Celebrity Art Collectors

by Beth

Ohhh...Alright..., 1964, Art Print by Roy Lichtenstein

Have you always wanted to collect art like a celebrity? Most of us don’t have big enough bank accounts that would allow us to hang an original Monet or Van Gogh painting in our homes. However, hanging a framed art print of original painting allows you to enjoy your favorite artwork at a fraction of the cost. Check out some of our favorite celebrity art collectors to find out which artists they like.

Madonna has an art collection that most museums would envy. She enjoys original paintings from Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Tamara de Lempicka and Pablo Picasso. During the 1980s, Madonna was part of the elite club scene along with Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Steve Martin, a well-known comedian, is surprisingly serious about his art collection. Artists that have been part of Martin’s collection include Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Georges Seurat. The Roy Lichtenstein painting, Ohhh…Alright…, was at one time part of Martin’s private collection.

Steve Wynn, owner of the Sunset Strip, has an impressive compilation of original artworks. Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are part of Wynn’s collection. Other artists’ works that Wynn collects includes Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso.

Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat

Original art from Jean-Michel Basquiat has a place in many celebrities’ collections, such as John McEnroe, Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz. Rapper and producer, Swizz Beatz, also collects artwork from Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg also have an interest in the arts. In fact, the two directors joined forces to display their original Norman Rockwell paintings.

Visit BandagedEar.com to decorate your home or office with art prints like your favorite celebrities.

Featured Artist: Raphael

by Beth

"School of Athens" Art Print by Raphael

Raphael (1483 –1520) was an Italian Renaissance artist who is most well-known for his frescoes in the Vatican Palace. He was born in Urbino, Italy to Giovanni Santi, a court painter to Federico III da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino. Throughout his life, Raphael socialized with the highest social circles. Along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael is part of the trinity of great masters of the High Renaissance.

In 1508, Raphael moved to Rome and was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint four rooms at the Vatican Palace. The rooms were originally intended as personal suites for the pope, but Pope Julius II died before they were completed. Raphael continued his work under the commission of Pope Leo X.

The Small Cowper Madonna, c.1505, Art Print by Raphael

The majority of Raphael’s remaining artworks still remain at the Vatican Palace in the Four Raphael Rooms: Room of the Segnatura, Room of Heliodorus, Room of the Fire in the Borgo and the Room of Constantine. Raphael’s most well-known work—which can be found in the Room of the Segnatura—is The School of Athens.

In addition to The School of Athens, the top Raphael art prints from BandagedEar.com include The Cherubim Putti Angels of The Sistine Madonna, The Small Cowper Madonna and The Madonna Del Granduca.

 

Vote for your Favorite Framed Version of “Red Cannas” Art Print by Georgia O’Keeffe

by Beth

We had a great response to our blog post, “Vote for your Favorite Framed Version of “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh Art Print.” In addition to selling high-quality art prints, BandagedEar.com can also frame your art print for a fraction of the cost of local framers. The website provides shoppers with the ability to customize a framed art print by choosing the cropping, moulding, matting and glazing.

Below you will find five different framed versions of the Red Cannas art print by Georgia O’Keeffe. Let us know in the comments which version you prefer!

Option 1

Moulding: Slope Front Silver, Bottom Mat: Tablet White, Middle Mat: Red, Top Mat: Tablet White

Option 2

Moulding: Tuscan Rustic Mahogany

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Green Color Palettes

by Beth

Discover how to incorporate green into  your decorating color schemes with inspiration from art prints from BandagedEar.com. From mint green to forest green or lime green to teal, the color green is cool color that creates a soothing effect in any living space.

Green Color Scheme: Green Oak Leaves by Georgia O'Keeffe

Green Color Scheme: Essence of Green by Marilyn Bridges

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Chinese New Year 2014: The Year of the Horse

by Beth

Chinese New Year is celebrated annually on the first day of the Chinese calendar. There are 12 cycles of animals that are recognized in the Chinese Zodiac. In 2014, we celebrate The Year of the Horse on January 31, 2014. The holiday is celebrated with a variety of traditions, depending on the country or region. In days surrounding the holiday, you’ll see fireworks, beautiful lanterns and decorations to welcome in the New Year. Families typically gather for a reunion dinner on the eve of the New Year and it is also traditional to clean out your home to rid your life of bad luck and make room for good fortune.

Celebrate 2014, the Year of the Horse, with horse-themed art prints from BandagedEar.com.

