Exhibition of my paintings in

The Art Loft Location: Owlet(221,58)
The Art Loft in Second Life is proud to present Ben Heine's "erotico fantastico burlesque" paintings. The opening reception will take place on December 15, 2006 between 2 and 4 PM (Second Life time). A live performance will accompany the opening starting at 3PM.
Ben Heine was born in Abidjan, Ivory coast in 1983. He studied Communication and Journalism at the Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales in Brussels and Painting and History of Art at the Académie Royale des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles and at the Hastings college of Arts & Technology in England. In addition to his classical studies he is also a self-made painter, cartoonist and illustrator. He currently draws political cartoons relating to international and Belgian issues.
"My paintings intend to convey emotion in an inventive approach and through expressive provocations," says Ben Heine. "The paintings presented here are rather mystical with symbolic touches and could be classified as erotico fantastico burlesque. I have been deeply influenced by German Expressionism, Belgian Surrealism and American Pop Art."
His work is the first in a series of Art Loft exhibitions exploring pop-surrealism and Lowbrow art. On December 29th, 2006 the Art Loft is presenting the work of Patrick Auletto, and starting on January 7th, 2006 Eric Luden will show his work at the Art Loft.
Virtual versions of Ben's work will be available on sale for L$700 . His original paintings will be available for 400 Euros through The Art Loft.
Lowbrow art, also known as pop surrealism, is an art movement that originated in underground comics, hod rod street culture and other California subcultures. "The virtual world of Second Life, surreal in its own right, provides a perfect 'white wall' for exploring the contrast of alternate realities that are the product of marginalized, yet soon-to-become-mainstream, social structures," says Ishtvan Pippen, the owner of The Art Loft.
The Art Loft is a popular gallery in the virtual world of Second Life. It was founded by artist Esch Snoats with the mission of promoting real art in a virtual world. In December 2006, Esch moved on to working full time as an artist and handed off the reins of the Art Loft to Ishtvan Pippen.
The gallery is always looking for talented artists who want to exhibit their work in The Art Loft. To apply please send a brief artist statement and a link to your portfolio to Ishtvan Pippen at mailto:ishtvan@keenag.com. Please submit your artist statement in ordinary text format, and send only a link to your website portfolio. Otherwise your email might get filtered out.
To purchase real-world originals or prints of the exhibiting artists, please contact Ishtvan Pippen at mailto:ishtvan@keenag.com. To purchase virtual copies of our artists' work in Second Life please visit the gallery at Owlet(221,58).

Ben Heine "erotico fantastico burlesque" paintings. Opening December 15, 2006. 2 to 4 PM SL time.

Patrick Auletto Opening December 29, 2006. 6 to 8 PM SL time.
Eric Luden Opening January 7, 2006. 6 to 8 PM SL time.

Laszlo Wombat paintings Opening November 1
BD Gilmour photography Opening September 15
For more information please send an instant message to Ishtvan Pippen, email artloft@keenag.com, or stop by The Art Loft gallery in Owlet(221,58). The opening event will take place on December 15th, 2006 between 2 and 4 PM SL time.
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