! Lang Leve Rembrandt ! at the Rijksmuseum

I’m excited to announce my submission to a juried competition for a Rembrandt-themed exhibition at the Rijksmuseum! The main condition to be selected for the exhibition Long Live Rembrandt is that one’s work should be inspired by Rembrandt.  This summer, selected artists are going to have the opportunity to present their artwork in the Rijksmuseum!  An expert panel of judges will select the artworks for exhibition in the Rijksmuseum’s Philips Wing from July 15 (Rembrandt’s birthday) - Sept 15, 2019.  Wish me Luck!

After an intensive independent study of the 17th Century’s most prolific self-portrait artist over the last few months, I combined my love for textured art with my curiosity of realism to produce my first ever self-portrait, using oil paints and a variety of unconventional materials (including coffee, marble dust, and quartz-sand). 

At first glance this painting may appear to be just a self-portrait, but, inspired by some of Rembrandt’s iconic techniques, there’s more than meets the eye.  Here’s my concept on how Rembrandt inspired my work of art:

TamikoBraun Self-Portrait with Gorget

Self-portrait with Gorget

CONCEPT

As an artist, I explore ways to create paintings that speak to me and others about intellectual and philosophical ideas. The textured canvas of my mixed media self-portrait is constructed using available modern and natural materials, including coffee, sand, and marble dust, to visually communicate Rembrandt’s distinct use of pigment manipulation and texture application. His light-guiding and depth of field inspired me to limit my colour palette and test numerous glazing techniques, creating an atmospheric setting in the piece.

My work offers classical and modern interpretations juxtaposed in one painting. In what looks like a selfie, I’m donning modern day objects, such as sunglasses and headphones; however, I am immortalised by the wearing of a gorget, symbolising my acceptance as a female artist with similar status. Rather than portraying myself as a beautiful woman, I chose to dress myself in masculine clothes to transcend the gender barriers that existed during Rembrandt’s time.

Rembrandt’s face displayed in the background symbolises how a new reality has emerged from the past, but how despite this transition, his techniques continue to influence all types of art today. My artwork thus speaks not only for me, but for artists of all mediums that Rembrandt inspires.


PROCESS/MATERIALS:  To give you a general idea of just some of the materials I used during my scumbling and numerous layering process and how I created my textures on background and on face to reflect age appropriate, scratches in hair and overall depth, lost and found edges and playing with light capture.  I had to do an initial sketch from an quick iphone selfie I took of myself because otherwise I couldn’t see well enough with my shades on to paint via a mirror during daylight nor especially at nights!  If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note.  (click on an image to enlarge)

  • 100% Linen, 350g/m2, 2cm depth professional quality “di lino Classico” 30x40cm stretched canvas, gesso and sanded.

  • Pencil/Charcoal sketch.

  • Marble dust (Self prepared mixture with water and synthetic-resin dispersion from Guardi) which was applied to canvas in predesigned areas and dried with hair dryer sprayed with water to create textures for the look of weather worn panel and cracks.

  • Coffee glazes set with universal-fixative from Schminke.

  • Quartz-sand from Guardi, 0,2-0,6mm grain dried by fire.

  • Nitram Charcoal grounds mixed with white oil paint.

  • Numerous layers of glazing.

  • Rembrandt artist quality extra fine oil paints from Royal Talen's (Titanium White 105, burnt umber 409, yellow orchard hell 228, ivory black 701, cadmium red light 303, ultramarine light 505, very minimal Indian red 347, Payne’s grey 708 and very few touches of Boesner’s Zinnoberrot 506 oil paint to kiss the lips).

  • Frame was custom-made specifically for the artwork by Boesner’s framing workshop in Forstinning, Muenchen. Thanks Mr. Matthias Mayr!

Commissions, Consulting - An Epic Journey

How ideas come about in abstract paintings by artist Tamiko Braun.  

This year has been an interesting year visiting various on-site locations and working closely with potential clients and on-going collectors.  

An Epic Journey - A Spark of Life  //  80 x 140cm ( 32 x 55") - mixed media on stretched canvas ©2016TamikoBraun

An Epic Journey - A Spark of Life  //  80 x 140cm ( 32 x 55") - mixed media on stretched canvas ©2016TamikoBraun

One of my favourite pieces completed was done for a client who had decided to make major changes in her life. I had visited her home a few times and based on the lay out of her home, her deco and hearing her life story, where she had been in her life, what she had experienced and where she wanted to be and where she wanted to go, "An Epic Journey" was born and created.  It was inspired by Michelangelo's Creation of Adam.   

If you have a personal story you want to have created and told,  I'd be happy to drop by and brain storm creative ideas on just how we can get that perfect individual artwork up on your walls.  Drop me a line at:  info@tamikobraun.com.

Merry Christmas | Weihnachtsgruß

Here's my gift of appreciation, my last painting of the year. It is only a first of many to come from my new series SEASONS.

Thank you all for your support!  Wishing you a beautiful holiday and an awesome New Year!! 

Love, Tamiko

WINTER by tamiko braun (80x80cm) mixed media on canvas

There's nothing finer than enjoying Aprè-Ski as the sun sets
and the night lights glisten on the frosty crisp snow.

Oh how I long to hear the sound of silence
in the cold evening air...

Come join me and let me take you there... 

Seasons Greetings!

Here is my last painting of the year. Thanks everyone for an AWESOME year. You all ROCK! Have a peaceful, restful and safe winter holidays! Love, from Tamiko

Mixed Media on fine art Hahnemühle paper 450g/m2 acrylics, airbrush colours, coffee, pastel, charcoal. 

Sneak Preivew of Wu Xing - Open Studio Day

Like a good Japanese, I've master the JIT (Just-In-Time) principles!

 After arduously working months on end, I am very pleased and proud to share with you my newly finished works Wu Xing or "The 5 Elements."  There was a lot of emotions going on whilst creating these pieces.  I'd love to meet with you and answer any questions you might have about these works and processes.  I'd love to show you around my studio too.  

Hot Coffee & Cakes will be plenty and my doors will be open to all from 

  • Fri 15.11 - Thurs 21.11
  • 10:00-18:00 or by appt  (mobil: 0171/55 23 928)

NOTE:  Constructions going on right outside in front so wear warm sturdy shoes. WARNING:  I'll probably look like a mess, covered in paint and sweat but don't let that scare you! Come casual, its a normal working day for me. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, it will be the only chance to view these pieces this year before I take them to Baden-Baden on 22 Nov for an exhibition.

(Read here for more details about my PROCESS)

 

textures, textures, textures!

Recently I had visitors in my studio to discuss commissioning work.  I was thrilled they could see many of my works first hand and even more so when they became excited about all the textures one could see in my work. They told me they would not have known this just by viewing my work on the web.  The visit resulted in several purchased pieces!!  Thanks for the confidence!

" Odyssey I "  24x24in | 60x60cm mixed media on Wood ©tamikobraun.com