May
16
2015

Art Changes Everything

You Accepted Our Challenge And We Proved Art Can Change Everything!

 

"Create Art, Change Everything" by Amy Gardner Dean (pictured middle)

Jerry's Artarama started out to prove that artists are passionate about what they create and that art should be a part of everyone's life. Here at our corporate offices, we bet our boss that you would agree that "Art Changes Everything" and could get get artists from all 50 states to like our picture(above) to prove it. 

In just the first week, we got over 4,200 likes and over 350 shares in all 50 states! We knew that we would get some amazing support from all of our friends on Facebook and Twitter, and you all came through. Now, lets get that number of likes up to 10,000 and help prove that creating art can change everything.

All of here truly believe that everyone can and should create art. We believe that art can and does change the world for the better. 

The painting above was painted by our talented resident Artist- Amy Gardner Dean. Most of the art you'll see in our ads and on our product pages was created by her. Here are a few examples of her work here:

 

 

See more of her work all throughout JerrysArtarama.com. Great Job Amy and Great Job to all of our fans who shared and liked the fact that we will change the world with art!

 

May
14
2015

Picasso Painting Breaks Record at 179.4 Million Dollars at Auction

Picasso's Painting Is The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold

 

Pablo Picasso

This past Monday, Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" sold at auction in New York for $179,365,000. The painting is considered to be one of the Pablo Picasso's most important works.

 "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version O)", translated to "Women of Algiers (Version O)" is the final painting in a series painted between 1954 and 1955. The 15 part series of paintings created by Picasso are considered to be some of Picasso's best work due to the vibrant cubist depiction of nude and semi-nude women. 

 

"Women of Algiers (Version O)"

 The original series of 15 paintings was bought by Victor and Sally Ganz in 1956 for $212,500. The paintings have moved to several different public and private collections. "Version O" has been sold previously, going for $31.9 million in November 1997. The previous highest selling painting was Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" which sold for $142.4 million in 2013. 

Art prices have risen at auction due to investors seeing art as a timeless and as a lasting investment that will only increase in value over time.

May
12
2015

Did You Know- Salvador Dali

Celebrating his 111th birthday a day late with some fun facts about this twisted artist!

Salvador Dali and his pet ocelot, Babou

We all know Salvador Dali as one of the more eccentric and flamboyant artists that graced the 20th century. Although we mostly know Dali for his trademark curly mustache and "melting clocks", how much do we really know about him or his art? Well here at the Splatter, we thought we'd celebrate his 111th birthday (born May 11th, 1904) and share some fun facts about Dali. So, here are some little known facts about this incredibly fascinating artist:

      • Dali's whole name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali i Domenech.
      • Dali was born May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain.
      • Dali believed he was the reincarnation of his older brother also named Salvador Dali, who died during childbirth nine months before Salvador Dali was born. At age 5, Salvador was taken to his brother's grave where his parents told him they believed he was the reincarnation of him. He believed that from that day on and it heavily affected his work with images of his dead brother appearing embedded in his later works, especially Portrait of My Dead Brother painted in 1963.
      • On top of painting, Dali was also a skilled at film, photography, sculpture and drafting.
      • Dali hated to pay restaurant bills- he had a habit of inviting large parties of people out to restaurants and then when it came time for the bill, he would write out the bills amount on a check. When the waiter was looking, Dali would sketch or doodle on the back of the check knowing that no sane person would cash a check with an original drawing by him on it.
      • His most famous painting The Persistence of Memory was inspired by Dali seeing some Camembert cheese melting in the heat on a hot summer day. That night, he dreamed of clocks melting just like the cheese and the image became one of his most famous paintings.

The Persistence of Memory

  • Dali was married to a woman named Elena Ivanovna Diakonova or as he knew her, Gala. In 1968, Dali bought her a castle in Spain. Dali himself was only allowed to visit the castle after obtaining her permission in writing.
  • Dali has produced over 1,500 paintings during his career on top of producing sketches and illustrations for books, lithographs,, theatre sets, costumes and even collaborated with Walt Disney on a short animated film. 
  • Dali's paintings are often provocative and incredibly imaginative, which were not the result of drug use. Dali actually would stand on his head long enough to become semi-lucid (such as Swans Reflecting Elephants [right]).
  • Dali once gave a plaster replica of his brain to musician Alice Cooper. The plaster brain was topped off with a real chocolate eclair and covered in ants. He would later create a hologram of Cooper with lasers. 
  • Dali was a showman and once gave a lecture in a full deep-sea diving suit. He almost suffocated in it when he refused to take it off during the lecture. 
  • Dali had a pet Ocelot named Babou.
  • He once claimed that his well known moustache was an antanae that could receive alien signals.
  • Jerry's Artarama carries the Dali Eco-Friendly Bamboo French Easel inspired by the french easels Dali used.
  • Dali died January 23rd, 1989 of heart failure and is buried at the Dali Museum and Theatre in Figueres, Spain.

There are some of the more interesting facts about the life and times of Salvador Dali. To find out more about Salvador Dali, check out the DVD-Artists of the 20th Century: Salvador Dali 

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