Twin successes for artist as new portraits go on show ( – Oil Portrait Painting)

Batley artist Tony Noble has had two more pieces of work selected for major exhibitions in London.

His drawing, ‘Man in a striped shirt’, has been selected from more than 1,300 entries to appear in the annual Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition.

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His drawing will hang at the Mall Galleries inMay alongside portraits of the Queen, the patron of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, celebrities and major public figures.

And his painting ‘The Twins: Portrait of my wife Jackie and her sister Christine’ has also been selected for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition which will be held at London’s National Portrait Gallery over summer.

Tony said he was delighted to hear of his selection.

He said: “Entering this competition represents a huge investment. The painting took almost three months to complete, so rejection would have been a real blow. Thankfully I’m in again!”

Tony’s studio is at Redbrick Mill.

Oil painting goes from storage to auction block ‎(detroitnews – Oil Portrait Painting)

Patrons of Grosse Pointe’s now-closed Punch & Judy Theater may find something familiar about the art work that Dick Komer of Bloomfield Hills recently brought in for appraisal. The work by Dutch-American artist Hanny Van Der Velde once hung in the movie theater on Kercheval Avenue in the area known as “the Hill.”

Komer’s family owned the theater and while he remembers the painting fondly, “the problem is, we never display it,” he says.

Curious about its value, they recently took it down to an appraisal session at DuMouchelle Galleries in downtown Detroit.

Robert DuMouchelle remembers the movie theater and enjoyed hearing about the piece’s provenance.

“That’s what makes this business so fascinating,” he says. “I love the stories.”

No Sunday painter, Van Der Velde lived from 1883-1959, says DuMouchelle. Born in Rotterdam, she was the mother of American painter Henry Van Der Velde and graduated from the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Arts.

According to, she later moved to the U.S., settling in Royal Oak, where she became a member of the Detroit Society of Women Painters.

She began exhibiting about 1910 and won a variety of awards

DuMouchelle has seen works by the artist before.

“There was a piece of hers not long ago that sold for $2,000 that was a little bigger and had more detail,” he told the Komers. Because of that, he estimated the Punch & Judy painting at $1,000-$2,000.

DuMouchelle’s estimate was right on the money. After the appraisal, the Komers decided to auction the piece rather than continue to store it. It sold in January for $1,700, a result the couple was happy with.

“We’re glad someone will enjoy it,” Komer said.

Earlier when photography was not invented, oil portrait painting of oil colors and sketches were the mediums used by people to get the images of their loved ones made and conserved for future generations. In fact, oil painting portraits were very popular and greatly in demand in earlier times.



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After the invention of photography, portrait paintings of oil colors became very costly and could be afforded only by the well off people. They became a status symbol for many. Many famous oil painting portraits flooded the markets, but they could be bought home only by very few.


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Photography introduced a new form of art to people. But it could not take the place of oil paintings in the heart of people.


The popularity of portrait paintings specially grew in the European countries. Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, painted in the 1500s, became the most famous and demanded oil painting portrait. Some of the most famous oil paintings were created in the European countries during the 18th and 19th centuries by famous artists like Rembrandt and Gainsborough. Some of these beautiful oil painting portraits are preserved in the National Portrait Museum in Washington.


The portrait painting of oil color, created ages before, tell stories of that time. Each portrait, whether they portray an individual, a group of people or anything else, are beautifully created by artists which take people to another world.


The popularity and demand for oil painting portraits are on a rise even today. People are very eager to get the portraits of their loved ones made. People also commission a portrait from their favorite photographs.


Portrait paintings have become the best decorative pieces for decorating homes and offices. With time these portraits have proven that they are a valuable asset and no other art form can ever take their place.

Parliament now hangs portraits of ex-presidents (monitor)

President Museveni might have called them swine, but Parliament yesterday inducted Uganda’s former leaders into its roll of honour.

Sources said Speaker Rebecca Kadaga instructed House officials to pin up portraits of all former and present leaders in one place at Parliament in recognition of their contribution to the country.

“We are trying to update our history and archives as a democratic institution,” Parliament’s spokesperson Helen Kawesa said: “Through the outreach programme we are going to use this as an education tool for the children and other visitors. There is no politics in this matter. What we have done is what goes on in other Parliaments. We must preserve our history.”

For the first time in 26 years of President Museveni’s uninterrupted rule, the portraits of the former presidents- all of them dead – were hang up in Parliament.
MPs across the political divide acknowledged this as “a step in the right direction” in a country where public offices only carry Mr Museveni’s portrait.

“As a country we need to be tolerant,” Mr Patrick Nsanja (Ntenjeru South), said: “We have done it in Parliament, this should also be replicated in all public offices. I saw it at the Monitor Publications office in Namuwongo and I thought it was a sign of mature politics. These people might have made mistakes but we must also appreciate the fact that they contributed to the development of our country.”

