Neo-Decadent

The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete


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Lisbon, Barcelona, and a recent publication

I have been remiss about updating because I left the US to go to Lisbon and then Barcelona.
I am still currently in transit as it were – accompanied by a sketch book, James’ Washington Square, and an insatiable curiosity.

Before leaving the US, I found out that I was published in Cornell’s Forword Magazine. I made the cover as well as two illustrations inside.
As a reminder, copies of Bullett Magazine’s premier issue (with my Guy Pearce illustration) are available for purchase from their website.

I am currently with limited Internet access but hopefully will get some sketches uploaded online.

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As an update, here are the drawings that were published in Forword:

Self, Unbound by Time

Self, Unbound by Time

Languid Poppies

Languid Poppies

Salome's Last Dance

Salome's Last Dance

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Writer’s Portrait

Here is a close-to-final photograph of the first writer’s portrait on which I am working.  (The whiteness on the shirt is from the camera flash.)  The painting stats: oil on canvas, 24×36 inches.

Writer's Portrait: Adi

Writer's Portrait: Adi

It is painted in the method of the Old Masters: with several layers and paying close attention to detail.  I have been predominantly informed by Neo-Classical painters.

I have also applied the first coat of varnish to the tiger painting and have started the underpainting for the 30×40 inch painting I will be sending to auction.


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Jan Gossart at the MET

I visited the MET a few days ago to see the Jan Gossart exhibit.  Gossart was a Netherlandish artist painting in the late 15th century and early 16th century.  Gossart was one of the first northern artists to visit Italy, where he was able to study ancient architecture and sculpture.  He took this knowledge of the ancient world back to the Netherlands and incorporated certain aspects of the Italian Renaissance style into his painting.   Gossart’s work ultimately changed the course of Northern European painting and paved the way for such artists as Peter Paul Rubens.

The exhibit was impressive – a total of five rooms filled with exeplary paintings, drawings, and statues.  I enjoyed how other artists such as Durer were included in the exhibit, allowing for a comparison with Gossart.

Standing Warrior in Fantastic Armor

Standing Warrior in Fantastic Armor

Gossart’s ink drawings are impressive in the degree of detail invested in them.  In addition to complete ink drawings, there were some studies which I thought were fascinating.  The two drawings of soldiers were fun to look at because of Gossart’s combination of accurate military attire and his imagination.

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

Below is a short video produced by the MET that talks about the exhibit and the restoration/conservation process.