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Cellini In Trouble Again? Charges Brought Against His €107 Million Portrait

It seems that the mischievous spirit of Benvenuto Cellini lives on in his mysterious €107 million self-portrait that 500 years later continues to stir up trouble for everyone who comes in contact with it.

Explore this fascinating story of money, betrayal, and prestige in our exclusive interview with Prof. Mikhail Tamoikin, the man who appraised and put the now-famous self-portrait of Benvenuto Cellini on the map.

It’s a saga worthy of Cellini himself!

Interview with an Art Banker, Thomas González – $133 Million in Loans | Part 1

Thomas González always had a passion for art. So today, he arranges art loans and has committed himself to the art loan business.

He has developed a trusted cadre of financial partners, responsible for successfully brokering art loans above 100 Million Euros.

We, at The World Art News, have had the pleasure of interviewing Thomas to learn the ins and outs of being an art banker.

In this exclusive two-part series you will discover his secrets to running a successful art loans business. Let’s begin!

“I can tell you that loans up to $25 Million aren’t a problem for us.”

FROM PRISON TO HOLLYWOOD: Dave Vescio’s Incredible Life Story In His Own Words

Dave Vescio tell his incredible life story of how he went from a Soldier to an Ex-con to a Movie Villain to an International Winning Contemporary Artist!

“I went on the run for a year-and-a-half. I finally got caught and was sentenced to 10-years at Fort Leavenworth, a hard-labor, maximum-security prison for Department of Defense inmates. I lived amongst some of the worst criminals in the world. We had serial killers, rapists, child molesters, and even murderers. Which turned out to be the perfect training ground for me to study these monsters and figure out why they committed these horrific crimes. I did 5-years in total; two-and-a-half on the inside and two-and-a-half on federal parole.”

Exclusive Interview with Dave Vescio – Part 1: Art, Fame, Life!

In Part 1 of our Exclusive Interview with a Movie Star and an Award-Winning artist Dave Vescio we dive deep into his Art, Fame, and Success, discovering what impact they had on his extraordinary life.

“I’m an artist trying to reveal to the world the things it refuses to see”

“Acting got me to tap into the deepest, darkest pits of hell”

“Art is actually our savior, our church, our educator. It’s a safe place to experience and learn about life.”

“I chose to venture out into the unknown and experience the world as it really is!”

“Explore everything in this world, until you find what you truly love to do, then explore even more!”

Exclusive Interview with Dave Vescio – Part 2: Death, Darkness, Light!

In Part 2 of our Exclusive Interview with a Movie Star and an Award-Winning artist Dave Vescio we dive deep into his Dark Past, Time in Prison, and the Harsh Lessons of Life. Dave candidly talks about his Inner Demons, Psychological Trauma, and how to live with them.

“I was too busy trying to take over the whole LSD empire for myself!”

“The ones who think they are heroes tend to be the most vicious villains of all!”

“I want my artworks to show the spiritual world that everyone else just seems to walk by and not notice at all”

Reb Nachman’s Second Chair

Reb Nachman’s Second Chair – Hasidic Holy Relic Worth $10 Million

The World Art News presents one of the Holiest Jewish Relics that is known to exist in a private collection – the Second Chair of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772 – 1810).

With the Star of David in the front, a hypnotic Jewish Rabbi in the center, and a Yiddish inscription of Reb Nachman’s name on the back, this chair is stunning in its craftsmanship and Judaic beauty. The aura of history radiates from this rare artifact.

Reb Nachman remains among the most quoted Hasidic masters and to this day tens of thousands of Jews from all over the world travel to his burial site as part of their annual pilgrimage.

Is Saudi Prince About To Buy $36M Chinese Ming Dynasty Statuettes

After our first publication about these rare $36 Million Chinese Ming Dynasty statuettes, The World Art News received further questions regarding their provenance, authenticity, valuation, and who may be the potential buyer of these unique artifacts. For answers we went straight to the source and took a sensational, exclusive, and provocative in-depth interview with their current owner, prof. Mikhail Tamoikin, Ph.D.

Professor Tamoikin was surprisingly candid with us and gave stunning answers to all our questions. If you ever wandered how the super-rich do business, negotiate, and operate in the art market, this interview is a Must-Read!

$100 Million Samurai Tachi – The Most Expensive Sword in the World

This Tachi sword belonged to one of the most famous warlords in Japanese history – the great Fukushima Masanori (1561–1624).

He is known as one of the Seven Spears of Shizugatake for his actions in the Battle of Shizugatake, where he had the honor of first blood.

Throughout his life, he fought in many campaigns, including the Battle of Ch’ungju during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592.

The sword is currently in the Tamoikin Art Fund and is considered to be one of their most valuable assets. It has been appraised at over $105 million and was featured in the prestigious Forbes 400.

Exclusive interview with Sandy Copeman, founder of the World’s Finest scale models company – The Amalgam Collection | Part 2

In the second part of our exclusive interview with Sandy Copeman, founder of the Amalgam Collection, we discuss their business operations, partnerships, challenges, and of course stunning luxury vehicles.

