September 18, 2003
Tyler Cohen's Mexican painter friends

This is another "I love the blogosphere" postings, but I do, I do.

I started, as I often do, here, and scrolled down to this, and from there I went here, and then I clicked on "MAIN" on the page of that posting and got to this piece and that mentioned some Mexican painter friends.

I'm interested in how much you can learn about painting from the Internet. Okay, how much I am learning about painting from the Internet. For me, it's the ideal medium. For me, actually seeing all the paintings is too costly in time and travel, and anyway I'm not that interested. Picture books are too expensive in money and library muddle and space occupied, and too unwieldy to look at. I also find it impossible to keep track of where everything is to be found, again, on paper. However, flinging a semi-decent photographic reproduction of some paintings up on my computer screen is an ideal way to at least see what the paintings people are talking about.

Architecture and movies and classical music, in fact music of any kind, I completely see the point of. I don't have to try to get interested in those, because I already am. Painting, however, for me, is a foreign country, and requires a bit of effort. It's intriguing and beautiful, but I don't live there. However, I do want to see travellers' snaps and to read travellers' tales about the land of painting. This is one of the reasons I so like the 2Blowhards site. I can read pieces like this there, about a key Picasso painting, with all the pertinent illustrations, without deranging my day or having to borrow or buy anything.

So I clicked on "my Mexican painter friends", and I got to a collection of wild and wonderful images from Mexico, like the man says. Some of them remind me of the Bayeux Tapestry, others of sixties rock album covers, others of all kinds of things, including David Hockney.

The only really good way to see these Mexican pictures is to click on the wiggly shaped thumbnails and look at what you then get full size. Most of them have lots and lots of detail, which you just can't see if you want the whole picture on your screen at once. For me, with my primitive understanding of computerised pictures, that means downloading and then looking at them in something like Photoshop.

Here's my favourite one, by Eusebio Diez Alejandro:

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Says Tyler Cohen of this man:

Eusebio is best known for his scenes of apocalypses and for his very forceful and highly detailed work. He works only in black and white, and spends most of the year working in the fields. I bought this harvest scene from him last year. I think he is one of the best.

On the basis of the pictures we can see, I agree.

I should add that many of the pictures Tyler Cohen shows are in the most vivid of colours. For instance, I also like the look of this one a lot, by the apparently much admired Marcial Camilo Ayala, although the photography is somewhat hasty:

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Says Cohen:

Right now Marcial is at work on some larger projects for me, including a 16-amate history of the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, plus the largest amate ever drawn, eight foot by four foot.

Which sounds impressive. If you want to know exactly what "amate" means, I can't help you there. You'll have to follow the link.

As usual, I hope that reproducing these pictures here isn't any sort of copyright infringement.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 03:40 PM
Category: Painting