PDA

View Full Version : Mac OS X Paintings


MacBytes
May 12, 2006, 08:09 AM
http://www.macbytes.com/images/bytessig.gif (http://www.macbytes.com)

Category: Photos
Link: Mac OS X Paintings (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060512090905)
Description:: This artist has created a series of Mac paintings. But is it art?

Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)
Approved by Mudbug

Blue Velvet
May 12, 2006, 08:11 AM
But is it art?

Yes. But is it good art? No.

andyinindy
May 12, 2006, 08:48 AM
Yes. But is it good art? No.

Oh, like you could do any better.

;)

xtbfx
May 12, 2006, 08:49 AM
And $100 starting bid for an 8x6? Are you serious?

mad jew
May 12, 2006, 08:51 AM
I actually think they look a bit cool. Of course, I think OSX looks cool, so maybe that's why...

In true Apple fashion, they're a little overpriced too. :cool:

Blue Velvet
May 12, 2006, 08:54 AM
Oh, like you could do any better.

;)


Easily. Graphic designer by trade... still occasionally mess round with acrylics.

miniConvert
May 12, 2006, 08:57 AM
I like the top one showing the dock quite a lot, but damn the others are pretty primary school if you ask me...

...this is coming from someone who can't draw stick men.

iTwitch
May 12, 2006, 08:59 AM
You should do an Avatar series.

Lau
May 12, 2006, 09:09 AM
I like the idea, but the execution is rubbish. I reckon with something like that you've got to go really impressionistic and abstract, or go super realistic. He's just sort of stuck in the middle with not very good painting.

thedude110
May 12, 2006, 09:09 AM
*bites tongue*

but can't resist analogy (http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/1073286) ....

kretzy
May 12, 2006, 09:18 AM
Hmm, I don't think I really like them. I can see the style that's being used, but it hasn't really been done that well. I also like the concept of painting things OS X, but the subjects that have been chosen aren't all that great.

I'm in no way an authority on art, in fact I know little about it so my opinion doesn't really count for that much. *shrugs*

Blue Velvet
May 12, 2006, 09:27 AM
*bites tongue*

but can't resist analogy (http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/1073286) ....


Funniest thing I've read for ages.

*prints off a copy to furtively put on IT team's door * :D

gekko513
May 12, 2006, 09:29 AM
Hm, well, good art doesn't have to be visually pleasing or of high technical quality to be good art, but if it isn't it has to spark some reaction, communicate some meaning or display a subject in a new and interesting perspective.

These pieces don't do any of those things for me. It's a vaguely interesting cross between modern technology and classic forms of expression, but it doesn't leave me with much to ponder about.

andyinindy
May 12, 2006, 09:31 AM
Easily. Graphic designer by trade... still occasionally mess round with acrylics.

Let's see it! Put your money where your mouth is!

CoMpX
May 12, 2006, 09:35 AM
Let's see it! Put your money where your mouth is!

Calm down.


Anyway, I think they are good but that's probably only because I could never do something like that. I wouldn't mind having one, but not for that price. It's not worth it.

Blue Velvet
May 12, 2006, 09:44 AM
Let's see it! Put your money where your mouth is!

Immature troll :rolleyes:

Those who have been around here for a while have seen a little of my work. I don't need to prove anything to you...

They're not your paintings by any chance?

andyinindy
May 12, 2006, 09:52 AM
Immature troll :rolleyes:

Those who have been around here for a while have seen a little of my work. I don't need to prove anything to you...

They're not your paintings by any chance?

LOL! :D

No, not my paintings. I just hate to see someone tear down someone else's work, while contributing nothing of his/her own. I'd actually be interested in seeing some of your work as well. Got any links?

Blue Velvet
May 12, 2006, 09:57 AM
Got any links?

I'm a print (publications and promo mostly) designer for a large national UK charity. I don't do web and this thread isn't about my work. End of conversation.

devilot
May 12, 2006, 10:50 AM
Heh. Makes me think maybe I should give it a whirl and post it on eBay. :p

http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/3682/picture13sm.png (http://imageshack.us)

7on
May 12, 2006, 10:56 AM
I'm a print (publications and promo mostly) designer for a large national UK charity. I don't do web and this thread isn't about my work. End of conversation.

