Schwarze Welle

Upon completion of this Che Guevara portrait, I translated the text in the forehead area to be “Black Wave”. It is reminiscent of Che’s speech at the UN in 1964 where he berated the UN on not taking a stand against apartheid in South Africa. He ended his speech with the Second Declaration of Havana “And the wave of anger, of demands for justice, of claims for rights, which is beginning to sweep the lands of Latin America, will not stop. That wave will swell with every passing day. “Why on a German paper? It was in East Berlin that Che met the Argentinian born East German communist Haydée Tamara Bunke Bider aka “Tania the Guerilla” who fought and died for her lover Che during the Bolivian Insurgency.

Enjoy!
K.M.

"Schwarze Welle"

“Schwarze Welle”

Ich Bin Ein Berliner (before and after)

Ich Bin Ein Berliner (I am a Berliner) from Kennedy’s famous speech in Berlin. If you look closely at the jaw line in this portrait you see the English text “We Are Family”on this otherwise German newspaper. This and the American flag graphic on the sheet echo the sentiment from Kennedy’s speech in showing American support for West Berlin. Also serendipitously I noticed the text “Kennedy” (very last piece of text in the topmost sentence on this paper) when I was almost finished the piece.

Enjoy!
K.M.
close up

"Ich Bin Ein Berliner"

“Ich Bin Ein Berliner”

before

“The Artist in All of Us” – retouched

I had to go back and tweak this Maya Angelou portrait. The background was competing far too much with the head scarf that I wanted to feature. Went back and created a much more minimalist background to accentuate the patterned fabric effect that I wanted. Like it so much better. Hope you agree.

K.M.

"The Artist in All of Us"

“The Artist in All of Us”

“Burgher”

Proving that inspiration can come from the strangest places. “Burgher” – an interpretation of Rodin’s statue of Pierre de Wissant, one of the 6 Burghers of Calais. In addition to the obvious play on words in this piece, there is also the compass rose and ship which is fitting for the port town of Calais.

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K.M.

Burgher

“Burgher”

“An Impressive Start”

Pablo Picasso portrait in conté, charcoal and pastel on a recycled Telegraph Journal. Interesting textual connections on this page “Salon” and “Vermeer”. Picasso was a frequent visitor of Gertrude Stein’s salon in Paris. Pablo reportedly once remarked “I would give the whole of Italian painting for Vermeer of Delft”. The newspaper sheet from 2013 refers to the 100th Anniversary of Saint John’s Imperial Theatre. It also marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armory Show of 1913 which marked the “Modern Art Invasion” to the US and featured Picasso’s works (among others). The show was criticized by the public and the press.

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K.M.

An Impressive Start

“An Impressive Start”

An Impressive Start - close up

“An Impressive Start – close up”

“Scholar of the dark armchair”

Featuring one of the most iconic and influential poets of all time in conté, charcoal and pastel.

“I am the scholar of the dark armchair. Branches and rain hurl themselves at the windows of my library.” – Arthur Rimbaud

K.M.

"Scholar of the dark armchair"

“Scholar of the dark armchair”

New newspaper portrait

Adding another female portrait to the portfolio – “Indochine Machine” on a recycled Coast newspaper. I wasn’t originally planning to use this piece of paper for this subject but it turned out to be a happy accident.

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K.M.

Indochine Machine - close up

“Indochine Machine” – close up

Indochine Machine

“Indochine Machine”

“Alightenment”

My first Chronicle Herald newspaper graffiti portrait in conté, charcoal and chalk pastel. Also I think the first time I’ve drawn an insect. Also a test to see if this shows up on the correct Facebook page. See more at http://www.kimmilanart.wordpress.com.

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K.M.

Alightenment

“Alightenment”

In the works…

Looking forward to getting back to some painting once I get everything wrapped up for the “Re-writes” show. This subject will be in the show in charcoal on newspaper but am looking forward to completing the acrylic on canvas version. I quite like exploring the same subject in a variety of mediums.

work in progress