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Artist Sonja Kobrehel's "naive" artistic style is right on point for an expression of paradise. The artist chose Coldplay's song "Paradise" as the inspiration for her two paintings (Paradise #1 & #2). Scribbled in illegible handwriting, Kobrehel incorporates the lyrics to the entire song as a kind of mysterious entry in a colorful, childish journal or diary. Hearts, birds, and children set the scene for paradise, a place or state of mind inspired by Coldplay's escapist narrative: "When she was just a girl she expected the world. But it flew away from her reach So she ran away in her sleep Dreamed of para-para-paradise".
Artist Sonja Kobrehel's "naive" artistic style is right on point for an expression of paradise. The artist choose Coldplay's song "paradise" as the inspiration for her two paintings (Paradise #1 & #2). Scribbled in illegible handwriting, Kobrehel incorporates the lyrics to the entire song as a kind of mysterious entry in a colorful, childish journal or diary. Hearts, birds, and children set the scene for paradise, a place or state of mind inspired by Coldplay's escapist narrative: "When she was just a girl she expected the world. But it flew away from her reach So she ran away in her sleep Dreamed of para-para-paradise".
When Eddie Money belts out his best known hit "Two Tickets To Paradise" it's damn near impossible not to sing along with him. Who can't relate to the world-weary cry of two people in love - or lust - ready to leave it all behind on a moment's notice. "I'm gonna take you on a trip so far from here I've got two tickets in my pocket, now baby, we're gonna disappear. We've waited so long, waited so long". Artist William Debilzan's trademark elongated figures stand with their toes dipped in the tropical turquoise water surrounded by palm trees under a cobalt blue sky. Two ticket stubs to this paradise are embedded into the scene giving a subtle nod to the artist's Floridian paradise that he calls home.
Tupac Shakur wrote one of the coolest and grooviest songs about the good life on the West Coast. Hip Hop songwriters aren't known for penning love songs but "California Love" is as close as it gets. The line that inspired LA pop artist TheBlenq's artwork is "California knows how to party, we keep it rocking'". The expression on the face of a free-wheeling Donald Duck in a suped-up lime green Mercedes as he zooms down PCH, gives some poppy context to Tupac's lyrics. Knowing this animated rascal like we do, it's unlikely Donald's miserly uncle knows his nephew borrowed his car for a joy ride.
"I am riding high Don't want to come down. Hope my wings don't fail me now. If I can touch the sky I'd risk to fall just to know how it feels to fly ."
These are the lyrics by Alicia Keys in her song "How It Feels To Fly" and they served as inspiration for artist Bobbie Rich in her ethereal painting about paradise. The delicate bronze leaf shimmers in the light, while also serving as some kind of barrier to "the other side" where blue skies shine. It would seem the bird has somehow left home and is on its way to seek adventure, risking it all to know how it feels to fly. To an adventurous spirit, this is paradise itself.
Take a close look at Simon Andrew's landscape painting and you'll discover that buried in the heavy colorful brushstrokes are the words "Paradise Skies", a lyric by Canadian rock band Max Webster. Simon Andrew's unique abstract style magically captures the warm tones and rich shadows of twilight in some nondescript countryside location. It's hard to imagine something called paradise without nature playing a featured role. When it comes to paradise skies, what do YOU prefer, Sunrise or Sunset? Whichever you choose, that's probably what will appear in this painting.
"Pleasure spiked with pain" is a line from the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Aeroplane that inspired artist Filippo Fiumani in his tribute to one of his favorite bands of all time. Even though Fiumani comes from Italy and lives in Portugal, his style is heavily influenced by the American surf-skate-punk scene. Fiumani's explosive metaphoric imagery taps directly into the subconscious with his vibrant, edgy color palette, vicious brushstrokes, and vandalistic spray paint style that was born from the graffiti street scene. Ever the tormented artist who sees darkness and light as two sides of the same coin, Fiumani believes life is "pleasure spiked with pain". And to him life IS paradise.
Artist Filippo Fiumani was listening to the Nirvana song "Territorial Pissing" and it inspired this painting. Res ipsa loquitur. The thing speaks for itself.
Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell is a famous anti-industrialization anthem that warns us all that "you don't know what you've got till its gone." Using the traditional disconnected man-woman metaphor, Artist William Barnhart dives into this concept of having something ripped away from you. "They" may have "paved paradise and put up a parking lot" but perhaps just knowing there was a paradise to destroy in the first place gives us hope for the future. Something to think about next time you're sitting in your parked car bombarded by endless markers of mind-numbing, soul-sucking industrialization.
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