision, because it was that cover that caught the eye of our tv-series producer DENNIS LIVSON at the frankfurt bookfair.

alfred first edition cover

© van veen / siepermann / bacher

study 4713

5 07 2013

needed to do some painting myself after so much inspiration from the expressionists, below my interpretation of a DAVID JAGGER painting
– lady with a fan

lady with fan PAINT

german expressionism 2

4 07 2013

here now part 2 with the artists of DER BLAUE REITER

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blaue reiter
7marc comp
8macke comp
9muenter comp
10campendonk comp
11klee comp
12kandinsky comp

© marc / macke / muenter / campendonk / klee / kandinsky

german expressionism 1

3 07 2013

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EXPRESSIONISM comes from latin – expressio, what means ‘expression’. shortly before WW1 this definition for a stylistic direction developed, it was aimed against naturalism and impressionism. in art expressionism for the first time moved away from copying nature, it was not about to show what was visible, but to make the invisible visible. the artists destroyed beauty ideals and created instead deformed caricatures. a big influence came from medieval art, where painters and sculptors exaggerated their work to intensify the spiritual expressiveness of their subjects, art that expresses intense emotion, or – distorts reality for an emotional effect. look at the distorted figures of EL GRECO or MATTHIAS GRUENEWALD. later VINCENT VAN GOGH, PAUL GAUGUIN and EDVARD MUNCH used violent colors for intense emotional expression. the expressionists believed that art and society were interwoven. through art, literature, film, and music they disclosed social injustices, rejected materialistic prosperity, and wanted to weaken the privileged leisure-class system. They felt this could only be achieved through ARTISTIC AWARENESS and a proletarian revolution to dismantle laissez-faire capitalism.

the main centers where EXPRESSIONISM developed were germany and austria. in germany it was the WILHELMINE ERA, where the aristocratic oldfashioned KAISERREICH collided with a growing modern, industrial system. it was total asymmetry, the ruling class of prussian nobility, dominating the army and counsils of state, against democratic changes especially in the progressive middle class – in the end germany’s political elites resort to war in 1914 as a strategy of survival. the first worldwar makes things worse, millions die between 1914 and 1918, the german-austrian monarchy collapses, during the following weimar republic a major economic crisis develops, in parts result of the versailles contracts, then communism and fashism – all that leads to nazi germany and the next worldwar.

back to art where the most important expressionist group in the 20th century was the GERMAN SCHOOL. the movement was originated by the painters ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER, ERICH HECKEL, and KARL SCHMIDT-ROTTLUFF , who in 1905 organized a group in dresden called DIE BRUECKE (the bridge). they were joined in 1906 by EMIL NOLDE and MAX PECHSTEIN and in 1910 by OTTO MUELLER. in 1912 this group exhibited paintings along with a munich group that called itself DER BLAUE REITER (the blue rider). the latter included the german painters FRANZ MARC, AUGUST MACKE, GABRIELE MUENTER, and HEINRICH CAMPENDONK, the swiss artist PAUL KLEE, and the russian painter WASSILY KANDINSKY. DIE BRUECKE was dissolved by 1913, and WW1 halted most group activity.
a new phase of german expressionism called DIE NEUE SACHLICHKEIT (the new objectivity) grew out of the disillusionment following WW1. founded by OTTO DIX and GEORGE GROSZ, it was characterized by both a concern for social truths and an attitude of satiric bitterness and cynicism. expressionism meanwhile had become an international movement, and the influence of the germans is seen in the works of many international artists.

one of the next posts will cover the development of EXPRESSIONISM in film.

below the first part of the collected artwork of the most important representatives of GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM, tomorrow the second part –

1kirchner comp
2heckel comp
4nolde comp
5pechstein comp
6mueller comp

© kirchner / heckel / schmitt-rottluff / nolde / pechstein / mueller

sailing series

2 07 2013

if you think I am into sailing, I am not. since I was during my europe trip for a while at the mediterranean ocean I became obsessed with these mostly white triangles in front of different shades of blue, did tons of sketches. now back home I am playing with variations in composition, color and the addition of new brushes – lots of fun! below is the first set of eight, some have been posted already, more will follow…

sailing series

sailing nr.4

1 07 2013

sail 4

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