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Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Nandala Mafabi said various visible landmarks were left behind by former presidents Idi Amin and Dr Apollo Milton Obote.

Between the two leaders, Mr Mafabi said, most of Uganda’s public schools, hotels, banking infrastructure, cooperative unions, referral hospitals, Jinja industries were either built or acquired.

“The idea is wonderful,” Mr Mafabi said. “Leaders who have made the contribution to the country’s development must be recognised. It does not matter whether they are from the opposition of otherwise.”

Mr Museveni has routinely blamed all Uganda’s problems on past leaders, on some occasions deriding them as idiots, murderers, senseless, cowards, corrupt and power-hungry.
Despite claiming that he fought to liberate the country from their misdeeds, the President today finds his administration assailed by the very misdeeds he has accused his predecessors of formenting.

Last year he used the national independence anniversary celebrations to honour Dr Milton Obote, who as Uganda’s first prime minister. Deputy ruling party spokesperson Ofwono Opondo welcomed the development.

“It is not illegal to hang them (the pictures) around Parliament. It is part of our record and history. And besides, I have them in my houses here and in the village where I come from,” Mr Opondo said.

Uganda Peoples Congress party stalwart Peter Walubiri said displaying the portraits meant the NRM cannot run away from history.

“What they have done means you cannot bury history. By the way what Museveni is doing and his NRM means nothing to the people as long as they don’t revamp the economy, fight poverty and corruption. Museveni cannot use the portraits to gain support as long as the people are poor,” he said.

Mr Jaffar Amin, one of the sons of dictator Idi Amin Dada, said it was about time. “For his contribution and not the controversies, this should have happened long time ago,” Mr Jaffar told Daily Monitor.

Love ‘The Skin You Live In’ (posttrib.suntimes – Oil Portrait Painting)

Second-grade students at Winfield Elementary School recently were given an interesting assignment — creating a self-portrait during the South Shore Arts program “The Skin You Live In.” The program was underwritten by Northwest Indiana McDonald’s owners-operators.

“We strive to create and strengthen connections between socially and culturally diverse communities in Northwest Indiana,” said SSA director of marketing Trish Hernandez. “Our partnership with McDonald’s will help us share the message of ‘The Skin You Live In’ with numerous children through creative storytelling and the aid of art.”

The program follows the book ‘The Skin You Live In,” written by Michael Tyler and illustrated by Hammond native David Lee Csicsko.

“We all are unique individuals. But we do have some similarities also,” SSA instructor Ellen Maxwell told the students. “Everyone can feel good in their skin, no matter what color it is.”

Second-grader Kendall Walker, 8, agreed.

“Just because someone looks different doesn’t mean you can’t be friends with them,” he earnestly said. “They can be fun, too.”

Ninety second-grade classrooms throughout Northwest Indiana participated in the program. Children are taught lessons on diversity, friendship and social acceptance.

As the session to design the self-portrait began, the children chose a piece of construction paper to match the color of their skin.

Manitoba painter finds power in numbers with Group of 8 ( – Oil Portrait Paiting)

I often think of artists as being a bit hermit-like. I imagine they head straight to their studio in the morning, coffee in hand as they prepare for a day of work at their easel.

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So when I come across a collective of all-women artists, it is interesting to me to learn how they feed off of one another.

And with the recent discovery of a painting by Group of Seven painter Tom Thomson at a Vancouver garage sale,  I think about this Group of 8 women who are also Canadian painters, and my intrigue continues.

Right now, there are five women comprising the Group of 8.  They will be showing their work at the Gwen Fox Gallery in Selkirk from April 15th – the 30th.  The opening runs from 2:00 – 4:00 on Sunday.

We asked Jane Gateson to describe why being a part of this collective means so much to her.

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In June of 2008, I was attending Arts West Annual Artists’ Retreat at Wasagaming. This is an intensive 5 day event, where participants have the opportunity to concentrate on developing their art practice under the supervision of an experienced professional instructor.

Magical things happen at that camp and the forming of the Group of 8 was one of them. The intensity of the camp is not for the faint of heart. The critiques, the challenges, the questions and learning curves often lead to both laughter and tears and eventually to new outcomes.

Several of the artists attending this camp, myself included, had painted together before in Winnipeg under the mentorship of Milos Milidrag (formerly from the University of Sarajevo).

We began to wonder what it would be like to be part of a group that would continue the camp experience, by supporting each others artistic careers and offering feedback to one another.

That fall seven of us began to meet regularly. We knew we were passionate about painting.  We knew we wanted to discuss art practices and techniques, go to galleries together, attend lectures and workshops together and essentially, and share our work.