Tuesday, 14 August 2012

GOLD MEDAL ART - CASH PRIZE


Congratulations TeamGB, congratulations everyone and congratulations to you for being members of MeMyArt.

With the success of the Olympics, we've extended the deadline for entries to our Olympic Art competition.
We want you to fill our Olympcs gallery with your artwork on anything reflecting or inspired by the Olympics - Painting, drawing, photograph, sculpture, textiles, anything.

We'll send a £50 note to the person who we feel is the most original - and hopefully we'll be able to create a bit of publicity for you too.

Simply add the tag olympic12 to the piece and it will be part of the gallery.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Books don't have to be boring...

Just stumbled upon Guy Laramee and his fantastic work, using old books as his medium he carves snapshots. Personally we don't think his work needs much explanation, but if you must, here's an excerpt from his Artist Statement:

"So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are." 

Read the rest of his Artist Statement here and click here to view the rest of his work.





Also check out this book wall exploring psychical and mental barriers by Joe Parker.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Sweet - Make it stick!

'Sugar Cubist' Brendan Jamison's homage to Sir Henry Tate, the man who made the sugar cube, is to be displayed next to the real building at West Norwood Cemetery, London. It will feature in the outdoor sculpture trail from 22nd June to 20th July 2012.

Brendan Jamison, well known for creating sculptures out of sugar cubes, is said to enjoy the "freedom in working with them" to create a "beautiful finish" with a "fairytale sparkle".

This made us think what non conventional materials have you recently used to create Art? Let us know in the comments...

P.S. Candy and sweets from MeMyArt members...

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

77 Tonne Sculpture - Slipstream is BIG!

77 Tonnes, that's quite a work of art.  Heathrow airport have unveiled plans for a new sculpture, called Slipstream, that will hang in Terminal 2.

Designed by Richard Wilson, the sculpture combines precision engineering with the "sense of velocity and movement of a stunt plane".

The piece, if piece is not too small a word, will be the longest permanent sculpture in Europe and will hang 20 metres from the ground when the Terminal opens in 2014.

Richard Turner, who has been a Royal Academician since 2006 and a Turner Prize nominee, draws heavily on the world of engineering and construction for inspiration. Slipstream is no exception using leading‐edge design technology, normally used by aerospace industry computer programmers, to translate the volume of an aircraft's movement through space.

"This work is a metaphor for travel," says Wilson of the design. "It is a journey from A to B, where sensations of velocity, acceleration and de-acceleration follow us at every undulation."

At MeMyArt.com we do not have anything quite that big, but how about a knitted aeroplane as created by Claire Platt, now we like that and it looks great!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

British Sculpture Film Archive

If you find yourself temped to flick on the telly and soak up some TOWIE, MiC or The Voice, why not hang fire and investigate the BBC Sculpture Archive?

The archive features interviews with  the likes of Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth as well as more contemporary sculptors like Anish Kapoor and Anthony Gormley.

You can see the films here http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/sculptors/

Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond are responsible for the Olympian structure ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic park. This time-lapse video of the structure is quite fun!


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Our £100 winner is...

When we set out to survey MeMyArt members, we were hoping to find out what you liked about the site and where there was room for improvement.

We had many, many complements and kind words as well as a fair amount of criticism.  The winner was always going to be someone who could tell us where we were going right and point out where we needed  to pull up our socks! And the winner is... Alex Walsh who did just that.  You can read her comments below;
MeMyArt is my favourite website to upload art work to (over facebook and deviantart). I feel my art work gets displayed to a broader audience in comparison with facebook and I feel like a valued member of the website (due to personal emails recieved from Milly) which is lacking in deviantart. 
GOOD:
  • I really like the layout of the home page, especially the tiled display of user's art. This is an easy way to see new work as opposed to using just the search bar at the top. I also like the fact there is featured students and portfolios, when I was featured it increased my confidence in my art work!
  • The layout of my profile (with a profile picture, portfolios and thumbnails of my work) makes it easy to navigate through and see all of the work I have uploaded. 
  • I think the categories available to fill out whilst uploading art work (description, medium, size, subject, tags etc) are useful in allowing the artist to provide succinct information to the viewers of their work (and potential buyers!). 
  • The option to post art work on facebook and twitter is also a useful feature in getting art work more well-known and also in drawing attention to your MeMyArt profile.
  • I like the fact you can follow other artists and that they can follow you.
IMPROVEMENTS:
  • I think there needs to be easier navigation when you are viewing a piece of work to be able to go onto the next one (as opposed to having to go back to the profile and click on the next thumbnail)
  • It would be useful if notifications were more obvious; on facebook when another user comments on a photograph you receive a red notification at the top of the screen. A similar method would allow me to instantly see new comments, followers and inbox messages.
  • I have noticed some other users have re-posted my work on facebook and twitter but there is no link for me to see what they have said about it. 
Overall, I think MeMyArt is a brilliant way to share art work amongst like-minded students and a great platform in getting your art work noticed! I feel like a valued member of an online community.
Well Alex you and all our members are valued members of an online community, thanks to you all for responding and well done to Alex.

