Derivative Art

Derivative artwork contains an image that is a direct copy of another, usually better known and often legally protected, piece of artwork. A famous example of a derivative piece of work is Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. (1919) which is Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa with a mustache. There is a bit of a stigma if an artist’s style matches someone else’s too closely but that in of … Continue reading Derivative Art


Ironlung is an example of what I call a Digital Composite. I take photographic elements and combine them with both digital drawing and/or design as well as more traditional mediums and then apply effects from photography software. I’ve been told to refer to artwork created in any part on a computer as Digital art, however, that term completely ignores the other methods involved. Mixed media, … Continue reading Ironlung

Mini Biography: Josefa de Óbidos

Birth: 1630 Death: July, 22nd, 1684 Nationality: Portuguese Movement: Baroque Although de Obidos was born in Spain (her mother was from Andalusia) she lived all but the first 4 years of her life in her father’s country of origin, Portugal. Her father, Baltazar Gomes Figueira, and godfather,  Francisco Herrera the Elder, were both painters. Two of her earliest known works were engravings of St. Catherine … Continue reading Mini Biography: Josefa de Óbidos

The Bystanders

In this piece (full image below), four copies of an old 1960’s style television were combined to make a wall with each of the individual screens containing an image of a young black man. The men pictured, clockwise from the top left, are Jonathan Ferrell, Oscar Grant the III, and John Crawford the III. While both Ferrell and Grant were smiling and facing a friend or … Continue reading The Bystanders