Category: Artist & Celebrities

About Shi Xinning – A Chinese Artist

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Shi Xinning was born on 1969 in Liaoning Province, China. Trained in China, Shi Xinnings paintings are influenced by both social realism and European styles. Using the authoritative qualities of both, Shi embarks on history painting with a twist. Taking his imagery from iconic press photos, Shis canvases faithfully represent the world as we know it, the Yalta Conference in familiar 40s sepia tone, the Queen Mum in carriage emblazoned in newspaper black and white. Its only on second glance that Shis alterations become evident. Nestled between Churchill and FDR and conversing happily with royalty, Mao takes his place amongst the great leaders of the 20th century.
In China-fying history, Shi investigates dynamics of both the wests Eurocentric, and Chinas isolationist past world views. Humorously illustrating the Chairmans import and omnipresence in 20th c Chinese society Shis insertion of Mao into the fabric of western collective conscience seems entirely plausible. Infusing the totems of propaganda currency with a sense of normality and humility, Shi re-authors the most cherished moments of collective memory with a Forrest Gump effect, creating a specious mythology based in Hollywood schmaltz and unabashed optimism.

Selected Exhibitions:

2005
The Road Map of Painting, Beijing, China
The Other Shore of This Shore, Pingyao, China
Mahjong, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
China Contemporary Painting, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, Bologna, Italy

2004
Landscapes, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
New Perspectives in Chinese Painting, Marella Art Gallery, Milan, Italy
Chinas Photographic Painting, China Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China

2003
Moyemode, Moyemobude, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
China Art Now, Marella Art Gallery, Milan, Italy

2002
Contemporary Art Exhibition, Deduct Fabricate Copy, Beijing, China

2001
Fake Reality, Beijing, China

1999
Contemporary Art Show “Out-of-control”, Beijing, China

1998
Contemporary Art Exhibition, “In the City- Individuality”, Beijing, China

Conclusions:
Shi Xinning had already established his own style and the impact of the work had won him a strong reputation in Chinese art circles.

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Celebrities Endorse Diet supplements

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The lifestyle and decisions made by celebrities are having a significant influence over normal people. They set trends which numerous people follow willingly in order to be like them in some manner, whether it is to look like them or to shape their character in a way that reflects the celebrity. Celebrities have the ability to have an impact on the products and brands that the average person uses through endorsement or promotion. People are likely to use a product if they believe it is good enough for a celebrity.

People look at a celebrities appearance and see it as an ideal. Hardly a big surprise as who would not wish to achieve the body and physique of the most attractive celebrity around? In our quest to look like our favourite celebrity there is generally a requirement to slim down. Furthermore, they frequently promote healthy lifestyles aided by the latest diet or the latest weight loss supplement. Celebrities further provide us with ideas and inspiration to help us to look like them in some ways which we could implement in our own lives. Whenever a celebrity successfully loses those extra pounds it is often very well publicised how they achieved it.

In recent years, it has been widely publicised that both the Acai berry and Capsiplex diets have A list celebrity followers . Both of these products when used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle can enhance weight loss, helping the customer to get nearer to that celebrity body they aspire to. Until the products were talked about in media, many wouldn”t have believed the results that can be achieved with less effort than ever before.

It has come to public knowledge that Capsiplex has been used by both Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez in their successful attempts to shed weight. Capsiplex is a safe, natural supplement without any dangerous side effects. The Acai berry is claimed to be the method chosen by Brad Pitt when preparing for the filming of Burn After Reading. He was required to get down to 5% body fat within a couple of months for the film and was successful in doing so with the Acai Berry. This was following a recommendation of the Acai berry from his personal trainer . In only two months Brad Pitt was able to burn off 20 pounds of fat and get right down to an overall 5% body fat.

Celebrity endorsement for products like Capsiplex and the Acai Berry has triggered an explosion in the market. The high profile success of these products means the demand has grown significantly. With so many diet supplements that fail to deliver on results, it is no wonder when one is found to actually work, it takes industry by storm.

