Described as “the world’s first feature-length painted animation,” a forthcoming film will tell the life story of Vincent van Gogh through over 120 of his own oil paintings. Loving Vincent, produced by the Oscar-winning animation studio Breakthru Films, brings together the skills of over 100 painters trained specifically to mimic van Gogh’s own technique and brushstrokes, with each frame composed of actual, hand-painted artworks. Together, they produced multiple versions of his works that each has subtle variations so that when stitched together, they form moving scenes, with every second of the film featuring a total of 12 oil paintings.
Although the directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have yet to announce a release date, they shared a trailer last week that treats us to a stunning visual display. Van Gogh’s brushwork is especially suited to animation: his swirls and broad, fluid lines, which on canvas already give the illusion of motion, are now even more dynamic. The ripples created on screen make details such as water and smoke particularly hypnotic, constantly engaging the eye.
Over a year in production and backed through Kickstarter, the film draws its plot from over 800 of van Gogh’s own letters. It follows the painter’s troubled life up to his death in 1890, standing as a portrait of an artist as constructed through his own medium and creations.
Join Hyperallergic for an online conversation with cultural organizer and curator La Tanya S. Autry on February 1 at 7pm (EST).
This week, the Tonga eruption as captured from space, Boston gets a big gift of Dutch and Flemish painting, 30 years of New Queer Cinema, an important Marcel Breuer house is demolished, and much more.
At this free online summit, hear from architects Tadao Ando and Lesley Lokko; artist Himali Singh Soin; author Amitav Ghosh; design studio Formafantasma; and more.
Being bowled over by an unknown artist’s first one-person show does not happen often but when it does, it renews your faith that the art world is not just about buzz and hype.
Surrealist images of a Rice Krispies box or Yukon Gold potato explore how data is transformed into the visual language called art.
This immersive video installation utilizes waterscape scenes to speak about concepts such as existence, intimacy, healing, and aquatic ecology.
What is wonderful about the online photography exhibition What Have We Stopped Hiding? is that one is given entrée to the internal monologue of the artists featured in the show.
Self-taught artists were invited to exhibit, and sell, their fuzzy stacks of pancakes and tasseled tapestries.
Curator, educator, and transdisciplinary artist Jova Lynne is coming from MOCAD to lead Temple Contemporary exhibitions and public programs.
Our culture seems obsessed with the artist/model relationship, portrayed in countless movies and narratives as a relationship that is lustful and scandalous.
Creator Art Spiegelman said he was “baffled” by the decision and called the school board’s behavior “Orwellian.”
The winners of this year’s Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest prove that life is indeed better under the sea.