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Steve Hanks was born on November 24, 1949 on San Diego.
Lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Steve Hanks is recognized as one of the best watercolor artists working today.
The detail, color and realism of Steve Hanks’ paintings are unheard of in this difficult medium. A softly worn patterned quilt, the play of light on the thin veil of surf on sand, or the delicate expression of a child — Steve Hanks captures these patterns of life better than anyone.
Steve Hanks was born into a military family in San Diego in 1949. His father was a highly decorated WWII Navy flyer. Hanks grew up playing tennis and surfing along the beaches of Southern California. “The ocean made a strong and lasting impression on me. It was good for the soul to be out in the water — surfing, swimming, or simply getting in touch with its mysterious power.”
The family was transferred to New Mexico when Steve was a junior. After high school he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco, earning excellent marks in commercial art and figure drawing. He transferred to the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Steve Hanks took a job as a caretaker at a Campfire Girl’s camp near Cuba, New Mexico in 1976. The pay was minimal, but the rent was free, and all during the winter months his time was his own. For the next four and a half years Hanks experimented with many media: oils, watercolor, pencil, acrylics. “If I hadn’t spent so much time perfecting my drawing skills,” he comments, “I would not be the painter I am today.” His first romantic piece, “Daisies and Lace”, was a harbinger of his developing style — it featured a lacy dress and a serene sunlit setting.
Hanks calls his style ‘emotional realism’. He often leaves the faces of his figures obscured or turned away, not only to leave the face to the imagination of the viewer but also to allow the entire figure to express the emotion. Backlighting is also a signature element of his style. “Sunlight has become one of my favorite subjects. I’m fascinated by how it filters through things, how it floods a whole room with color. Often my paintings are really more about sunlight than anything else.” His marriage to Laura and the arrival of three children provided new inspiration for the artist. Many lovingly rendered domestic scenes were added to the portfolio during those years.
Jurors, galleries and collectors have long recognized the stature of Steve Hanks’ achievements. He received the National Watercolor Society Merit Award and the National Academy of Western Art Gold Medal, in addition to consistently appearing in the list of top ten American artists compiled by U.S. Art Magazine. Art for the Parks has honored his work with many awards since 1989.
Sigur Rós are inviting film makers and video directors to create an original video for one of the tracks from their new album Valtari. In keeping with the Mystery Film Experiment concept, the brief is completely open for entrants to take inspiration from the world around them to devise and execute a masterpiece.
PHILOSOPHY | Amongst the Waves
"Tonight we will swim. Amongst the waves I can feel myself. "
To leave behind the usual light; to find the essence of the unknown.
As the night approaches we loose sight of the effimeral; and we are ready to plunge in our desire for life.
"The video suspends the final moments before nightfall, while the body can be anything without pretense."
FILOSOFIA | Tra le onde
"Questa notte andremo a nuotare; lì tra le onde mi riesco a sentire."
Lasciare dietro di se la luce consueta per ricercare l'essenza del non visibile; In prossimità della notte perdiamo di vista le differenze effimere e siamo pronti al tuffo che anela la vita.
" il video ferma e sospende gli ultimi istanti prima del tuffo, quando il corpo può essere qualsiasi cosa senza lo sforzo di volerlo essere"
The video is loop projected while seven female mannequin busts are hung from the ceiling, wearing shirts with pictures representing the news. “Seven” days of the week. “Seven” capital sins. The busts symbolize the media, the anchors giving the news on TV as if it were an entertainment show, rather than a horrible drama of truth. My nude body, as a means of communication, protests in opposition to the vulgar exploitation and merchandise of the female body, and to show that the news should be given as it is, harsh, cruel as it often happens. “Liberty and Potatoes”, was French revolutionary André Chenier’s motto, beheaded for having denounced the horrors of his time. I say, the news should be given without distorting its meaning, fighting political, economic interests that try to twist reality. I am direct, clear, not afraid nor ashamed. My face is covered, as I am a collective identity. “Art is dangerous. If it’s chaste it isn’t art”. (Pablo Picasso)
Социальный ролик против СПИДа.
Ей нужна дипломная работа. Ему нужен наследник. Они встретились в башне замка, и он сделал с ней это... Студентка чумачечего универа и не подозревала, что ее дипломная работа обернется кошмаром, превратившим ее мышь.
Теперь наследник нужен и ей. Без долгой крови Дракула стар и немощен. Единственный способ зачать от вампира - напоить его кровью экзотических животных до самого конца.