Digital Artist’s Paradise- Cintiq 24hd

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If it was possible for a digital artist to have heaven on earth, it would revolve around Cintiq 24 HD. Wacom’s new tablet Cintiq 24 HD priced at $2500 proves its worth with the state-of-the-art technology and impressive design used in it. It is the best drawing tool that any designer or artist can get. People who work in Photoshop, Manga Studio , Sketch Book Pro or painter with older Wacom models, this means a better finesse with a gentler touch at 24.1 in wide screen (1920×1200 pixels).

There’s a reason why these tablets are so much in demand- it is the easiest and best way to do a lot of drawing in a very less time with more fluency and efficiency. Wacom’s pressure sensitive tablet technology is overlaid by Cintiq on the tablet monitor that removes the cognitive dissonance of working on a tablet while looking at the screen. The Cintiq 24 HD has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It uses two button, wireless, battery-free pen with a rubber grip and a pressure sensitive eraser on the rear end. One of the most useful buttons is the one that calls the on-screen keyboard. A perfect combination of on screen keyboard, side function buttons, and the touch wheel makes it easier to forget physical key board.

Before making a purchase, make sure you have enough room to accommodate this classic yet huge drawing tablet. The flat footprint is 80 x 60cm and depth is 37cm when the screen is fully raised. Also unlike other 18 inch and 21 inch tablets, Cintiq 24 HD does not have a rotating pivot. However, it can be raised to the drawing board angle at any time. Cintiq 24 HD has a glass screen with anti-glare coating which gives a slight yet pleasant resistance to the pen. Calibration, however, can be a small issue like it has been in other Cintiq tablets. The user has to calibrate the cursor to match up with their line of sight as the cursor is a few millimeters below where the pen nib hits the glass. But after a couple of tries, the calibration gets excellent.

The Cintiq 24 HD is worth the money you spend, the space it takes because of the excellent quality of work you get. If you are a digital artist, it is a necessity to enjoy the flawless digital drawing experience.

Bubble Pouches And The Artist

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If the creation of your artwork takes a great deal of thought and inspiration, then art packing is likely a close second. You have to consider how to best preserve your fine artwork from damage when you consider the various ways to use art packing, and this is especially true if the art is to be moved to another location. Art transport solutions also come into play when you sell a piece of your art, and have to ship it to the new owner. Happily, there are many new as well as classic products for the artist to use for art packing, and they include bubble pouches, clear bags and archival storage boxes.

Bubble pouches make an excellent choice for delicate art transport situations. The bubble pouches have two strong layers of plastic, and in between them is a bubble of air. The pouches are lightweight, making them less expensive to use for mailing or shipping heavy pieces of artwork, and they offer superb protection from scratches or other types of abrasion damage to the surface of the artwork, which is all too common when moving artwork around.

Once you have the artwork where you need it, you will have to have a method for displaying it so that the buying public can look at it without damaging it. This is where clear bags come into play. Clear bags are easy to see through, and thus visual clarity is ensured so that your artwork looks great. These inexpensive bags are also excellent for keeping fingerprint oils off of the print or picture as well.

Another safe method to use for art transport is to utilize a variety of archival storage boxes. These sturdy boxes are useful for not only moving framed pictures to different locations, but other types of three dimensional artwork such as pottery or sculptures. The boxes are made of conservation-quality materials, which helps to prevent acids found in paper from discoloring or yellowing the surface of fine art photographs and paintings. These specialty boxes also come with reinforced metal corners. This means that you can stack several on top of each other, and be assured that your artwork inside will not get crushed and the surface abraded. Artwork storage boxes are also perfect for when you need a safe spot to store pictures that are in rotation, so that they will look as good when you take them out of storage as when you put them in.

Fine art photography framing suppliers online have all of these types of packing materials, and can offer more suggestions about how to best protect your fine artwork.

