• Summer art 2019



    Artists have always been among the first to reflect on the culture and technology of their time. Since the 1990’s to the early 21st century, the digital medium has undergone technological developments of unprecedented speed moving from the “digital revolution” into the social media era.

    UK based artist Richard Devonshire utilizes cutting edge technology to give a modern interpretation of fine art photography, painting, sculpture, and drawing.

    Richard’s creative process involves textured 3d models, virtual cameras and lighting systems that mimic real-world settings and characteristics. While the work suggests a form of Photorealism their visual qualities also radically different from that of photography and lends to a heightened level of detail implying unlimited possibilities.

    Richard is creating a body of work which focuses on nature and its relationship with mathematics which informs us of our view of the world around us.

    We proud to welcome Richard Devonshire to ICAS – Vilas Fine Art, as our  portfolio of gallery artists. His current and future work will be a regular feature in our monthly changing group exhibition throughout the year.

    Two works where selected at this years RA Royal Academy Summer Show 2019. For more info contact the gallery directly or visit our website www.vilasart.co.uk

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  • John W. Mills Sculptor to the Nation


    Art exhibitions around the World Preview

    John W. Mills – internationally acclaimed British sculptor

    SCULPTOR TO THE NATION Opens at North Herts Art Gallery & Museum
    Hitchin 23rd February to 27th April 2019 in join partnership with ICAS – VILAS
    FINE ART Letchworth garden city, Hertfordshire United Kingdom.  

    A retrospective exhibition of John W. Mills born in 1933 UK,
    internationally acclaimed sculptor, lives in Hinxworth, Hertfordshire. John
    studied at Hammersmith School of Art 1947-1954 and at the Royal College of Art
    1956-1960. He was a resident at the Digswell Art Trust 1962-1966.

    He was made Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1982 and
    was awarded the Otto Beit medal in 1983 for the sculpture ‘Curved neck Grace’.
    Elected the president of the Society in 1986 and in 1997. In 1993 made the
    Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

    John W. Mills celebrates over sixty years in International World of Art
    market. His major works known as his three National monuments “Tribute to
    William Blake” in 1989, Blake house Soho. Second the “Blitz” completed 1991 in
    front of St Paul Cathedral and the monument to the Women of World War II at the
    Cenotaph in the Whitehall, in 2005.

    INVITATION to join us to the Preview and launch JOHN W. MILLS -SCULPTOR TO THE

    Reception Welcome and meet JOHN W. MILLS on 23rd FEBRUARY 2019 North
    Herts Art gallery/ Museum Hitchin

    Kindly add your name and contact details below or email to

    For more info: www.vilasart.co.uk

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  • ICAS Christmas 2018



    Art Lovers , ICAS clients, families & friends
    We wish you all a Merry Christmas

    Peace, Good health and

    a prosperous  NEW YEAR 2019




    Oh, Christmas has come
    I eagerly wait to see 
    All the sparkling colours
    around each towns & cities
    And the gifts below the Magical Christmas Tree

    Oh, it’s Christmas!, I really could tell
    I wrapped all the Gifts to share
    I put on the decoration & stockings around the fireplace 
    for Santa to see!

    Oh, Christmas is the Best time of the year
    It’s filled my memories with fun, laughter and 
    good Cheers to all.
    So, I Wish the whole World a MERRY CHRISTMAS
    May overwhelming BLESSING & JOY fill our HEARTS again



    for more info: contact SUNIL VILAS 

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    Scylla was once a beautiful, innocent creature, beloved and favourite of all the water nymphs. She loved to bathe in the pools by the sea side, combing her long hair with the nymphs’ combs and prattling to them about the men whom she had evaded. The nymphs, who had their own fair share of unwanted attention from men, tried to warn Scylla that people could become aggressive when they were in love, but the young maiden remained light hearted and careless. She sunned herself on the beaches without any clothes and luxuriated in the tide pools.

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    ICAS ART Magazine quarterly publication

    Review of the Greatest artists: LEONARDO DA VINCI;  RODIN & DEGAS 

    Welcome to the launch of a brand-new art magazine the first release is our special edition to celebrate the 34th anniversary of ICAS – Vilas Fine Art UK, the gallery showcases the diversity of artistic expressions and creativity by today’s living artists.

    Our issues feature sensational new stories, life articles, with exclusive VIP interviews, following the careers of top leading artists from around the world. Please feel free to download our current copy, we welcome your feedback and comments


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  • Cyrene The Wolf Girl by Oleksii Gnievyshev Figurative art



    We unlock the stories behind the collection of paintings in this Summer art exhibition, to celebrate our 34th anniversary.., Discover the World of Myths & legends .., their stories and the meanings.., 


    Stay free, stay wild, stay in love.
    Few animals capture people’s imagination quite like the wolf. For thousands of years, the wolf has fascinated us, frightened us, and played with our imagination. The power of the wolf brings forth instinct, intelligence, appetite for freedom, and awareness of the importance of social connections..
    The wolf features prominently in myths and legends from many North American and European cultures, as well as from other places around the world.
    We welcome OLEKSII GNIEVYSHEV German contemporary figurative painter originally from the heart of Ukraine, Kiev to join our list of ICAS gallery artists with his  beautiful mesmerising realism story telling paintings of the myths & legends  that times forgotten.

