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Aubrey Beardsley ~ Untitled

Aubrey Beardsley ~ Untitled

In the early 1890’s, Irish poet W.B. Yeats asked British artist Aubrey Beardsley, famous for his erotic and macabre Art Nouveau illustrations, why he didn’t paint beautiful paintings like his compatriot Edward Burne-Jones, creator of such works as The Beguiling of Merlin and other gorgeous Pre-Raphaelite art in the late eighteenth century.

Beardsley, who knew he did not have long to live (dying at age 25 of tuberculosis), replied, softly, “So very difficult, Yeats, beauty so difficult.”

Edward Burne-Jones ~ The Beguiling of Merlin

Edward Burne-Jones ~ The Beguiling of Merlin

Jumping ahead one hundred and twenty-five years or so, to December 2009 to be precise, iPhotographer Magazine Editor Knox Bronson put out a call across the internet for submissions for the first-ever juried gallery show of iPhone photography, to take place in Berkeley, California.

As he studied the first eight hundred entries that came in from around the world, the thing that struck him the most was, quite simply, their unabashed beauty.

Read the rest at iPhotographerMag.com.

A fair amount about yours truly and the madness, stubbornness, but most of all the respect I have for all the artists who submit their work to P1xels and the love I have for the work … that keep me and P1xels going and have propelled us into entering into this very exciting magazine venture. Thank you all, artists, art lovers, earth people around the circle, as Captain Beefheart once sang:

Don’t let anything get in between us
Big-eyed beans from Venus.

k.b. ~ silent color III, very early toy camera pic

k.b. ~ silent color III, very early toy camera pic