Celebrating World Art Day
Published on 14 April, 2021
Today is all about art! Paintings, movies, music, literature, buildings, all art. We create art, we admire art, we live art. But we all do it differently. So let’s see art through the eyes of a few of us here at AMC.
Rareș Tujan – Senior Environment Artist
Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan (Piet Mondrian) – Tree Evolution
In this series of works, Mondrian conceptualizes a tree, starting from the Fauve manner and going to the style he is known for. It’s neither my favourite image, nor my favourite artist. But it is one of the works that have helped me see fine art differently (together with the words of a well-documented teacher, in an artistic expression course). It helped me leave some space for the possibility that I don’t understand, or that I don’t know enough to judge. Because before all that, Mondrian was on my list of con-men who capitalized on the egos of collectors.
Mădălina Pomparău – Character Artist
Frederic Storck and Cecilia Cuțescu-Storck Museum
Today, I chose to share with everyone not an artwork per se, but a place of art. Namely, the Frederic Storck and Cecilia Cuțescu-Storck Museum. It’s a less known museum situated here in Bucharest. The house was built by Frederic and Cecilia and contains the entire creative repertoire of a family filled with artists. I really hope more people go and visit it! Below is a part of the museum and a sculpture that I fondly remember.
Laura Aldica – Growing People Manager
An artist I always go back to is Ilya Ibryaev. The way he portrays light as a watercolour explosion is just amazing. You can see more here.
Daniel Vijoi – Senior Environment Artist
Ivan Aivazovsky – Battle of Cesme at Night
This is one of the works that led me on the path to art (traditional and digital), before attending an arts university. I couldn’t afford a lot of art books at that time, but I did have one artwork album that also contained this. It influenced me to seek realism. Later on, during my uni years, I worked on a reproduction of this painting (which now hangs in parents’ living room). It is, of course, far away from the original and back then I lacked the required materials or the experience, but I was proud of it at the time.
Andrei Dincă – Junior Character Artist
Greg Rutkowski – Dragon’s Breath
This artwork has impressed me ever since I first laid eyes on it. I always come back to it because it manages to successfully transport the viewer into the scene. The tension, the imminent catastrophe, the heat and the certainty of death are so very well portrayed.
Georgiana Toea – Community Manager
Andy Goldsworthy – Rivers and Tides
Andy Goldsworthy is important to me because he opened up my appetite for landscape and video art. Minimalist in his expression, he creates simple and organic forms obtained from local materials, modelled in time, alive, fluid, like everything in nature. The wonders of his artistic gestures are closely tied with the environment he takes his inspiration from and works with. But they are also tied in with the ephemerality of the product resulted from the creative act, of the artistic harmony that lasts but a second, allowing nature to then follow its course. You feel privileged to gaze upon such a thing. Or at least lucky! Andy Goldworthy rocks!
Andrei Dănescu – Lead Tech Artist
Tommy Lee Jones – The Sunset Limited
I want to share with you The Sunset Limited, a movie adapted from a play, in which Samuel L. Jackson (reformed ex-con who found God) and Tommy Lee Jones (atheist university professor) sit in an apartment, talking life, death, faith, happiness and personal change. It stirs my mind and soul alike, grounds my view of life and death, and keeps me coming back to it each year to see if my shade of grey has turned brighter or darker.
Dragoș Marinescu – Environment Artist
Maurits Cornelis Escher – Drawing Hands
The man who managed like none other to “stroll” through dimensions, to play with space and forms, to mold and remold them infinitely, mix them, achieve an incredible metamorphosis. Escher is the person who impacted me in a very special way. The way he dominates space and the ease with which he distorts dimensions is otherworldly. If anyone wants to see more of his mathematical mind, check this video.
Claudia Ursu – Marketing Copywriter
Anonymous, Exeter Book – Wulf and Eadwacer
An Anglo-Saxon elegy. The Anglo-Saxon cultural anxiety has always fascinated me, their attempts to balance new Christian beliefs with old Pagan practices. It was hard to reconcile the two, and the elegies they composed make that very clear. But this one is just special to me. Its translation was never universally agreed upon, because Old English is very nuanced and notoriously fickle to translate, yet no matter which translation you read, it still sends deep feelings of isolation, uncertainty, longing and pain. 19 lines, no context, no prelude. An anonymous, long gone Anglo-Saxon woman who sends an unclear message, but very clear feelings.
Georgiana Beligan – Junior Character Artist
Georges de la Tour – The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame
My thoughts often wander back to the works of Georges de la Tour, a French baroque artist. What always attracted me about his art is the tenebrous atmosphere that he creates, his artworks usually containing only one source of light, therefore modelling his volumes from the shadows.
Alina Cristina Neamțu – Managing Partner
Ștefan Câlția – The Blue House
I love the moods and feelings that Câlția’s paintings evoke. They make me feel as if I am travelling through Ghagall’s and my own childhood universe, at the same time. 💙
Virginia Bontaș – Character Artist
Alpay Efe – 5 Things I Wish I Knew as a Beginner Artist
Not quite an artwork, but the creation process of an artist that influenced me quite a lot. I find most of what he says very important as well.
Vlad Alexandru – Business Development Director
Blizzard Entertainment – Diablo II
Honestly, I have to go with Diablo II. It’s an amazing game and it was the first one that truly pushed me into the flames of gaming. And even better, they’re remastering it! Check it out below. It brings back so many memories.
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