Sandy opens up about Amalgam’s unique relationship with Ferrari and Ralph Lauren, shares with the readers his most cherished accomplishments, and talks about the history of this luxury company.

Once again, this story is filled with highly artistic images of the world’s most exotic model cars that are made with such attention to detail it’s hard to tell them apart from their full-size counterparts. So, without further ado, here’s our second and final part of this fascinating interview with Mr. Copeman.

The Innovation of NFT: Preserving Authenticity and Ownership in Creative Arts

In today’s digital asset market, there are a lot of conflicting opinions about NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Whether you love or hate it, there’s no denying that NFT is a groundbreaking technology for the art and collectibles industry.

Digital artworks have emerged as a robust industry, with the NFT market expected to become $147.24 billion by 2026.

But let’s take a step back and reflect on the broader use case of non-fungible tokens.

SaiakuNana and Ignatius Rake declare ‘Punk Rock Forever’

PRESS RELEASE | ST AUSTELL, 22 JUNE 2022 — Celebrated Japanese artist SaiakuNana, who has exhibited her work in Tokyo, London and New York, has joined forces with award-winning Cornish animator and filmmaker Ignatius Rake to produce a music video that documents her must-see gallery in London’s East End before it closes this coming July 17.

“I became a fan of SaiakuNana’s work the moment I saw it at the Watari-um gallery in Tokyo,” Rake says.

“I was immediately struck by the power and vibrancy of her paintings, which combine the kawaii aesthetic of modern Japanese popular culture with the raw energy of punk rock and abstract expressionism.”

In 2018, SaiakuNana won the Grand Prize at the 21st Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, the Japanese equivalent of the UK’s Turner Prize.

How to Promote Your Art on Social Media 

The world of social media is constantly changing, but it’s a great place to promote your art and build a community of fans as well as like-minded peers.

Here are some of Julie Ehrmantraut’s top tips to help you get started promoting your art on social media.

Julie is an artist and business owner with nearly a decade of experience with sharing her work on social media and selling art online through various channels.

Alongside her art business she also teaches other artists how to make an income from their art online through her website, JulieErinDesigns.com, and classes on Skillshare.

650 LADDERS – Aaron T Stephan’s Sculpture “Paths Rising” Installed at Tampa International Airport

PRESS RELEASE | TAMPA, FLORIDA, 10 JUNE, 2022  – Nationally acclaimed artist Aaron T Stephan revealed a significant new public installation titled “Paths Rising” in the Main Terminal at Tampa International Airport.

This 30 ft. wide suspended sculpture consists of over 650 tapered ladders framed by a glowing oculus of gold leaf.

“Paths Rising” will serve as an exciting new anchor point for arrivals and departures from Tampa Bay.

The work is inspired by the vibrant culture and natural beauty of the region – while its form, color, and overall dynamic speaks to the airport’s theme of atmosphere.

Changing How The World Sees Art

To get more out of looking at and creating art there are two easy-to-learn concepts combined by the masters of painting that have rarely been published together – until now.

Discover simple ideas that are changing how the world sees art, and revealing a visual language that has been hiding in plain sight.

The combination of asymmetrical balance and the brightness/weight illusion is a reintroduction, from the Modernist period, of a way of seeing the world and art like an artist. Like learning to play a musical instrument (or balance a bicycle), it takes practice to coordinate all the parts.

NFT DROP: Shantell Martin & Ben Sheppee will release their Third Collection “Lapidarist” | VIDEO

British artists Shantell Martin and Ben Sheppee will release their third NFT drop on June 3rd, entitled Lapidarist. A collaborative ongoing series of works, Lapidarist deconstructs and transforms solid or valid entities. The three-dimensional nature of the now abstract structures, each of which floats aimlessly in space, contributes to their ambiguity as something imagined attempts to become something real.

With a collaborative working relationship that spans 15 years, artists Martin and Sheppee have styles that both contrast and complement each other’s practice, style, and work. 

Cindy Shaoul

Interview with Cindy Shaoul – Abstract Impressionist Artist from New York | Part 2

“Don’t let any outside noise mix-up your one-of-a-kind artistic formula. Do your thing!”

Inspired by whimsy and purity of the feminine form, Cindy Shaoul is known for her impressionistic and abstract style. She is best recognized for her series ‘Brides’, ‘Dripping Dots’ and ‘Hearts’, as well as her ‘Plein-Air’ street scenes of quintessential New York locations.

Shaoul’s works can be found in hundreds of permanent private and corporate collections worldwide.

This is Part 2 of Cindy’s exclusive interview to The World Art News.

Interview with Cindy Shaoul – Abstract Impressionist Artist from New York | Part 1

“I learned that being true to your feelings and emotions is a large part of being a successful artist”

Inspired by whimsy and purity of the feminine form, Cindy Shaoul is known for her impressionistic and abstract style. She is best recognized for her series ‘Brides’, ‘Dripping Dots’ and ‘Hearts’, as well as her ‘Plein-Air’ street scenes of quintessential New York locations.