Horse On The Hill, Art Print by Judy Mandolf

Blue Horse I, Art Print by Franz Marc

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Color Palettes for Restaurants

by Beth

Are you decorating a restaurant? Check out these color palettes from BandagedEar.com to help solidify your color choices for the décor. BandagedEar.com also has a wide variety of food and wine art prints to add a finishing touch to any restaurant, business or home.

Restaurant Color Palette: 10 A.M., Art Print by Robert Hoglund

Restaurant Color Palette: Breakfast Cafe - mini, Art Print by David Fischer

Restaurant Color Palette: Wine Bar With French Glass, Art Print by Nicole Etienne

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Baby Nursery Themes

by Beth

When you’re preparing for your new bundle of joy, start thinking about themes for the nursery. Whether you’re having a boy, a girl or both, BandagedEar.com has art prints that will add color and character to complement your theme of choice.

Peek-A-Boo Pirate, Art Print by Yuko Lau

Discover unique children’s room ideas that go beyond blue and pink for a one-of-a-kind nursery to welcome your little one to your home and your family.

Pirates
Shiver me timbers! A pirate theme is sure to bring a playful ambiance to your nursery. Aaaare you ready for buried treasure, pirate ships and a lively nautical theme? A variety of art prints available on BandagedEar.com will make the perfect accessories: Treasure Island I, art print by Sophie Harding, Peek-A-Boo Pirate art print by Yuko Lau and A Pirate’s Life for Me art print by Becca Barton.

Princess
Expecting a little princess?

Goodnight Sweet Princess, Art Print by Stephanie Marrott

If you love the color pink, a princess theme might be the perfect choice. Decorate with tulle, ruffles lace and pastel colors. Discover art prints such as Goodnight Sweet Princess art print by Stephanie Marrott, Princess Hall art print by Serena Bowman and Princess art print by Stephanie Marrott to adorn the walls.

Teddy Bears
A teddy bear theme is an excellent choice for parents who are on team green. Read the rest of this entry »

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

by Beth

Radiant Orchid

Every year, Pantone, LLC – the ultimate authority on color – designates a color of the year. In the past, vibrant colors such as Tangerine Tango and Honeysuckle were deemed the “it” colors. In 2014, you can expect to see a lot of purple with Radiant Orchid being the go-to annual color.

Rather than spending a fortune on buying new furnishings to keep up with the color trends, try switching out decorative accessories in your home or office. Add throw pillows to your neutral-colored bedding or purchase chair covers to add color to your living room. Change out the towels in your bathroom or purchase a new area rug for your dining room. Hanging new art prints in any living space is another budget-friendly way to add the beautiful purple hue to your home. Check out some of these top picks from BandagedEar.com:

Abstract Pop IV, Art Print by Ricki Mountain

Swimmingly Purple, Art Print by Romero Britto

Colors of Summer, Art Print by David Short

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Color Palettes Inspired from Abstract Art

by Beth

Check out these colorful color palettes inspired from abstract art prints available on BandagedEar.com.

Color Palette: Blue II, Poster by Joan Miro

Color Palette: Carnival of Harlequin, Art Print by Joan Miro

Color Palette: Composition with Color Areas, Art Print by Piet Mondrian

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Featured Artist: Mark Rothko

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No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red), 1951, Art Print by Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970) is an American Abstract Expressionist artist, who was born in Russia – in the country known today as Latvia. Rothko came to the United States in 1913 and moved to Portland, Oregon. He excelled at school and received a scholarship to Yale for his freshman year, but ended up dropping out his sophomore year. Forty-six years later, Yale presented Rothko with an honorary degree.

Eventually, he enrolled in the New York School of Design where he took classes from Arshile Gorky and cubist artist, Max Weber. Eventually, Rothko began earning a modest career as an artist but supplemented his income by teaching at the Center Academy. His first one-man show took place in 1933 at the Museum of Art in Portland and his first East Coast show took place in New York at the Contemporary Arts Gallery.

Untitled, 1951, Art Print by Mark Rothko

Rothko began his career by painting urban life, but the subjects of his art changed in the 1940s. After World War II, he focused on the subjects of death and survival while incorporating concepts of ancient myths and religion. His art took on a surrealist style. He didn’t develop his iconic style of focusing on rectangular fields of color and light—which he is best known for—until his later years. Although Rothko didn’t embrace the term Abstract Expressionist, his artistic style fit into that category along with other artists such as Jackson Pollock.

By the 1950s, Rothko began numbering his paintings rather than giving them names. The color combinations he used resulted in different moods and effects. Some of his most famous works include Number 10, Number 11, and Number 6.