Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante and Lewis Carroll

Move over Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante is a spectacular gigantic painting by the Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An (2006, oil on canvas). The original is an impressive 20′ x 8.5′ (6m x 2.6m). If you go to this link, there is a very large high-quality image that lets you hover your mouse over faces to see who they are, with a Wikipedia link. Where’s Lewis Carroll?

Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante - by Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An (2006, oil on canvas)

 Hint: Lewis Carroll is literally hiding. I love how Darwin and Noah seem to be the same person. Also, when you click on the camel, it takes you to a list of “celebrities that look like camels.” There’s a further discussion of some of the clever quirks of the painting here at Convivium. For instance, “Leonardo da Vinci worked for evil rulers such as Cesare Borgia and here he listens politely to Stalin’s mad schemes.”

Alice Art from Auchtermuchty, Scotland

Paintings inspired by Alice from the brush of Scottish artist Marie Wrightson are currently on display at the Leith Gallery in Edinburgh. If popping over to Scotland this week isn’t in your schedule, you can see the artwork on the Leith Gallery website.

Wrightson, who is based in the town of Auchtermuchty, paints in oils on themes of childhood and fantasy.

Marie Louise Wrightson "The March Hare"

Marie Louise Wrightson "Alice's Mad Hatter"

Marie Louise Wrightson "Pool of Tears"

Wrightson’s paintings are part of a “Down the Rabbit Hole” month at the Leith Gallery. Other Wonderland-inspired art on display includes stained glass sculptures of Cheshire cats and mimsy borogroves by Emma Butler-Cole Aitken, jewelry by Pauline Eadie, and Wonderland bronzes from the Robert James Workshop. The latter were previously exhibited at the Hampton Court Flower Show, and are rumored to be at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show. The exhibition will run until the end of this month.

Robert James Workshop

Emma Butler-Cole Aitken "Mimsey Borogove 1"

"Curiouser and Curiouser" at the Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra CA

Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra CA

Next Saturday will be the opening night of “Curiouser and Curiouser: Inspired by ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” an exhibition of new artwork at the Nucleus Gallery in downtown Alhambra CA.

In addition to work from a remarkably long list of exhibiting artists, opening night will feature a number of artifacts and stills from the impending Disney movie.

… Opening Night only, glimpse into the creative brilliance of Disney Studios as exclusive concept art, production, and film stills will be shown from the upcoming Alice In Wonderland!

Exhibition Features:

  • Never-before seen concept art, production and film stills for Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ courtesy of Disney Studios.
  • Maquettes for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on exhibit courtesy of Gentle Giant Studios.
  • Dress up in your best ‘Alice’ inspired attire for a chance to win prizes.
  • Cha for Tea serving up tasty teas.
  • Music by DJ Ronicus.
February 27 until March 29, 2010
Opening Reception February 27, 7pm – 11pm
Nucleus Gallery, 210 East Main Street, Alhambra CA 91801
Phone: 626-458-7482

“Lewis Carroll as the White Rabbit” oil painting by Steven Kenny

This fresh vision of Lewis Carroll is by artist Steven Kenny. There is something about the blend of strangeness and comedy that seems just right.

 

The 24″ by 18″ oil painting [was formerly] on display at the Glass Garage Gallery in West Hollywood. 

More of Steven Kenny’s work can be viewed on his website.