    His work titled Cyrene The Wolf Girl, Stay free., Stay wild., Stay in Love,  is an oil painting on canvas, panel size: 140cm x 100cm,

    currently showing in 34th anniversary celebration Summer 2018 exhibition.

    We now taking enquiries for special signed limited editions prints. email us your details to reserve a copy.


    We  trace the many versions of stories that captures the pure relationship of innocence’s that still remains between Cyrene the young girl,  her friendship, love and over time the connection with the wolf.



    Cyrene was one of the most beautiful figures in Greek mythology, so beautiful indeed that Apollo would take Cyrene as his lover. 


    The Beautiful Cyrene

    Cyrene is normally said to have been a mortal princess, daughter of King Hypseus, king of the Lapiths, and an unnamed nymph. Cyrene had two named sisters, Themisto and Astyaguia.
    Hypseus was a son of the Potamoi Peneus and Creusa, but some would say that Cyrene was not a daughter of Hypseus but was his sister, having been born to Peneus. This would make Cyrene not a mortal princess, but a Naiad nymph. 


    The Huntress Cyrene

    Certainly Cyrene had the beauty of the nymphs, with some saying Cyrene was a rival for the Charites in looks. In many ways though, Cyrene was more like Artemis, for Cyrene became a huntress of some note, and one, who like the goddess, was protective of her virtue.
    Cyrene’s skill as a huntress ensured that she became the chief protector of her father’s cattle and sheep, and it was in this role that she was chanced upon by the Greek god Apollo. As a lion attacked the cattle of Hypseus, Cyrene did not kill it with a javelin or arrow, but instead wrestled with it, until it succumbed. Apollo was greatly taken by the strength and daring of Cyrene, and it was said by some that Apollo even deigned to ask the centaur Chiron about the woman he had observed.   

    Apollo slept with Cyrene in form of a wolf according to the late Roman writer Servius in his commentary on the Aeneid (377), although other sources don’t mention this.


    Than there was the fairy tales world of Little Red Riding Hood– This is a story about the never-ending fight between good and evil, a story about greed and hope, and a story about responsibilities and second chances..,

    Red Riding Hood is an old fairy tale, known in many different variations and each one of them can be interpreted in many different ways.


    Finally I refer to some of latest quotes from Women Who Run With the Wolves:

    Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés,



    “I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories… water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” 

    “Sometimes the one who is running from the Life/Death/Life nature insists on thinking of love as a boon only. Yet love in its fullest form is a series of deaths and rebirths. We let go of one phase, one aspect of love, and enter another. Passion dies and is brought back. Pain is chased away and surfaces another time. To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings- all in the same relationship.” 


    Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.” 


    “In mythos and fairy tales, deities and other great spirits test the hearts of humans by showing up in various forms that disguise their divinity. They show up in robes, rags, silver sashes, or with muddy feet. They show up with skin dark as old wood, or in scales made of rose petal, as a frail child, as a lime-yellow old woman, as a man who cannot speak, or as an animal who can. The great powers are testing to see if humans have yet learned to recognize the greatness of soul in all its varying forms.” 


    What’s your preferred story of The Girl and Wolf ?.., we leave it to your own imagination to enjoy our exhibition and feel the full experiences to connect with the truth of CYRENE…,


    For more info: www.vilasart.co.uk


    ICAS – Vilas Fine Art Letchworth Garden City UK.


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  • Hello JUne 2018



    “On this June day the buds in my garden are almost as enchanting as the open flowers. Things in bud bring, in the heat of a June noontide, the recollection of the loveliest days of the year, those days of May when all is suggested, nothing yet fulfilled”.

    Oh that it were with me
    As with the flower;
    Blooming on its own tree
    For butterfly and bee
    Its summer morns:
    That I might bloom mine hour
    A rose in spite of thorns.

    Oh that my work were done
    As birds’ that soar
    Rejoicing in the sun:
    That when my time is run
    And daylight too,
    I so might rest once more
    Cool with refreshing dew.

    GOOD MORNING TO YOU ALL.., FRIDAY 1 JUNE 2018…, here in The WORLD’S FIRST GARDEN CITY UK…. Bright New Month bringing changes to the season as we welcome Summers and all that it brings with as a Fresh New month to look ahead.,

    WELCOME TO ALL REGULAR READERS TO ICAS GALLERY & NEW MEMBERS who join US TODAY…, Namaste! Bonjour!, Salute!, Shalom! And Nǐ hǎo to all who are joining us TODAY!!!