Come on Blue, surely if this guy is interested in seeing your art surely you could charge him for a peek ;)

But a agree on the not good part. Definitely looks like something I'd do if I waited until the last minute and had a painting due the next day for class. I also hate the oils personally - they always see to want to blend on the canvas and never dry.

Maybe if these paintings were huge - about 7 feet tall - then they might be impressive. Even in Painting I our minimum painting could be no smaller than 16"x20".

sigh, though he is making money on them I guess I have have to commend him for that.

BOOMBA
May 12, 2006, 11:05 AM
Anyway, I think they are good but that's probably only because I could never do something like that.

Yes, you could.

But thankfully you have the courtesy NOT to.

SillyKary
May 12, 2006, 11:39 AM
I'm a print (publications and promo mostly) designer for a large national UK charity. I don't do web and this thread isn't about my work. End of conversation.
I actually got curious now, too...
If other members here have seen some of your work, surely there must be something on the web somewhere? Bold statements need backup or they are just thin air...

bluebomberman
May 12, 2006, 02:29 PM
Some really immature people here...

Just because I don't know how to program doesn't mean I can't criticize Apple, Google, or Microsoft.

Just because I don't know the first thing about film doesn't mean I can't say that this movie sucks or that movie is awesome.

Just because I can't swing a regulation weight baseball bat doesn't mean I can't whine about the Yankees.

And just because I can't draw anything but stick figures doesn't mean I can't have a valid opinion about art.

This "put up or shut up" attitude is ridiculous. It doesn't matter if any of us can do better or not. That's not the point.

nagromme
May 12, 2006, 02:35 PM
The first thing I think of--and with plenty of famous works as well (Warhol! You!) is that someone ELSE'S creative work is central here. Be it the artists in Apple's UI division, or the designer who works for Campbell's Soup.

That doesn't mean that copying those designs can't be art or artistic. I just would like to see the original artist get credit too. I'm imagining if I designed an icon and then a painter made an acrylic of it really big. I wouldn't want to stop them, but it would bother me too.

Now, the company (Apple, Campbell's) is clearly getting credit, and the individual designers may always take a back seat to their employer--they're hired for a job. But now their work is being reproduced and sold by other artists.

I think of it as a collaboration, then, between commercial artists and the painter who copies or interprets their earlier work.

Now, Lichtenstein...

angelwatt
May 12, 2006, 02:59 PM
I'm surprised he's getting such bids, for a 8x6. I do 16x20s most of the time, and sell them for a fifth of the price, maybe I should try selling on ebay. Using a mac theme sounds like a fun idea too.

I think his paintings are nicely done for what "I think" he was trying to do. If he was going for realism though it's nowhere near, but doubt that was the goal.

Erendiox
May 12, 2006, 03:52 PM
This "put up or shut up" attitude is ridiculous. It doesn't matter if any of us can do better or not. That's not the point.

I have to agree. Creating art is a gift that many people don't have. Judging art, however, is something that everyone can participate in. Of course, those who actually delve into an art tend to have different things to say, but that doesn't mean you can throw out the average joe's opinion.

In other words, you may need an acquired taste to appreciate a certain food, but EVERYONE can taste it.

billyboy
May 12, 2006, 06:17 PM
Is this a new style - bad impressionism! Sorry, but this looks to me like an art student chancing his arm with a nice blog presentation, or a graphic designer employed on the Vista team.

I think he is hoping that he will be able to sell his current art based on the possibility that in the future he will be a decent painter and everything he does will be sought after. Can't see it myself, unless something Michelangelic happens and his standards get somewhere close to the artists who inspire him!

Take a look at the first person in the list. That is an artist with talent and technique. This guy, in all seriousness, cannot really draw what he sees in his minds eye, let alone do anything that says he has a style or a message. He has just murdered OSX.

vocaro
May 13, 2006, 02:35 AM
I've put up a comparison with the original pixels on my blog:

http://www.vocaro.com/trevor/blog/2006/05/13/mac-os-x-oil-paintings/

Lau
May 13, 2006, 04:41 AM
I've put up a comparison with the original pixels on my blog:

http://www.vocaro.com/trevor/blog/2006/05/13/mac-os-x-oil-paintings/

That's interesting, because that highlights probably the thing that annoys me most about the paintings - they're really inaccurately drawn. If you're going to do something instantly recognisable in expressive brush strokes, you've got to be able to get things the right shape and scale or it looks rubbish.