P.S. We are still chuckling at this feedback: "I'm a dinosuar rar... Send me the £100 and I won't lay eggs". 

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Munch's 'The Scream' could make £50m today

Wow, imagine painting a picture that makes you £50million! OK it is over 60 years after the artist's death.

Today, The Scream, by Edvard Munch will go on sale in New York and if you have a few spare pounds it could be yours.

It is one of the Munch's earlier works painted in 1893 when he was 30.  He died in 1944 aged 80 and bequeathed 1,100 paintings, 4,500 drawings, and 18,000 prints to the city of Oslo who built the Munch Museum.

We have some screams on MeMyArt, just type scream into the search engine.

There is some slightly more affordable art if you want to hang something on your wall, certainly more affordable that Munch's Scream!

Monday, 30 April 2012

A1 and A2 Portfolio Winners

Thanks to everyone who took part in our survey – we really appreciated your replies both good and bad.
Luckily most of you loved it and we are really encouraged to keep improving and growing the site. Watch out for developments in the future.

We’ll be posting the results and all your comments soon when we’ll also be revealing the winner of the £100 prize.

See below if you are one of the 100 lucky winners of our great portfolios – if you missed out you can always buy them on the site – here’s what one of you said in the survey .. The prices are amazing as my A1 portfolio was pretty much half the price of a decent portfolio anywhere else and is top quality. Can't complain really!  And we also sell clear plastic sleeves to go in them.

Keep the comments rolling in – thanks Milly

Portfolio Winners
Fara sheikh
Alice tillett
Thomas Jones
Megan O'Hara
Charlie McShane
Annabel Hulme
Emily Church
Abi Delaney
Dom Warder
Laura Coppolaro
Miss Naomi Boobbyer
Amy
Helen Rowland
Annaliese Creasey
April Harvey
Beth Naish
Shajida Begum
Niall Doyle
Phillipa Micklewright
Yolanda Leask
Emily
Isabella Bowie
Gwendolen Coe
Michael Bacon
Thomas Perring
Katie McEwan
Annemarieke Kloosterhof
Yves Pacquing
Jimmy Lei
Sophia Levantis
Thomas Latham
Úna Haran
zahra munawar
Shanika Nevers
Sophie
Andreia Gaspar da Costa
Nettle Grellier
Sam Bullock
Kathryn love
Milly Dagnell
Gemma Bagley
Pasquale Videtta
Chris Slesser
bridget askew
Holly Bowden
Holly Pascoe
James Collins
Rebecca Houlton
Laura Collazo
Maisy Osbon
Casey Smith-Beckford
clem collyer-bristow
Hana Aubad
Lucy Grice
paul anderson
Sue Fuller
Emma Buxton
Christian Moorhead
Wesley Hill
Anna Mundon
Grant Wilson
Bradley Guy
Sianay Woodbury
Francis Nurse
Aisha Al-Hadeethy
Jocelyn Roberts
Jessica Dally
Danny Hodgkinson
Joe Parker
Darren Ong You Jie
Nathaniel Fay
Sarah Hingley
Amy Rhead
Debra Plucknett
Caroline Jackson
Ambar Syed
Maria Kubiak
Bethany Coe
Yee Poon
Frank Foy
Alex McIntyre
Sophia Barber
Laura Bentley
Kirsty Ratcliffe
Sara Litherland
Kristel Vigo
Sharon Jones
Karen Flecknell
Kerry Grosvenor
Patrice McFarlane
Megan Welstead
Marnie Taylor
Natalie Murgatroyd
Omena Osivwemu
Peter
Katie McTernan
Bronwen Lewis
Esi Essel
Holly Farmer
Sian Williams

New portrait of Prince Philip

A new portrait of Prince Philip has been unveiled. The painting by the artist Jemma Phipps, who has previosuly painted pictures of the Queen and Prince Charles, was commissioned to hang in the Officer's Mess of the Queen's Royal Hussars.