    Creativity is our Greatest Gift

    Happiness and gratefulness quoteHappy Gratitude Weekend

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  • Art History’s Greatest Kisses?

    The Art of KissingThe word “KISS” comes from the Old English word “cyssan,” No one really knows the origin of “cyssan” but it’s thought that it might represent the sound people make when they kiss.


    JOHN W. MILLS British Sculptor
    Bronze edition
    Title: CLOSE AFFECTION 2015


    Throughout the history of Art we are able to recall memories of master artists capturing the beautiful expression of THE KISS.

    As a global organisation we want to study these forms in more detail, to understand the thoughts and influences that it may have had on the artists, in expressing their deep affection on the subject?

    We welcome your comments and contribution on the story of The Art of KISSES, or if you as an artists where influence to use as a subject for your art?


    Khajuraho Temple Kisses

    The Story of Life & Love (INDIA)
    Khajuraho Temples are among the most beautiful medieval monuments in the country. These temples were built by the Chandella ruler between AD 900 and 1130. It was the golden period of Chandella rulers. It is presumed that it was every Chandella ruler has built atleast one temple in his lifetime. So all Khajuraho Temples are not constructed by any single Chandella ruler but Temple building was a tradition of Chandella rulers and followed by almost all rulers of Chandella dynasty. Khajuraho is known for its ornate temples that are spectacular piece of human imagination, artistic creativity, magnificent architectural work and deriving spiritual peace through eroticism.































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     Renaissance Kisses   Timeless piece

    Around 1545, Agnolo Bronzino was commissioned to create a painting which has come to be known as Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time. In it mother and son appear on the verge of a sexual tryst: Cupid fondles his mother’s breast and kisses her on the lips. Suggestively, Venus’ legs appear to be slightly spread and her tongue is visible.

    Agnolo di Cosimo (Italian November 17, 1503 – November 23, 1572), known as Bronzino. We witness the influence of Bronzino in the famous works by master artists Michelangelo in the sculpture of David and Leonardo da Vinci the painting of Mona Lisa. Oil on panel, 5 ft 1 in x 4 ft 8 3/4 in (In the collection of The London, National Gallery of Art)

    Mughal Royal lovers.

    Mughal Kisses

    INDIA [1526-1707]
    The artistic school of Mughal India was formed through the transmission of techniques both directly and indirectly by master artists of the royal Mughal atelier. After the death of Akbar, architect of the Mughal empire and active patron of the arts, his son Jahangir (r. 1605–27) ascended to the throne. As a prince, Jahangir had established his own atelier in Allahabad and had strong artistic tastes, preferring a single painter to work on an image rather than the collaborative method of Akbar’s time.

    Neoclassical Kiss Antonio Canova Cupid Kiss2

    Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, 1787-1793

    Italian sculptor, Antonio Canova (1757-1822) was a leading exponent of the neoclassic style, which dominated the arts in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Internationally famous, for his marble sculptures of delicate nudes. he was regarded as the most brilliant sculptor in Europe – was famous Working after the excesses of the Baroque style, he carved a niche for himself in the world of Neoclassical sculpture . Called ‘the supreme minister of beauty’ and ‘a unique and truly divine man’ by contemporaries.

    His masterpiece of mythological love, in which the god Cupid awakens Psyche from unconsciousness, displays his typical elegance and sophistication – a conscious emulation of Greek and Roman examples in the age of the Enlightenment

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    Edo Japan Kisses

    From Poem of the Pillow, 1788
    Kitagawa Nebsuyoshi (born 1753,Japan—died Oct. 31, 1806, Edo, Japan—d.) Japanese printmaker and painter who was one of the greatest artists of the ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) movement; he is known especially for his masterfully composed portraits of sensuous female beauties.
    Eroticism was a fundamental theme of Japanese printmaking of the Edo period, and Utamaro Kitagawa concentrated specifically on depictions of love and sex in his art. This is one of the more chaste images from his overpowering Poem of the Pillow, a cycle of twelve prints of almost unparalleled sexual intensity. Later Western artists, notably Édouard Manet and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, turned to Japanese examples like this one for their own frank depictions of lovers and courtesans


    Romanticism Kisses

    Francesco Hayez (Italian, 1791-1882),
    Il Bacio, 1867.
    Oil on canvas.
    46 5/8 x 34 7/8 in. (118.4 x 88.6 cm.) Estimate: $700,000-1,000,000. This work is offered in the 19th Century European Art sale on 25 April at Christie’s New York…

    Il Bacio is of course even more passionate still, with the male figure caressing the woman’s face and holding the back of her head. Another difference from the painting of Romeo and Juliet is that Hayez imbues the work with political as well as social allegory. It can be read as a hymn to freedom and patriotic love, and as such this depiction went on to become a true icon of Italian painting.
    Franceso Hayez was a popular Italian portraitist who also rendered historical and allegorical subjects.


