Sascha Ehrentraut

Jul 072012

The western economy especially the EU seems to me like a house of cards which is falling down with politicians/central banks standing around it trying to catch the cards as they fall. I am by no means an expert on the subject but it does feel like any second now it could all unravel and the once prosperes west will no longer enjoy the rein it has had for so long. Having taken this for granted for a life time makes it naturally hard to believe but it is certainly not impossibility.

All great things come to an end and all empires fall and such all great divergence between civilisation get closed. China, South America and other emerging markets are growing at astronomical rates as the west is moving backward.

Thomas Cole was an American artist in the 19 hundreds who drew a series of paintings to illustrate the rise and fall of empires. The idea of creating ‘life cycle’ paintings became quite popular with other series like the Voyage of life. Below is a series of five paintings called: The Course of Empires.

There must be a fair bit of contemporary art out there now that expresses the notion perhaps not as directly but still an expression of the change that is happening. It would be interesting to see if there are any stark contrasts between art coming out of the emerging markets and waining western markets, please share your thoughts? Perhaps I will make this a little project!

(Birth starts at the left and final death is on the right.)





Jun 112012

Its been a long time since I have posted. Sometimes life just has a way of taking you downstream to a new place before you even know you have started on a new journey. It has been quite an eventful few weeks but I am feeling good and ready to get involved again!

To kick things off here is something I found on Facebook which I really like. I love the earthy pastel colours which make it feel a bit like a mid 20 th century advert. The face exploding as if these are medical illustration for academic purposes combined with the modern android like characters  make these very interesting.

What it means to me? The development of humans, robots, biology and information are all impressive advancements but has been painful in parts. Still there is a distinct link and representation to legacy technology perhaps hinting at the chronological development of each, a homage to where things have come from.



Jan 152012

Marnite paints but is best  known as a ‘Doll Artist’ which is something I have not had much exposure to. She is based in Tokyo and makes this all by hand. They are ball jointed, with human hair, glass eyes, all parts are fine porcelain. I don’t know about you but I preferred the more macabre dolls. Would be interesting to know how much one of these fetches.


If you would like to see more click here.

Dec 102011

Where the real rational scientific world takes away the everlasting & impenetrable fantasy of our hero. I think Andreas has captured a really strong personality in his artwork. Enjoy.

Andreas Englund - Flying

Andreas Englund - Flying