According to the artist, Prince Philip sat for four 1 hour sessions and that"...he has a good sense of humour and can tell a good anecdote - he kept me on my toes."

The portrait will be on display at the Mall Galleries in London from May 3rd to 18th as part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition.

Why not have a look at the portraits painted by Art Students at MeMyArt.com?

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Art or Bullshit - who decides?

A review of Glasgow Festival of Visual Arts: The new Scottish colourists, in yesterday's Guardian art and design pages, has generated some caustic comments.

The Festival includes Charles Rennie Mackintosh spattered with paint, a diamond forged in the UK riots, and a bouncy Stonehenge.

The journalist, Chris Searle, ends his piece by saying "...This is not bad art, this is life." Does that then make it good art? Not according to a bunch of commentators on the article -
"Is this pretentious drivel for self-serving profile of the the crop of nouveau liberalist 'luvvies' this months Guardian prospective entrant for 'pseuds corner?" Ouch! 
"Bored" 
"There were the Scottish colourists. And there is this." 
"It is a nice bouncy castle, but it most definitely is not art!"
And trying to bring the discussion some balance;
"Is it art? Or is it bullshit? You, the viewer, can decide...   "
A fair point and normally one we respond to by stroking our chins and (wisely?) declaring "Ahhh but what is art?" or some such artistic maxim. And of course we are forever trying to answer that question with varying degrees of success and, more often, much disagreement about the proposed definition.

If we define bullshit, does it help? If it's not bullshit is it art? Bullshit as a noun, and in describing the artist's output, can be defined as "Something worthless, deceptive, or insincere". Is the work worthless? that is best decided by the market or the commissioner. Deceptive? The artists may not have intended to deceive, but some viewers may feel deceived.  Insincere? probably not - and what if the artist sincerely wanted to bullshit the viewer?

Which brings us to the verb definition; "To attempt to mislead or deceive by talking nonsense", lets interchange talking with painting and creating? Mmm.. many writers have created artistic nonsense; James Thurber, Flann O'Brien, Theodore Roethke and John Lennon. Picasso declared that
"By amusing myself with all these games, all this nonsense, all these picture puzzles, I became famous... I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time."
Creating nonsense then does not make for bullshit, is it the attempt to mislead or deceive? no, the trompe-l'oeil has long been used by artists from Masaccio to Dali and Magritte.

So if an artist decided to create some nonsense work with a view to deceiving the public and even called it "Bullshit 1" and it was well received, then there is a fair case for calling it art.

No-one can tell you something is bad art or good art, OK they can tell you, but you do not have to agree, and if it's bullshit, it may still be good art.  As our balanced commentator above says - "You, the viewer, can decide", can being an important word!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Genghis Khan joins City of Sculpture Fest...

A 5 meter tall bronze sculpture of Mongolian warrior Genghis Khan has been unveiled in London.

The statue is the creation of Dashi Namdakov and will be located next to Cumberland Gate until early Sept.

The artist has an interest in the Nomadic Tribes of Mongolia and created the artwork in honour of the 850th anniversary of the warrior's birth. He commented "If I wanted to show him as a warrior I would have shown him as a warrior, but he is a thinker in this case. He is a divine figure in my country."

Westminster Council selected the statue as part of its ongoing City of Sculpture festival, which was launched in 2010.

More on the story here and here's a Warrior Woman by Anuujin Nyamaa on our own MeMyArt.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Students can now sell their art!

Way back when we dreamt up MeMyArt, we thought it would be great if students could offer their art for sale and people looking for affordable art could have a place to find artworks for sale at reasonable prices.

Well now the dream is reality. Following several months of agonising over how best to match up art students with interested buyers, developing and testing, students over 16 can now put their artwork on sale at MeMyArt.