    Realistic  Kisses

    Dimensions: 1.82 m x 1.12 m x 1.17 m
    Owner: Musée Rodin
    Location: Private collection
    Created: 1882–1889
    Media: Marble

    Auguste Rodin’s Kiss in white marble of two naked figures embracing and captured in the motion of Kissing.  Naturalistic style was deemed quite outrageous and crude when first displayed. The couple in “The Kiss” are not idealized, classically nude figures; rather they are naked and openly sexual, although the couple’s lips do not actually meet.

    “To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.”- Auguste Rodin.

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    Impressionism Kisses

    Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
    Period: Impressionism
    Created: 1883
    Genre: History painting
    ‘Dance at Bougival’ by Renoir depicts a couple dancing, he seemingly about to kiss her and she looking away, her mouth drooping. Renoir’s model was Suzanne Valadon, a famous artist in her own right, who had been dressmaker before becoming an acrobat and following a fall, an artists’ model. A muse and lover of Renoir’s, it is thought he depicted her with a drooping mouth as a comment on his on feeling regarding women: their role was either domestic, or providing inspiration for him.

    “Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

    Gustav Klimt The Kiss

    Art Nouveau Kisses

    Gustav Klimt (1862 -1918) One of his finest piece working in mix medium
    The Kiss in 1907-8, — undoubtedly his most famous work and now a stalwart of undergraduate bedroom walls everywhere. A couple are depicted in gold leaf and embellished with coloured symbols.  Only their faces, hands and feet may be seen. A joyful and exuberant expression of sexual love, Klimt’s The Kiss is also a defining expression of decadence in turn-of the century Vienna.

     “Whoever wants to know something about me – as an artist which alone is significant – they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want.”- Gustav Klimt.


    Abstract Kisses

    “What my work is aiming at is, above all, realism: I pursue the inner, hidden reality, the very essence of objects in their own intrinsic fundamental nature; this is my only deep preoccupation.”
    Constantin Brâncuși (February 19, 1876 – March 16, 1957) was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism. His simplified forms in his sculpture, subverting centuries of sculptural tradition, fusing both the influence of his classical training and his peasant background. His philosophy of expressing “the idea, the essence of things” drove his artistic conceptions, and his ‘The Kiss’ (1916).

    Pablo Picasso Kiss2

    Neoclassicism Kisses

    Original Title: Le baiser
    Date: 1925
    Style: Surrealism
    Period: Neoclassicist & Surrealist Period …
    Genre: genre painting
    Media: oil, canvas
    Dimensions: 97.7 x 130.5 cm
    The tender or violent scenes of kissing couples, portrayed in a vibrant rich layers of colours, shows how much importance sexual love had for the artist.
    This Kiss from 1925 shows two heads joined by a single line occupying the entire pictorial space. Picasso does not hesitate to deform the faces in order to bring them closer together: “Of the two, he makes but one, to express the intimate fusion that takes place during the act of kissing.”
    Today Picasso hold the record for World’s most expensive painting – Les Femmes d’Alger (version O)(1955) – Pablo Picasso • Sold at auction in 2015, for $179 million.

    “The meaning of LIFE is to find your GIFT. The purpose of LIFE is to Give It Away” – Pablo Picasso.

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    Surreal Kisses

    “The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.”
    René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images….

    Dimensions: 54 cm x 73 cm
    Period: Surrealism…
    Location: National Portrait Gallery
    Created: 1928
    Media: Oil paint
    In René Magritte’s ‘Lovers’ (1928) two lovers kiss, wrapped in shrouds. The symbolism here is of love blinded, the cloth separating the pair as the spectre of death envelops passion. As an interesting aside, Magritte’s mother drowned when he was a child and when she was found, her nightgown covered her head.

     “My painting is visible images which conceal nothing,” he wrote, “they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does it mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.”- René Magritte

    Roy Lichtenstein Kiss3

    Pop Art period – Kisses

    ‘The Kiss’ (1962) by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) amplifies a classic ‘comic book’ kiss to iconic proportions.
    The Kiss was among the first “comic strip” paintings for which Roy Lichtenstein became instantly famous in art circles. He’d always been fascinated by the work of cartoonists and saw many parallels between their styles and those of modern “Fine Arts” masters

     “I’m never drawing the object itself; I’m only drawing a depiction of the object – a kind of crystallised symbol of it.” – Roy Lichtenstein.

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    21st Century Modern Street art Kisses

    Banksy a street artists captured his version of the Kiss to bring us to modern day

    Maked Headlines in 2014 Banksy’s Kissing Coppers – taken from a pub wall in Brighton – sells for $575,000 in US

    Massive Mural by KobraModern Street Art  Kisses

    Eduardo Kobra – Born in São Paulo, in 1976. Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
    Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra utilizes bright colours and bold lines while staying true to a kaleidoscope theme throughout his art. The technique of repeating squares and triangles allows him to bring to life the famous people he depicts in his images. This chequered pattern, filled with different textures, lines, and shading, builds up to Eduardo Kobra’s final masterpiece, a larger than life mural for all to see and marvel at.