Shaoul’s works can be found in hundreds of permanent private and corporate collections worldwide.

This is Part 1 of Cindy’s exclusive interview to The World Art News.

Are OVRs The Future of Art Sales?

Modern advancements in digital and online technology are changing the art market. Online events are becoming more popular than ever as they can be accessed by anyone from anywhere. By simply opening a screen, people are able to instantly access desired products and services from all around the world, which makes it easier than ever to engage with your artistic interests.

The art market is no exception to this trend. Over the past few years it has been strengthening its online presence, and despite an overall decline in sales, the online trade is actually at a record high, doubling in value from two years ago. It is therefore reasonable to expect further substantial growth in this sector.

At the heart of this online art world are OVRs.

Millennials And Their Role In The Modern Art Market

When it comes to the modern art world, millennials have played a crucial role in the recent years.

After the pandemic, they tremendously helped the art market to recover from countless museum, gallery, and exhibition closures.

A report from Art Basel-UBS states that in the first half of 2021, millennials spent the most on art, helping to boost the much needed recovery of the market.

Sales were also up by 10%, with millennials doubling the buying power of Gen X, and spending four times more than baby boomers!

How NFTs Benefit The Art Market?

It may be obvious but still needs to be said – the benefits of NFTs for the entire art world are tremendous!

Art that doesn’t exist in a physical form can now be bought, sold, and collected, opening many opportunities for artists, collectors, and investor.

There are also great benefits to physical art from NFTs. Art museums and galleries now have the ability to earn additional revenue from their artworks.

NFTs are clearly helping to create a unique generational synergy between the old and the new art.

DESIGNER VIVARIUM at GEMGENÈVE 2022 – Showcasing Innovative International Jewelers

GENEVA, 29 MARCH, 2022 – As always, Vivienne, aided and abetted by Ida Faerber, has scoured the globe for independent, under-the-radar designers, each with a strong concept, a well-defined design direction, individualistic point of view and sophistication of craftsmanship and use of materials.  She explains too that as a historian she particularly appreciates designs that acknowledge and respect the long and rich history of the jewel, its rituals and traditions, while at the same time challenging perceptions of the role and meaning of the jewel. The styles represented in the 2022 Designer Vivarium, as always, are all very different from each other, showing the breadth, depth and versatility of expression in today’s world of contemporary jewellery.

THE FUTURE by Subliminal Projects – New Works by Shantell Martin | Site-Specific Installation

EXHIBITION – From May 7 to June 4 Subliminal Projects is pleased to present THE FUTURE, a site-specific installation, and a series of new works by multidisciplinary artist Shantell Martin

Known for her signature black and white drawings, Martin’s work investigates themes of intersectionality, identity, and play. Through her continual exploration of the spontaneous hand-drawn line, Martin facilitates new connections between fine art, design, education, philosophy, technology, and the reciprocal relationship between artist and viewer, in which a work of art is more than an object of admiration. 

Prices on Old Rotary Phones are Up 500%

MARKET ALERT | Vintage rotary phones have been steadily rising in value and liquidity, becoming almost as good as gold.

Rare models sell between $200-2000 regularly. Even most basic rotary phones are in high demand.

Well-known home decorators are getting in the game and scooping up vintage phones from the market in bulk!

Further fuel into the fire is thrown by the limited (and constantly decreasing) supply.

Rare Porcelain from Imperial Russia by Philip Batenin

This small bell shaped tea cup, manufactured in 1830s by the famous Batenin Porcelain Factory that belonged to a wealthy merchant Philip Batenin, is a perfect example of valuable antique porcelain from the Imperial Russia. The cup features one of the rarest views ever depicted on Batenin’s creations, the Smolny Cathedral on the Neva River, which is painted completely by hand.

A similar cylindrical cup with a view of the Smolny Cathedral was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in June 2007 for £2400. Another is located in the world-famous Hermitage Museum. Nowadays, Batenin’s porcelain is quite rare and highly prized among collectors.

Who is Leonid Lindin

Leonid is one of the most skilled and imaginative precisionism artists in Europe. He he is also a hopeless romantic who uses his talent to paint spectacular fantasy scenes, often with oil on large canvases. Leonid’s artworks take time and anyone who had the pleasure to see them up-close was undoubtedly amazed by his attention to detail.

While Leonid’s favorite genre is seascapes, there are no limits to his imagination. If in real life he is a very modest man, in his art Leonid ventures into far corners of distant galaxies, sails over oceans and seas, and goes into wild winter forest of the north, not to mention the female beauty that occasionally comes to life on his canvas. A true romantic, Leonid paints romance like no one else.

NFTs Exhibited at WOW Festival in Dubai Sold to Major Digital Art Collectors 

PRESS RELEASE | DUBAI, 17 MARCH 2022 – Digital Gallery at WOW Summit Dubai Witnesses Major NFT Sale on the First Day of the Exhibition.

WOW summit commenced on the 13th of March with three full days of blockchain, metaverse industry news. The ‘Alternative Reality’ exhibition was curated by Daria Lomova, an art advisor and historian.

