An investigation is underway following the theft of a Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV in the Castlefin area of Co. Donegal.The burgandy over silver coloured vehicle was stolen on Monday 1st July at around 2pm.Gardaí are appealing to the public to report any sightings of the jeep, which has a registration number 00-DL-6379. If you have any information then please contact Letterkenny Garda station on 074 9167100 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111. Public appeal after jeep stolen in Castlefin was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Chinese Girl, with her blue skin and red lips, is one of the most widely reproduced artworks of the 20th century.(Image: Bonhams) The artist in his heyday, surrounded by some of his paintings.(Image: Tretchikoff)MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian RoupBonhams, London+44 20 7468 8259Janine ErasmusThe celebrated Tretchikoff painting Chinese Girl is to go on auction in London on 20 March, but before that the pop culture classic will be exhibited in Johannesburg and New York.The artwork, of an oriental woman with a strange hue to her skin, is said to be the self-taught Tretchikoff’s most recognisable painting, and one that has been reproduced, according to some sources, more often than the Mona Lisa. It’s also known as the Green Lady or the Blue Lady – depending on the quality of the print.Bidding will start at US$471 000 (R4.3-million), says auction house Bonhams, and the painting is expected to bring in as much as $785 000 (R7.1-million). The sale is part of a yearly auction of South African art and will include a special focus on works by William Kentridge.At the 2012 South African sale, held in March, sculptures by Anton van Wouw and Edoardo Villa as well as paintings by Irma Stern, Cecil Skotnes, Walter Battiss and Pierneef, among others, sold for thousands and in some cases, millions of rands. Tretchikoff’s Fighting Zebras changed hands for $92 400 (R838 000).Bonhams also reports that in October 2012, at part two of the South African sale, Tretchikoff’s Portrait of Lenka fetched a new artist’s world record price of $530 000 (R4.8-million). Lenka was Tretchikoff’s muse during World War Two, and he painted her several times.Tretchikoff sold the original Chinese Girl to an American woman during a tour of the US, and it has remained in the family ever since. According to Bonhams, the buyer’s granddaughter is now putting the painting up for auction.The painting will be on view at Johannesburg’s Everard Read Gallery on 23, 25 and 26 February before it’s shipped to London.Mysterious ladyIn a 2011 interview in the South African version of Marie Claire magazine, the identity of the mysterious woman, a puzzle that had art lovers scratching their heads for decades, was revealed. She is Monika Pon, now resident on Gauteng’s East Rand, but in those days she was Monika Sing-Lee and she lived in Cape Town.In 1950, she was just 17 when she encountered the artist in her uncle’s laundromat in the suburb of Sea Point. Tretchikoff asked her to pose for him and some 15 of his pupils at his studio in the inner-city suburb of Gardens.But the young woman didn’t appreciate the significance of the opportunity because, as she said, “he wasn’t famous”. That would only happen during the 1960s and 1970s, when prints of the Chinese Girl began to appear in living rooms, restaurants and on memorabilia all over the world.There are actually two versions of the Chinese Girl – in the well-known one Sing-Lee wears a vibrant gold-coloured tunic and in the lesser-known version she wears a subdued blue top. She was paid the equivalent of $2.2 (R20) for effort.Russian author Boris Gorelik has also made the pilgrimage to visit the subject of what has been described as the world’s most reproduced artwork. Gorelik’s book Incredible Tretchikoff is scheduled for publication in 2013, and he travelled from Moscow to Johannesburg to interview Sing-Lee for the book.The Russian admits in a local newspaper article, published in mid-2011, that he was sceptical at first, but when Sing-Lee opened an album to show him photos of herself that were taken around that time, his doubts vanished.“The girl in the black-and-white snapshots from the fifties was just like the legendary image come to life,” he wrote. “Only, she smiled most of the time and didn’t have that turquoise tint to her face. The visual similarity couldn’t be clearer.”Gorelik maintains that Chinese Girl prints in top condition can bring in hundreds. However, the outrageous Tretchikoff was once widely reviled for the perceived tackiness of his paintings, which lacked subtlety and taste according to the critics, although he always insisted that he was a serious artist.But over the last two decades the art world has had a change of heart and today the pieces are highly sought-after.From Russia to South AfricaVladimir Griegorievich Tretchikoff was born in 1913 in Petropavlovsk, an industrial city in today’s Kazakhstan, into a wealthy family of landowners. He was the youngest of six boys and two girls. In 1917 Russian workers rose up against the Tsarist regime and the family fled to avoid the revolution. They settled in Harbin in Manchuria, northern China.The young Tretchikoff showed a natural artistic talent early on, and soon he was painting backdrops at the Russian opera house in that city. He later moved to Shanghai and worked there until 1934 as a cartoonist at the Shanghai Evening Post.Tretchikoff married a fellow Russian ex-pat and the couple moved to Singapore, where his career continued to develop – until the city was invaded by Japanese forces in 1941. His wife and daughter were evacuated to an unknown destination, and he was captured by the Japanese and spent the rest of the war first in a prison camp in Serang, Java, and later, on parole in Jakarta after he had proved his claim that he was an artist.After the war he was reunited with his wife and child, with the help of the Red Cross – the two had settled in South Africa and the country was to be his home from then on. He held his first solo exhibition in 1943 in the Maskew Miller art gallery, and became the darling of the local art community who liked his disdain of his critics. It wasn’t long before the US, Canada and the UK were also caught up in Tretchi-mania.But still the art critics remained unconvinced, until the late 1990s when Tretchikoff’s paintings started to fetch impressive sums at auction. Sotheby’s in South Africa raised $10 000 for the Zulu Maiden in 1999 while Fruits of Bali fetched a whopping $410 000 (R3.7-million) in Cape Town in 2008. The trend is expected to continue with Chinese Girl.Tretchikoff died in a frail care home in 2006, aged 92, after suffering a stroke a few years before. The Tretchikoff Trust was established in 2008 and keeps his legacy alive by encouraging South Africa’s youngsters to pursue their artistic dreams.
