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I get the feeling that this whole blog thing has been sort of abandoned, but I am sick and bored and can’t sleep so¬† here is a post.
I have been meaning to blog about this artist from the start, but somehow I never got around to it. Anyway, at long last, here is Shaun Tan. I’ve been a bit of a fan of his since I first read The Arrival a few years ago, and a few months ago I picked up another of his books, Tales from Outer Suburbia. The Arrival is a tale told entirely with pictures, all pencil on paper, while Tales is a book of stories complimented with illustrations in various media. His art is captivating, emotional, sometimes whimsical and surreal, and always beautifully done.

THE ARRIVAL

I first came across this quite a while ago and was immediately taken with the concept. The Arrival begins as the wordless story of a man who parts with his family to venture into a forgein country in hope of a better life, but later becomes a collection of the stories of those who have been displaced from their homes. It is masterfully told through page after page of beautiful pencil drawings that perfectly convey the meaning of the story.

TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA

The stories in this book deal with many subjects, all told in a quiet an unassuming way that makes them seem nearly common and familiar, as if all of the houses on your street might actually have missles in their gardens. Reading them now I find it almost unsettling, though not all of the stories in the book have a dark side to them. The art that goes with them is just as simple but striking, and once again Tan is able to capture the right emotion in his work.

Here is his website. Perhaps I will bring the books in once school begins, if anyone is interested.

This stuff is so neat. But, I’d like to see how she paints on canvas.

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I saw this guy painting on TV during the Olympics a few days ago. He had six hours to do a painting, and I liked seeing how it progressed over the time that I watched. The painting is now up for auction on his website, to raise money for a sports program for people with disabilities. As of now it’s going for around $800, I think. That makes me happy, and I like seeing how a lot of the Canadian Olympic atheletes and people in BC support a lot of sports and other community programs that help a lot of kids (and others) out.

Anyway, I checked out his art and I thought he was pretty cool, and I also thought it was neat that an artist was being featured during what is pretty much the biggest sporting event ever. It was also the beginning of Chinese New Year, so they had a lot of fantastic dancing and things about it, and also something about a chocolate fountain, if I’m not mistaken… I digress, what I really wanted to say was that I was pleasantly surprised to find this painter in the last place I’d expect, and it made me realise that the Olympics are about a lot more than what I’d thought.

I really like his style of painting and the colours that he uses, and that even though there isn’t much variation in most of his subject matter, all of his paintings are lovely and different from the rest. I love the way he paints snow and clouds, and water. His shapes are really clean and he uses a lot of really great colours. Overall I like his paintings a lot, and there are a lot of really neat things in his gallery. Check him out!