One of the main aims of the WOW summit was to raise public knowledge and awareness of the sweeping world of blockchain, crypto, AI, NFTs and beyond. That is why it was important for Lomova to curate an exhibition that people could relate to, while learning about the different digital art forms. 

SOLD OUT: 2022 GemGenève International Jewellery Show

PRESS RELEASE | GENEVA, 16 MARCH 2022 – The 4th edition of GemGenève will take place from 5th to 8th May 2022 at Palexpo. GemGenève organizers, Thomas Faerber and Ronny Totah, have announced there will be 160 exhibitors from all four corners of the earth.

This new spring edition already looks extremely promising, this time with a taste of rediscovered freedom. Once again, GemGenève holds many surprises and previously unseen discoveries for both visitors and exhibitors.

The show offers a 360 degree foray into the heart of the world of jewellery, precious stones, rare and unique gems, antique jewellery, historic and contemporary creations. Past, Present, Future… bringing the best in jewellery design to GemGenève!

GemGenève – Next ‘Geneva International Gem & Jewellery Show’ Starts on May 5th

PRESS RELEASE | GENEVA, 3 MARCH 2022 – From Thursday 5th May to Sunday 8th May, GemGenève opens the doors to its fourth edition at Palexpo. The meeting of gemology and jewellery professionals and enthusiasts remains faithful to its exclusive recipe: created by exhibitors for exhibitors and open to the general public, this show offers a unique platform for expression dedicated to the world of colored stones, exceptional diamonds, pearls, antique and contemporary jewellery, prestigious designers and emerging talents. The promise? A genuine laboratory of creativity. A guaranteed immersion in the heart of different jewellery trades. A high-level educational program. And of course, the wealth of human interaction offered by an in-person show like GemGenève.

How To Turn Your Art Into Income – Business Tips On How To Successfully Launch Your Career

The art industry and the creative community at large is often overlooked and sometimes even looked down upon as a career choice. In every society there is a common misconception that individuals who wish to pursue a career in the arts are throwing away their future and will never be successful.

However, in modern times, it has been proven over and over again that a career can be made from almost anything. With the right mentorship and knowledge – success can be just around the corner!

In this article we uncover some of the positive aspects of being an artist and show how to make use of one’s resources to create a name for yourself.

Japan – NUTS ART WORKS Exhibition: Works Speak Eloquently Than Lips!!!

Press Release | JAPAN, 10 FEBRUARY 2022 – SAI is pleased to present ‘WORKS SPEAK ELOQUENTLY THAN LIPS!!!’ an exhibition by NUTS ART WORKS, a craftsman known for producing store signs and graphics for fashion brands such as SUPREME, taking place from Friday 11th February to Sunday 27th February 2022.

Naoto Hinai, the artisan behind NUTS ARTWORKS, has been fascinated with vintage American culture since childhood and has worked as a self-taught hand-painted sign maker since 1996. With every step of the production process created by hand, Hinai’ s level of craftsmanship has earned him the trust of Tokyo’ s Harajuku cultural scene, as well as brands and stores in various industries. Throughout his career, he has created shop signs and graphics for leading brands, including SUPREME, NEIGHBORHOOD, Ralph Lauren, and UNIQLO.

NFT AUCTION: RtistiQ Set To Launch Digital NFTs of Raja Ravi Varma’s ‘The Coquette’ and ‘Reclining Nair Lady’

Press Release | SINGAPORE, 08 FEBRUARY 2022 – To start off the new year, RtistiQ will present the Digital NFT versions of Raja Ravi Varma’s (RRV) works ‘The Coquette’ and ‘Reclining Nair Lady’, two of his most famous paintings. With the originals considered to be National Treasures and unable to be brought out of India, the NFT versions will be auctioned online on the RtistiQ platform from 17 February to 20 February 2022.

This collection will be single editions of works of the Indian Art Legend to be tokenized and minted and this also marks the first NFT sales in collaboration with a traditional gallery and an artist foundation.

Original Artworks valued at USD 2.5M

Lithographs valued at USD 1K

How Russian Czar’s Library Ended Up In America

Most people in the United States, Russia, and the World don’t know that more than 2,500 volumes from the personal library of the Russia’s Royal Family are in the possession of the Library of Congress of the United States.

This priceless collection was formed in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg’s, Imperial Russia. It survived WWI, the 1917 Revolution as well as the Civil War that followed, eventually ending up in America.

This is the fascinating story of how it happened, told exclusively to the World Art News by a researcher who worked with these rare books.

Exclusive interview with Sandy Copeman, founder of the World’s Finest scale models company – The Amalgam Collection | Part 1

Ferraris, Bugattis, McLarens, GT40s, Formula 1s, Superyachts and even Spitfire planes – they’ve got ‘em all and in scale. The World Art News presents to you Part One of our Exclusive Interview with Sandy Copeman, the founder of the Amalgam Collection – the finest scale models company in the World!

