Hey Art Lovers! Hope you have all enjoyed a lovely Easter with friends and family. We at Ace Art needed a break in order to recover from the busy months we have had with our Ace Art Revolution Exhibition. Have you had a browse over our exhibition pieces? Have you seen Jana Nicole’s new Mons Calpe series that pays tribute to Gibraltar’s Barbary apes and our own flora and fauna?
Moving on, April saw us support the Gibraltar Body and Paint Association who this year celebrated their 10 year anniversary.
We adorned the Gustavo Bacarisas vault with Jana Nicole’s Award Winning Botanical series whilst the body paint artists went to work on their respective models and with their own magical skills created amazing flora and fauna designs. Body Painting is a form of body art where the artwork is painted directly onto the human body and is temporary, normally lasting up to a few hours. It is nothing new as this form of art has been used forever by indigenous tribes, religious practices and the military but since 1950’s its has been mostly accepted as another form of art and also used in a more commercial way.
Body painting can be used as a way to gain attention and used in protests as well as commercials with brands such as Max Factor using their cosmetic make up to create amazing visuals on its models. After this some artists started experimenting with body painting and this led to a minor alternative art movement in the 1950s and 60s, which involved covering a model in paint and then having the model touch or roll on a canvas or other mediums to transfer the paint. French artist Yves Klein is perhaps the most famous for this, with his series of paintings “Anthropometries”.
The trend is growing and The World Body Paint Festival has now invested more than 10 million Euros into the movement and has been holding its annual festival for over 25 years attracting over 250000 guests. We wanted to continue supporting the movement and featured the Gibraltar Body Painting artists and models in our April WineArt Club edition held at The Wine Shop which also featured the works of Ramon Maiden. Ramon Maiden is an artist who is fully tattooed and unlike the body paint these are not temporary. His passion for tattoos is clearly visible in his art; Ramon Maiden transforms vintage pinup girls and religious figures into his own tattooed characters. We showcased a selection of both his original works and limited edition prints in which he pays tribute to Alberto Vargas (1986-1982). Vargas was a Peruvian painter who became famous in the 1940 for his pin up girls. He later produced around 300 pin up paintings for Esquire and Playboy. Ramon Maiden has kept his legacy alive; you can view the collection at www.aceart.gi
The next edition of the Wine Art Club will be on the 11th May where we will be showcasing the photographic works of Marco Prizont and local artist Naomi Martinez. Marco Prizont is a young street photographer originally from Barcelona and now based in Cadiz. He showcased his ‘Sombras de Cadiz’ collection at our Ace Art Revolution last month and will be releasing a Gibraltar series at The Wine Art Club. Local, multidiscipline artist Naomi Martinez who has already been awarded various Ministry of Culture awards also had a very successful Ace Art Revolution Exhibition. She showcased her digital and photographic collection and impressed everyone with her work.
We hope to see you there. .