    The original photo portrayed an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress in Times Square, New York City, on August 14, 1945. The photograph was published a week later in Life magazine among many photographs of celebrations around the country that were presented in a twelve-page section called Victory


    21st Century Modern Dance Kisses

    JOHN W. MILLS British Sculptor
    Bronze edition LIFE size
    Title: CLOSE AFFECTION 2015
    Viewing by appointment

    contact ICAS – Vilas Fine Art UK.

     The subject derives from a ballet “Romeo and Juliet” by Frederick Ashton. It uses one of the famous ‘Pas des deux’ that feature in that ballet and are so typical of the choreography of Ashton. He causes the two dancers to melt so that they become like one person whilst retaining their individual grace and sexuality. My work with dancers seeks to convey such feelings without simply illustrating them. The dynamic of the dance and making of a powerful image using a beautiful subject is a constant challenge to John Mills.

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  • Picasso’s The Three Kings?

    Three Kings

    “We all know that Art is not Truth. Art is a Lie that makes us realize the Truth, at least the Truth that is given to us to understand”

    Pablo Picasso.

    b&w portrait 3BIOGRAPHY

    Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, on 25 October 1881, he was the first child born in the family. His father worked as an artist, and was also a professor at the school of fine arts; he also worked as a curator for the museum in Malaga. Pablo is one of the most influential painters and artist of his time, he is also one of the most recognized figures of the 20th century.



    Pablo Picasso studied under his father for one year, later joined the Academy of Arts for one year, prior to moving to Paris. In 1901 he went to Paris, which he found as the ideal place to practice new styles, and experiment with a variety of art forms. It was during these initial visits, which he began his work in surrealism and cubism style, which he was the founder of, and created many distinct pieces which were influenced by these art forms.


    Collection of work

    Pablo Picasso is recognized as the world’s most prolific painter. His career spanned over a 78 year period, in which he created: 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, and 34,000 illustrations which were used in books. He also produced 300 sculptures and ceramic pieces during this expansive career. It is also estimated that over 350 pieces which he created during his career, have been stolen; this is a figure that is far higher than any other artist throughout history.


    Sale of his works

    Pablo Picasso has also sold more pieces, and his works have brought in higher profit margins, than any other artist of his time. His pieces rank among the most expensive art works to be created; with a price tag of $104 million, title: Garson a la Pipe, painted in 1905 was sold in 2004.



    The second painting title:  Nude Green Leaves and Bust painted in 1932, sold for $106.5 million in 2010.


    Nude, Green leaves and Bust (also known as Nude with Sculptor's Turntable; Nu au plateau de sculpteur) 1932 Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Lent from a private collection 2011 https://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/L02971

    Nude, Green leaves and Bust (also known as Nude with Sculptor’s Turntable; Nu au plateau de sculpteur) 1932 Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Lent from a private collection 2011 https://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/L02971

    Picasso first encountered Marie-Thérèse Walter in January 1927. He kept their relationship secret for many years, even from some of his closest friends, but particularly from his wife Olga. In 1931-2 he embarked on a series of sculptures and paintings of Marie-Thérèse, made at his studio in the Chateau de Boisgeloup, which he had purchased in 1930. Picasso’s habit of dating his work very precisely makes it possible to trace the development of this sequence as Picasso discovered an increasingly complex manipulation of her body. Made on 8 March 1932, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is the most intense among the group of large nudes, counterpointing the real head with a sculpted head, and the folds of Marie-Thérèse’s body with the luxuriant forms of a philodendron plant. The setting includes a secretive curtain against which the sculptural bust casts a double shadow, as if the white of the foreground nude was literally illuminating the space.

    The WORLD record for most expensive work sold at auction was Francis Bacon’s triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which sold for $142.4m at Christie’s in November 2013.


    PabloPicasso-Women-of-Algiers-after-Delacroix-1955Monday 11th May 2015 at the Christies Auction in New York claim the World record for the highest value of $160 million for his painting title: “Women of Algiers”. Picasso embarked on a series of interpretations of some of his favourite paintings. Women of Algiers painted in the 1950s, is one of his responses to a sensuous eastern fantasy of harem life painted by Delacroix in 1834 that hangs in the Louvre.



    These were the comments:


    Yosef Reznikov

    Yosef Reznikov


    Picasso would have been surprised by this value. In life it would !!




    ARTIST_ECOS-Art Gallery


    Bridie Morgan

    Bridie Morgan

    Fine art agent

    In my view not one of his greatest. It had not been seen for years so that may partly account for the extraordinary price.


