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Victor Vasarely (1908-97) Grandfather/Leader of the Op Movement

Victor Vasarely created eye-popping art.  He is known for his optical illusionism, where he approached his artworks in a scientific manner - blocking out new patterns using geometry and physics.  He mapped out his major works by using colored paper squares, circles and triangles, building compositions before creating paintings and serigraphs.

Vasarely created kinetic vibrations to the eye by juxtaposing contrasting shapes and colors.  His grid arrangements provide a depth of field by using patterning gradation.  The colors float on the surface, highlighting and shadowing areas that accentuate optical involvement.  These colors are primary and secondary.  As in the untitled piece below:

Halloween Horror! Rangda, The Demon Queen

Our Halloween painting celebrates Rangda.  Rangda is the demon queen of the leyaks in Bali, according to traditional Balinese mythology.  Terrifying to behold, the child-eating Rangda leads an army of evil witches against the forces of good.  She is depicted as a mostly nude old woman, with long and unkempt hair, pendulous breasts, and claws. Her face is traditionally a horrifying fanged and goggle-eyed mask, with a long, protruding tongue. As illustrated in the painting below:

This painting comes from deep within the country of Indonesia, and from the great island of Bali, which still to this day remains predominantly Hindu.  The art craft capital of Bali is Ubud.  The painting of Rangda is accomplished by bamboo brush in the classical style directly on the canvas fabric. Signed with: W. CAMENG. 5. Ubud, Bali, which appears to be more of an address than an artist's signature.  The painting was accomplished in the1960s and framed by the high-end house of Mickelson’s Gallery, Washi…