It’s loaded with stunning photography of the most exotic sportscars and how they are made. The detail and craftsmanship of these models is so precise you’ll have trouble telling them apart from the real deal.

These works of fine automotive art are sought-after by celebrities, luxury brands, galleries, and museums such as the Louvre, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, and many others. The Amalgam Collection is an amazing place where Art meets Auto, creating spectacular automotive artworks that every automobile enthusiast and art connoisseur must see.

Could two Chinese Ming Dynasty statuettes be worth more than $36 Million

It appears that one major art fund is looking to find out. You might have heard that in 2014 a Shanghai-based art collector Liu Yiqian spent $36.3 million on a tiny porcelain Ming Dynasty cup. That news made the art reporters buzz for the whole year, bringing fame and fortune to Mr. Yiqian, and making it clear to the whole world that Chinese heritage has value, a lot of value!

The Tamoikin Art Fund (TAF) is clearly looking to test this theory, because recently it unveiled two ancient Chinese statuettes that have been attributed to the Ming Dynasty, which ruled China from 1368 to 1644.

Who is Yuri Tarasov

Yuri Tarasov was one of the strongest painters in the Soviet Union, Russia and Lithuania. While his talent had no borders, Yuri’s fantastic vision and ability to show the true classic Russian art school with a touch of modern European trends made his paintings highly controversial in the Soviet society. As the son of the Head of the Supreme Council of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, he had an opportunity to become one of the best-know artists in the USSR, but Yuri never wanted fame or money, strongly believing that great art must bring recognition and not the other way around. Ignoring the opportunities life gave him, committed only to his art and his family, Yuri Tarasov, nevertheless, became one of the top artists in the entire Soviet Union. The recognition that he so carefully avoided inevitably came to him after each and every one of his exhibitions. His art spoke for itself.

Ben’s Automotive Decor – Exclusive Interview with Ben Harvey | Part 2

“While supporting a growing family it is daunting to take the plunge from a safe, secure, and stable job, to the uncertainty of being a self-employed artist. I have sacrificed a career that I really enjoyed working as a mechanic. I left a very enjoyable position, working on a great variety of high-end cars with a good team in order to pursue my art career.”

Ben and Chloee Harvey are a young, successful couple living on the Central Coast of California. Years of training and experience as an Automotive Technician have given Ben the skill set and vision to create unique automotive furniture. With Chloee’s background in customer service and office management Ben’s Automotive Decor is a well oiled business machine. Here’s Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Ben.

Ben’s Automotive Decor – Exclusive Interview with Ben Harvey | Part 1

Ben’s Automotive Decor (B.A.D.) specializes in modern furniture made from genuine car parts, creating truly unique works of automobile art.

Ben and Chloee Harvey are a young, successful couple living on the Central Coast of California. Years of training and experience as an Automotive Technician have given Ben the skill set and vision to create unique automotive furniture. With Chloee’s background in customer service and office management Ben’s Automotive Decor is a well oiled business machine. Here’s Part 1 of our exclusive interview with Ben.

Central and Eastern European Art: A Veiled Treasure

The global Art market is undergoing change as the world continues its progression towards globalization. That specific change is the diversification of a predominantly Western Art market. This is phenomenal, but it’s also about time because it means that the Art market is finally beginning to include and value Art of all the different cultures that make up humanity. Now, not every culture or type of Art is valued or held to the same caliber yet, but we are getting there. 

One of the regions that still appears to be struggling to break into the Art Market is Central and Eastern Europe. Which is problematic because it leaves a massive gap in our understanding of Art movements, and how we are where we are in contemporary Art today. So, in order to understand what Central and Eastern European Art is, you will first need to understand what distinguishes the region from the rest of Europe. 

€1 Million Encaustic Gold Art Collection from Michael Gavrieli

Michael Gavrieli is a luxury artist from Europe, who creates exclusive art for high-end clientele. Mixing 24 karat gold and fine silver with hot, coloured bee wax, Michael paints unique encaustic artworks in the style of the ancient Romans that you won’t find anywhere else.

An exclusive “Encaustic Gold Edition” collection, valued at €1,000,000, will be exhibited at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show during Monaco Grand Prix next year, followed by an action of these one-of-a-kind paintings. Symbolizing power, energy, wealth, and iconic status, this golden art collection is bound to last for centuries. At the center of the exhibition there will be Michael Gavrieli’s masterpiece: “The Golden Phoenix,” the most expensive 24 karat gold encaustic artwork in the world.

Women in Art: A glimpse into Central & Eastern Europe

Whilst women have always been an essential topic in the visual arts they have historically been excluded from the entire artistic canon. That is not to say that women have not participated in the creation of Art, rather that the Western canon solely includes the work of men. To be more specific, the Western artistic canon includes and values the works of Western men only.

One might think that it makes perfect sense the Western Art canon is inclusive of male artists considering the fact that the first wave of feminism only begun around the late 19th century. So, before that, women weren’t really a part of many industries. Also, as stated in the name, the western Art canon is in fact “western” and does not proclaim to be the “global” art canon.