RELATED ARTICLES Passive House in the (Wisconsin) WoodsPassive House in the Woods Goes Energy-PositiveBlog Review: Tim EianWisconsin Electric Cooperative Jolts Passivhaus Owner When we last checked in on Passive House in the Woods, a project in Hudson, Wisconsin, it was early May, exterior insulation was about to go up, and the construction crew was probably more than ready to welcome summer weather. Things stayed on schedule. By the end of last month, construction had been completed and the house was open for public tours. Last Thursday, the project received certification from the Passive House Institute U.S.The house – two stories, with three bedrooms and 1,940 sq. ft. of interior space – was guided to completion and Passivhaus performance standards by Tim Delhey Eian of Minneapolis-based TE Studio, and the project builder, Morr Construction Services of Shoreview, Minnesota. The client, Gary Konkol, a general-practice physician, explains in a post on the project’s website that he was inspired to pursue the Passivhaus standard in part by news reports, Passive House Institute’s book “Homes for a Changing Climate,” and Eian’s enthusiasm for the standard and the construction quality it entails. A prototype for carbon-neutral performancePassive House in the Woods, or PHitW, was constructed with 11-in. insulated concrete forms and an exterior-insulation and finish system that brought the overall R value of the walls to 70. The slab, sitting on 12 in. of extruded polystyrene, is designed to R-60 and the flat roof, with an average of 14 in. of of polyisocyanurate insulation, to R-95.The building also is equipped with solar hot water and a 4.7 kW solar power system, which is expected to cover the home’s predicted 4,200 kWh annual usage and feed power back into the grid. The house has four doors to the outside (see comments below), including a front entry door in the front canopy area, one opening to the deck on the first floor, and another on the second-floor landing (known as “the plank”). A common steel-structure stair connects all levels to the ground and a rooftop terrace.Though he was not at liberty to discuss the final construction cost of the project, Eian told GBA that the “up-charge” to bring the building to Passivhaus performance standards was between 15% and 20% for this project, although, he added, “we feel that we can push that closer to 10% with some efficiencies in the future. I can also tell you that the cost of the home is perfectly in line with custom architect-designed homes in our area. It is more a matter of priorities than cost, once we are designing a high-quality building.”“Rather than a high-end showcase,” Eian said, “we look at it as a prototype for CO2-neutral operation.”
Kids wear is not a small business anymore. Driven by huge demand from brand conscious children, the Indian kidswear retail market is expected to touch Rs 58,000 crore by 2014, according to retail consultancy firm Technopak Advisors.At present, the size of kidswear market in India is estimated at about Rs 38,000 crore – accounting for 25 per cent of the total Indian apparel category.”This segment, which is split into kidswear and school uniforms, is expected to reach Rs 58,000 crore by 2014,” Technopak’s recent report ‘Trends in India’s Domestic Fashion Market’ says.Growing at the rate of 17 per cent, this is one of the most attractive categories, according to the report. The report tracks children in the age group of three to 13 years.Technopak highlights increased media exposure, double-income parents and peer pressure as the reasons for children becoming more fashion and brand conscious.Kids are aware of branded goods and have started asking for exclusive products, the report says.Brands are also realising the potential of this market and are increasing their presence in this segment, it adds.In April 2009, the Mahindra Group launched Mom & Me stores to tap into this segment. Exclusive children’s brands, such as Gini & Jony, Lilliput and Catmoss, have also expanded their presence exponentially in the last two to three years.These brands are developing categories such as infant wear, kids’ formal wear, kids’ ethnic wear, swim wear and casual wear, along with a wide range of other merchandise for children.Even a brand like Reebok, which focused on adults till now, launched the ‘Reebok Juniors’ concept store last year to tap into this segment. It has started offering apparel, footwear, accessories and sports equipment for children in the age group of four to 14 years.Gini & Jony started their Freedom Fashions stores, which offer licensed products from brands like Reebok and Levi’s, along with their own products.Even premium brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Allen Solly and Puma, are not far behind and are now including more kids’ product and accessories.Childrens’ fashion shows, organised by these brands, is not a new concept. Lilliput started this trend and Catmoss roped in Darsheel Safary, of Taare Zameen Par-fame, to walk the ramp for its collection.Courtesy: Mail Today advertisement
New Delhi: Rains lashed some parts of the city on Sunday morning, providing much-needed relief to the people from the sultry weather. The city received 1.8 mm rain on Sunday morning, said a MeT department official. Rain, however, eluded many parts of the city, including those covered by Ridge, Palam and Ayanagar weather stations, he said. Cloudy skies with possibility of light rain is forecast for the day. The minimum temperature was 27.6 degrees Celsius, three degrees above the average in the season. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Relative humidity was 81 per cent at 8.30 AM, said the MeT official. The maximum temperature was 35.2 degrees Celsius whereas the minimum was 27.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday.