The Paintru Journal

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The History of Portraiture: A Paintru Guide

The history of portraiture is inextricably wrapped in everything it means to be human. The portrayal of a person - or people - has, for millennia, acted as political propaganda, shaped religious and social beliefs, and fostered collective opinion and imagination among communities.

How a person is portrayed is as important as the who: think of Alexander the Great and you will be hard-pressed to picture anything but heroic, leonine hair and a serene expression evocative of Golden Age Greece. It was carefully planned artistic rendering, as well as an astute awareness of the history of Hellenistic art, that transformed Alexander from leader of men to demi-god.

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Turn Your #travelgram into Art

Karl Lagerfeld once said, “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” It’s no secret that this is where the pull of Instagram lies.

Whether you are an avid photo poster or not, the attraction of curating images of your best moments is obvious. Studies of the most popular hashtags show that Travel is a stalwart topic: #travel, #travelgram, #instatravel, #wanderlust consistently hit the top of user lists, out-shined only by Design and Food, and outperforming Fitness and Inspiration.

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Paintru Featured in Redfin Blog: 13 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Summer

Redfin blog features Paintru in 13 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Summer. May 2021.

The Paintru team is always keen to promote fresh interior ideas that make your home a work of art. Of course, our main focus is how paintings have the power to transform a space in themselves, however, the magic of a great painting is always supported by the beautiful and well-planned interior design that surrounds it.

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Choose Your Painting in Style: Which Artistic Movement Suits You?

It’s time to talk types of painting styles. The best thing about commissioning a Paintru artwork is that you have full control over the stylistic appearance of your painting. When it comes to artistic preference, we know that one size does not fit all – however, we have a few pointers to ensure your style choice suits you.

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Home Sweet Home: The Joy of House Portraiture

A painting of a house can be a powerful thing. Homes are where memories are made, relationships are forged, and celebrations occur. Our homes are more to us than just bricks and mortar: those walls have witnessed a myriad of life’s precious moments.

It is easy to see why houses and buildings have for so long enjoyed a special place in the history of art and commissioning. House portraiture brings the personal story of a home to the forefront, allowing artists and homeowners to express the often deep and emotional pull that we as humans feel towards the buildings we inhabit.

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Black History Month in Art: Communication and Activism

In celebration of Black History Month, Paintru looks at how art has enhanced and impacted the lives of Aaron Maybin and Malcolm Blacken. Whilst achieving renowned success as athletes, both have cultivated exciting artistic careers, contributing momentously to the rich corpus of Black History art.

Here, they share how their respective creative processes bring joy, knock-down barriers, and start conversations.

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Interior Design Trends 2021–From Rich Pantones to Natural Touches

It's been a long year, with the majority of us spending more time at home than ever before. For many of us, our home has been a sanctuary, thus more emphasis on making it a space that creates comfort, creativity, and continued inspiration.

We're sharing the inside scoop on interior design trends 2021 to give you a bit of creative inspiration as you continue to make your space your own.

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