    Lucía Borrallo

    Lucía Borrallo

    Artist painter & Interior Designer [Infographics

    I do not understand the information of evaluation of the Houses of Auctions, I think that not always the painting is in proportion with its evaluation… Picasso knew to sell his work in its time, he was also a genius of the marketing… Appoint 3 works by Picasso, among my favorites, is not easy:

    “Marie-Thérèse, Face and Profile” “The pigeon pea” “The soup”



    Rhonda Lund


    I believe Picasso, whether you like his work or not, proves to be the ultimate in creativity…..and this is why he is so widely recognised and appreciated. Plus how can an artist paint over 13,000 paintings and 100,000 prints and not go noticed?





    I think Picasso’s works are all time favourite to all and in numbers he was a very versatile among artists.



    Fred Pectoor

    Visual Artist @ NUCLEO

    I agree with your comment Lucia; it seems that all Picasso’s works are master pieces… and they are not, as you said they are marketing, so its going with Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst…


    Akshay Chauhan

    Akshay Chauhan

    Co-Founder at Hashvash

    Nice article Sunil Vilas Ji, inspirational for the contemporary artists.


    Sunil Vilas AUTHOR

    Founder / Managing Director / Art Dealer, ICAS – Vilas Fine Art Letchworth

    Good afternoon to you all welcome to our Creative lounge. Hello, Namaste! Bonjour!, Salute!, Shalom! And Nǐ hǎo to Monique Laxer, Akshay Chauhan, 壺中天地 ck mok, Sara Louise May, Johnny Johnston, Ed Burke, Doug Bloodworth, JAMA Jose Andres Mato Alonso, Ivan Ulmann, Philippa Savage, Oliver Feistmantl, 周成光, Lucía Borrallo, Vita Burton-Davey, Jayne Anita Smith, Michie Lyne, and ALL who are joining us TODAY.., WELCOME!!!

    What a wonderful opportunity for us to review and discuss the work of one of the Great Masters..,

    Thank you for all the comments EUGENE COSTENCO, Yosef Reznikov, Bridie Morgan, Lucía Borrallo, Rhonda Lund, RAJESH TANWAR, Fred Pectoor, Akshay Chauhan..,

    We look forward to receiving more comments from rest of our members. Enjoy rest of your Thursday.



    Dave King


    Sales such as this and the art market generally ought to have no bearing on the production of art and it’s organic progress. The only bearing it has is a negative one where the general public is once more astonished by the ridiculous amount of money that is awash in the market and how it negatively colours their perception of art generally. I love Picassos work but what I love more is the idea of spending that money more wisely in a world full of poverty and ecological disaster. If I was Picasso I would be spinning in my grave at the thought that my work was being used as a hidden trophy and not as a source of joy to the many! My three favourites?

    “Ma Jolie” (1912), “Las Meninas” (1957) and “The Matador” (1970).

    J.M. Carnright

    J.M. Carnright

    Sculptor – USA, CT., Vienna, AT., Paris, Fr.

    BRAVO DAVE KING…!!!… …jmc

    Unfortunately auctions or art sales when huge sums of currency are paid for art,is the true indicator of controlled art markets.While it seems an obvious simplistic statement,its relevancy is great.This type of thinking is an indicator of growth of art markets existing for centuries as art value grew to equalize how artist recognition is/was based,what artists would be offered gallery representation,a range of exhibitions + oft paid for non-critical reviews(either through contacts or contractual ventures,meaning how much money gallery’s paid for advertising in magazines,newspapers,radio or other media outlets)to higher recognition by eventual museum collections when friendship or business stepped in to control even those(museum)cherished collections.Remember>even Van Gogh,ignored in his day,never sold an artwork.The Reality:>>> A once relatively small wealthy strata always controlled the art market.That strata grew greater in strength and larger in number as the wealthy class grew in numbers.It’s basically a common truth living within the Art World.Nothing more,nothing less.You live with this truth as an artist.It’s an absolute no one has any control over.And if you love art or creating art,you simply always ignore this reality!

    While there is certainly much more that can be written about this statement above ~~> including true stories of how certain artists were given there place and acknowledgement in museums via their varied connection/connections and others by a known “payola” process ~~~> certainly great honesty and a true museum selection process plays the greater roll. Regardless, artists should not be creating art because they want some form of recognition. Artists should only create art because it captured their wonderment and imagination at some point in life. And they continued because creation in and of itself is eternal. The only satisfaction should exist in creation’s completion and perhaps, its sharing. Many of my own artworks exist in quiet, unknown places near rivers, in forests and elsewhere. There are works in collections and I’m grateful for this. I’m eternally thankful I’m still physically able to create regardless of anything else affecting or effecting my life. I’m fortunate to be considered an artist and writer. The span of my being is insignificant. Life and creating are significant and own the greater expanse of my soul. …jmc


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  • Why artists become ARTISTS?

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    One of the most interesting aspects about art is understanding the why and the how of “becoming” an artist.

    There is a myth that artists are somehow born knowing that they are artists, or that some event occurs in their lives that causes them to become artists, or that artists starve to create, artists are misunderstood, artists are creative undisciplined types who could only ever be artists, etc..,

    sunil_vilas_thumbI have met many artists and I have found that very few of them meet the common stereotypes. It has been suggested that all of us at one point or another produced what can arguably be called “art”. We seek image making to be a form of celebration of humanity, leaving our imprint since the beginning of time, working with our natural flowing  instinct as a medium to communication and share our creativity.


