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Jan Baptist Bonnecroy (1618 – c.1665), ‘Gezicht op Brussel / View of Brussels’

After taking in some of the art on Brussels’ streets we headed to the Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten in search of Bruegels and Boschs. Much to our contentment we found both, as well as…

cool, dappled woods

decadent things to eat

mighty battles

red squirrels!

beautiful weeds, abundant bouquets

zombies and alien skulls

bodies…

… writhing …

… in agony

the writhing (and the agony) over

and owls presiding over impenetrable goings-on

Attached to the Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten is the Magritte Museum, which we also visited but in which photography is not permitted. It houses a wonderful collection of Magritte’s paintings as well as fascinating ephemera in the form of photographs, letters, exhibition invitations & catalogues, and some of his commercial design work. Well worth a visit for your bowler-hatconfounding twilight-and-pipes-that-are-not-pipes fix.

Credits for the painting (and sculpture) details shown above are as follows
(listed in order of appearance):

Constant Montald (1862 – 1944), ‘De Boot van het ideaal’, 1907
Osias Beert I (c.1580 – 1623/24), ‘Stilleven met oesters’
Hans Francken (1581 – 1624), ‘Winterstilleven met pannenkoeken, wafels en duivekater’ (fragment)
Pieter Bruegel I (?1527/28? – 1569), ‘De val van de opstandige engelen’, 1562
Frans Snijders (1579 – 1657) Jan Wildens (1586-1653), ‘Damhertenjacht’ (gesigneerd door Frans Snijders)
Meester van 1518 (Jan van Dornicke?), ‘Triptiek van de Abdij van Dielegem’
Frans Francken II (1581 – 1642) Jan Brueghel II (1601-1678), ‘Allegorie van de overvloed’
Zuid-Nederlandse School (1495 – 1506), ‘Luiken van de Triptiek van Zierikzee’ (detail rechterluik: Portret van Johanna de Waanzinnige 1482 – 1555)
Peter Faes (1750 – 1814), ‘Bloemen’, 1791
Zuid Nederlandse School (15de eeuw), ‘Het Laatste Oordeel’ ?
Petrus Christus (1410/20 – 1475/76), ‘De Bewening’
Jacques Bergé (1696 – 1756), ‘Stervende Gladiator’, 1735
Jusepe de Ribera genaamd Lo Spagnoletto (1591 – 1652), ‘Apollo vilt Marsyas’, 1637
Zuid Nederlandse School (15de eeuw), ‘Het Laatste Oordeel’
Pieter Brueghel II (1564 – 1638), ‘De Goede Herder’, 1616
Theodoor Rombouts (1597 – 1637), ‘Prometheus’
Dirk Bouts (c.1410 – 1475), Panelen met de gerechtigheid van Keizer Otto – ‘De Marteldood van de onschuldige graaf’
Hiëronymus van Aken genaamd Bosch (? – 1516), ‘Triptiek met de bekoring van de heilige Antonius

[above information transcribed from the Museum’s artwork labels]

Dirty Three @ Ancienne Belgique, 6 June 2012

Last week we hopped on a train, Brussels bound, to catch the Dirty Three in concert (supported by David Pajo playing selections from ‘Live from a Shark Cage’ – nice!). We also made a bit of time to wander the streets of Brussels (‘spiritual’ home of the comic strip/book!) and take in some of its street art…

Brussels’ (curiously?) famous Manneken Pis
and Invader‘s variation on the theme

stripping pencil

things with wings

comic strip wall
N°17 – Mur BD “Ric Hochet” / “Rik Ringers” stripmuur /
“Ric Hochet” Comic Strip Wall

more things with wings

hearts

together  |  alone

bestiary

we were killed so u could b fat

colourful revolution

comic strip wall
N°21 – Mur BD “Le jeune Albert” / “De jonge Albert” stripmuur /
“Le Jeune Albert” Comic Strip Wall

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September is upon us (!) and this is an illustration I made towards the end of last year for @essie_letterpress ‘s 2017 Artist’s Almanac. The almanac is produced in South Africa and the only stipulation for the illustration (apart from colour and sizing guidelines) was that it should fit a Southern hemisphere timeline… September is early springtime in South Africa, when the remarkable fynbos wildflowers begin to bloom and southern right whales migrate through SA’s coastal waters where they can be seen frolicking close to shore.
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The almanac’s cover illustration (partially pictured here) is by the talented @ikronk
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#south_africa #spring #cetacea #eubalaena_australis #baleen #whale #southern_right_whale #tail_sailing through a #garland of #fynbos #flowers #gazania #quaqua #stapelia #pelargonium_incarnatum #ornithogalum #lachenalia #spiloxene #romulea #oncosiphon #euphorbia #lapeirousia #protea #flora #pattern #artistsalmanac #calendar2017 #two_colour #illustration #letterpress Our brave, beautiful boy… happy to be back home after his first cancer treatment @mcvoordieren earlier this week.
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If you’ve got any healing good vibes to spare (I know that’s a big ask in this perennially tough world) please send them Gira’s way ☄💙🐈
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#gira #cat #greeneyes #steady_gaze #inscrutable #manga_eyes #studiomate #best_fur_buddy #positive_energy #healing #lymphoma #enzyme_injections #fuckcancer #catsofinstagram A profoundly pleasing polar bear…
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'Orso’ by Simona Vergani (1998, white Carrara marble, h 350cm) can be found in Amsterdam’s Erasmuspark, and is definitely one of the coolest ❄🐧❄ public sculptures I’ve encountered!
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#polar_bear #ijsbeer #ursus_maritimus #vulnerable #habitat_loss #climate_change #paws #orso #sculpture #carved #white #carrara #marble #blue #summer_sky #amsterdam #erasmuspark Inquisitive, pale-eyed visitors at my studio window #jackdaw #corvidae #communing_with_crows #balancing_act #black #bird #pitch #roof_tiles #terracotta #earth_tones #summer_green Good morning moon, good morning cumulus congestus #moon #morning #clouds #cumulus #blue #sky #dutch_sky Some tigery goodness in honour of Global Tiger Day today! A day held annually on 29 July to raise awareness for tiger conservation around the world.
I made this screenprint several years ago to raise funds for wild cat conservation organisation Panthera (@pantheracats). You can support the crucial work they do at www.panthera.org, or if you fancy one of these screenprints they’re available to buy in my shop – I donate 100% of the proceeds of every sale to Panthera (www.etsy.com/shop/sakurasnow)
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#tiger #big_cats #wild_cats #endangered #conservation #panthera #panthera_tigris #leopard #panthera_pardus #panthera_pair
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#donation #screenprinting #silkscreen #serigraph #zeefdruk #screen_printing #printmaking #handmade #ink #pattern #stripes #spots

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