HUNTER BIDEN’S ART – FAME TRUMPS TALENT

OPINION | The rise of Hunter Biden’s art career proves that fame trumps talent. It’s a discouraging lesson for many young, talented artists who are struggling to be noticed in the overcrowded art world. The message is clear, no matter how good your art is, unless you have famous parents, chances are, you won’t make it.  

Those that decide to stay in the art game may take away a much more dangerous lesson – to be noticed you must embrace scandalous decadence and become a self-destructive public figure like Hunter Biden. After all it worked for Andy Warhol, who was a lifelong drug addict; it worked for Jackson Pollock, who was an alcoholic for most of his life; it worked for Petr Pavlensky, who nailed his scrotum to the ground; it just may work for you – right?  

FLAIR Project Collaborates with GemGenève for Inspiring Artistic Showcase

PRESS RELEASE | GENEVA, 27 OCTOBER 2021 – Jewellery insider Katerina Perez has collaborated with leading independent trade show GemGenève to debut the works of FLAIR community artists at its upcoming event in November 2021.

Attendees and exhibitors are invited to attend a talk titled – ‘The importance of creativity in art, jewellery design and brands’ communication’ – on Saturday, November 6, at 11:30 am.

All artworks are created as one-of-a-kind pieces designed exclusively for the FLAIR Project and will not be repeated. Prices varying from €1,000 to €36,000.

Czeslaw Znamierowski

Who is Czeslaw Znamierowski

Czeslaw Znamierowski was a renowned Soviet Lithuanian painter whose large body of work spanned from the 1920s until the 1970s. During his fifty-year career, he painted over 1,400 landscapes, drew over 800 sketches, and completed over 3,000 artworks. His work is particularly regarded for its featuring of stunning landscapes, some of which cover canvases larger than 8 feet by 4 feet. Due to his affiliation with socialist political movements in Russia, Znamierowski and his work have demonstrated a growing appeal to collectors in foreign markets who hold similar political affinities, particularly China, where his work is reported to have sold for as high as $120,000.

How to Make Art a Career: The Three Golden Questions to Ask Yourself

Take steps. Small steps. If you want a career to be long-lasting you don’t want to force something to grow. Building a career is just like growing a plant. It needs to be planted in good soil and taken care of while it’s still small and unknown to the world. It has to get love and the right nutrition to be able to function and to live up to its potential as a bigger plant. 

Do not rush. I can’t emphasize this enough. Yes, you need to throw yourself out there and be willing to do things that scare you, but you should never compromise with your own health – mental, physical or spiritual – nor should you lower your morals or let go of your integrity in order to get to where you want to go. This needs to be intact and if you are a solid artist your career will take off in the time you are ready for it. 

How To Discover Your Art Style

Let’s say you have discovered yourself as an artist and you want to express yourself in some of the more traditional ways we look at creativity, for example painting, singing, writing music, dancing, or sculpting and designing. If you are certain about the way and the technique you want to express yourself in, but you’re new and haven’t discovered your specific style yet, it can be a very tricky task. It’s not because you don’t have it already but because of the influence of everything around you. It is important to remember you can’t give what you don’t have. We all know this but we tend to forget it while starting to look around us and being affected by what others do and think. This leads us towards the two approaches we will highlight in this article to clarify how you can discover your art style and what actually makes an impression on your creative self.

Chris O’Rourke sculptures

Interview with Chris O’Rourke | Part 2 – Business Side of Metal Sculpting

As a longtime car and motorcycle enthusiast, Chris O’Rourke’s journey from metal fabricator to sculpture artist is a shining example of how materials typically reserved for mechanical applications are equally suited to art when in the right hands. In this two-part series, WAN has the pleasure of interviewing a unique artist whose pursuit of perfection has resulted in his work being highly valuated in the art world.

Amalgam Collection

AMALGAM COLLECTION: Fashioning The World’s Finest Scale Models

The world’s leading retailers are proud to offer these extraordinary pieces of model art, including MR PORTER and the SKP store in Beijing. Ralph Lauren commissioned 1:8 models of the 17 most important cars in his collection, that were displayed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2011 during the exhibition ‘The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection’. These models, and now a collection at 1:18 scale, continue to be available to buy at the flagship Ralph Lauren stores worldwide. Watchmaker Richard Mille commissioned several 1:5 scale models of cars from his collection, which contains some of the rarest and most significant vintage race cars.

How To Discover Yourself As An Artist

Art is an expression that needs to be allowed to flow freely. Don’t try to figure out how to do the best piece of art to fit in, do your thing. This is not about being accepted or evaluated. Some people will love you and some won’t. It’s as simple as that and you don’t need anyone’s approval to create the way you create. If you have your motives clear, have written your goals and take action one step at a time then you are doing more than 90% of the population. Most people just think and don’t believe and therefore don’t take action. That is not you. Because you are reading this I know you have a message to deliver, a piece of art that needs to be created and shared with the world.

ART IN SPACE! Interview with Sabrina Terence

Sabrina Terence is a record setting Abstract Artist that became the first to successfully send her artwork 65 km (over 200,000 feet) high into space in October of 2016.

