Beatlemania hits America, 1964.

On 4 November, 1963, at the outset of another marathon British tour, the Beatles were the main attraction at a Royal Command Performance in London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret looking on, John Lennon famously asked for the crowd’s help: “The people in the cheaper seats, clap your hands, and the rest of […]

John Lewin, our first Pro Artist.

When he stepped off the boat in Sydney Harbor on 11 January 1800, John Lewin was about to wield his paintbrush as the first free-settler professional artist in a wild frontier land. He’d already missed his first boat to Australia, the Buffalo, which his wife Anna Maria had boarded 18 months earlier. So, he took […]

Roger Corman’s “The Man with X Ray Eyes.”

BY LEE PFEIFFER Long regarded as one of Roger Corman’s most ambitious and poignant films, “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes” comes to Blu-ray as an impressive special edition from Kino Lorber. Corman became a legend by overseeing production of countless low-budget horror and exploitation films beginning in the late 1950s. What the movies […]

1950s Men’s Hairstyles.

All I can say as an old Aussie who was a youngster in the 1950s is that I wish our Aussie barbers were as good as these American barbers back then. So I put I put a picture on the front of  Vincent D. “Gomer Pyle” from Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” which is more […]

‘The Towers of Babel’.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder – The Tower of Babel (Vienna) – 1563. From the Book of Genesis (KJV). “Metropolis is a 1927 German film in the science-fiction genre directed by Fritz Lang. Produced in Germany during the Weimar Republic, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia . The Tower pictured in  Lang’s film bears […]

‘Guerilla Art’ from Around the World.

A selection of street art creations by Australian artist Fintan Magee, based in Brisbane, who plunges us into a world both dreamlike and unconventional, yet very critical about the problems of modern societies. Paintings created around the world, from Buenos Aires to Bogota via Hong Kong, Dublin or London. Note that Fintan Magee also appears […]

‘Atmospheric Collages’ by Becky Baier.

by Laura Collinson These striking collages are the handiwork of freelance illustrator, designer and mural artist Becky Baier. The images present a sense of unease to the onlooker, but are nonetheless beautiful. After completing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Trowbridge College, Baier landed a place on an Illustration course at Brighton University, […]

Eyes that follow You Down the Street.

by Stu Black Being blatantly eyeballed in public can put anyone off their guard, but what if it’s a building that’s giving you looks? The Wellcome Trust has set up two massive pairs of eyes in the windows of their London headquarters to watch over Euston Road and react to people passing by. The artwork, […]

Vintage 19th Century Washing Machine.

A Compressed-air washing machine (manufactured in the late 19th century) by Friedrich Wolter & Hans Echberg. Image Credit: Photograph by Benjamin Healley. Source: Museums Victoria, Copyright Museums Victoria / CC BY (Licensed as Attribution 4.0 International) Source: Washing Machines Collection

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy.

by Christopher Jobson. Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy steampunk sculpture assemblage animals From heaps of scrap metal, old bike chains, and silverware, sculptor Igor Verniy creates birds, butterflies, and other unusual creations. Many of his steampunk and cyberpunk sculptures are made to be fully articulated, with dozens of moving or adjustable parts […]