Celebrities Who Have Had Cosmetic Surgery

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There are plenty of celebrities who have had cosmetic surgery. Maybe some of your favorite personalities may have gone under the knife too. If they wont admit it through the words that come out of their mouth, the difference in their appearance tells everything. Some of the most famous people in the world of politics, movies or even sports have their own stories and reasons why they decided to have a cosmetic surgery. Here are some of the lists of the celebrities who considered having a cosmetic surgery:

Madonna the queen of pop who was very popular in 1980s for her music, concerts, and movies had several reports of undergoing a cosmetic surgery. A face lift, nose job, chin fix, jaw reduction, and filling injections are few surgical procedures she has had. Her nose also trimmed down a few notches compared before. Her figure remains as natural looking as it always has. Her side initially tried to deny the procedures but the results were hard to cover up.

Marilyn Monroe is an oldie and she has been gone for quite sometime, but she had rhinoplasty surgery sometime between being a brunette and becoming a blonde. She was considered one of the most beautiful women who ever walked the earth. Whats relieving is she may not have achieved the title without some nose and chin work.

Michael Jackson the King of Pop, had a few cheek implants, some jaw redesigning, a lot of nose jobs and some permanent skin lightening techniques. He began investing in nose job during his teen years. He shocked the world when he underwent skin lightening cosmetic surgery for his whole body.

Pamela Anderson is quite obvious with the breast implants and it has been rumored that she has had some work done on her face as well.

Hillary Clinton the wife of former President Bill Clinton has allegedly undergone several cosmetic surgeries. The politician has had eyelid surgery, laser skin resurfacing, filling injections, and neck lifts based on unconfirmed results. Repots also say that Clinton spent a huge sum of money investing in cosmetic procedures to enhance her appearance.

Nicole Kidman nose changed completely. Her surgery is more on the rumor side of things, but she has changed in the past fifteen years or so. She has gotten older, but she is still beautiful.

Victoria Beckham the wife of English soccer icon is still gorgeous although she has had some work done. She reportedly underwent breast implants and lip augmentation. It is quite obvious that she is different from what she used to be.

There are more celebrities who underwent plastic surgeries. The most beautiful faces in the world during the past and present may not be as natural as you think. It seems that more celebrities take the risk just to look better than the rest.

How To Become An Artist

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Are you an artist looking for a welcoming, innovative, and cool online community to meet, share ideas, and just hang out? Artists Universe has all of the functionality you are looking for as well as a community full of creative people just like you. Artists Universe has taken the best features from other social networking sites such as live chat, blogs, forums, and more, and tailored them to the needs of artists everywhere. From music to dancing, painting and everything in between, no other website is looking out for the best interest of artists everywhere than Artists Universe!

How much would you pay to surround yourself with some of the best up and coming artists in your field? At Artists Universe, registration and use of the site is absolutely free. The only part of the site that requires a fee is the section to post a classified ad and to post an upcoming event; other than that, the whole site is free to use. The founders of Artists Universe understand how difficult it can be for some artists to make a living doing what they love. You shouldnt have to pay extra to have an online refuge where you can share ideas, improve your skill,s and meet other happening artists who feel the same way you do. This amazing new social networking site is here to help you refine your skills and meet great new people.

Artists Universe is also a site where video of you doing what you do best comes alive. When you create your own unique profile on Artists Universe, you can also upload your own homemade videos or videos of other virtuosos that you idolize. This is your chance to show the world what you can do. Best of all, Artists Universe is an inclusive and welcoming space, so you dont have to worry about being flamed because you stepped up and put yourself out there. Artists know how scary it can be to show the world your true self, which is why this whole interactive site was created in the first place. Artists need a place where they can feel welcomed and where they feel they can let their creativity flow without fear of angry responses. In the very near future, Artists Universe sees itself as the premiere online home of artists of every medium, from amateur to expert. Come be a part of the artist revolution at the number one site for creative people on the Internet, Artists Universe.

Voiceover Artist Success Secrets David Kaye

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VOICEOVER ARTIST SUCCESS SECRETS
by David Kaye

I’m David Kaye. Whenever I speak at or teach voice over classes or am interviewed about being a voiceover artist, sooner or later someone asks me, “What’s been the most surprising thing about having a career in voice overs?”

There are many technical aspects of voice work — things like microphone placement, learning how to bring the copy off the page…and all the technical stuff you need to do to be successful behind the mic.

But one of the biggest things is something I learned from a mentor of mine, Maurice Tobias. She folded her arms and said, “You know, you have got to take care of yourself. You have to look after your body. You don’t realize the pace in this industry.”

You could be running around in the car all day, going from session to session. That is what you want; you want to be busy. But when you get busy, you must take care of yourself. That surprises people who think, “Well, wait a minute. It’s just standing behind a microphone.”

Well, there is a pace you need to keep up. There is a mental pace, a physical pace. And if you are like me and like to stand the whole time, you are standing four to six hours a day.

You’d better have an outlet. You’d better look after yourself. And I mean going to the gym and working out or being active or doing SOMETHING. It takes a lot of energy to do voiceovers fulltime.

You may think I’m overemphasizing this, but think about it: If you are doing live taping or a lot of shows, your heart rate will just be zooming! And if you are in a situation where you need to do a live announce, or you are called upon to do some sort of voice over work, you are nervous. Your heart is banging away.

And you are burning calories. Your body is going through stress. Five or six TV stations need you to get their stuff done right away. You are cranking it out. You’ve got to go.

You are hopping into your car, your session is over in Santa Monica, and you’ve got to drive 30 miles to go someplace. Your heart rate is elevated and your body needs you to be able to take that pounding.

That is a day in, day out thing. So it is important you eat well and to take care of yourself, to look after your body. That goes a long way toward making some of the long days bearable. It is one of the surprising things that people don’t think about. But for a voice acting professional, It is really important.

What Music Biz Has to Offer to Independent Artist and Other Music Enthusiasts

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Independent artists and other players in the music industry must have somewhere to go to, not just to gain information about the world that they belong but also to be heard. Belonging to an organization that would cater to their interests will help them keep track on the field where they belong.

Fortunately, there is Music Biz, a community site that concerns itself with the music industry in general. It is distinct from other music sites because it is not necessarily all news, gossips, reviews and promotions although it also has that composition. Rather it is mainly a community site where independent artists can learn from0 insiders opinions and analysis about certain issues and situation going on in the music business. Independent artists learn from them through their written articles presented in the editorials which are the main component of Music Biz. In the same way, independent artists can also contribute articles with the same theme. Article contribution should follow certain standards set by Music Biz so that all articles are reliable and impose certain credibility.

Aside from editorials, Music Biz does have news and feature articles. The news is basically taken as a link to the original site where the news came from. Independent artists can get the news by clicking the title and new window will open from where the news originated. The news in Music Biz is up to date and comes from different sources. Feature articles, on the other hand, are articles contributed to the members of the Music Biz. Feature articles are another interesting piece that independent artists can get from Music Biz.

Articles in Music Biz readily are seen and can be read immediately. But whats more interesting is that independent artists and other music enthusiasts can interact within the site. The interaction can be in a form of forum or reviews. Once a member, they can participate in a forum that are categorized into five topics namely Welcome Mat or forums for beginners; The Block, forums for general discussions; Producer Central, area where producers do their interaction and exchange of ideas; Musicians Corner, where all independent artists and other musicians had their forums; and Legal Briefs, where topics on contracts, business and law are discussed in particular. Visitors can manage which forums will capture their interest best because of the categories for the subjects. Aside from forums, independent artists, or visitors for that matter, can read reviews on certain subjects like albums, artists, movies and other related topics.

Music Biz is also an affiliate of Amazon.com by selling CDs and DVDs. Music Biz offers these items with the specified price so that visitors can readily shop on these items while in Music Biz.

Independent artists, music enthusiast and mere internet surfers can get information about the music industry in Music Biz. Music Biz is not a mere social community site but is rather informative, creative, and innovative for the independent artists and musicians who want to make it right and well in the music industry.