She discovered her interest in art in 1998 during her first painting lesson while living in Germany. Since then, she has attended many art exhibitions worldwide such as Art Basel, Art Berlin, and Art Fair Singapore to name a few.

The Problem with NFTs

Around February of this year, in the midst of the still-pending cryptocurrency boom, a sub-category of digital assets started to really take off. NonFungible.com reported that by the first quarter of 2021, over $2 billion worth of transactions had taken place in the NFT market. Musician Grimes sold almost $6 million worth of digital art via digital asset marketplace Nifty Gateway, who are partnered with Sotheby’s. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey auctioned his first ever tweet as an NFT, the final bid closing at $2.9 million. UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou sold NFTs following his knockout victory over Stipe Miocic. The proceeds of the sale, $580,000, was actually more than his disclosed purse for the fight itself that earned him the belt. Despite the hype, in many regards serving as a speculator’s dream, NFTs come with inherent issues that threaten to hamper widespread and enduring adoption.

Interview with Mike Habs, a Punk Rock Abstract Artist that Goes Big

In my paintings, I work to leverage color and contrast to abstractly interpret songs that have had a meaningful impact or have helped me gain perspective throughout various points of my life. The paintings are my way of transcribing the enthusiasm, inspiration, and conceptual aspects I receive from this music, and the work then evolves as I continue to explore new techniques and approaches.

Interview with Metal Sculpture Artist Chris O’Rourke | Part 1 – $150,000 Statue

As a longtime car and motorcycle enthusiast, Chris O’Rourke’s journey from metal fabricator to sculpture artist is a shining example of how materials typically reserved for mechanical applications are equally suited to art when in the right hands. In this two-part series, WAN has the pleasure of interviewing a unique artist whose pursuit of perfection has resulted in his work being highly valuated in the art world.

The Bones of the Earth

Stone is demanding in its application to art and architecture, requiring great effort and discipline to procure, move, and fashion. It is a subtractive process, where any mistake can prove fatal to the intended product, requiring meticulous care and attention to detail. The inherent properties of stone are that it is insulative, with generally low heat conductivity, and durable, with high compressive strength. As with all things in life, while it retains varying degrees of vulnerability to weathering and deterioration, stone is generally considered to be one of the most resistant materials in existence. These properties lend themselves to a compelling philosophical argument, that those who wish to live a life or build a world of enduring strength and beauty, should not only employ the use of stone in their craft, but model themselves after it as well.

Interview with a multi-artist Annamaria Johansson – Part 2

Everyone has different preconditions, but there is only one way to become an artist, painter, or what you are dreaming of, and that is to start. You have to start to do the thing you want to do, and to become who you want to be. Put yourself out there, don’t strive for perfection, strive for progress. One day at a time, do something small to build on your dream of becoming an art entrepreneur. If you have to do other things to get going, or work part time for a while at the same time, see that as an opportunity. Life is not one page; you are writing a certain chapter at this moment, but that includes a lot, so don’t add limitations to your life when they actually don’t exist.

METRO NEWS: Soviet painting by Czeslaw Znamierowski sold in China for $120,000

Czeslaw Znamierowski, an artist who died forty years ago, is gaining fame in the 21st century. His artwork recently sold for $120,000 in China, setting a personal record.

Znamerovsky’s paintings began to be bought up by oriental auctions, galleries and collectors, according to the Chinese news agencies.

In a relatively short time, the cost of Cheslav Znamerovsky’s paintings increased from several hundred to tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Why Soviet Firearms are a Great Investment – Part 1: The SKS

Despite its relatively short term as the Soviet Union’s main battle rifle, this has not diminished the SKS rifle’s presence on the global market as an increasingly sought-after firearm that is both highly collectible and investible. There are in fact numerous reasons for this. The most readily apparent is the historical aspect. There is of course the SKS rifle’s iconic status as a classic WWII and Cold War era firearm of the Soviet Union. There is also its extensive use by other countries across numerous conflicts throughout history, including the Chinese Civil War and the Vietnam War. To this day, the SKS remains in active, secondary, and ceremonial use across the world.

Interview with a multi-artist Annamaria Johansson – Part 1

I had ignored my talent of painting for years. Perhaps it might have been hidden for a reason and revealed at a time like this. Sometimes life takes you on a journey, so you will evolve and have different experiences getting you ready for your bigger future.

My journey as an artist and painter started in late 2019. I was inspired to draw more and more. It was a powerful, intuitive feeling. I couldn’t ignore it. Then I went to buy the painting material to get started, and once I had done the first oil painting, I knew this is it, it is my gift, and it is my passion. I do believe as humans–we are capable of a lot. And to paint is one skill I want to develop as much as I can, even if it’s not the only thing I have the talent to do.

