Okinawa Soba wrote:
The catalog has about 100 pages. I would be curious to see ALL of the exhibition paintings. For the moment, seeing the amount of paintings based on my posted images in just the few Gallery shots offered, I suspect many more, and am left wondering if Dylan "raided" my easy-access Flickr pages and Asian Sets as a one-stop shopping spot for photos on which to base his paintings.
If so, and in his defense, all of the original Asian Photos I own and have posted are PUBLIC DOMAIN images. Their appearance on my photostream comes with automatic "Creative Commons" permission for anyone to use them for decorative or illustrative Blog and Website use, AND for conversion to artworks or other craft interpretations. Thousands of people have already done that, including many like Dylan who converted the photos of nice paintings.
However, while Dylan had broken no laws, he seems to have violated a common "social ethic" that for most of us in the graphics world involves giving credit for sources of inspiration, or direct credit for material upon which a "derivative work" is based. As I have not seen the catalog or any fine print contained therein (which might credit his inspirational source-images), I will cease comment on the nebulous concept of "ethics" and "uncredited appropriations"
German painter Gerhard Richter, the most expensive living painter, based many of his most famous paintings on found photographs. So did/do Luc Tuymans, Neo Rauch, Gary Hume and Peter Doig, some of the most important contemporary painters. Check them out via Google/Wikipedia. Belgian painter Luc Tuymans in particular applies many of the same techniques that Dylan uses. Several of Tuymans' paintings like the works in his "Congo", "Oberammergau" and "Der diagnostische Blick" series could easily be Dylan works.
I studied art history in university myself and I can tell you that the use of found photographs as source materials in painting is nothing new and has been going on for as long as there are photographs. Many famous works by Picasso, Francis Bacon, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein (the list goes on and on) are based on found imagery. Gerhard Richter even published a book about his archive of source materials ("Atlas"). When researchers studied the late Francis Bacon's studio (which was a work of art in itself) they found it littered with photos from magazines and newspapers that Bacon used as sources.
Even before the invention of the photographic print, painters as early as the Renaissance used the photographic principle of the camera obscura to "copy" imagery onto the canvas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockney%E2 ... lco_thesis