If you are a student you can place any amount of your art on sale and already art buyers can buy it.
How is it different from other student art services? Well as mentioned there is no limit to the art you can sell and the artwork is not 'curated' prior to sale - in fact the artist is in total control.

To find out how it works visit http://www.memyart.com/staticPages/how-artwork-sales-work and get selling and buying!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Back shortly...

You may be wondering what's happening with MeMyArt.com?

It's not working you say, for which we are sorry.

We're trying to get it sorted and it should be back up and running within a few hours.

Thank you for your patience.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Personal Statements

What Admissions staff tell UCAS they are looking for in a personal statement:
Evidence of:
- fascination with the visual world
- ability to articulate influences (e.g. artists, designers, film makers)
- an understanding of the course
- capability to develop ideas (visually & conceptually)
- abilty to take (and benefit from) constructive criticism in studio environment
- no hint of arrognce or pomposity (e.g. I am the successor to ....)

Let us know your tips, worries, questions

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Flickr Artwork into MeMyArt

Ever wanted to upload more than one piece of Art from your computer at a time? Or maybe you've thought about magically moving your images from Flickr to MeMyArt?

Either way we got you covered with our new Import tools which allow Members to Import multiple pieces of Art from either their Flickr accounts or their Computers. To top it all off we spent weeks making it uber simple.

How to get started:
  1. Click 'Add Artwork' from your Profile Page (after logging in)
  2. Then click either 'Upload Multiple Files' or 'Import from Flickr' and follow the on screen instructions
Then you sit back and watch it all happen

Friday, 27 January 2012

Keep your Artwork Safe in clear plastic Sleeves

Just got our Portfolio Sleeves A1 and A2

We're able to offer free postage on these quality Portfolio Sleeves and that’s on top of already low prices.
A2 Sleeves start at 98p each (when you buy 25)
A1 Sleeves start at £1.30 (when you buy 20).

or you can buy in packs of 5 or 10.

And, of course, money back if you’re not delighted.0

Limited stock at this price – have a look now.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Boxes of Art - New Homepage


We recently changed our homepage to showcase the latest pieces uploaded by members of MeMyArt, this is limited to three per member to exhibit the diversity of Art uploaded and to allow everyone a fair chance of getting their new work on the homepage.

At the bottom of the new homepage we have a list of the latest Blog posts, which allows MeMyArt members to share their views without questioning whether they are talking to a brick wall. We hope this feature helps Artists interact more through Blog comments and finding work by people that you may not otherwise have come into contact with.

We think the new homepage is an improvement and would love to hear your views on the recent changes.

Psst....have you seen/tried our new Portfolio manager? Some people say it's magic - have a look here....

Friday, 13 January 2012

MeMyArt A1 Portfolios Now in Stock!

As promised we now have A1 Portfolios for Artists in stock, you must be a member of MeMyArt.com to get one of these great portfolios at the heavily discounted price. You can sign up to MeMyArt for Free!

We also have A2 Portfolios - both the A1 and A2 Portfolios are a safe, secure and simple way for Art students to transport Artwork.

These limited A1 and A2 Portfolios are available exclusively to MeMyArt.com members at this price. We are passing on the savings on to our members which means you can get a Portfolio worth at least twice as much as what it costs you.

We're also offering free postage and free returns if you’re not completely satisfied. So go ahead and order one for yourself, a friend or family member.

Remember these are limited so it’s first come first served and although we will be getting more in, we only have a limited number at this price.

Click here to order your A1 Portfolio from MeMyArt.com.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

New Feature - Easier Portfolio Manager

We've just introduced a new, easier, way to build and manage your online portfolios.

It's really simple, login here or register here if you haven't done so.

Create a Portfolio
Then create a Portfolio by following this link.

Edit a Portfolio

Open the Portfolio you wish to edit. Then click 'Edit Portfolio' followed by 'Click here to try the new Portfolio manager.' link to start editing your Portfolio. It's really simple to add a piece of Art to the Portfolio - just click on a image in 'Artwork not in Portfolio' section and to remove a piece click on the one you want to remove from the 'Artwork in Portfolio' section.

Give it a go and tell us if you like it! Or let us know how we can improve it.