Researchers at University College London and art conservators have developed a method to diagnose the state of painting canvases
from the back, without disturbing a single fibre, to see if they can withstand the stress of handling and travel.
One of my fondest early memories dates to the time 1 was between ages 5 and 9, when I helped my father "tend the canvas." Our binder had three canvases
. The long reel canvas measured 20-33 feet long.
We set tables with white tablecloths, plates, napkins and utensils--all posing as canvases
. When students get dressed in white paper clothing, watch out--they have become walking canvases
ready for painting.
Those were canvases
by masters -- one each by the late F.
start from only pounds 20 (12" x 12" size) plus pounds 10 delivery per order (not per canvas).
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, pounds 35, Additions Direct (0870 413 5000)' Dogs canvas print, pounds 5, QS (08449 020 020, www.qsgroup.co.uk)' Scarface canvas, pounds 69.99, Woolworths (0870 411 7112)' Watercolour landscape by Joanne Last, pounds 49.90, Ikea (0845 355 1141)' Chinese shoes canvas, pounds 29.99, The Pier (0845 609 1234)' Audrey Hepburn by Phil Handsley, pounds 49.90, Ikea (0845 355 1141, www.ikea.co.uk)' Bloomsbury wall panel, pounds 79.95, The Cotswold Company (0870 241 0973)' 3 red abstract circle panels, pounds 13, Next (0845 600 7333)' 3 abstract circles wall art, pounds 29.99, Argos (0870 600 2020, www.argos.co.uk)
However densely worked his canvases
are, there is a lightness to Martin's proceedings, a relishing of the "wrong" or "ugly" that becomes a dare: Why not?
The decorative patterns were reflected onto the canvases
with a projector (available from art-supply and crafts stores) then each design was traced and painted.
The best news is that all these canvases
are priced realistically.
Gallery-wrapped and museum-wrapped canvases
are stretched on hemlock stretcher bars, and all canvas products are printed on high-grade, water-resistant canvas using durable, pigment-based inks.
First, although the eight paintings in "Bacchus, Psilax, Mainomenos" are individual works, their perfect fit in the large, squarish gallery made them an environmental piece: If not executed precisely for the space, these horizontal tan canvases
covered with swirling red loops were obviously created with it in mind.
Noh Sang-Kyoon has had but one modus operandi for more than a decade: He glues rows and rows of sequins all over canvases
and found objects, giving every item a signature glistening finish.
"We are doing more canvases
than paper," noted Gretchen Trainer, production manager.
in the show, such as one covered with pink-and-white star-shaped patches or two works made of dyed burlap, miss their mark and seem to have neither a clear animating impulse nor enough visual allure to distract us from the lack thereof.
His "Black Paintings" of 1977-78, for example, were constructed from fragments of brightly colored abstract canvases
that recall the work of Hans Hofmann--except that the Washington-based artist's compositions are virtually buried under strata of granular black acrylic.