Atmospheric Effects I-Alma Thomas-1970

Alma Thomas: 1891-1978

Born on September 22, 1891, in Columbus, Georgia, Alma Woodsey Thomas grew up in a family that encouraged education and appreciation of literature and the arts. In 1907, the family moved to Washington D.C., partly due to the Atlanta race riots, but also because Washington had better education and employment opportunities for African Americans than […]

Shirt Front and Fork Jean Arp

Jean Arp: 1886 – 1966

Born on September 16, 1886 in Strasbourg (then part of Germany), Jean (Hans) Arp was a pioneer of abstract art and a founding member of the Dada movement.  After studying at the Kunstschule, Weimar from 1905 to 1907, Arp attended the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1909, Arp moved to Switzerland where in 1911 he […]


Man Ray: 1890 – 1976

Born Emmanuel Radnitzky on August 27, 1890 in Philidelphia, PA, Man Ray was an influential artist, best known for his avant-garde photography. He was a leading figure (and the only American) to play a  significant role in the Dada and Surrealist movements. Ray grew up in Brooklyn, New York and showed artistic ability at an […]

Women of Tehuantepec - Rufino Tamayo1939

Rufino Tamayo: 1899-1991

Born to a Zapotecan Indian family on August 26, 1899, Rufino Tamayo is one of Mexico’s most renowned painters. An orphan by age 12, Tamayo moved to Mexico City to live with his aunt who enrolled him in commercial school.  He began taking drawing lessons in 1915 and from 1917 to 1921, he studied at […]


Henri Cartier-Bresson: 1908 – 2004

Born on August 22, 1908, in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne, near Paris, Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered by many to be the father of modern photo-journalism. In 1927, Cartier-Bresson studied painting at the Lhote Academy in Paris under Cubist painter and sculptor André Lhote. He turned to photography in 1931 when he acquired a Leica 35mm camera – […]



Leonardo da Vinci: 1452 – 1519 – History Channel

In honour of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday today, DAF is featuring History Channel’s “Da Vinci & The Code He Lived By”.  Below is part 1 of 10.  Visit All Histories YouTube Channel to continue watching this interesting series on one of the great creative minds of the Italian Renaissance. Image source (

Dr. Evermor's Forevertron

Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron

Ever think of escaping the frustrations of life – of going to that otherworldly place that upholds your idea of how things “should” be?  Then why not head down to Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron in Sumpter, Wisconsin and hitch a ride on his space capsule. Forevertron is the largest scrap metal sculpture in the world standing […]


Damon Drummond aka Ultrajunk: Found Object Art

Damon Drummond aka Ultrajunk is a found object metal artist from Akron, Ohio, USA.  His passions are robots, rayguns, lamps, and anything with a vintage science fiction or future Victoran style. From kitchen stove burners, bicycle headlights, old table legs,  and other odds and ends, Drummond’s creations depend entirely on his daily finds at the […]