3 Valuable Toy Cars & Trucks That Your Kids Could Be Playing With Right Now

Ever wanted to have a car dealership as a kid? Maybe you desired an exotic car collection but couldn’t afford it? Well, this is your lucky day! All over North America and the world at large, adults of many ages relive their childhood memories through their beloved childhood toy cars and truck, paying handsomely for specific models. Surprisingly, some of these toys aren’t even that old, but then again, neither are adults who seek them. Seriously, there are toy car dealers who make good money buying, selling, and trading these vehicles. If you think that’s crazy, we got news for you – toy car repair shops exist as well! So when your kids get back from their 4×4 off-road trip with a busted tire, you know where to go. Just don’t forget insurance.

Interview with an Art Banker, Thomas González – $133 Million in Loans | Part 2

This time, in Part 2 of our exclusive interview, Thomas González will talk about the differences between the art and financial world, share with us how art loans change lives, and tell our readers how to get started as an investor in the global art market.

Thomas González always had a passion for art. So today, he arranges art loans and has committed himself to the art loan business.

He has developed a trusted cadre of financial partners, responsible for successfully brokering art loans above $133 Million.

THE SHIGIR IDOL – Is this 10,000 BC Artifact Worth Half a Billion Dollars?

Imagine for a moment, that you are a miner in Siberia at the end of the nineteenth century, slogging with your colleagues through the moss-laden, muck-infused waters of the mire in search of gold, only to stumble upon something far more rare. This is precisely what occurred in 1890, within the Sverdlovsk region of Russia’s Ural Mountains, when a team of laborers who were busy excavating a peat bog inadvertently discovered a strange and ornate wooden figure featuring an eerie human face. Resting at an approximate depth of four meters beneath the surface of the acidic, oxygen-low, and therefore anti-bacterial conditions of the bog that had preserved it, the mysterious object that would come to be known as the “Shigir Idol” (named after the Shigir bog it was found within) was discovered in a series of 10 fragments.

Czeslaw Znamierowski – Multicultural Artist from the Soviet Union

“For him there were no boundaries between nationalities. He readily made friends with the natives of any country…. He was no stranger to Latvians, Lithuanians, Jews, Tatars, Karaites, Russians. He was ready to help everyone if possible.”

At a time of great division in the Eastern European community a lesson in multiculturalism, unity and brotherhood can be learned from an unusual person, a Soviet Lithuanian artist Czeslaw Znamierowski (23 May 1890 – 9 August 1977). He was born in Imperial Russia on Latvian territory into a Polish family. At the age of 32 he became a citizen of the Soviet Union and soon after moved permanently to Lithuania, where he lived until his last day.

Introducing The 5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

In 2021, the Old Masters category struck the art world yet again when a Sandro Botticelli portrait from the private collection of late real estate mogul Sheldon Solow sold at Sotheby’s in New York on January 28 for $92.2 million. In comparison to the others, this is a minuscule purchase. This is a list of the top 5 most expensive paintings ever sold from Old Masters sales.

How to Launch an Artisan Soap Business

Rena Maculans is a lover of arts & crafts, nature, medicine, science and of course art. She is also a nurse that was battling COVID on the front lines, mother of two, and a successful business woman running an artisan soap enterprise. This is her success story! The beautiful and breathtaking Sierra Mountains in Central California are where Rena calls her home. Last year it caught fire, so she was stuck home between COVID and the fire for a few months. In August 2020, Sierra Soap Co by Rena was born out of the blaze and pandemic.

Art Funds – Superheroes of the Art Market

Transparent art funds that embrace technology, lawful conduct, and the scientific method to do business are what is needed. It must be understood that clients expect to multiply their capital legally, timely and responsibly, which is a much larger responsibility than just selling art to the highest bidder. Without a doubt, art funds are responsible for leading the market instead of just reacting to it. Reasonable, thought through regulations that help all market participants equally generate wealth, create transparency, freedom, and accountability must be promoted. Leaders of art funds must understand this and hold themselves to a higher standard than everyone else.

Ancient Aurum – Why Gold Antiques are a Great Investment

With this article it is my desire to reach as many owners of legally acquired gold artifacts and through our example show that you don’t have to be in hiding anymore.

With proper documentation and safety measures you can let your treasure shine without fear of theft or confiscation.

This is what this article all about; inspiring legal owners, responsible investors and collectors of ancient aurum to step into the light.

The art market needs you, investors crave for you, the world heritage depends on you.

How Professor Mikhail Tamoikin Survived Kidnapping and Torture in Ukraine, then a Mob Hit in Lithuania

In August of 2015 Mikhail Tamoikin was kidnapped at gunpoint in the center of Kiev, chained and dragged into a car, taken to a boat, where he was beaten and tortured. Miraculously he managed to escape by jumping into the river and swimming for 12 km to safety. After calling the local police, Mikhail quickly learned that the corrupt Ukrainian government officials and “on the take” law enforcement officers were responsible for his kidnapping. Prof. Tamoikin managed to barely get out of Ukraine, moving to Lithuania, but that did not stop this international criminal candidate. Just two months later a second attempt on his life took place. An unmarked car with a masked driver intentionally hit Mikhail in Vilnius city, and when he survived that, these criminals, dressed as policemen, tried to finish the job.

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