"Death and the Maiden" art show

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Opening tonight at Seattle's Roq La Rue gallery, a group show around the classic art motif of "Death and the Maiden." The show runs until August 4 and features BB faces like Travis Louie, Glenn Barr, Jessica Joslin, Femke Hiemstra, and many more. All of the work is viewable online. Above, Kazuki Takamatsu's "Solitary" (tarpaulin, giclee, acrylic, acrylic gouache, medium 64" x 76"). Left, Travis Louie's "Miss Margaret and the Spirit of Death" (acrylic on board 16" x 20"). Roq La Rue: Death and the Maiden


  1. I love that painting. I’m pretty sure it’s a depth map, which is used in 3D animation compositing to simulate all kinds of effects, such as depth of field in virtual cameras, and tells 2D layers where things are in Z space. I’m guessing the artist setup the shot in a 3D application, output the depth map, created outlines for each level of grey in photoshop or illustrator, and printed them out as guides using a giclée process. Then the artist painted in the grey fields using the acrylics. It’s a really neat way to “cheat.” I use this process myself to set up elaborate compositions where I want high level of detail and precision which I know I can’t achieve with freehand drawing.

  2. Whew! Kazuki Takamatsu is okay! I was worried because his hometown was hit really  badly by the tsunami. Then I hadn’t seen anything about him online for a while.

    I would love to  be able to see this show, but I’ll have to content myself with looking online.

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