How Do Celebrities Influence Our View Of Cosmetic Surgery

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In the world today, people are influenced by what they see and hear. Specifically, dress and appearance have become a major emphasis and concern in society today. Thus, when celebrities decide either for or against having liposuction or plastic surgery, their decisions can impact others. This article will discuss some celebrities who have had the procedure and how that affects everyone else.

Britney Spears, after having her second child received an abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck. This procedure makes the abdomen more firm. Those who generally choose this surgery have either just been through a pregnancy or have extra sagging skin from weight loss. Rather than resorting to healthy eating and exercise, this procedure can be a quick and efficient way to shed a few extra pounds.

Especially after pregnancy, women are often extremely self conscious about their appearance. If Britney Spears needs extra help to look her best after being pregnant, naturally more woman are apt to feel the same. In recent years the term “mommy-makeover” has become more common. This is a double procedure of breast augmentation and a tummy tuck after having given birth.

Many other celebrities are rumored to have undergone liposuction including Kelly Osbourne, Debbie Gibson, Jessica Simpson and Gene Simmons. Some celebrities undergo liposuction multiple times and put their health at risk. They want fast, effective results to have the perfect appearance for the big screen or record album cover.

Celebrity magazines can be harmful and misleading. Because of digital image manipulation, the images can be altered to be far from the truth. Thus, misrepresentations of celebrity’s liposuction procedures can be displayed. As a result, this can affect people’s view of the procedure–whether for better or worse. This could happen in the line at the grocery store or at the beauty salon.

Get the facts straight before making conclusions. Learn to be comfortable with the person you are, rather than going to the celebrities for every move you make. Be independent and be smart.

Because of the tabloids, people may be more inclined to have the surgery simply if they see a celebrity has had it done. However, thoughtful care should be placed into the idea of having liposuction. Be sure you have done all you can: eating healthy and exercising diligently. It is important not to let your views or actions be swayed by those who supposedly hold the “social power” in society–the celebrities.

Banksy Prints Prove Popular With Celebrities

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Work by graffiti artist Banksy has become so popular that celebrities regularly buy originals and prints.

In 2006 American pop singer and songwriter Christina Aguilera paid 25,000 for an original of Queen Victoria as a lesbian and two Banksy prints after arranging a private viewing at a Soho gallery where the Bristol-born urban artist was exhibiting.

Gallery owner Steve Lazarides told the Independent that the pop star already had an in-depth knowledge of Banksy prints and originals and knew exactly what sort of artwork she wanted to buy.

A friend of Aguilera said the musician would prize the Queen Victoria picture featuring the monarch in a lesbian pose with a prostitute and hang it in her living room.

“She’s been a huge fan of Banksy for months and was desperate to get her hands on some of his artwork,” they told the paper.

Banksy reportedly created the controversial piece in response to the fact that Queen Victoria famously refused to pass a law outlawing lesbianism as she refused to believe such things existed.

Hollywood mega-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are amassing a growing collection of Banksy work having spent in excess of 1 million at a contemporary art auction in London in 2007.

Brangelina also controversially bought a Banksy painting of Michael Jackson which showed the King of Pop standing in the doorway of a cottage attempting to coax a young boy and girl into his house with sweets.

Brad Pitt told the Times at an exhibition in America that he becoming a fan of Banksy after discovering examples of his work through the media.

He said: “I think that this guy is really on to something. I first heard about him a year or so ago I saw something about him in a magazine.”

Keanu Reeves, Meg White and Jude Law are just some of the famous faces who have also been spotted viewing Banksy prints and originals at exhibitions in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Mr Lazarides said that Banksy prints and originals are popular with celebrities because they prefer contemporary art to classical masterpieces.

He told the Times: “They’ve got money and they don’t particularly want to spend it on a Picasso – they want to buy something that relates to their lives, their time and their culture.”

Banksy has famously painted subversive graffiti in places such as London Zoo, the British Museum and the wall dividing the West Bank in Israel.

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