Thursday, December 26, 2013

Peter Mitchev - Bulgarie

Visual Artist Peter Mitchev

Peter Mitchev is a master visual artist. He was born on May 9, 1955 in Pleven, Bulgaria. He started painting at the age of 15 and is an autodidact artist. Between 1974 and 1990, his artistic career was developing mainly in Bulgaria because of the limitations imposed by the Communist administration. During that period he was not allowed to travel and exhibit abroad. After the change of the regime in 1990 his international career took off. Mitchev had the unique chance to exhibit together with Salvador Dali at Gallerie L'angle aigu in Bruxelles, Belgium. He gained major exposure in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark. In 1994, the artist joined one of the biggest cultural projects of UNESCO together with Cesar, Carsu, and Buffet and in 1997 the four of them had an exhibition at Hotel de la Monnaie, Paris.

Mitchev's paintings are displayed in collections all over the world along with De Buffet, Picasso, Dali, Rene Magritte and Botero. Hundreds of his paintings are possessions of corporations and museums on the five continents. Between 2000 and 2005 the artist lived and worked in Tampa, Florida. In late 2005 Mitchev returned to his native city of Pleven, Bulgaria.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sound from life to life

The Druids Bringing in the Mistletoe (1890) by E. A. Hornel and George Henry

"We follow waves of sound from life to life.
A dying man’s ears will hear long after his eyes are blind.
He hears the sound that leads him to his next life as the Source of All being plucks the harp of creation."

 ― Morgan Llywelyn, Druids

Journey Around the World

Journey Around the World by Christian Schloe

"Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry."

― Jack Kerouac

Every day is the best day

Girl with Pigtails by Samuel Henry William Llewelyn

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 29, 2013



Monday, September 16, 2013

pas faux

Photo : Man Ray

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."

―  Dr. Seuss


"The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive."

― John Green, Looking for Alaska

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Love yourself

Paul Gauguin

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."

- Lucille Ball


Sydney Long

"My bones whisper to my blood; my sleep deceives me.
This motion is larger than air; wider than water;
Fly, fly, spirit. A strange shape nestles in my nerves.
Whisper back to me, wit. Im ready to be alive."

- Theodore Roethke - In the Lap of a Dream

Sunday, August 25, 2013


"Double Portrait with a glass of wine" 
Marc Chagall

"Your words are my food, your breath my wine."
― Sarah Bernhardt


"Victory"  (1902)  Phoebe Anna Traquair

"I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body."
Pablo Neruda - Sonnet XVII

Ode to Klimt

"Ode to Klimt"  Gustav Klimt

There is nothing that special to see when looking at me. I'm a painter who paints day in day out, from morning till evening - figure pictures and landscapes, more rarely portraits.

― Gustav Klimt

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

100 Love Sonnets

Art by Sandra Bierman

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” 
Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets


Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.”
― W.H. Auden


Dancer and Tambourine - Edgar Degas
"Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!"
― William Butler Yeats

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pam Hawkes

The Players II

Storytelling, myths and religious iconography show us the possibilities of change, alchemical transmutations from the mundane life we lead. Through traditional imagery, text materials and painting methodology my work invite a questioning of the ideal. Paintings that hint at the seduction of beauty, jewels and brocades cocoons then binds us into a misplaced serenity.

Pam Hawkes. 2012

Icon I

Intimate Domains

The Players I

Behind the Scene

Follow me

Still Here



Terra Incognita

Warrior I

Warrior II

Last Stand

At first glance the rich,dark colours and muted gleam of gold leaf are reminiscent of grand Rennaissance portraits, but a second look reveals a vulnerability in the sitterswhich is at odds with their formal pose. Pam Hawkes's mind is steeped in illuminated manuscrpts and religious iconography which transmits into striking images of today. She loves the idea of stillnes, so often personified by the Virgin in paintings of the Annunciation throughout the ages, but many of the women in her portraits betray agitation behind the apparent tranquility.

Mary Rose Beaumont. June 2010 


Swept Away

Night Music


Stories of  Desire IV

The Game

The Impossibilities of Falling

The sense of innocence

Tracing Mythologies III

Unfinished Story

Pam is particularly interested in the notion of the picture frame and how the frame can interact with the image and has become an integral part of the work….She constantly plays with ambiguity, text may or may not refer to the image,and the subjects themselves are fairly androgynous, opening up a whole range of sexual interpretation and mixed meaning. The sitters are stylised and although they may be family and friends, this is not portraiture as you and I know it.
They are knowingly idealised, in a way that plays with a notion that there is no ideal family unit. Indeed, like her characters within the frame we too are trapped within a world that is not exactly of our own choosing. They are bound in a realm of domesticity. The fabric and the folds, the wallpaper effect and the use of household implements such as cloth and sponges in technique, all point to an artist who is fully aware that the home is not necessarily where the heart is.

Benjamin Austin. 2007

Battle in the Heavens

William Dyce -  Francesca da Rimini 1837 (Detail)

“Watch out for intellect,

because it knows so much it knows nothing

and leaves you hanging upside down,

mouthing knowledge as your heart

falls out of your mouth.”
Anne Sexton - The Complete Poems


Battle in the Heavens  

Nicolas Roerich - Battle in the Heavens  (1912)

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. ”

― William Faulkner

Oriental Poppies

Laura Muntz Lyall - Oriental Poppies

“One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.”

― Sophocles


Magic - Gulacsy Lajos (1907)

" Kiss a lover,
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure.
Face your life,
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken."

Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book