Mac OS X Paintings

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, May 12, 2006.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Photos
    Link: Mac OS X Paintings
    Description:: This artist has created a series of Mac paintings. But is it art?

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  2. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Yes. But is it good art? No.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2002
    Indianapolis, IN
    Oh, like you could do any better.

  4. macrumors regular


    Nov 18, 2003
    And $100 starting bid for an 8x6? Are you serious?
  5. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    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:
  6. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Easily. Graphic designer by trade... still occasionally mess round with acrylics.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    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.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2006
    East of the Mississippi
  9. Lau

    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.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
  11. macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    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*
  12. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Funniest thing I've read for ages.

    *prints off a copy to furtively put on IT team's door * :D
  13. macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    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.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2002
    Indianapolis, IN
    Let's see it! Put your money where your mouth is!
  15. macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    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.
  16. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    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?
  17. macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2002
    Indianapolis, IN
    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?
  18. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    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.
  19. Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Heh. Makes me think maybe I should give it a whirl and post it on eBay. :p

  20. 7on
    macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    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.
  21. macrumors regular


    Dec 27, 2001
    Yes, you could.

    But thankfully you have the courtesy NOT to.
  22. macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2003
    US of A
    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...
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    Queens, NYC
    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.
  24. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    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...
  25. Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    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.

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