    “Knowledge has its Origin in our Perception”. – Leonardo Da Vinci.


    “Try to put well in practice what you already know. In so doing, you will, in good time, discover the hidden things you now inquire about”. – Rembrandt.


    “I am Seeking. I am Striving. I am in it with all my heart “. – Vincent Van Gogh.


    “Every child is an artist. The problem to how to remain an artist once he grows up”. – Pablo Picasso.


    The question was put to Globalization ICAS an art organisation and here are some of the feedback. Similarly I extend the question to you reading the article today, we welcome your comments  and views.  

    What do you say? Do you believe to be any different for you?


    Linda Sue Busch 

    Linda Sue Busch – Wauseon, Ohio, USA.

    Graduated December 21, 2013 with a BFA 2D Art in Painting and Drawing at Bowling Green State Univ., Bowling Green, OH


    I knew when I was 8 yrs old that I was an artist. I dreamed of someday going to art school. All through grade school I was the class artist that drew things for the teacher and the other kids decorated. I won drawing contests.
    From Jr. High on, I became a part of the world of academia and business. In 1973, when I graduated, women weren’t supposed to be artists and go to art school. Art was a man’s world. Women were supposed to be secretaries or nurses.
    While in college, I painted, but my paintings were lacking the knowledge of the refining process. Through the years of working, marriage, and family, my art became totally foreign.
    Then in 2009, I lost my job after 20 yrs. I was 54. Twenty people in their fifties with medical histories were let go. I was lost. I had played around with art on the computer, but nothing serious. I was so lost I thought it was the end of my life. I prayed “Lord what do I do now? What do I do with the rest of my life at my age?” With my heart open, I heard Him ‘loud and clear,’ “You know what to do. I gave you a gift a long time ago. You haven’t used it. Now you will go back to school and learn how to use your gift. When you are done, I have a plan for you.”
    I immediately, without question or hesitation, went to the local community college and enrolled in Visual Communication. In the required drawing class I found myself. I stood up one day and yelled, “I know who I am now!” My teacher called me her light bulb. After 1-1/2 yrs and an Associates degree, I enrolled in Bowling Green State University School of Art. After passing my Portfolio Review with flying colors, I was accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. I graduated in Dec.2013, at age 59 (the oldest graduate at that time), with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2D Painting and Drawing.
    I still don’t have a job now that I’m 60, but I couldn’t be happier. I have God constantly pushing me and my refined gift. And I have art friends and teachers (also friends) from school for encouragement and answers to questions.
    I believe that Art is Who You Are Inside Coming to the Outside in Solid View.


    Sunil Vilas UK


    Good evening Linda thank you for sharing and congratulation in your achievements, I would call it your second life that began after at the age of 54. With your future ahead of you, where age has no limits or boundaries.
    Please do keep in touch!!..,


    Thomas Maes – Brasschaat, Belgium, Europe.

    Director TM-Art Fine Arts, Artist, Designer, Advise and consulting international affairs, International Art & cultur

    It’s all about vision, observation and recreating of what we see to a better more suitable physical reality… As a philosophy asking the question why? And creating the answer to a physical state. I don’t think it’s only about the talent you have or what you know, but the unending desire to create, recreate, finding answers and bring what is non physical to the physical. Everyone can learn a technic (with some it takes longer than others) , but the originality of the new creation is what makes it…



    Mookie Tenembaum

    Philosopher at Disillusionism

    An Artist is a combination between the individual in question abilities and crucially, his willingness. Someone’s specific abilities are objective facts that may be learned after studying him, willingness on the other side may be inferred partially through his behaviour and sometimes through words, but the biggest hurdle is that I could never know what it feels to be you.


    Kay Reese

    Kay Reese – Irvington, New Jersey, U.S.A.

    Artist/Photographer & Executive Producer at Neumaa Arts LLC

    I didn’t become an artist. I discovered I already was one. My understanding of myself had to catch up to the reality of my existence, and way of being in the world, and my response to that world.


    Herminia Haro

    Herminia Haro – Peru.

    Independiente at Taller propio

    Doing Art for me is a way to show who we are from inside of ourselves, a way of showing our complex inner world, it’s a necessity. Art is the place where I feel I belong.


    Ray (Erasmo) Signore

    Ray (Erasmo) Signore – New York, U.S.A.

    Realist Artist / Painter / Sculptor.

