RIP Muhammad Ali

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Legacy Series

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is a portrait originally painted in oils as part of the "Legacy" series painted by South African Artist Marc Alexander

Born Cassius Clay, Jr. 17 January 1942, Oil and Steel Wire on Board, 100cm by 100cm, 2012

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under the lights. Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

An American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. Born Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975, and more recently practicing Sufism. In 1967, three years after Ali had won the World Heavyweight Championship, he was publicly vilified for his refusal to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. Ali stated, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong”. Widespread protests against the Vietnam War had not yet begun, but with that one phrase, Ali articulated the reason to oppose the war for a generation of young Americans, and his words served as a touchstone for the racial and antiwar upheavals that would rock the 1960s.

Nicknamed “The Greatest,” during his prime Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, and employing techniques such as the “Ali Shuffle” and the “rope-a-dope”. Ali had brought beauty and grace to the most uncompromising of sports and through the wonderful excesses of skill and character, he had become the most famous athlete in the world.

 

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Painting “The Kiss”

The Kiss (Lovers) was painted by the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1908 and 1909, the highpoint of his “Golden Period”, when he painted a number of works in a similar gilded style. A perfect square, the canvas depicts a couple embracing, their bodies entwined in elaborate robes decorated in a style influenced by both linear constructs of the contemporary Art Nouveau style and the organic forms of the earlier Arts and Crafts movement. The work is composed of oil paint with applied layers of gold leaf, an aspect that gives it its strikingly modern, yet evocative appearance. The painting is now in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, and is widely considered a masterpiece of the early modern period. It is a symbol of Vienna Jugendstil—Viennese Art Nouveau—and is considered Klimt’s most popular work.

I was recently commissioned to reproduce this masterpiece, Watch Video and see the stages and techniques that I employ for this reproduction.

Art as a Business Workshop

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For those wanting to earn money from their artwork, join Marc Alexander as he discusses various aspects of Art as a business. Drawing from his many years of experience as a museum technologist, freelance curator and full time artist, Marc will share his struggles and successes in the business of making a living out of his art. The workshop covers the following topics: Approaching galleries and Agents for representation, generating media, online marketing and sales, DIY web-design, social media, e-commerce, administrative software, copyright law, etc.

DATE: Wednesday 28 October

TIME: 8.30am to 12.30pm

COST: R350 (includes notes) Your payment confirms your booking.

To book email: info@thestudiokalkbay.co.za

The Studio Coffee Bar

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Lindy and I have opened up a ‘Pop-up Coffee Bar’ at the Studio Gallery in Kalk Bay, which will be open until the 31st of December. Come and see me demonstrate my painting technique while enjoying some great coffee and freshly baked treats. There is also a big variety of new art to feast your eyes on.