April 29, 2015

ART: Bruce Lee - The Dragon Immortalized

Bruce Lee: Inspired Art Collection
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curated by YellowMenace (26+ images)

   In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Bruce Lee's birth, I have tried to assemble the definitive collection of art inspired by this charismatic kung fu icon. These 22 diverse artists pay homage, in their own unique styles to the man who double-fistedly redefined the image of the Asian male.

Craig Drake (Illustrator - American)
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Craig Drake - http://craigdrake.tumblr.com/

HAIKU: Bruce Lee
Roar & soar, breathe fire

Liquid fists intercepting

Be water, my friend

Yo Az (Digital Illustrator - French) 
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Yo Az - http://facebook.com/27Yoaz

   Shannon Lee explains some of the events planned for the year long celebration of her father's 75th & brother Brandon's 50th anniversary celebrations.

   Born Lee Jun-Fan (李振藩) in Chinatown, San Francisco on November 27, 1940 in both the hour & the year of the Dragon. Bruce was introduced to the film industry by his father, Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen & he appeared in several films as a child actor. His parents were from Hong Kong & he was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens. Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education, at the University of Washington in Seattle & it was during this time that he began teaching martial arts.
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Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze (Photographer - French) 
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze - http://www.rjl-art.com/
*Sculptor Unknown?? Please help identify source

   The Hong Kong-based, Bruce Lee Fan Club & its fans raised $100,000 USD for a statue to be erected after pleas to the government to honor his legacy. A 2.5 metre bronze statue was erected along the Avenue of Stars attraction near the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui.
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Sean Danconia (Mixed Media - French-Canadian)
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Sean Danconia - http://www.danconiacreative.com/

   Jeet Kune Do is an eclectic & hybrid fighting style, heavily influenced by the philosophy of martial artist Bruce Lee, who founded the system in 1967. He referred to it as "non-classical", suggesting that JKD is a form of Chinese Kung Fu, yet without form. It was named for the Wing Chun concept of interception or attacking while one's opponent is about to attack. JKD practitioners believe in minimal movements with maximum effects & extreme speed. The system works by using different "tools" for different situations, where the situations are divided into ranges, which is kicking, punching, trapping, & grappling. Lee referred to it as "a style without style" or "the art of fighting without fighting".
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Hom Nguyen (Painter - French-Vietnamese) 
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Hom Nguyen - http://hom-nguyen.com/

   The Bruce Lee Foundation is working to create BLAM the (Bruce Lee Action Museum)
   "The vision for the Bruce Lee Action Museum is one of community, education, inspiration & innovation. BLAM will not only be a place to view Bruce Lee memorabilia, but it will be an interactive place of learning that explores the idea of action in all it's forms, as exemplified by the legacy of Bruce Lee." 

Devin Schoeffler (Graphic Designer - American)
Devin Schoeffler (Nautilus-D) - https://www.behance.net/nautilus-d
Devin Schoeffler (Nautilus-D) - https://www.behance.net/nautilus-d
   "There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct & non-classical. Every movement in Jeet Kune Do is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way."

Florian Nicolle (Painter/Illustrator - French) 
Florian Nicolle (Neo Innov) - http://www.neo-innov.fr

Milton Wong (Painter/Illustrator - Hong Kong)
Milton Wong - http://www.facebook.com/miltonwongartist/
Milton Wong - http://www.facebook.com/miltonwongartist/
   "Jeet Kune Do is simply the direct expression of one's feelings with the minimum of movements & energy. The closer to the true way of Kung Fu, the less wastage of expression there is."

Kim Sung Eun (Digital Painter - Korean-American)
Kim Sung Eun - http://kse332.deviantart.com/

Scott Woolston (Graphic Designer - UKer) 
Scott Woolston - http://scottwoolston.prosite.com/

George Dawe (Painter - UKer) 

Pablo Lobato (Illustrator - Argentinian) 

*Unknown Artist: Please help identify source
   "Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name used, a boat to get one across & once across it is to be discarded & not to be carried on one's back."

Hans Peter Sanchez (Graphic Designer - Peruvian) 
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David Seguin (Illustrator - French/Canadian) 
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David Seguin - https://www.behance.net/DavidSeguin
David Seguin - https://www.behance.net/DavidSeguin
The famous 'be like water' quote from the 1971 Pierre Burton Show interview.

PSAIMYN (Illustrator - UKer)
PSAIMYN - http://www.behance.net/PSAIMYN

Peter Ware (Graphic Designer - UKer) 
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Peter Ware - http://www.17thandoak.com/

Bill Sienkiewicz (Graphic Illustrator - Polish/American)
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Ciaran Monaghan (Designer/Illustrator - Irish)
Ciaran Monaghan - http://www.ciaranmonaghanart.com/

Kim Dae Hwan (Digital Painter- South Korean)
Kim Dae Hwan  - http://darkdamage.deviantart.com/

Lee Wee Chong (Illustrator - Malaysian): Facebook

JP Valderrama (Doodler - Filipino/American)

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