    My story is very different. When I was a little boy I love art ,I felt it in my blood and I want to paint on canvas.Living in small town in south Italy it was impossible to buy a canvas. So I cut some of my mother bed sheet and I painted on it .I always treasure it with me.
    My dream faded when my father pulled me off school to help him as fisherman.The Good Lord is always on my side to help me with my art .I was 50 yrs old when I start to take art classes .Close to retirement I had to leave my job ,because the company sent all jobs over sea. I ask to work for Silvermine art center (CT) and I was accepted.The Lord works in mysterious way, and I was able to take a free art lessons. My dreams came true. Now I paint and I sculpt.


    antonino Gambino

    antonino Gambino – Palermo, Italy

    Direttore Amm.vo presso Ministero delle Infrastrutture e Trasporti, ma principalmente “ARTISTA”

    I am artist by accident, in the family are artists sculptor and painter uncle and my brother sculptor and art teacher. I was born an artist to imitate them, though since I drew and scribbled sheets to hide. Sheets I’ve dusted off later and that I have allowed to be what they are today. So the student surpassed the master (uncle and brother). I’m not a real artist, but a little water carrier of art source. I have little time to devote to my passion but what I do is done with love, insanity, ingenuity, imagination, mostly portraying the world that surrounds me, person facts, history. I feel bound, family binds me, my work as administrative director binds me, i think the real artists are those who do not have constraints, wild animals that can express their own instincts and represent them on that white support filling it with color, shapes, strokes, smudges, remembering always to represent only the best, because it is in this way that you transmit happiness, love, Joie de vivre, peace and brotherhood, erasing hate


    W.M. Aslam

    W.M. Aslam – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

    (Author/Artist / Illustrator) children’s & young adult fiction

    I’d say some people are acutely aware of design, form and colour from an early age. It could be that their parents or teachers made them aware of such areas and created a “taste” within them and the household. As a young kid, I used to pay close attention when my mother would comment on various design qualities of objects such as cups, bags and other everyday objects. She’d ask me for my opinion too. My father did the same with anything D.I.Y related. I knew I wanted to become a designer or artist, something which led me to become an author and illustrator. We become artists not by choice, but by being offered a creative outlet and means to pour out the many ideas that float around inside our head, just waiting to be born. We must create it to see it in a tangible form then move on to the next idea. If I don’t write I can’t sleep. I get ideas at 2 am or 7 am and keep a note pad by my bed. It’s really a calling and one few are able to answer.



    Leon Foxwings – Bahrain.

    Artist & Illustrator

    because there’s nothing else for us to do…



    Emmanuel Beyens – Brussels, Belgium, Europe.

    Artist – Contemporary portraits

    For my part, I became an artist because it was my nature, because on my opinion it is what I do the best and also because it is the only job I can do several hours in a row without stopping. It occurred to me at some point that being an artist was my place here on earth, in spite of my social and family environment very unfavorable to this vocation.


    Lucía Borrallo

    Lucía Borrallo – A Coruna, Spain, Europe.

    Artist painter & Interior Designer [Infographics]

    From small and I always remember I liked to draw and I think that at 6 years thought already that I would like to study fine arts. I have studied interior design and painting was my hobby. My goal this is to be able to devote myself fully, is what I always wanted to do. My creativity comes from my unconscious. Sorry for my English.



    R.K. Emmett – United Arab Emirates.

    Artist, Fine and Modern Art

    For me personally, I feel I was born to be an artist. I was always deeply fascinated with creation and colour, I’d spend hours looking at the sky, sunsets or stars. Now, as an adult I try to look at everything with the same wonder and awe that i did as a child. Art is my way of attempting to capture that moment when you see something that makes you feel alive and connected with the universe



    Titus Hora – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


    There is no understanding of the ‘why’ but there is an understanding of the ‘how’. Talent is the will to practice.


    Gordon Liddle

    Gordon Liddle  – Sheffield, UK.


    I would suggest it is a curse or a form of autism. All my curse has done is cost me money and yet I still can’t stop it.


    Doris Gilbert

    Doris Gilbert  – Greater Nashville, US.A.

    Fine Artist

    We become artists because we love creating something from nothing. When I was in grammar school, I made drawings in my book reports pertaining to the subject of the report. It was not required, but I felt that I needed to do that. I never thought about the future as an artist. I just decided one day that I love to paint and draw and wanted to do it whenever I had a chance to.


    Sunil Vilas  – Letchworth Garden City, UK.


    Good evening and welcome to all , on Wednesday halfway to our week 18th March 2015.

    Hello to Doris a hearty welcome to you and thank you for sharing your journey of being an Artists and also hello to our active member Lucia Borrallo, please feel to make your comments in Spanish if you prefer, as a global organisation we encourage everyone’s views and opinions and if writing in your own language is easy to communicate your thoughts?

    Enjoy rest of your evening..,



    Linda Brobeck  – Greater  Minneapolis, U.S.A.


    We make art because we must. We make art regardless of financial success, recognition, or understanding. We make art to understand our purpose. We make art because we feel close to our Creator when we ourselves create. We make art because our spirits would wither and die if we did not. It is our purpose, our calling.

    Thank you for visiting us today have a Creative inspiring day!!!

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