How Izzy Demsky became Kirk Douglas.

The scrawny son of Jewish immigrants transformed himself into an icon of US manhood. Yet a darker side lurked too. by Andrew Pulver Kirk Douglas in 1946. The actor was notorious for his aggressive personality as his career took off. Photograph: AL ’Whitey’ Schafer/Paramount/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock Handsome, muscular, noble – not words that would automatically have been […]

The Nautical History of Tattoos.

Traditional tattoo designs, like anchors, swallows, and nautical stars, are popping up on the arms and ankles of kids in every hip neighborhood from Brooklyn to Berlin, Sao Paulo to San Francisco. Yet these young land lubbers probably don’t even know the difference between a schooner and a ship, much less where the term “groggy” […]

Art by DALeast.

DALeast is a Chinese born artist who lives and works in Capetown, South Africa. The 29-year-old, who keeps his real name a secret, has been making art since he was three. His unusual paintings, which are sometimes hundreds of feet across, looks three dimensional and appears to have been created out of thousands of tiny […]

The Art of Afremov.

Leonid Afremov is a Russian–Israeli modern impressionistic artist who works mainly with a palette knife and oils. Using his unique knife painting technique and unmistakable style Afremov creates paintings that seems to explode in a millions of bright colors. Afremov is one of the very few self-representing artist who promotes and sells his work exclusively […]

‘Solitary Figures’ by Wiesenfeld.

Paintings of solitary figures, mostly women, with a sense of determination but vulnerable at the same time where we can assume they are on some quest or searching for something unseen. The paintings engages the viewer to fill in the rest of the narrative. See more of Aaron’s work via Faith is Torment | Art […]

How Izzy Demsky became Kirk Douglas.

Kirk Douglas in 1946. The actor was notorious for his aggressive personality as his career took off. Photograph: AL ’Whitey’ Schafer/Paramount/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock Handsome, muscular, noble – not words that would automatically have been associated with a Yiddish-speaking schmutter-seller’s son whose family were not long off the boat from what is now Belarus. But we know better: […]

Iconic Art by Mastrion, New York.

by The Daily Beast New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures—such as Nelson Mandela and Notorious B.I.G.—and locals all across the city. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Beastie Boy’s landmark album Paul’s Boutique, Mastrion adorned the outside wall of Wolfnights Gourmet (the original site of the album’s […]

Hedy Lamarr, the 1940s Movie Star with a beautiful mind.

After a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris. There, she met Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s. Among Lamarr’s […]

Quilty, Barton, Albert & more donate Art for Bushfire Relief.

The Island by Ben Quilty (2018) “As we accelerate towards a warmer planet we inevitably question familiar images, places or ideas that are susceptible to irreversible change. Islands seem primed for the symbolic and metaphorical, and as a consequence have long been made to accommodate the projections of western ‘explorers’, writers, poets, scientists. Edenic paradise, […]

No Wall off Limits to Martyn Reed in Norway.

Martyn Reed is sitting in his office overlooking the harbour in the Norwegian city of Stavanger. He’s a long way from his Yorkshire roots and his home city of Leeds, but he has never felt more at home in this oil-rich rainy city of some 120,000 souls in the country’s third largest conurbation. It’s not […]